The perfect time to jump on Team Fortress 2
One of the biggest video game related news items over the past week came from Valve games. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Half Life 3 (damn you Valve), but for those that don’t own one of the best multiplayer shooters of the past five years, it was the next best news. Team Fortress 2 recently became “Free to play”.
First of all some background. If you have never played Team Fortress 2, you have no idea what you are missing. It is one of the last few “classic” shooters out there. Everything about the game is “easy to learn, hard to master”. There are a couple of different game types, a couple of different (official) maps and only nine character classes. In this day and age of Battlefield and Call of Duty and insane customization, it seems underwhelming.
But make no mistake, this game is some of the most fun you will have playing a shooter. It’s fast-paced, it’s fun, it’s humorous, it’s strategic, it basically has everything you want in a shooter, and now it’s free to play.
Now, free to play means that the game will have plenty of micro-transactions. There is some level of customization in the game in terms of class appearances and special weapons and now you will be able to buy those via the Steam store. A lot of those items, however, could be found by simply playing the game for a long time. If you don’t want to wait for that awesome hat, pay for it. It’s simple as that.
Basically, now that the game is free, there is no more excuse. You don’t need a super-powerful computer to run it, it’s simple, it’s fun, it’s addicting.Plus, I play it, and who doesn’t want to play computer games with me? (Steam ID- cbenti60)
Go download it, now!
Chris Bentivegna is a junior at George Mason University. He mainly specializes in shooters and sports video games but is open to any great video game. He is the founder and main writer of a Boston Sports blog www.bostonsbettah.com