Team Fortress 2

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Remember I wrote about Half-Life 2: The Orange Box in my last entry?

For you non-nerds, just stop reading now and read something else from my blog that you may have missed over my years and isn't my "Essential Entry". How about my Top 5 Embarassing Moments: High School? Or The Top 5 Memories Of My Father, for my relatives who haven't read it...

For those who enjoy video games, read on.

Ok, so we got rid of everyone else. Whew. Who needed them anyhow? They don't get us, do they?

Lets just recap the last 4 days, and to anyone who decided to "read on" and isn't a gamer, you just won't understand what i'm about to write, don't bother trying. Oh, sure, you think you can sympathize with the gamers out there, but you can't. So really, stop reading. I'm not kidding.

I got the game, and loaded it up around midnight on Thursday, when I got home from work. I wasn't feeling very well Thursday - what's the nice way to say it...stomach flu? You get the idea and now are regretting that you do. I'm sorry.

Ok, onward.

I started to play 102307b.jpgTeam Fortress 2. The game is a first person shooter, and based on the Half-Life engine by Valve. But the style and design have a 1950's retro-cool cartoon-like animation, much like the animation in the movie, "The Incredibles". There is a very three dimesonial feel to the enviroment and characters.

Like the original Team Fortress, there are nine classes: Scout, Soldier, Pyro, Demoman, Heavy, Engineer, Medic, Sniper and Spy. Each class has their own unique abilites and class-specific weaknesses/strengths like many games, but i'm drawn, once again, to how you feel like you are playing a movie, not a game. The visuals & effects for each class are just amazing.

Each class you play has character specific conventional poses, gestures and expressions. The Scout looks like a teenage kid, with a Brookyln accent, wearing Samba-like running shoes, a baseball cap with a thin headset, dog tags and carrying a messenger bag. The Solider sounds like Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) from Full Metal Jacket, and is stylized wearing an American World War II army uniform. The medic has a white doctor's labcoat and thick rubber gloves, knee high boots and speaks with a German accent.

The pacing of the game is intense. Fun, interesting maps to play, combined with the many classes made for a very interesting weekend. Thursday I was up until 6am playing TF2. Friday I got home from work, stayed up until 6am again, sleeping for a few hours, then playing until I had to work at the bar. I got home from the bar at 2am, played for 8 hours - 10am! Sunday I got back from the Eagles game, and fell asleep until 3am. Woke up, and I couldn't sleep. So I played...until 3pm, when I had to go to work.

12 hours.

Yes, this game is like crack in a box.

I could drone on and on about the game, but if you fit into the following criteria:

1. Single (or have an awesome girlfriend/wife who understands your gamer needs - or better yet, she games, too!)
2. You have time (married dads, like Brad, don't buy this game).
3. You like first person shooters.
4. You have time (seriously, I have to say it again)

I have played lots of video games. I played the original FPS - Wolvenstein 3D - and plenty of other ones over the years: Doom, Quake, Duke Nukem 3D, Half-Life (which spawned CounterStrike), Starsiege: Tribes,
Battlefield 1942, Battlefield 2142, Unreal Tournament, Call of Duty 3, just to name a few. I played more, trust me.

This game. And let me be clear. This game is the best game I have EVER PLAYED. Ever.

Gushing too much? Perhaps. It is only 4 days in and i'm averaging about 4 hours of sleep per night, for a guy who likes to sleep 10 hours, if possible.

This is one of those games where I start playing at 2am, and when I look back at the clock, it is 4am. It just draws me into it, and even when I know, logically that I should get sleep, I just want to play "for a little bit longer". Just "one more map". Ok, on the next death, then I will go to sleep...

Today I tried playing Portal, which is another game included in The Orange Box. From wikipedia: The game consists primarily of a series of puzzles which must be solved by teleporting the player's character and other simple objects using the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device. The goal of each puzzle is to reach an exit point. The "portal gun" and the unusual physics it creates are the emphasis of this game.

It is this "portal" twist which makes this just another incredible game. I played it for 3 hours today and finished 95% of the game, but I really hope (and have read) that there will be more maps in the future. It's fantastic. Brad, if you are reading, buy The Orange Box just for this game alone. It takes three hours, and its right up your alley.

I did play Half-Life:2 for a few hours. It wasn't bad, but i'm just addicted to Team Fortress right now. If you want to play the best game of your life, and kiss your social life (or lack thereof) good bye - then see your local drug dealer (or use Amazon and save $10 like me), and buy this game.

I'm sure the excitement of this game will, eventually, wear off. But I haven't enjoyed gaming this much since I used to play Multi-User Dungeons in college. I would play those games all night, not sleeping, not eating, just drinking Pepsi and smoking the occasional cigarette. I'd go to bed, and I would dream about playing the game. I'd wake up, not shower, just start to play again.

If I didn't have a job, i'd be doing that right now with Team Fortress 2 (well, except the cigarette part).

Also, just so you know. This game is available on Xbox, Playstation and PC. I don't think there is cross-platform combat, however. But it will be great to see a whole new generation of fans who find out how much fun Team Fortress can be.

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I think you need an intervention :)

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