It’s been a long time since Valve released the last in this series of intros to the characters that make up their Team Fortress 2 game. Not that I’m complaining as each one has been better and funnier than the last.
This time out it’s the Medic’s turn to show off just what makes him such a powerful ally in the ongoing war between the Red and Blue teams:
I think the only class left to get an intro video is the Pyro and he (or is he a she?) is almost impossible to understand under that gas mask. Not that that’ll stop Valve from finding some way to pull it off.
What’s really amazing is that this game is now 4 years old and still very popular. The steady stream of free updates has kept it fresh and they’ve slowly been adding in features that support microtransactions for their latest announcement that the game will now be free to play. As always there’s some concern from the folks who actually paid for the game in the past on what it suddenly going free means for them. As it turns out the differences between Free and Premium accounts won’t be so great as to imbalance gameplay. Mostly it’ll consist on limits on how many things your backpack can hold, what you can craft, and how you can trade or gift items. You can read the full FAQ here.
What happens when the Red Team goes bankrupt in Team Fortress 2? They’re forced to find other means of employment just like anyone else, but that’s not always easy when all you’ve ever done before is kill the Blue Team repeatedly:
One of the other titles I’ve been looking forward to is the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in part because of that game, but also because of the inclusion of the new Team Fortress 2 as well as the intriguing game called Portal. I’m only slightly annoyed that Valve decided to slap both the original Half Life 2 and Episode One into the same release so they could justify charging $49.95 for the whole thing, but at least they’re letting those of us who already own those games to give the extra copies away to someone else so as to help spread the infection.
Anyway, Zero Punctuation of The Escapist has just done another one of his fast and hilarious reviews of The Orange Box and I just had to share it with you here:
I used to play a lot of Team Fortress Classic online, but haven’t played much of the first Half-Life or its mods since Half-Life 2 came out. Years ago Valve announced that they were working on Team Fortress 2 and the initial screen shots showed a very realistic looking game. Then it fell off the planet and wasn’t heard from for years and years. HL2 came out along with Counter-Strike: Source and Day of Defeat: Source and finally Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and still not a peep on Team Fortress 2…
…until just recently when it was revealed as being part of the upcoming Half-Life 2: Episode 2 due to be released sometime this year. The new screen shots showed a much different looking game that has a bit of a cartoony look to it and definitely doesn’t appear to take itself too seriously. I was a little dubious about this until seeing the video “Meet the Heavy” from the folks at Valve:
OK, where’s that damned game. I wanna play! More clips from the teaser trailers after the jump.