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Team Fortress 2!

The sequel to one of the most popular PC multiplayer games of the last generation has finally arrived in a package separate from the Orange Box, but will the game still hold its value without its OB buddies?

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Top Of The Class: Team Fortress 2 brings two things rarely seen on the PC; humor and good, class-based multiplayer. TF2 offers a cartoonish type style that nicely contrasts its brutal gameplay. Taking on any of nine different roles, up to sixteen players compete on a total of six maps in objective-based games.

The class system is what helps TF2 stand out among other PC titles. The nine different roles are very unique from one another, so that playing a Soldier class and playing a Demo Man are very different experiences. As mentioned before, there are nine classes, built to match the gaming style of any gamer.

There are classes that are meant to be the mad killers best friend; The Solider who carries a Rocket Launcher, a Shotgun, and an entrenching weapon for close range combat, the Demo Man who obviously carries a Grenade Launcher, and Mines, the Heavy who wields a massive Chaingun with secondary weapons of a Shotgun, and his bare fists. And the Pyro who has an easy arsenal to figure out, a Flamethrower to engulf his enemies with fiery pain.

But do not think that TF2 only encourages mindless killings; there are also other classes that require more skill than kill. Such as the Scout who is a very fast moving class that prefers a lighter load than other classes by using a small Shotgun, a Pistol, and a Bat as weapons. The Engineer who is a repair based class that uses a standard load-out. A Shotgun, Pistol, and a Monkey Wrench that doubles as a repair tool and a Melee weapon.

As well as the aforementioned classes of skill, there is also the Medic, who carries a weapon that fires syringes, albeit very slowly, and can recover his health through time. In addition to those classes there are two other classes that require perfect timing and skill above anyone one else, the Sniper whose arsenal is self-explanatory and my personal favorite, the Spy.

The Spy has the ability to assume the form of any other class, and play the part of an opposing teams ally. This disguising ability will allow the Spy the infiltrate the enemy base and take down the opposing team from the inside by killing the other members of the team with his Revolver, Butterfly Knife, and an Electric Zapper.

But looking like the enemy is not the entire role of playing the Spy. You have to act along with the disguise, meaning the Spy class will not be used by too many, but still loved and adored by all.

Match Play: Since there is no solo deathmatch in TF2 and with each class having unique skills there is a big emphasis on teamwork. Going solo is not going to help you win a Control Points battle on a large map like the Well.

A deathmatch option would have actually benefited the objective-based games -- since those who want team play can group together and leave others to mindless mayhem.

Rent vs. Buy: As I did when the game originally released with the Orange Box, I think TM2 is a great MP game that has undeniable charm and great gameplay at its core. If you liked it the first time on the 360, or already have it, then enjoy!

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As I did when the game originally released with the Orange Box, I think TM2 is a great MP game that has undeniable charm and great gameplay at its core. If you liked it the first time on the 360, or already have it, then enjoy! (Krakrabbit.com)

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