Team Fortress 2 Impressions - More Fun with the Classes

Valve shows off a new Team Fortress 2 trailer exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the different playable classes.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY--Earlier today, during a meeting with Valve at the Leipzig Games Convention, we were treated to an all-new trailer of Team Fortress 2. The trailer not only showed off the game's gorgeous cartoonlike visuals, but it also did a great job of pointing out the rock-paper-scissors-style relationships that many of its playable classes enjoy.

The first class to appear in the trailer was an engineer, who took a few moments to set up an automatic gun turret and then stood back and watched as it mowed down a dozen or so rocket-launcher-carrying soldiers before any of them managed to fire a single shot. The heavy class, armed with a chaingun, was able to cut down even more soldiers in the space of just a few seconds, but met his own demise when he was picked off at range in the portion of the trailer that showed off the sniper class. Moments later, a spy--who had presumably been employing some kind of stealth tactic that made him completely invisible--appeared behind the sniper from out of nowhere, and took him out with a stab to the back.

Next up was the scout, who didn't appear to be carrying much in the way of weaponry, but who was able to move around the level much more quickly than any of the other classes. The footage of the scout showed him using his speed to evade enemy fire and reach what appeared to be some kind of mission objective, just moments before he was blown up by a demo man. After taking out the enemy scout, the demo man proceeded to make his way back to the turret that we'd seen the engineer place at the start of the trailer and then, after playfully swinging a stick of dynamite around in his hand, he used the explosives to take down the turret with a well-placed throw. Our only real question at this point, as the trailer appeared to be coming to an end, was why on earth would anyone choose to play as a soldier? We'd seen them die twice without ever getting their revenge, after all. The answer came moments later, when we were treated to a display of rocket-jumping (the art of firing a rocket at the ground while jumping, so that you're propelled high into the air), which let soldiers effortlessly fly up into high windows much like the one that the sniper had been hiding behind earlier.

The only classes that weren't really highlighted in today's trailer, although both had brief cameo roles, were the medic and the pyro. Regardless, we're now even more excited about Team Fortress 2 than we were when it was unveiled at an Electronic Arts press event last month. We look forward to bringing you more information on the game, which will ship as part of the Half-Life 2: Episode Two package toward the end of this year, as soon as it becomes available.

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sparticusjoe
sparticusjoe

Orange Box. Way better than CoD4 could ever hope to be. Now, if GS could just get around to reviewing the PS3 version...

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

team fortress looks like its gonna be a quality online game. for me it's now cod4 or the orange box for novembers game... ? which one!

hitman1988
hitman1988

anyone know how much this pack is going to be?

evilguy15
evilguy15

the game sounds awsome and the charecters all look intersetin and exciting and the graphics are impressive too

doug1138
doug1138

No PC version? It was hard enough to control the scout with a mouse. I can't imagine it with a 'stick

darthfrag
darthfrag

I am soooooo stoked for this game. The original TFC is still the standard by which I judge all team-based FPS. Games like Battlefield 2 try to duplicate the sheer gameplay bliss TFC offered years ago, but only succeed in being pale imitations. Even though I've already beaten HL2 on Xbox, I'm absolutely buying it again simply to get TF2. Buy it, you won't be sorry.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

Supergrovealistichyperfunkadelic

gozyaj
gozyaj

Cartoon like characters.. Different Jobs.... Even more Exciting and Fun than the first... This is Team Fortress... for Pete sake.

eiru
eiru

sweet.:)

RahKayne
RahKayne

the videos can be found in the forums, checks the topics the the right of this page.

neoand12
neoand12

Nice !!!!!! Consoles are taking over!

Rangent
Rangent

"pfft. console versions, give me the pc version " They are in December I think.

SH_guY
SH_guY

pfft. console versions, give me the pc version :D

Serialkillajoe
Serialkillajoe

this should only be for pc now its gona suck for ps3 cause of the lousy contols

dcoy8
dcoy8

its coming to the ps3 right...should be good.

SilverDeath
SilverDeath

Better than the first episode that won't be coming out with both portal AND team fortress!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i would pay for this game by itself. sounds like a team fortress-toy story mod.

shasam712
shasam712

This should be awsome, I can't wait.

syx
syx

TF2 will revive the TFC gameplay, I can't wait.

RockysCatnipCo
RockysCatnipCo

I saw the vid on youtube, this is by far my most anticipated game for this year! Portal will be awesome too.

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

I've been waiting for HL2 to hit next-gen consoles for what seems like ages. This is going to be great.

FernandoDANTE
FernandoDANTE

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JusticeCovert
JusticeCovert

We weren't permitted to film the trailer at Valve's booth today, which is why we wrote up a quick story based on our impressions of it. It'd be far easier for us to just point you to the trailer on our site, and as soon as have permission to, that's exactly what we'll do.

jman183
jman183

YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! New TF2 trailer!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wonder when they will post the link.

pwnr
pwnr

I can't wait for Episode 2.

MrOpinionated
MrOpinionated

Just watched the new Team Fortres 2 trailer on YouTube. Holy crap! Not only is it going to be fun to play, it will be just awesome to watch!

MCCHA
MCCHA

i cant wait to watch it

RustInPeace
RustInPeace

Sounds like a graphical update to the original without much more.

edubuccaneer
edubuccaneer moderator

The trailer will be up later, you guys... cool off, will ya? We didn't get the MGS4 one well after the show, wait a little! Well, this game will make me go back to online gaming... can't wait!

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

who wants to read about a freakin trailer when you can't watch it? Hey Gamespot, pull your head outta your ______!!!!!!!!!!!!

VooDooPC
VooDooPC

The TF2 and Portal trailers are on YouTube somewhere.

GaMeRuInEr
GaMeRuInEr

Who cares about the damn trailer if we can't even see it?