Team Fortress 2 Updated Hands-On - Goldrush, New Achievements, New Items

We get an advance look at the new Payload mode, plus some new intel on new items and achievements for the medic class.

The long-awaited multiplayer shooter sequel Team Fortress 2 made its debut in the impressive The Orange Box package last year, and offered fast-paced team shooter action and a colorful, distinctively cartoonish look. Valve Software is gearing up to release a brand-new update to the game in the form of Goldrush, a new playable map that hosts a new gameplay mode known as Payload, as well as new items and achievements for each class, starting with the medic.

Welcome to Goldrush. Hope you brought your medikit.

The map we played was called Goldrush and featured tight corners similar to those of the existing Dustbowl map. The level takes place in a small mining facility with team bases on either end and plenty of sharp turns and elevated perching spots in between for snipers and demomen to plink away at passing foes or pelt with bombs. The Payload game mode is based around a movable object that must be pushed by one team member to the opposing team's base. In the case of Goldrush, the object was a mining cart loaded with a bomb that needed to be moved past three "capture points." The team in the offense role is required to move the cart across all three points into enemy territory, while the opposing team must keep the payload from reaching its goal within the time limit.

Even though Goldrush has many alternate routes to get from one end of the map to the other, including an aboveground route and several crow's nest-like perching spots, the payload in this map must be pushed along a set of railroad tracks on a tightly defined route, so that it's easy to tell where the action is. Thankfully, despite all the sharp turns and tight corners, there are still plenty of places for snipers and demomen to ply their trade, plenty of open areas for soldiers to storm, and lots of nooks and crannies for heavies (and their miniguns) and pyros (and their flamethrowers) to dig in and repel all comers. Medics also seem extremely in demand on such a compact map since the ordnance flies fast and furious, while the invulnerability power conveyed by the character's medigun healing device is extremely useful for grinding the payload forward in a highly contested area.

Pushing the payload across the tracks isn't easy when you're taking fire.

In addition to Goldust and Payload, which should be making their way onto Valve's Steam service shortly, Team Fortress 2 will make new additions in the form of new class-specific items and medic achievements. The medic class, which is arguably at its best in a full-on support role, has been made more interesting with 36 new achievements that require a good mix of healing support and offensive kills. On earning 12, 24, and all 36 of these achievements, medics will be able to unlock a total of three new weapons: the "blutsauger," a non-critical-hit weapon that draws health from enemies when it hits; the "critzcrieg," a new medigun that builds up charge which, rather than eventually building up to invulnerability, builds up to critical damage for the player the medic is supporting; and the "ubersaw," a powerful new melee weapon that will directly charge the medic's medigun with any successful hit and, with four hits, fully charge it to "ubercharge" levels.

Team Fortress 2 remains as fast paced and enjoyable to play as ever, and the new mode and achievements should further promote smart team play over goofing off. We're told that the new improvements should be coming online to the game in the coming days.

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59 comments
Mega-Tom
Mega-Tom

Oh sounds awesome. I need to pick my copy of TF" on the PC up... like right now hah

padejace
padejace

XBOX360 pleeeeaase !!! :( WHen ???!!!

Futil1ty
Futil1ty

Yeah...how will this work on 360? Aren't we supposed to get this map, at least?

Redskullduggery
Redskullduggery

Does anyone know when the unlockable weapons for the other classes are going to be added?

corpsfactor
corpsfactor

so wheres the 360 new map pac? HMMM?

CptAsbjoern
CptAsbjoern

To lBravolASTALKER, You cant really compare CoD4 and TF2, sure they are both fps'es but they are different in so many ways. I got both and love both :)

cravinmild
cravinmild

COD4 is good but so is TF2. I think when socom is released for ps3 COD4 will die on ps3 and TF2 will still rock. I have bought the new map pack and it is good but does not make me laugh like TF2 does. TF2 is an experance but COD4 passes the time.

lBravolASTALKER
lBravolASTALKER

TheReaper45: whats so good about tf2 anyway? it sucks cod4 is better CoD 4 has good multiplayer yeah but in my opinion it pales to the amount of chaos going on in TF2. I'd rather have TF2 over CoD4 any day. Go Valve!

LettuceJoans
LettuceJoans

TF2 is my favorite online game right now. I hope these changes don't affect the game play in a negative way.

TheReaper45
TheReaper45

whats so good about tf2 anyway? it sucks cod4 is better

Mengzor
Mengzor

I cant even imagine what stuff they'll add for the other characters. Shame we'll have to wait 9 years for all of them >_>

shade1978x
shade1978x

Are they ever going to add bots?

Craft2299
Craft2299

Wow they changed the medic allot!

mafdys
mafdys

im really looking forward to this!

anihil8er
anihil8er

hmm i rele am looking forward to this... with any luck we'll get the old spy with tranquiliser and feigning death, in a future update... i loved that!

teger5
teger5

Just so you know, the official TF2 forums, and the interviews on shacknews have much more info on the medic achievements and weapons, such as their full stats, all the achievements, ect. The release date for goldrush and the medic stuff is supposedly this week but knowing valve, it probably isn't. Also, @camper, they are the first, but not the last.

TheHappyCamper
TheHappyCamper

so does anyone know if the medic is the first of the classes to get new equipment and achievements, or is he the only class to be getting them?

faul_faul
faul_faul

I can't wait for this. But all of the new medic add ons sound a tad confusing. But I'm sure it wont be that hard. :D

Noodle001
Noodle001

this sure is going to make the medic much more interesting! "oops thzat was not medicine"-Medic-

Hameyadea
Hameyadea

"Ya just gat UBERsawed!" --Medic.

Haigotron
Haigotron

i can see for the first couple of nights, most people will grab the medic to try ride the novelty wave :D teehee

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

im sure PC will get it for free and xbox live players will have to pay...

blackacidevl
blackacidevl

Nice cant wait. maybe ill start playing TF2 a lot more after this update. And to the consoles, i think valve was gonna release this for free , being one of the few good developers now, theyll prolly keep this free like all their updates. :D

MichaelMorbid
MichaelMorbid

this won't unbalance the game? sounds like it would. eh... medic is like the least played class anyway though. who knows. they should just make another ctf map. 2fort is still the best map out there.

Aurora268
Aurora268

wows this is gonna b awesome, i play a lot of tf2, can't w8 for this update. its rly interesting and i wonder wat new achievements u can unlock for the other classes. UBERCHARGE FTW!!!

shak1r
shak1r

This update'll get many to play medics at last and not spam crit rockets.

tiggerlu
tiggerlu

I like the idea of ubering the medic - this will really make the game pace increase...and as we all know, hacking someone with the saw 4 times in a row will be quite a challenge, but worth it!

RedWave247
RedWave247

Neat. It's a shame the medic isn't going to be equipped with an infecting virus when he tries to heal the enemy like in TFC, though. I always thought that was fun. Of course, I also kind of miss the spy's tranq gun, too. Regardless, these new achievements sound like fun. I hope they bring out more of them soon.

StarDragoon713
StarDragoon713

Man, all of those crazy medics who love running around with bonesaws are going to have so many ubers in one round...

r4v3gl0ry
r4v3gl0ry

I'm dying here just waiting for the update...

TheJGene
TheJGene

Awesome... I enjoy being a medic when playing with my friends, as well as whipping out the bonesaw in a tight spot. This should be a whole lot of fun and simply makes a brilliant game even... um, brillianter

SrTVBR
SrTVBR

I can´t wait to this update. Its going to give a new face for the game that is very good already.

SeriousSean
SeriousSean

Nice. Although I'm not much of a fan of the medic class this bodes well for other classes as well. I wouldn't worry too much about balance issues because Valve is really good about stuff like that. Any problems will be addressed quickly. My only problem is with the people who feel the need to rate comments containing the number "360" in it down.

johnny27
johnny27

i cant wait for this update im really excited about the gold rush map

Kenzo287
Kenzo287

MMmmhhm mhhmmmhm hmmmhmm mmm! That's Pyro for "When can we get it already?!?!?!?"

xSkrammasx
xSkrammasx

is there any idea if this is coming to 360, i don't care if i have to pay it will be great, that would also raise the achievement bar for the 360

KingSigy
KingSigy

Finally, jeez. Took enough time.

battlefieldguy9
battlefieldguy9

so does goldrush have spots for engis or what? or will we be there just for building teles? I guess thats fine by me

user5689
user5689

So...What do we spys get? :D

Dib9394
Dib9394

Wow, the new update looks very awesome! I'm surely awaiting this! :D

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

is this coming to the 360? and do we need to pay for it?

Houghbot
Houghbot

oh gwad YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!

Agulf
Agulf

The new ubersaw fits my playstyle so much so even if they did nerf double-uber uber storing I'm actually excited about TF2 again. :D

Smokebudz
Smokebudz

They should have just made needlegun crits give aids and medics would been fine giving one class new goodies after removing ammo and such from others for balance already means more classes should get such goodies in the future if valve plans on it, then thats awesome if not it could cause balance issues when one team has a buncha medics with all said items unlocked and the other doesn't. A few things could be possible future additions tho that would be nice are soldier unlocking grenades, scout nailgun(was in the trailer), spy feint ability, heavys a double barrel, engineer 2 dispensers and/or teleports (2 sentries is a bit overboard), demoman dynamite(was also in the trailer),pyro a napalm grenade or maybe a double barrel,snipers tho seem powerful enough as is maybe a remove dot upgrade.

wazodude99
wazodude99

WOOT! im very excited about the new map, and the weapons...though i don't really get what "builds up to critical damage for the player the medic is supporting" means...and the ubersaw sounds a bit toooo powerful... hope the game won't become unbalanced and everyone uses medics!