(NOTE: This review was written by 13-year-old Noah H. We don’t normally cover M-Rated games, but we are trying something new in which we ask kids about games they love, and he couldn’t wait to share his thoughts on this one)
By Noah H., 13
Team Fortress 2 is one of the best non- traditional first-person shooters ever made. B y non-traditional, I mean it’s not realistic, and the quirky art style and funny lines seem to almost be mocking regular, serious shooters like Call of Duty. It’s a first person shooter, so the view when you’re playing is first person (seeing out of the characters eyes), and you…um… shoot things, normally other players. Nine different classes are available to play as, each with their own fighting styles, personality, and usually a funny twist. The fast character, the Scout, has a weapon that’s a baseball bat, the large and bulky Heavy has a huge gun that he names his beloved “Sasha,” and the Medic has a little gun that shoots syringes.
Yes, it is an M rated game, but it really doesn’t deserve that rating. The violence is present, but it’s cartoony and unrealistic. Yes, there is blood, but it’s so greatly exaggerated to the point where it is, in fact, funny. When you die, body parts will fly off in all directions in a horribly amusing way, and the game will label things like “your foot” or “bits of you.” Tobacco reference? The class of the Spy holds a cigarette in his mouth. That’s it. Drinking? The Demoman has a weapon which is an upside down liquor bottle. Besides these two things, there is no mention or reference to anything drug or smoking related anywhere in the game.
What’s also pretty great is the crowd of players who play the game. Everything is online, so you’ll always be interacting and playing with and against real people. Just like in all online games, some of the people swear or have inappropriate names, but generally, it’s a crowd of people that want to have fun. Most don’t really care about winning or losing, their just playing to have a good time. This gets rid of the intensity of other online shooters, where players are all about competition, and makes the online community a fun place to be.
So, if you don’t mind a little exploding, Team Fortress 2 is really a fantastic game. Still, the violence and the interactions with other people make this a strictly teen- only game. Sorry twelve-year olds.
One of the most popular online action games of all time, Team Fortress 2 delivers constant free updates—new game modes, maps, equipment and, most importantly, hats. Nine distinct classes provide a broad range of tactical abilities and personalities, and lend themselves to a variety of player skills.
New to TF? Don’t sweat it!
No matter what your style and experience, we’ve got a character for you. Detailed training and offline practice modes will help you hone your skills before jumping into one of TF2’s many game modes, including Capture the Flag, Control Point, Payload, Arena, King of the Hill and more.
Make a character your own!
There are hundreds of weapons, hats and more to collect, craft, buy and trade. Tweak your favorite class to suit your gameplay style and personal taste. You don’t need to pay to win—virtually all of the items in the Mann Co. Store can also be found in-game.