Monday, November 12, 2007

Orange Box part 1

I have been playing Orange Box for a while, so I figured its about time I review it! Ill have one review each day for all the games in the box. It probably is pointless but who knows! Maybe this will come in handy some day. So lets get started shall we? The first game on the list is...


Team Fortress 2 is an amazing game. The visual style is great because it truly sets the game apart from all the others. It feels just like a Pixar movie, and rather then going for photo realistic graphics, it brings a sense of fun into the game by having a cartoony look.I feel this games visuals will hold up much better in the long run due to its stylistic graphics. A game with goes for photo realistic graphics will look bad in a few years, but a game with a particular style will look just as good years later as it did the first day you saw it.
Graphics are an important part of the package, but game play is where it truly is important. Lucky for us, this game delivers in spades. The game play is great because of the class system. There are 9 total classes, and each one has there own strengths and weaknesses, such as the Heavy Weapons Guy, who is a walking tank, he can take a lot of punishment, and dish it out as well, but is very very slow. The Scout on the other hand, is quite the opposite. He is very nimble, and very dangerous in close combat, but he has the lowest health of all the classes. Its because of these classes that the game is so easy to pick up. A new player can easily recognize what class does what, and can choose something that would fit his or her playing style, and can leave the more complex classes for later.
There are a few flaws in the game, such as the relatively few amount of maps. As of right now, there are only 6 official maps, and 5 of them are capture point maps, where 2 teams face off to capture each others points, and 1 capture the flag map, which is my personal favorite. there are other user created maps, but most of them are not nearly as well designed as the official maps. I wish they could have taken out one capture point map and put in another capture the flag map. The good side of this is that the maps that are there, are pretty well designed, and they have lots and lots of different strategies.
Something that I feel is worth noting is the sound in this game. Now there is no music really playing during the game, but the anthem that is playing when you start up the game is a really great one, and it makes the player feel like they are really in some sort of 1960s spy film. The in game voices, are what really help bring these characters to life. Each class in the game have many different lines of dialog that can be used to taunt other players, point out spies, give orders, etc. Its these voices that are the personalities to each class, and they fit wonderfully. I love how the Pyro's voice is always barely intelligible due to the mask he wares, and the snarky comments the scout makes after he bats some other player in the head. The voices are truly great and they add a whole level of immersion to this awesome game.
Overall this game would be worth buying at full price by itself. It has great visuals, deep, engrossing game play, brilliantly designed maps and a wonderful cast of characters to wreck havoc with. It does have a lack of maps, but if you don't mind playing custom maps, then you should be satisfied with what the community has to offer. As long as you have friends to play with, this game will have you coming back for quite some time.


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