By Michael McWhertor on Jun 18, 2014 06.18.14
Valve's free-to-play shooter Team Fortress 2 is getting some new content in the Love and War Update, which ushers in a handful of new weapons and limited time bread-based variations on existing items, like fanged bread boxing gloves. As part of the imminent update, the Scout will get a new scattergun called The Back Scatter; the Sniper will get a new rifle dubbed The Classic; the Demoman will get a new ship's wheel shield, The Tide Turner; and the Soldier will get a new rocket launcher named The Air Strike. The game's two blast jumping classes, Demoman and Soldier, can also employ a parachute called The B.A.S.E. Jumper that slows their descent. Four bread-based weapons — which appear to be sentient, tumor-laden mutant bread variations of existing items — are also being added. Versions...
By Michael McWhertor on Jun 17, 2014 06.17.14
The latest Team Fortress 2 animated short is Valve's biggest, clocking in at nearly 15 minutes and telling the tale of a lovelorn Scout's attempt to strike up a romance with clerical assistant/corpse disposal expert Miss Pauling. It's also an action-packed film in which the Red team confronts a deadly new enemy: bread. The release of the short film, "Expiration Date," coincides with Valve's latest update for the free-to-play Team Fortress 2, the Love and War Update. The update will bring with it new expressions that let TF2 players dance the conga, lovingly headbutt each other, square dance and more. There's apparently more planned for the Love and War Update than just emotes and new achievements, with the full extent of Valve's plans playing out over the next few days. Valve's...
By Owen S. Good on May 31, 2014 05.31.14
Calm down. This is not real. But it is a nicely done video that imagines a Super Smash Bros. Melee-type game with a roster full of fan favorites from Valve's stable of characters. The casts of Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 and Team Fortress 2 join Chell, Gordon Freeman and all the rest in this mash-up. As best as he could, YouTuber crazyhalo tried to match this trailer shot-for-shot with the original Super Smash Bros. Melee trailer. Not all characters have the same actions or movements but where possible, the same colors, lighting or similar backgrounds are used. You can see the side-by-side comparison below.
By Michael McWhertor on Nov 21, 2013 11.21.13
The second half of Team Fortress 2's Two Cities update is giving the Medic class some new tricks in co-op, including the godlike ability to bring the dead back to life and, when ubercharged, erect a protective shield for his teammates. New for the Medic class is the Reanimator, a device that lets players piece their exploded comrades back together after they've been killed by Gray Mann's robots. The Medic will also have access to new upgrades called Mad Milk syringes that provide a heal-on-hit effect for teammates and a projectile shield that can comfortably protect his entire team. These upgrades appear to be limited to the Mann vs. Machine co-op mode, according to Team Fortress 2's latest change log. While the Medic is getting some across the board perks to make him more appealing...
By John Funk on Sep 30, 2013 09.30.13
A new video courtsey of game modder Gray Mann Gaming shows what is unmistakably Star Fox 64's multiplayer mode running inside Team Fortress 2. The pre-alpha video focuses on the traditional Star Fox Arwing-to-Arwing combat, though one can also see foot soldiers fighting it out on the ground; players could unlock both a Landmaster tank and foot combat in the Nintendo 64 title. Creator Gray Mann says that the mod is coming "eventually."
By Dave Tach on Jun 21, 2013 06.21.13
By Samit Sarkar on Apr 19, 2013 04.19.13
Playing Team Fortress 2 with the Oculus Rift is said to be potentially nauseating, but it looks like it could also be exhausting if you add the Virtuix Omni treadmill, as seen on Road to VR. The Virtuix Omni is an omnidirectional virtual reality treadmill that allows users to walk or run in any direction and have their movements translated to controlling a character in a game. Virtuix already has videos of the treadmill working with Crysis Warhead and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, and yesterday the company posted footage of what it calls "true VR" — Team Fortress 2 being played with the Oculus Rift VR headset and the Omni treadmill. The Omni currently uses Kinect for motion tracking, and actual running speed isn't tied to movement yet, but Virtuix is working on native solutions for...
By Dave Tach on Feb 01, 2013 02.01.13
An adept animator has recreated a classic scene from The Secret of Monkey Island in Source Filmmaker and published it on YouTube. Callegos Yavolitak used the voice work from 2010's The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and characters from Team Fortress 2 as stand-ins for wannabe mighty pirate Guybrush Threepwood and a trio of high-ranking pirates. The video recreates the scene in which Threepwood (who you might know as "Thriftweed" or "Peepwood") learns of the the Three Trials he must complete before becoming a pirate. Check out the video above to see The Secret of Monkey Island as interpreted by the Source Engine and get a refresher on the bizarre ingredients in grog, a real pirate's drink of choice. Released as an open beta in July 2012, Source Filmmaker is the software...
By Dave Tach on Jan 17, 2013 01.17.13
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is set for a downloadable release on Windows PC Jan. 31 and will bring characters from Team Fortress 2 to the starting block, according to a post on developer Sega's blog. Team Fortress 2's Pyro, Heavy, and Spy will join fellow kart racers like Sonic, Tails and Danica Patrick. Shogun from the Total War series and Manager Man from the Football Manager series have also secured their places exclusively on the PC version's racetracks. You can watch the trailer above to showcase the $29.99 PC version and its new racers. You can also check out our review of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, a game that allowed us to revisit our "fond memories without any of the overwhelming disappointment of actually revisiting them." Sonic & All-Stars Racing...
By Samit Sarkar on Nov 07, 2012 11.07.12
Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell celebrated his 50th birthday last week, and users of the video game board on the website 4chan, /v/, visited the company's offices to present him with a card and gift. The poster-size card, an annual tradition, featured messages from thousands of /v/ users. Their gift wasn't as simple as opening the package they gave him — Newell had to pay $2.50 for a key. Once he did, he gained access to the present inside: a hat of sorts, a helmet resembling the one worn by the Soldier class in Team Fortress 2. (The gag gift was a reference to the free-to-play title's virtual economy for cosmetic in-game items.) You can watch a video of the ceremony above, and some photos are available here.