A look at TF2 from the eyes of a new player


Today, I chat with a close friend of mine, Dekky, who I introduced to Team Fortress 2. He’s a new player with a soft spot for shooting robots and firing rockets. We were all newbies once…

How did you first hear about Team Fortress 2?

Hmmm… probably from you Actually you and some other guys on the Budding Writers forum talking about it. AGES ago. Yah. That’s about all I can remember, really..

What was your first impression of the game as it loaded up and you saw the main menu?

“Oooooooh, multiplayer!” Yeah. First thing I picked up on. Then there was the nice artwork of, I believe, a Heavy.

It’s a random class each time.

So I figured eventually. Also this news item popped up and I thought “WHAT THE HECK IS THAT” then I saw it was a harmless announcement.

What was your first impression of Team Fortress 2 and its gameplay? Was it all familiar? Different? Incomprehensible?

The basic controls I got instantly, but it took a while to get used to the chat system. The Training mode was brilliant for learning all the combat and movement stuff. I’d say the game overall is really neat and simple in its concept, and I liked that from the start.

Did you play all of the tutorials?

Yesh, all of them. All in one night! I’m terrible at all of them except Soldier.

Apart from the tutorials, what was the first class you played as?

Soldier, I believe. After that I mostly played as Heavy.

Which class is currently your favourite?

Partly because of that awesome rocket launcher you gave me

The Original.

Good balance between power and speed, I find. The Soldier, I mean. As a Heavy, it frustrates me when I can’t reach an enemy because I move too slowly. Yes, the Original. Merci!

That’s a common complaint about Heavy. What do you think of the other classes?

Well, I tried out the Sniper once and the Spy several times. Medic once as well. Didn’t go so well… I kinda like the Demoman but kept blowing myself up. As a Pyro I’d always get shot from a distance and never got the chance to burn stuff. Only tried playing as Scout once… actually, that didn’t go so badly. Might try him again.

Have I missed one?

Nope I think you got everyone. Unless you’ve got more to say about the Heavy.

ME GONNA MINCE YOU GOOD BWAHAHAHA! That’s what I keep thinking when I play as him.

What is your least favourite class?

I’d say Pyro… Whenever I play a Pyro I get shot. Whenever I don’t play a Pyro I get burned. Don’t like them much at all. Any advice?

Well, Pyro’s a strange ambush class, you’re supposed to take back routes to attack people, or you can help your team by finding enemy spies.

Riight… So you’d need to know the maps pretty well?

Yeah, it helps a lot. What game modes have you played and which one is your favourite?

MvM with you has got to be my favourite. I’ve also played the standard ones, Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, those ones.

How about weapons? What weapons have you found so far? What weapons do you like the most?

Hmmm… I’ve actually never used most of the weapons I’ve found. Just the Original from you. I should probably test ’em some time, I have the Black Box and the Crusader’s Crossbow, among other things.

What are your overall thoughts on Team Fortress 2?

Cool stuff! I like the simplicity of it but the promise of all these new weapons and hats and things that one can customize oneself with. Also yeah, great having the Training mode. Oh yeah, the whole style too. It’s pretty unique, methinks.

And finally, would you recommend Team Fortress 2 to a friend?

Yes I would. But all my friends seem to play it already!


Medic, also known as Phovos (or occasionally Dr Retvik Von Scribblesalot), writes 50% of all the articles on the Daily SPUF since she doesn't have anything better to do. A dedicated Medic main in Team Fortress 2 and an avid speedster in Warframe, Phovos has the unique skill of writing 500 words about very little in a very short space of time.

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