Let me count the ways…
Like, at least 12.
TF2 is an amazing game, and there are many, many things to love about it I could talk about various aspects all day, from the classes, to the weapons, to the fantastic art style. It’s a game that is almost 9 years old, and still has a great place in my heart. Of course, there are also things to hate about it, like random crits, unbalanced weapons, and 4 Snipers on a team, but I’ll always remember the good times that I had, and not the bad. Seriously,
But what do I love most about TF2, out of all the silly Congas, Rancho Relaxos, and Friendly Heavies?
A balanced match.
Yes, the rare and elusive balanced match is one of my favorite things in TF2, which is a big reason why I’m looking forward to Matchmaking. Once in a blue moon, on a leap year, during the alignment of the planets, on a Valve Server, both teams will have actual good players on them. I frequent Payload Servers, and let me tell you, a balanced round on Upward or Barn Blitz is immensely fun. They always feel like such a tug-of-war, and it doesn’t even matter if you lose, as long as you had fun doing it.
I’m sure many of you know the glorious feeling of what it’s like to lead a successful charge against a Sentry nest, perhaps with an Uber, followed by having your team take action upon that Uber and pushing the cart. It’s one of the best feelings in the world, a feeling of true teamwork and cooperation. A good push-and-pull round is great fun as well, since there are times when your steamrolling, and other times when you have to hunker down on the last point. For me, trying to push out against the enemy is fun as well.
Just simply trying to make a push into any fortified area is real fun. A great example is the last point of Barn Blitz. It’s usually an absolute Sentry-fest, and is almost impossible to break into without an Uber. Dropping down right into the action with your Medic and just obliterating those Sentries, allowing your team to push forward, it just feels amazing.
True teamwork may be an uncommon sight these days in Valve Servers, but when it happens, oh boy, does it happen.