One of the most popular online action games of all time, Team Fortress Classic features over nine character classes -- from Medic to Spy to Demolition Man -- enlisted in a unique style of online team warfare. Each character class possesses unique weapons, items, and abilities, as teams compete online in a variety of game play modes.
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Release Date: Apr 1, 1999

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One of the most popular online action games of all time, Team Fortress Classic features over nine character classes -- from Medic to Spy to Demolition Man -- enlisted in a unique style of online team warfare. Each character class possesses unique weapons, items, and abilities, as teams compete online in a variety of game play modes.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux

    Minimum: 500 mhz processor, 96mb ram, 16mb video card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Recommended: 800 mhz processor, 128mb ram, 32mb+ video card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Minimum: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3, 1GB RAM, 4GB Hard Drive Space,NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection
    Minimum: Linux Ubuntu 12.04, Dual-core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz, 1GB Memory, nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1, 4GB Hard Drive Space, OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
166 of 186 people (89%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
682.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
If anyone were to ask me what my favourite video game of all time is, my reply to that question would be Team Fortress Classic. Team Fortress Classic is a remake of a Quake mod known as Team Fortress. Team Fortress was made in 1996 by three Australians named Robin Walker, John Cook, and Ian Caughley. Team Fortress became very popular, and it was so popular that these three men got hired by Valve with plans to make a game called Team Fortress 2. Team Fortress 2 went through many changes, and it was eventually released, but before Team Fortress 2 came, there was Team Forterss Classic. Team Fortress Classic was made to promote Half-Life as well as provide something for the Team Fortress community to play while Team Fortress 2 was being worked on. This game, made for those simple reasons, ended up being what I see as a masterpiece.

If you don't understand the concept of Team Fortress, it's actually not very hard to explain at its core. There are two teams, RED and BLUE, and these teams fight over objectives like capturing flags, capturing control points, or silly stuff like fighting over a football (soccer ball). Within a team, there are classes. You can pick from nine classes in Team Fortress. These nine classes are the scout, sniper, soldier, demolitions man, combat medic, heavy weapons guy, pyromaniac, spy, and engineer. Each of these classes have different abilities, weapons, and stats that make their role. For example, the heavy weapons guy has a big gun known as the assault cannon, a lot of health and armor, slow speed, and more resistance to knockback than other classes. This makes him able to play in a defensive role very well.

In Team Fortress Classic, there are many maps you can play on which is one of my favourite parts of the game. There are official maps like 2fort, well, dustbowl, and avanti, but there are also many nice custom maps that this game's community has decided to make themselves. The maps can differ, but a lot of maps play like the official maps. For example, there is a capture the flag map known as bases2k3, and there's nothing to it but capture the flag. However, there's a map known as security_r, and a demoman has to plant a bomb on this map to deactivate the security which can lead to another way to exit and enter the enemy base.

I find the graphics nice even though many people dislike them. If you put this game on software settings, low resolution, and low video quality or use gl_texturemode GL_NEAREST, it gives it a nice classic look. I like the appearance of old-school games so I don't exactly find graphics a huge disadvantage of this game. Also, for its time, these graphics were pretty great. Graphics don't matter as much as gameplay does. You can have a good game with bad graphics and good gameplay, but you can't have a good game with good graphics and bad gameplay.

I also love this game's community. The people in this game are friendly to new players, love to joke around, and they are often very dedicated to this game. This game's community does have bad parts like overly strict admins, elitists, and people who do things like camp spawn. However, these guys aren't really what I would consider the large portion of the community. The community is very strongly against Team Fortress 2, but that doesn't mean they'll hate anyone for liking Team Fortress 2. They just dislike the game. Most new players come from Team Fortress 2, and like I said, the community is willing to help new players.

This game has a very small amount of players, and I hope that it can be revived by getting more players. Very few players stay in this game because they are upset because of its difficulty, but stay around, and you'll learn. It's not impossible, and a lot of new players assume it is. All you really need to know is the basics for the game to become playable, but there are difficult skills dealing with mobility, positioning, and tricks. This game is different from Team Fortress 2, and if you are aware of that, you should treat it like a completely different game. Keep in mind that Team Fortress is the granddaddy of class-based, team-based, multiplayer shooters. You might love it if you play enough. I'm not a pro at this game, but I enjoy this game every single week.

Final Rating: 10/10
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77 of 82 people (94%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
5,841.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Been a fun game for many years. Players come and go. And one day I will go too. Until then. I'm playing hard.
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59 of 66 people (89%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
9,185.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Let me be honest right up front. This is for new and potentially new players. Vets of the game already know why TFC is still for sale, and not F2P like it's "decendent".

TFC is a game I've been playing for over 15 years. It is, without a doubt, the most FUN game in my library.

You have the same 9 classes as TF2, however, with many differences. The Spy can't turn invisible, but can "feign death". Be careful with this ability, as it's not impossible to spot a Spy trying to pull their tricks.

Grenades! TFC has grenades, and lots of them! Every class(except Sniper) has a class specific secondary grenade. All classes(except Scout) have your normal issue "Frag" grenade. Using these grenades can help you either kill an enemy, or assist your movements.

When you first begin playing, you WILL get your butt handed to you. A lot. This is normal, and all TFC players have been through it. Don't let that deter you. The game engine has lots of nuances for you to learn, but it takes time. Really, it takes lots of time to learn, but many players are willing to teach you. All you have to do is ask.

You may encounter players who have forgotten what it's like to be new to the game. Ignore them, or mute them. I may not be the best TFC player around, but I'm a team player, and I don't mind teaching what I know. Feel free to friend me, and just ask.

Don't expect "Hats". TFC is a game where tactics and skill are utilized, we don't need no stinking Hats. ;)
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53 of 70 people (76%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
1,543.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Surprisingly this game still alive, a pretty good game about to die.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
This game might be older than you, it was originally released back in 1999; Still alive & rocking !
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