Thanks! I've been dabbling with the other classes a lot lately, but I always find myself returning to the Spy to deal some damage against an unaware team. :P I haven't really played the older online FPS'; I just stuck into TF2 when I saw the 'Meet The _' videos and instantly wanted to play it. Speaking of which, Valve released Meet The Medic not too long ago--needless to say, it's amazing. Valve could quite happily take over Pixar and I'd be fine with it!
I really want to try the System Shock series after hearing that it's the spiritual predecessor to Bioshock. I've heard brilliant stuff about The Elder Scrolls series, as well. Once I've built my own gaming PC, I'm sorted to try out all these titles.
If you're into point-and-click adventures, there's tons of gems you can go through such as the Monkey Island series, Grim Fandango, Sam & Max, etc. Mind you, if you ARE into the point-and-clickers, chances are you've already played these! :P
Cool video, I like the stab 'n' sap in the beginning! Spy's such a satisfying class, isn't it? I'm so jealous of all the awesome features PC version has. :( I'm feelin' you on the TF2 addiction, haha. I've got a little over 1000 hours on the Xbox version (1038) and I logged around 100 on the PC version back when I played it. A really good multiplayer shooter has way too much power over me. :P Before TF2 it was Unreal Tournament 2004.
I'm actually playing Thief right now too! I got a hand me down laptop a while ago that I never bothered with because it was full of viruses and ran like crap, but I recently reformatted it and got it in working order. It's not good enough to run TF2, but I can play the classics just fine. Thief 1-3, System Shock 1/2, Morrowind, KOTOR 1/2 and American McGee's Alice are just a few of the games I've gotten installed. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, I've been out of the PC loop for a while so I've got a lot to catch up on.
I'm currently playing through the real gems, lately - Thief: The Dark Project, which is a stealth game set in Medieval times where you literally steal stuff. The AI is incredibly smart - I discovered this the hard way when a guard found a pile of unconscious bodies I had left in the middle of a room and started looking for me. I'm currently playing through some SNES classics like Final Fantasy VI, as well; it's my first time playing a 'proper' Final Fantasy game from the main series, and I have to say that this one is really good. Games like this really stand the test of time! :D
I've logged over 200 hours on TF2, now (not including the 360 version :P)! Valve has added a brilliant replay feature that lets you upload clips of your matches to YouTube - here's one of mine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a00i1tefGp8
Seriously, the game is crack. It shouldn't be this addicting.
Yeah, a good strategy game will have me hooked for months. Definitely my favorite genre of game.
I've actually just started getting into the oldies over the last five years or so, been hunting down lots of copies on eBay and whatnot. I was too young back in the N64 / PS1 era to really appreciate a game like Metal Gear or Silent Hill, although I did play lots of Zelda, Metroid, and all those Nintendo greats. I'm actually glad I missed out on a lot of the classics to be honest, it just means I have entire generations worth of old, quality, and usually pretty cheap games to fall back on today. :)
And yes, BioShock Infinite is looking incredible!
I love strategy games - Advance Wars, Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance / A2 - they're all brilliant. I've never played a proper RTS game before, but I tried the demo for Shogun 2 - Total War, and all I can is say WOW - it's awesome! I need to play through the Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill series - I mainly owned Nintendo (and Sega) consoles up until I got a PS2, so I never got round to playing the Sony-exclusives back in the PS1 era. I loved Bioshock 1 and 2; Infinite is looking just as gorgeous.
I knew that the 360 version of TF2 was dead when I was facing the same people every day - not to mention the fact that 99% of servers had class limits that forced everyone involved to be one class. I can definitely sympathise about the playerbase there, though. Then again, the PC community just seems a lot more involving - people are (generally) kinder, smarter and more co-operative. The game itself has never been more alive. :)
I've enjoyed my time on the 360 version of TF2 though. The community's small enough that everybody knows everybody, but large enough for there to be an active competitive / clan side to things. It's kind of dead now that everybody's realized Valve doesn't care enough or have enough resources to update the 360 version, but it was fun while it lasted. The bugs are a major problem though, I agree. A little part of my love for the game dies every time one of my headshots doesn't register or an irremovable sapper gets placed on my teammate's sentry. :(
I've spent most of my gaming time on older titles since I lost my PC, the Xbox is really just for when I'm craving a good multiplayer experience. I just recently finished the entire Metal Gear Solid series and currently I'm working my way through Final Fantasy Tactics.
I know what you mean, PC gaming is definitely the way to go. I miss my RTS and MMOs. :( The only reason I picked up a 360 was because my PC died and I didn't have enough money on hand to start building a new one right away, plus there were a few new releases on both the PC and 360 at the time that I really couldn't wait to play (Mass Effect, Silent Hill Homecoming, Oblivion, BioShock). It was definitely an "I want my games NOW!" kind of thing. I could have used the money I spent on the console to save towards a new PC, but I just didn't want to wait. :P
PC games are £10 cheaper the vast majority of the time; if I bought all my 360 games on my PC instead from Steam, I would probably save around £250 at least! That's not counting the cost of subscribing to XBOX Live for £40 annually. Steam offers a superior service (for me personally, at least) and it's free! The cost of making a gaming PC is obviously very expensive initially, but the savings are too much too ignore in the long run. :)
Here's my Steam profile: http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197997537512
Feel free to add me! :)
I find myself playing literally every class nowadays. The Spy will always be my favourite, but sometimes you just need to switch to Soldier or Demoman and blow up that damn Engineer's nest! :P
I've been playing the game VERY regularly in the past couple of months on the PC. I do have the 360 version as well, but I don't play it because of the amount of bugs, exploits and unbalanced gameplay that's rampant on every server. To be frank, I haven't touched my 360 in months, and any games that are coming out for it that I'm interested in are also coming out for PC (like Portal 2). I'm actually looking at some parts to build my own PC (my first time; I've never owned a decent gaming rig :P), because I've made a realisation lately; console gaming is more expensive.
Haha, yeah it's a tough class. My sniper game has gone significantly downhill since I started branching out to other classes. I was good back when I played it almost exclusively, but now I'm just all over the place. It's OK though, I get much more satisfaction from the sheer destructive potential of the Demoman. :P
I'm a very regular TF2 player. It's a bit of an addiction at times. Unfortunately, my gaming PC bit the dust a while ago, so I play on the Xbox 360 version for the time being. It's not nearly as good, but it scratches the itch well enough. If you've got it, my gamertag is Pyrosynthesis. I'd love to play with a fellow Grok. :)