As AaronJer has been telling me for some time to do I have downloaded Fortress Forever. Since he was so adamant that I try it I thought, hell, why not write it up as some kind of a review?
So here we are, safe in the FF truck. I will start by saying the FF is a very impressive mod. I'd equate the work that's gone into it as half a TF2 (which sems about right, to me; the installer is roughly half that of TF2 ad content-wise it seems close. The place where FF wins is on stock maps) which is really rather impressive for a team of volunteers. (Did I see the name Nezumi on a newspost? :p)
Then to the gameplay. I think they have done a good job of making Source feel like GoldSrc (a good thing?
). Everything is quite bouncy and, yes, fun. I would offer the criticism that the classes have perhaps a bit much health; even the Super Shotgun felt rather weak. Then there is the proliferation of weapons - seemingly every class has a shotgun and a primary weapon and a secondary weapon and grendes and ...
So I was a little bit confused by the choices. I haven't played all the classes yet (but I have played most) but it seems that the sniper is overpowered, particularly in the "Hunted" gametype. It was only ever a matter of time before someone got in a shot and once again Churchill-a-like was on the floor.
CPs are ok, if a little confusing. Spies on your team are very hard to spot (the small sign above the head doesn't really help). CTFs look to me like they would run into stalemates quite often (sentries are quite the bitch). I found it hard to tell when I was on fire and it was really difficult to work out the spread of certain weapons - TF2 goes the bright, colourful route of having trails for every weapon; but a few sparks would be nice when shots hit the wall. Please. Something like that. Of course the update is out today so perhaps I shall make another post about that and how it has changed from my limited experience - we shall see. One final thing is that there are not many servers. I know that there isn't a whole lot that anyone can do about that, servers being expensive things and all, but it does mean that I've not had a great taste of the gameplay.
I like the little touches though - the posters are great :) "Don't take candy from just anyone" - a warning against spies. The attention to detail is important. Good menu music as well. I need to find out who made it because I rather enjoy it.
In other news I have been trying to install a processor into my computerbox and it isn't working! Yay!