To Boot Camp
Fortress 2 is not just for the veteran gamer, oh no! As with
Unreal Tournament one of the aims behind TF2 is to help the
first time gamer into getting started. TF2 will include far
advanced training "missions" and also an excellent new initiative
called 'player coaching'. Effectively, one player will be able
to jump into the newbies body and show them what to do, akin
to a car instructor if you like. This shows great potential
for clans who want to help with the training of players new
to the online gaming scene (and something the scene has been
sadly lacking), TF2 will be changing the way clans play their
games and provide scope for an infinite wave of tactics.
new scaleable multi-resolution mesh technology for optimised
rendering of highly-detail 3D models will be first used in TF2
making sure that a high frame-rate and a great amount of graphical
detail can be kept on screen at any given time. In English that
means the things you see in the game will become less and less
detailed the further away you are from them meaning you will
have a speedier game to play. This also makes way for the opportunity
to scale down the 3D world so that Team Fortress 2 can run on
lower spec machines. TF2's other new graphical feature is advanced
parametric animation for realistic character movement, if you've
seen TF2 in action you will no doubt notice the parametric animation
that adds just that bit more realism and believability to the
game. The new animation method also means that instead of having
to play a whole animation sequence or cut it off half way through
and then playing the next animation (like being hit in the arm
and then the leg), the animation merges into one another so
the "jerkiness" seen in other games will be put out the window
and run over by a passing car.
Fortress 2 is looking better and better all the time and looks
to be a huge success with the online community once released.
Its main contender at the moment is the promising Tribes 2.
Judging by the success of its predecessor it looks a very strong
contender at that. Finally, the reason TF2 is so late? I'm sure
you can tell by now but it's all the features and a change of
graphics engine since first conception of the game - and that
is Team Fortress 2.