Team Fortress 2, Valve's archetypal team-based multiplayer FPS, has now adopted a free-to-play model buoyed up by Steam wallet microtransactions. It's now free to download and play online, complete with all maps, all nine classes and the recently-added Youtube replay functionality. The Mann Co. Store, accessible from within the game, allows you to spend real money a range of optional hats, outfits and gear that can give players a (finely balanced) advantage, but frankly, you'll get just as much devastating loot as rewards for netting the hundreds of achievements. [Valve]
We've got a quick trailer after the break, which you should watch while downloading Team Fortress 2. Do so immediately. It's probably the best team shooter on the market - and if you don't know why, it's high time you found out. Newcomers will soon find their feet thanks to the live coaching system (where veterans can take noobs under their wing) - and the fact that playing as the Medic can turn even the most inexperienced player into the most important member of the team.