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Post by Dan @ 11:15am 30/04/08 | 37 Comments
Valve Software sends word that the promised content update and patch for Team Fortress 2 is now available from Steam, offering the new Gold Rush map, a unique items system and new medic-centric achievements.

Accompanying this release, is the announcement that Team Fortress 2 will be free to download and play for anyone wanting to check it out this weekend, commencing Friday May 2 at noon PDT (5am Saturday AEST).
The worldwide Team Fortress 2 Free Weekend will include access to the new content released today in the TF2: Gold Rush Update. Using the functionality made available through Steam and Steamworks, all of the files needed to join the Free Weekend are available for pre-loading now.

The Free Weekend is open to players around the world, and there is no obligation to purchase to participate; all that is needed is a Steam account to join.
For the pre-load and all the details about the new update, stop by http://www.steamgames.com/goldrush

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Latest Comments
Posted 11:24am 30/4/08
tf2 update, gta4, metal gear online. Not enough time in one sickie for this.
Posted 11:48am 30/4/08
Gold rush...w00t!
Posted 12:52pm 30/4/08
I'm @ 93% atm

Can't wait to demo spam and sticky crit that stupid cart :D

Trying to set up this logitech headset so I coordinate ubers better, no more getting backstabbed while typing FTW.
Posted 12:56pm 30/4/08
waiting for GA or node servers to update I think.
Posted 01:05pm 30/4/08
Updating now... It seems portal is updating too though.. What's that all about?


Source Engine

* Improved particle performance on multi-core machines
* Added FOV slider to Options | Video | Advanced for all games (moved there from TF2s multiplayer options)
* Fixed surround sound initialization problems with new speaker modes defined in Vista

Team Fortress 2

* Added Goldrush
* Added Character Info and Loadout to the main menu
* Added 39 Medic achievements
* Added unique Medic items:
o The Blutsaugher, The Kritzkrieg, and The Ubersaw
* Added new attack animations to most melee weapons
* Added new speech for the Heavy and Demoman
* Added Stopwatch mode to Tournament mode
o Automatically used on Attack/Defense maps
* Teleporter effect no longer shows up on invisible or disguised Spies
* Spies disguised as their own team can now capture control points
* Increased force taken by pipebombs by bullets and explosions
* Target ID hud is now colored red or blue to match the spectator target
* Tournament mode no longer ends matches early if the time limit is nearly up when a new round starts
* Fixed exploit where clients could start benchmark mode on servers
* Fixed drowning exploit that allowed players to regenerate health
* Fixed reload exploit that allowed plays to fire instantly after switching weapons
* Fixed flamethrower bug where a player flush against a wall couldn't be lit on fire from the front
* Fixed invulnerability overlay not drawing if the invuln player was previously on fire
* Fixed "times used" entry in teleporters maxing out at 32
* Fixed rare client crash on level change during control point capturing
* Minor fix to stat gathering to prevent players using sv_cheats to easily garner achievements
* For mapmakers:
o Mapmakers can now directly place the tf_gamerules entity into their map. Fixes Hammer thinking the inputs to it are broken
o Mapmakers can now place Engineer buildings directly into a map, with an option for them to be invulnerable
o Added "AddRedTeamScore" and "AddBlueTeamScore" inputs to tf_gamerules
o Added "SetRequiredObserverTarget" input to tf_gamerules. Force spectators to use the specified viewpoint
* Granary
o Added setup time logic, and gates to the middle
o Fixed an overlay alignment bug on one of blue's gate signs
o Minor lighting fixes in red/blue spawns
* 2Fort
o Added medium ammo and health to basement hallways
o Added small ammo and health to top of spiral
o Fixed a clip brush exploit outside blue sniper deck
o Fixed number "2" overlay on front of red base not being assigned to the brush face


* Fixed a rare crash related to bone setup

last edited by FraktuRe at 13:05:51 30/Apr/08
Posted 01:04pm 30/4/08
don't bother trying to play pub for a while, it's so retarded.

75%+ of teams are medics sitting in spawn trying to get achievements.
Posted 01:07pm 30/4/08
They should have released achievements for an offensive class at the same time. There's no problem having lots of medics, as long as they're going for the map objective and not to unlock s*** (as will happen).
Posted 01:11pm 30/4/08
Still waiting for
*Fixed being able to shoot through setup gates on dustbowl
Posted 01:13pm 30/4/08
Some of those medic achievements are such bulls*** though...
Posted 01:54pm 30/4/08
This is just f*****g gay... joined like 6 different servers and haven't had a game yet, just c**** everywhere.

Went in and started critting the f*** out of med only teams and everyone started crying, some of the servers the admins actually kicked/banned me for shooting people.

EDIT: BTW I see that a lot of achievements I already have from my pre-patch medic.

Like I got over 1 million heal points from my 25 hours of medic... I'm glad these stupid s*** c**** that never played medic beforehand will never get this achievement :)

last edited by CHUB at 13:54:49 30/Apr/08
Posted 02:28pm 30/4/08
I take it back, just played a full stage of Gold Rush then... most.awesome.map.ever.

Only had 2 medics out of a team of 12, was slauuuughter.

I give it 24 hours before it returns back to normal, someone just got the ubersaw before after farming hard, gave it a few hits then went back to soldier.
Posted 02:33pm 30/4/08
EDIT: BTW I see that a lot of achievements I already have from my pre-patch medic.

How many of the achievements do you already have?

Obviously most wouldn't have been retro-applied as the code wouldn't have been in place to detect the events prior to this patch, which is expected. Just wondering which are passed on from the pre-patch times.
Posted 02:49pm 30/4/08
I know I have done some of these things already but they aren't up. Probably because they already track heal points CHUB. Other things I am not so sure.
Posted 03:35pm 30/4/08
Just wondering which are passed on from the pre-patch times.
I exaggerated... 7000 points in 1 life, 10,000 points in 1 life and 1,000,000 points total are passed on as far as I can see.

Really fun gaming so far :) People have gotten over it already and it's some really nice 3-4 medic (on 12 player team) gameplay.
Posted 04:49pm 30/4/08
* Teleporter effect no longer shows up on invisible or disguised Spies
* Spies disguised as their own team can now capture control points

Looks I've got some new habits to get used to.

Someone sees a heavy sitting on a point and WHOOSH he disappears... meanwhile you get stabbed in the back ;)
Posted 08:41pm 30/4/08
Got the new unlocks... Pretty meh really.
Posted 08:42pm 30/4/08
Apparently achievements_unlock_all does exactly that if you type it in console. Didn't want to try but after someone said it in a server a few guys got all achievements at once. So yeah, if you are lazy or whatever test it out.
Posted 08:53pm 30/4/08
Like 10 people tried that console command in a server (including clit) and they got all achievements and 3 weapons instantly.

I'm not doing it, I prefer to earn my weapons... that includes through gameplay, not "farming".

Gameplay regressed to the retarded state with all the people coming home from work to the update... it'll cool down eventually.

EDIT: On other notes..

Gates in granary = pretty gay, stop trying to balance every map valve.

Someone that got the crit uber legit kept using it on me as a heavy though at the center point... constant heavy crit = pure RAPE.

last edited by CHUB at 20:53:33 30/Apr/08
Posted 09:08pm 30/4/08
I like that the unlock command is out, now every c*** can go back to playing the game properly.

GG Valve, despite the gayness you have again impressed me with your foresight, no more farming and bollocks... TF2 time.
Posted 09:12pm 30/4/08
Yeah exactly, I just did the command checked out the new weapons quickly and meh, back to playing my favourite classes :P
Posted 09:22pm 30/4/08
rofl valve f*****g fails
Posted 10:36pm 30/4/08
Medic hiding in spawn for stat-farming sucks balls for the rest of the team (see image below). Luckily I was having mad fun disguising as an enemy medic (also see pic below) and joining their parade, only to s*** on it when they weren't looking :)

Posted 10:39pm 30/4/08
LOL at the unlock command I saw someone say it in game and though, 'pfft bulls*** asif it would be that easy' Typed it in and BAM all unlocks :( I kinda expected it to kick me like f10 does.
Posted 10:49pm 30/4/08
At least it won't be like this for say, soldier unlocks. You can't sit in spawn and farm your teammates for achievements
Posted 11:31pm 30/4/08
TF2 has now reached Uber ghey :( Game has been f**zored
Posted 11:33pm 30/4/08
stats for the motherf*****g lose
Posted 11:53pm 30/4/08
I hate all mutiplayer games with unlocks that are 'permanent'. ETQW does it right with 'upgrades over 3 map campaign' and then wiping the slate clean and everyone starts on an even keel.

Before this patch tf2 was still at its core a prettied up version of tfc which isn't all that bad. Now valve have tried so hard to appease with this bs weapon unlock thing its really detracted from the original good fun tf I remember of yester year.
Posted 12:17am 01/5/08
Heh...everyone is using the codes. Screw trying to get groups of people to do half of that stupid s***.
Posted 07:46am 01/5/08
I quite like it... syringe gun, who cares? Useless POS.

Crit uber gun = the win, coolest addition so far, had many epic LOL's/battles so far. Good thing about this is it turns the Scout / Engi or a Heavy/Soldier out of ammo into a force still rather then a waste of an uber.

Uber saw? I still think it's a bit overpowered, need to slow down the fire rate more /reduce damage more Valve.
Posted 05:42pm 01/5/08
They've fixed the achievement unlock all code today and it takes ALL the medic achievements away even if you made a few before you put in the code. The good thing though is it keeps all your stats such as infernal fire thing (where you have to extinguish 200 team mates) at 200, so you just do it once and get the achievement.

I don't think i'll bother with the medic achievements anymore, had a good 2ish hours worth of mucking around with the new weapons, and while they have their merits the only worthwhile one is the new bonesaw...getting 1/4 uber per hit is excellent but not worth spending weeks trying to unlock bulls***
Posted 05:53pm 01/5/08
I thought it was good with the console code. Otherwise you have to spend time d***ing around with a couple of friends getting it, and heaps of noobs take up slots on servers getting medic achievements at the expense of the team.
Posted 08:31pm 01/5/08
I don't get some of these achievements;
- I've joined a steam friends server and deployed and uber on him = nothing
- Ubered two people at once (uber on one, then click onto another) = nothing
- Ubered 10+ steam friends = nothing

Posted 08:41pm 01/5/08
Yeah mine all got reset, I was like meh.

Though they didn't reset the original 17, which I got some of them through the code too :P
Posted 08:52pm 01/5/08
EDIT: Sweet, I kept my achievements. So possible ignore the following:


They could have actually been intelligent about it and:

1. Reset stats of people who had 39/39 achievements (impossible to achieve in 24 hours+)
2. Reset stats of people who had all weapons unlocked, but not all achievements*

(+ = unless you're a f***head with no life, you deserve the reset anyway :P)
(* = that's what unlock_all did as opposed to manually unlocking each, right?)

Then you'd have a handful of people who unlocked only a couple of achievements manually, but not all. The number should be low enough to ignore :)

last edited by parabol at 20:52:32 01/May/08
Posted 08:55pm 01/5/08
Beh, they should of kept the code. F*** achievements ffs, I just wanna shoot things. The guns werent that great anyway. The one plus I can see out of this is I will always have someone healing me now :P
Posted 09:28pm 01/5/08
But they don't!

In a team of 12 with 6 medics, hardly any of them were healing anyone useful, they just huddled around spawn and got ubers up and wasted them. :/
Posted 10:40pm 01/5/08
Ah...they reset everyone's achievements regardless of the ones they had completed?! That's lame :(
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