Posted: January 21
Most people will tell you about the good things in TF2. I'd like to mention the bad stuff.
1. The game is unbalanced.
Team Fortress 2 used to be renowned for its balanced gameplay. Now it's a refuge for people who love to decimate other players with difficult-to-counter tactics. The TF2 development team has made strides to rebalance it, but it's obvious that they keep some unbalanced parts of it to entertain the [rude explitive] players who have a lot of money in the game. TF2 is now a perfect exapmle of Fake Balance. tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FakeBalance
2. The community sucks
You'd think that players would generally want to have a fair and enjoyable game, right? Sadly, a large number of players now dedicate themsleves to ruining the game. Trolls, griefers, trade scammers, and the like continually ruin the fun, competitive atmosphere in TF2. Now, there ARE a great number of wonderful people in the community, but even in the nicest circles you'll find yourself constantly fending off hordes of aggravating players and community members.
3. Trading sucks
Most players are out to seek a profit, and when they're not, they're trying to get you to pay several times what an item is worth. I've haggled with people for ages over a real-world price difference of three cents. There is also strong evidence that some trade sites, such as Outpost, have led to a boom of phishing and account theft.
4. A lot of community servers suck
Not ALL of them, to be sure. Community game servers are often your best bet for a truly enjoyable game of TF2. Still, I'd say around 2/3 of community servers aren't worth your time. Between trade servers where every trader is a scammer and/or a total ♥♥♥♥♥, servers that have no admins that ever go on, servers that have very poor staff, and servers that run custom game modes that are nearly unplayable, it's hard to say that the community servers really help TF2's reputation.
5. Cheaters get away with it
Yes, I know that VAC takes time to work. I also know that there are Pyros in some servers airblasting projectiles faster than the human nervous system should be able to react and Snipers who land headshots that should be nearly impossible. Valve says that it's to make it so that it's harder for the cheaters to get around VAC, but c'mon, they've gotten around it before and they'll keep doing it. If someone uses an external program and gets banned for it, it doesn't matter if it's a minute or a week until they get banned.
6. Valve does not care
Valve doesn't seem to care one way or another whether TF2 is properly balanced or playable. As long as they keep using the community's contributions to farm money, they'll make the game more and more frustrating and appeasing the people who are going out of their way to make it aggravating. The updates the game gets these days are soley focused on earning the company money, and are nearly devoid of actual content. When they DO tweak the game, the patches either do little to help or actively make it worse. Perfect examples of these patches: End of the Line, a community update that the TF2 community waited over a year for, was gutted of any valuble gameplay content for extremely shaky reasons. Additionally, this past holiday update included a number of tweaks to the Demoman class to make him less powerful, but at the same time buffed an already overpowered weapon that made most of the other changes irrelevant.
I'm not gonna tell anyone not to play TF2, but you should know that it's not the game it used to be, and it's getting worse with time.