TF2’s Scream Fortress 2022 update lets you become a super-powered giant

What do you want to know

  • Team Fortress 2’s Scream Fortress 2022 event features a map with a unique variation of the Capture the Flag game mode.
  • In this mode, players can become overpowered giants with thousands of hit points and permanent critical hits.
  • Your objective as a giant is to carry a bomb into the other team’s base while fighting the opposing team’s giant and its allies.

Something fans of Valve’s popular class-based shooter, Team Fortress 2, should look forward to every year is Scream Fortress, an annual event in which the developers officially add a wide variety of maps, modes, and games. In-game Halloween-themed cosmetics that were created by community members. Over the past few Scream Fortresses, players have been able to use magic spells in battle, fight the dreaded “Horseless Headless Horsemann” boss, and more.

2022’s Scream Fortress went live recently on October 5, and one of the six added maps is called “Crasher”, which is a stage that features a unique, custom variation of TF2’s Capture the Flag game type. Instead of trying to capture the other team’s flag, players should carry their own in the base of the other team. The catch, however, is that the flag is an explosive barrel – and picking it up causes a huge ray gun to fire at you, turning you into a hulking giant with a comically deep voice, thousands of hit points and 300% permanent crit damage to all your weapons.

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This mode fits right in with TF2’s silly, over-the-top tone, but there’s also a surprising amount of strategy that goes well too. Whether you’re the giant or one of the players assisting them, you can have a huge impact on the game. Medics can heal the giant and help keep it alive, while the engineer’s machine guns are great to eliminate enemy players trying to clear the way for their giant. Heavy is one of the best classes to play when becoming the Giant since his Minigun does tons of crit damage and has the biggest health pool of the lot, while the Soldier’s Battalion save unlock can be used to nullify the other team’s giant crits. .

My favorite tactic so far has been using Demoman with the Tide Turner charging shield and Half-Zatoichi katana while playing as a giant. The former gives you a charge attack that helps offset the giant’s movement speed penalty and restores 75% of it every time you get a melee kill, while the Half-Zatoichi gives you 50% of your HP from base whenever you score a kill with him. With this combo, you can charge into enemy players, decimate them all with critical melee hits, recover all your health, and charge again to continue your rampage. Just watch out for opposing Demomen also using the Half-Zatoichi, as it instantly kills anyone else using the sword (even if you’re a giant).

Overall, Crasher is a ton of fun to play, and I highly recommend checking it out before Scream Fortress 2022 ends on November 7, 2022. You can try it out by selecting the featured Halloween section in casual matchmaking from TF2, then selecting Crasher from the card pool.

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