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Games Like 'Team Fortress 2' to Play Next

With no sign of 'Team Fortress 3' on the horizon, players seeking greener pastures will have to look outside the franchise to find something worthy of their time.

Jon Bitner
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Team Fortress 2

Valve

Team Fortress 2 might be old as dirt, but the iconic FPS is still one of the most-played games on PC. With a unique mixture of colorful graphics, team-based tactics, and over-the-top action, few multiplayer titles offer an experience that's quite like Valve's hilarious masterpiece.

Before heading out to battle, Team Fortress 2 lets you choose from nine distinct classes. These range from the sneaky Spy (who can disguise as his enemies or turn invisible) to the bulky Heavy (who carries a minigun and deals incredible damage). The wide variety of characters means there's a playstyle for everyone, and learning how to make use of your special abilities is the key to winning a round. There are also dozens of ways to customize your character, with an assortment of unlockable weapons and cosmetics providing you with a constant sense of progression.

Although Team Fortress 2 isn't updated as frequently as fans would like, the long-running game was remarkably polished at launch. Critics loved its quirky, class-based gameplay and well-designed maps, which earned it universal acclaim and a 92 Metascore. Small updates over the years have added new maps, fixed glitches, and introduced new game modes to the community, allowing it to pull in around 100,000 concurrent players every single day.

Team Fortress 2 stands out in a world filled with gritty military shooters and 100-player battle royales. However, there are plenty of games within those categories that offer a similar gameplay experience. And with no sign of Team Fortress 3 on the horizon, players seeking greener pastures will have to look outside the franchise to find something worthy of their time.

Here are 10 games like Team Fortress 2 to play next, listed by Metascore.


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Overwatch

Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch (PC)

Metascore: 91
Best for: Fans of hero shooters
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Also available on: PS4, Switch, XB1

Overwatch is an expertly crafted hero shooter. You'll pick from more than two dozen heroes before jumping into strategic, team-based matches. Each hero falls into one of four broad categories (Defense, Offense, Support, and Tank), and working with your team to fill these positions is the only way to walk away victorious. You'll also need to figure out how to use each character's unique abilities (such as setting up shields or healing your teammates) and hone your reflexes — Overwatch is a fast-paced game that rewards you for thinking quick and moving quicker.

"Overwatch may well be the best new multiplayer shooter to come along since Modern Warfare and Team Fortress 2 took 2007 by storm." — USgamer


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Apex Legends

EA

Apex Legends (PS4)

Metascore: 89
Best for: Fans of fast-paced battle royales
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Also available on: PC, PS5, Switch, XB1

The battle royale mode is the core experience in Apex Legends, but you'll also find an Arena mode that lets you take part in three-versus-three combat. It's not quite as chaotic as Team Fortress 2, but the need for careful communication and teamwork should appeal to longtime fans. Its roster of characters is also just as exciting as Team Fortress 2, with characters that can set down protective force fields, track enemy movements, or create warp gates for a quick escape. The icing on the cake is a fluid movement system, which lets you zip around each map without breaking a sweat.

"An incredibly intuitive and well-thought-out battle royale game that is worth trying out for yourself." — Twinfinite


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Halo Infinite

Xbox Game Studios

Halo Infinite (XBX)

Metascore: 87
Best for: Fans of open-world shooters
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Also available on: PC, XB1

Halo Infinite offers something that Team Fortress 2 doesn't: a single-player story mode. It gives you the freedom to explore an open-world and tackle quests at your leisure. Gunplay is just as tight as you'd expect from the Halo franchise, and the new Grappleshot gadget gives you a newfound sense of mobility (letting you latch on to far away objects or cruise up the side of a mountain). There's also an extremely popular multiplayer mode that that offers casual and ranked matches along with an extensive Battle Pass filled with unlockable goodies.

"Whether you want a big, mysterious sci-fi adventure or a chance to engage with some intense PvP, Halo Infinite nails the shots… and heralds a new era for one of gaming's most recognizable mainstays." — Game Informer


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Destiny 2

Bungie

Destiny 2 (PS4)

Metascore: 85
Best for: Fans of looting and shooting
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|Also available on: PC, PS5, XB1, XBX

If you're looking for an FPS to really sink your teeth into, it's hard to beat Destiny 2. The multiplayer game has seen tremendous growth since launching in 2017, with regular expansions and a continuous flow of seasonal content giving players a reason to check back often. Competitive PvP, cooperative PvE, and multiple open-world locations to explore means you could easily clock 100 hours and barely scratch the surface of what Destiny 2 offers. The few available classes aren't quite as unique as those found in Team Fortress 2, but that's a minor slight when compared to everything else this game gets right.

"Destiny 2 offers more loot, more locales to explore, and most importantly, more story to play through. Whether playing solo or in a fireteam, this is Destiny at its absolute best." — Wccftech


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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Valve

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PC)

Metascore: 83
Best for: Fans of team-based FPS games
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Also available on: PS3, XB360

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was developed by the same studio as Team Fortress 2, so it should come as no surprise that its core mechanics are very similar to its older sibling. Tight gunplay, thoughtful maps, and a wide variety of weapons will make Team Fortress 2 veterans feel right at home. However, it might take some time to adjust to the slower pace of each match. Global Offensive only gives you one life per round, and a single misstep will send you to the sidelines until the round ends. This leads to incredibly tense shootouts, and constant communication is the only way to find success.

"A glowing reminder that quality game design is rewarded in longevity and variety." — games(TM)


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Knockout City

EA

Knockout City (PS4)

Metascore: 80
Best for: Fans of dodgeball
Where to buy: PlayStation Store
Also available on: PC, PS5, Switch, XB1, XBX

Knockout City trades guns for dodgeballs. You and a few buddies (or just you, if you prefer solo matches) will face off against another small group of dodgeball players as you snag power-ups, evade incoming projectiles, and try to outmaneuver the opposition. What makes Knockout City so fun is the need for good defense. Instead of simply relying on fast reflexes and an over-powered weapon, playing defense quickly becomes the key to survival. With the ability to dodge or catch incoming balls, a good defender will rarely get knocked out of the match. Toss in the ability to perform fake throws, lob shots, and an assortment of other skills, and there's a surprisingly high skill ceiling to this family-friendly "shooter."

"A rollicking good time, restructuring dodgeball into a competitive team sport that anyone can enjoy." — Gaming Nexus


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Valorant

Riot Games

Valorant (PC)

Metascore: 80
Best for: Fans of high-stakes FPS games
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Valorant is a team-based shooter with more than a dozen playable agents. Each agent offers four distinct skills (such as deploying smoke grenades or teleporting away from danger) to help lead their team to victory. A few different game modes are available, which give you tasks such as planting/defusing a bomb or simply eliminating as many opponents as possible. Matches move fast and there's a rather steep learning curve, but stick with it and Valorant is arguably one of the best team-based shooters you can play in 2022. The developer has big plans for the game moving forward, making now a great time to dive in and check out the action.

"Valorant is deep, complex, and it always pushes you to do your best and become a better player." — Vandal


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Rainbow Six Siege

Ubisoft

Rainbow Six Siege (PS4)

Metascore: 73
Best for: Fans of intense, tactical shooters
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Also available on: PC, PS5, Stadia, XB1, XBX

Like all the Rainbow Six games before it, Rainbow Six Siege is a tactical, team-based shooter that doesn't pull any punches. It only takes a few bullets to knock you out of the round, and with no respawning, you'll need to be very careful about how you approach your objective. Each match has teams taking turns playing as Attackers and Defenders, and you'll get to choose from an ever-growing roster of Operators to play as before each round begins. There are a lot of moving pieces to learn (each Operator has their own unique skill, and with more than 60 Operators, newcomers have a lot of catching up to do), but Rainbow Six Siege rewards players with a tactical shooter unlike anything else on the market.

"Stakes and tensions run high whether playing solo or in a group, but the game truly shines when you're working with a coherent team." — Cheat Code Central


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Battlefield 2042

EA

Battlefield 2042 (PC)

Metascore: 68
Best for: Fans of large-scale conflicts
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Also available on: PS4, PS5, XB1, XBX

Battlefield 2042 didn't earn stellar reviews at launch, but regular updates are slowly turning things around. Bugs have been squashed, features have been added, and the developer is planning to introduce new content throughout the game's lifecycle. Battlefield 2042 thrusts you into large-scale, team-based warfare with up to 128 players in a single match. The action is absolutely chaotic, with explosions ringing out everywhere you look and gunfire constantly peppering the horizon. There are still a few wrinkles that need to be ironed out, but Battlefield 2042 is a solid alternative to Team Fortress 2.  

"The biggest and boldest Battlefield to date, 2042 combines trademark action with impressive innovations." — Checkpoint Gaming


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Star Wars Battlefront II

EA

Star Wars Battlefront II (PS4)

Metascore: 68
Best for: Fans of sci-fi shooters
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Also available on: PC, XB1

Much like Battlefield 2042, Star Wars Battlefront II didn't earn rave reviews at launch but won fans over with a subsequent string of patches. The sci-fi shooter now has a passionate following, thanks to its fun take on the Star Wars universe. It throws you into large maps populated by Stormtroopers, AT-ATs, and other iconic faces and places from the franchise. In fact, you can jump into the shoes of such characters as Kylo Ren and Rey to decimate waves of foes with just a few button presses. Star Wars fans will get the most mileage out of the game, but anyone who loves frenzied firefights should give this one a closer look.

"A game rich with content and extremely close to the Star Wars Universe. Graphics are impressive and the gameplay is simple and solid." — SpazioGames