I was really looking forward to play Team Fortress 2 once it came out on October 10th and decided to read a lot of news regarding that release to be up to date. My heart began to beat like hell when I realized that it was possible to make the purchase at an discount right away and be eligible to play the Team Fortress 2 beta right away.
I got an 10% discount of the $49.95 retail price in October and was able to download Team Fortress 2 right away. This had another advantage: The rush on this game will be immense and it can very well be that the Steam servers will have bandwidth troubles in the first days of the release.
The other included games, Half-life Episode 2 and Portals have not been released as of now and have to be downloaded once the Orange Box comes out on October 10th.
I say that it is worth it. You pay less, get to play it early and can pwn all your friends once they get the game on October 10th.
Update: Team Fortress 2 has been turned into a Free To Play game. What this means that you can download the game for free from Steam. The game is available for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh systems. It is likely that the recent Linux Steam beta test will result in a release of the game for Linux as well in the near future.
Please note that you need to download Steam first before you can download Team Fortress 2 from the store. To do so click on the store and search for Team Fortress 2 by using the built-in search. Installation may take a while as you need to download several Gigabyte of game data to your local system before the game becomes playable.
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