The original Half-Life is a simple deathmatch game with awesome graphics, decent levels, and some kick-ass weapons. Upon joining the game, you are dropped into the level which the server is on with your basic weapons. When you kill a person, you can acquire their weapons and ammo, and you’re allowed to spray paint a logo of sorts on their death-spot.
The thing that makes this game interesting is the level extras. For example, on one level, upon hitting an obvious button on the wall, the bottom half of the level is flooded with snarks (for those who don’t know, a snark is an alien that attacks players and eats them until they’re dead). And on yet another level, there is a bunker. And inside that bunker, there is a button. When you press the button, the bunker locks down, and anyone outside of it is killed by a nuclear bomb. On top of the bunker are some powerful cannons that you can’t take, but you can control them from the tower.
Team Fortress Classic, however, is an extension of the original Half-Life. In TFC, upon joining the game, you are asked what class you want to be. There are all kinds from spy to engineer to pyromaniac, each with their own set of weapons. Each class can do different things in the level. Pyromaniacs can blow up certain walls to make secret tunnels, engineers can build sentry guns and ammo refill-stations that double as remote control bombs, and spies can disguise themselves as another team’s player and also fake their own death. Medics can help to revive other players on the team.
The point of TFC is for one team to capture and score with the other team’s flag more than the other team scores on them. The graphics and sound are about the same, but TFC has better weapons. The original game has better levels. However, certain original levels have been made to work with TFC as well so that you can get the full effect. TFC does require that you work well with your team members.
TFC is more interesting that the original Half-Life, and it adds some plot to your multiplayer games. I highly recommend it. In fact, it comes free with most copies of Half-Life. So, I declare Team Fortress Classic to be the winner.
Winner: Half-Life: Team Fortress Classic