The genre of 2D multiplayer shooter is not one rife with titles, so I was very pleased when Gang Garrison was released back in 2008. Originally a simple “demake” of the popular multiplayer game Team Fortress 2, Gang Garrison has flourished with community mods and feedback and has become a well-balanced and enjoyable online 2D shooter. With interpretations of all 9 original classes, many different TF2-inspired environments, and fast-paced, team-based, multiplayer gameplay represented, GG2 is treat for any retro gamer or FPS fan.
TF2 transfers surprisingly well into 2D, with many of the same gameplay mechanics utilized to great effect. The only thing that is truly missed in the conversion is the ability to sneak up behind and ambush other players, which is patently impossible due to the two dimensional game view. Another side effect of using 2D environments is the added emphasis on vertical progression. Players will find themselves jumping upwards and climbing long staircases fairly often to traverse vertically expansive levels.
The best part about GG2? It is completely free to play! Although the online environment is somewhat limited (usually between 3 and 5 servers available at any given time) it is easy to jump in and play the game with players of varying skill. Be sure to give all 9 classes (plus the bonus class) a whirl, as each one provides a completely unique game experience.