Definitely watch youtube gameplay vids before you spend even $10 on this game, especially if you don't have or want the STEAM software installed. I found the TF2 gameplay simplistic and claustrophobic. The animations and many other things are done very well but the actual gameplay, I dunno. Not everyone will like this game, me included. I'm old school too, playing TF in Quake1 years ago (but liking Q1 CTF much more).
Whatever, gramps. I played back in those days too and TF2 is miles ahead of those games.