TF2 is the Fisher Price version of TF for people that have played TF for years.
I was looking forward to TF2 alot. I thought, that's cool removing grenades could be a very good move given the spammy nature of TF. I also am not at all a fan of bunny hopping and all the other movement tricks that have been a big part of TF since the beginning. I love the art direction they were taking.
They crippled it way too much though. I've played TF throughout many years for one high level reason. It's a fast paced game that can get your heart rate up. TF2 is an abomination in that regard. Pretty graphics on top of shallow gameplay. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, seems gaming in general is going that direction.
They have 'consolized' Team Fortress, and you guys are eating it up. Nothing wrong with that. To each his own, my only beef is that it shares a name with a history that it ultimately has very little in common with. The pacing is mind numbingly slow, on top of the shitty respawn timers. That whole tense action that I've always loved TF for is gone. You know, similar reasons why for example many people hated Quake 4 coming from Quake 3. When you are used to something in a series, and you have grown to love it based on that, and the next revision ass rapes it, it's common sense you probably aren't going to be a fan.
To each their own. Glad you are enjoying it. There will probably be enough of a community left over for FF to coexist, so hopefully we can all come out winners.