In October of 2007, Value released their hit fps game Team Fortress 2. And since then it has become one of their most popular games of all time. But why is that? What made TF2 so special during an era where there was an abundance of other FPS games out on the Market? I believe that one big factor to people finding interest in the game is how the characters are presented, and for this blog post I will talk about that.
Team Fortress 2 has 9 classes each with its own pros and cons. For example, Heavy is slow on his feet but has high health, and the Spy can disguise himself as enemies players and instakill with backstabbing but has low health.
However there is quite a lot more to the characters than their class, each character has a distinct personality and background, they have a number of quotes they shout during gameplay, and they even have various taunts players can mess around with.
Meet the Team
To help give players an idea of what the characters are like, Valve released a series of shorts know as Meet the Team.
Each short revolves around a different class from the game and what they are like as people. This is honestly a genius move in my opinion, as they help promote the game to more people and make the characters more unique compared to other FPS characters. While animation based on video games can be hit or miss, these are absolute hits in my book.
Interestingly enough these were made with a proprietary tool Valve developed known as Source Filmmaker, and you can download it for free on Steam with many assets from TF2.
Extending the Lore
In May of 2009, Valve began to release comics based on TF2. Some of the comics would be for major updates, while others were made to tell a longer-form story.
But most importantly we got to see more development for the various classes. We learn about the families of characters like Heavy and Sniper, we have a comic all about the director of the Meet the Team videos, and we even get to see more minor characters get their time to shine.
While the continuity is fairly loose with the comics, it is still incredible to see the writers take a game with little to no story, and create a story about it.
Overall the characters of Team Fortress 2 really do wonders and help make the game stand out from other FPS games. During the games prime, the video game industry was bombarded with gritty FPS games that while still solid didn’t end up making the genre feel less special as a result. But thanks to a colorful and interesting cast of characters Team Fortress 2 manages to feel way more like a game made by people who cared then by a business looking for a quick buck. And even if I don’t the game as much as I did back then, I can still appreciate it.
Thanks for Reading, also if you have any suggestions for games I should cover in the future, please comment down below and I’ll consider it for a future blog post.