Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch: The Team-Based FPS Formula

In recent years, a game has been released that helped to redefine and clarify what a “Team-Based First Person Shooter” is.

Overwatch is coming up on its one year anniversary, on May 24th, and since then, it’s made waves in the gaming world.  Tens of millions have played it, and for good reason.  There are many, many aspects that make Overwatch a masterfully crafted game. However, as many people have noted, there was a game that defined the Team-Based FPS far before this: Team Fortress 2.

The two games have enjoyed huge success in their own times, and undoubtedly, will continue to enjoy that success moving forward.  Despite being, at this point, almost a decade old, Team Fortress 2 has an average of 50,000 players a day, even as Overwatch has gradually become more and more of a competitive e-sport, carving out its own niche in the gaming industry.

Now, considering this, what has made the two Team-Based FPS games so successful?  We’re going to delve into this question, and consider some aspects of both games that contribute to their lasting value!

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Five of the Best: First-Person Shooter Games!

Okay, being honest, I feel First-Person Shooters have received a bad rep, among game genres.

When you think of FPS games, odds are you don’t think much of the in-depth story, of the complex gameplay.  They have created controversy regarding violence, spawned the stereotype of the vulgar, angry 12 year old, and, honestly, tend to be perceived as very simplistic.  RPGs, Strategy, Adventure, Fighting, even Third Person Shooter games, considering Fallout and Mass Effect, have received far better reputations.

However- the FPS genre has a lot more going for it than bad stereotypes.

When done right, I firmly believe that the FPS games can excel in ways that other games simply cannot.  The intensity and quickness that FPS games provide makes for exciting gameplay to watch, interesting story-telling, as well as, of course, unique interactions with other players.  Despite the creation of toxicity at times, this communication with others has allowed for some great, great fun, something different than any other kind of video game.  For this countdown, I’ll talk about some of my favorite First Person Shooters, the ones that exemplify the best the genre has to offer.  The only rule here: just one entry per franchise is allowed.  That being said- let’s start it off!

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Overwatch: Diagnosing the Widow and the Reaper

Today, we’re going back to Overwatch for another look at the two most aggressive, murderous, and evil characters in the game: Widowmaker, and Reaper.  These two are the closest things we have to recurring antagonists, and it’s clear that their desire for violence and bloodshed is extraordinary.  Widowmaker’s profession as an assassin, and Reaper’s willingness to kill people simply because he can, speak to this fact, and lead many to label them as bloodthirsty psychopaths.  That being said, however, I’ve gotta ask, what really makes them “psychopathic,” what’s going on inside their heads?

I’ll just give you guys a quick look at how these two characters might be diagnosed in real life, and why they would be diagnosed so.  We’ll analyze their backstory, their character interactions, and even their voice lines to arrive at a conclusion that, although it might not be surprising, is certainly rather interesting.

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My Top 22 Overwatch Heroes! The Top 5

Finally to my personal top 5 Overwatch Hereoes!  It’s been fun thinking about and comparing these guys, and they all have such GREAT design, GREAT personalities, and everything else that goes with it.  But, these five, all in all, have wormed their way into my mind the most, and for good reason, I’d think.  So yeah- let’s finish it up! Continue reading “My Top 22 Overwatch Heroes! The Top 5”

My Top 22 Overwatch Heroes! 10-6

Alright, getting into the top 10, let’s go.

Once again, I am not judging by gameplay mechanics, I am mostly judging based on character design and backstory.  What kind of personality do they have, does it make sense, is it unique?  These are the kinds of questions I’m asking in judging these heroes, and as such, it’ll be extremely subjective.  It’s purely my opinion.  With that out of the way, let’s start the top ten! Continue reading “My Top 22 Overwatch Heroes! 10-6”

My Top 22 Overwatch Heroes! 16-11

Back at it again, continuing the countdown of my top 22 favorite Overwatch Heroes!

We’re gonna get right into it, but I’ll just go over the criteria I’m using here.  I’m judging the characters primarily by backstory and personality, rather than specific gameplay elements.  It’ll be more on their design as a fleshed-out character, rather than how they work in-game.  And yes, this is an opinion- personal preference is certainly going to be present.  With that said, let’s get into it!

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My Top 22 Overwatch Heroes! 22-17

Overwatch.  The most recent big gaming phenomenon, boasting well over 20 million separate players, it’s been universally lauded as one of the best team-based shooter games in recent years.  On that note, it’s been specifically noted to be a spiritual successor to Team Fortress 2, based on gameplay, its colorful world and style, and specifically, its characters.

Debatably the biggest thing that Overwatch has, compared to other shooter games, is its colorful cast of playable characters.  From the poster girl of the bunch, Tracer, to even the lesser known characters like Symmetra and Torbjorn, they all have some sort of personality, great designs, and gameplay that is well-designed and fun!  That being said, any player of the game will say that they have their favorites, their least favorites, and I’d like to talk about mine.

As far as judging goes, I’ll be using the backgrounds and personalities of the characters as a base, while considering both their designs and gameplay elements.  I’m not the most competitive Overwatch player in the world, so I won’t be judging completely based on how good a character is in the meta, rather, it’ll mostly be my personal thoughts on the character’s story, depth, and personality.  With that all said, let’s get to it, starting with number 22! Continue reading “My Top 22 Overwatch Heroes! 22-17”