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By Alec Meer on April 19th, 2008 at 2:49 pm.

At last – Meet The Scout:

We have a very good idea who you are, Gametrailers.

Seems a bit tighter than the, to my eye, slightly iffy Demoman trailer. The Scout-as-jerk angle was the only way to go, really, and it works – certainly, I really, really wanted to see him take a beating by the end of it. Which is, of course, very much the point.

Also, the Heavy eating a sandwich is one of those images that’s bound to grace desktop wallpapers across the globe.

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  1. Hermes says:

    Pretty good, any idea which class is coming next? I am sensing ‘meet the spy’ is going to be spectacular.

  2. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    It seems very short to me, but the animation of the Heavy very slowly turning around, and the ensuing fight, is great.

  3. Razor says:

    Very amusing but I’m waiting for the pyro ;)

  4. Dracko says:

    Meet the Guido!

    Razor: Meet the Pyro.

  5. George-Duckling Manburger says:

    Tight indeed! Although yes, a bit short.
    But “slightly iffy Demoman trailer”? That one was bloody brilliant!

  6. A-scale says:

    While this one was short but good, where did the concensus come from that the Demoman trailer was bad? I thought it was stupendous. So the accent is a little cheesy, so what? A black one eyed scotsman with a skull cap firing spiky royal blue balls at a wall isn’t cheesy? This game is ALL ABOUT cheese!

  7. Fleimur says:

    Looks like the typical Mac user to me :P

  8. Thiefsie says:

    Almost as unappealing as the demoman clip

  9. Seniath says:

    I continue to be amazed by these trailers. The look on the Heavy’s face as he’s reaching for the sandwich is just priceless. I really really can’t wait for the Pyro one.

  10. Will Tomas says:

    The animation’s amazing, but the quality is still not quite up to the brilliant Heavy/Soldier/Engineer ones. Especially the Heavy and Soldier ones. I was with the view that the Demoman one – whilst I could see what they were doing – wasn’t that funny, and this is rather like that. Kudos to Valve for doing it, but it’s a B rather than an A.

  11. Dracko says:

    I have no idea what you guys are on. Seriously, this is pretty much perfect characterisation.

  12. John P (Katsumoto) says:

    I think the reason the demoman one was panned so much was because the accent wasn’t just bad, it was so bad it wasn’t even recognisable as Scottish. I don’t understand why British accents in general are always so AWFUL in games. I know they’re made in America a lot of the time, but surely there are some actually British people that live in America. They can’t be that hard to find!

    What’s more, they may even be from places other than London and Poshville, Berks.

  13. Steve says:

    Chalk me up as another who enjoyed the Demoman one. I thought this one was a little forced, personally – still good! – but trying too hard for laughs.

    Oh and to people talking about the length, I saw someone else check the times of each video and the Heavy, Soldier, Engineer and Scout videos are lengthwise within about 3 seconds of each other. The Demoman video is about 20 seconds longer than any other. That’s probably why Meet the Scout seems short.

    @John

    Yes, and a lot of British people in America will have picked up American inflections to their voices. That’s why the accents never seem right to real Brits, because they’ve been affected by that. It’s nobody’s fault. Similarly, that could be the case with the Demoman. Also, I can’t believe people slate the accent when the Heavy is so over the top, or the Medic. Even the Sniper is pretty ridiculous.

  14. Thiefsie says:

    and uh…. everyone knows there is no way in hell you can dodge a turret :)

  15. John P (Katsumoto) says:

    @ Steve

    Hehe, you have a point re: the other accents. I guess they’re all very outlandish, and would sound ridiculous to actual Russians, French people etc. I wasn’t really slating the demoman’s accent for being “over the top” though, merely.. not very Scottish. If you see what I mean.

    I take your point re: inflections etc though, hadn’t thought about that before.

  16. Elyscape says:

    If they made another Meet the Heavy trailer showcasing only his sandwich eating prowess, I would watch it until the end of time.

  17. John P (Katsumoto) says:

    Oh but by the way, I’ve just remembered:

    as much as I think the Demoman’s accent is poor, for a really atrocious British accent you need look no further than Rainbow Six: Vegas. Probably the worst English accent ever? That guy DEFINITELY wasn’t English ;)

  18. Nick says:

    “That’s why the accents never seem right to real Brits, because they’ve been affected by that”

    Nah, it’s because they are being done by non british people. Anyone who has picked up inflections or even adopted another accent can almost always slip into the accent of their home town with ease.

    (edit)

    Especially if they are a supposed VO talent.

  19. Ixis says:

    I happen to think the Demoman is my favorite, and probably the only one I actually found funny (Soldier is a close second, but only for the end.)

    I found this one short and not funny or all that appealing.

    As a side note: Anyone else see the “Copyright Valve lololol” in there?

  20. sigma83 says:

    Just in time for my berfdae!

  21. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    @ Ixis: It’s been in all the Meet The… clips since they started doing that title screen (from Meet the Soldier onwards I believe).

    With regards to dodgy Brit accents, even we can’t get it right sometimes. Witness Fable and Dominic West’s turn as a stereotypical cockney in The Wire (youtube isn’t forthcoming, so have this piece of loveliness instead).

  22. Stick says:

    “The enemy has taken your sandwich!”

    He is such a little jerk. Awesome.

  23. Cutman3030 says:

    Eh, who cares about the scout. Let’s meet the Pyro!

  24. Mr Pink says:

    All I can say is, I loled.

  25. grey_painter says:

    Poor poor Heavy. Everyone always picks on the poor cute Heavy.

    I’m still petitioning for the scout to be banned from the java server on basic principles.

  26. Thelps says:

    I thought the HUMOUR in the Demoman piece was spot on. Yes, the accent was poor, but poor accents are all over the place, and British TV is full of ads and television shows where people do appaling American impersonations and no one bats an eyelid.

    I’m more interested in the quality of the humour, and for me, a hard drinking, semi-paranoid, quasi-sociopathic Scotsman is a bellyfull of laughs.

  27. RichPowers says:

    All of these trailers thoroughly own. But Valve will have a hard time beating the soldier one:

    “UNLESS IT’S A FARM!”

  28. Svenska says:

    I felt sad when the heavy died…:(

  29. Flint says:

    How appropriate, recently I’ve felt like playing TF2 for the first time ever and Scout is one of the few classes that appeals to me currently.

    Okay, so I’d play a snotty-nosed asshole but in the end I’d play a snotty-nosed asshole version of Speedy Gonzales with a shotgun.

  30. Mustache says:

    it was pretty good not the best of the trailers though.

  31. Monkfish says:

    Poor poor Heavy. Everyone always picks on the poor cute Heavy.

    Yeah – poor fella just wanted to eat his sandwich in peace… :(

  32. Dracko says:

    Where is my Heavy plush toy, Valve?

  33. Windlab says:

    Great new video!
    I always seem to get the impression that Valve are continually improving animation and cinematography? techniques.

  34. Chiablo says:

    Sadly, these seem to be getting worse as they make them. I’m hoping the Pyro one is good though.

  35. sigma83 says:

    If by ‘worse’ you mean ‘less funny’, then I’m with you. Worse? I doubt it. The point, to me, is that the scout is being portrayed as a self-centered jerk with the skill to back it up and I think the video put across the idea that this is not your average first person shooter (remember, it’s still advertising) quite well.

  36. KBKarma says:

    @ Thiefsie: I know someone who, as a Scout, has dodged and destroyed Tier 2 turrets. So, that’s not very apt.

    The video seemed short to me as well. Of course, that’s probably due to the extended opening bit showing how fast he is. Meet the Demoman had something similar, but it was AFTER the title screen, so it seemed longer.

    Also, I, too, loved the Demoman one. Probably because the Demoman is sociopathic, bordering on the stark raving.

  37. Smee says:

    @KBKarma – just a Level 2 Sentry? I take it you’ve never seen this.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=_e2102v_nCM

  38. James T says:

    I felt sad when the heavy died…:(

    He didn’t respawn, so maybe he was just unconscious!

    I would’ve preferred more character stuff, but I’m a dialogue guy. …..So come on, Pyro!

    (Demoman was a bit too ‘Dan Castellaneta’, ie, unlistenable)

  39. Hobbes says:

    Much as I loved the Heavy and the Soldier, I can’t help thinking that the Engineer’s has been the cleverest so far.

  40. Arathain says:

    The thing about the accents, well… the Demoman is bad, but the worst, by far, is the Sniper. Is that really meant to be an Aussie accent? And yet, one of the lead designer chappies is an Aussie. This leads me to believe it must be deliberate. It is pretty funny, after all, even if I do wince every time Demo says anything.

  41. Lunaran says:

    I couldn’t stand this video. That Jersey accent is terrible. I’ve never even been to New Jersey and I can tell!

    Completely unwatchable and lacking in all merit. Way to fuck up again, Valve.

  42. Dracko says:

    Wow, when did the humour die around here?

  43. Steven Hutton says:

    As far as single images go I prefer the heavy, about to lose, reaching for either his shotgun or his sandwich. The look on his face is priceless.

    “Completey unwatchable and lacking in all merit.” is destined to become a running joke among my friends. I mean, really?

  44. Cargo Cult says:

    I liked it!

    Also, has Source just grown a real-time ambient-occlusion shader? Or is it just another effect (like depth of field and true motion-blur) that’ll only get used for cinematic stuff like this?

    At any rate, it’s rather tastefully done. :-]

  45. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    @Steve Hutton: You mean this? Yeah, it’s my new desktop wallpaper.

    This is a close runner up though.

  46. Tacticus says:

    Frakking brilliant

  47. Dinger says:

    It’s more a bad bostonian accent. Either way, it ain’t close.
    Yeah, the Scots accent is off; but, no offense to Mr. GladOS, the Australian sniper ain’t so ozzie, and I’m sure the corresponding cabal had some fair dinkum antipodeans on staff (we are talking tf2, here).
    You know, they’re bad, but I’ve got a lot more to care about.
    The Scout, well, the piece was a bunt single. The sammy was there, but there wasn’t any real insight into his character. We got a taste of competence, but no real inspiration.
    Still, if you can get on base with every at-bat, you’re outstanding.

  48. Mataway says:

    I think the scot’s is till my fav, but this wasn’t too shabby. I suspected it would be him talking about how awesome he is; it’s the only thing that fits his character.

  49. ChrisL says:

    I love the fingerprint smudge he leaves on the lens when he pokes the camera. Very subtle.

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