On the battle-worn Badlands, the BLU team is quickly being slaughtered by the Clan Stackers, a group of RED killers with no mercy. It isn't long before all of BLU is slain...all but one: a BLU Pyro, who vows vengeance for his friends. Before long, though, he's spotted, and is forced to flee. Spotting a working BLU Teleporter, he rushes over to it, and barely flees in time. The Clan Stackers prepare to follow him to where the teleport leads, a peaceful Granary run by friendly BLUs. The Pyro's gonna have some trouble making it out alive; luck is on his side, however, for he will soon find the greatest help from the most unlikeliest people of all...So begins A Granary Adventure: The Underdog Story, an interactive Team Fortress 2 machinima by xlr105, the man who brought you A Heavy's 2fort Adventure and El Muchacho, the winner of the 2011 Saxxy Awards. While it is primarily a movie, the viewer is occasionally required to perform Quick-Time Events, as well as many other story-based choices. For instance, when overcome by a Heavy being healed by many Medics, you can have the Pyro either run at him with his Flamethrower, or Airblast away. If you choose to use the Flamethrower, you'll come to a quick and grisly death and be forced to choose again. If you choose right, however...well, we don't want to spoil too much, do we? There are also many forking story paths for you to choose; while none are "right" or "wrong", each one essentially shows you one aspect of the adventure while another is occurring off-screen. For example, you can choose to follow the Soldier's group as they charge on the offensive, or the Pyro's group as they hold down the fort. Both of these choices are "canon", and both have the same conclusion. This is primarily to entice viewers to watch again, so they can see all of the different story paths.Clocking in at over an hour when all is said and done, this truly is an epic in every sense of the word, with moments that are adrenaline-pumping, jaw-dropping, and even heart-rending. It helps that it uses lots of outside music from Kingdom Hearts, Super Mario Galaxy, Shadow of the Colossus, and many other great scores. All in all, it is a cinematic classic that, if pieced together without the interactive format, could easily make for its own short film.There's a Character Sheet, so don't feel shy about filling it up. If you don't, then Meatloaf will clobber you!
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