Have you ever watched a game trailer and found yourself absolutely blown away? I have had a fascination with them since I was a small child, and the cinematic graphics were far from the hopping pixels that were a reality in the gameplay. But lately I have seen some trailers that are so breathtakingly amazing that the games are almost secondary. In fact, some of them are so good I find myself wishing they were a movie instead.
Technically, this thought process began a few years ago, when we started to notice a change in tone. They were becoming more advanced to adapt to the technology, which was providing better graphics and game interaction then ever. Sometimes live action sequences are used for promotion, and they market it brilliantly.
Here are five of my favorite video game trailers.
DeusEx: Human Revolution
You want to see something amazing? This documentary style trailer uses live action to show an increasingly unstable society run by a government/corporation agenda. Human augmentation has become popular, but soon these cybernetic limbs show a disturbing cost that ruins the lives of millions, and are eventually used to enslave the population. The game is currently available, and can be downloaded on game sites like Steam. If you don’t want to play it after seeing this, you are made of metal…like a machine.
Rapture is gone, or at least we are gone from Rapture. The new installment of the series takes us to Columbia, a floating city in the clouds in the year 1912. Your job is to find Elizabeth, a young woman who was kidnapped and is now being held in the strange city thousands of feet above the ground below. You were hired for your skills as a private detective, but it might not be enough to get her (or you) out alive. Expect a world just like Rapture…just in the clouds, not under water.
The release date isn’t yet known, but it is labeled as TBA 2012. So fingers crossed!
Mass Effect 3
Are you ready for the latest suicide mission as Commander Shepard? You are your team face yet another impossible task save the Earth from extinction from the Reapers, the ancient alien race hell bent on killing everything in the galaxy and taking the worlds as their own. Not all planets can be saved, and not all alliances can be made and maintained. It is up to you to choose the path you will take, and to save as many as you can from the fate that awaits all.
Gears Of War 3
If you are a GoW fan, you are doubtlessly losing your mind waiting for September 20, when the final installment of the epic trilogy is set to be released. From the little bit we see from the trailer, it is sure to be incredible, and possibly the best in the series. The cinematic value is definitely top notch, and I know I am not the only one who is sure the gameplay will be at the same level. So will Delta Squad be successful and save the human race? You bet your ass!
Rise of Nightmares
The Sega Kinect is still a bit of an unknown when it comes to gaming. They haven’t quite been able to reach the game levels of traditional consoles, but the abilities for such a new technology are impressive. This is the first horror game to be released on the system, which is an interesting idea, to be sure. You start on a train journey during a European vacation (a classic movie startup), and everything decends into properly violent madness. Strange creatures, zombies, a funhouse of horrors like impaling spikes…it is a throwback to the older horror games that many of us won’t be able to resist.
What are you looking forward to?