Saturday, April 23, 2011

Leak Sauce #12 Best Video Game Trailers of 2011

Leaking info to you and bringing the discussion.

We could sit here for days and discuss the wonderful games of 2011 that are already out and the others that will be arriving later this year but I wanted to take a moment to share some trailers that have really struck me as flat out jaw-dropping. Let me clarify that this article is not about the best games to be coming out but analyzing some of the greatest trailers I've ever seen in gaming. To be fair, I refuse to discuss trailers of games that have already been released this year. That means that top notch titles like Portal 2 are not up for discussion. Make sure to grab some popcorn before sitting down to view these.

Side note: If the HD videos are looking blurry and green then right click, go to settings, and disable hardware acceleration.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution



Holy crap! Did you feel those chills? That video is an adrenaline rush every time for me. Visual metaphors of Icarus, mankind's future, controversial issues of human augmentation, and your average joe turned superhero in the middle of it all trying to find his place in the world after the loss of his wife and the apparent forced cybernetic implantation.

The gameplay also appears to be top notch since you can complete different areas in multiple ways: stealth, brute force, utilizing the environment, hacking systems, etc. There's a gameplay trailer out there to showcase this and I recommend checking it out if you're at all interested in this title.

"It's not the end of the world, but you can see it from here."

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Batman: Arkham City



Batman: Arkham Asylum was already an amazing game that I recommend to everyone and now we're getting a true sequel. This trailer manages to showcase a significant amount of gameplay elements on top of being catchy and pulling the viewer into the Batman mythos.

The best part of it all is that the first game already managed to make you feel like the Batman himself: gadgets, detective work, martial arts, etc. Each aspect had its own game mechanics that allowed variety and skill and all of it was layered within a healthy narrative. To add sweet delicious icing to the cake was the voice acting from the classic cartoon series. This game intends to further all of these aspects to perfect upon the already winning formula.

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Dead Island



That has to be the single most depressing trailer of any video game ever created. The artistic rewind combined with the soul shattering piano playing really hits home as your mind pieces together what's just occurred.

Something of note: Did you catch the image for the title? Go back and pause it towards the end of the video where it shows up. It's the image of a man hanging himself from a tree to release himself from the pure hell and carnage of being trapped on an island of infested loved ones and former fellow human beings. That title alone has a lot of weight. The bad news is, they were forced to change the title logo to a much more tame and less meaningful image of a zombie replacing the letter I in Island instead. So much for artistic expression huh?

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Final Fantasy Versus XIII



Holy crap on a keyblade! Kingdom Hearts creators have jumped on board to create this action packed ride of sword and sorcery. As a KH and FF Fan, I'm stoked to say the least.

I would definitely take a look at the other trailers that are out for this including the newest gameplay trailer. Real-time RPG action just like the KH games, switching characters on the fly, jumping into a mecha suit, and more!

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Notice the common theme here?
Each of these trailers utilizes a particular musical piece to their fullest. Without the particular tracks playing, these trailers wouldn't even be half as compelling. I've been addicted to each of these songs for quite some time now and so I'm going to share some links so that you too can enjoy their captivating ambiance.


Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Icarus by Michael McCann
Batman: Arkham City - Short Change Hero by The Heavy
Dead Island - Trailer Music
Final Fantasy Versus XIII - *sadly it was taken down and I'll update this when I can - all current versions have the sound effects from the actual trailer still in place*

This is Kylak signing out and setting my playlist to repeat.

5 comments:

  1. Great videos you put up, Ky! Extremely top notch and full of awesome.

    Deus Ex: Man, the trailer is literally like a movie trailer. The attention to detail is phenominal and I wish I could play the game right now.

    Arkham City: Oh. My. Goodness. Fangirl craze!

    Dead Island: It definitely puts a dapper in one's mood. I mean, daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn.

    Versus: Epic like always. Go KH creators!


    I very much agree with you that the music really seals the deal with all of the trailers. Another thing that really makes the trailers stand is how they put together each scene. It all fits together so well and not a single scene feels out of place.

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  2. Thankiez Raii!

    Deus Ex: It reminds me a lot of Hideo Kojima's trailers mixed with Final Fantasy. Full of win!

    Arkham City: :P

    Dead Island: Yeah... but I couldn't help but post it. At least I attempted to balance it out with the FF: Versus trailer.

    Versus: Quality over quantity.

    You can really tell how each tells you a story. You get sucked in fast!

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  3. I'm really glad that you chose different types for each trailer. Get a whole awry of awesome!

    Deus Ex: Yeah, it really did! MGS 3-like goodness, except Deus Ex is a lot more polished only because it was made recently :P. PS3 vs PS2.

    Whew, seriously. Video game companies are really getting the idea of cinematic being just as important as story and gameplay.

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  4. All of these companies definitely seem to be trying their best in all of these regards. Let's hope the trend continues.

    Gameplay is still the most important aspect of them all though. Some game companies (not naming any names here) still don't seem to get what fun gameplay is.

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  5. 2011 is looking to be a solid year for releases in addition to Deus Ex, L.A. Noire, Duke Nukem Forever, InFamous 2 - just a lot of great games on the horizon. You can check them out at http://www.meltedjoystick.com/new_game_trailers.php

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