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.
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."
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.
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?
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!
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.