Saturday, June 11, 2011

E3 2011 - the best trailers.

Another E3 come and gone. I probably put up around eighty E3-related videos over the course of the week - and that's a lot to sift through, to get to the good shit. Gathered here are the cream of the crop, for your viewing pleasure.

It should be noted, there are a ton of great videos from E3 that cannot be included here - as they are gameplay walkthroughs. If you want to see the two most impressive, check out the gameplay debut of Far Cry 3 from Ubisoft's conference and the gameplay of Modern Warfare 3 from Microsoft's.

If there was one single game that made folks sit up and say "is that what I think it was?" it was the few brief seconds of Dragon's Crown shown during the PS Vita sizzle reel. Better yet, here's a full ninety-second trailer in beautiful 720p.

Given that I probably dedicated three or four posts to its two different versions, there's no doubt that if any trailer seized upon my heartstrings and thrashed about with them, it was the extended trailer for Darksiders II.

Speaking of franchises I can't wait to return to, here's a lovely, atmospheric and action-packed peek at the various ways we'll be killing mans in Hitman: Absolution.

Folks are certainly a bit disappointed that we saw very little of BioShock Infinite at E3 - unless you count an in-depth look at the sky tram lines - but at least this beautiful gameplay trailer is heavy on the action and spiked with story.

This trailer for Silent Hill: Downpour actually inspires a modicum of hope.

The Tomb Raider reboot also has a long way to go in terms of swaying gamer opinion about its franchise, but the new Lara and a game that seems to be more interested in survival than backflipping off dinosaurs certainly looks appealing. Too bad it's all prerendered.

The last franchise we're dying to see reborn but aren't quite sure about is, of course, the Devil May Cry reboot handled by Heavenly Sword and Enslaved developer Ninja Theory. Ninja Theory's games have always received high praise from critics and middling success in the market - here's hoping the third time's the charm.

On the subject of high-profile names, this cinematic trailer for Assassin's Creed: Revelations is easily one of the best-of-show. In keeping with the franchise's penchant for pairing gorgeous action with wonderful music, the death (?) of Ezio is one of E3 2011's most incredible moments.

I wonder what the song is? Ah - there we go - it's Iron by Woodkid.

Few trailers this year had such a uniformly positive reaction as Catwoman's debut as a playable character in Batman: Arkham City.

For my money, the best-looking gameplay trailer of the year is Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. It's incredible graphics plus great story plus character reveals plus high adventure.


Let's finish things off how we began, shall we? Few were the new games revealed at E3, but Gravity has shot to the top of everyone's most-anticipated list for the PlayStation Vita.

Finally, this pre-rendered reveal trailer for Overstrike is easily one of my favorites of E3 2011. It shows nothing but character, style and humor - and for an Insomniac game, that's pretty much all I need.

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