Five Exceptionally Good Video Game Trailers

The rise of video games in the last decade isn’t really something we need to talk about.   I think it’s pretty established.   I’d say most of us are aware of how much this medium has affected the public.  Hell, check out Comic-Con this year.   It was bigger than ever.  More celebrities.  More people.  More of a “boom” than ever.

The gaming world is here to stay.   Speaking of which, the evolution of the gaming trailer has been just as amazing.   Most of these are better than movie trailers now.

Here are five that I found to be pretty awesome…..

Thanks to Mandylynn for her input

Final Fantasy VIII – Playstation

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q09quI356sQ&feature=player_embedded#at=135

Love the beginning with the ocean and then right on to the battling.   This intro kind of plays like a movie epic or something.  I feel like this is how some ancient Roman movie like Spartacus’s intro would have been had the technology been around at the time.  Pretty awesome.

Resident Evil I – Gamecube

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8aqHMlkdg0&feature=player_embedded

Granted the graphics aren’t what games are today but who cares?  This is a full out movie trailer for video games.   And Resident Evil certainly had a large hand in shaping the way gaming trailers are now portrayed.

Fable II – XBox 360

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q-HEuRIlbA&feature=player_embedded

Wow, talk about the graphics.  I remember seeing this commercial on TV.   This almost reminds me of Willow or even Harry Potter.  Hell even Game of Thrones comes to mind.  I’m still trying to wrap my head around how awesome the graphics are.

Assassins Creed II – XBox 360

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD6wJIJWQoc&feature=player_embedded

Many people out there considered this to be the game of the year.  The trailer certainly backs it up.  What’s so effective here is that you don’t hear one word of dialogue.  I absolutely love that.

Left 4 Dead – XBox 360

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hnnMEv7A_w&feature=player_embedded

I mean this is officially a movie intro is it not?   I’d really like to know what the budget was to make this trailer.   My only problem with a trailer this good is that it makes it so hard for the game to live up to the hype.

 

 

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17 Comments

  1. Usally I don’t like the posts that only revolve around “Hey you forgot X!”
    But I gotta say … HEY! What about the awesome first cinematic trailer for The Old Republic?

  2. I can’t help but think that the “Fable 3″ Trailer is hilarious, abet unintentionally.

    Its like they tried to tell us…”Its going to be shit. Beautifully rendered shit…but still shit none the less”.

  3. All good choices, my only beef with your list is this; calling Left 4 Dead or Assassin’s Creed Xbox games misleading. If you were talking about your favorite movies you wouldn’t say “Spiderman 3 – for Sony DVD players…”

    Multi platform games should be labeled as such… unless of course you’re sponsored by Microsoft, in which case, carry on.

  4. Good choices, however I feel that the cinematic trailer for Assassin’s Creed Revelations is far beyond that of most other trailers out there. It was the first trailer I’ve seen in quite some time that really left me speechless.

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