Category Archives: Videos

No need to worry, Aliens: Colonial Marines brought enough testosterone for everyone

When the lead writer for a game hastily distances himself from a promotional trailer, it’s almost certain that it might not be in the game’s best interests. After watching the eloquently named ‘Kick Ass’ trailer, it’s also clear that whoever wrote that voiceover subscribes to the Samuel L. Jackson school of narrative (it’s the one that says ‘bad motherf*****’ on it). This may yet be intentional parody – for the game’s sake, I certainly hope so, because what we’ve seen so far looks pretty good indeed.

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Starcraft II – Heart of the Swarm gets underway in an appropriately epic fashion

If there’s anybody out there who still doesn’t believe that Blizzard are the gods of cinematics, you might want to leave the room or something. We’ve got Hydralisks slicing through Marines, Ultralisks stomping on Siege Tanks and Kerrigan gloating over it all. Or was she? Who cares? Honestly, the only way this trailer could’ve been any better was if Mengsk had shown up, screaming ‘YOU SUNK MY BATTLESHIP!’ Wings of Liberty set the bar really high with one of my all-time favourite trailers, but Kerrigan and co. have just matched it.

I’ll hold my hand up and admit it – Heart of the Swarm wasn’t particularly high on my radar before today, but all that’s changed in 3 spectacular minutes. March 12th can’t come soon enough.

CD Projekt Red takes the wraps off Cyberpunk 2077

And CD Projekt Red storms into the early lead in the race for 2013’s Trailer of the Year!

Okay, okay – let’s pick our jaws up off the ground and be objective for a second here. Does it show any actual gameplay? Nope. Is there any hint as to how the game might play? Not really, no. On the other hand – is this not the same studio that gave us The Witcher and its celebrated sequel? Yes, yes it is! And are they also not generally all-around good guys (as well as being behind the treasure trove that is GOG.com)? Yep!

So, on the whole, I’d say a certain measure of elation is justified here. To be honest, I would’ve been happy with just an announcement that CD Projekt Red was making another game, any game. A game based on the classic pen-and-paper Cyberpunk 2020 would have me rather curious. An open-world multi-thread nonlinear RPG called Cyberpunk 2077, which openly claims inspiration from Blade Runner? My cup runneth over, friends – think Vesuvius.

If you’d like to see a little more about this trailer’s journey from concept to what you just watched – and who wouldn’t? – click here. Very cool indeed.

In Metro: Last Light’s Russia, there are no Sundays

A weary Russian voice reading the opening to ‘Genesis’ isn’t the usual soundtrack for a game trailer, but it sure works for Metro: Last Light. I’m itching to step back into Artyom’s shoes, and this trailer doesn’t help. Metro 2033 is one of the more underrated games of the past couple of years; let’s hope that Last Light can polish up that legacy a bit. Speaking of which, I’d be remiss if I didn’t inform you that you can snag yourself a free copy of Metro 2033 simply by liking this Facebook page. (and I highly recommend you do so!)

Bonus reading – over on Kotaku, Jason Schreier’s written an article titled ‘Thirteen Things You Should Know About Metro: Last Light‘. One of his observations made me laugh out loud, and I’m going to quote it here in the hopes that it’ll convince you to head on over and have a look:

8. In the bar, your character can sit next to a homely, somewhat overweight woman. As you drink, she’ll get skinnier and more attractive. Classy!

And finally – how about that box art, eh? I quite like it!

Everything you need to know about Far Cry 3

I’m currently waist-deep in Far Cry 3’s single-player campaign, and I’m loving every second of it. If you’ve yet to be convinced, however, Ubisoft’s latest trailer should get you off the fence. Clocking in at just over 10 minutes, ‘Revealed’ brings you up to speed on just about every aspect of Far Cry 3’s gameplay and story.

For those of you who prefer to head into a game with no knowledge of the setting or what might be in store, you should steer clear of this one. Those of you looking to get some info on Rook Island before you dive in, you’ve come to the right place.

Cyberpunk + awesome electronic music = Stealer

Where did that come from? Well, from a man known as Winged Doom over in Russia, who’s apparently got quite the reputation among the indie developer crowd. And, on the basis of the above trailer, it’s easy to see why! While there isn’t too much hinting as to how Stealer is actually going to play, a trailer that looks this pretty – mind you, for a game that’s still more concept than concrete – deserves to be applauded. And watched, and rewatched. Seriously, that music.

And ‘awesome electronic music’ is not a phrase I tend to use often.

No need to get excited, it’s only a brand-new trailer for GTA V

Almost a year after that wonderful debut (those teasing #$^!@#%s!) comes the second official trailer for GTA V. And if you haven’t clicked ‘play’ already, we need to have a talk.

A lot of information about GTA V’s been revealed in the last few weeks – we’ve got a release date, confirmation of the three-protagonists rumour and a fairly staggering estimate of the size of the gameworld we’ll be commiting all sorts of illegalities in come Spring 2013.

Click on past the break to find out what I thought about the video.

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Drake v Cole v Kratos v Sackboy, only in the latest Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale trailer

Words I never thought I’d type, but that’s just a few of the potential match-ups available to you in PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale when it releases next month. As Sony’s elected to do a few times of late – most memorably with last year’s ‘Michael’ trailer – they’ve gone the live-action route, with the above result. Sony’s definitely got the character stable to make an awesome Smash Bros-type brawler, so here’s hoping they deliver.

14 minutes of Far Cry 3 gameplay just might bring you to your (shananananananananananana) knees (knees)

I know that most developers probably have a million better things to do than talk enthusiastically at a camera but damn, isn’t it just refreshing to listen to a couple of guys play a game and have some fun? Jamie Keen (lead game designer) and Mark Thompson (level design director), take a bow. Some fairly unsubtle name-dropping at 4:21 would be the highlight of a very watchable video. Or maybe the lighthearted joshing over a couple of suspiciously accurate shots, followed by constant sniping (no pun intended) about a woefully-wide arrow.

As enjoyable as the banter was, it wouldn’t mean scratch if the game wasn’t up to snuff. However, with every video I see, Far Cry 3 is looking more and more exciting. That dynamic open-world is the stuff life-destroying games are made of, and I can see myself losing quite a few hours to those islands. I’ve been down this road before, with Far Cry 2; and that didn’t quite work out, for any number of reasons. Far Cry 3, on the other hand, has done everything right so far and could just be the dark horse success in a very crowded release window.
Fun fact – before writing that title, I actually slowed down ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ and tried to count the exact number of times that Axl says ‘na’. In between ‘sha’ and ‘knees’, of course; if you didn’t get that reference, you have absolutely no business looking at me like I’m a crazy person. Everybody else, feel free.

Not sure if Aliens: Colonial Marines or Left 4 Xenomorphs

Your mileage may vary, but my immediate response to the above trailer for Aliens: Colonial Marines was a heartfelt ‘D’oh!’. Why? Well, the trailer – which focuses on the upcoming release’s Escape multiplayer mode – bears more than a passing resemblance to the Survivors vs. Infected gameplay found in Left 4 Dead‘s Versus games. And once you make that connection, it’s a forehead-slapping-worthy moment when you realize just how well that type of gameplay would work in the Aliens universe. Heck, so many missions in the earlier games used to end like this anyway; the difference being that this time there’ll be other players dropping on you from the ceiling or bursting out of the walls. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty good Saturday night. (They’re alright for fightin’, don’t you know?)

This must be how the guy who accidentally mixed peanut butter and jelly together for the first time felt. Or bacon and…well, anything, really.