Category Archives: Trailers

GTA V gameplay trailer is why are you still reading this?

I’ll say this for Rockstar Games – they’re masters of stringing you along, this is known; but when they deliver, boy do they deliver.

It looks…well, it looks fantastic. The graphics are good, it looks like they’ve put some thought into improving the mechanics, and the world…you know, the worlds GTA’s given us over the years were always the biggest draw for me. Whether it was the keen sense of satire around the inhabitants, the abundance of tucked-away easter eggs and other secrets or the simply staggering attention to detail, there was nothing I enjoyed more than getting up to speed in Rockstar’s Bizarro metropolises. And I absolutely cannot wait to sink my teeth into this one.

It’s either a testament to the reputation Rockstar’s built for itself or to my unashamed status as a GTA fanboy (or both), but I was grinning before I even clicked ‘play’. That grin stayed on my face throughout, except for all the times my jaw dropped; and there were quite a few of those. I’ll probably take a more in-depth look at the snippets the trailer reveals, but right now, I’m just going to watch it a few more times and try to hold back my growing conviction that Rockstar’s done it again.

Somewhere between joyful and peachy? Sounds about right.

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With great dubstep comes great responsibility, Mr. President – meet Saint’s Row IV

Oh God.

So, you remember how Saint’s Row III was pretty crazy, right? So it appears Volition’s decided that the best way to take Saint’s Row forward was to make the leader of the Saints the leader of the free world, give him aliens to fight and superpowers to fight them with.

I’m supposed to write words about this. Intelligent and meaningful words that will make you feel something about this game, about this franchise, or maybe even about the state of gaming in the world today.

Instead, all I can muster is ‘what is this I don’t even’.

If you’d like some bat-shit insanity with your thoughtful political commentary, Saint’s Row IV assumes office on August 20th.

0:49 made me laugh out loud. Even he seems embarrassed by that getup!

Get to know Michael, Franklin and Trevor in these new GTA V trailers

Open-world action games are a dime a dozen these days, but there’s just something about GTA. Whether its the impeccable song choices, the scathing social commentary or just some brilliant writing, there’s a flavour to a Grand Theft Auto game that’s all its own. And these trailers have it in spades.

Franklin’s arc looks set to be a return to the war between Grove Street and the Ballas that featured prominently in San Andreas, while Trevor…is almost certainly insane. In a good way. There’s a man who’s clearly read How To Win Friends And Influence People. Despite Franklin and Trevor each being callbacks to earlier GTAs in their own way, I have to say that the one I’m most interested in right now is Michael. The Ulysses character is nothing new, but in the hands of Rockstar? It could be something great.

5…months…more.

Leviathan Warships blows everything else out of the water with one of the best trailers you’ll ever see

Did you think that you were above being seduced by a combination of smooth jazz and so-awful-they’re-genius puns? Leviathan Warships says hi, and promises to buy you dinner next time.

We’re only in April, but I’m calling it now – best trailer of 2013.

…I swear, I had my clothes on at the beginning of this video.

Thief’s debut trailer creeps out of the shadows

And it’s about as dark and stealthy as you’d expect. No gameplay here, just eye-candy – and one notable difference. Stephen Russell won’t be reprising his role as the voice of Garrett, and fans of the Thief franchise are already up in arms about it – sound familiar?

Drama aside, it’s great to see Thief returning, whatever form this numberless game takes.

 

 

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is now official, here’s the debut trailer

Bringing to an end one of the lengthier sagas in video game announcements, a bandage-swaddled Hideo Kojima took to the stage at GDC to officially announce Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The above trailer features footage from both the earlier Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes trailers, confirming that both ‘games’ were merely smokescreens. Kojima also played through a section of the tutorial on stage, which I’ve linked to here:

Click on past the break for a rundown on everything we know about Metal Gear Solid V.

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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.

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!