I love trailers. When I go to a movie theater, I always try to get there a little early just so I can watch the newest trailers on the big screen. Similarly, I always look forward to the Electronic Entertainment Expo every year, because it is the motherload for game trailer. This year proved to be no exception, with dozens of great trailers being put out, all around the industry. With that in mind, lets take a look at some of the best trailers from this E3.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Patrick Stewart’s deep, soothing voice introduces us to this epic trailer for the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. Picking up where the last game left off, Gabriel Belmont finds himself once again facing off against monsters and demons, only this time in a modern setting. Promising epic encounters and some beautiful areas to explore, Lords of Shadows 2 will be one to keep an eye on when it releases later this year.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
The Electronic Arts Press Conference began in a way that nobody expected, the announcement of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. A strange mixture of adorable cartoons and Battlefield’s Frostbite 3 engine, Garden Warfare looks to be like a chaotic, team-based affair. The tone of the game reminds me a lot of Team Fortress 2, and I’m intrigued to see how the different types of plants handle in a more action-based setting.
Final Fantasy XV
For fans of JRPG’s, the biggest news of the show was the announcement from Square Enix that they were rebranding Final Fantasy Versus XIII as Final Fantasy XV. With a production history that has been compared to Duke Nukem: Forever, it certainly is a welcome sight seeing that Versus XIII hadn’t been scrapped. The game looks stunning, with some of the most detailed character models and environments I’ve ever seen. The combat in the game promises to be just as exciting, with the protagonist’s strange teleporting ability being on full display.
The Wonderful 101
From the same minds that created Mad World, Vanquish, and Bayonetta, The Wonderful 101 looks to mix Pikmin and Power Rangers into a charming action title for the Wii U. The trailer shown off at E3 introduces some of the heroes under your command, as well as their unique unite abilities. The action promises to be ridiculous, with some sequences seemly ripped straight out of Bayonetta. With every new trailer for this show, I just can’t help but want to play this game more and more.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
We’ve known for a while that the next game in the Metal Gear Solid franchise would look amazing, thanks to the new FOX Engine. However, the lengthy trailer shown during the Microsoft Press Conference demonstrated the substance that would be backing up all that style. With expansive environments, a number of ways to get from place to place, and a more dynamic set of moves and maneuvers, The Phantom Pain promises to be the most open-ended stealth game ever.
Super Smash Bros.
Closing off Nintendo’s E3 video was the trailer for my most anticipated game of the show: the newest entry in the Super Smash Bros. franchise. With footage showing off both the Wii U and 3DS versions, it seems that this game stays true to the series’ roots, which is a good sign. The action seems just as frantic and exciting as ever, with Final Smashes making a return. As far as characters are concerned, the usual series staples are joined this time by the Villager from Animal Crossing and, strangely enough, the Wii Fit Trainer. The surprise announcement came at the end, with the unveiling of Capcom’s Megaman as a playable character. All this adds up to a game I can’t wait to play, with the only problem being that it won’t release until next year.
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