E3 2012 was a mixed bag. While it failed to provide a substantial number of new game announcements (which is always the case), it did give us plenty of awesome game trailers. Game developers are getting better at enhancing the cinematic aspect of their games, and it is evident from some of the trailers which have been showcased. So lets take a look at the best trailers on offer at this year’s E3, in no particular order.
Assassins Creed 3
This game already has me hyped, but the trailer took it to another level. Past AC games have concentrated on the battle versus the templars, but the third installment in the series adds liberation, freedom, independence, and other war related themes to the mix to make the scale even more epic. The scenes where our protagonist charges forward as his countrymen are retreating gives you that adrenaline rush, and when his war comrades get inspired by his acts, the feeling (similar to the one in Braveheart and 300) is chilling to the bone. Assassins Creed 2 was my favorite Assassins Creed game, and if AC3 turns out to be as good, i’ll be disappointed. I expect much more from it, and it looks like it might deliver.
Beyond: Two Souls
The Last of Us is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated games of year. The talented team at Naughty Dog studios plan to take the survival genre to the next level, and we can’t wait to have a go at it. But that wasn’t all Sony had to offer this year. Quantic Dreams, creators of the critically acclaimed Heavy Rain, give us Beyond: Two Souls, another epic story which might set the adventure genre on fire. With facial animations that even put L.A. Noire to shame, this game has blown everyone away at E3, and will definitely compete with The Last of Us for the title of the most anticipated game of the year.
This game was revealed as a shock surprise at this years E3, and already has everyone’s hype meter going bonkers. Think of one computer that can control an entire city, and one man that has the power to control this computer. Sounds like an awesome disaster in the making, and we cannot wait to play as the man who can control it all. With graphics to rival the best out there, Ubisoft seem to have another winner on their hand.
Far Cry 3
Insanity. Many whack movies try to personify it. Many of those movies, like Ichi the killer, have personified it successfully. But i haven’t come across a single game that has managed to successfully integrate it into its story, the only notable exception being, well, nothing! As such, Far Cry 3 looks like it might change everything. Instead of focusing solely on gunplay, this time around Ubisoft is trying to up the ante and really deliver madness served on a Dvd. And if the game is as good as the trailer, then Vaas might be edged in our memories forever as the first truly insane videogame villian.
We thought Lara Croft was done for. A perfect example of overusing a brand, the tomb raider games were really beginning to suck. Enter Crystal Dynamics, and we have at least two tomb raider games in recent times that we can happily tag as being actually good. Now they’re coming up with another game, and this time, it’s where it all began. The new Tomb Raider already has everybody in awe, and the new E3 trailer, named crossroads, takes my anticipation to almost strenuous levels. Whether it will deliver or not is a thing for the future. But one thing is for sure, it is a treat for the eyes.