Other Top 10 Most Marketable Video Game Trailers
We’re back with a second installment of video game trailers. Seems a lot of people have their own personal favorites, and ten just wasn’t enough to do the wide world of video gaming justice. So we’re gonna take ten more game trailers through their paces and look at why they’re the best.
A suspenseful orchestral number combined with in-game shots showing the unique gameplay, combat, and swagger of the bat (no nipples on the batsuit this time for those of us who remember the dark ages of Schumacher) get us ready for the experience quickly and show that attention to detail can make a franchise as aged and distinguished as Batman still pop. And for all his many incarnations, there’s something about the Joker that makes him the ideal villain.
You don’t need to be familiar with the Deus Ex series to appreciate the work that went into Deus Ex. Cyberpunk is a carefully blended mixture of high-tech and low-life that is hard to get right in open world environments that video games present. There’s brooding, metaphor for the protagonist striving too high and getting burned, regret, simmering public sentiment, and something that smells rotten. It drives our hero from his brooding contemplation of his newfound condition to step up and be the hero from the shadows that the age needs, while at the same time presenting overtones of the futility of working for the common good in the era of capitalism. Plus, who has sunglasses implanted in their face? Honestly.
Dead Island: Riptide does us the courtesy of recapping the saga of four survivors in the South Pacific Sea who are strangely immune to an outbreak of what amounts to a zombie plague. It shows that they’re far from being out of the woods yet, and their time is running short now that military intervention is considering sterilizing the entire site from orbit; it’s the only way to be sure. We’ve got an unfolding story, intense combat scenes, and a suspenseful soundtrack, but what we’re missing is the sequence of events building to a crescendo that would really knock this one out of the park.
A unique point of view here. We start from the perspective of the protagonist after an accident, ostensibly some kind of lawman considering the tin star he carries. Then we skip back and forth between that and a third-person viewpoint for framing so that we see the vast expanse of a metropolitan melting pot in the future containing all manner of alien life forms, with our gunslinger hero using his superior skills and technology to bring down alien outlaws. A good take on a cyberwestern, a genre hitherto overlooked in video gaming. Bonus points for pertinent Johnny Cash too.
Some genres are so heavily embedded into the human psyche that messing with them would be a crime. Gangster movies are definitely among them. That’s why Mafia 2’s homage to the film style and musical choices of Goodfellas hits right on target. Is it innovative? Not really. Does it look entertaining? Definitely.