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The Best Trailers of E3 2013
With all the announcements, next-gen battles, and news that came out of it, it’s hard to argue that this year’s E3 wasn’t one of the most interesting we’ve had in a long, long time. Games that have been trapped in development hell suddenly exist again, Sony played hardball and took it to Microsoft with their console prices and policies, and new games and tech demos showed us exactly what we have to look forward to in the next generation. And with that, let’s take a look at some of the more intriguing and exciting trailers shown off at this year’s E3:
The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot
This trailer was unique in the fact that it was hard to gauge exactly what the heck the game was, bt you still loved the trailer in spite of that fact. It was funny, clever, and intriguing in all the right ways, making it easily one of the standout trailers at E3.
Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
I’ll admit; I’m a bit jaded on the Assassin’s Creed franchise after III turned out to be somewhat disappointing. But Ubisoft still managed to pique my interest again when they showed this trailer at their E3 conference this year. Giving us a glimpse at the game’s story and mechanics, it was a great portrayal of what the game will eventually be.
Ubisoft surprised us with this one at the end of their E3 conference in a “Just one more thing…” moment that really stood out among the heavy hitters presented at the convention this year. It reminds me a bit of the Watch Dogs teaser from last year, and watching the demo got me all the more excited to learn more in the days to come.
This trailer, shown at the Ubisoft press conference, managed to show a new side of the game’s protagonist Aiden Pierce. Both good and bad, Pierce is essentially the anti-hero in this depiction of the game, a man who is willing to do bad things to bad people for good. It also set up for some of the game’s mechanics that were later seen in a demo at Sony’s press conference that evening. And, it’s led to me reaching the point where I quote Fry from Futurama with a resounding “Shut up and take my money!”
The one trailer that gave me goosebumps and caused me to yell across the living room, the teaser for Battlefront was a really awesome blend of thoughts ranging from “Wait, is this…no, it can’t be…maybe it is…YES!”
Thank you, DICE, for appealing to my inner Star Wars fangirl.
Okay, let’s be honest; we all knew this one was coming, thanks to multiple leaks and weird retraction statements made by execs. But how exciting was it to see that the thing was real? And that it looked so good? Sadly, we have no idea when it’s coming, but I’m thrilled to see EA appealing to fan interest and bringing the game to fruition nonetheless.
This year’s E3 was a year for impossible games to become a reality, wasn’t it? Killer Instinct was another one of those games who made an appearance at the conferences, and although rape joke controversies and a free to play model may have soured its announcement a bit, it’s still good to know we live in a universe where this exists.
The Dark Sorceror
This wasn’t a formal game announcement, but the Quantic Dream tech demo was no less impressive. Featuring stunning particle effects and the famed old man face from the PlayStation 4 reveal, the demo gave us an interesting (and amusing) look at the system’s capabilities. Like Kara, I’m hopeful that elements of this find their way into an eventual game.
Beyond: Two Souls
Yes, this trailer is for a game we already know about, but it was still awesome to see such a unique side of Beyond: Two Souls in the most recent trailer for the upcoming Quantic Dream game. While our previous glimpses of Jodie have been ones of her running away from the authorities, this one showed us that she’s got an entire side story we don’t even know about yet. The choice to show this instead of another trailer showcasing her connection to her otherworldly partner Aiden was an interesting one that both left me confused and wanting more.
The Order: 1886
While the name has been hinted at for some time now, The Order 1886 has been nothing but subject of pure speculation and conjecture. It wasn’t until Sony showed us this trailer, however, that we learned the game is actually a pretty awesome title containing London, steampunk, and werewolves. Yes, please.
inFAMOUS Second Son
While it’s a game we already know about, this trailer managed to give us deeper insight into the character of Delsin Rowe. A strong departure from Cole, Delsin is a screw-up who inherits unique super abilities and, instead of feeling guilt and disdain at the idea of having them, actually enjoys the fact that he can absorb people’s powers and harness them for his own use. Plus, it never hurts to pop some Nirvana in a game trailer.
Kingdom Hearts III
Back at the February reveal of the PlayStation 4, we were asked very politely to “Please be excited for E3.” As it turns out, this wasn’t an empty statement. Japanese RPG fans went berserk at the announcement that Kingdom Hearts III was a reality, a game that has been awaited for almost a decade. The only downside to this, of course, is that the game itself is still in development, meaning we probably won’t have it for another few years.
Final Fantasy XV
Remember Final Fantasy Versus XIII? Well, I have some bad and good news for you. The bad: it no longer exists. The good: it’s been turned into Final Fantasy XV, the official next game in the beloved Final Fantasy series. And although the trailer is as vague and ambiguous as ever, it’s still exciting to know that we don’t have to worry about a possible Final Fantasy XIII-IV.
The next game coming from Insomniac, Sunset Overdrive debuted at this year’s Microsoft conference. Featuring monsters, parkour, hipsters, and energy-drink weapon upgrades, there’s a lot to love about Sunset Overdrive. I can’t wait to find out more.
Batman: Arkham Origins
I’ll admit; I was a bit skeptical about Origins when I first heard about it. But after seeing this trailer and learning more about it, I’m pretty much convinced that October 25th can’t come soon enough.
The Elder Scrolls Online PS4 Trailer
In yet another announcement from left field, we learned at the Sony conference that Bethesda was planning to bring The Elder Scrolls Online to the PlayStation 4. This adds to an already-growing list of MMOs that will be available on Sony’s platform not long after it launches, including games such as Diablo III and Dust 514. Hopefully the new hardware of the PS4 will be more accomodating to the game and we won’t have as many issues with bugs and technical glitches.