Videogames are becoming more cinematic with each passing day. Like movies, games need trailers to generate hype and leave a strong impression. The concept of presenting your videogame in a trailer is an art form in itself. Here are the top five videogame trailers in recent years.
5. Super Smash Bros. Brawl E3 2006 Trailer
It was a game that everyone saw coming. What they didn’t saw coming was how great the debut trailer would be. The epic music and familiar battles weren’t enough for Super Smash Bros. Brawl; new fighters were introduced every few seconds. It was simply chaotic and too much to digest in just one viewing. To top it all off, the E3 2006 trailer finished with an unexpected coming of Solid Snake. Guess we know why Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the fastest selling Nintendo game ever in North America.
4. Killzone 2 E3 2007 Trailer
Killzone 2 is a tale of two trailers. The first trailer was shown in E3 2005. It was probably the most realistic looking game ever created. So real that it actually wasn’t; Sony got a lot of flak for saying that the E3 2005 trailer was done in real time. Fast forward to 2007, the Playstation 3 is lagging in sales and one of the main scapegoats was Killzone 2. Two years of secrecy finally paid off, however. While the new trailer doesn’t look nearly as good as the first one, it was one of the most visually impressive trailers ever made. With intense action mixed-in with the dark atmosphere, many argue that the E3 2007 trailer is more visually appealing and impressive than the old one.
3. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Debut Trailer
The Grand Theft Auto series is known for controversy. The controversy became apparent when Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was first revealed. Not only was the main character black but the game seemed to be heavily influenced by the hip hop culture. Just reading about how long time fans of the series won’t be playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas because of their distaste for that culture and lifestyle was pretty sad and humorous at the same time (no one complained about an Italian main character in Vice City). Controversy is the series’ forte and San Andreas more than delivered in that aspect with the debut trailer alone.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess E3 2004 Trailer
Like Killzone 2, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a tale of multiple trailers. This time it’s three trailers across two games. The expectations were high when Nintendo showed off a demo of a realistic looking Zelda for the Nintendo Gamecube. All of it was shattered when Nintendo revealed that the next Zelda will feature a cel-shaded cartoon look. As disappointed fans were with initial revealing of Wind Waker, they were equally as ecstatic when Twilight Princess was revealed in E3 2004. The return to a realistic look wasn’t enough; the trailer also adds a Lord of the Rings epic feel to it. The E3 2004 trailer literally sent shivers down many long time Zelda fans’ spines.
1. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty E3 2000 Trailer
Legendary videogame creator, Hideo Kojima is also a mastermind at creating trailers for its game. He has made many great trailers for his games, including Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and Zone of the Enders 2. The debut trailer at E3 2000 for Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty takes the cake, however. It has the most wow factor out of any videogame trailer has ever delivered. The rain-soaked ship set the stage for nine minutes of non-stop, innovative gameplay elements coming one after another. It was truly a next-generation title, not just a last-generation game with a graphical upgrade. Add in some twist and turns to the story and you could see why Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was one of the most hyped games ever. The E3 2000 trailer of Metal Gear Solid 2 is the best videogame trailer of all time.