Love them or hate them, there’s no denying that the Halo series has had a massive, lasting impact on gaming culture. When you look at the many fantastic trailers that have accompanied each new release, there’s one that stands out in particular.
Halo 3 was one of the most anticipated games of all time, so it’s fitting that it has one of the best game trailers of all time, too. It could have so easily been tacky, but the Believe trailer is close to art.
Is the game any good, though? Yup. One of the finest first-person shooters of all-time.
9. The Last of Us: Part II
A masterclass in the art of the slow reveal, the random shots at the beginning of the trailer before the Fireflies emblem eventually came into view confirmed the rumours that had been swirling for years.
Rather than just leaving it there, the trailer showed the aftermath of a violent encounter and a grown-up Ellie mournfully playing the guitar. It’s led to a whole lot of wild theories, which we’ll have to just wait and see if they come true.
Is the game any good, though? Find out in early 2020.
8. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
The Deus Ex series was in a bit of a limbo following the relative indifference to Invisible War. Fans wanted to know where it was going to go next after years with no news, and then the Human Revolution trailer popped up.
We were launched back into a dystopian world of commercialism and omnipotent corporations within seconds as it set up the story, characters, and even gameplay mechanics despite being a cinematic trailer. If you want to revive a dormant series in style, this is how you do it.
Is the game any good, though? Depends on who you speak to. I completed it three times and loved every go-around.
It would be all too easy to justify Skyrim’s inclusion here by simply writing “badass chanting” and moving on. However, considering the cultural impact the trailer had, helping to open up the world of The Elder Scrolls to a new audience of millions, it has to be explored further.
Fantasy can be difficult to market without coming across as hokey, but thanks to an action-packed, goosebump-inducing three minutes from Bethesda, many people decided to become nerds in 2011.
If Skyrim nudged fantasy into the mainstream, The Witcher 3 suplexed it. The Killing Monsters trailer for CD Projekt Red’s most ambitious game to date was a perfect way of introducing newcomers to the series what The Witcher was all about: violence, style, and a badass albino with cat eyes. It was one of many trailers as part of an exhaustive campaign to promote the game, but this has to stand out as the ultimate. If it doesn’t make you want to go to the countryside with a big sword and cut down ne’er-do-wells, you’re dead inside.
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