Top 10 trailers of E3 2014!

E3 2014 is in the books and it has left us a mountain of new trailers to watch.  Naturally, some are better then others.  I decided to put together a top 10 list of what I felt were the best trailers of E3 2014.  Naturally, these are just my opinion, so don’t freak out when a trailer doesn’t make the list.  Notably absent are the trailers for Metal Gear Solid V, Batman: Arkham Knight, and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.  While I did like those trailers, they didn’t carry the same weight that these ten did for me.  So without any further ado, here are my Top 10 trailers of E3 2014!

10. Ori and the Blind Forest

Few trailers at this year’s E3 packed the emotional punch that this indie title did.  This announcement trailer alone put Ori on the map for me, and made it a must play of a game.  The beautiful art style, subtle story telling, and interesting take on platforming all combined to make Ori incredibly impressive.  The best moment of the whole trailer came near the end, as Ori found his/her large friend dead.  That moment of hardly being able to accept the friend’s passing was just a punch to the heart that put it on my radar.

9. Super Smash Bros: Pac-Man reveal trailer

This trailer makes the early 90s console war role in it’s grave.  In the first few moment of the trailer, we see the mascots for Nintendo, Sega, Capcom, and Konami all on screen at the same time.  Pac-Man’s addition to Smash Bros makes perfect sense, and his moveset looks like an awesome homage to his games.  If his final Smash is not him just going across the screen and eating every character though, I’ll be disappointed.

8. Cuphead

Prior to this trailer, I did not know about Cuphead.  After this trailer, I neeeeeeeeed Cuphead to release right freaking now.  This art style is one of the greatest I’ve ever seen in a game.  That 1930’s Disney look is something I never believed I’d see in a video game, along with pitch perfect piano music that seem ripped straight from one of the cartoons as well.  Studio MDHR is making one of the best looking games of all time; let’s just hope then gameplay stacks up with it.

7. Far Cry 4 – The first five minutes

This trailer was not that good for about the first two and a half minutes.  While the concept of a border crossing into a totalitarian state is a good one, it was quite boring.  All of that changed with our introduction to Pagan Min, the Troy Baker voiced dictator of Kryat.  Stabbing his own men, taking a selfie with our protagonist and telling him they’re going to “TEAR SHIT UP!” all made for an incredible first introduction to our villain.  At Ubisoft’s presser, Executive Producer Dan Hay gave what may be the best description for Far Cry 4 possible, “We’ll give you a fake passport, a little bit of cash, and a gun.  And after that, well, you’re fucked.”

6. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

I knew Uncharted 4 would look good, but holy tostitos does Uncharted 4 look astounding.  After all of the instability surrounding Naughty Dog earlier this year, releasing such a gorgeous first trailer was exactly what Uncharted 4 needed.  A Thief’s End will feature an older Nathan Drake out for “One last job”, and the thought that this may be Drake’s end terrifies me.  The game will run at 1080p, 60 frames per second, and allegedly looks just as good as this trailer.  Do I believe that claim?  I think it’s not entirely impossible.  After all, Naughty Dog now employs arguably the greatest graphics designer in the world in Corrinne Yu.  She was the woman who made Halo 4 look as great as it did on the eight year old technology of the Xbox 360, so imagine what could be done on a powerful console like the PS4.

5. Legend of Zelda Wii U reveal

An open world Zelda game bring so many new possibilities.  I already ranted and raved about how the fans of Zelda are the one’s who got me excited for this game, and rightfully so.  The gameplay showcased exactly what it needed to: new enemies, gorgeous graphics, and some sweet looking new weapons.  It looks like our hero is using the enemies technology against them with that arrow!!!  The explosive device is simply lashed onto the arrow, showcasing a potentially desperate battle against these evil forces.  This has the potential to be the best Zelda since Ocarina of Time.

4. Assassin’s Creed: Unity – Cinematic Trailer

There are a few constants at every E3: Call of Duty will open Microsoft’s press conference, Ubisoft’s press conference will end with a surprise, and Assassin’s Creed will get a gorgeous CG trailer.  This year was no different, and gave us our best Assassin’s Creed trailer since the Revelations trailer at E3 2011.  The choice to use a brand new song from Lorde shouldn’t have worked as perfectly as it did, but the combination of new features shown off and just stellar CG made this trailer one I’ll remember for years.

3. Dead Island 2 Reveal Trailer

Dead Island 2 seems like it could be everything I wanted the original Dead Island to be.  The original Dead Island seemed to want us to take it so seriously, while Yager Developments’ second entry in the series realizes the concept is silly and has fun with it.  The trailer has subtle nods to Dead Island’s initial reveal trailer, but mocks it and the Southern California lifestyle in a hilarious way.  Do I think I’ll actually enjoy the game?  I honestly doubt it, but dammit if this trailer wasn’t amazing.

2. No Man’s Sky Gameplay trailer

No Man’s Sky represents nearly everything I’ve always wanted in a video game: gorgeous art style, exploration, stellar combat and being able to travel from cave to land to space without load screens.  Hello Games has the eyes of the world on their small studio now, and continue to impress me with every single slice of the game that’s shown.  This long form gameplay trailer should be something other games adopt, as it is an astounding way to showcase what a game can be.

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – The Sword of Destiny Trailer

Before you say it, yes I know this came out the week before E3.  I don’t honestly care.  Where No Man’s Sky was a great representation of a new form of trailer, The Witcher’s trailer is the pinnacle of what a classic-style trailer can be.  Perfectly paced, cutting edge visuals, and just enough glimpse into the story to get everyone excited.  The voice over talking about how no matter what choice you make bringing devastation is very interesting in a game that’s all about choice show just how high the stakes really are for Geralt.  CD Projekt Red is creating one of the best looking games of 2015, and this trailer keeps my hype going for it.

What was your favorite trailer of E3 2014?  Let me know in the comments below!

by, Bobby Marquardt

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