We were going to make an article per trailer today, but we have an avalanche of new news from both the gaming world and the new upcoming summer movie releases, so we’re going to tackle this by topic. Here are the hot new trailers for games announced at E3 in Los Angeles this week. If you’re a gamer, be prepared to waste your whole lunch hour on this stuff. This is awesome sauce.
What you’re watching is a collection of the best, selected by our editorial staff. Remember to temporarily pause the Krypton Radio stream while you watch so that you don’t get that dueling soundtracks problem. Also, keep in mind that this is going to be bandwidth intensive and not always safe for work, so exercise some caution.
|The Last Guardian, JapanSTUDIO, PS4 – This third person adventure games tells the story of a young boy who, after being kidnapped, befriends a giant creature named Trico who aids him in his quests.|
|While it looks engaging and playable, this is also one of those cursed projects that’s been in production for eight years. It releases sometime in 2016. This trailer is a promise that Sony hasn’t forgotten the project and that it’s still in production, but after so much time, how excited were we supposed to be?|
|Doom gameplay trailer, id Software, XBox One – The long awaited remake of the original first person shooter that started it all does not disappoint. Everything that made the original game so much fun to play is there, and there is a great deal of homage paid to the the first release back in 1994.|
|The familiar sound effects, the monsters, the music, and the flying giblets are all there. Let’s face it, Doom was the first game to put the “gross” in “engrossing”. Doom is set for release in Spring of 2016.|
|Batman: Arkham Knight trailer, Rocksteady Studio, Playstation, XBox, PC – The third and final installment in the Batman game series by Rocksteady is really the Scarecrow’s story.|
|With the Joker dead and cremated, Batman waits for the power vacuum to start a new civil war among the baddies in Gotham. The game features interesting gameplay, including the ability to play as key characters in the story that are not Batman, but we don’t see any actual gameplay in this promotional trailer.|
|Final Fantasy VII Remake – Square Enix, PS4, PC, XBox One – The Final Fantasy franchise is perplexing. There’s no continuity at all from one edition to the next in terms of story line, though certain themes and character types are echoed from one to the next.|
|Despite this, the Final Fantasy series is one of the best loved franchises there are.The newest game in the series is actually one of the older ones. Technology has advanced so much since the original release of Final Fantasy VII in 1997 that the remake is nothing less than jacking up the radiator cap and replacing everything underneath.|
|Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands – Ubisoft, PS4, PC, XBox One – The themes for Ghost Recon are the same as its predecessors: a small group of U.S. Special Forces elite soldiers goes into tightly controlled, fiercely defended enemy territory, in this case to bring down a dangerous drug cartel.|
|Futuristic in theme as the previous nine installments in the series, Ghost Recon: Wildlands is the first to feature an open world to explore.While the new open world gameplay adds new levels of realism to the game, critics complain that it tinkers with the established formula. We think the critics should actually sit down and play the thing before deciding that it’s a bad thing.|
|Star Wars Battlefront – Electronic Arts, PS4 – This is the gameplay trailer we’ve all been waiting to see, and it doesn’t disappoint.|
|A first person game, Star Wars Battlefront allows the player to do everything from hand to hand combat stomping around in the snow on Hoth to riding speeder bikes on Endor, to flying various fighter craft in epic battles.|
|Horizon Zero Dawn – PS4 – A fascinating mix of mythic storytelling and hard sci-fi, Horizon Zero Dawn is from Guerrilla Games, the same studio responsible for PlayStation’s Killzone franchise.|
You play the main protagonist, a young woman and a skilled hunter named Aloy. You explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. The story involves mysteries, tribal societies, ancient artifacts and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet, and of life itself.
That’s the pitch for the game, anyway. What we like about it is that of all the games presented, it’s the only one with gameplay that actually stands out. It’s also arguably the best looking of this year’s crop of games.
This year’s crop of amazing titles demonstrates clearly that it’s no longer about the game engines. The great game engine wars have been fought and won, and most games are created using one of only a handful of commercial games engines and authoring systems. These are licensed to developers, who in turn use them to create their content. This is how the same game can be released for several game platforms at once at the same time: they’re built once by the developers, then exported and published for XBox, Playstation, PC, Mac, and mobile platforms like Android tablets and phones, and iPhones and iPads.
While there several dominant game engines to choose from, the dominant ones are the Unreal engine, created and maintained by Epic Games, and the Unity3D engine. Both let you publish games on practically every platform, though while the Unreal engine is completely free until you publish (when they want 5% of the gross take), Unity3D charges you license fees while you develop and asks no percentage of the sales. Unity is the most popular for mobile gaming, and of the two is the easier to use. Unreal, however, gives the best results on desktop and console systems in terms of its visual quality. Both are amazing.
As the line between games and movies continues to blur, we may be seeing the dawn of a new kind of entertainment. Adding an Oculus Rift to any of these games would create an immersive experience so compelling that gamers will want to spend every waking minute in these fantasy worlds.
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