And I thought “The Phantom Menace” was a silly title.
I hate to get too excited about a new attempt at revitalizing the Tomb Raider franchise because of all the botched attempts in the past, but boy does this trailer look sharp. Crystal Dynamics is working the epic origin story angle for Lara Croft and the results look both epic and fun.
According to Ubisoft, the trailer was done with the in-game engine. While it’s doubtful actual gameplay will actually look like that, I don’t think I would have cared if it were done in play-doh. I’m just excited for the franchise to be out of Renaissance Italy because three consecutive years of that stuff was really beginning to wear thin.
Assassin’s Creed is a franchise that has managed to exhibit just enough improvement each iteration that I always get sucked into playing each one all the way through despite having low expectations from the game being on a yearly release cycle. This third entry, though, has my antipatory interest sufficiently piqued. Assassinating British Colonials in the forests of New England? Yes, please.
From the press release:
Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Assassin’s Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratohnhaké:ton, of Native American and English heritage. Adopting the name Connor, he becomes the new voice for justice in the ancient war between the Assassins and Templars
The only two things I could think of when watching this trailer were “Holy shit, game CGI graphics have come a long way!” and “Wubwubwubwub yeahhhhh drop that bass.”
(For the record, I enjoyed Far Cry 2. It doesn’t look like this sequel has anything to do with the previous games, though. Then again, you can’t really divine much from this movie trailer, anyway, as there’s no gameplay shown in it.)
Yes! A Resident Evil set in a dense modern urban environment! President Zombie!
I don’t care that it’s looking more like Gears of Evil 6 than a “true” survival horror game. Resident Evil has never truly been terrifying to begin with and I, for one, welcome a franchise that’s willing to change its formula for the sake of gameplay.
Plus, did you see that part in the game where Leon slides like he was a skinny Steven Seagal and kneecaps some zombies? Tell me that’s something you don’t want to be a part of.
Still, I kinda wish Rockstar would just use “Los Angeles” as the city name with real landmarks, rather than resorting to approximations such as “Los Santos” and “Vinewood.” I get that they’re just creating caricatures of actual cities in their GTA games, but so what? Last I checked, the First Amendment was still in effect.
I see what they did there by setting the trailer to Nine Inch Nails’ “We’re In This Together.” (because they’re a team of super heroes.)
I’m a little disappointed that we don’t get a glimpse of Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill even though she isn’t a “name” actor like the rest of the star studded lineup, but what can you do. I’m also talking myself into ScarJo as Black Widow. Probably because she doesn’t speak at all in the trailer. I don’t want to set expectations too high, but based on this trailer and Joss Whedon’s track record, I think we might all have good reason to geek out next May – comics fan or not.
I’m a sucker for dick jokes so they definitely got my attention with that, but after doing a little digging, I was surprised to find out that the game is actually a joint venture of acclaimed Japanese game designers Goichi Suda (No More Heroes/Killer 7) and Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil).
That’s a little mind blowing. It’s analogous to maybe something like a joint movie between Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams. Needless to say, Shadows of the Damned is now on my video games radar. It’s scheduled for release on June 21, 2011.
Also, after watching this trailer it’s no surprise why the Tekken fighters are such big pussies. They can’t shoot fireballs or sonic booms and shit so they get their asses kicked by some real fighters. I mean, look at this shit, they get beastified by the Street Fighter dudes. (Can you tell which game I was partial to as a kid?)