The Best of E3 2011 Trailers & Teasers: Part 2

Now that E3 is more than half over, and Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have finished their press conferences, there are tons of exciting videos and trailers to see. I'm going to stick with linking to GameTrailers.com because they have consistent and organized E3 video coverage, and had a great live stream of the press conferences over the last two days. So here we go, more of my favorite videos and trailers from e3! Ico & Shadow of the Colossus HD PS3 Release Trailer - Two of my favorite games are getting visually cleaned up and re-released for PS3. I welcome any excuse to play these again. Ninja Gaiden 3 Trailer - Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox did what many games don't and challenged me to improve my skills simply to survive the story. Ninja Gaiden 2 I have so far left unfinished because without the exploration elements from the first game, the constant combat, as good as it was, got a little dull. If Ninja Gaiden 3 focuses on story as much as this trailer suggests, provides both a bit of exploration and excellent combat, and is an extreme skill based challenge, I'm sold. Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet Trailer - This games looks beautiful in Limbo-meets-Tron way. This is listed as one of the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade games this year. Ryse Trailer - I don't have a Kinect, and who knows how well this game will actually play, but this may be the first Kinect game that has me interested. Tomb Raider Cavern Gameplay Video - This gameplay does indeed live up to the trailer I posted a link to in Part 1. My only worry is that aside from failing quicktime events, this game will have little worry of failing. If the game presents a proper survival challenge later on, continuing with this intense atmosphere of desperate survival, then this may be the first Tomb Raider game I buy since The Last Revelation from 1999. Star Wars: The Old Republic Opening Cinematic - Though I have little interest in this game as I tend to avoid MMOs for less time suffocating games, as a Star Wars fan it's hard not to love this trailer. It has awesome action like the newer movies, with plenty of reflections of characters and battles of the old, making for an exciting six minutes. Rayman Origins Gameplay Video - The original 2D Rayman is one of my favorite old platformers, not only because it is a well designed game, but the art and characters are wonderfully charming. The new Rayman Origins seems to be recapturing that charm bringing Rayman back from his Rabbid infested minigame compilations. Wii U Debut Video - Nintendo introduced their new more powerful Wii, the Wii U, which features a brand new control interface with a lot of potential. I'm looking forward to seeing what people come up with for the Wii U, but I am quite frustrated that it doesn't play GameCube games like the Wii does. Starhawk Single Player Gameplay Interview - I've never played Warhawk, but this video makes it's sequel Starhawk look great. I hope Warhawk fans are getting what they want, but it looks like a great game regardless. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Gameplay Trailer - More Zelda? Yes please! Puzzle Agent 2 Trailer - Yet another sequel to a game I've never played, but the trailer appeals to me. The sunday-comics or children's book art style combined with puzzles and a good story is something I could really get into. I'll have to check this out on iOS. Captain America: Super Soldier Trailer - I have little hope that the Captain America game will be any more than the typical licensed beat-em-up, but Sega's trailer is fun just to watch. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Gameplay Video - Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is one of my favorite Xbox 360 games, yet I haven't beaten it yet because it's just so big. Skyrim looks to be far better, if that's possible, with much more interesting combat, and a much better graphics engine. If this just gets close to living up to my hopes, it'll be one of my favorite games of this generation. Kirby Wii Trailer - We may be finally getting classic kirby gameplay for the first time since the N64. Armored Core V Cinematic Trailer - This trailer is astonishing. It provides no gameplay footage, but it puts the computer graphics in most modern Hollywood movies to shame. Hitman: Absolution Cinematic Trailer - Another great CG trailer, no gameplay. Child of Eden Gameplay Trailer - Anyone who has enjoyed Rez will know just how good this game should be. Inversion Trailer - Though the gameplay looks pretty generic, I like the gravity gimmick in this game. If we are going to have lots of similar shooters, they should have twists like Inversion has as often as possible. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron Trailer - I worry that this game is guilty of overly simple combat that will cause to much repetition, but as I haven't played it yet, I will hold onto my hope for the sake of the games art. The stylized graphics of El Shaddai are just beautiful. Far Cry 3 Demonstration Video - The new Far Cry is looking amazing! There are many good videos that came out of E3 this year that I haven't included either because I missed them or they didn't make my personal cut. Regardless of my taste, E3 has proved once again to be a great time to be an excited gamer.

The Best of E3 2011 Trailers & Teasers: Part 1

With the Electronic Entertainment Expo coming up fast on June 7-9, gaming sites like GameTrailers.com have begun releasing a hail of new trailers and teasers for games. Some videos show off newly announced games, and some just show new content of games that were known. Regardless, its a great time to be a gamer and get excited about our future entertainment. Following are links to some of the videos that piqued my interest. Take a look!   Sonic Generations Classic Gameplay - As a long-time Sonic fan, I've been hoping Sega would get its act together and bring back some classic sonic gameplay, and Sonic 4, while entertaining, didn't really hit the nail on the head. I'm hopeful that Sonic Generations will do a better job. (Hey, there's no homing attack so that's at least one step in the right direction.) Bastion Gameplay and Interview - Bastion is an action RPG for XBLA and PC that grabbed my attention with its surreal art. If the story and gameplay are as good as the developer in the video touts then I'm sold. Deus Ex: Human Revolution Trailer - While I regrettably never played the original Deus Ex, Human Revolution is on my radar. The mood and style remind me of the Metal Gear Solid series, but, if this trailer is any indication, the player gets to be a little bit more superhuman in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The Lord of the Rings: The War in the North Trailer - This isn't the first trailer I've seen for this game, but it gets the Tolkien fan in me going. A mature action RPG that takes place in one of my favorite fantasy settings, tells a new story, and let's me play couch co-op with my friends? Yes, please! The Witcher 2 Trailer - Though this trailer shows mostly cut-scenes and cinema, I've heard great things about the game and it's predecessor. After watching this I'm tempted to go buy the first in preparation for the second. Too many games to play, just too many... Celestial Mechanica Trailer - Catching my eye with its lovable old-school pixel art visuals, this little metroidvania genre game looks like it has great gameplay focused on defense instead of the all-to-common shoot everything in sight mentality. Hopefully there is more to the game than catching missiles and energy to open doors, because with a strong plot I'd happily pick this up on Steam or wherever else they release it. Prey 2 Trailer - All cinema, no gameplay, this is one of those visually awesome trailers that makes you pray (no pun intended) that the game lives up to the trailer. RAGE Gameplay Trailer - RAGE is starting to look like Fallout, Borderlands, and Call of Duty combined. And thats a good thing! Journey Gameplay Video - I'm a sucker for pretty games, and Journey already has me wishing I could spend a few hours gliding across the dunes. I just hope the game is long enough and open enough that it's gameplay matches the expansive world. Tomb Raider Trailer - As a reboot to a classic series, I'm hopeful for this game. Yet again, if the game can live up to the epic adventure the trailer suggests, I think we'll have quite the adventure on our hands. Darksiders II Trailer - Though I tried the first Darksiders game briefly, and it didn't grab me, I have heard a lot of praise for the game. I can't help but ignore the good looking sequel, and hope Darksiders fans get what they want out of it. Uncharted 3 Co-op Trailer - I'm always a fan of having co-op play in my adventure games, as long as its well done. This looks good to me, I just hope the co-op campaign isn't too short. Hard Lines Debut Trailer - I've been playing games on iOS quite a bit lately, and there is a shortage of good multiplayer games. If this is as much fun as the old Tron light cycle games always were, I'm in. Might Fin Trailer - Another iOS game, this one looks like a fish version of Tiny Wings or any of the popular auto-run genre. It will likely be cheap and addictive, and who can say no to the face of that fish! PaPo & Yo Trailer - When this trailer started I was not expecting the graphical quality the game actually delivers. The concept sounds creative, and the story sounds like an adventure straight out of a children's book. I hope this ends up being great.   And that's it for now! With E3 beginning on the 7th I'm sure there will be lots more coming soon, and hopefully some great new AAA game announcements. I'll try to post more of my favorite new trailers over the next week.