Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
They played us like a damn fiddle, didn’t they?! This was the debut trailer for MGS V, but we just didn’t know it yet. Dubbed as simply The Phantom Pain, it’s an interesting trailer for what looks to be a new spooky IP from an unknown developer named Moby Dick Studio. Of course, not long after it hit the internet, hardcore sleuths deciphered the mysterious trailer and found out it was actually a tease for Solid Snake’s next game. In all honesty, we should’ve seen it coming. But once again, Hideo Kojima played us all, and it feels damn good!
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Deus Ex’s take on man versus machine has never more realized outside of the main games than The Mechanical Apartheid trailer for Mankind Divided. It’s all live-action and it journeys the hopeful technological advancements for mankind to society’s downward dystopian spiral that causes humans to fear those that are mechanically augmented. Live-action trailers are typically hit and miss, but this one nails the dark and violent nature of the series. While Deus Ex: Mankind Divided may have divided critics, we can at least agree on how cool this trailer is.
The Last of Us Part II
Naughty Dog sure knows how to surprise, don’t they? While a sequel to The Last of Us was rumoured to be in the making for a while, its announcement trailer at the tail end of Sony’s PlayStation Experience in December 2016 was still unexpected. There are a bunch of great moments in the trailer, most of them featuring a grown-up Ellie on guitar singing a folksy ballad. From the opening shots in the woods to Ellie’s final threatening message, the trailer is another example of Naughty Dog’s impressive technical brilliance, something we probably should have gotten used to by now. We’re not expecting this scene to be in the final game, but it does an excellent job of setting the tone for Ellie and Joel’s next adventure.
The Last Night
The Last Night remains a mystery even after its reveal trailer but there’s no denying that it made a wicked first impression on Microsoft’s E3 stage in 2017. Even on its own, The Last Night impresses with its unique visual style which seems to blend pixel art and 3D environments for a Blade Runner-esque presentation. The amazing music that accompanies the trailer makes for a moody and unforgettable 75 seconds. We can’t wait to see more of The Last Night this year.
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