From the micro-transaction fiasco erupted by EA’s redundant lootbox and grind mechanic in Battlefront 2 to the launch of games like Hellblade and Nier Automata, 2017, summed up, was an erratic year for the video game industry. But despite these mishaps, the industry has had a lot to show off. This year has seen the inception of some of the finest trailers. Trailers— being one of the most recurrent strategies to entice audience and create hype. And as the clock ticks closer to New Year, it has dawned upon us, that the month of December is slowing coming to a finale, which has ultimately reminded us of our obligations— to share with you, what we believe are some of the best video game trailers released this year. Lets have a look.
5) Ori and the Will of the Wisps
There are many platform-adventure games out there but this particular one carries a palpable glamour with it. A sequel to the 2015 title “Ori and the Blind Forest”, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017 and is supposedly a continuation of its parent game. The trailer hitherto exhibited in the event had us astonished over the amount of perfection the developers carved into the game. The intricacy of the dynamic environment design is enthralling and strikes harmony as well as fear in one’s heart. Infact, it is so pretentious that it does not appear any shallower than its predecessor. The trailer does a great job, by helping the spectators, by hinting them with fragments of the original plot. We all know that Ori and the Blind Forest concluded with Ori returning peace to Nibel by restoring the three spirits back to the Spirit Tree. But things seemed to have taken a U-turn in Will of the Wisps. Peril has found its way back to Nibel and the Spirit Tree has once again gone dark. Nibel is overrun by fierce enemies. One of the most brilliant aspects of this trailer is that it is compiled in such a way that it will pose the watchers with numerous puzzling questions at every point. Questions that can only be conjectured. Suspense is one of the major keynotes that this game promises to offer.
4) Red Dead Redemption 2
The much awaited sequel of one of the best games from Rockstar, Red Dead Redemption 2 is on its way to shake up the action-adventure genre. Set in the declining wild west in the 20th century, Red Dead Redemption 2 which is well-known for its trigger-happy campaign, will encourage the players to ride into the barren wasteland on horse backs and partake in intense shootouts. The steam engines which have been brought back to instill an air of nostalgia, will be available at the players’ disposition to be utilised to traverse from town to town or be plundered mercilessly. Red Dead Redemption 2 bears resemblance to ‘Django Unchained’, a movie set around the post-independence civil war era, a time when slavery was still in fashion. It is perhaps, needless to say that Rockstar have spared no effort in ameliorating the animations and the visuals from the previous instalment, as one could infer from the trailer. With lots of explosion, Red Dead Redemption 2’s trailer was impressively collated, highlighting some of the principal features that the game would offer and in doing so, has entirely won us over.
3) Metro Exodus
The Metro series is a brilliant adaptation of Dmitry Glukhovsky’s Metro triology. As a first person survival-horror game set in a dystopian Russia enduring the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, where people are forced to seek shelter inside Russia’s infamous Metro Transit, the players are pitted against vicious mutants and human foes alike, where they endeavour to vanquish them in order to survive. An attentive glance at the trailer hints us that the game will rely heavily upon exploration, both inside claustrophobic tunnels and in the outside world, beyond the snow covered roads. One could also infer from it that Exodus has touched the pinnacle of visual fulfilment. The particle effects are spot on and are especially eye-catching. But despite all these, there is something, outside the periphery of graphical achievements, about Exodus that makes it so satisfying to watch, and so satisfying indeed that we felt that this trailer simply cannot go unheeded.
2) Total War: Warhammer 2
There is no doubt that the ‘strategy’ genre is one of the most revered category of games for the PC platform, which, unfortunately enough, fell out of favour in the current decade. Total War: Warhammer 2 is one of the very few charismatic strategy titles out there that has managed to capture its audience without much effort. As silly as it may sound, Warhammer 2 combines the medieval world with that of a fantasy realm, and does so remarkably well. Initially debuting three of the major factions in the announcement trailer, Warhammer 2, which is set across the four continents of Ulthuan, Naggaroth, The Southlands, and Lustria primarily revolves around The New World where the players and the rival factions compete over the control or ruination of the Great Vortex. What makes the Warhammer 2 trailer stand out the most is the manifestation of areal units, the use of magic and deception as an apparatus to secure advantage on the battleground is patently a unique feature implemented into the game.
1) Assassins Creed: Origins
2017 has seen the emergence of a plethora of trailers but none have been able to grasp our attention to the potency that Origins did. The cinematic trailer exhibits brand new mechanics that have been scraped from other Ubisoft games and implemented here to provide depth. The enormous scorching desert, the colourful oases, the sprawling cities and an early look at the scintillating palaces of the ancient Egyptian civilization were all visually pleasing. It clearly depicts the birth of the Brotherhood, of the ‘Origin’ of the Assassins. The trailer showcases a ton of cinematic action-sequences. Players can indulge in the good old parkour-inspired adventure like in the older games and roam around the city at free will. However, unlike the previous Assassin’s Creed games, Origins has a distinct RPG spin to its open-world gameplay. And with Leonard Cohen’s voluptuous tone overlapping the scenic beauty, it becomes increasingly difficult to neglect the congenial grace that this video possesses.
This being said, our list has reached an end. Picking out five videos from among’st hundreds is surely not a bed of roses. And even so, many of you may not agree with this catalogue. In which case, you, the readers, have every bit of liberty to let us know your— of your favourite trailers and why you liked them, by leaving a small descriptive comment below.
★Special thanks to Editor Prashanth Yedavilli for assisting me with this article★