So E3 is at an end. Time for the dog and pony show of the expo, where it’s time to take a look back at some of the best things from the show.
Trailers are an integral part of any marketing masterplan at E3. But make it standout and you know you’ve made a really great trailer. These five stood out for me this past week for various reasons.
Here they are.
5 – The Witcher III
This is technically cheating a bit as this was released a few days before the show, but screw it, CDP Red are onto another winner with this one. The Witcher III is looking a lot more fleshed out than its predecessor, not to mention a bigger world to explore; a more mature story and god damn you if you don’t think that is going to literally look amazing because it bloody well does.
February 2015 can’t get here quick enough.
4 – Bloodborne
As someone who has literally only spent 20 minutes on Demon’s Souls and a handful of hours combined on both Dark Souls games, Bloodborne has vibes of Sweeney Todd, Resident Evil 4 and Victorian London. And I want in. The hype for Miyazaki’s next began pre-E3 when the game formerly known as Project Beast got out, but with the game due out in Spring, the hype will only continue.
There’s no stopping this train. Choo choo.
3 – Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
Kojima knows how to make a trailer. He knows how to pick the right setpieces, the right music and how it’s cut together to make one awesome trailer. This is no exception. And while it was nowhere near as graphic as it was for last year’s trailer, this year’s Phantom Pain trailer shot across a statement of intent for the game. Ground Zeroes was just a taste of what to expect, so here’s hoping TPP comes out sooner than later.
2 – The Division
Well, that got heavy fast. When The Division debuted at last year’s E3, we got a taste of what to expect in the wake of a pandemic that swept New York and the lengths to stay alive in its aftermath. But this year, Ubisoft went personal with this trailer, showing a family in disarray. But not actually showing them neither. It’s hard to explain, but it’s worth watching.
And the game’s looking up to scratch too.
1 – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Oh Naughty Dog. What a year its had, through the good and hard times. The release of The Last of Us plus Left Behind and all the awards gained. And then Uncharted for PS4 teased. The good times would continue to roll. Then there were the departures of Amy Hennig and Justin Richmond – the title’s creative and game directors respectively – with the former’s leaving reported by IGN to be in somewhat difficult circumstances, since debunked by the company’s co-founders immediately almost afterwards.
So here comes Uncharted 4 then to blow away any doubts we may have grown since. The trailer, in-engine on PS4, was only the briefest of looks at what to expect from what seems like t could be the last Uncharted game (or at least, the last Uncharted game from Naughty Dog). But add in what we saw, plus the hype x100 multiplier that is the duo collectively known as Druckley – Bruce Straley & Neil Druckmann – now involved as game and creative directors respectively following the success of The Last of Us (and their involvement with Uncharted 1 & 2), this could be an amazing finale for the series.
Roll on 2015.
(Special mentions: Magicka II, Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Far Cry 4, DriveClub, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Ori and the Blind Forest, Cuphead, The Last of Us: Remastered)