Friday 23 December 2016

The Best Video Game Trailers of 2016

Here’s the best video game trailers from 2016.

1. Death Stranding Game Awards Trailer :

We still have absolutely no idea what Hideo Kojima’s next project truly is, nor do we know when he’s planning to reveal more details about Death Stranding to the public, but one things is for sure: This is a project we can’t wait to get our hands on. With a wild looking concept involving skeletal soldiers, umbilical cords and Mads Mikkelsen, the second trailer for the project was a surprise we didn’t expect during the Game Awards. But it is one we’re extremely thankful for nonetheless.

2. Overwatch Animated Short: Dragons :

Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch was one of the biggest success stories of 2016, launching a new IP with over 20 million active players by the end of the year. Along with the game’s tremendous success however, came a slew of cinematic trailers that helped us piece to together the background story of the Overwatch universe and gave us insight into each character’s personal journeys. None lingered in our heads like the origins of Hanzo and Genji — a tale of two brothers trapped in conflict against each other.

3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine Launch Trailer :

2016 marked the official end of CD Projekt Red’s DLC support for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, one of the best RPGs released during the summer of last year. Blood and Wine was the team’s last piece of the game, and they went out with a massive bang which ended up being one of the best experiences The Witcher 3 has to offer. In many ways, the trailer for Blood and Wine was the ending of an era for CD and Geralt of Rivia, and a what damn good end it was.

4. Mass Affect: Andromeda Reveal Trailer :

The long-awaited debut of Mass Effect: Andromeda finally came in late 2016 with some brand new trailers that opened a new chapter of the franchise now that Commander Shepard’s trilogy is complete. Chock full of new alien species, weapons, technology, and key characters — the official reveal trailer from N7 Day was a true treat.

5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Gameplay Trailer :

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been a long time coming. Originally announced back in 2013, this title was a Wii U exclusive before being delayed repeatedly. It is now confirmed to release in 2017 alongside the Nintendo Switch. Instead of opting to go the traditional Zelda path though, Nintendo’s taking the franchise into the open world and this trailer was our first real look at everything the development team has been working on.

6. Battlefield 1 Reveal Trailer :

Just when we thought the future of first-person shooters was looking a little too much like Blade Runner, DICE and Electronic Arts dropped the reveal trailer for Battlefield 1, bringing us all back a hundred years to fight on the brutal battlefields of World War I. Set to the White Stripes, Battlefield 1’s first trailer delivered gorgeous visuals and jaw-dropping action in a tiny little package to introduce the next installment of the Battlefield franchise.

7. Knights of the Eternal Throne Cinematic Trailer :

Star Wars: The Old Republic may have had a rocky few years since it first released on PC, but regardless of how the story-driven MMO comes across for players — there’s always been an amazing cinematic trailer to celebrate the launch of every new expansion released for the game by BioWare. This year marked the release of Knight of the Eternal Throne and a gorgeous cinematic trailer worthy of its own dedicated film. Maybe next year for Christmas, right BioWare?

8. Dark Souls 3 Shadows Ahead Trailer :

Dark Souls probably isn’t an experience meant for every player out there, but no matter how you feel about the core gameplay design, there’s no questioning From Software’s ability to create atmosphere. “Shadows Ahead” did just that, building up a dark and somewhat endearing introduction to Dark Souls 3 for fans — complete with a much creepier rendition of “True Colors” from Cyndi Lauper.

9. Prey Reveal Trailer :

We may never truly know what happened to the beautiful, beautiful rendition of Prey featuring bounty hunters and Johnny Cash; but Arkane Studios’s new take on the IP is a project just as worthy of praise. Revealed during E3 with this cinematic trailer, Prey seems to take on a twisted identity like both BioShock and System Shock that we can’t wait to play next year.

10. Titanfall 2 Launch Trailer : 

Titanfall 2 was one of the biggest surprises to come out of 2016. It built off the success of the original from 2014 by incorporating a much more refined gameplay loop of combat and platforming. More importantly though, Titanfall 2 introduced the game’s universe with a standalone single player campaign which was kicked into gear with this excellent live action trailer of Titan-on-Titan action.

Nintendo Switch Game Updates: New Exclusive Gameplay Video

The Nintendo Switch is one of the things that gaming fans have been waiting for quite some time. Apart from its innovative look, specs and features, it also has some exclusive games. To keep fans updated and to tease Nintendo Switch and the games, the company revealed an exclusive Nintendo Switch gameplay.

According to Express, the game is entitled "Seasons of Heaven." The trailer Nintendo revealed had awesome graphics. But that may actually improve over time as there are reports that The Khronos Group has made the APIs compatible with Nintendo Switch.

Apparently, The Khronos Group's OpenGL 4.5, their OpenGL ES and their Vulkan APIs are going to be compatible with the console. This could enhance the graphics of future games for Switch even more.

As for now, fans can revel in the beauty of "Seasons of Heaven" with the trailer it was given. The game is basically based on a French novel of the same name. It revolves around a boy named Yan and his dog Ani. The game will be located in a world that has been hit by a catclysmic event.

However, the game will not be launched together with Nintendo Switch. Reports say that this is bound to come out on 2018. Nonetheless, the console has been confirmed to be released in March 2017.

Despite reports of delay, Nintendo has assured fans that by the end of the first quarter of 2017, fans will be able to get their own Nintendo Switch. The exact date of its release is likely going to be announced in January at an event in Tokyo, Japan.

There have been leaked details that the console will be around £200 (around $246). In fact, Ovum analyst Paul Jackson that £300 will be the better start for Nintendo Switch. The company has yet to confirm or deny the leaked news.

'Linelight' Indie Game Trailer Reveals A Minimalist Puzzle World of Lines And Light

In a new trailer for indie game Linelight from award-winning indie studio My Dog Zorro, we get a glimpse at a world of light, color, lines and nothing else. Check out the trailer for indie game Linelight below:

Linelight has 300 levels across six worlds, with relaxing music, deceptively complex gameplay mechanics and an unbeatable design aesthetic that takes minimalism one step further. Your line, the “Dash”, has only one control: “MOVE.”

Color-coded switches can form a bridge, red moving lines are deadly to the touch and secret pathways can help expand your time in Linelight .

Founder and lead designer for My Dog Zorro stated in a press release, “My goal was to take simplification to the extreme, initially for the fun/rewarding design challenge, but eventually because that’s where the most beautiful possibilities dwelled. Linelight ’s lifeblood is in its elegance: every puzzle and every line serve a unique purpose. When I brought all of the game’s components together (e.g., the music and aesthetics), it all came alive! I hope you have as much fun experiencing Linelight ’s elegance as I did creating it.”

Key features include:

Bask in the soft glow of a world made out of straight lines
Experience 6 hours of pure, unadulterated gameplay
Solve more than 250 different puzzles across six unique worlds
Enjoy a Zen-like, ethereal soundtrack, and enter a state of flow
Explore the intricacies of each world to uncover secret challenges
Linelight will hit Steam, Playstation 4 and Xbox One in early 2017, though a release date is yet to be announced.

Will you be taking a chance on Linelight ? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

First Super Mega Baseball 2 Gameplay Trailer Shows Off Much-Different Visuals

Following the game's announcement in September, developer Metalhead today released the first gameplay trailer for Super Mega Baseball 2. In addition to providing a first look at how the game plays, on display in the video is its more realistic-looking art style.

Metalhead co-founder Scott Drader explains in the video that Super Mega Baseball 2's presentation aims to retain the first game's goofiness--but dialed back somewhat. "That vibe has moved in a more mature direction," he explains.

You can see that the players' bodies are more proportionally realistic. While the wacky look of the characters was one of the best parts about the first game, Drader explains why the change stands to benefit the sequel. "I'm personally very excited about that because I'm looking forward to the gameplay animations conveying a better sense of athleticism," he said.

Additionally, Super Mega Baseball 2's stadiums will be more detailed, while Metalhead is using a new rendering technology to makes surfaces react to light "in a more interesting way."

Note that what you're seeing in the gameplay video is an unfinished version of the game, so things could change.

Super Mega Baseball is scheduled to launch around the middle of 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The original Super Mega Baseball launched in 2014 as a Cross-Buy game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, before coming to PC and Xbox One in 2015.