As 2012 nears its end, so does another year in the gaming world. Regardless of the critics reviews of each game, these trailers were simply the best of this year. Before you start to watch, if you have the download speeds, I advise you to download the 720p version and watch them all full screen. I put a lot of time into this post, and watched enough game trailers for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy!
12. Tomb Raider “Crossroads”
At the beginning of the story, users experience Lara embarking on her first job after graduating from University. She shows fear in the face of danger, initially lacking confidence in her own abilities and judgment. Still, we can see the seeds of what Lara will eventually become. She possesses a powerful sense of moral courage. She is clever, resourceful and determined. This trailer first premiered at E3 earlier this year. This trailer shows off a good amount of game play in which you will be surviving and scavenging the world with Lara in beginning of the new Tomb Raider game. Instead of exploring and invading caves this Tomb Raider looks to take on a survival angle. What I liked about this trailer are the intense scenes and cinematic sequences, however the gameplay mixed with the cinematic scenes doesn’t quite flow to perfection, just making it into the top 12. Lara Croft fights back into action March 5th 2013.
11. BEYOND: Two Souls
Live the remarkable life of Jodie Holmes, a young woman who possesses supernatural powers through a psychic link to an invisible entity. Experience the most striking moments of Jodie’s life as your actions and decisions determine her fate. As she traverses the globe, Jodie will face incredible challenges against a backdrop of emotionally-charged events never before seen in a video game. I liked the trailer started with a mystery to it which built up suspense, however the climax and ending of the trailer focused too much on gameplay. This shift from cinematic to gameplay threw off the feel, as well as the lack of action left my interest in limbo. Watch out for this sci-fi thriller some time in mid 2013.
10. Far Cry 3 Story
Beyond the limits of civilization lies an island, a lawless place ruled by piracy and human misery, where your only escapes are drugs or the muzzle of a gun. This is where you find yourself, trapped in a place that has lost the ability to discern right from wrong. A dark place that lives by the principles of violence. Discover the island’s bloody secrets and take the fight to the enemy; improvise and use your environment to survive; beware the beauty and mystery of this unexplored paradise, and live to outwit its roster of ruthless, desperate characters. You’ll need more than luck to survive.The trailer tells an intriguing story to the viewer while opening up the world of Far Cry 3 at the same time – well done. On the flip side, there is too much gameplay for me and not enough big events in the trailer to keep me wanting more. Far Cry 3 was recently released and received a lot of positive reviews. It has definitely been one of the best games of the year – look for it to receive the prestigious ‘Game of the Year’ award from several critics.
9. BioShock Infinite “Beast of America”
Set in 1912, players assume the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, sent to the flying city of Columbia on a rescue mission. His target? Elizabeth, imprisoned since childhood. During their daring escape, Booker and Elizabeth form a powerful bond — one that lets Booker augment his own abilities with her world-altering control over the environment. Together, they fight from high-speed Sky-Lines, in the streets and houses of Columbia, on giant zeppelins, and in the clouds, all while learning to harness an expanding arsenal of weapons and abilities, and immersing players in a story that is not only steeped in profound thrills and surprises, but also invests its characters with what IGN called “Emotional ties (that) will continue to set the bar in gaming.” The bittersweetness continues with gameplay in this trailer. Yes, we get to see what the game will be like, but there is nothing to build anticipation about this game. All games can look cool and fun to play, but we really know for the most part how a game will look through previous trailers. I want more! Maybe that’s my problem. Clearly a great trailer here earning it a spot in the top 10. Look for this game February 26th, 2013 – if it doesn’t get delayed again…
8. Crysis 3
The third game sees players take on the role of Prophet as he returns to New York, only to discover the city’s been encased in a giant Nanodome created by the corrupt Cell Corporation. The New York City Liberty Dome is a veritable urban rainforest teeming with overgrown trees, dense swamplands and raging rivers. Within the Liberty Dome, seven distinct and treacherous environments become known as the Seven Wonders. Set in 2047 (24 years after Crysis 2), Prophet is said to be on a “revenge mission” after uncovering the truth behind Cell’s motives for building the quarantined Nanodomes. The citizens were told that the giant citywide structures were erected to protect the population and to cleanse these metropolises of the remnants of Ceph forces. In reality, the Nanodomes are CELL’s covert attempt at a land and technology grab in their quest for global domination. I love the music – it gives a chaotic/freakiness, adrenaline rush sorta feel. Once again my only gripe deals with the small bits of gameplay in this trailer. The gameplay clips jump around way too much and don’t take time to offer anything new in each clip, which creates a mess of gameplay all thrown together clip after clip. Argued as one of the best looking games of all time, look for its release February 19th, 2013.
7. Assassin’s Creed 3
The year is 1775. The American colonies are about to revolt. You are Connor, an assassin who has sworn to secure liberty for his people and his nation. To do so, you will hunt your enemies across a staggeringly large, open, and realistic world. You will unleash your lethal skills in a violent quest that will take you from chaotic city streets to blood-soaked battlefields in the hostile American wilderness and beyond. You will meet legendary heroes of American history, and together you will conspire to annihilate those who threaten Liberty itself. The trailer starts with a bit of anticipation and leads to the climax, an assassination scene in the woods which is pretty damn awesome. After that the trailer slows down and ends several seconds later. Bummer right? A well done trailer, just too short for my liking. A few weeks ago AC3 was released. With reviews similar to Far Cry 3, I think AC3 had expectations set way too high for this game. It was undoubtedly one of the most hyped games of the year, and after playing the game for several hours I had to put down the controller. AC3 was just a let down for me.
6. Star Wars 1313
Star Wars 1313 puts the player in the role of a bounty hunter navigating the planet Coruscant’s subterranean level 1313 underworld as they try to uncover the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy. The game will take a more mature, gritty direction compared to past Star Wars video games and emphasizes fast-paced, gadget and weapon based combat using tools exclusive to bounty hunters rather than force and lightsaber based combat. I really enjoyed this trailer although I am not a huge Star Wars fan. It’s something new, which is good, since the Star Wars series is so legendary. Everything seems totally normal until something goes wrong and the music/sound effects go perfect with the situation. The game looks like a lot of fun, but this trailer also threw a few clips of gameplay together – my only complaint about it. No specific date yet, coming some time in 2013.
5. Mass Effect 3 “Take Earth Back”
The Mass Effect series of videogames details the adventures of Systems Alliance Commander Shepard as he or she tries to defeat a race of machines called Reapers. The Reapers are immensely powerful and purge the galaxy of all sentient life in 50,000 year cycles. In the Mass Effect 2 DLC Arrival, Shepard goes into batarian space to rescue a deep cover agent named Dr. Amanda Kenson and learns that the Reapers are close to returning. To delay them, Shepard destroys a mass relay, killing 300,000 batarian colonists as collateral damage. Consequently, Shepard is ordered to appear on Earth for a trial regarding his or her decision. Bottom line, this trailer gets it done. The trailer is put together just the way I like them, no gameplay. Everyone familiar with the series knew the gameplay would be similar to the previous ones so why dwell on more gameplay? They didn’t. A great trailer put together which really shows off the story off the idea of the game and what to expect. Originally I had this as the #7 trailer, but after watching it again I just had to move it up into the top 5. I am probably one of the few people who have missed out on this epic series. However, earlier this year the game was released and received quite a bit of criticism for its ending. A let down none the less, but at least they released alternate endings for DLC and the rest of the game had to be amazing since it’s been nominated by multiple critics for ‘Game of the Year.’
4. Grand Theft Auto V
Three acquaintances are drawn into Los Santos’ criminal underworld “in the pursuit of the almighty American dollar”. According to Dan Houser, each of the protagonists is unlike any primary character that has appeared in a Grand Theft Auto title to date: Michael represents a protagonist who “won” and is now trying to adjust to life after his story has come to an end; Trevor is styled after a supporting character who has been re-cast in the role of protagonist; and Franklin is someone who has had no real exposure to a life of crime until the events of the game. This game will be fast-paced and action packed as always. I have been a fan of the series for a long time and this trailer got me stoked for GTA V. Although this trailer came in at #4, it was flawless – the next three were just better.
3. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes
Not much information has been released regarding this new MGS game. We know it takes place after Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and the rest of the information about the story can be found in the trailer. As a fan of the series I may be a bit biased, but this game is going to be amazing. I have loved every other MGS console game and can’t find any reason why this one would be any different. Some may not like the sub titles in the trailer, but if the story doesn’t take place in the United States or an English speaking country, why would you expect anything different? Snake should be here near the end of 2013, and I can hardly wait.
2. Dead Island Riptide
They thought they had escaped the terrors of Banoi and survived the apocalypse on a corrupted paradise. Then their fate took a turn for the worse…The Dead Island heroes escaped in a helicopter to the safety of a military ship, but when a furious storm hits and the virus suddenly spreads throughout the crew, the nightmare starts all over again, leaving hope drowning in the rising tides. Whoever comes up with the trailers for this series is a genus. I love this trailer so much just like the original Dead Island cinematic trailer. This one tells the a brief story which involves the characters coming to realize their time has come. This second installment of the series is available April 26th 2013.
1. Dishonored Debut
Well, there you have it – 2012’s best trailers. Hope you enjoyed these trailers and if you didn’t, well there’s always next year. If I missed some of your favorite trailers or you just want to drop a line, feel free to leave a reply.
Ubisoft’s tropical action game Far Cry 3 comes out today. It’s massive, it’s open-world, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. And while it ain’t exactly as deep as Skyrim (despite Ubisoft’s hilarious marketing slogan: “Like Skyrim with guns!”), it is big enough to warrant some tips.
The game does a good job of setting you loose pretty quickly—get a couple of basic missions under your belt and you’ll be off to see Dr. Earnhardt and begin your adventure. Once you’ve begun, there are a few things you can do (and keep in mind) to make your trip through the Rook Islands more fun and survivable. Over at Kotaku, a few tips and tricks were scraped up into this nice and short intro to Far Cry 3.
First Thing You Do, Go Hunting
After taking down your first outpost, you’ll be more or less free to do whatever you want. While one of your first priorities should be to climb some radio towers to unlock more free guns (more on that in a minute), you’ll need something in which to store those guns. So, you’ll need to get crafting.
Go and hunt deer, goats, and boars in order to expand your loot carrying capacity and ability to hold weapons. Hunt down the three animals you’ll need to upgrade your holsters as soon as possible. (Sharks aren’t actually that hard, just find a rock outcropping and shoot them when they draw near.) Craft hard at the start, and you’ll be much more prepared for the challenges the game throws your way.
Second Thing You Do, Don’t Stop Hunting
Even if you’re doing some other mission or sidequest, remember that you can always be hunting. You’ll need multiples of every type of hide to craft the various types of containers and holsters, so if you see an animal, take it down, especiallyin the early goings. This is one reason the bow or another silent weapon can be great—you can take down an errant goat, skin it, and go about your business without alerting every bad guy within earshot. Never stop hunting.
Save After Hunting/Crafting
One of the weirdest features in Far Cry 3 is its odd save system. You can’t quicksave, and only have one save slot in addition to your game’s auto-save. I actually played Far Cry 2 on 360 before I played it on PC, and got used to that game’s stringent save system, but still, the fact that you can’t save multiple times in Far Cry 3 is pretty annoying.
More annoying still is the fact that the game doesn’t autosave after everything you’ve done—it autosaves after you finish a mission or buy new gear, but not after you’ve crafted or gathered crafting materials. However, it’s possible to offset this annoyance by remembering to save. If you’re about to infiltrate an outpost and happen to take down a boar you’d needed, save afterwards and if you die, you should start up again at a checkpoint, but with the stuff you’ve collected intact.
In other words: When in doubt, save.
Don’t Buy Guns
In Far Cry 3, you have two options for obtaining weapons: You can purchase them outright from weapons dealers, or you can unlock them by climbing radio towers. You have no reason to ever buy a gun in the game. Rather, you should make it an early priority to climb five or six towers, at least until you’ve unlocked the grenade launcher and top LMG.
Money is constantly in scarce supply on the Rook Islands, and is almost always better spent on weapon upgrades than on the weapons themselves. Get the guns for free, pay for the silencers and long-range scopes. And speaking of choosing what to pay for…
Don’t Waste All Your Money On Ammo & Armor
Ammo is right expensive in Far Cry 3, and if you’re not careful, ammo-refilling stops can become like a tax on your wallet. Remember that you don’t have to fill up your ammo all the way, every time—it can feel better to go into a fight with a full stock of ammo, but once you’ve upgraded your ammo and explosive capacity, you’ll have enough bullets and bombs to take on three or four of the story missions. Same goes for body armor—it gets shot off really quickly and doesn’t actually keep you alive for that much longer, but it’s a $200 tax if you buy it every time you stock up. Most missions that require lots of fighting leave some lying around, so you’re almost always better off stocking up on health injections than on armor.
Never stop scavenging and looting, and you can save your money for better things, like the custom weapons that open up as you collect runes.
Space Out The Story Missions
The best parts of Far Cry 3 are the parts where you’re taking enemy outposts, exploring nooks and crannies, and climbing radio towers. That said, the story missions are pretty fun, too, and wonderfully varied. The sweet spot the game hits is in the balance, but it’s a balance that you can upset if you plow through the story too fast.
At various points in the narrative, the (annoying, unavoidable) notification telling you about the next mission will helpfully suggest you explore the island first, if you want. Take that opportunity! Get into scrapes, try out different weapons, improve your skills.
Think of the story missions almost as super cool, interactive cutscenes to break up all the open-world adventuring you’ll be doing.
Circle, Circle, Circle
This one’s old hat for Far Cry 2 veterans, but the key for surviving Far Cry 3‘s often difficult shootouts is to keep moving. Staying put and behind cover as you would in Call of Duty or a similar game will lead to a quick death, particularly if you’re up against any molotov berserkers. Instead, stay low, and circle, circle, circle. Pulling back and around can allow you to flank even the most aggressive enemy, and with enough circling and quick thinking, you can take on almost anyone.
Use A Bow
The best weapon in Far Cry 3 is the bow and arrow. This is not opinion, it’s just the best weapon. It’s silent, it’s deadly, it can one-shot most normal enemies, and it can eventually be fitted with fire and ruinously powerful explosive arrows. Get used to the bow early on, and use it religiously. And remember: Once you kill an enemy or animal with it, run over their body to snatch your arrow back. Bonus: You’ll save money on ammo later.
Watch Out For Crocodiles
Actually, ignore this one, because no matter how vigilant you are, they WILL GET YOU.
Hoard Green Plants
Green plants are your friends. Some of the other plant types give you syringes that increase your awareness or flame resistance, but they never last that long and I’ve never gotten much use out of them. But health syringes are worth their weight in gold. As cool as the gnarly healing animations look, they’re slow as hell, and if you’re under fire from a bunch of dudes, the syringe will save your life when the regular animation would get you killed. Which reminds me…
Never Go In Without Some Health Syringes
It’s easy to forget this one, but never go into battle without at least a couple health syringes in your pouch. Health gets chomped down pretty quickly in Far Cry 3, and there’s no worse feeling than stumbling behind cover, bleeding out, only to realize that you’re a long healing animation away from not being dead.
Loot, Loot, Loot
Since scarcity is such an issue in the game, you’ll want to loot every container you find. Develop an eye for those glowing boxes, and everywhere you go, just run by and press “loot” really quick. You’ll get a piece of random loot (if you’re lucky, a Shark Fetish item!), and some money or ammo. Sometimes, loot boxes will have a few hundred dollars in ’em, so it’s always worth checking.
Don’t Forget The Easy Ways To Earn Cash
Sure, you can earn money going on assassination and hunting missions, but those take time and can be dangerous. There are also some really easy ways to earn money in Far Cry 3. For starters, each time you activate a radio tower, you’ll get a medical supply-run mission—these take under a minute, and are generally very easy. They’re also fun—a quick, wild ride down a mountain or over a beach, and you’re $200 richer. The sharpshooting competitions and trials of the Rakyat are also an easy way to earn dough—these are also fun, don’t take very long, and get you good amounts of cash. Just be sure you’ve crafted a big enough wallet!
And that’s it! Keep that stuff in mind, and you’ll be marauding your way from mountain to lagoon in no time.