Worth Watching: A Few of the Best Cinematic Trailers from E3 2011
With video game convention E3 coming to a close today in Los Angeles, I asked my friend Kent Lundblad of gaming blog The 72 Pins to drop by FS.net today with a brief commentary and good selection of cinematic game trailers that would be the best to feature on a movie blog like this. So to compliment that Star Trek 2012 game trailer we featured earlier in the week, here's a few more cinematics from E3 2011 to check out.
Ubisoft has been making a lot of headlines lately when they revealed that they wish to pursue making their own films based on their AAA gaming titles. I've always said that the best people to adapt a story from one medium to another are the people who care about it the most. Hiring a director who has no attachment to a gaming series is only going to upset the fan base and will never turn out a product that's true to its roots. That's why I'm excited that Ubisoft is going forward with making a 3D movie based on Assassin's Creed.
At this E3 this year, they showed a brand new trailer for the final part of the main character Ezio's long journey. He's taken on corruption in Italy, even the pope in Rome and now he must find the secrets his ancestor Altair left around the world. This beauty is the definition of a cinematic trailer.
Assassin's Creed Revelations:
Next, the third entry in the Uncharted series, Drake's Deception, is out this year. This has always been one of those games that is just as enjoyable to watch being played as it is to play. Lush environments and visuals set a standard for big tentpole action sequences. Some of it would even make Michael Bay go "Woah… that's impressive". Often compared to Firefly in tone and character types, the game has a charm that can't be denied. Now once again Drake, his trusted pal Sully, and the two girls fighting over his heart must find some kind of treasure in the middle of no where. Of course it's a race against time, someone else is after it… this is what you come to expect from this genre of adventure game. Another beautiful cinematic.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception:
Over on the EA Games side of the of the gaming mountain you have yet another trilogy coming to a close. Mass Effect 3 hits early next year and is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2012. Many gamers have noted that the new Star Trek series adapts it's visuals very heavily from this series and it's easy to see why they'd want to. Here's hoping the upcoming Star Trek game, a prequel to the next film will deliver equally good game play. Check this awesome trailer out as Commander Shepard and crew must fight the reapers, a race of mechanical machines, as they attack Earth.
Mass Effect 3:
Taking a cue from one of the most cinematic directors of all time Gearbox Software have made a World War II game that follows the ideas put forth by their two previous franchises. Combining the Brothers in Arms series with their team and class based FPS/RPG franchise Boarderlands, they've made Brothers in Arms Furious 4. A World War II action shooter that looks very much inspired by the more gruesome moments of Inglourious Basterds. The trailer opens up in a pub very much like the one in Nazi Occupied France from the Tarantino epic and then all hell breaks loose. To say it looks awesome is an understatement.
Brothers in Arms Furious 4:
It wasn't that long ago that we heard about a Peter Jackson produced Halo film which eventually degraded into District 9, a fresh and fun take on sci-fi and aliens on Planet Earth. Now the Halo franchise will continue the story of Master Chief with an all new trilogy. After an epic continuous shot with new tools and a somewhat new look, MC finds the ship he was floating on through space has taken quite a lot of damage and is heading for something really REALLY Big. Halo has taken a note from a ton of different film styles. There's the obvious James Cameron Aliens influence, as well as Independence Day when it comes to the scope of some of the moments on planets… but here I get a feeling that screams Star Wars! Don't you?
Of course, that's just a small sampling of the cinematic greatness that's come out of E3 this week. Be sure to check out The72Pins.com for more trailers, daily gaming news, video rundowns and plenty more over the next few days as we process all of the gaming goodness coming out of LA and E3 2011. And thank you for allowing us to take you on this brief excursion from movies to the world of video games this week.