This is it. This is the last Trailer Roundup before this year’s E3, and this year promises to be a banger. Granted, more and more gets leaked as June rolls around again and again, so we’re more than prepared to hear about some not-so-secret announcements. What are you guys most excited to see?
I’m guessing we’ll see nothing from Hideo Kojima and his new (but not new) Kojima Productions. And as much as I’d love to think so, The Last Guardian is basically a coin flip and can’t be predicted to any reasonable certainty. Instead, we can look forward to a litany of hot sequels like Persona 5, The Last of Us 2, and Destiny 2. Oh, and the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One updates.
We’ll get there. Right now, though, let’s watch some god dang trailers!
Agents of Mayhem — Official Announcement Trailer
This robots look an awful lot like Sunset Overdrive enemies, which isn’t a judgment. And the writing feels an awful lot like Borderlands writing, though, which is a judgment because those games have a serious problem with being pointlessly crude and simply unfunny. I do, however, like the actual look of the game.
And Volition knocked it out of the park before with the Saints Row series (and Red Faction, if you want to go a little deeper), which should have been way worse than it was. But they instead crafted GOTY candidates with the last two entries, so a little faith couldn’t hurt, especially since they’re going back into that same universe. You can look for it in 2017 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Deus Ex Go — Reveal Trailer
Short and sweet. And, apparently, going back to the well. But can you really blame them? Square Enix tapped into some sort of secret, unforeseen success with Hitman Go and followed it up with the equally and surprisingly brilliant Lara Croft Go. So good on them!
The bigger question is how they’ll adapt the crux of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided into the board game-style framework. Hitman focused on thinking ahead while sneaking around. Lara Croft boiled down into puzzle temple exploration. So what does Square Enix Montreal think Deus Ex is about? It’ll be out this summer on phones and tablets.
Injustice 2 — Announcement Trailer
I really liked Injustice: Gods Among Us. It was an unexpected treat of well-thought-out fighting systems and rewarding utilization of prized DC Comics characters. It somehow hit both sides of the equation when most fighting games tend to focus on the former and either get it or miss both.
It also doesn’t hurt that this trailer is pretty effing cool. Seeing the Flash kick ass is always sweet nectar and following it up Batman? Hell yes. It is pretty funny seeing character after character just emerge from the shadows for no real apparent reason, but it’s also just perfect childhood imagination juice seeing them double suit it up. You can see gameplay this Saturday at 5 PM PST on Twitch. Expect it to hit the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2017.
Watch Dogs 2 — World Premiere Trailer
There’s actually a lot here to see. There’s the above 18-minute video that has the two-minute cinematic reveal wrapped up with developers talking up the game. And then there’s the separate trailer for the new main character Marcus as well as the protracted one about the new setting.
It’s genuinely surprising that there’s so much gameplay accompanying these videos, too. Well, to an extent because Ubisoft already has the Watch Dogs template laid out and they already have their set patterns and ideals for approaching open world games. And you know what? It looks fine. Like, just fine. Look for it on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 15, 2016.
Destiny: Rise of Iron — Reveal Trailer
Yeah, I’m into it. Destiny eventually became the game it wanted to be, so having more of that isn’t a bad idea. Well, let me back that up. It got closer to the game it wanted to be despite some deep, irreversible flaws. And with its sequel on the horizon, it’ll be interesting to see what new ideas Bungie tries to float before they commit.
Not to mention the look of this thing is pretty slick. It’s like high fantasy mixed with, well, Destiny sci-fi. Some of that is straight Tolkien shit and it’s awesome. And who doesn’t want a to hit a six-player raid? (I hope you have five friends on deck.) The expansion comes out this September 20.
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice — E3 2016 Trailer
Like, come on. What are you even doing anymore, Sonic? You’re killing it on the comics. Your TV show is a success. Kids are buying up the toys like they’re Skylanders. But you still don’t have a good game to match!
At least your Twitter game is on point, but that’ll only get you a modicum of cachet from the older youths (and, admittedly, many of the press). Fire & Ice looks like more of Shattered Crystal, and pretty much no one thought that was fun. Get your shit together, guys. It comes out for the Nintendo 3DS on September 27, 2016.
Yooka-Laylee — E3 2016 Trailer
First off, yes. A thousand times yes. I will play your Banjo-Kazooie knockoff. Second, why are there now trailers for E3? E3 is basically a gauntlet of trailers. Do we really need to complicate things with pre-trailers?
But back to Yooka-Laylee, there’s actually good reason why it looks so much like the beloved N64 series, and that’s because a good number of the folks at Playtonic Games actually worked on the originals and Donkey Kong Country. You know, when Rare made non-Kinect games. The game comes out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, OS X, and Linux early next year.
Horizon Zero Dawn — Aloy’s Journey Trailer
Expect to see this take center stage during Sony’s press event next week. Not only does it look like classic seat-rumbling theatre fodder, it also looks like a neat game. Also it’s coming from Guerrilla Games, who has probably earned a lot of stage time with Sony after slogging through the Killzone series with them.
Judging by this trailer, the game is some insane, overwhelming combination of everything the designers ever loved about other media and other games. (Those dinosaurs really look like the Transformer Grimlock.) And there’s nothing wrong with that. Let’s just hope it ends up as good as it could be. The game comes out exclusively for the PlayStation 4 on February 28, 2017.
Thimbleweed Park — Video Teaser
I kind of love how strangely grassroots Thimbleweed Park is. That video is hosted on Ron Gilbert’s personal YouTube channel, for crying out loud. That’s pretty much insane. The only other videos on there are another trailer for the game and a clip from Jeopardy where his Double Fine venture The Cave was an answer.
I guess it’s not surprising. It’s not like Gilbert was ever one for extravagance. The game’s Kickstarter only asked for a rather modest $375,000, though it eventually secured $626,250. And if the tagline “the story of a town where a dead body is the least of your problems” doesn’t grab you in the way Gilbert’s writing has a tendency to grab people, maybe move along. But it’ll come out for the Xbox One, PC, OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android early next year.
Mafia III — E3 2016 Teaser Trailer
So now we know there’s some sort of meta narrative going over the game’s more meaty core. It makes it feel like something akin to the first season of True Detective. And you can bet we’re going to see more of it next week at E3, and not just because of this trailer either.
The game has struggled with existence since at least 2012 and possibly earlier. It’s basically been nut-up-or-shut-up time for the game for the past year or so, making its arrival later this year rather timely. And publisher 2K Games loooooves putting on the Ritz at trade shows. Get ready to hear a lot about it in the coming days before it lands on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and OS X on October 7, 2016.