In a year that saw the release of some fantastic games including Doom, Final Fantasy XV, Overwatch and Uncharted 4, there were some great trailers released as well. The following trailers were not only hype inducing, but also just plain fun to watch. All of the trailers in this list make you want to play the game, and at the end of the day, isn’t that the whole point? It was definitely tough to pick the top trailers of the year, but alas, here are the 10 best trailers of 2016.
10) The Last of Us Part II
The trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn, released at this years PlayStation Experience, showed off some amazing graphics. The detail and colours are fantastic the whole way through. If anyone had been following Horizon Zero Dawn before the release of this trailer, they would have been impressed with the machines at the center of the game, both aesthetically and in design. The end of the trailer leaves the story wide open, allowing the development team many different possibilities. One thing is for sure, after watching this trailer players will be wondering what to expect. It’s such a new and unique idea for a game that the whole trailer seems to belong to a movie instead of a video game. Horizon Zero Dawn is a PS4 exclusive that is set to release on February 28, 2017.
9) Battlefield 1
The music, paired with the stunning visuals on display make this trailer for Battlefield 1 pretty great. Players get to experience what the game was actually like, with the blood and the crisp graphics we’ve come to know from the Battlefield game franchise. The combat takes the players back to World War 1, however, the gameplay looks like it has evolved. With the ability to interact with more vehicles, it looks like modern day graphics meets the real combat, vehicles and guns of the 1900’s. Hell, even the horses are a nice touch. Even though Battlefield was released in October this trailer is a standout for the year.
As the trailer for Spider-Man begins with great narration that has become the standard of Marvel movies and video games alike, Peter Parker shows his humorous side right away. Players get large glimpses into not only the story, which seems to have strayed a bit from the older versions of the game, as well as the style of play. Players see which enemies they’ll get to face and how heavily the game is geared towards combat. I get the feeling that players will feel more like Spider-Man, flying through the air using webs galore, and less like Peter Parker, solving crimes one solved puzzle at a time. Insomniac Games has really done a great job with this series reboot if the phenomenal graphics shown in the trailer are any indication. The trailer is sure to get players excited for the game release which is set for some time next year.
7) Titanfall 2
This multiplayer trailer for Titanfall 2 was released at E3, showcasing all of the work that Respawn and EA put into fixing the problems of the first game. From fluid movement to the action packed gameplay, the trailer illustrates that Titanfall 2 would be the game everyone was waiting for. The graphics are fantastic, and the combat appears to rival that of other massive first person shooters like Call of Duty! Interestingly, while the reveal trailer for Infinite Warfare was heavily criticised, this trailer was met with high praise. In this players get to see some of the new abilities, weapons and customization options demonstrating that Titanfall 2 would have a lot more depth than its original game.
6) The Last Guardian
The trailer for the Last Guardian from PSX is definitely the most emotional of the year, as the story of the bond between boy and animal is heartwarming. Given that we had seen many different trailers before this one, this seemed more polished and illustrated the beauty of the game, both in story and in graphics. The trailer does a great job of pulling players into the game in an impactful way. In fact, it seemed like I was watching a short of some kind, and felt oddly attached to the main character and those cute baby gryphons by the end of it. While the Last Guardian was stuck in development for years this trailer gave fans confidence that the game would be great.
5) Injustice 2
The announcement trailer for Injustice 2 is fantastic. The ability to customize characters to better suit player differences is great. The trailer hints that players will have a bit more customization properties for each of the characters,“Every time I enter the pit I emerge reborn.” All of the characters shown in the trailer: Superman, the Flash, Batman, Aquaman and Superwoman appear to evolve and change during the combat and honestly, not one of “costume” changes was disappointing. Maybe I’m a bit biased, as a fan of DC, but there’s no denying that this trailer is among the best of the year! The narration, visuals and overall gameplay all look amazing which gives players a few reasons to be excited about the full game release rumoured for March 2017.
4) Detroit: Become Human
This trailer for Detroit: Become Human makes this game one of my most anticipated of 2017. It is a different concept than most games in the industry, yet shows similarities to the Telltale Series in the how detective skills and choices play into the game. From what is shown in the trailer, the graphics are top notch and the narration is superb. The trailer showcases what looks to be a thrilling story with many different endings. What remains a mystery however. is whether the ending shown in the trailer is really the end of the game, or if it is one of the many events players will have to face. Honestly, I feel emotionally invested in the little girl’s wellbeing already and the trailer was only 4 minutes long! Although there is no specific release date, Detroit: Become Human is rumoured to drop in 2017.
3) Death Stranding
This one is a toss up between the Death Stranding trailers shown at E3 and the Game Awards. Both trailers are equally weird and creepy, yet remain utterly beautiful in design. Both trailers are so intense that it’s hard not to be entirely enthralled in them. They are so intriguing that players are left scratching their heads wondering what will happen and what the game is actually about. Obviously by the name and the amount of dead whales shown, the game is going to be about death, but in what capacity, we will have to wait and see. It doesn’t hurt that the trailers have appearances by Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen either. While there is some time before this game comes out in 2018, I’m looking forward to whatever bizarre trailers Kojima Productions has in store for us.
2) Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Revealed at the PlayStation Experience, this trailer was met with a roar of the crowd. Yes, it is a long trailer, but everyone was on the edge of their seats the entire time. Not only does it look great, but when Chloe was revealed, the crowd went wild! The game has been introduced as a standalone game set after Uncharted 4 and will star not only Chloe, but also Nadine as the main characters. I for one, am looking forward to having a badass female protagonist or two! If this trailer, and the previous work of Naughty Dog are any indication, there is no doubt that the game will be just as great as the rest of the games in the Uncharted series.The whole trailer is absolutely stunning, leaving fans wanting more. It will be interesting to see how different this game is from Uncharted 4!
1) The Last of Us Part II
Like a few others on this list this trailer was revealed at PSX. The Last of Us Part II opens with music, and the trailer is raw and emotional the whole way through. Getting to see Ellie playing the guitar with a bloody knife and dead body at her feet at the end is as gut wrenching as it can get. This scene totally sets up the revenge theme of the game. The last little bit of the trailer is haunting, especially when she says, “I’m going to find and I’m going to kill every last one of them.” Boom. That’s all it took to be hooked. Really though, who knew Ashley Johnson could sing? Watching this trailer as it was revealed was amazing to experience as you could hear a pin drop throughout the entire trailer, up until the point where the audience figured out which game it was. Then there was a deafening roar! I, like many others, was totally enthralled from beginning to end. This definitely takes the cake for the best trailer of 2016 as it speaks to the many different layers of the game!