What kind of game trailer appeals to you?

  • Out-of-context trailer voice overs and text are usually terrible (not in Deus Ex tho!)... but I really love the line "A New Breed of Stealth." Without that trailer, talking about New Zelda would have been a lot less fun.

  • Love me some developer walkthrough ala Tomb Raider and Deus Ex MD.

  • Can Persona 5 just be my answer?


    It's stylish, but that's mostly due to the game.
    As far as trailer appeal, it shows off game play and some new mechanics, as well as getting across the vibe of the game. It sold that game pretty well to new people, while also showing Persona fans how this game would feel and differ from previews entries.

    I guess the long and short of it is that I like my trailers to show gameplay, but also highlight whatever it is that makes the game interesting, whether that's characters, story or mechanics.

  • I can't nail down a specific kind of trailer, but only 2 really stick out to me, and they are similar.

    The first is my favorite. It's the mad world trailer for Gears of War. Completely doesn't jive with the actual game, but this footage cut to this music is too perfect.

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    My second favorite is the believe trailer for Halo 3.

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    To be honest, I'm not sure if you'd call these trailers or commercials. They sold me on the games more than a typical trailer showing no actual gameplay would. I think it's because they capture your imagination the way a basic "here's how you run and gun" trailer couldn't.

  • I think my favorite trailers are for games I like, haha. Not exclusively, though, because the Fallout 4 trailers obviously weren't as hype as Skyrim's.

    @Linky I wish the Prime Trilogy got better trailers. Most of them were poorly cut, and all of them are totally divorced from what the actual games feel like. I think that's just what happens when you dub licensed music over an atmospheric game. Anyway, here's the best I could dig up for the later two games. Neither of which are full trailers, but rather commercials.

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    It really depends.

    I like trailers that really shows off a game in a cinematic way. Such as the Mass Effect 2 trailer.

    But I also like games where you get to see some cool features or are mysterious in ways, like where you wonder how things will go down or "wow that is really cool!" rather than the "WE GOT THIS AND WE ARE AWESOME!"

  • I tend to like the emotional story trailers. Jrpg's mostly as they are often quite melodramatic and impactful. My favourite is a fan made one:

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  • I'm a simple man: music is what makes trailers memorable to me.
    Persona 5, Deus Ex HR/MD, and even Skyrim's cinematic trailers all got me jumping with excitement.
    Showing various things like Persona's awesome menus, Deus Ex's worldbuilding through Adam's narration, and Skyrim showing off the [at the time] captivating environments were all helped by incredible musical accompaniment that seemed perfectly timed to the trailer.
    MGSV's trailers would not have been the jawdropping spectacles they were without Donna Burke or "STANDING".

  • It's funny how people feel the need to qualify liking things in the past because popular opinion has since swung against them.

  • I am not crazy about trailers the way some people are, but something I know I hate is when they mimic modern movie trailer formats.

    I like this trailer. It's a little long now, but it felt great when it came out.

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