Game Trailers TV had a great special on recently which debuted a bunch of great new videos for games expected to make impacts at the great E3 convention — the convention where most of the year’s biggest and best video games make their first impressions.
Below is a list of big upcoming games, a little about them, and the links to some great video previews that video game fans just need to go and watch. Once you watch one of the videos, you can search for a title on the website and watch any other videos or trailers that they may have.
Keep in mind these are just previews of some of the promising-looking multi-platform games that might be big at E3, which takes place June 2-4 at the LA Convention Center. There’s a whole lot more games than this that are coming out soon that have us all Christmas Day-excited for them. There will also be countless other games talked about at E3. Hopefully, you might find a game here that you weren’t aware of!
Think of this like our Summer Movie Mayhem, but with games. Be sure to stay tuned for any giant E3 announcements that may come along this June!
Mass Effect 2
Platforms: PC, XBOX 360
E3 Preview Video
Gamers worldwide are familiar with BioWare’s huge sci-fi action RPG hit, Mass Effect. After the game stormed the scene, we were promised that now that the foundation had been built, the sequel and even the third in an expected trilogy would come much faster than the first did. It still feels like it’s been too long, but all of that aside, Mass Effect 2 is finally here.
The first teaser trailer for Mass Effect 2 changed everything, insinuating that our very own character Captain Shepard had been killed in action (Read: What The Hell Just Happened? “˜Mass Effect 2″² Teaser Trailer Unveiled). While we’re still not sure what the sequel holds for us, this new E3 preview shows us a lot, and allows us to breathe a cautious sigh of relief. I still think there’s more to it all, but for now, it’s more than enough. One thing that we do know for sure is: all the characters that died in Mass Effect will not be in the sequel unless you play the game fresh slate. For anyone who plays the game on the same sequel, all of the information from your first game will be loaded, and that will set in motion your second space adventure.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Publisher: Eidos/Warner Bros.
Platforms: PC, PS3, XBOX 360
E3 Preview Video
Most superhero or comic video games that we see typical leave a lot to be desired. Now it seems that someone has been paying attention to this, and we’re seeing more accurately handled heroes. First was the heavily-violent X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and now it looks like the newest Batman offering Batman: Arkham Asylum is on the right track.
Arkham Asylum starts with Batman bringing in Joker (voiced by fan-favorite Mark Hamill), who finds a way to break free and lock Batman within the walls of Arkham, where he’ll have to deal with Gotham’s greatest and most-dangerous criminals. The game infuses a smooth fighting system with steal gameplay as you fight to put the escaped criminals back in their place and get out alive.
Batman: Arkham Asylum has been known about for a while now, and we’ve even seen quite a bit of video from it already. But E3 holds a new announcement for the game: the exclusive ability for PS3 players to become and play as the Joker himself. This annoys me as an Xbox 360 owner — I think all games should have the same stuff on them no matter the platform — but it is indeed exciting for fans of Batman who have themselves a PS3.
You can watch the Joker gameplay above and other videos at the site.
Developer: Visceral Games
Platforms: XBOX 360, PS3
E3 Preview Video
Dante’s Inferno is a game based on The Divine Comedy, and it is one of the more interesting games to watch. It made news not too long ago as movie studios were already battling each other for the rights to make this game into a movie, before we really even knew anything about the game itself — a bidding war that Universal Pictures ultimately won.
Dante’s Inferno will be a third-person game which many think will be very similar to the style of God of War — a popular title to follow after. The story and the game follow Dante, a soldier in the Crusades who has to battle his way through the vicious 9 circles of Hell in order to slay Lucifer and free his true love from his evil grasps.
The first video that was released for the game wasn’t too impressive and it looked like the game might be some kind of a bust. Thankfully we now have this E3 preview, which is a much better cinematic! It looks like all of the chips lay in the presentation of some actual gameplay footage and how that will look.
The preview is of the semi-NSFW animated type.
Developer: Double Fine
Platforms: PS3, XBOX 360
E3 Preview Video
Most of the more popular video games to be released these days offer top-notch realistic graphics and experiences. That doesn’t mean that a great-looking game won’t come along with a silly, cartoony, over-the-top crazy look to it, and that game is BrÃ¼tal Legend.
BrÃ¼tal Legend is the newest offering from designer and video game god Tim Schafer. It’s a mixture of heavy metal and fantasy, telling the tale of Eddie Riggs (voiced by Jack Black), the world’s best roadie for the world’s worst heavy metal band who is mysteriously transported to another world. When he gets there, he finds out that the prophecies of that world claimed that a hero would come and be their savior, and that savior is: Eddie Riggs.
The game is said to be based on Schafer’s own musical experiences. The world’s design is based upon all of the crazy heavy metal album covers we’ve always seen, and a bunch of metal legends have offered their voices to the game’s story, such as Rob Halford and Lemmy Kilmister.
The preview video above is a cinematic of right after Jack Black’s character is transported and he’s explaining how he got there. The guy he’s explaining the story to looks kind of like Dave Mustaine, but I couldn’t find out if it was him or not.
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
Platforms: PC, XBOX 360, PS3
E3 Preview Video
This year is a year for western games, one being Rockstar Games’ follow-up to Red Dead Revolver, Red Dead Redemption; the other is the Ubisoft sequel Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood.
Red Dead is looking very good, especially since the first game in that series was on the original Xbox and doesn’t hold up too well today. It’s promise of being an open-world game is also very exciting for fans of the genre looking for a western where they can roam free.
Bound in Blood, however, is building off of a game that was released on the 360 and still works today. The original wasn’t the best game ever, but if you like the genre, it was bliss for most of the time, with a few frustrating bits. The sequel is really looking great as you shall see in the preview above.
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is a prequel to the first game, following a much younger Reverend Ray character and his brother who decide to desert the Confederate army during the Civil War in order to help their family. This doesn’t go over well and they end up on the run and eventually find themselves in Mexico on the hunt for that glorious, glorious Aztec gold.
The E3 preview above is a brief look at some of the gameplay, but you can also watch this preview which gives an in-depth look at the game, the weapons and style, as well as its story.
Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platforms: PS3, PC, XBOX 360
E3 Preview Video
This is a bit of a happy birthday surprise. Brink is from Bethesda Softworks — the studio best known for their amazing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3. Lately, the talk had been whether Bethesda would make a new Elder Scrolls game (having obtained the rights to the title Skyrim), or if they would move forward on Fallout 4. While either of those could be next in line, or even already in-production, it appears Bethesda has a new game already well on its way to us.
No one really knows anything about the game, just what we see here in this teaser trailer, which is absolutely nothing. There’s what looks like some advanced architecture, a little voice-over, and a scary-brilliant close-up of an eye to finish it all off.
Even with just that little tiny bit, though, I’m already completely sold on Brink. At this point, Bethesda is on a straight path to becoming the Pixar of video game developers, and that means I have nothing but complete faith and trust in what they build.
Now, to talk them into doing an open-world western game.
Dragon Age: Origins
Platforms: XBOX 360, PS3, PC
E3 Preview Video
Finally, we come to Dragon Age: Origins.
I’m not really familiar with this franchise and games that relate to it, but it appears that this game will be some sort of an origins tale and successor to the Baldur’s Gate series — though not really related. What I DO know, is that this preview cinematic is really, really kick-ass, and it makes me already want to play the game, which looks to be an fantasy action RPG game.
This game goes to show you how some things aren’t always so immediate. Dragon Age: Origins was actually announced at the 2004 E3 convention, so don’t assume whatever Earth-shattering announcements come out of this upcoming event are happening quickly!
This is another one that will really hinge on its gameplay. This preview video is the first I’m seeing of the game, but there seems to be a lot more cinematic videos for this game that aren’t nearly as high-quality. If those are equal to what the gameplay will be, then we’re in business, but we can only wait and see.
One recurring theme is the usage of Marylin Manson music in the videos, so if you’re into some hard music with your fantasy violence, you shall be in heaven here.