We’ve already covered the winners of this year’s Video Game Awards, but the big draw for many viewers is the highly-anticipated world premieres scattered throughout the show. In case you missed it, we’ve gathered all of the big announcement trailers here in one place.
The latest trailer for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot gives us a lot of insight into the character of Lara Croft. This particular story has Lara trapped on an island as an inexperienced, frightened girl who is struggling to survive both the forces of nature and the mysterious people inhabiting the island. One thing noticeably absent from the trailer, however, is any sign of the ancient ruins and puzzles fans of the series have become accustomed to.
Gears of War: Judgment:
Gears of War may have finished its epic trilogy, but these days that never means “the end.” Judgement serves as a prequel to the series, offering some more details to the early stages of the Locust War.
Halo 4: Spartan Ops:
Halo 4’s cooperative mode Spartan Ops has been very well-received by fans, offering an episodic campaign that takes place 6 months after the single player story. This trailers gives us a great preview of episodes 6-10, proving that this “season” of Spartan Ops still has many surprises in store.
Assassin’s Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington:
Assassin’s Creed has always been about living through major historical events, and the attention to detail has always been one of the series’ strong points. This time, however, Assassin’s Creed III is giving players a different experience, offering a new campaign DLC that asks players, “What if George Washington tore America from the clutches of Great Britain only to become a power-mad king?” It’s an interesting concept and one that should prove to be a great experience for fans of the series.
The Last of Us:
It’s safe to say that The Last of Us is one of the most anticipated games of next year, coming from Uncharted developer Naughty Dog. The world is dark and realistic, and the action is gritty. PlayStation owners have a great title to look forward to next year.
The bright, colorful world of Bioshock Infinite is a huge contrast to the dark, dank world of previous entries in the series, but change is not always a bad thing. This first glimpse of in-game footage is certainly promising, and the “city in the sky” setting is clearly unique.
South Park: The Stick of Truth:
As a huge South Park fan, this was by far the most exciting trailer of the show. Featuring a story written and voiced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone themselves, Obsidian is giving us a full-blown South Park RPG that plays and looks just like an episode of the show. Based on the trailer, there is sure to be some incredible game and movie references, and all of the classic South Park humor is clearly present. Plus, seeing Butters as a paladin is a pretty awesome thing.
Dark Souls II:
Dark Souls remains one of the most challenging games I’ve ever played, but also the most rewarding. From Software, this game is back with a sequel that is sure to boost controller sales as we gamers continue to destroy ours in frustration.
The Phantom Pain:
This game looks good. Very good. While the trailer appears to be a brand new IP, many believe that it is simply Metal Gear Solid V in disguise, as the main character looks an awful lot like Snake. The title is being developed by Moby Dick Studios, and coincidentally Hideo Kojmia, creator of the Metal Gear series, was spotted wearing a shirt featuring the studio’s logo at the VGAs. Either way, it should be an incredible experience.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2:
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is one of my favorite games of this generation, and the sequel looks to be even better. Those who finished the original and saw the final scene after the credits may already be familiar with some of the events in this trailer, but it will be nice to finally have an explanation of the outcome.
There you have it, fellow gamers. This year’s awards show held some huge announcements, and plenty of exciting trailers for next year’s games. We’re sure to see more information on all of these new titles soon. Until then, keep checking ScienceFiction for the latest gaming news.