One of the best part of E3 is of course, the trailers. These short (sometimes long) montages of gameplay or CGI get us all hot and bothered for the next generation of games. This year, with no new hardware to showcase at E3, all the major publishers gave their full focus on the games they had to show. It wasn’t easy to narrow down our ten favorites from this year’s show but we did. So let’s get all hyped up again and watch the top 10 trailers from this past E3.
10 – Scalebound
The latest from Platinum Games and Hideki Kamiya takes their trademarked, high-octane action combat to the Xbox One with Scalebound, a game where you control both a literal dragon and the dragon within yourself. While we didn’t get the chance to see any gameplay you know that Platinum never disappoints in this regard. This is an Xbox One exclusive to look out for.
9 – Devil’s Third
Where did this come from? A gory, intense action game with nudity, blood, guts and (gasp) vulgar language coming exclusively to the Wii U because Nintendo is publishing it? The times really are changing. Devil’s Third looks to bring a Ninja Gaiden atmosphere to the Wii U mixed in with a dash of Duke Nukem, except you know, good.
8 – Crackdown
The action genre was out in full force at E3 2014 and the charge was lead by arguably one of the best open-world action games in recent years, Crackdown making it’s next-gen debut. While the trailer didn’t show any actual gameplay it perfectly conveyed the series’ over-the-top nature and got us really excited to dive back into Pacific City.
7 – Uncharted 4: A Thieve’s End
While not exactly a “new” reveal, our first look at the world of Uncharted 4 got us feeling all giddy inside. Featuring a noticeably older Nathan Drake convincing his friend Sully to go on one last adventure, Uncharted 4 seems to be setting up the end of Nathan’s story and we can’t think of a better way to debut the end.
6 – NHL 15
Being a Canadian website, EA’s NHL franchise holds a special place in lots of our hearts. Some of 3GEM’s staff have been known to play the each game in the series from the day it releases to the day the next one comes out. So seeing the amount of attention to detail and care that EA put into NHL 15, well let’s just say we can’t wait to lace up the skates again.
5 – Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / 3DS
If you’ve been following 3GEM you know we’re HUGE fans of Nintendo’s mascot brawler. And if E3 2014 is to be remembered for anything years down the road is the ridiculous amount of love and attention Nintendo gave the series at this year’s E3. With three new playable characters, Amiibo support, days of coverage and an epic tournament, if you’re not excited for this game, then you probably don’t like gaming very much.
4 – Halo 5: Guardians
The hotly-anticipated next entry in the Halo series might not be landing until sometime next year (like most games at E3) but that didn’t stop us from getting all giddy over the epic new trailer. Thankfully we’ll be able to scratch our Halo itch with the Master Chief Collection later this year.
3 – Valiant Hearts: The Great War
I’m not even going to try to write anything about this trailer, just watch it and reach for the tissues.
2 – Project Spark
The freedom to create was also a big force at E3 2014 with games like Little Big Planet 3 and Mario Maker making a splash but the biggest game to let you do what you want was Project Spark. The game let’s you create your own universes, stories and gameplay styles and looks absolutely fantastic. On and Conker’s in it so there.
1 – The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)
A good trailer should always leave us with more questions than answers and with the debut of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U Nintendo did just that. How will the game play? Is Link a girl? What’s with the crazy technology? Nintendo not only showcased the art style for their flagship franchise but also made us start counting down the days to E3 2015 in one fell swoop. Oh and let’s not forget that the whole trailer was running in-engine, proving that the Wii U might just have a bit more under the hood than previously thought.
Did we leave out your favorite trailer of E3? Let us know in the comments below!