8 of the Best Video Game Trailers from E3

E3 is one of the world’s biggest video gaming shows, which has changed the gaming industry for the better since its inception. It is held annually (every June) for the video game development community to come together and learn about what the future has in store for the video gaming industry.

This year’s event is scheduled for June 13 – 15, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and there will be more than 50 major video game industry and business partners attending. This will mark an historical showcase of new technologies, leading-edge companies and the latest products.

Last year’s show was one of its kind as we witnessed several new products and a ton new ideas geared towards making the industry better. With all the businesses that goes around during such an event, it’s so obvious that video game fan will be looking out for the latest video game releases and other products that improves their gaming experience.

So, as we prepare to for the 2017’s E3 event, I decided to take a look at some of the best video game trailers from last year’s show.

1. Dishonored 2

Bethseda initially announced Dishonored 2 at the 2015’s E3 press conference through a pre-rendered trailer and later followed it up with a cinematic gameplay footage at their official 2016 E3 press conference.

For sure the second game trailer didn’t disappoint given how it showed the different plays of Corvo and Emily, according to Paste Magazine.

“The video shows Corvo and Emily taking on the same level quickly and violently, but each with their own unique power set. Corvo’s are very similar to the ones he used in the first game, allowing him to stop time and possess people and creatures. Emily has a whole new set of skills like Domino, which links enemies’ fates together, and a doppelganger that can take out enemies for you.”

2. God of War

This game was heavily rumored to be a massive hit even before its official trailer was released. After the release of its official trailer, a good number if eagle-eyes fans spotted some unique things and realized that there were a lot of hidden secrets that could only be discovered during gameplay.

According to the GIF’s produced by GAMESPOT .

“The first is a dark, ghostly figure, which shows up after Kratos’s first battle with two smaller enemies.

The second mysterious creature is seen flying and holding a stick–my guess is that it probably hurts to get hit by it. You can see it following the troll fight, after Kratos and his son discover Dauthamunni.

The last spotting is a big one. As Kratos and his son look across the Scandinavian landscape, you might notice there’s an icy river flowing in the valley below.”

3. Titanfall 2

This game came in two campaigns: single player and multiplayer. The single player footage highlighted the relationship between Titans and pilots. Gamespot explained that the trailer looked to focus on explaining the bond between Man and Machine.

“This new “vision” trailer sees Respawn director Steve Fukuda and others discussing the campaign and, in some cases, talking about specific plot points. As such, you may want to avoid this video if you’re hoping to play Titanfall 2 with fresh eyes.

As announced previously, Titanfall 2’s story follows the human character Jack and a Titan called BT.”

The story focuses on the bond between soldier and titan as rifleman Chad Cooper is forced to take over a mech when the original pilot dies in action.

The human character may be a silent one, however, as the conversation in the video is between an unknown female character and the mech itself, who expresses its protocols involve protecting the pilot.

4. Death Stranding

A small number of video game designers have succeeded in blurring the line between interactive game play and cinema effectively as Hideo Kojima.  So it’s of no surprise that the Death Standing trailer features characters played by Mads Mikkelsen and director Guillermo del Toro in motion capture performances.

According to Screenrant:

“The debut trailer for Death Stranding ran in-engine, though the game is still in the absolute earliest stages in development. Set to the moody dirge of “I’ll Keep Coming” by Low Roar, the trailer shows a mysterious beach filled with dead sea animals, and a naked man (played by Norman Reedus) and his baby, which he seems to literally be tethered to. The trailer is full of provocative imagery, from Norman’s baby disappearing and leaving oily handprints in the sand, to five mysterious floating figures who hover ominously in the sky.”

5. Resident Evil 7 Bioharzard

Resident Evil 7 biohazard is built around an explorative and atmospheric gameplay from the much-admired series. The innovative and entertaining horror gameplay offers a disturbingly realistic experience that dares players to face indefinable fears, thanks to the intense shift to firsthand experience.

The trailer is hugely terrifying, with horrific imagery and numerous scares, linking RE7 with 2015’s cagey VR demo, the plainly-titled Kitchen.

According to comingsoon.net

“Resident Evil 7 biohazard introduces players to Ethan Winters, who has been led to Dulvey, Louisiana in search of his missing wife. There he comes upon a sinister and supposedly abandoned plantation. Upon entering the property it becomes clear that there are secrets to unveil and all is not as it seems.”

6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

As with most Zelda games, the trailer introduces us to a cast of characters including a Goron and beautiful environment.

According to Screencrant:

“The debut trailer for this open-world Zelda began with multiple landscape shots showing the beauty of the setting; the philosophy of any open-world game should be, “If you can see it, you can go there,” and everything about the video suggests that ideal will be firmly in place for Breath of the Wild.”

The rest of trailer gives us a glimpse of the gameplay, which includes throwing boulders off of cliffs to hit and kill the bad guys, training horses, food preparation, and other awesome next-gen mechanics.

I was afraid it would be very boring from the initial footage but the new trailer showed that there’s a great game behind the systems.

7. Spider Man

Insomniac games and Marvel teamed up on this to come up with a new Spider man story for PS4. The game allows you to assume responsibility of an experienced Peter Parker who’s is more skilled at fighting crime.

Although the trailer is one of the best quality that we’ve seen so far, it doesn’t reveal enough content about the storyline.

According to Screencrant:

“The trailer is largely devoid of story content, opting to cut directly to the chase, showing off fast navigation, brutally efficient combat moves, and some wildly imaginative setpiece moments, along with a radically intriguing redesign of the classic Spider-Man outfit.”

From the trailer, it’s evident that the game that seems to capture the power and agility of one of Marvel’s most iconic heroes.

8. The Last Guardian

Although the trailer doesn’t show any actual gameplay, it’s a lovely example of the tone of what the game possess’, and the visual style of its world of fantasy.

It shows something rising through the skies, spreading through ruins amongst the clouds. Trico is seen chained up and frightened but also guarding the boy. There’s also a scene where Trico is evidently hurt and the boy is comforting him.


Trailers are currently some of the video game fans’ favorite things. Hence, it’s important to discuss them at length because they’re presently used to reveal new ideas, intriguing story details and gameplay. Besides, they are always a blast to watch and really help sell audiences on things.

For the gaming industry, the inclusion of visually rich content in trailers has helped in delivering immersive experiences that shows what developers have achieved in the game and prepares fans for the products. It’s this sense of dual purpose – creativity and marketing – that has to its popularity in the gaming industry.

As per my understanding, the truth behind creating this CGI trailers is an appropriate and effective marketing strategy that plays a great role to promote the new title to the target audience.

Bonus Video:

Gamer’s Little Playground’s list of top CGI trailers from E3 2016