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The 25 greatest video game trailers of all time

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As video games increasingly matched movies in their use of sweeping cinematics, it was only a matter of time until the gaming industry began taking its marketing cues from Hollywood as well. It’s been no surprise then that video game trailers have increasingly become a key promotional medium beyond the standard commercial.

And like its film cousins, while the video game trailer might be a mere advertising tool to sell more copies, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a form of art. In just a few minutes a well-crafted game trailer should draw you in, make you care about the characters you’re watching and, yes, make you want to buy the game. So with that in mind, here are 25 of our favorite game trailers through the years.

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25. “Fallout 3” (2008)

Considering the franchise was in hibernation for years, Bethesda reintroduced the world to “Fallout” in a brilliant way. This cold, slow-building trailer is reminiscent of the opening cinematics from the first two games, complete with dated music and an eerie revelation of absolute destruction. It also gave us our first look at one of the most popular factions in the “Fallout” universe: The Brotherhood of Steel. The militaristic organization would play a huge role in the events of “Fallout 3,” and this brief glimpse at their recognizable power armor made us tingle with anticipation.


24. “Killzone 2” (2009)

This is a bit of a sticky trailer to include, as it has since become clear that most of what was shown was smoke and mirrors, even though it was billed as running in-engine on the PS3. But, in terms of showing the promise of what Sony’s new hardware could do, this “Killzone 2” trailer left minds racing. Were we looking at the future of video games? As it happened, not quite yet, though “Killzone 3” did manage to match and beat what was shown in this trailer with some truly incredible visuals.


23. “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” (2008)

Nintendo was never known for its fighting games, but the “Smash Bros.” series changed that on the N64. The franchise’s popularity only grew with its arrival on the GameCube and, with the Wii riding high at the time, the prospect of another sequel left fans desperate for any information they could get their hands on. Nintendo offered plenty in its first trailer for “Super Smash Bros. Brawl,” revealing a handful of new characters, including one of the most shocking cameos in video game history: Solid Snake.


22. “Mass Effect 2” (2010)

Martin Sheen. Seriously if there was ever a better narrator for a video game trailer, it’d have to be the voice of god, because no one on Earth can beat Martin Sheen. Adding to the awesome is a cinematic introduction to the squad of “Mass Effect 2,” giving the game a “Dirty Dozen”-like vibe. The “Mass Effect” trilogy may be ending in early 2012, but it’s hard to imagine them being able to best this highlight of a trailer.


21. “LittleBigPlanet” (2008)

It may not be all that visually impressive, but there’s no doubt that the world’s first look at “LittleBigPlanet” reeked of charm. Backed by the Go! Team’s “Get It Together,” the trailer perfectly captures the magic of running around with your friends, taking on massive skateboards and tennis balls in a world made almost entirely out of felt. Perhaps more surprising about this trailer is that it doesn’t even hint at the amazing level-creation tools within “LittleBigPlanet.” And yet, even without those, it still managed to catch everyone’s attention.


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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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