Trailer Roundup: Dead Space 3, Hitman: HD Trilogy, and Aliens: Colonial Marines

Jan 28, 2013 by  

We have a couple of new trailers for today – three to be exact – for three new games releasing in the next month or so.

First up is the most controversial of the bunch: the launch trailer for Dead Space 3. I say that not because it further emphasizes the game’s use of micro-transactions — a feature we discovered not too long ago — but rather that it does not feature Phil Collins’ original version of ‘In the Air Tonight’ but a modern cover.

The trailer itself, comprised mostly of CGI and live-action, is actually quite good, and introduces the barren, icy wasteland of Tau Volantis, as well as a new ‘Marker’ to ruin Isaac Clarke’s day, but that music choice is still something to be discussed. It might be my love for ’80s music, but I think that Phil Collins’ rendition would have been the better way to go.

Including the original would have had a similar impact to Rockstar Games‘ use of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Skeletons’ in the most recent Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer. Music gripes aside, the trailer reminds us that a new Dead Space is a little over a week away, which is a very good thing.

Next is the launch trailer for the Hitman: HD Trilogy that will be hitting store shelves tomorrow. Late last year Agent 47 made his most recent appearance with Hitman: Absolution, but now is an opportunity to look at the mysterious assassin’s earlier missions.

Disguises, clever kills, and plenty of bad guys are all par for the course in the Hitman series – experiences that are now rendered in HD graphics for the very first time. Although the collection does not include IO Interactive‘s first Hitman title, it does feature Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Contracts, and Hitman: Blood Money.

And finally is a little older trailer for Aliens: Colonial Marines that features a perfect summation of the game’s story. In Gearbox Software‘s new game, players take control of Cpl. Christopher Winter, whose team was sent to the planet LV-426 in search of the U.S.S. Sulaco and Ellen Ripley.

Of course, the colonial marines end up with more than they bargained for as they discover the iconic xenomorphs of the Aliens series. Luckily players will be outfitted with plenty of weaponry, from the standard assault rifle to the flamethrower. And, as a little button to the trailer, there’s a brief glimpse of the Power Loader – the yellow mechanical suit Ripley used to take on the Alien Queen in James Cameron’s 1986 film.

What do you think of the new trailers for Dead Space 3, Hitman: HD Trilogy, and Aliens: Colonial Marines? Which are you most excited to get your hands on?

Dead Space 3 releases February 5, 2013 for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Hitman: HD Trilogy releases January 29, 2013 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Aliens: Colonial Marines releases February 12, 2013 for the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and OnLive.

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  1. WiiU version doesn’t come on February 12 with the other versions. I wish websites would stop saying that since their website even mentions that fact.

  2. I can’t say the modern cover for In the Air Tonight was a good choice either. Really weird.

    I wish Colonial Marines didn’t look so dated. It could look so much better but hopefully the gameplay is solid enough.

  3. I’m thinking of boycotting all EA products. This ‘micro transaction’ stuff is shameful. I hate being treated like some sweaty kid at an arcade, desperately pushing coins into a machine for another fix of shiny electronic excitement.

    Plus they’ve turned Dead Space into a cover based shooter – because we really needed another one of those!

    There is a new trailer for Aliens today, the multiplayer looks
    genuinely interesting.

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