This week’s trailer round up features big names and big games – as we learn to believe in ghosts, revisit classic titles, dive into dangerous locales, and fight off the undead.
1. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier “Believe in Ghosts #3″
We don’t know if the paranormal exist – but former Navy SEAL and Deadliest Warrior co-host Richard Machowicz sure gives the cast of Ghost Hunters a run for their money. In the third and final installment of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier’s “Believe in Ghosts” series, Mac takes us through a hostage extraction mission, inspired by real events, where a UAV is used to pinpoint a hostage’s location and intel from a dead enemy’s corpse – showing the Ghosts were his guard wandered off to. This method of information gathering is used in the game’s 4-player online co-op, where players coalesce data for a potentially lifesaving tactical edge.
2. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Signature Edition
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, it’s hard not to be confounded by Ghost Recon: Future Soldier’s relative pre-release silence. It’s almost too quiet. While the element of surprise works wonders for clandestine hostage rescues and dictator assassinations, video game sales fare better when warning shots are fired. Doubtless that’s why Ubisoft has rolled out this trailer announcing some of the pre-order bonuses attached to the Future Soldier Signature Edition – including the Moscow Suburbs map, the MK-14 and AK-47 assault rifles, and custom skins for weapons and headgear.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier releases on May 22, 2012 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A PC version will be releasing later in the year.
3. Yakuza: Dead Souls Launch Trailer
No one is questioning the reach of Japan’s Yakuza (just imagine the Mafia at the height of Al Capone – but with all the benefits of modern technology like cell phones and karaoke machines). And so we’re not going to question how they came up with the idea for Yakuza: Dead Souls. Essentially, it’s the video game equivalent of Cowboys and Aliens - where normally serious mythos meets an inherently fictional predator. Published by Sega exclusively for the PlayStation 3, Dead Souls is the sixth installment in the somewhat offbeat Yakuza series and is in stores now – ready to break some kneecaps for its stake in pop-culture’s current zombie infatuation.
Yakuza: Dead Souls is out now for the PlayStation 3
4. Resident Evil Chronicles: HD Collection
Resident Evil never forgets its history. That’s why Raccoon City still feels like home so many years later (even if many gamers are ready to put up the for-sale sign by now). In its latest trip back into series lore, though, the Resident Evil Chronicles: HD Collection collects 2007′s Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and 2009′s Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicle for a more pixelated look behind Umbrella’s uncoiling and Leon and Krauser’s broiling. And there’s PlayStation Move support – only featured elsewhere in the series with RE 5’s Gold Edition.
Resident Evil Chronicles: HD Collection releases this June for the PlayStation 3.
5. Spec Ops: The Line Community Gameplay Trailer
Although 2K Games’ Spec Ops: The Line may, indeed, look like a linear spec-ops shooter, its story is anything but. Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (the groundwork for Apocalypse Now), the game takes its protagonist on a psychiatric nightmare deep into a sandstorm-ravaged Dubai. Expect plenty more scenes like the ones below with mutilated corpses and morally perplexing predicaments. Spec Ops: The Line has endured a long development cycle, and it wouldn’t hurt to check out our E3 2010 coverage of the game to see how it has evolved since.
Spec Ops: The Line releases June 26, 2012 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
6. Anna First Look Trailer
Point-and-click gaming is about to get a new dose of horror on the indie circuit thanks to developer Dreampainters’ Anna. Not to be confused with the insufferable Amy, Anna hides its scares behind the serene and effervescent beauty of the northern Italian D’Ayas Valley. Details on this PC exclusive are still pretty scarce, but we know that the player rummages through the valley’s old villages and households, uncovering the truth behind some spine-tingling ghost stories.
Anna is available on May 18, 2012 exclusively for the PC.
7. Max Payne 3 Design/Technology Video Series, “Visual Effects and Cinematics.”
There’s no sense in making a game with a dark and foreboding narrative if you can’t suspend disbelief long enough for gamers to forget that they aren’t hardboiled, depressed, alcoholic, detectives trying to pick up the pieces of their shattered life in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In Max Payne 3’s latest design trailer, Rockstar shows off their swanky cinematic editing techniques designed to create a seamless flow between action and cutscene – all to keep us in Max’s conscience for as long as we can stake it out. Among them: tweaks that remove loading screens during cutscene-realtime transition and a motion-comic panel generator that complements the game’s graphic novel motif.
Max Payne 3 releases on May 15, 2012 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
8. Sleeping Dogs “Undercover Hong Kong” Trailer
Hong Kong is a beautiful and vibrant city that, thanks to its fascinating history, collates the cultures of East and West into a uniquely stunning metropolis. It’s also not a place that messes around. That’s a lesson United Front Games learned when they explored the city firsthand to gather some background knowledge for the upcoming Sleeping Dogs. The game focuses on a police plot to infiltrate the Triad criminal organization in Hong Kong, and United Front went so far as to embed their own writer with the group for a brief time. If that’s not enough to squeeze some interesting scenarios into Sleeping Dogs’ story, then perhaps it’s time to employ Yakuza’s nuclear option of casting the undead.
Now published by Square Enix, Sleeping Dogs was originally a reboot of the True Crime series before getting the Activision axe. It releases in 2012 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
That’s the wrap up for the trailer roundup. Be sure to drive home safely – it’s March Madness out there!
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