This year has been full of amazing video game announcement, gameplay, and cinematic trailers. Here are Game Rant’s Top 10 Best Video Game Trailers of 2016.
Game trailers are one of the most effective marketing tools for developers, since just a few minutes worth of video can drive hype and excitement to overflowing levels within the gaming community. Throughout this year, gamers have been entertained by some of the most impressive trailers ever released.
Like most gamers, our team at Game Rant has enjoyed many of the games released this year, and looks forward to the games set to release in the next year. Much of that excitement spurs from the impressive trailers that have been released over the last 12 months. To commemorate the best and most notable set of trailers released throughout 2016, here are Game Rant’s Top 10 Video Game Trailers of 2016.
Battlefield 1 World Premier Trailer
Electronic Arts and DICE broke from the current first-person shooter trend and opted to send players back in time rather than into the future of warfare. Battlefield 1 has been a huge success for the publisher and developer, and continues to garner impressive player numbers across all platforms.
Battlefield 1’s success didn’t start when the game launched in October. Rather, it started when EA released the game’s announcement trailer back in May. From the gritty, brutal action, to the powerful rendition of The White Stripe’s Seven Nation’s Army, this is one trailer that incites incredible emotion within any gamer that watches it. Even now, seven months after the trailer’s release, it still has the ability to spawn goosebumps for viewers.
God of War E3 Gameplay Trailer
God of War is easily one of PlayStation’s most successful franchises, so it comes as no surprise that the gaming giant is looking to bring the series to the PlayStation 4. During E3 this year, Sony opted to announce the newest God of War game with a lengthy and emotional gameplay trailer.
The trailer breaks from the franchise’s hardcore action and slows things down a bit, allowing viewers to see the softer side of the series’ protagonist, Kratos. The seasoned warrior instructs his son in the art of hunting, weaving together guidance and discipline as only a parent can. The trailer has PlayStation 4 gamers excited for the next chapter in the God of War saga, and for the new story arcs that may generate from the game.
Death Stranding Reveal Trailer
One of the most unique yet bizarre trailers of the year was Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding Reveal Trailer at E3 2016. The unsettling trailer opens with a quote from poet and author William Blake about holding infinity in the palm your hands. From there, viewers are treated to a cryptic sequence involving Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus and an infant child.
At this point, gamers should expect nothing less than the bewildering and disconcerting trailer from Hideo Kojima. While the developer’s past titles can get a ways out there, there’s no arguing with the fact that his games are highly acclaimed and provide incredible storylines and experiences for players. With this as an opener, there’s plenty of hype already building around Kojima Productions’ first game away from Konami.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Announcement Trailer
To kick off this year’s PlayStation Experience, Sony shared a trailer that saw a woman, dressed in a hijab, traversing a middle-eastern city at night. It wasn’t until the end that PlayStation fans learned what it was, when two characters from Uncharted 4 were revealed. The trailer announces Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, a standalone DLC experience for Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Naughty Dog has had a stellar few years, with most of the Uncharted series seeing strong reviews, including Uncharted 4, which Game Rant gave a perfect score to. It comes without surprise, then, that PlayStation 4 owners are excited for the opportunity to tackle more of the Uncharted universe with a new title from the developer.
The Last of Us: Part 2 Announcement Trailer
Speaking of Naughty Dog, the developer is celebrated for many incredible video games, none more so than 2013’s The Last of Us. Since that game debuted, gamers have been clamoring for a sequel.
Finally, at the end of PlayStation Experience 2016, the developer revealed the announcement trailer for The Last of Us: Part 2. The second game in the series takes place five years after its predecessor, and will follow Ellie, who played an important role in the first game. While the title is still in early development and a couple years from releasing, gamers around the globe are excited to know it’s coming and will undoubtedly live up to the high standards set by Naughty Dog.