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The Best Trailers of E3 2019

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Even without Sony this year, E3 2019 continued to deliver big trailers, major surprises, and a wealth of new information regarding many of the biggest and highly anticipated releases from companies like Bethesda, Ubisoft, Microsoft, and more. Unlike last year, not a lot of studios opted to show gameplay in their trailers, meaning the majority of what people saw at the show was CG. Whether that's due to the upcoming next generation of consoles or the hesitancy to show something too early is anyone's guess.

Regardless, there was still a lot of great content shown off so in no particular order, here are the best trailers from E3 2019:

15 Cyberpunk 2077

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One of, if not the biggest name at E3 2019 was CD Projekt RED's ambitious open world title, Cyberpunk 2077. The CG trailer introduced fans to the male version of V, showed off plenty of new story elements, and finally gave people an actual release date for the game. With one of the biggest questions now answered, the studio upped the ante even further by announcing the inclusion of Johnny Silverhand played by none other than Keanu Reeves.

14 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel Tease

As Nintendo has pointed out in the past, it is a company that tends to focus on the near term, showing off games and projects that typically launch within a year. However, Nintendo made a shocking reveal at the very end of its E3 2019 Direct by breaking from tradition to show teaser footage for a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The footage shows Link and Zelda exploring a dungeon below Hyrule Castle and running into what could be a reanimated corpse of Ganon.

13 Halo: Infinite

Arguably Microsoft's biggest game, Halo: Infinite, was back at E3 this year, getting a featured spot at the very end of its annual press conference. This year's footage was more story-centric, revealing an unnamed UNSC pilot discovering Master Chief floating in space. After reviving the iconic hero, a mysterious yellow lightning strikes the USNC Pelican, prompting Master Chief to grab a gun and jump out of the ship. For fans wanting more, Microsoft is essentially putting Halo Infinite back on ice until E3 2020 ahead of its holiday 2020 launch on Project Scarlett.

12 Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Banjo-Kazooie Reveal

The second of two Smash Bros DLC reveals, this one came at near the end of Nintendo's E3 2019 presentation. It smartly reused King K. Rool's reveal trailer, this time putting the King inside of Donkey Kong's house with Diddy. The trailer played out similarly with the Duck Hunt Dog trolling the group until Banjo and Kazooie finally showed up and revealed their inclusion at long last. For many fans, it was also a cool moment to see King K. Rool, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Banjo, and Kazooie all together once again considering their shared history under the development studio Rare.

11 Watch Dogs Legion

Although Watch Dogs Legion leaked a few days ahead of its planned reveal, the trailer was able to really show off the unique mechanics and gameplay that Ubisoft was going for with this ambitious title. Fans got a good look at how they'll be able to recruit anyone in the game and then switch to them as a fully voiced and animated character. From punk rockers, grandmothers, business professionals, and everyone in between, Watch Dogs Legion lets players drive the action how they want in this near future version of London.

10 Final Fantasy VII Remake

At the beginning of the Square Enix E3 2019 presentation, fans received an extended look at the highly anticipated Final Fantasy 7 Remake. A lengthy trailer also provided another glimpse at the game including the new combat mechanics, boss battles, and previously unrevealed characters like Tifa Lockhart and Sephiroth. Midgar was also featured heavily in the footage, including some sweeping wide shots that seem to hint the city will play a bigger role in the story this time around.

9 Marvel's Avengers

Outside of Final Fantasy 7, the other major title fans were anticipating from Square Enix was Marvel's Avengers. While this game had been previously announced, nearly nothing had been shown. The E3 2019 trailer gave fans their first look at the game and its five starting heroes: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and Black Widow. As the trailer reveals, a celebration turns deadly, splitting up the team until five years later when new threats force them to reassemble.

8 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

At its own EA Play E3 2019 event, Electronic Arts gave fans their first real look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on Saturday at EA Play. However, a day later during Microsoft's press conference, a new trailer was shown off revealing gameplay moments from the lengthy demo as well as new footage of Cal not previously seen. Plenty of story details were also strewn in throughout including the game's many support characters like the rebel Saw Gerrera, who many Star Wars fans will remember from other media such as films, TV, and comics.

7 Deathloop

Having gone quiet since the release of Dishonored 2 and Death of the Outsider, Arkane Studios returned to E3 2019 to premiere the first trailer for its newest IP called Deathloop. The stylish and action-heavy trailer reveals two characters who appear to be in constant conflict with one another in a never-ending loop on an island known as Blackreef. These two assassins continually battle each other in an effort to protect what they believe in either breaking or keeping the cycle alive.

6 Ghostwire: Tokyo

The next major project from Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks was revealed at Bethesda's E3 2019 conference. Known as Ghostwire: Tokyo, the stylish CG trailer showed off a futuristic-looking Japan where many of its citizens have vanished into thin air. Fans can also see a few horror elements mixed in with what appear to be supernatural beings going up against the main character who wields a bow and has access to abilities.

5 Rainbow Six Quarantine

With additional downloadable content coming throughout 2019, fans were surprised to see a brand new standalone title in the Rainbow Six franchise. Unlike the current game, Rainbow Six Quarantine expands on the popular Outbreak co-op mode that appeared for a limited time early in 2018. Not much is known yet about this new game, but as the horror inspired trailer indicates, a squad will be facing off against an increasing threat of infected.

4 Elden Ring

Another game that leaked early, Elden Ring is a collaboration between Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and Hidetaka Miyazaki's (From Software). While actual gameplay is still a mystery, man fans are expecting a mashup of high fantasy concepts and the familiar gameplay from the Souls series of games. Elden Ring is already being confirmed as the largest game From Software has ever created that mixes in action-RPG style gameplay.

3 Ori and the Will of the Wisps

As a sequel to the hit 2015 indie title, Ori and the Will of the Wisps appears to be expanding many of the core pillars of its predecessor by adding in more towering boss fights and fantastic looking locations, while continuing to iterate on the traversal and platforming mechanics that made the first game such a stand out. The nearly two-minute trailer presented at Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference showed off plenty of gameplay but the real standout continues to be the gorgeous art style and use of color.

2 Doom Eternal

As expected, Bethesda closed its E3 2019 press conference with Doom Eternal, giving fans a massive look at the upcoming fast-paced shooter through new gameplay, new information, and a quick look at its unique take on multiplayer called Battlemode. Fans were also treated to a story focused trailer this year, which presented more details on the demonic invasion of Earth and the player's role in repelling them once again. Of course, just because the trailer was focused more on the story, doesn't mean it was any less light on violence and gore as many have come to expect from this franchise.

1 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Even though fans have been well aware of this reimagined version of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, the trailer still managed to hide a few surprises. Featuring more gameplay set inside of that creative art style, the trailer also revealed the inclusion of Dampé, who many longtime fans will remember from past games in the franchise like Ocarina of Time. His inclusion is to introduce the dungeon maker, where players can collect pieces during their adventure and then create their own layouts to explore for new rewards. Rumors also indicate that these custom dungeons can be shared to other players, but developers at Nintendo aren't commenting for now.

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