Bethesda released a live action trailer for Fallout 4 this week and it made me realise how much I love live action trailers. Live action trailers give an added sense of realism to trailers for games, allowing us to really picture ourselves in that situation, especially as games consoles still have a long way to go to reach that peak of hyper-realistic graphics.
So I decided to list my favourite live action trailers, in no particular order.
Fallout 4’s live action trailer was released this week, and it made me super excited for the release. But the trailer, oh my god. The bit where he steps into the power armour in that sort of iron man click-esque way, oh boy. That was something. Plus I can’t wait to have a robot butler!
Skyrim’s live action trailer gave next-to-nothing away. It was a lot of screaming peasants, the odd fire and for some reason a close up shot of a horses’ eye. But it’s all made worth it in that final shot. He unsheaths that sword and walks straight into the smoke. And as the smoke clears, a dragon rears its ugly head. It’s been out for 4 years and I still get goosebumps when I watch the trailer.
The trailer gives just enough away to make you want to play it. I remember for the first few times I saw it, I thought it was a film trailer. As soon as I realised it was a game, I was hooked.
Destiny not only released a live action trailer for the main game that gave us little to no information about the game, other than the fancy special effects. I loved it – but that’s because I’d been avidly following the development of the game for months, so I already knew what all the classes and powers were.
The trailer is just the right blend of humourous dialogue and badass fight sequence (something that was sadly lacking from the actual game.)
But then they treated us to a second, live action trailer for The Taken King (although, not in Japan, where they got a super weird other trailer). And that brought back the same mix of lolsy dialogue and awesome asskicking, although it wasn’t enough to warrant me spending £40 on it to be honest.