Trailers are a promotional tool, but they are also hugely exciting if you're a big
fan of the game in question. Not only are the trailers we've listed here the very best
we watched in 2011, but many were also events in their own right.

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Dead island trailer was great but in terms of excitement the GTAV trailer was the best for me it was more of an event than just an announce trailer with live webcams of ppl talking bout it hours before it went live n all the hype on every website.
Posted 09:03 on 04 January 2012
Wido's Avatar


Dead Island all the way, which so happens not to be in this feature.
Posted 21:48 on 23 December 2011
Bloodstorm's Avatar



I forgot about two superior trailers


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and the AMAZING looking Prey 2.

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Posted 18:31 on 22 December 2011
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I'm surprised the Dead Island trailer didn't make the cut.

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Posted 10:46 on 22 December 2011
joe7's Avatar


Have Managed to get away w/o BF3 gaming so far..but that trailer kinda begs for playing it, damn ;)
Posted 01:52 on 22 December 2011
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Woffls@ SexyJams

I think they get a huge advantage by being able to draw on content that's not saying anything about the story. So much of what happens in games is just getting from A to B with nothing changing along the way, so showing Marcus Fenix shoot up some stuff near a bunch of stairs isn't really spoiling anything, but it's still content.

Sudden urge to play Enslaved. No idea why. Might get it on 360 so I can justify buying it with achievements. Great game that.
Posted 01:16 on 22 December 2011
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Trailers are really fun.

Quick thought: in games we don't have to worry about story spoilers in trailers because most games lack any story at all. That's some sort of advantage, right?
Posted 19:42 on 21 December 2011
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Woffls@ CheekyLee

Sorry, my definition of enthusiast press is wrong >_< I meant what you said, bascally - surprise!. I initially thought "enthusiast" was to separate sites dedicated to games rather than one that covers other stuff primarily.

Of all the podcasts I listen to, there's rarely anything more than oversight or apathy towards anything Nintendo related. Skyward Sword will get very few GOTY awards, and that's because not enough people on editorial at these places will play it to make a convincing case. Except Edge, because they do what they want.

@altaranga - I was talking about the trailer specifically, though I'll admit I went off on something of a tangent.
Posted 18:05 on 21 December 2011
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I thought we were talking about trailers, not the games themselves. I'm sure Skyward Sword is a great game. The trailer, at least the one posted earlier in this thread, leaves a lot to be desired imo.

Fave for me was also Tomb Raider.
Posted 16:49 on 21 December 2011
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Street Fighter AE trailer, just when Evil Ryu screams "TIME TO DIE!!" sealed the UTTER HYPE i was expecting....

only to find he wasn't as good as i hoped....

Posted 16:46 on 21 December 2011
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Posted 16:03 on 21 December 2011
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CheekyLee@ Woffls

The enthusiast press still love Nintendo. The mainstream press are still too scared to play Nintendo games. They would much rather circle-jerk the same 3 Modern Warfare stories for an entire month.

Personally, my favourite trailer of 2011 was for Saints Row the Third, but not the one featured in this article. Instead, it was the debut trailer first seen back in March or April

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Posted 15:36 on 21 December 2011
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Sorry, I'm just constantly annoyed at Nintendo games getting overlooked, especially ones that get released every 5 years. Their games aren't prominent in our conciousness any more, and all too often I hear people list great games that are coming out and they just forget Nintendo games completely or tack them on the end.

"Impact" and "making waves" shouldn't be a problem if we're just looking at good trailers rather than ones which are for popular games.

I thought the Skyward Sword "Romance Trailer" was exceptional, but I understand why most Nintendo trailers are overlooked: Nintendo's style of story telling doesn't translate well into a 2 minute 'film'. Not saying it should be in this list.

It's a landmark and turning point for one of the most important video game series ever, and I wonder how many people in the enthusiast press are actually going to play Skyward Sword.
Posted 15:06 on 21 December 2011
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must admit despite the assassins creed revelations being pretty sub par compared to the last few, the trailer was pretty good!.

aswell as maybe the michael trailer too! thought that was pretty good coming from a sony advert. and nintendo traiers dont realy seem to have a big enough impact compared to the other consoles maybe due to the lack of seriousness it brings to the table but thats my opinion
Posted 13:38 on 21 December 2011
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I dont recall seeing a Slyward Sword trailer making waves anywhere, much less here. they just don't 'WOW' anymore? >.>

Bioshock: Infinite and Tomb Raider are my favourites of that bunch :)
Posted 13:11 on 21 December 2011

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