Best Video Game Trailers

So recently a new trailer has caught my eye, for an upcoming game from Gearbox: Battleborn. If you haven’t seen it yet you should take a look!

Now I don’t know if I’ll be playing Battleborn or not, but I really enjoyed the trailer!  The music, the feel, the visuals, it all melds together nicely.  It got me thinking about my favorite video game trailers throughout the years, and I’ve decided to make a post about it!  Here are some of my personal favorites!

Halo 3 

The hype after watching that trailer….Oh man.  It’s very short, almost more of a teaser trailer, but man it’s gold.  This was moment when you just knew Halo 3 was going to be something special . I also absolutely loved this one:

I still get goosebumps when chief looks up.

Halo: Reach

As long as we’re on the Halo side of things.  Best trailer music ever, in my opinion.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations 

I’m going to be honest…I actually didn’t get around to playing this game…or really any of the Assassin’s Creeds.  But damn if that trailer isn’t awesome!  The soundtrack and cinematography is just spectacular.

Left 4 Dead 2 

I’m not going to lie…this one is partially on here for nostalgia’s sake.  I love the narration from Coach and the cut to the reveal of the zombies, very cool.  The melee weapons reveal was awesome as well!….and the frying pan to the face at the end!

Batman: Arkham Knight

This one is actually really recent!  Just a fantastic trailer, visually, emotionally, just all around an instant classic.  The will of Thomas Wayne read over the Batman suit up was a simply fantastic idea.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 

Say what you want about the Call of Duty games, they have some pretty cool trailers! Mw2 was the height of the Call of Duty franchise, in a lot of ways.  It had one of my favorite campaigns, and perhaps my favorite trailers.   Also with Eminem:

Portal 2

Seriously, am I ever going to make a video game post without mention Portal 2 somehow? Probably not!  The epic confirmation that GlaDOS was indeed “still alive” made this trailer an instant favorite for me.  It also spawned one of my all time favorite GlaDOS quotes, at the end!

 Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

Skyrim had several great trailers,  but I think this one was my favorite.  The glorious in game footage combined with the epic score was such a win.  I also loved the life action trailer they did:

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron 

Okay,  honesty time, I didn’t ever play this game either.  But man alive the trailer was great! It did such a great job of showing the peril and despair on Cybertron and was actually surprisingly emotional.  And Grimlock is a badass.  This trailer is also a little depressing, because it make me wonder what an actual decent Transformer movie might be like!

Dead Island 

Man, this list has gotten out of hand! I never meant for it to be this long!  Of course, I had to add what is considered by many to be the best trailer of all time, the Dead island trailer.  I’d be an absolute liar if I said this game didn’t legitimately choke me up for a minute.

Honorable Mention: 

I’m not sure if the “Meet the Team” videos for Tf2 officially count as trailers.  If so, then all of them deserve a place on this list, they’re simply fantastic.  Above I’ve linked my personal favorite: Meet the Pyro.


4 thoughts on “Best Video Game Trailers

  1. Some great choices. I love all the Halo trailers from the Xbox era. I wonder if non-Xbox fans even like those trailers. It wouldn’t surprise me because they were so well done.

    Besides Halo, I’d vote for Skyrim, which was practically transcendent, and “Meet the pyro,” which was hilarious. I haven’t seen “Meet the pyro” before but it brought a big smile to my face.

    • Thanks! I think with the Halo trailers it’s basically art at that point, and you kind of have to appreciate it regardless of which console you’re playing on at the moment. I own a PS4 right now, but I can already tell you the trailer for Halo 5 is going to tear me apart!

      And yes, all nine of the “Meet the Team” videos are just fantastic and hilarious. It was a very clever advertisement campaign, even if it did take them forever to finish all of them! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Such a great list, I love the Halo ones, but I’m a big fan of the series lol. The new game from Gearbox looks interesting. But man, Gearbox upsets me a lot, I would love to see another Brothers in Arms game. It’s said the final chapter in the series is in the works, I hope so. Sorry for the rant that’s off topic.

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