Some say a great story makes a great video game. For me what makes a game great is the world it inhabits: a world that I can and want to explore to its fullest. No game has blown me away in that respect quite like Metro 2033.
It may seem a strange thing to say about a game set in the subways of post-apocalyptic Moscow, but Metro 2033 is the most mind-bendingly beautiful game I’ve ever played (I’m actually getting a little turned on just thinking about it). I don’t mean beautiful in the sense of aesthetically pleasing – not in the way that, say, the Scottish Highlands are beautiful – but beautiful in its design and execution: Metro 2033 is alive.
So as you can expect, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the follow up since it was announced and doing little dances of joy every time there was even a smidgen of news.
Things were a little dicey there with THQ going into administration and all but thankfully most of their upcoming titles where snapped up by other companies and Metro: Last Light is now available to pre-order and is set for a May release.
The Last of Us is a genre-defining experience that blends survival and action elements to tell a character driven tale about a modern plague decimating mankind. Nature encroaches upon civilization, forcing remaining survivors to kill for food, weapons and whatever they can find. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a brave young teenage girl who is wise beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States.
Phrases like “genre defining” are a sure fire way to make me role my eyes and run for cover but they can be cancelled out with an awesome trailer.
Pretty cool, huh? Even if it does look like being PS3 exclusive.
Creating a trailer is an art. They need to peak your interest without ruining the final experience or lying to you about what to expect. Yes I’m talking about you, Tomb raider III trailer! You owe me a T-rex! They should expertly tease and nothing more.
Done right, game trailers elicit a visceral reaction from me otherwise reserved for my boyfriend, wolf cubs and Due South era Callum Keith Rennie. Here’s a selection of what I consider to be some of the best examples out there. The ones that get me so excited for what they advertise they get such a reaction.
Listed more or less chronologically because I couldn’t decide how to rank them.
For me, a crucial part of the gaming experience is marvelling time, that moment when the aesthetic of a game forces you to stop playing and say “wow”.
I’ve never been more blown away by a game than I was by Metro 2033, based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s 2002 novel of the same name. Metro 2033 is not made up of wow moments, it is a wow moment. The astounding design, structure and gameplay make it a truly visceral experience. I’m actually getting a little turned on just thinking about it. You can read my full review here: FPS Awakening: Metro 2033
Metro: Last Light is based on Glukhovsky’s follow up, Metro 2034. Roll on 2012.