The trailer for Guild Wars 2 has all been but confirmed for release tomorrow (August 20) in Cologne at noon (6 AM EST). In lieu of this momentous occasion, I wanted to share my five favorite CG MMO trailers. Feel free to share your favorites and most disliked below. In no particular order:
Tabula Rasa – Even though the game is no longer living, I really enjoyed the Tabula Rasa trailer. It was well produced, and the tidbits of story was just enough to understand the background conflict. The scenes showing the conquering of the world and the human refugees were great in giving a feeling of loss. The point that Earth was gone was well made.
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade – The original World of Warcraft trailer was great, and Blizzard took it one step further with the Burning Crusade trailer. It set up the main conflict for entering the Outlands, it presented the two new races, it had a bit of nostalgia, a bit of humor, and a big badass at the end. I had long stopped playing World of Warcraft, but the trailer got me excited. The following Frozen Throne trailer failed to do this for me. It felt like the “one” scene was stretched thin.
Star Wars The Old Republic – This one was an easy choice. Even parsing out the superb use of Star Wars lore, the set up and cinematography are top notch. The combat choreography is well done with the focus where it should be in the huge lightsaber battle. I do have one complaint. Both major combatants should have died with the way that final blow was struck. It gave the Sith a feeling of plot immunity, which further lead to a feeling of the bad guys are cooler. I think that the good guys deserved a few more “cool” scenes.
Guild Wars Factions – The first Guild Wars trailer was about average, but when the second Guild Wars campaign was coming, ArenaNet outdid themselves with this trailer. It had a very evocative Asian feel without falling into the horrible Asian tropes (see the Lineage 2 trailer for those), and I loved the use of beads to signify blood. The Jade Wind was also great, but I wished it also showed the “freezing” of the Jade Sea. It sucked that Guild Wars Nightfall did not have its own trailer after the outstanding Factions one.
Warhammer Online – This is likely my favorite MMO CG trailer, and possibly my favorite CG trailer. It showcases a lot of the classes and their conflict with each other. It gives the good guys some “cool” facetime, and the whole trailer keeps a steady pace. There are also a lot of small details like the dwarf deciding he needs a drink during the battle or the demon’s necklace warping reality. My one criticism is that the pacing is almost too steady. It does not give the frenetic feeling of a battle. It’s a minor nitpick, though, in a great trailer.
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