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What are your top favorite MMO trailers?

smh_alotsmh_alot Area 51Posts: 976Member
A good trailer triggers anticipation for a game and a sense of wonder, the best among them capture the vibe and essence, the soul, of the game it's a trailer for. This imo also applies to MMO trailers.


Now what were you people's personal most favorited MMO trailers?


Here's my list:


1. World of Warcraft

Yeah, yeah, I know, not everyone's favorite game. But when the trailer launched, Warcraft 3 and Frozen Throne expansion were fresh in my mind, Blizzard was at its peak, and the trailer just breathed that Warcraft 3 atmosphere and that MMO-like sense of wonder that triggers the imagination. To me, the trailer managed to capture those first glorious journeys through the world of Azeroth.


World of Warcraft launch trailer


2. The Secret World

Its haunting melancholy and vibe sets the TSW trailer apart from other ones, MMO trailers and other gametrailers alike. It kinda reminded me of Gears of War's 'Mad World' trailer. The trailer uses ingame rendering instead of CGI, and in its distinctive imagery and atmosphere it fits perfectly TSW's original setting of the despair and a world teetering on the brink of the abyss and apocalypse. Simply magnificent.


The Secret World 'This Bitter Earth' trailer


3. Tabula Rasa/SW The Old Republic

A shared spot. Of course, Blur Studios who made the SWTOR trailer(s) based on Bioware's script are always good for excellent trailers. And they really were spectacular, showcasing the classes, conflict and culture of both factions. But to me it didn't fully capture the actual gameplay experience, or at least less than the trailers captured the essence of a game of those other MMO favorites I mentioned. Tabula Rasa had a great starter story and setting as shown in the trailer - the last surviving human refugees of a doomed and destroyed earth rising to exact their vengeance in memory of their home, I liked it very much. Shame the game got canceled.


Tabula Rasa trailer

SWTOR 'Return' trailer


What are you people's favorite MMO trailers you liked best?

Comments

  • roo67roo67 londonPosts: 402Member

    For me it was the MOP trailer . When the Panda turns up and kicks the orc and humans butts . They have this look as if to say WTF is this thing doing in Azeroth .

    I knew exactly how they felt :P .

  • SenadinaSenadina San Diego, CAPosts: 896Member Uncommon
    I only have 1...  DC Universe wins for me hands down. I am not a particular comic book fan beyond being a general sci-fi /fantasy fan. But that trailer/mini movie was epic.

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  • slickbizzleslickbizzle Matthews, NCPosts: 464Member

    1: DCUO 

    2: Warcraft - Wrath of the Lich King

     

  • NomadMorlockNomadMorlock N/A, VAPosts: 593Member Uncommon
  • MahavishnuMahavishnu BerlinPosts: 336Member

    It may sound strange, but although I loved the original trailer for classic WoW, I found the latest for MoP boring and somehow lacking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYK_Gqyf48Y Yes the first one will always be the best of all wow-trailers, it had everything and still touches you emotionally.

    Bioware put a lot of work into its trailers, they were bombastic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2eNr9Oyttk

     

    GW2's 2D trailers have a more artistic approach, they made me exciting, they are beautiful, but they never blew me away.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3AgcZEKvZE

     

    TSW had various trailers, overall they are ok. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A4i12-yhAA

     

    Remember Vanguard? 6 years ago this one was the trailer everybody had to see.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BXPVneO_lU

     

    But my favorite will always be the one of Warhammer Online, come on, THIS is epic!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoWJy9figd4

     

    Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need.

  • smh_alotsmh_alot Area 51Posts: 976Member
    Ah yes, the DCUO trailer and Warhammer trailer were absolutely glorious too, I agree, they captured the soul and aspirations of their games very well :)
  • Johnie-MarzJohnie-Marz La Puente, CAPosts: 865Member

    This is an interesting topic for me becuase:

     

    On the one hand

    I don't like trailers that are glorified movies because they don't show actual gameplay,  you really don't know if the game's good or it's a bad game but the company invested a bunch of money in a trailer.

     

    On the other hand

    The glorified movie trailers are usually fun to watch.

  • william0532william0532 portland, ORPosts: 251Member

    Please don't flame me for my choice, it's not my favorite mmo by any means, but the trailer alone practically ensured I tried the game(and yes I knew that it wasn't game play, and it was just a trailer, but I don't mind plopping down 50 bucks to try an mmo out.

     

    Having said that, my favorite trailers (recently this year, as if I said wing commander people would know I'm old!)

    SWTOR- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjhJcm-lpjc

    Very dark trailer in my opinion, and really tugged at the same strings in me that the preview for starwars V The Empire Strikes Back did back in the day

     

    I believe judging from the faction imbalance, the video did its job:)

  • Johnie-MarzJohnie-Marz La Puente, CAPosts: 865Member
    Originally posted by william0532

    Please don't flame me for my choice, it's not my favorite mmo by any means, but the trailer alone practically ensured I tried the game(and yes I knew that it wasn't game play, and it was just a trailer, but I don't mind plopping down 50 bucks to try an mmo out.

     

    Having said that, my favorite trailers (recently this year, as if I said wing commander people would know I'm old!)

    SWTOR- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjhJcm-lpjc

    Very dark trailer in my opinion, and really tugged at the same strings in me that the preview for starwars V The Empire Strikes Back did back in the day

     

    I believe judging from the faction imbalance, the video did its job:)

    Great trailer... Although I have to admit I kept waiting for the Panda to show up and start kicking Republic and Sith Butt. (At this point, I think all game trailers need a kick ass panda!!!)

  • KarteliKarteli Providence, PAPosts: 2,646Member

    1) The SWTOR fake trailer: (humorous though not official)

    http://www.eurogamer.net/videos/star-wars-the-old-republic-fake-trailer

    2) WoW Wrath of the Lich King trailer: (creepy)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCr7y4SLhck

    3) WildStar housing trailer: (it's quirky lol)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQm7eOjyQSY

    4) Otherland trailer: (weird & interesting)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSr15jlfOMk

     

    Theres been others that were interesting or funny in some way or another, these are just some.  ArcheAge is interesting as well, although their trailers are in Korean and it would probably lead to more confusion to link any of them.  SWTOR's cinematic trailers were cool also (big $$), and generally had some significance to the SWTOR lore, novels, & timeline.

    Want a nice understanding of life? Try Spirit Science: "The Human History"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8NNHmV3QPw&feature=plcp
    Recognize the voice? Yep sounds like Penny Arcade's Extra Credits.

  • william0532william0532 portland, ORPosts: 251Member
    Originally posted by Johnie-Marz
    Originally posted by william0532

    Please don't flame me for my choice, it's not my favorite mmo by any means, but the trailer alone practically ensured I tried the game(and yes I knew that it wasn't game play, and it was just a trailer, but I don't mind plopping down 50 bucks to try an mmo out.

     

    Having said that, my favorite trailers (recently this year, as if I said wing commander people would know I'm old!)

    SWTOR- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjhJcm-lpjc

    Very dark trailer in my opinion, and really tugged at the same strings in me that the preview for starwars V The Empire Strikes Back did back in the day

     

    I believe judging from the faction imbalance, the video did its job:)

    Great trailer... Although I have to admit I kept waiting for the Panda to show up and start kicking Republic and Sith Butt. (At this point, I think all game trailers need a kick ass panda!!!)

    lol, panda's do spruce up everything. I personally am a big fan of BBP(Big Beautiful Panda websites)

  • Lord.BachusLord.Bachus Den HelderPosts: 9,064Member Uncommon
    Am i the only one who doesnt see the value of trailers?

    Best MMO experiences : EQ(PvE), DAoC(PvP), WoW(total package) LOTRO (worldfeel) GW2 (Artstyle and animations and worlddesign) SWTOR (Story immersion) TSW (story) ESO (character advancement)

  • DaringDaring Murfreesboro, TNPosts: 138Member
    Planet Side 2...awesome
  • DiSpLiFFDiSpLiFF Toronto, ONPosts: 605Member

    "You, are not prepared!"

    All I have to say. 

  • Johnie-MarzJohnie-Marz La Puente, CAPosts: 865Member
    Originally posted by Lord.Bachus
    Am i the only one who doesnt see the value of trailers?

    I see the value to the gaming company.

    But

    most trailers are glorified movies and don't tell you anything about the actual game. This is fine for an expansion, because you already know how the game plays but for a new game, I want to see actual game footage not a glorified movie.

  • william0532william0532 portland, ORPosts: 251Member
    Originally posted by Lord.Bachus
    Am i the only one who doesnt see the value of trailers?

    While I don't decide that a game is good by a cinematic trailer, they are eye candy and worth the thousand's of dollars spent on them.

     

    In game footage ultimately sells a game for me, but why not enjoy some mini cgi flick?

    As for the value? Yeah, they have alot of value, a good trailer can generate interest in a game years before the game comes out, bringing people to the website to actually look at all the different features a game has. The SWTOR trailer came out in 2009, three years before the game.

     

    Planetside 2's trailer brought me too the planetside 2 site to read up on the game and got me some beta access(worth it)

     

    And this trailer released today has got me following the developer of one of my favorite videogames of all times(even though it turns out this trailer is actually in game footage!)

    StarCitizen

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlIWJlz6-Eg

  • Ambros123Ambros123 Neverneverland, TNPosts: 877Member
    Originally posted by Lord.Bachus
    Am i the only one who doesnt see the value of trailers?

    No your not, trailers are just eye candy or for a good chuckle like Wildstar and WoW's MoP (the weapon hand off gave me a good chuckle).

     

    My favorite trailors are:

    EVE Online's Fanfest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI53ydJaus8 that just sends chills down my spine.  While could never get into EVE I do love their trailers like their dominion trailer... damn Russians.

    Wildstar is great and refreshing, good laughs.

    GW2 I like their new apporach with a more artistic approach, and not the "artist" trailer garbage that was made after launch.

    WoW always does great trailers and some of the best eye candy stuff out there.

  • JemcrystalJemcrystal Champaign, ILPosts: 1,550Member Uncommon
  • coretex666coretex666 PraguePosts: 1,934Member Uncommon

    WoW WOTLK

    It is like the best thing Blizz has ever done :)

    Waiting for L2 EU Classic

  • csthaocsthao Saint Paul, MNPosts: 1,111Member

    Ultima Online

    WoW

     

     

  • Eir_SEir_S Argyle, NYPosts: 4,623Member

    I loved all of WoW's trailers except MoP.  It was ok but nothing like Wotlk or BC.

    Also, Warhammer and DCUO for sure.

  • william0532william0532 portland, ORPosts: 251Member
    Originally posted by Karteli

    1) The SWTOR fake trailer: (humorous though not official)

    http://www.eurogamer.net/videos/star-wars-the-old-republic-fake-trailer

    2) WoW Wrath of the Lich King trailer: (creepy)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCr7y4SLhck

    3) WildStar housing trailer: (it's quirky lol)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQm7eOjyQSY

    4) Otherland trailer: (weird & interesting)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSr15jlfOMk

     

    Theres been others that were interesting or funny in some way or another, these are just some.  ArcheAge is interesting as well, although their trailers are in Korean and it would probably lead to more confusion to link any of them.  SWTOR's cinematic trailers were cool also (big $$), and generally had some significance to the SWTOR lore, novels, & timeline.

    The video can't be found for the SWTOR fake trailer. I've been hunting around for it, can't seem to find it. Was that the sarlacc enforcer one?

    EDIT-Just took a couple tries. Pretty damn funny lol.

  • Johnie-MarzJohnie-Marz La Puente, CAPosts: 865Member
    Originally posted by william0532
    Originally posted by Karteli

    1) The SWTOR fake trailer: (humorous though not official)

    http://www.eurogamer.net/videos/star-wars-the-old-republic-fake-trailer

    2) WoW Wrath of the Lich King trailer: (creepy)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCr7y4SLhck

    3) WildStar housing trailer: (it's quirky lol)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQm7eOjyQSY

    4) Otherland trailer: (weird & interesting)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSr15jlfOMk

     

    Theres been others that were interesting or funny in some way or another, these are just some.  ArcheAge is interesting as well, although their trailers are in Korean and it would probably lead to more confusion to link any of them.  SWTOR's cinematic trailers were cool also (big $$), and generally had some significance to the SWTOR lore, novels, & timeline.

    The video can't be found for the SWTOR fake trailer. I've been hunting around for it, can't seem to find it. Was that the sarlacc enforcer one?

     

    The fake trailer link worked for me when I clicked on it. It was funny.

  • kostoslavkostoslav somborPosts: 459Member
    1. Any wow trailer
    2. DCUO
    3.EVE
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