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The Moment They Had Your Money: Trailers and Clips that Sold You

GuekGuek Registered User regular
edited February 2009 in Games and Technology
As part of a small community of gaming obsessives, I know that I'm not the only one that religiously scours the internet for trailers and footage to appease my unending gaming desire for more...MORE..MORE. After all, anticipating games is half the fun (and occasionally more enjoyable the the end product itself :P).

What gaming footage or trailers in your lifetime as a game has sent chills down your spine? What clip made you spooge your proverbial pants through scintillating short lived cinema?

Personally, I remember first watching the original starcraft intro and having my jaw drop. At that moment, I knew it was a game I MUST play. Unsurprisingly, the same thing has happened with the starcraft 2 reveal.

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/19777.html
GOOD GOD, I want that game. As a long time starcraft diehard, that trailer really pushes all the right buttons. The first thing that crossed my mind when I saw "blizzard" and a futuristic setting was "...it's about fucking time." The pacing, the music, the montage clips, the last line...pitch perfect. "All marines, prepare to drop." Chills.


So what about you?

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I'm usually immensely skeptical, so it takes a while for me to get interested in a game. That said, the footage that sold me on the games in question:

    Prince of Persia

    Mirror's Edge

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  • KarlKarl Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    The moment i heard that there was a FEAR 2 coming, they had my money. I didn't even need to see any videos.

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  • Dodge AspenDodge Aspen Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Final Fantasy 7 and the first 2 Metal Gear games both had trailers that blew me away.

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  • KhavallKhavall Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I have all the prince of persia trailers and the Mirror's Edge trailer saved on my hard drive.


    That's how much I love them

  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    The No More Heroes trailer sold me. And I'm glad it did.

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  • GoodKingJayIIIGoodKingJayIII Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I'll talk about positive and negative experiences. I'll start with the bad stuff.

    Assassin's Creed had lots of great trailers and whatnot, interviews, and marketing. I ate it up. The game turned out to be a mere shadow of my expectations.

    The positive experiences? Let's see: Mass Effect and Fallout 3. Both had some awesome hype build up, and both turned out to be exactly what I wanted.

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I almost forgot about the Assassin's Creed trailers—they sold me on the game, even if the game itself didn't. I was able to trade it off for a good price, so I don't feel bad, but between AC and PoP, whoever's doing the trailers at Ubisoft lately deserves a big fat raise.

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  • StopAndSwishStopAndSwish Registered User
    edited January 2009
    Metal Gear Solid 2 E3 2000 Trailer. Never mind that it was subbed, and that in the end the game wasn't the greatest thing ever, no other trailer will ever endear me to a game like this one did.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL05r5Qi2hQ

  • Glenn565Glenn565 Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    The Rogue Galaxy and Persona 3 reveal trailers both sold me on them. Prince of Persia '08 and No More Heroes too, but they've been mentioned already.

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  • ArasenArasen Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    The original Gears of War "mad world" trailer. That sold me a 360 and am damn happy it did. Lost Odyssey "white rabbit" sold me, awesome game until the damn kids get involved, just couldn't keep going after that.

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  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
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  • Captain KCaptain K Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Seriously, the very first MGS2 teaser was boner-inducing. I couldn't believe I was seeing gameplay footage from a console.

    I must have watched that trailer at least 20 times.

  • DissociaterDissociater Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Guek wrote: »
    As part of a small community of gaming obsessives, I know that I'm not the only one that religiously scours the internet for trailers and footage to appease my unending gaming desire for more...MORE..MORE. After all, anticipating games is half the fun (and occasionally more enjoyable the the end product itself :P).

    What gaming footage or trailers in your lifetime as a game has sent chills down your spine? What clip made you spooge your proverbial pants through scintillating short lived cinema?

    Personally, I remember first watching the original starcraft intro and having my jaw drop. At that moment, I knew it was a game I MUST play. Unsurprisingly, the same thing has happened with the starcraft 2 reveal.

    /movie snipped/

    GOOD GOD, I want that game. As a long time starcraft diehard, that trailer really pushes all the right buttons. The first thing that crossed my mind when I saw "blizzard" and a futuristic setting was "...it's about fucking time." The pacing, the music, the montage clips, the last line...pitch perfect. "All marines, prepare to drop." Chills.


    So what about you?

    I was the same way about starcraft 2 when I saw the cinematic trailer. I told all my friends about it, and posted it on message boards etc. Then I saw the gameplay footage and lost all interest in the game.

    But more to your question, once I saw gameplay footage of Left4Dead they had my money in their pocket already.

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  • Johnny ChopsockyJohnny Chopsocky Scootaloo! We have to cook! Grillin' HaysenburgersRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    The Ace Combat games have particularly amazing trailers, but the two that grabbed me the most were these trailers for Ace Combat Zero and 5.

    Ace Combat Zero trailer
    Ace Combat 5 trailer

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  • AiranAiran Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Seconding the Mirror's Edge trailer. The first time that theme hit me it felt so bloody perfect, with the camera spinning around Faith then zooming back. :^:

    [edit]I was a big fan of DMC anyway, but after the dismal reviews of DMC2 I was a bit hesitant on DMC3, especially hearing the same director was working on it.

    The trailer removed all fears.

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  • The_ScarabThe_Scarab Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd3E8zgqJM4

    EA basically set up a direct debit with my bank account the second I saw this. Far more effective than the stilted Guitar Hero trailers with celebrities, this was a cam video in a hotel room of people playing the game. As far as trailers goes, this ranks up there as incredibly potent. I remember tycho in a newspost mentioning it.

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  • RamiRami Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    As soon as I saw this trailer I told everyone I knew that was into gaming that this game would be awesome. And I told them again every 2 weeks until it was released.

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjYxTjpCwzw&feature=related

    And it was awesome.

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  • DarlanDarlan Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I thought that the Sigur Ros Prince of Persia trailer had sold me on that game too, but sometimes game footage unsells me on a game too: in this case, seeing light seed collection. The instant I saw that I knew I wouldn't be purchasing the new POP, or at least not for a penny more than $30.

    Maybe I'll rent it sometime soon, but damn I'm not looking forward to backtracking for those fucking things. I'm done with that kind of padding bullshit.

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  • HenroidHenroid Nobody Nowhere fastRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    In recent times, one of the Mirror's Edge commercials (the one where whats-her-name is looking in a window that's reflecting everything and it gets a single bullet hole before she goes on the move) sold me on the game.

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  • The_ScarabThe_Scarab Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Darlan wrote: »
    I thought that the Sigur Ros Prince of Persia trailer had sold me on that game too, but sometimes game footage unsells me on a game too: in this case, seeing light seed collection. The instant I saw that I knew I wouldn't be purchasing the new POP, or at least not for a penny more than $30.

    Maybe I'll rent it sometime soon, but damn I'm not looking forward to backtracking for those fucking things. I'm done with that kind of padding bullshit.

    I got 800/1001 light seeds on my first run with zero backtracking or special searching. They throw the things at you.

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  • DebaserZbsDebaserZbs Registered User
    edited January 2009
    Airan wrote: »
    Seconding the Mirror's Edge trailer. The first time that theme hit me it felt so bloody perfect, with the camera spinning around Faith then zooming back. :^:

    [edit]I was a big fan of DMC anyway, but after the dismal reviews of DMC2 I was a bit hesitant on DMC3, especially hearing the same director was working on it.

    The trailer removed all fears.

    I also remember the DMC3 trailer. God I played the crap out of this one. Also:

    Digital Devil Saga Part 1

    Doesn't hurt that the game was amazing. Also, the sequel:

    Digital Devil Saga Part 2

    Man those were great games.

  • DualEdgeDualEdge Registered User
    edited January 2009
    Left 4 Dead was the only game I preordered on Steam and then stayed up all night waiting for twice. I was simply looking forward to playing the later demo and buying it when on sale, but the intro movie trailer they released sold me on it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCM9RDkHSEM

  • PeewiPeewi Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    urahonky wrote: »
    The No More Heroes trailer sold me. And I'm glad it did.

    [VIDURL=""]Trailer[/VIDURL]

    Wow, Travis' voice in that trailer is pretty bad. I think I might have prefered it if they had kept that design for Silvia, though.
    CygnusZ wrote: »
    [VIDURL=""]Portal[/VIDURL]

    I had completely forgotten about it, but that trailer instantly made me want to play Portal.

    When I played Half-Life 2: Episode One, there was a [VIDURL=""]trailer for Episode Two [/VIDURL]that made me want it immedietly.

    Also the [VIDURL=""]Team Fortress 2 trailer[/VIDURL], even though I never really played TFC.

    The first time I saw Mirror's Edge, I knew I wanted to play it. I haven't been able to yet, though, because I don't have a computer capable of running it.

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  • FireflashFireflash Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    The first time I saw the first devil may cry gameplay videos I was completely sold on the game. It was truly the most mobile and fluid 3d action game I had ever seen. Onimusha's very grounded combat seemed like a joke then compared to DMC.

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  • ZenitramZenitram Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
  • SuMa.LustreSuMa.Lustre Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    DualEdge wrote: »
    Left 4 Dead was the only game I preordered on Steam and then stayed up all night waiting for twice. I was simply looking forward to playing the later demo and buying it when on sale, but the intro movie trailer they released sold me on it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCM9RDkHSEM

    QFT. I was like, "maybe I should wait until it goes on sale."

    Then I saw that trailer and I just NEEDED to have it.


  • GuekGuek Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Guek wrote: »
    As part of a small community of gaming obsessives, I know that I'm not the only one that religiously scours the internet for trailers and footage to appease my unending gaming desire for more...MORE..MORE. After all, anticipating games is half the fun (and occasionally more enjoyable the the end product itself :P).

    What gaming footage or trailers in your lifetime as a game has sent chills down your spine? What clip made you spooge your proverbial pants through scintillating short lived cinema?

    Personally, I remember first watching the original starcraft intro and having my jaw drop. At that moment, I knew it was a game I MUST play. Unsurprisingly, the same thing has happened with the starcraft 2 reveal.

    /movie snipped/

    GOOD GOD, I want that game. As a long time starcraft diehard, that trailer really pushes all the right buttons. The first thing that crossed my mind when I saw "blizzard" and a futuristic setting was "...it's about fucking time." The pacing, the music, the montage clips, the last line...pitch perfect. "All marines, prepare to drop." Chills.


    So what about you?

    I was the same way about starcraft 2 when I saw the cinematic trailer. I told all my friends about it, and posted it on message boards etc. Then I saw the gameplay footage and lost all interest in the game.

    But more to your question, once I saw gameplay footage of Left4Dead they had my money in their pocket already.

    Oh, I hear you. I have quite a few concerns myself. Personally, I hate that they went 3D. I fear that factor alone will take out a lot of what made the original starcraft so addicting. My biggest worry is that it'll just be warcraft 3 in space (warcraft 3 was alright, but it was no starcraft, thats for sure). People said the same thing about the original starcraft, so maybe they'll be wrong again.

    I really dig blizzard, and I think they really are a talented group of developers. I have a lot of faith in them. Maybe too much :P

  • RenzoRenzo Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I came in here to post the Ace Combat Zero trailer, but it had already been done.

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  • CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    World in Conflict had me sold the second I saw an in-game screen of a nuke.

    Most Blizzard games have fantastic intros that get me totally pumped to buy their product.

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  • Greg USNGreg USN Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Captain K wrote: »
    Seriously, the very first MGS2 teaser was boner-inducing. I couldn't believe I was seeing gameplay footage from a console.

    I must have watched that trailer at least 20 times.

    My friend and I were at E3 that year and caught the public premire on the show floor (it had been shown to the press the previous night). There were at least 2000 people crowded around the booth and down the aisles watching it. Everyone went bat shit crazy when it ended. The showed it ever hour for the rest of the show after that. Shit was so epic.

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Klonoa of the Wind WAHOO!Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Ubisoft's official website used to have this amazing cinematic trailer (with the trailer voiceover guy!), and I watched it like twenty times before I bought Sands of Time:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g4Fej0x7_g

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  • CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I know the game was already sold to most everybody who bought it before it was even announced, but the video that introduced Snake in SSB: Brawl literally made me fall over backwards in my chair.

    Mildly embarrassing.

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  • RainbowDespairRainbowDespair Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Anime Expo 2008. The Atlus panel. Persona 4 trailer (clips from other SMT games + P4 footage + release announcement). Enough said.

  • verpakeyesverpakeyes Registered User
    edited January 2009
    This trailer actually made me buy a 360 too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXrYSEOg3Ro


    This trailer made me happy to be waiting for this game.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw8fSN15YXc


    This trailer made me fall in love with the series all over again.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3zqdM9TL1E

    And those are all just halo 3. Every single trailer for a halo game has been astounding.

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  • ChanceChance Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I absolutely loved the trailer for Assassin's Creed that used Teardrop by Massive Attack. I think it's actually my favorite trailer ever - I love that trailer more than I like the game.

    Recently the 'Alive' remix trailer for Mirror's Edge really got to me - and there's a fucking awesome trailer for White Knight Chronicles on the Hong Kong PSN store... lemmie find the name here... "Shirokishi Promotion Movie" is the name of the vid.

    I've watched that trailer probably twenty goddamn times - and beyond the gorgeous cutscene clips and gigantic creatures, I think it's the music that really gets me going. Those flutes are rockin'.

    Also, ye olde commercials for Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven got me into that whole series. They could release a can of tuna with the Tenchu name on it and I'd buy it and a copy of the strategy guide.

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Klonoa of the Wind WAHOO!Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/34663.html

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  • ChanceChance Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Oh, also that Mad World trailer for Gears 1 totally made me want a 360.

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  • PeewiPeewi Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Crashmo wrote: »
    I know the game was already sold to most everybody who bought it before it was even announced, but the video that introduced Snake in SSB: Brawl literally made me fall over backwards in my chair.

    Mildly embarrassing.

    Having Snake in Brawl was a pretty big announcement, though.

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  • CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Back in the day I was a huge opponent of games that were fully polygonal on the PS1. I always thought they looked horrible, and any semblance of atmosphere would be long gone due to the presence of legomen on the screen. Hence, this made the first Silent Hill seem like a huge joke to me, and I completely ignored it.

    Then I saw this:

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

    And was completely blown away. The music, the artstyle, everything just blended together and I knew I had to own it. I went back and played Silent Hill 1, and now the series is one of my favorites.

    The first Silent Hill 3 trailer also amazed me. It contained an instrumental version of "You're not here" that I'm still sad didn't make the soundtrack.

    Quality ain't that great, but hey

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04ua2nnOGn4

    But I don't think anything has made me go more, er, berserk, than the trailer for the PS2 Berserk game. Unfortunately no one bothered to bring it to the west

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK8v0DN3FWQ

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