While the time-suck fantasy spectacular The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim may have pillaged the Game of the Year award at the 2011 VGAs, the ceremony itself seemed as steadfastly focused on the future of gaming as its most recent past. Sneak peeks at wildly anticipated titles like Mass Effect 3, BioShock Infinite, Diablo III, and a super-quick look at Command & Conquer: Generals 2 all had tongues wagging and thumbs twitching.
Amid all these sequels and threquels and (as my colleague Darren Franich would likely say) spin-off-pre-boot-quels, though, I was most tantalized by the first look at a brand spanking new title: The Last of Us. Developed by Naughty Dog (the folks behind the Uncharted series), it seems like a grandly imagined hybrid of The Walking Dead and I Am Legend, and this trailer grabbed me so effectively that I hold hope that the game will squeeze some new juice out of gaming’s careworn zombie-like-creatures-in-a-dilapidated-wasteland leitmotif.
Though the world already has a healthy share of Transformers and Transformers-esque projects, I also found myself surprisingly goosed by the trailer for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, if only for the quick glimpse of Grimlock. The preview for Rainbow Six: Patriots, on the other hand — which showcased a sleekly dressed paramilitary terrorist organization tossing a Wall Street-type suit out of a window and then blowing him up — struck me as an obnoxious attempt to be topical and edgy, especially since the game won’t arrive until 2013.
Just in case you didn’t happen to tune into the VGAs to check out all these official trailers, opening cinematics, and gameplay previews, you can check them all out below, and then vote for your favorite. Let the holiday gift wish lists for 2012 and 2013 begin!
Mass Effect 3
Command & Conquer: Generals 2
The Last of Us