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Bethesda Softworks have released a ridiculously epic cinematic trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online – The Alliances. The level of detail is astonishing and will obviously bear no resemblance to the actual gameplay visuals. Definitely worth five minutes of your time.

 

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Outlast is a new survival horror game now in development by brand new studio Red Barels. Their vision is “to create interactive experiences in which the player goes on an emotional and unforgettable journey”. Sounds great and looking at the trailer they might well deliver on their promise. The environments inside Mount Massive Asylum look really creepy and atmospheric.

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Check out the latest trailer for Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ movie trailer. It’s the story of a game villain who’s sick of playing the bad guy and wonders through a variety of arcade games to become a hero. It looks like a decent game-based offering from Disney, with a plethora of game characters putting in cameo appearances. I’ll definitely be taking the kids to see this one!

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The latest trailer for Halo 4 is a big budget live action short which has been executive produced by David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en) and directed by visual FX guru Tim Miller. ‘Scanned’ is a view into the past life and humanity of the Master Chief induced, in the form of a several flashbacks, by an alien enemy as it violates his mind.

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2K Games have given us a new take on the gameplay trailer with XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It’s an interactive YouTube video that allows viewers to ‘play’ the game by clicking the on-screen boxes to make game choices. It kind of reminds me of the Choose your own adventure books I read as a nipper, except with XCOM you can blow an alien’s brainstem across the street. Nice. Definitely worth a look, especially for the lovely interface in the rain effects.

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Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, released way back in 1997, was a truly beautiful, imaginative and fun game. There is a great ‘Behind The Classics’ article about it over on the Playstation blog. Now though, we have a HD remake to look forward to and, to my great relief, it looks as though they have made a great job of converting all those lovely parallax scrolling environments into HD 3D. Especially considering these are Pre-Alpha visuals. Very tasty!

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Kojima Productions have released a new gameplay trailer for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and it’s every bit as epic, cinematic and self-indulgent as you would expect. It appears Hideo Kojima has been taking lighting tips from JJ Abrams as lens flares adorn the entire 10 minute video. The trailer opens with some impressive weather effects, including falling rain and mist, as well as the realistic clothing movements in the gusts of wind. The moody lighting, lens blurs and bokeh effects all contribute to the cinematic quality. All the more impressive if this really is all achievable on the PS3 using their much vaunted Fox Engine.

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Naughty Dog have released a 15 minute gameplay trailer for the highly anticipated Last Of Us. As you would expect from the creators of the Uncharted series, it look amazing. Beautiful environments, lighting and character animation combine to offer a truly immersive experience. The only downside being that it’s another PS3 exclusive. I really am going to have to get one.

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Here is the trailer for the third episode in Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead series. Based on the beautifully illustrated comic book created by Robert Kirkman, rather than the TV series spin-off, the game has a stylised look reminiscent of Afro Samurai. Take a look at some of the screen shots.

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