5 of the Best Video Game Trailers You Can See Before E3 2015

The Electronic Entertainment Expo — better known as E3 — is the biggest yearly event in the video game industry. This year’s event officially runs from June 16 – 18, but the major press conferences begin on June 14, so you can expect a full week of video game buzz. Every major game maker will be there, unveiling or showing off their upcoming games.

Because of the sheer amount of spectacle and the volume of news flooding out of the event, it’s difficult for any game to get much time to shine during the week of E3. That’s why many publishers start “pre-announcing” games and putting out trailers in the week leading up to the event. Here’s a look at the best trailers to come out ahead of the hype.

1. Fallout 4

Release date: Unannounced
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Fallout 4 is sure to be one of the biggest games at this year’s E3, and will almost certainly headline Bethesda’s press conference on June 14. A full sequel to 2008’s Fallout 3, this game brings players back to the post-apocalyptic wasteland, this time setting the action in Boston.

Based on what little we can gather from the trailer, there appears to be much more of a focus on the pre-apocalyptic world than in previous games in the series. The trailer shows people heading into the underground vaults that will save their lives when the nukes destroy the country. It also puts an emphasis on the dog companion, who will almost certainly play a role in the finished game. We hope to get a release date at E3, plus we’d like to see lots of actual gameplay to get a better sense of what the finished product will be like.

2. Star Wars: Battlefront

Release Date: November 17, 2015
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC

With the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens sure to take the world by storm in December, this holiday season is going to be abuzz with all things Star Wars. Adding to the madness is Star Wars: Battlefront, a shooter that drops you into many of the famous battles from the original trilogy.

If the trailer is anything to go by, the game will have jetpacks, blast shields, rocket launchers, speeder bikes, dog fights, air strikes, and playable Star Wars legends like Darth Vader and Boba Fett. That’s a lot to pack into a game, so we’re hoping the finished product lives up to our expectations.

3. Adr1ft

Release Date: September 2015
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Now that’s a thrilling trailer. Set to the beautiful but somewhat unsettling sounds of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” this trailer gives a first-person view of an astronaut who appears to be doing a standard space walk.

Then a piece of damaged equipment floats by and it becomes clear that something isn’t right. The astronaut, it turns out, is floating alone through space, being pelted by pieces of debris from a destroyed spacecraft. It’s just like the movie Gravity, but even more intense because you play the main character. The game will come out on consoles, but will also work on the Oculus Rift when that launches in 2016.

4. Ratchet and Clank

Release Date: Spring 2016
Platform: PS4

As the title of the trailer suggests (“The Game, Based on the Movie, Based on the Game”), this PS4 title has a somewhat complicated history. The original Ratchet and Clank landed on PlayStation 2 in 2002. A Ratchet and Clank animated movie, based on that game, is set to launch this year (watch the trailer here).

This upcoming Ratchet and Clank game is basically a reimagined version of the original, with lots of ideas from the movie sprinkled in. Most of the level designs have been significantly altered, and Ratchet comes packing a very different load out of crazy weapons. To see what else is new, we’ll have to wait for E3.

5. Hellblade

Release Date: 2016
Platforms: PS4, PC

You probably wouldn’t expect a game called “Hellblade” to offer much in the way of introspection, but that’s exactly what the developers are going for here. Developed by Ninja Theory, the makers of excellent games like Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and DmC: Devil May Cry, Hellblade is a game about mental illness.

The hero is Senua, a Celtic warrior who essentially has PTSD brought on by a violent Viking invasion that she survived. That leads to anxiety, depression, and hallucinations, all of which you actually play through in the game from Senua’s perspective. For more information, watch this developer diary video.

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