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The best video game trailer ever

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The greatest video game trailer ever

It may sound like hyperbole, but after viewing the recent teaser trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, we challenge you to name a better one.

Here at RedShark, we like what we like and we’re not shy about letting you know about it. Sure, we may be a bit generous with our accolades when featuring a new short, but it’s usually with good reason. And we’d never actively promote a short we didn’t enjoy watching.

However, this marks the first time we’ve covered a video game trailer. It’s not that we have an aversion to video games, far from it. But, while sci-fi shorts and trailers are usually representative of what can be expected of a longer work, a video game trailer, replete with gorgeous cinema-style sequences, may not be representative at all of a title’s basic game play.

Fantastic - wonderfullly imagined

The teaser trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 is no exception. It may actually be a perfect example of the disconnect between marketing and reality, as the game is an RPG. For the uninitiated, these role playing games often utilize multiple menus and displays boxes, and feature gameplay visuals that are anything but ‘cinematic’.

On the other hand, this trailer is...fantastic: wonderfully imagined and rendered, expertly paced, and showcasing facial detail that comes dangerously close to photorealism. It’s a truly amazing two-and-a-half minutes, and we challenge you, the RedShark reader, to name a better, more realized, more captivating video game trailer. Let us know in the comments. Otherwise, we’ll stand by our claim.

 


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  • You are right about the actors, but as they both are very high quality works, it's not so easy to tell which one is better, because each one has something that the other doesn't have (even if I think Take Earth Back is more captivating than this one).
    Anyway it's a pity that there is almost no information out there about the making of these videos.
    We know for example that Take Earth Back was rendered in the unbiased Arnold renderer. Anyone knows which renderer was used for Cyberpunk? Or any other piece of information?

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  • They're cleaned up 3d scans that essentially don't move. I wouldn't say that it's the best game trailer I've ever seen although the concept is cool.

    http://www.behance.net/gallery/Cyberpunk-2077/6573211

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  • ok, it's a nice 3d scene but not a great trailer because it tells me nothing about the story, emotions are a little forced. that matrix fx is soooo used and abused, it don't impress me anymore. Dead Island was the best game trailer i've seen. sorry for the bad english

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  • What about Dead Island? It got national mass media attention when the trailer came out.

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  • This may have better visuals, but it's no way close to the awesomeness of the Dead Island teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZqrG1bdGtg

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  • Definitely an awesome trailer, if a touch on the hard-to-follow side. Then again, Pulp Fiction confused me, the first time I watched it.

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  • I submit that the facial animation in this Diablo trailer is far superior. Particularly impressive considering this is produced in-house at Blizzard, not farmed out to a dedicated VFX studio...
    http://uk.gamespot.com/diablo-iii/videos/diablo-iii-black-soulstone-cinematic-trailer-6341612/

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  • In reply to: Chris

    Yeah, I think the Diablo III trailer wins. It may not show as much skin texture, but considering the lighting, that's to be expected. What it DOES show, is something I never thought I'd see from computer animation: EMOTION! And even more than just emotion, it shows SUBTLE emotion. The character is clearly upset at several points, but at one point, she appears drowsy, and it comes through SO clearly. If I hadn't known that this was a trailer for a video game, I would've sworn the female character was actually filmed using greenscreen techniques!

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  • I have to say I am not impressed in the least, great art work? definitely. Photo realistic? I would have to say no. if you want to talk about incredible CG just look at any work industrial light and magic does. in relation to this I am thinking of the digital makeup used in Terminator Salvation to bring a young version of arnold schwarzenegger as a T-800 into a film shot without one appearance by Arnold on set (or at least if he was on set he never stood in front of the camera wearing the hat of an actor) if I had not known that Arnold was unable to act in the film I never would have guessed that the scene employed extensive CG, it was that convincing. This Cyber Punk trailer on the other hand screams CG, good CG, but CG none the less

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Patrick Jong Taylor

Patrick Jong Taylor is a freelance writer, director, editor, and motion-graphics artist. He lives in Los Angeles, which means, at any given moment, he's probably eating sushi on a surfboard while reciting lines from 'The Big Lebowski'. Or washing his Bentley.

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