MGS wormholes, becoming Batman & Resident Evil NOPE – the trailers of Gamescom 2016

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Gamescom 2016 is well underway, and we all know what that means: TRAILERS. Yes, much like June’s E3, the arrival of Gamescom means the internet doth overfloweth with more video game trailers than you can poke a sceptical stick at.

I for one love me a good trailer, despite being fully aware that they’re often not representative of the final product and designed to generate hype. But often they provide a glimpse at a cool experience, a new concept, or just something to down right laugh at; so regardless of what the games turn out to be, I think we can all agree that trailers are fun.

So, without further ado, here are some the trailers gracing the internet in this week of Gamescom that have caught my attention:

Metal Gear Survive

Yes, Konami has dared to show its face after a year of the shitting the bed and unveil the first post-Kojima Metal Gear game they have in the pipeline. Set directly after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the prequel chapter to my 2015 Game of the Year The Phantom PainMetal Gear Survive sees survivors of the Mother Base attack sucked into a wormhole and transported to an alternate universe where Metal Gear games are co-op zombie survival shooters.

I have to hand it to them, Konami have found a way to make the Metal Gear universe weirder than even an avid fan like myself might be willing to tolerate. The series has always had some pretty out there sci-fi, but alternate dimensions? Somehow I doubt they’ll be able to tackle this concept with the grace and complexity of the amazing Bioshock Infinite.

Having said that though, while the story turn into a complete shit show, the gameplay of MGSV was its greatest strength, and a co-op tactical game using the same mechanics does sound awesome to me. Perhaps Survive will prove similar, a terrible premise with solid gameplay. We’ll have to wait until 2017 to find out.

Mafia III

I don’t know if Mafia III is going to be good as an actual game, having never played the previous two, but I’m sure as hell giving this trailer the best soundtrack award. I’m still tapping my toes just thinking about it…

As I say, I don’t have much experience with the franchise, but trailers like this and the details of the initial reveal earlier this year seem to have a strong focus on the narrative so hopefully we have another great open world crime drama on our hands. Gameplay previews talking about enacting the protagonist’s desire for revenge through not just violence but criminal economic turmoil also sounds intriguing, so hopefully it all feels as unique as it sounds come October 7.

Batman: Arkham VR

While it seems likely a majority of VR games are going to be mere tech demo experiences for at least the first year, at least this particular one involves BATMAN!

The footage is mainly of people’s reactions to trying the game back at E3, but what actual gameplay is glimpsed in the trailer looks mighty cool. And hearing that it all builds to you looking in the mirror and seeing yourself as Batman sure makes my Bat Sense tingle (that’s the expression, right?).

Resident Evil VII – Lantern trailer

Resident Evil VII sure is looking different from the previous entries in the series, huh? I love the original PS1 games, but I must say the switch from the average third person shooters the recent entries in the franchise have been to a first person horror experience is certainly a welcome change.

And it seems while the playable demo released in June, which I braved for the sake of your entertainment, was emulating the fantastically terrifying P.T., this “Lantern” trailer is definitely channelling popular indie horror hit Outlast. As someone who gets very anxious when defenceless and hiding from a creepy stalker, all I can say is I’m keen for all the NOPE come January.

That’s all for now, but rest assured there’ll be more trailers to catch our fancy and we’ll be sure to bring them to you right here on LoadScreen.

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