There have been a lot of games going through open beta events recently (Aion, Champions Online, Gatheryn, lots of others which I haven’t been following) or releasing trailers to keep fans excited about releases that are yet to be dated (Cataclysm, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Final Fantasy XIV, Guild Wars 2, etc.)
Aside from being bowled over with the excitement of it all, what sort of information do you look for from a trailer, or from playing a beta? Is it mostly to get a feel for what the game is about? What the lore is like? Whether it’s a virtual world you might want to be a part of? How the graphics look? Just enough to decide if you want to buy the box and see more?
Or are you more interested in the gameplay? Do you want to see how the combat plays? How grouping might work?
The Star Wars trailer boasts 20 minutes of developer walkthrough with actual gameplay. They sold the vision with the last trailer, this time they’re showing off how it might look when you play it. (I have to say though, I was momentarily distracted by the Wolfenstein trailer at the beginning. Nice voice work on that but you can’t really go wrong with undead nazis.)
I enjoyed the trailer, I like the sense that they’re willing to sit back and let the game speak for itself. It isn’t as exciting as some of the others but it looks real. I also noticed that none of the characters were female or non-human other than some NPCs. Presumably they haven’t finished those models and animations yet. I also loved, “I’m just going to wave to someone, that’s what you do in multi player games.”
Check it out, especially if you’re interested in some of the thinking that goes on behind the scenes and want to see the Sith Warrior in action. Unlike the WAR trailers, I think showing real in game footage lends the devs some extra credibility.