Top CGI video game cinematics & trailers

 

Well, this is a huge and complex subject. The video game industry has been marveling us for the last years with incredible computer-generated imagery, executed with a flawless sense of cinematic directing, storytelling, music composition & performances. It is really hard for me to dare classify these astonishing productions, there are too many aspects to look at, and not only at the technical and emotional level. I’ll just try to base the following selection on CGI technical aspects, web popularity, overall cinematic experience and production. I think the important thing here is to mention all the great companies out there responsible for these amazing films and just have fun discovering or reliving these cinematic trailers.

 

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

 

Publisher: Square Enix

Developer: Eidos-Montreal

Year: 2010

CGI created by: Square Enix’s Visual Works (japan)

Direction, Sound Design & Mix, Pre & Post-production: Goldtooth Creative (Canada)

Director: Kody Sabourini

Deus Ex official website

 

Mass Effect 3

 

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: Bioware

Year: 2012

CGI created by: Digic Pictures (Budapest)

Director: Casey Hudson

If you want to know more about technical details, I recommend this case study article on FXGuide.

Mass Effect official website

 

Dead Island

 

Publisher: Deep Silver

Developer: Techland

Year: 2011

CGI: Axis

Director: Stuart Aitken

Dead Island official website

 

Prey 2

 

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Developer: Human Head Studios

Year (trailer release): 2011

CGI created by: Blur

Prey 2 official website

 

Tomb Raider

 

Publisher: Square Enix

Developer: Eidos-Montreal & Crystal Dynamics

Year: 2012

CGI created by: Square Enix’s Visual Works (japan)

Directors: Noah Hughes & Cory Barlog

Tomb Raider official website

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic

 

Publisher: Electronic Arts & LucasArts

Developer: Bioware

Year: 2009

CGI created by: Blur

Director: Dave Wilson

Star Wars: The Old Republic official website

Have to make reference to other great CGI cinematic trailers for the Star Wars video game series:

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Cinematic Trailer

Star Wars: The Old Republic Cinematic Trailer

 

World of Warcraft: Wrath Of The Lich King

 

Publishers & Developers: Blizzard Entertainment

Year: 2008

Director: Jeff Chamberlain

Lead designers: Rob Pardo, Jeff Kaplan, Tom Chilton

World of Warcraft official website

 

StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm

 

Publishers & Developers: Blizzard Entertainment

Year: 2013

Director: Dustin Browder

StarCraft 2 official website

 

Assassin’s Creed Revelations

 

Publisher: Ubisoft

Developers: Ubisoft Montreal

year: 2011

Director: Alexandre Amancio

CGI created by: Digic Pictures (Budapest)

Also, here’s the Assassin’s Creed III cinematic trailer:

 

Year: 2012

Director: Alex Hutchinson

Assassin’s Creed official website

 

Other honorable mentions

 

 

 

 

Prototype
Batman Arkham City
Bioshock Infinite
DC Universe Online
Dark Souls II
The Secret World
Hitman Absolution
Crysis 2
Dishonored
Dawn of War 2
Guardians of Middle-earth
Injustice
Halo 4

 

I know there are many more I could add to this list. Feel free to mention some more πŸ™‚

Hope you had fun! It has been quite a ride.

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