Top 5: The Best Trailers of 2011

Video game trailers usually make emphasis on the spectacle, a visually striking performance or technical prowess. Here’s a Top 5 that focuses on those trailers which effectively accomplish this, that doesn’t mean that the games included in the list eventually went on to become the best of the year. These are some of the best trailers because they looked great, they were funny or simply because they were just engaging to watch. Unfortunately, many were omitted so remind me of all the awesome trailers that should have been included in the comment section.


5) Portal 2

If you don’t like humans… well, get a robot. This really short trailer definitely captures the humor of the Portal series. That’s the only thing I have to say about it, so if you haven’t watch it yet here’s your opportunity to do so.


4) Grand Theft Auto V

Before this trailer was actually released there were a staggering number of rumors about what the game was going to be. Where will GTA V take place? London, Tokyo, Los Angeles? Who will be the main protagonist? These were some of the most important questions everyone was making and fortunately, the trailer answers some of them. The game will be set in the fictional city of Los Santos, based on Los Angeles and other cities from California, a place that was previously featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


3) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim went on to become one of the best games of 2011 and its trailer is simply superb. The trailer provided information about the basic mechanics, engine, enemies, environments, quests and story. And there are dragons in it. You can never go wrong with dragons.


2) Tomb Raider

The upcoming Tomb Raider is the ninth game in the franchise and will represent a reboot for the popular action-adventure series. The trailer has a predominantly dark atmosphere that’s quite unique for Tomb Raider. It seems like Crystal Dynamics wants to do something different with the franchise and if the trailer is any indication of what the game is going to be, I believe they are heading in the right direction.


1) Dead Island

For the past few years, the popular media has been enamored with zombies and there have been dozens of new properties featuring them. There have been myriad games (the Resident Evil and Left 4 Dead series,) books (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,) comics (Marvel Zombies,) films (Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead and some remakes,) TV series (The Walking Dead, Dead Set,) featuring undead creatures. Nevertheless, most people seem to be tired of the inclusion of the fictional creatures in every single new property, so it’s simply surprising that Techland (a Polish developer) was able to do something so professional and refreshingly unique.

In conclusion, the somber tone and high levels of emotional poignancy simply make this trailer one of the best of 2011.