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Computer-generated imagery (CGI) is the application of computer graphics to create or contribute to images in art, printed media, video games, films, television programs, commercials, and simulators. The visual scenes may be dynamic or static, and may be two-dimensional (2D), though the term "CGI" is most commonly used to refer to 3D computer graphics used for creating scenes or special effects in films and television. The evolution of CGI led to the emergence of virtual cinematography in the 1990s where runs of the simulated camera are not constricted by the laws of physics.
Here you will be looking at the best cinematic game trailers with some of the most impressive CGI ever created since 2006. So get strapped onto your seats while we bring you on a journey to the world of cinematic game trailers!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Assassin's Creed Unity - Official Trailer

Developer & Publisher: Ubisoft

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On March 19, 2014, images leaked for the next game, titled or code-named Unity, showing a new assassin in Paris. The screenshots show new "parkour up" and "parkour down" buttons, a new navigation mechanic as noted by Kotaku. Kotaku also stated that Unity would release in late 2014 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and would be set during the French Revolution and feature an assassin named Arno. On March 21, Ubisoft confirmed the game's existence, having been in development for more than three years, by releasing pre-alpha game footage. They also confirmed the game's release date of Q4 2014, and that it would release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Titanfall: Life is Better With a Titan Commercial

Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Publisher: Electronic Arts

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Titanfall is a first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts as an exclusive for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game was officially announced as Respawn's debut game at Microsoft's E3 2013 press conference, and was released on March 11, 2014.

In Titanfall, players fight on a war-torn planet in six-on-six online multiplayer-only matches as mech-style Titans and their pilots. The game's action is fast-paced: as pilots, players can run along walls and link jumps together parkour-style, as well as cloak; as Titans, players are equipped with more destructive armaments and special protective shields. Several gameplay elements were designed to increase the game's accessibility to less experienced shooter players, such as a locking pistol, the supplementing of each team with weak AI bots for easier kills, and temporary power-ups. The game uses Microsoft's cloud computing services to offload non-player activity to servers and optimize the home computer for graphical performance.

The game won over 60 awards at its E3 2013 reveal, including a record-breaking six E3 Critics Awards, and Best of Show from several media outlets. It also won official awards at Gamescom and the Tokyo Game Show. Many reviewers predicted Titanfall to be the next step for the first-person shooter genre, and IGN's Ryan McCaffrey declared the game "Microsoft's killer app". Upon release, the game received positive reviews from critics, many of whom praised the game for its balanced game design.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

inFAMOUS Second Son - Official Live Action Trailer

Developer: SuckerPunch Productions
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

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Infamous: Second Son (stylized as inFAMOUS: Second Son) is an upcoming open world action-adventure video game, developed by Sucker Punch Productions and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 4 video game console. The third main entry in the Infamous series, which had previously been developed for the PlayStation 3, will be released on March 21, 2014.

Infamous is set in a open world setting, where the player can do as they please. Parkour is a major element and players can destroy the environment to their use. The player starts with the smoke element and obtains other powers by defeating other conduits. Instead of locking aim with L1, players can shoot at any time. Delsin can go through air vents and as the player expands their powers, they can execute bigger moves to create more damage to enemies and the environment.

Second Son is set seven years after the good ending of Infamous 2, in which Cole MacGrath activated the Ray Field Inhibitor (RFI) to destroy a Conduit (superhumans named for their ability to "channel" powers) named John White, also known as the Beast and cure the Plague. The explosion that resulted was originally thought to have killed all Conduits across the globe; however, those outside of the blast radius or with a natural resistance have survived. Fearing the Conduits' abilities after the destruction of Empire City, the US eastern seaboard and the worldwide economy, the Department of Unified Protection (DUP) is formed. Now, major cities across the United States are heavily monitored for Conduit activity, whom the DUP have labeled collectively as "bio-terrorists".

The game is set in Seattle, Washington, now under DUP jurisdiction. Players control Delsin Rowe, a 24 year-old slacker graffiti artist, who wants to help the community by protesting against the government, which he hates. Because his brother, Reggie, is a police officer, Delsin does not have a good connection with him, seeing as his brother has arrested him numerous times. After unknowingly helping a conduit out of the wreckage of a DUP truck, Delsin is attacked. He wakes up with 'powers' including the ability to use a smoke dash and later finds out he can use these powers offensively. Reggie wants to help Delsin find a cure for him being a conduit and helps him to fight back against the government. Delsin then finds out that he can absorb other conduit's powers for his own use. These powers include smoke, neon, and video. The developers have said these powers are "the tip of the iceberg".

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Friday, January 31, 2014

The Elder Scrolls Online 'The Alliances' and 'The Arrival' Trailer

Developer: ZeniMax Online Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softwords

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The Elder Scrolls Online is an upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing video game developed by ZeniMax Online Studios, to be released on April 4, 2014. It is a part of The Elder Scrolls video game franchise, of which it is the first open-ended multiplayer installment. It was announced on May 3, 2012, in an exclusive reveal by Game Informer and formally revealed in the same month's issue of the magazine.

In this game there will be four classes, these include: Dragon Knight, Templar, Sorcerer and Nightblade.

As in previous The Elder Scrolls titles, the gameplay will be mostly nonlinear with a mixture of quests, random events, and encouragement for players to simply explore the world. The game has no offline mode, although the developers have stated that there will be "plenty of content" designed to accommodate players who prefer to play solo.

As with other games in The Elder Scrolls franchise, the game will be set in the continent of Tamriel and feature a storyline indirectly connected with the other games. The game will be set a millennium before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and around 800 years before The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, with the Daedric Prince Molag Bal appearing as the main antagonist as he attempts to pull all of Tamriel to his realm of Coldharbour.

Most of the continent of Tamriel will be playable in the game (although much of it will be locked off for expansion content), and players will have the opportunity to join any of the three factions warring over the throne of the Emperor of Tamriel: The Aldmeri Dominion (represented by an eagle), composed of Altmer (High elf), Bosmer (Wood elf), and Khajiit; the Daggerfall Covenant (represented by a lion), composed of Bretons, Redguards, and Orsimer (Orcs); and the Ebonheart Pact (represented by a dragon), composed of Nords, Dunmer (Dark elf) and Argonians.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Killing Monsters Cinematic Trailer

Developer: CD Projekt RED
Publisher: North America (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), Europe (Namco Bandai Games)

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Polish: Wiedźmin 3: Dziki Gon) is an upcoming action role-playing hack and slash video game set in an open world environment, that is currently in development by CD Projekt RED and is set to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 2015. The game will be the third in the series, preceded by The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, which are loosely based on the series of fantasy novels of the same title by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

The gameplay is wildly similar to that of the previous installment. The player is able to explore a vast open world, stated by the developers as 20% bigger than that of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which has a massive open world, and each action the player does will affect the world, and the open world will also be 30 times bigger than the previous game in the the series, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Every quest has a plethora of options on how to complete it, and every outcome is different each time. Combat, like the second game, revolves around a hack and slash system combined with the use of magic, and a recent trailer displayed that dismemberment is present in the game. It has a total of 100 hours of gameplay time, 50 of them belonging to side quests, and 50 belonging to the main story line. The game also features a dynamic day and night system, very realistic AI, responsive and dynamic environments, and much more.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

E3 2013: The Order 1886 Debut Trailer

Developers: SCE Santa Monica Studio, Ready At Dawn Studios
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

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The Order: 1886 is an upcoming action-adventure video game developed by Ready at Dawn and SCE Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment which will be released exclusively for the PlayStation 4. The Order: 1886 was announced at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo event.

The Order: 1886 is set in an alternate history London, where an old order of knights keep all of the world safe from half bred monsters, who are a combination of animal and man. In the game's history, around the seventh or eighth centuries a small number of humans took on bestial traits. The majority of humans feared these half breeds and war broke out. Despite the humans outnumbering the half breeds, their animal strength gave them the upper hand in centuries of conflict.

Centuries later, humanity finds new hope in King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. King Arthur and his like-minded knights take the fight to the half breeds, but Arthur soon realizes it's a losing battle. Through a mysterious turn of fate The Knights discover Black Water, a mystical liquid that significantly extends their lifetimes and gives them remarkable healing abilities. Despite this new advantage the half breeds continue to win battle after battle, until the industrial Revolution turns the tide. Inventors are far ahead of their time, inventing technologies such as thermal imaging, Zeppelins, and wireless communications. New weapons belch electricity, ignite clouds of molten metal on top of enemies, and fulfill dual functions as Fragmentation grenades and proximity mines.

By 1886, the war still goes on, but the humans almost have martial law. A new threat emerges in the form of the lower classes rebelling against the rich and the social order, with the Knights supporting the well-to-do upper classes and nobles. The game features four main protagonists from the same squad, who each has a given name, and the adopted name of one of the original Knights. The oldest is Sebastian Mallory, the second to bear the name of Sir Percival, and the descendant of Thomas Mallory, who in the 1400s wrote Le Morte d'Arthur, the definitive Arthurian Text. A close friend of Grayson, he is one of the best Knights in the history of the order.

Grayson is the third to bear the title of Sir Galahad, and has battled the order's enemies for centuries. He views Mallory as a mentor, Lafayette as a friend, and Isabeau as a potential love interest. Other than that, little is known about him so far. Isabeau D'Argyll is one of the younger Knights in the order, but is much older than her appearance of being in her late twenties. The latest Lady Igraine, Isabeau was Grayson's apprentice and if not for her commitment to the order, his lover. Marquis de Lafayette was a French military officer who fought in the French and American Revolutions. His tactical expertise brought him to the order's attention, and Mallory approached him and convinced him to join the order. Although the group's youngest, his globetrotting has given him a whimsical outlook on life that grounds the squad. As an apprentice, he does not yet bear the name of a Knight.

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