I’m sick and tired of trailers for games including almost all their footage from cut scenes. Actually, the new trend is to have an awesome looking into movie and then cut it up for the trailer (cough Paradox). You would think having the internet and the ability to look at actual gameplay footage would stop this. But apparently not. Look, if your just going to show the intro movie, then say it’s an intro movie. Or say it’s from a cut scene. This isn’t 1997 anymore, we aren’t going to be amazed by videos ala Final Fantasy 7. It now has to be in the gameplay.
Here’s one of those examples, Battlestations: Pacific
Now I could be wrong, but it looks like nearly all of that is from cut scenes/intro movie. Meanwhile here’s a real gameplay video:
While some parts are close, there’s still a marked difference between the two. It’s quite some difference. But really, why not just show the real game play? Why do you have to try so hard to sell the game via a video? When you lie like this, it’s going to get out quickly that the game doesn’t match the trailer at all. In the end you only hurt yourself and your reputation.
Sometimes people wonder why bootlegging games are so popular? It’s because some people want to test the games before they put down some hard earned money. If your expecting a game that looks something like the trailer or teaser, and you get something that’s crap, you shouldn’t be shit out of luck when it comes to your money. Especially today, the last thing you want to do is spend 60 bucks for a game and find out it looks nothing like you expected.
Of course part of the problem are game “journalists” who are too close with the PR people at these companies. They write good reviews just so they can get review copies before anyone else. I’m sure a lot of these reviews would look different if the writer had to put down their own money to review the game. Someone really needs to investigate how close the Video Game PR agencies are to some of these reviewers. Unfortunately people have bigger fish to fry then worrying about some board game “journalists”. Ethics will always get the short end of the stick when it comes to situations like this. It’s sad but true.