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Mark Newton

When releasing an E3 trailer, there're a few ways you can go. Just slap up a few minutes of carefully scripted gameplay footage, or invest in a more moody and cinematic trailer. More action-orientated games tend to go for the former method and let the game speak for itself, however games with a story to tell are increasingly moving towards the latter - with some actually utilizing live-action trailers and recognizable actors.

What is particularly interesting, is that several of the big franchised games with live-action cinematic remakes in the works have decided to flex their cinematic muscles with their E3 announcement trailers. Although they might not show a whole lot about what the actual game is like, they might actually be a nice indication of what the big screen versions could look like. Here are four such game trailers below:

Rise of the Tomb Raider

The new [Tomb Raider](movie:203307) game, which actually seems to take its title straight from a cliche Hollywood reboot, debuted a nice little dialogue-heavy trailer which reintroduces us to the young Lara Croft. The new film adaptation, currently in development by Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Marti Noxon, will apparently carry the torch from the rebooted game franchise, delivering a less experienced and more vulnerable Lara. The new game trailer certainly delivers a similar vibe and MGM and Square Enix could be attempting to synergize the franchise across the mediums.

Far Cry 4

[Far Cry](movie:1000355) has already been adapted before with a straight to DVD release that no one is allowed to talk about, but now the open-world first-person shooter is also in line to grab a big screen adaptation with Ubisoft Motion Pictures. However, instead of releasing footage of some high-definition gun fight, Ubisoft instead decided to introduce its charming and slightly bizarre villain, King Pagan Min.

Assassin's Creed: Unity

The [Assassin's Creed](movie:437814) franchise is no stranger to cinematic trailers, indeed each installment gets its own. However, the latest announcement trailer certainly raises the cinematic bar by showing a full-blown revolt to the tune of some modern pop music. The Assassin's Creed movie, which will star Michael Fassbender, might be the healthiest game adaptation out there. Perhaps it'll look a bit like this?

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Sony will be hoping the popular [Uncharted](movie:583414) series protagonist, Nathan Drake, could become the new generation's Indiana Jones. The game series from Naughty Dog has always been extremely cinematic, with many players comparing it to playing a movie. This time, Sony seems to have gone for a more emotice angle, showing an aged Nathan Drake coming around mid-mission.

With the PS4, Xbox One and new-generation PCs all boasting incredible graphics, it doesn't take a huge stretch of imagination to conceive what the live-action film remakes of these games will look like. However, one major bone of contention with fans of the game will be how closely the film version adheres to the original games. This was always quite a challenge when games seemed to prioritize action over storytelling. But with a new generation of narrative games reaching maturity, perhaps this new line-up of video game film adaptations can finally break the curse that has hung over the genre for so long?

Which of these video games are you most looking forward to seeing on the big screen?


Which video game adaptation are you most looking forward to?

Source: Variety


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