All Aboard the (Wonderful) Hype Train

6 06 2011

Every time that E3 comes around, I try to make sure that I’m not swept up in the excitement of the whole thing. It is tremendously easy to watch a bunch of trailers – some pre-rendered, some in-game, all heavily scripted – and end the week in a state of bewildered ecstasy regardless of whether you plan on buying the game or not. As a PC gamer, I take in a lot of footage at E3 of games that I will likely never play, so I try not to get giddy about the whole thing. There are plenty of major PC titles on show at the conference, such as Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City and Battlefield 3, but I planned on taking in all the details of such with a discerning, calculating, not entirely objective but nonetheless rational eye.

Then Bioware go and release this incredible trailer, called ‘Return’, for my most-wanted game of the past two-and-a-half years: Star Wars: The Old Republic. It contains zero gameplay footage, zero new information about the game, but it is an almightily fantastic piece of eye candy, so much so that I feel entirely at liberty to flout the English language and use the word ‘almightily’.

So there goes my objectivity, blown away in a flurry of lightsabers, blaster fire and explosions. Nothing will top this trailer, but you know what? Who cares. The truly useful analysis of E3 will come in the days after the show wraps up: for now, let’s just wallow in the exhilaration of it all.

And please: watch the trailer. Here’s the link (again) to the official SW:TOR site, where the video will be of better quality than the Youtube one above. Even if you couldn’t care less about the game, watch it. Even if you couldn’t care less about Star Wars in general, it’ll still be a nice way to spend six minutes. Fanboy out.

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