Trailer Roundup: Borderlands, The Sims 4, Mighty No. 9, and More

Trailer Roundup: Borderlands, The Sims 4, Mighty No. 9, and More

Due to Memorial Day here in the US, I skipped last week’s Trailer Roundup. I’ve yet to receive any death threats, so I’m fairly sure none of you were exceptionally perturbed by the trailer-sized hole in your Monday. But that tragedy is long past, far behind you in the same realm of that one traumatic thing that happened back in high school. Here we go!

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Well, I mean, it’s more Borderlands. That’s what you wanted, right? Here we have nearly 16 minutes of James Lopez, associate producer from Gearbox Software, and Joel Eschler, producer from 2K Australia, talking over some Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gameplay. They talk through some new characters and vehicles and whatnot, but it looks like it’s shaping up to be exactly what it needs to be: more Borderlands. Comes out later this year.

The Sims 4

Sometimes it still baffles me that The Sims got as big as it did, but it baffles me even more that the franchise has stuck around for so long. The first one came out in 2000 and hit it big, eventually bumping Myst as the best-selling PC game ever. Now, with a nigh endless string of DLC packs, expansions, spinoffs, and the like, we’ve arrived at a new numbered entry into the series with The Sims 4. Get ready to trap Sims in concrete prisons later this year.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

I can’t be sure, but this trailer might contain a reference to The Lego Movie. When Wonder Woman says Batman should stick with black or dark gray, it reminded me of when The Lego Movie‘s Batman said something similar. But talking Lego people still feels a little weird to me. Oh well. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is out this fall.

Sonic Boom

A new Sonic character? I don’t know about this. I mean, I only barely like the current ones. And when did Knuckles start looking so…stretched? And Sonic wears a bandanna now? I’m so confused by what’s going on in that franchise. I remember the comics. Some serious shit went down on those. Both the Sonic Boom TV show and game (which will maintain a separate continuity from the show for some reason) will be out later this year.

Enemy Front

If not for all the shooty parts, this is actually a pretty cool trailer. I’m not saying those bits look bad, but I think we all know what shooting a dude in a video game (especially during World War II) looks like by now. The premise is pretty interesting, playing into the idea that much of what is untold in war journalism is the actual journalism itself, but who knows how it will end up. Enemy Front comes out next month on June 10th.

Quantum Break

Quick question: what is a “top of the line live-action show?” That sounds like some marketing nonsense to me, but Quantum Break does look pretty slick as a game. I also really like the idea of getting two sides of a story, albeit both seem fairly well aligned on how you should feel about who is good and who is bad. I guess we’ll see. Set to release some time in 2015.

Mighty No. 9

I didn’t think I could ever be excited for a Mega Man game, but here we are. Okay, well, let’s back up. It’s not a Mega Man game by name (the law and whatnot prevents that from happening), but Keiji Inafune, creator of Mega Man and now at his own studio called Comcept, is directing this Kickstarter super success and by golly does it look promising. The combo system on the combat seems compelling for moment-to-moment action and the platforming looks appropriately punishing. Mighty No. 9 comes out April 2015.

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