*Warning* The following trailers contain mature subject matter not suitable for younger viewers. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.
Just in case that warning wasn't enough, if you're married make sure your wife isn't in the same room with you, otherwise you could be sleeping on the couch for the next couple of weeks. If you have a girlfriend it would be best if she weren't with you while checking out these trailers, otherwise you might not getting any late night "snacks" for about a month. And if you're not old enough to close your bedroom door, you probably aren't old enough to be watching these trailers. But for the mature minded youth, you better not let your mom catch you with these trailers, otherwise you might not be viewing any trailers for the next year.
Now that we have the disclaimer done and out of the way, it's time to get down to business. Over the past year there has been a number of trailers released for a number of games. Some of those trailers are good, some of them are bad, and some of them are a little too hot for comfort. So here at Blend Games we thought a select few deserved some attention. So we sifted through more trailers worth counting to bring you the Top 10 Hottest Game Trailers of 2008. And be sure to stay tuned in with Blend Games tomorrow for the Top 10 Coolest Game Trailers of 2008.
No. 10: Conflict Denied Ops Stag Trailer
All right, so this trailer is definitely more hot than it is cool, and not for the reasons involving the game. In fact, the game itself happened to be a complete waste of time and somehow managed to degrade itself from the already sub-par standard set by previous iterations of the Conflict series. Regardless of the actual game, the trailer's theme of team-work and cooperative antics to achieve even the most trivial of goals is something any gamer can appreciate. In this case, the goal happens to be a front-row seat to some very, very big guns.
No. 9: Golden Axe: Beast Rider Launch Trailer
This trailer is almost tied with the number 10 trailer for cheesiness. The difference is that the story looks a little more hammered out and the gameplay looks equally as unappealing. Nevertheless, this game didn't make the hottest trailer list because it was a smoking hot, fun game to play. As you'll see in the trailer, it's made to look like a slightly better Uwe Boll flick, skimpy clothing and all. In a way, this game almost reminds me of Red Sonja with Bridgette Neilson, and it's equally as campy too. Still, the launch trailer is fairly okay and the visuals are appealing in more than one way.
No. 8: Conan, Carnal Gameplay
When your trailer is ranked in a list for the top 10 of the year, and it has nothing to do with the game being good, then you know it's all about the fan-service. THQ's Conan was a pathetic attempt at reviving an icon that most gamers are apathetic about. The only thing it had going for it was the waist-up exposure that the ESRB let slip away with the 'M' rating. And of course, that was probably the only thing propelling this game to sell at all, and the only thing that sufficed it to make it on this list, assuming that is a good thing.
No. 7: This Is Vegas, Life In Vegas Trailer
This trailer prompts the game for having a lot more potential than what it does. Still, the whole wet t-shirt gig and scantily clad women were enough to make some gamers remember this trailer. The whole cage-fighting, shooting, racing thing seems all-right, and at least the trailer makes sure none of it looks too stupid. So while the overall "Life in Vegas Trailer" gets to where it needs to go and offers plenty of fan-service in between, it's sad that any trailer for this game will probably be more memorable than the game itself, and I'm already forgetting the trailer.
No. 6: Saints Row 2 Dev Diaries Teaser
I'm desperately trying to recall a game that let players put a stripper pole in the middle of their living room, and then actually hire a stripper to dance on said pole...in the middle of the living room. Well, if no one can think of another game that let players accomplish such a feat, this is the first. Anyway, aside from the whole customization featurettes that were used to promote this game, THQ felt the need to take things a step farther by hiring pornstar, Tera Patrick, to work as the voice for the dev diaries. I don't think I need to further explain why this trailer made the list, but feel free to check it out for yourself.
No. 5: Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers Japanese Trailer No. 2
Well it was obvious from the title of the game that this was going to make the list, and obviously not for its innovation for virtual interactivity. This game is pretty silly, but will probably sell quite well in Japan. For gamers who thought the Wii couldn't surpass movie-based third-party games, and first-party LP titles, it looks like you've just been proven wrong with this zombie slaying action title, chock full of fan-service. The trailer makes for some unappealing gameplay, but that's not why it made it on the list in the first place. Enjoy.
No. 4: Soul Calibur IV Slideshow Trailer
The Soul Calibur series will probably forever be remembered for its cast of characters more than its fighting mechanics. And this short, sweet and tantalizing slideshow trailer does nothing more than aim for the effect of dropping jaws and begging to be replayed. Technically, this isn't really a trailer so much as it is a collection of screenshots. However, had Namco released a motioned trailer of the characters, gamers wouldn't be able to appreciate the quality and detail of their assets as much.
No. 3: Guitar Hero: World Tour Heidi Klum Commercial
So Activision went out of their way to hire a bunch of different celebrities to promote Guitar Hero: World Tour, having them all to mimic Tom Cruise's underwear dance sequence from Risky Business. Well, guess why this made it on the list? It involves a video game, a super-model and underwear. Unlike Conflict: Denied Ops, this was at least tame enough to get the blood flowing without the sleaze factors. And as such, this trailer easily made the number '3' spot.
No. 2: Metal Gear Solid 4: Laughing Beauty Photoshoot
Well who would have thought MGS4 would have made it on this list? Probably anyone who played MGS4.Metal Gear Solid games have been riddled with fan-service ever since the series re-debuted on the original PlayStation. And since this is the last Metal Gear game featuring Snake Solid, it was obvious that he had to go out with a bang, and a couple of busty beauties at his side. Well, not necessarily at his side, but more-so in position so that the old perv could snap photographs of them...in alluring poses, of course. Need I say more?
No. 1: Bayonetta Direct Feed Gameplay Trailer
I don't think there was any other trailer that was as over-the-top with fan-service and in-your-face gameplay than Bayonetta, the third-person action title by Sega. The original teaser trailer was tamed in comparison, but definitely hinted at this being a mix between Dead or Alive and Devil May Cry. The game is all fan-service in the guise of a hardcore action game. While there's plenty of bullets and brain smatterings, as the trailer suggests, it's centered around the axis of fan-service. Unlike the other trailers on this list, it probably contains the most entertaining elements of gameplay, while still maintaining its fan-boy appeal, hence making it the number one hottest trailer for 2008.