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Bandai Namco Entertainment released a new promotional trailer for Dark Souls 3, just in time to compete with Sony's release of the new Uncharted 4 trailer. The big difference between the two is that one is all about action and adventure and the other is all about dying, melancholy, darkness and throwing your controller at the screen.
The trailer was posted up over on the official Bandai Namco YouTube channel, and it clocks in at around two and a half minutes and features a very brooding and dark cover of Cyndi Lauper's 1986 tune “True Colors”.
The somber music accompanying the death and despair featured throughout the trailer garnered mixed reactions from some gamers. A few felt as if the music didn't match at all. Others thought that the vocals weren't quite aligned with the melody of the music. There were some who just felt as if the whole trailer itself did a poor job of representing Dark Souls 3. And as much as I hate to say it... the last group is actually kind of right.
The problem isn't just the music but the way the trailer is cut together. Dark Souls 3 has great atmosphere, an awesome new overhauled combat system, improved visuals and some of the most outrageous bosses featured in a game to date. However, we don't really get a sense of some of the game's most promising upgrades and features.
The cuts are a little too quick and the action seems to center mostly around basic hacking and slashing, rather than on the fact that it's hard to get out of the way sometimes and that some of the bosses have attacks that make it difficult to predict where they're going to strike or how. The parrying and counters are also strangely absent. On the plus side the trailer for Dark Souls 3 does put a lot of focus on the game's typical theme of dying over, and over, and over again. Most gamers in the comment section agreed that it was something they were likely going to suffer from when playing the title.
With all that said, the first half of the trailer is definitely the better half. The second half seems to want to show the player retaliating but does so in the most unconvincing fashion imaginable. The main problem is that they stick mainly with just showing the sword and board action, and completely forgo the game's more exotic and unique weaponry and combat system. It would have been nice to see more broadsword action, or the spears or the dual swords in action. They should have taken an opportunity to juxtapose all the different ways to die in Dark Souls 3 with many of the different weapons that can be used to stave off death. In this regard, the failure of the trailer has more to do with the marketing department and how they cut it together rather than the game or the music itself.
I still wonder how well Dark Souls 3 will fare sales wise going up against Uncharted 4 in April? While they don't have the same release dates they still launch relatively close together at the middle of the month and at the end of the month.
You can look for Dark Souls 3 to launch on April 12th for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.