Video Game News: Gamescom Trailers for STAR TREK: THE GAME, WORLD OF WARCRAFT: MISTS OF PANDARIA and More; Plus Penelope Cruz as Mario

     August 18, 2012

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With Gamescom wrapping up in Germany this weekend, a ton of new content has come out over the past week.   So today we’ve got a new trailer for Until Dawn (which looks like it could easily have been called The Cabin in the Woods), a new cut from The Last of Us featuring a haunting track by Hank Williams, and a look at the new adversaries for Team FortressMarvel fans will be happy to hear that the comic company is getting ready to roll out a new mobile game, while a new trailer for Avengers: Battle for Earth has also dropped.  Oh, and we have a new trailer for Star Trek: The Game, plus a look at the newest expansion from World of Warcraft called “Mists of Pandaria.”  And we’ll wrap it all up with a video of Penelope Cruz dressed as Super Mario.  Yeah.  Hit the jump to get caught up!

Let’s dive right in, shall we?  One of my favorite movies of 2012 so far has been the Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon effort, The Cabin in the Woods.  While the PS3 game Until Dawn appears to have the same basic premise of a bunch of teens vacationing in a secluded cabin only to be attacked by various monstrosities, I’m doubtful that it will take a similar turn to the movie.  That being said, here’s a look at Until Dawn after the game’s synopsis (via STYD):

One night, you and seven other teenagers are on a remote mountain on the anniversary of your friend’s mysterious death. The power’s out, there’s no phone reception and you’re trying to get the hot cheerleader to notice you. What could possibly go wrong?

Now, for a look at survival horror of a different sort, we turn to The Last of Us, a grisly, post-apocalyptic actioner from Naughty Dog for the PS3.  There are no zombies involved this time around; instead, the enemy is a contagious species of fungus that has decimated the human population.  Players will control Joel, a survivalist who will go to any lengths.  He accompanies Ellie, a 14-year-old girl who Joel has promised to escort and keep safe.  The environments in The Last of Us are positively engrossing and the storyline promises to be on the same level.  Head over to the game’s official website for more info and check out this new cut of footage below, overlaid with the somber tones of Hank Williams (via Kotaku):

Let’s switch gears a little bit and talk about Capcom’s upcoming sci-fi assassination game, Remember MeFans of Assassin’s Creed will see a lot of similarities in the gameplay and mission goals.  But it seems to be equal parts Assassin’s Creed, Inception and Total Recall.  You play a female assassin who targets individuals at the behest of a shadowy organization.  Rather than hidden blades or guns of any sort, you use the target’s memories against them, manipulating them in such a way as to cause a desired reaction (say, having them commit suicide).  The idea is fairly novel in the game world and could make for an interesting story, I just worry that the mini-games used to achieve these effects will quickly become tedious.

Check out the trailer, followed by seven minutes of gameplay below (via Kotaku):

For our last trailer on page one of our video game news recap, fans of Team Fortress will be happy to see that a new adversary has joined the field.  (Confession time: I’ve never actually played before and I don’t know why not because it’s freekin’ free!) Team Fortress 2: Mann vs Machine introduces the Gray Horde, a legion of killer robots bent on your destruction.  Your mission? Wipe them out.  Take a look below (via Kotaku):

Gray Mann has built an unstoppable automaton army with a single purpose: to destroy all things Mann Co. Luckily for you, the majority of this robot legion is equipped with basic weaponry that could never level an entire building. Unluckily, they also have access to giant bombs, which they’d drag through hell if it meant dropping one in a Mann Co. bombhole. And it’s up to you to stop them. And it’s up to a small cadre of Special Robots to stop you from stopping the regular robots.

That’ll do it for page one of our recap, kiddos.  But head over to page two for updates on two Marvel games, the brand new Star Trek: The Game trailer, the new World of Warcraft expansion trailer and to see the lovely Ms. Cruz (and did I mention her model sister, Monica?) playing Super Mario Bros.

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How about we open up page two with a couple of Marvel updates?  First up is this teaser from Marvel’s parent site featuring some big green meany getting all worked up about a new game coming to the mobile platform.  It seems like it will tie in to Marvel’s current Facebook game, Avengers Alliance, as alluded to in this briefing from S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury:

Marvel also has a console game coming out with Avengers: Battle for Earth that will be available on both the Wii U and the Xbox 360 Kinect. The motion-controlled interface lets you become one of your favorite characters from the Marvel universe to engage in one-on-one battles. Matt Goldberg and I got to see the game in motion during Comic-Con and it looks like a lot of fun. This one’s going to make you work for it.  Check out the trailer for Avengers: Battle for Earth below (via CBM):

Back in June, we told you that the cast of the upcoming Star Trek sequel would be lending their voices to Star Trek: The Game. The stand-alone co-op features the voices of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho and Anton Yelchin, as you guide James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock in a battle against the Gorn.  Check out the new trailer for Star Trek: The Game (via IGN):

Our last trailer of the day is of epic proportions…if you like kung-fu pandas.  The fourth expansion in the MMORPG World of Warcraft will raise the maximum player level, introduce a new character class and playable race, not to mention all the dungeons and raids you can ask for (until the fifth expansion comes out).  Check out Blizzard’s site for more details and enjoy the gorgeous trailer for Mists of Pandaria below:

Now, finally, what better way to end this extensive recap than to watch Penelope and Monica Cruz play Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo 3DS?  I have no idea what demographic Nintendo was going after with this TV spot, but it sure got my attention.  Check it out below (via Heat Vision):

Until next time!

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