Top 10 Controversial Video Game Trailers

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Top 10 Controversial Video Game Trailers

Don’t feel bad if you find yourself shaking your head at these trailers because the whole world’s probably doing the same. Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Controversial Video Game Trailers.

For this list, we’ll be examining questionable game trailers that had us chatting away with all our friends, whether they highlight the shocking nature of the game, bring up underlying themes or messages, or were just flat-out awful or weird. If people were talking about it, it’s making this list. While misleading trailers are also a hot topic of conversation, like the No Man’s Sky E3 trailer, we already covered those in our list of the Top 10 Super Misleading Video Game Trailers.

#10: There’s a Soldier in All of Us

“Call of Duty: Black Ops” (2010)
While seemingly just a humorous take on trying to advertise the game, a lot of people brought up deep, underlying concerns they had with this trailer. The trailer depicts celebrities and every day civilians who have no real-world combat skills to be lethal killing machines. Some think the tagline ‘There’s a soldier in all of us’ glamorizes war, and a lot of questions were directed at the developers on whether or not they’ve seen a real battlefield or dealt with the mental issues that follow traumatic events like war.

#9: “Metroid Prime: Federation Force” Reveal Trailer

“Metroid Prime: Federation Force” (2016)

Fans had been begging for a new Metroid game to come out for years, and after a six-year hiatus, their wishes came true… except that it was a spin off title that looked nothing like prior Metroid games. The outrage following the reveal was expected, and there was even a petition for the game to be canceled that had a staggering amount of signatures within the first twenty-four hours. It looks like Nintendo did listen to fan feedback though, as a year after that game came out, it was announced that Samus fans would be getting not one but two Metroid games in the near future.

#8: “DmC: Devil May Cry” Reveal Trailer

“DmC: Devil May Cry” (2013)
Devil May Cry has been around for a long time and has garnered millions of fans worldwide. Not only did gamers love the fluid and dynamic sword and gunplay, but they also liked the badass, white haired Dante and his cool attitude. That version of Dante is present in the first four games, and when a new DMC was announced with a re-imagined Dante, gamers expressed their distaste for the new iteration of the character. People hate change, especially if they see no clear reason to change what they love.

#7: “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” TV commercial

“The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” (1998)
There’s no denying that marketing techniques and advertisements had different standards and practices way back in the 90s. If we look back now, most of them are cringe-worthy and poorly executed by today’s standards. The Ocarina of Time TV commercial was just plain sexist, with a tagline that implies girls play games badly, or don’t play at all, so an altering of the commercial was warranted. The revised ad changed its implication but still got the intended message across. There’s no way marketing agencies would ever try that again.

#6: Crossroads Debut Gameplay Trailer

“Tomb Raider” (2013)
The Tomb Raider reboot was a departure from the series in many ways, with the new series focusing on the protagonist Lara Croft before she became the Tomb Raider. The debut trailer also shows a much darker and dramatic tale centered on survival, and people weren’t too happy seeing such a huge change in tone. While we see Lara impaled, attacked by a wolf, and covered in blood. It was the scene that showed an attempted rape that drew widespread criticism, so much so that said scene was toned down for the final release.

#5: Your Mom Hates This

“Dead Space 2” (2011)
Sure, it’s new and kind of funny, but it’s hard to imagine this marketing campaign working effectively. Some argued that the ads were directed at people who needed their parents to purchase the game for them; it’s doubtful many adult gamers think much about what their mother thinks about the games they play. Others argued the whole thing was just a funny joke. But some gamers who are parents themselves today detested the campaign as trying to reinforce old cultural stereotypes that don't reflect society today. Gamers have grown up, but someone at EA didn't get that memo.

#4: “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” Reveal

“Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” (2016)
While sci-fi movies and shows are all the rage at the moment, the gaming market is oversaturated by the genre, and when you take the ‘boots on the ground’ origin of Call of Duty and launch it into space, there’s bound to be some backlash. Players and critics praised the realism and grit of earlier entries, and there’s been a steady build-up to what would eventually become Infinite Warfare. Despite concerns from gamers in the direction Call of Duty was heading, Infinite Warfare went as sci-fi as the developers could take it, and that was the final straw for a lot of fans. Let’s hope Call of Duty: WWII brings them back to their roots.

#3: The “Mighty No. 9” Trailer

“Mighty No. 9” (2016)
Please, make him stop. We don’t have to tell you what makes this trailer controversial. Watch it, listen to it, and you’ll understand. Mighty No. 9 is the product of a former Capcom producer, and money from fans worldwide totaling nearly four million dollars. Yep, all that, and this is the result. While trying to capitalize on the success of Mega Man, Mighty No. 9 was marketed as a spiritual successor, and it fails on almost every level. With quotes that are condescending towards the audience that it’s targeting, it’s no wonder the trailer has over forty thousand dislikes and counting.

#2: Attack of the Saints

“Hitman: Absolution” (2012)
Okay, so we have Agent 47 murdering a group of women… in lingerie… that appear to be nuns. How could the developers not know this trailer was going to be a hot button topic of internet discussion? While the nuns are killers themselves, and the player is acting out of self-defense, it is a unique image. It’s hard to imagine how latex-clad nuns would make a good disguise, but hey, all in the name of video games, right? Stabbing, shooting, and strangling women dressed as nuns is like any other day for this hitman.

#1: “Hatred” Gameplay Trailer

“Hatred” (2015)
Games like Grand Theft Auto get a lot of unnecessary hate, due to the fact you can go on a civilian killing spree. Granted, you can do that, but that isn’t the aim of the game. Hatred, on the other hand, rewards that exact behavior, and the trailer highlights the sadistic psychopath that you take control of in your rampage. Watching a man prepare for a mass murder spree while spouting how he detests humanity is unnerving. The added highlights of torture and executions don’t do it any favors, either.

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