History NeverTrustATrailer / VideoGames

24th Aug '16 4:05:33 PM Pinokio
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* ''Forsaken'', a 3D space shooter, was heavily marketed as a post-apocalyptic tale about [[LadyNotAppearingInThisGame some girl and her tattoed face]].


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* ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' Space World tech demo was very different from the actual game, included a shiny knight enemy and a different combat system, and had convinced many this was footage of the actual game.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' ads had footage of the GBC games coupled with amazing prerendered footage.


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* ''Sword of Chaos'' has an ad featuring the prerendered intro cutscene. Another ad shows gameplay of the intro level, which isn't indicative of the primary gameplay.
14th Aug '16 2:27:53 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Trailers for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' implied you would be defending Earth, when in fact you spent all of two missions on Earth, and the rest on another Halo ring. And nobody was prepared for the Arbiter's introduction. The BrokenBase had mixed opinions about this. Either Bungie was great for doing something different and having a generic defend the Earth storyline, or they felt incredibly betrayed by the "lies" Bungie gave. You can't even trust the back of the box, in terms of the collector's edition, which also gears you up to save Earth from an alien invasion.

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** Trailers for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' implied you would be defending Earth, when in fact you spent all of two missions on Earth, and the rest on another Halo ring. And nobody was prepared for the Arbiter's introduction. The BrokenBase had mixed opinions about this. Either Bungie was great for doing something different and than having a generic defend "defend the Earth Earth" storyline, or they felt incredibly betrayed by the "lies" Bungie gave. You can't even trust the back of the box, in terms of the collector's edition, which also gears you up to save Earth from an alien invasion.



** ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' effectively lied totally about the main conflict of the game. The trailers indicated that John had gone rogue from the UNSC and that the people considered him a traitor to humanity. It also played up a battle between John and Spartan Locke, who had been charged with tracking John down, explicitly having two trailers of John about to kill Locke (or vice versa), with Locke's trailer outright stating that John had betrayed humanity and that he had caused mass destruction to a colony. The announcement trailer featured John walking in a desert in a cloak before a guardian emerged from the sand. Most of the pre-release novels implied that ONI had become more authoritarian and that the series was headed into GreyAndGreyMorality. [[spoiler: John "going rogue" boiled down to everybody holding the ConflictBall and him going AWOL for a short while, at which point Locke and his team tried to hunt him down. Locke and Chief fought once in the whole game; a fistfight that ended up having no impact on the plot whatsoever. After that, they become allies. Nothing even closely resembling the latter trailers occurred, and not once did a single character believe that John was a "traitor to humanity". ONI ended up having a minor role at best, despite being the main antagonists of the accompanying ARG.]]

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** ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' effectively lied totally about the main conflict of the game. The trailers indicated that John had gone rogue from the UNSC and that the people considered him a traitor to humanity. It also played up a battle between John and Spartan Locke, who had been charged with tracking John down, explicitly having two trailers of John about to kill Locke (or vice versa), with Locke's trailer outright stating that John had betrayed humanity and that he had caused mass destruction to a colony. The announcement trailer featured John walking in a desert in a cloak before a guardian emerged from the sand. Most of the pre-release novels implied showed that ONI had become more authoritarian and that the series was headed into GreyAndGreyMorality. [[spoiler: John "going rogue" boiled down to everybody holding the ConflictBall and him going AWOL for a short while, at which point Locke and his team tried to hunt simply track him down. Locke and Chief fought once in the whole game; a fistfight that ended up having no impact on the plot whatsoever. After that, they become allies. Nothing even closely resembling the latter trailers occurred, and not once did a single character believe that John was a "traitor to humanity". ONI ended up having a minor role at best, despite being the main antagonists of the accompanying ARG.]]
14th Aug '16 2:25:36 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Trailers for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' implied you would be defending Earth, when in fact you spent all of two missions on Earth, and the rest on another Halo ring. And nobody was prepared for the Arbiter's introduction. The BrokenBase had mixed opinions about this. Either Bungie was great for doing something different and having a generic defend the Earth storyline, or they felt incredibly betrayed by the "lies" Bungie gave.
** You can't even trust the back of the box, in terms of the collector's edition, which also gears you up to save Earth from an alien invasion.
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' seemed to be going this route, but you actually did spend nearly half the game fighting the Covenant invasion on Earth and [[GenreSavvy most fans knew]] the game would take place on the Ark in some fashion.
** Played straight with the cutscene showing opening of the Voi portal: the first ever Halo 3 trailer showed Master chief looking at the structure from a cliff, while a huge Covenant fleet flies over his head and moves into position around it as the gateway fires up. If the actual game, the same scene is re-enacted with Master Chief looking from the cliff, while a ''human'' bomber wing flies to blast the hell out of the Prophet's ship as Lord Hood calls in an attack with several starships' MAC guns.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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Trailers for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' implied you would be defending Earth, when in fact you spent all of two missions on Earth, and the rest on another Halo ring. And nobody was prepared for the Arbiter's introduction. The BrokenBase had mixed opinions about this. Either Bungie was great for doing something different and having a generic defend the Earth storyline, or they felt incredibly betrayed by the "lies" Bungie gave.
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gave. You can't even trust the back of the box, in terms of the collector's edition, which also gears you up to save Earth from an alien invasion.
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' seemed to be going this route, but you actually did spend nearly half the game fighting the Covenant invasion on Earth and [[GenreSavvy most fans knew]] the game would take place on the Ark in some fashion.
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fashion. That said, it's played straight with the cutscene showing the opening of the Voi portal: the first ever Halo 3 ''Halo 3'' trailer showed Master chief looking at the structure from a cliff, while a huge Covenant fleet flies over his head and moves into position around it as the gateway fires up. If In the actual game, the same scene is re-enacted with Master Chief looking from the cliff, while a ''human'' bomber wing flies to blast the hell out of the Prophet's ship as Lord Hood calls in an attack with several starships' MAC guns.
12th Aug '16 2:50:49 PM Pinokio
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* ''Last Empire War Z'': One ad has zombified versions of Batman, a Ninja Turtle, and Luffy. They do not appear in the game, and it is not made clear this is a strategy game, not a straightforward survival horror game.

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* ''Last Empire War Z'': One ad has zombified versions of Batman, Iron Man, a Ninja Turtle, and Luffy. They do not appear in the game, and it is not made clear this is a strategy game, not a straightforward survival horror game.
29th Jul '16 10:54:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* While everything in the ''LandsOfLore 2'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bziwQU_CAOQ trailer]] technically was in the game, it's still deceptive. That's because everything the trailer shows is from the cutscenes, which look much better than the ingame graphics.

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* While everything in the ''LandsOfLore ''VideoGame/LandsOfLore 2'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bziwQU_CAOQ trailer]] technically was in the game, it's still deceptive. That's because everything the trailer shows is from the cutscenes, which look much better than the ingame graphics.
16th Jul '16 12:26:18 PM nombretomado
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* The early trailers for {{Catherine}} implied that it was a bird's eye view horror-adventure-puzzler. Now we find out it's a Terrifying-Speed-Puzzle-Platformer. Yes, a platformer, one with vertical platforming about a guy running and climbing for his life in his underpants, all while trying to evade gluttonous demons and rack up a high score. Yes.

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* The early trailers for {{Catherine}} ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'' implied that it was a bird's eye view horror-adventure-puzzler. Now we find out it's a Terrifying-Speed-Puzzle-Platformer. Yes, a platformer, one with vertical platforming about a guy running and climbing for his life in his underpants, all while trying to evade gluttonous demons and rack up a high score. Yes.
9th Jul '16 11:20:54 PM tsstevens
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* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5St9phiHHE Sacred Aches]] trailer for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a few.

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* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5St9phiHHE Sacred Aches]] Ashes]] trailer for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a few.
9th Jul '16 11:20:16 PM tsstevens
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* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5St9phiHHE Sacred Aches]] trailer for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a few.
** The Warden can be played with using a variety of voice options, however s/he does not actually have dialogue, just combat/action quotes.
** Leliana looks nothing like how she appears in game, with much redder hair and armor unavailable playing. Modders have ported this look over.
** A casual playthrough with the highest level bow ''may'' get a OneHitKill, but they are rather weak.
** Spiders are just nasty in game, but even Morrigan's corrupted form cannot do what the trailer suggests.
** You only face one dragon at the end, and it requires someone dying to kill it.
30th Jun '16 4:06:39 AM Pichu-kun
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''[='s=] "Destiny" trailer, Hawke is fighting the Qunari Arishok and uses a powerful spell where he sticks his arms in a portal and two ginormous energy-hands appear behind the Arishok, at which point Hawke proceeds to kick his ass. No spell remotely similar to that appears in the game. The trailer also made it look like the Qunari would be the main antagonists, when there isn't really one.
** The spell Hawke uses on the Arishok is the animation that plays if you kill an ogre with the Crushing Prison spell. However, ogres are extremely rare enemies, and the animation still can't be used with the Arishok.

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''[='s=] "Destiny" trailer, Hawke is fighting the Qunari Arishok and uses a powerful spell where he sticks his arms in a portal and two ginormous energy-hands appear behind the Arishok, at which point Hawke proceeds to kick his ass. No spell remotely similar to that appears in the game. The trailer also made it look like the Qunari would be the main antagonists, when there isn't really one.
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one. The spell Hawke uses on the Arishok is the animation that plays if you kill an ogre with the Crushing Prison spell. However, ogres are extremely rare enemies, and the animation still can't be used with the Arishok.



* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has had a few, mostly due to content being cut at the last minute.
** "New dances" for the players were cut from Wrath, yet still played in the early advertisements.
*** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the 2010 April Fools prank.

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has had a few, mostly due to content being cut at the last minute.
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** "New dances" for the players were cut from Wrath, yet still played in the early advertisements.
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advertisements. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the 2010 April Fools prank.



* Almost every UsefulNotes/PlayStation 1 game that contained CGI cutscenes was made to look like that's what the gameplay would be like. While this wasn't exclusive to [=PSX1=], the storage capacity of the CD compared to the relatively weak real-time rendering power led to this happening a lot.
** This problem was bad enough to the point where several game companies got in trouble for deceptive advertising (leading consumers to believe the CGI scenes was how the game would look during play) and they now have to show at least one in game screenshot.

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* Almost every UsefulNotes/PlayStation 1 game that contained CGI cutscenes was made to look like that's what the gameplay would be like. While this wasn't exclusive to [=PSX1=], the storage capacity of the CD compared to the relatively weak real-time rendering power led to this happening a lot.
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lot. This problem was bad enough to the point where several game companies got in trouble for deceptive advertising (leading consumers to believe the CGI scenes was how the game would look during play) and they now have to show at least one in game screenshot.



* In the trailers for ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' they have a scene were the player has to outrun a crushing ceiling with spikes next to a pit full of flames. This scene does not actually appear in the game. There is a third-party add in, however, that does include it as a separate game from the regular game of ''Portal''. It's a level add-on called ''Portal: The Flash Version [=MapPack=]'', available from http://wecreatestuff.com
** Please see DescendingCeiling for another fan-made pack that includes this in its entirety (''with spikes'').
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', none of the test chambers from the trailers showing game mechanics appear in the game unmodified, though many do appear in some form (either with a different visual style or with some elements changed or removed).

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* In the trailers for ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' they have a scene were the player has to outrun a crushing ceiling with spikes next to a pit full of flames. This scene does not actually appear in the game. There is a third-party add in, however, that does include it as a separate game from the regular game of ''Portal''. It's a level add-on called ''Portal: The Flash Version [=MapPack=]'', available from http://wecreatestuff.com
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com. Please see DescendingCeiling for another fan-made pack that includes this in its entirety (''with spikes'').
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', none 2}}'':
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of the test chambers from the trailers showing game mechanics appear in the game unmodified, though many do appear in some form (either with a different visual style or with some elements changed or removed).removed):



* The ''VideoGame/{{Tekken }} 5'' trailer. Four words: "Heihachi Mishima...is dead." [[spoiler:No he isn't.]]

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Tekken }} ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 5'' trailer. Four words: "Heihachi Mishima...is dead." [[spoiler:No he isn't.]]



** Telltale does this a lot. ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' and ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' both lie in their trailers as well as "OnTheNext" episode teasers to keep character deaths and alliances as twists.

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** * Telltale does this a lot. ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' and ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' both lie in their trailers as well as "OnTheNext" episode teasers to keep character deaths and alliances as twists.



* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'': Nuts and Bolts was notoriously first teased with the implication that the game would be a 3D collect-a-thon platformer like it's predecessors. The final game was based around [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks construsting and using vehicles to perform various tasks]] [[ContestedSequel to the chagrin of many fans.]]

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* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'': Nuts ''Nuts and Bolts Bolts'' was notoriously first teased with the implication that the game would be a 3D collect-a-thon platformer like it's predecessors. The final game was based around [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks construsting and using vehicles to perform various tasks]] [[ContestedSequel to the chagrin of many fans.]]



* ''VideoGame/MarioTennis'' for Nintendo 64. In one ad found in the ArchieComics and in magazines, a tennis judge has a plunger shoved onto his mouth, with the words "When Plumbers Lose" overscoring that. Then little text at the bottom mentions "exploding baselines", "a couple of angry plumbers", and that "you don't play it. You survive it." This is probably a more accurate description of Mario POWER Tennis, its [=GameCube=] successor, but [[NightmareRetardant the N64 game is pretty tame]]. The "exploding baselines" bit is a reference to the Bob-omb baseline judges that blow themselves up when you fault or go out, but they don't appear on every level. Some levels have Koopas that wave flags, similar to baseline judges in real-life tennis. The game ''did'' utilize ThePowerOfRock at times in its soundtrack, but that was about as extreme as the game got.

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* ''VideoGame/MarioTennis'' for Nintendo 64. In one ad found in the ArchieComics ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' and in magazines, a tennis judge has a plunger shoved onto his mouth, with the words "When Plumbers Lose" overscoring that. Then little text at the bottom mentions "exploding baselines", "a couple of angry plumbers", and that "you don't play it. You survive it." This is probably a more accurate description of Mario POWER Tennis, its [=GameCube=] successor, but [[NightmareRetardant the N64 game is pretty tame]]. The "exploding baselines" bit is a reference to the Bob-omb baseline judges that blow themselves up when you fault or go out, but they don't appear on every level. Some levels have Koopas that wave flags, similar to baseline judges in real-life tennis. The game ''did'' utilize ThePowerOfRock at times in its soundtrack, but that was about as extreme as the game got.



* One of the TV commercials for ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'' included a lady sim with a whip and very little clothing. Needless to say, this is not in the game. And most of what was in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9u1zMCos8w this trailer]] was not in the game. The trailer included a lot more PG-13 content that wasn't included.

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* One of the TV commercials for ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'' ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' included a lady sim with a whip and very little clothing. Needless to say, this is not in the game. And most of what was in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9u1zMCos8w this trailer]] was not in the game. The trailer included a lot more PG-13 content that wasn't included.



* The "Blue Moon" trailer for VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas featured a gorgeous view of New Vegas itself in the background of the scene. The city is completely illuminated, giving the impression that the game would include a completely intact pre-war setting which had survived any decay or damage from the apocalypse. In the actual game, however, only four buildings in the entire city are lit up, and the rest are in the same lack of repair as anything you would find in VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}. It is revealed that the city, while surviving the nukes, went through hundreds of years without any maintenance until very recently when the casinos were fixed up and made pretty again.

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* The "Blue Moon" trailer for VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' featured a gorgeous view of New Vegas itself in the background of the scene. The city is completely illuminated, giving the impression that the game would include a completely intact pre-war setting which had survived any decay or damage from the apocalypse. In the actual game, however, only four buildings in the entire city are lit up, and the rest are in the same lack of repair as anything you would find in VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}. It is revealed that the city, while surviving the nukes, went through hundreds of years without any maintenance until very recently when the casinos were fixed up and made pretty again.



* The ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' game trailers all show extensive footage of Shadow riding that snazzy motorbike of his. In the game, the bike is only available in one level, is a hidden item, and has probably got the worst handling of any vehicle in the game.

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* The * ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
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''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' game trailers all show extensive footage of Shadow riding that snazzy motorbike of his. In the game, the bike is only available in one level, is a hidden item, and has probably got the worst handling of any vehicle in the game.



* Early Magazine/NintendoPower ads showed Wes, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' to be an outright villain. He's actually an AntiHero.

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* Early Magazine/NintendoPower ads showed Wes, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', to be an outright villain. He's actually an AntiHero.
5th Jun '16 11:00:18 AM nombretomado
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** Both this trailer and ones for the {{PS2}} port ''Deus Ex: The Conspiracy'' heavily hype up combat with robots, and show scenes like robots being blasted away with a GEP Gun or multiple robots blowing each other up with missiles. While this does make up some part of the game, the focus is on the human enemies, and the level it showcases (Vandenberg) is hard to do in normal gameplay, as the building with the friendly security bots won't open up until you've taken out the enemy bots out front. And getting in a fight with a sentry bot usually results in a swift death unless the player has missiles or [=LAMs=].

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** Both this trailer and ones for the {{PS2}} UsefulNotes/{{PS2}} port ''Deus Ex: The Conspiracy'' heavily hype up combat with robots, and show scenes like robots being blasted away with a GEP Gun or multiple robots blowing each other up with missiles. While this does make up some part of the game, the focus is on the human enemies, and the level it showcases (Vandenberg) is hard to do in normal gameplay, as the building with the friendly security bots won't open up until you've taken out the enemy bots out front. And getting in a fight with a sentry bot usually results in a swift death unless the player has missiles or [=LAMs=].
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