History NeverTrustATrailer / VideoGames

23rd Mar '17 4:57:02 AM Adept
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTicI3dcnys The TV ad]] for [[LostOdyssey Lost Odyssey]], primarily because of its use of the Jefferson Airplane song, "White Rabbit", but also because of the generally misty appearance of the game's FMV's, makes it appear to be a trippy, exotic experience, when in actuality it's a fairly solemn, [[TearJerker Tear Jerker]]-filled story.

to:

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTicI3dcnys The TV ad]] for [[LostOdyssey Lost Odyssey]], ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'', primarily because of its use of the Jefferson Airplane song, "White Rabbit", but also because of the generally misty appearance of the game's FMV's, makes it appear to be a trippy, exotic experience, when in actuality it's a fairly solemn, [[TearJerker Tear Jerker]]-filled TearJerker-filled story.
8th Mar '17 4:58:42 PM rjd1922
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' shows Elizabeth about to hang in a park in Columbia through a sniper scope before Booker rescues her. In the game itself Elizabeth is practically a messiah to the people of Columbia.
* The AttractMode trailer for ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' has Jack fighting a Bouncer Big Daddy and acquiring the BeeBeeGun Plasmid in the Welcome to Rapture stage. In-game, the first Plasmid you get is Electro Bolt, the first Big Daddy is fought in Medical Pavilion, and you don't get the Insect Swarm until the Arcadia level, which does not include any Bouncers.

to:

* A ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' TV spot shows Elizabeth about to hang in a park in Columbia through a sniper scope before Booker rescues her. In the game itself itself, Elizabeth is practically a messiah to the people of Columbia.
* The AttractMode trailer for ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' has Jack fighting a Bouncer Big Daddy and acquiring the BeeBeeGun Plasmid in the Welcome to Rapture stage. In-game, the first Plasmid you get is Electro Bolt, the first Big Daddy is fought in Medical Pavilion, and you don't can't get the Insect Swarm until the Arcadia level, which does not include any Bouncers.
9th Feb '17 9:25:43 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The trailer for ''SuperScribblenauts'' shows a boy creating a huge, living skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Too bad you can't even make something remotely like that in the game, for if you type in "giant skeletal tyrannosaurus", all you get is a big normal tyrannosaurus with bones painted all over its body.
* ''SuikodenV'' had you thinking that Queen Arshtat was the main villain of the entire game. [[spoiler: She gets killed a few hours in, and it is actually one of the most TearJerker moments of the game.]]

to:

* The trailer for ''SuperScribblenauts'' ''VideoGame/SuperScribblenauts'' shows a boy creating a huge, living skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Too bad you can't even make something remotely like that in the game, for if you type in "giant skeletal tyrannosaurus", all you get is a big normal tyrannosaurus with bones painted all over its body.
* ''SuikodenV'' ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' had you thinking that Queen Arshtat was the main villain of the entire game. [[spoiler: She gets killed a few hours in, and it is actually one of the most TearJerker moments of the game.]]
6th Feb '17 9:45:25 AM MyFinalEdits
Is there an issue? Send a Message
6th Feb '17 9:44:58 AM MyFinalEdits
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* A variation in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games - if the opening cinematic of a case shows a relevant conflict to you, it will usually be composed of various case-relevant events and screenshots chopped together in a way to mislead the player. Notable examples include cases 4-1 ([[spoiler:where we're led to believe that Phoenix was the one who freaked out and swung the juice bottle]]), and AAI-5 ([[spoiler:which makes it look like ''Kay Faraday'' is responsible for setting an ''embassy on fire'']]).

to:

* A variation in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games - if games:
** If
the opening cinematic of a case shows a relevant conflict to you, it will usually be composed of various case-relevant events and screenshots chopped together in a way to mislead the player. Notable examples include cases 4-1 ([[spoiler:where we're led to believe that Phoenix was the one who freaked out and swung the juice bottle]]), and AAI-5 ([[spoiler:which makes it look like ''Kay Faraday'' is responsible for setting an ''embassy on fire'']]).



** ''LEGO Indiana Jones 2'''s trailer said the game featured the four Indy movies and a LevelEditor, and that was true, but the trailer also stated the game was for PC, UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}, UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, UsefulNotes/NintendoWii and UsefulNotes/NintendoDS, and it didn't make clear that the Nintendo DS version didn't feature the classic adventures (''Raiders'', ''Doom'' and ''Crusade'') nor the level editor.

to:

** * ''LEGO Indiana Jones 2'''s trailer said the game featured the four Indy movies and a LevelEditor, and that was true, but the trailer also stated the game was for PC, UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}, UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, UsefulNotes/NintendoWii and UsefulNotes/NintendoDS, and it didn't make clear that the Nintendo DS version didn't feature the classic adventures (''Raiders'', ''Doom'' and ''Crusade'') nor the level editor.



* The opening cinematic in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' probably counts, as it plays out much more like a trailer than its predecessor's, showing played-up versions of scenes from the campaign. (Oddly enough, unlike the original's, it is not available on Steam's trailers section.) It features a scene in a mall with the Survivors descending an elevator into a massive flood of zombies. That elevator ''is'' in the game, but the flood of zombies is not. They're also shown getting caught in the middle of a bridge bombing; in the game, they call it off at the beginning of the chapter.

to:

* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'':
**
The opening cinematic in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' probably counts, as it plays out much more like a trailer than its predecessor's, showing played-up versions of scenes from the campaign. (Oddly enough, unlike the original's, it is not available on Steam's trailers section.) It features a scene in a mall with the Survivors descending an elevator into a massive flood of zombies. That elevator ''is'' in the game, but the flood of zombies is not. They're also shown getting caught in the middle of a bridge bombing; in the game, they call it off at the beginning of the chapter.



* ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max]]: The Devil's Playhouse: They Stole Max's Brain!'' was presented by all pre-release information as a [[NoirEpisode Film Noir]] {{Pastiche}}, showing an angry, [[PermaStubble unshaven]] Sam charging around through {{Dutch Angle}}s in the rain and [[UnnaturallyBlueLighting the dark]]. It was!... [[FakeOutOpening for the first twenty minutes]], after which it dropped all of the FilmNoir tropes and turned into a [[GagSeries straightforward comedy]] about a boy Pharaoh RealityWarper possessing Max's body and using PsychicPowers to brainwash Sam and turn Manhattan into Ancient Egypt. The screenshots on the official site were even rotated at Noirish angles and [[HollywoodDarkness tinted blue]], so there was no knowing about the HalfwayPlotSwitch.

to:

* ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max]]: The ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'':
** ''The
Devil's Playhouse: They Stole Max's Brain!'' was presented by all pre-release information as a [[NoirEpisode Film Noir]] {{Pastiche}}, showing an angry, [[PermaStubble unshaven]] Sam charging around through {{Dutch Angle}}s in the rain and [[UnnaturallyBlueLighting the dark]]. It was!... [[FakeOutOpening for the first twenty minutes]], after which it dropped all of the FilmNoir tropes and turned into a [[GagSeries straightforward comedy]] about a boy Pharaoh RealityWarper possessing Max's body and using PsychicPowers to brainwash Sam and turn Manhattan into Ancient Egypt. The screenshots on the official site were even rotated at Noirish angles and [[HollywoodDarkness tinted blue]], so there was no knowing about the HalfwayPlotSwitch.



* The CGI trailer for the first ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'' game had Altair using a crossbow to dispatch a crusader. He uses throwing knives, not a crossbow; that would not appear until ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', two games down the line.

to:

* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'':
**
The CGI trailer for the first ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'' ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' game had Altair using a crossbow to dispatch a crusader. He uses throwing knives, not a crossbow; that would not appear until ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', two games down the line.



* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIV:BlackFlag''. See the official trailer (which is in the game) in all its shameless glory [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_GDeIee6Kc here]].
** Blackbeard never makes any kind of recruitment pitch for Edward Kenway. The four ways Edward gains crewmen are rescuing shipwreck survivors, recruiting sailors from captured ships, saving pirates from soldiers, and hiring in taverns. In every case, they happy to join his cause; they don't need to be sold on it.
** Edward's flag has a small skull and nothing else for nearly the entire game. The iconic pirate flag with the Assassin logo doesn't appear until the '''very last''' Sequence (by which time Blackbeard is long dead). Even then, he hasn't actually joined the order, he's just agreed to help it.
** Edward can't fire two guns at once, doesn't use any blunt weapons, and doesn't swing-kick from ropes. (A rope swing takes him high above the deck, or, if it's a man-'o-war, into the side of the hull, so there's no way he could hit anyone while holding onto it.)
** There are no nude women in the game, in bed or otherwise. And even if they were, Edward is intensely devoted to his wife.
** There's no mystery to Edward. He left Britain to become a privateer so he could make his fortune and build a better life for himself and his wife Caroline. After the wars ended, he, like numerous other privateers, turned to piracy. He doesn't make any secret of this, and there's no indication at any point that he has any secrets.
** The part where a Spanish gentleman is walking arm-in-arm with a lady, and Edward kills the gentleman and takes the lady? Yeah...nothing even remotely like it happens in the game. No, forget it, don't even bother looking.

to:

* ** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIV:BlackFlag''. See the official trailer (which is in the game) in all its shameless glory [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_GDeIee6Kc here]].
**
here]]:
***
Blackbeard never makes any kind of recruitment pitch for Edward Kenway. The four ways Edward gains crewmen are rescuing shipwreck survivors, recruiting sailors from captured ships, saving pirates from soldiers, and hiring in taverns. In every case, they happy to join his cause; they don't need to be sold on it.
** *** Edward's flag has a small skull and nothing else for nearly the entire game. The iconic pirate flag with the Assassin logo doesn't appear until the '''very last''' Sequence (by which time Blackbeard is long dead). Even then, he hasn't actually joined the order, he's just agreed to help it.
** *** Edward can't fire two guns at once, doesn't use any blunt weapons, and doesn't swing-kick from ropes. (A rope swing takes him high above the deck, or, if it's a man-'o-war, into the side of the hull, so there's no way he could hit anyone while holding onto it.)
** *** There are no nude women in the game, in bed or otherwise. And even if they were, Edward is intensely devoted to his wife.
** *** There's no mystery to Edward. He left Britain to become a privateer so he could make his fortune and build a better life for himself and his wife Caroline. After the wars ended, he, like numerous other privateers, turned to piracy. He doesn't make any secret of this, and there's no indication at any point that he has any secrets.
** *** The part where a Spanish gentleman is walking arm-in-arm with a lady, and Edward kills the gentleman and takes the lady? Yeah...nothing even remotely like it happens in the game. No, forget it, don't even bother looking.



* The ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnofSorrow'' trailer could be slightly counted as this. Most notably the area that you face one boss is changed, as well as other enemies in odd areas. It does stay away from showing any area that wasn't in the game.
** The boss part is Gergoth (one of the mid-game bosses) being fought in not only the first area of the game, but one of the very first ''screens'' of the game.



* ''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.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2j2NdUFaJ8 Early trailers]] for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' featured a ton of content that was either removed or heavily altered in the final game. These include enemies, locations, scenes, and even a boss nowhere to be seen in later versions. In fact if you count aesthetic changes as well, it isn't an exaggeration to say that every scene in the first two trailers contained at least one thing not in the finished product.
* The US TV Commercial for ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' briefly retells Samus's backstory, including a part where a younger Samus is being attacked by Ridley, implying that the game would explore the [=K2L=] incident in more detail. This doesn't show up anywhere, even scenes where it would make the most sense.

to:

* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
**
''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.
* ** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2j2NdUFaJ8 Early trailers]] for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' featured a ton of content that was either removed or heavily altered in the final game. These include enemies, locations, scenes, and even a boss nowhere to be seen in later versions. In fact if you count aesthetic changes as well, it isn't an exaggeration to say that every scene in the first two trailers contained at least one thing not in the finished product.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'':
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' had one trailer showcasing the Galactic Federation troopers using Phazon as a part of their arsenel due to the Space Pirates becoming more dangerous with Phazon and the Federation needed to fight fire with fire. The trailer shows a soldier's hand twitching as he shakes it off trying to ignore it, which would foreshadow that the use of Phazon would corrupt the troops like it had done to all other lifeforms in the previous games. The actual game does not show any of this happening and none of the troopers suffer any corrupting effects from Phazon. The only time you see a trooper that succumbed to the corruption is in an endgame area and he's been dead for a while anyway. There is one person that does get corrupted from Phazon and it's ''Samus herself'' if the Phazon in her body is not kept in check.
**
The US TV Commercial for ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' briefly retells Samus's backstory, including a part where a younger Samus is being attacked by Ridley, implying that the game would explore the [=K2L=] incident in more detail. This doesn't show up anywhere, even scenes where it would make the most sense.



** Masterfully used to prove that AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Sayaka Maizono was heavily advertised as the first installment's {{Deuteragonist}} and Makoto's {{LoveInterest}}, only to turn out being the very first character to die.]]
** Promo material for ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' builds up Kaede to be the protagonist of the game, even having the demo feature her talking to Naegi and Hinata, the previous heroes. [[spoiler: However, [[DecoyProtagonist she gets offed pretty early in the game itself]], leaving the true main protagonist to be Shuichi Saihara.]]

to:

** Masterfully used to prove that AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Sayaka Maizono was heavily advertised as the first installment's {{Deuteragonist}} and Makoto's {{LoveInterest}}, only to turn out being the very first character to die.]]
**
* Promo material for ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' builds up Kaede to be the protagonist of the game, even having the demo feature her talking to Naegi and Hinata, the previous heroes. [[spoiler: However, [[DecoyProtagonist she gets offed pretty early in the game itself]], leaving the true main protagonist to be Shuichi Saihara.]]



* The box of ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'' features a screenshot of a gun looking completely different from its in-game model. This misled many players into thinking it was a hidden weapon in the game.
* Similarly, the ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' box features a screenshot from a level that never appeared in the final game. One would get the impression that this level is one of the many beta levels that were DummiedOut, but it doesn't even ''exist'' in the code.



* Jokingly used in the ''{{VideoGame/Undertale}}'' trailer, which at one point shows a 3D shot of Toriel being slammed into a pile of blocks, with her head (in realistic detail) in the background saying "My child, you are breaking my heart.". Even the trailer is confused by this.

to:

* ''{{VideoGame/Undertale}}'':
**
Jokingly used in the ''{{VideoGame/Undertale}}'' trailer, which at one point shows a 3D shot of Toriel being slammed into a pile of blocks, with her head (in realistic detail) in the background saying "My child, you are breaking my heart.". Even the trailer is confused by this.



* ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'' could have it's own sub-page just for this, combined with LyingCreator as many of the trailers were narrated and 'played' by the lead developer. The trailers show worlds teeming with unique but pseudo-realistic life, including gigantic mega-fauna, in large forests. It shows factional combat between large fleets of ships, and a promise that you can join in and take sides. Neither of those things are in the released game.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' had one trailer showcasing the Galactic Federation troopers using Phazon as a part of their arsenel due to the Space Pirates becoming more dangerous with Phazon and the Federation needed to fight fire with fire. The trailer shows a soldier's hand twitching as he shakes it off trying to ignore it, which would foreshadow that the use of Phazon would corrupt the troops like it had done to all other lifeforms in the previous games. The actual game does not show any of this happening and none of the troopers suffer any corrupting effects from Phazon. The only time you see a trooper that succumbed to the corruption is in an endgame area and he's been dead for a while anyway. There is one person that does get corrupted from Phazon and it's ''Samus herself'' if the Phazon in her body is not kept in check.

to:

* ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'' could have it's its own sub-page just for this, combined with LyingCreator as many of the trailers were narrated and 'played' by the lead developer. The trailers show worlds teeming with unique but pseudo-realistic life, including gigantic mega-fauna, in large forests. It shows factional combat between large fleets of ships, and a promise that you can join in and take sides. Neither of those things are in the released game.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' had one trailer showcasing the Galactic Federation troopers using Phazon as a part of their arsenel due to the Space Pirates becoming more dangerous with Phazon and the Federation needed to fight fire with fire. The trailer shows a soldier's hand twitching as he shakes it off trying to ignore it, which would foreshadow that the use of Phazon would corrupt the troops like it had done to all other lifeforms in the previous games. The actual game does not show any of this happening and none of the troopers suffer any corrupting effects from Phazon. The only time you see a trooper that succumbed to the corruption is in an endgame area and he's been dead for a while anyway. There is one person that does get corrupted from Phazon and it's ''Samus herself'' if the Phazon in her body is not kept in check.
game.
22nd Jan '17 1:59:56 PM Pinokio
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In ''King of Avalon: Dragon Warfare'', the game is played in isometric 2D, while an ad shows an ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline'' style game in 3D with cinematic animations.
19th Jan '17 3:57:31 PM BigKlingy
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' had one trailer showcasing the Galactic Federation troopers using Phazon as a part of their arsenel due to the Space Pirates becoming more dangerous with Phazon and the Federation needed to fight fire with fire. The trailer shows a soldier's hand twitching as he shakes it off trying to ignore it, which would foreshadow that the use of Phazon would corrupt the troops like it had done to all other lifeforms in the previous games. The actual game does not show any of this happening and none of the troopers suffer any corrupting effects from Phazon. The only time you see a trooper that succumbed to the corruption is in an endgame area and he's been dead for a while anyway. There is one person that does get corrupted from Phazon and it's ''Samus herself'' if the Phazon in her body is not kept in check.

to:

* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' had one trailer showcasing the Galactic Federation troopers using Phazon as a part of their arsenel due to the Space Pirates becoming more dangerous with Phazon and the Federation needed to fight fire with fire. The trailer shows a soldier's hand twitching as he shakes it off trying to ignore it, which would foreshadow that the use of Phazon would corrupt the troops like it had done to all other lifeforms in the previous games. The actual game does not show any of this happening and none of the troopers suffer any corrupting effects from Phazon. The only time you see a trooper that succumbed to the corruption is in an endgame area and he's been dead for a while anyway. There is one person that does get corrupted from Phazon and it's ''Samus herself'' if the Phazon in her body is not kept in check.check.
* The Conquest route of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' suffered from this. Promotional materials said its story would focus on "reforming an unruly kingdom from the inside" and promised it would not be the game's "evil campaign". In the actual Nohr route proper, you spend most of your time following the villains' orders, are constantly guilt-tripped for choosing their side, [[spoiler: end up ''decimating'' Hoshido in order to expose the BigBad, and keep the siblings in the dark about their father's true nature until the very end]] and the promised "reformation" doesn't occur until the last two chapters of the game, by which point [[TheBadGuyWins the damage has already been done.]] They also promised "a more complex story", but the plot can be summed up as [[StrictlyFormula "standard Fire Emblem plot, ]] [[PerspectiveFlip except you're playing as the 'bad country'."]] Perhaps in response to this, the route's marketing outside of America focused much more on [[spoiler: invading Hoshido.]]
14th Jan '17 11:25:22 AM contrafanxxx
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Promo material for ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' builds up Kaede to be the protagonist of the game, even having the demo feature her talking to Naegi and Hinata, the previous heroes. [[spoiler: In the game itself, however, [[DecoyProtagonist she gets offed pretty early in the game]], leaving the true main protagonist to be Shuichi Saihara.]]

to:

** Promo material for ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' builds up Kaede to be the protagonist of the game, even having the demo feature her talking to Naegi and Hinata, the previous heroes. [[spoiler: In the game itself, however, However, [[DecoyProtagonist she gets offed pretty early in the game]], game itself]], leaving the true main protagonist to be Shuichi Saihara.]]
14th Jan '17 11:24:46 AM contrafanxxx
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** Promo material for ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' builds up Kaede to be the protagonist of the game, even having the demo feature her talking to Naegi and Hinata, the previous heroes. [[spoiler: In the game itself, however, [[DecoyProtagonist she gets offed pretty early in the game]], leaving the true main protagonist to be Shuichi Saihara.]]
15th Dec '16 5:00:58 AM Arcana4th
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Both ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' and ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' do this to prevent spoilers. The trailers show all fifteen/sixteen students in the "Class Court" scenes to hide which one(s) are murdered. The free demo for the first game went so far as to ''change the victim'' of the first case.

to:

* Both ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' and ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' do this to prevent spoilers. The trailers show all fifteen/sixteen students in the "Class Court" scenes to hide which one(s) are murdered.murdered, not only that, but the cases shown in trailers are never really used in the final game, for example, the trailer for the second installment had Hinata using the evidence "Potted Plant" to break an argument about about "Nothing changed in the room", in the final game, neither that evidence, nor that argument were used in any case. The free demo for the first game went so far as to ''change the victim'' of the first case.
** Masterfully used to prove that AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Sayaka Maizono was heavily advertised as the first installment's {{Deuteragonist}} and Makoto's {{LoveInterest}}, only to turn out being the very first character to die.]]
This list shows the last 10 events of 277. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=NeverTrustATrailer.VideoGames