@zombiepie: While we’re talking about that Dead Island trailer, I’ll also make the argument that Walking Dead Season 1 very much made good on the sort of heartfelt tragic-parent-child-bond-in-zombie-apocalypse thing that was in that trailer.
I still find it fucking hilarious that somehow the Dead Island studio green lit this emotional prerendered cutscene to debut their fuck-around co-op loot zombie game where you can target a zombie‘s right arm with your electro-spiked baseball bat. Just absolutely nothing about the tone of that trailer has anything to do with the game. I know sometimes it is marketing’s job to be deceitful to make a game seem appealing to as wide a potential audience as possible (angry Kirby eyebrows on North America game boxes, etc.), but that trailer is such a step beyond nearly everything else I can think of in misrepresenting the game.
I was never a fan of Telltale's The Walking Dead, but I can see where you are coming from with that comparison. In terms of the trailer in question "misrepresenting" the game, I do not have a lot of good counters. I agree the trailer in no way represents what the final game was either mechanically or narratively, and even mention as much on this blog. Nonetheless, the trailer sparked a huge discussion when it first launched and that simply cannot go ignored. I hate to repeat my line from the blog, but seriously how many video game trailers can you think of which justifiably warrant their own dedicated Wikipedia page. The trailer was also hotly viral and spawned an endless deluge of reaction videos when the concept was relatively novel.
In terms of storytelling, the trailer by far manages to convey a complete story all in the span of three minutes, and that's a monumental accomplishment regardless of what medium you are working with.
Lightning reluctantly saying "meow meow choco chow" is the best* thing Final Fantasy did last decade. Its 'terrible'...ly absurd.
(*have not tried FF14 expansions yet)
The scene the above user is talking about is indeed a real thing. Trust me, they are not lying:
The one funny think I will say about this "mechanic," if you can even call it that, is that slowly, but surely, Lightning becomes increasingly more comfortable about saying "meow meow choco chow."
And while we are talking about the Final Fantasy XIII sequels, and I have no idea if the man even checks the forums anymore, but I owe @ltsquigs a formal apology.
Ian, if you are still out there, you were right about Final Fantasy XIII-2. That game is HOT NONSENSE and it's one of the wildest and most enjoyable rides I have had in a good long time. I never should have doubted you.