The new preview for the dystopic BioShock Infinite video game combines a creepy atmosphere and vintage documentary footage to create what is likely the world’s first historic documentary game trailer.
The game’s plot deals with an alternate history of the United States, one in which a floating city called Columbia is created in the late 19th century to secede from the American union. This plot is conveyed in the trailer using real life footage cleverly spliced with scenes of gameplay. The intoxicating effect shows gamers that this is not a cookie-cutter shooter that they’ll be putting into their Xbox's or PlayStation. It also helps that the narration from Alistair Bloom has an appropriately ominous and deep voice.
The documentary game trailer keeps up the charade all the way to end and doesn’t break character. It’s a new breed of game trailer.
BioShock Infinite Has the First Historic Documentary Game Trailer
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