Game Trailer Smackdown: Grimlands vs. Otherland vs. FTL

Usually we at SF Signal will bring you the occasional Book Cover Smackdown or post a movie trailer. We don’t usually cover video games that much and so, to rectify that oversight, we’re mashing up the two together to bring you the first ever game trailer smackdown!

Video games always have trailers now days, many with pre-rendered with CGI scenes that give you a flavor of the game without showing actual game play. While intriguing, trailers that show the actual game in action are much more interesting.
We have three interesting game trailers for you today. First up, Grimlands.

Grimlands, from Gamingo, is a post-apocalyptic shooter (MMO? Who knows.) that will include such things as guild towns, PvP and vehicles, among other things. The video makes it look like a cross between Borderlands and Fallout, both exceptionally fine games. Will Grimlands live up to those games? Probably not, but there’s no reason it can’t be fun. However, the current apocalyptic MMO Fallen Earth isn’t doing too well so I’m not sure how big the MMO space is for those games not named Fallout (which I would totally play).

Next up we have Otherland, also from Gamingo and definitely a more traditional MMO.

If Otherland sounds familiar that’s because it’s based on the Tad Williams series of novels. Since the main site is down, I don’t have much to go on other than what I’ve read at Rock, Paper, Shotgun, but it looks like Otherland may combine the usual MMO tropes with the character (and hopefully content) creation abilities of Second Life. If you’ve read Stephenson’s Reamde, it seems to be something like T’Rain. Now, both Otherland and Grimlands are being published by Gamingo and so aren’t AAA rated games, which really means the money and resources behind them aren’t huge and so the expectations have to lowered accordingly. I can’t say I’m blown away by this Otherland trailer, but being a free to play MMO makes it at least worth a look when it comes out.

Last up is a unique sounding indie title called FTL. Finally, a space based game!

So what is FTL? The creators call it “a spaceship simulation roguelike-like” (I can totally see that from the video), or more succinctly, Gunpoint Games called it “Firefly by way of Spelunky.” You have a crew of four you use to operate your ship, which you can be upgraded as you see fit. During combat it becomes a real-time simulator as you order your crew to operate weapons, shields and other systems. Think a simpler version of Star Fleet Battles (and just where is the full blown SFB-like space based fleet combat game that we should have?), only in real time, and with cuter graphics. I’m definitely keeping my eye on this one. If it intrigues you, you may want to check out their Kickstarter page and help them finish. Additionally, if you have the OnLive game service, you can actually play FTL for the next two weeks. OnLive has a free two week trial. How convenient!

Based purely on the games as presented, I’d have to say FTL wins for me. Then again, I loves me some starship combat. The other two I could take or leave.

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