Gamescom Round-Up: Our Favorite Gameplay And Cinematic Trailers

Gamescom 2019 is officially in full swing, and plenty of excellent new trailers have already premiered. With so many new cinematic and gameplay trailers making their debut, we’ve decided to compile our favorites. Be sure to check back here throughout Gamescom as more trailers are released.

We’ve put our favorites that actually feature gameplay first, but that doesn’t make the cinematic trailers any less cool. Other than that distinction, the trailers aren’t listed in any particular order. Although there were many trailers for triple-A titles scheduled to launch in the Fall 2019 season, most of the best trailers at Gamescom have been for indie games. Notable titles include Everspace 2sequel to one of the best roguelike games of 2016–and pinbrawler Creature in the Well. However, there are quite a few standouts for the major releases too, such as Destiny 2 and Death Stranding–the latter of which got three new trailers.

Best Gameplay Gamescom Trailers

Creature In The Well

Creature in the Well sees you play as a cute robot engineer who must stop a monstrous entity that has destroyed the weather machine that keeps the town of Mirage safe from vicious sandstorms. In the Creature in the Well 101 trailer, creative director Adam Volker walks through how the game works–a hack-and-slash dungeon crawler imbued with pinball mechanics.

Darksiders Genesis

Darksiders Genesis reworks the franchise’s Zelda-like combat and exploration into a top-down hack-and-slash RPG. Fully playable in co-op–which can be seen in the new trailer–you and a friend can team up as two of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Strife and War. This will be the first game in the Darksiders franchise to focus on Strife.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding finally has a gameplay trailer. Unfortunately, the story for the game is still about as clear as mud. We’re still excited to see what Hideo Kojima has in store with this upcoming PS4 exclusive, largely because its gameplay seems rife for hilarious misadventures and odd moments.

Everspace 2

Announced at Gamescom, Everspace 2 won’t release until 2021, but its gameplay trailer already makes the game look really cool. Though Everspace seems to be adding new locations and ship designs, plenty of weapons and gadgets look familiar.

Little Nightmares 2

Speaking of surprising sequels, the story of Little Nightmares will continue in Little Nightmares II. This sequel puts you in control of a brand-new character and takes place in a much more open area than the first game.

Best Cinematic Gamescom Trailers

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep – Season Of The Undying

The first seasonal content drop for the Shadowkeep expansion for Destiny 2, titled Season of the Undying, starts October 5. In the latest trailer, a brief cinematic sees Ikora Rey narrate as an army of Vex emerges from a portal connected to the Black Garden.


Publisher Private Division–the same studio attached to upcoming games like The Outer Worlds and Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey–announced Disintegration at Gamescom, and also released a new trailer for the sci-fi first-person shooter. Though mostly a cinematic trailer, there is some gameplay thrown in there too.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding got two new cinematic trailers during Gamescom, both of which further fleshed out two of the game’s characters. The first focuses on Mama, while the second sees main character Sam meet Deadman.

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Author: Jordan Ramée