With some of the most astounding graphics ever seen on a console and a raw cinematic presentation coupled with an adult feel, it pretty much blew everyone way.
And that started with the amazing trailer scored to Gary Jules’ version of Tears for Fears’ Mad World. Now nine years later they’ve gone back to the same song to create a promo for the upcoming ultimate edition of the game.
It’s a great version of the song and fairly fitting to the sombre Locust-filled world which the game shows off but honestly this trailer doesn’t really suit those melancholy strains.
The new footage is more bombastic, showing off the cut scenes which have been re-rendered for the updated version of the game and something with a heavier bass-line would be a better fit for what we see happening.
Arguably, this new trailer is a better representation of what actually happens in the game next to the spare and evocative original video.
But that was what made it so special - the ability to evoke a mood of its very own in with just a few seconds and a perfect use of music. For your reference, here’s the 2006 version.
It’s so grim and desperate, it might even have a better story than the actual first game. So while its nice to hear that song again and it will no doubt bring out a burst of nostalgia in older fans, it’s definitely not the best way to show off the new version of the game.