How Many Games Can You Recognize in This Blur Studio FX Video?

How Many Games Can You Recognize in This Blur Studio FX Video?

There's Batman: Arkham Knight, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Halo, and even a few that you wouldn't normally associate with the special effects studio.

Not every developer can have a Blizzard CGI team to create its videos, cutscenes and PR trailers. That's where Blur Studio comes in, and just in time for E3, they have put together an almost five-minute compilation video of their work.

You can sit back and grab some popcorn, as this is a brilliant show of some really great trailers all in one animation/FX video. And near the end, you can get a chuckle when you realize that Blur has not confined itself to just games, but has thrown in some snack food footage as well.

Source: Vimeo

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They sure did over saturate that video with Batman, Star Wars, LOTRs, and Thor. Must be their favorites. None of the Mass Effect 2 ones. They wanted this to be a positive video.

edit: Look Digic Pictures did a Vimeo video too, & they have ME3 and DA2 all over in it.

Honestly, after watching Blur's demo video verses Digic Pictures demo video, I think I prefer Digic.

Wow so many games, and a few movies and tv shows I think?

Wonder what would happen if they did a full on movie rather than scenes or trailer.

Wow, some of those looked real rather than CGI. Amazing work.

this kinda stuff make the big time cgi movie company like pixar look like a big pile if poop.

Didn't know they'd done the Planetside 2 trailers too.

BRB, gonna go buy some Goldfish for some inexplicable reason.

That tearing really bothered my eyes a lot I'm sorry to say in the video or it was as if the scenes were skipping a beat without needing to (and I'm not referring to the editing) while being fully buffered.

Yea I can pretty much name all of the games in that video without really a sweat since there is an abundance of the same games thrown in there (ESO, Arkham Knight, Halo etc).

It's quite funny and sad a bit that Prey 2 was the only game in that montage that had a CGI trailer and in game it looked almost the same as in the trailer, that really blew my mind.

Anyway the games were: Arkham Knight&Origins, Halo, Elder Scrolls Online, Planetside 2, Prey 2, Dark Souls 2, Bioshock Infinite, Firefall, Force Unleashed II, Thor The Dark World, DC Universe Online, Star Wars The Old Republic, Lord of the Rings, League of Legends, X-Men Origins: Wolverine The Game, Far Cry 3.

I probably missed one or two (I had no idea what the fish and the ones in the burning car were).

I saw bits of the Prey 2 trailer. Now, I feel sad.

That was great - they should make a movie or some such thing (even if it would take a very long time).

Also does anyone know what song was playing throughout the video?

Boy, they sure like Star Wars a lot. And that trailer from Arkham Knight too.

Now that I think about it, I want a Star Wars film made by these guys.

Also I saw bits of the Prey 2 trailers... excuse me while I cry in fetal position over that corner for the rest of the evening...

These guys also made The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo's awesome title sequence:

FogHornG36:
this kinda stuff make the big time cgi movie company like pixar look like a big pile if poop.

What are you talking about, Pixar can easily do that level of detail, it just doesn't show as sharp as most this trailer, as they tend to go for a duller cartoony design.

PirateRose:
They sure did over saturate that video with Batman, Star Wars, LOTRs, and Thor. Must be their favorites. None of the Mass Effect 2 ones. They wanted this to be a positive video.

Almost all the cinematics that Blur did for ME2 were essentially Normandy fly-bys with the exception of the suicide mission. The rest were all in engine.

Not that I'm blaming them for that. Fly-bys are easy. Action scenes, particularly hand to hand combat, explosions, and close-up destruction, are much harder to do without falling into uncanny valley territory and they are probably one of the best at doing that, even better than Blizzard in many cases.

Well, I certainly recognized the one character the truly matters.

Very neat show though. It's kind of ridiculous the things we can create these days.
The one negative thought I had while watching was "Oh, so these are the bastards that make pre-rendered trailers so incredible that the final product is a huge letdown..."

Plasmadamage:
I saw bits of the Prey 2 trailer. Now, I feel sad.

*nods* Sad is the word. I thoroughly enjoyed Prey, was looking forward to the next installment. Ah, well.

The Rogue Wolf:

BRB, gonna go buy some Goldfish for some inexplicable reason.

I'm gonna go buy some too. I don't know why but they just seem like the perfect snack to eat while I play Batman.

This trailer didn't remind me of the awesomeness of trailers so much as the awesomeness of games in general. Specifically, it reminds me of everything we've achieved over the years and it brings to mind the limitless possibilities that games offer us.

Ever since the days of Pong, we've went on grand adventures from the Caribbean to Coruscant. We've gone though epic battles in so many different and amazing places. From planet outposts to castles to deserts to even the netherworlds. We've experienced powerful stories that have moved us to our core. We've wielded almost innumerable powers and weapons, have driven boats, spaceships, planes, and vehicles. We've explored so much, from massive fantasy worlds to little towns. And finally, we've shared these experiences. We've played together. We've laughed, fought, and created. And we've done this ever since the beginning of gaming.

And even after all that, there is still more to see, more to do. There are characters to meet and places to explore. Limits to be broken. It is all truly amazing.

This is why I'm a gamer. This is why I love gaming and will always love gaming. May we keep on making these incredible experiences until the end of time.

Stern faced white dude fights stuff, the game.

Seriously though highlight reels like this just serve to illustrate how pervasive that stereotype is in AAA gaming (And to an extent media in general). I think I saw a black dude in there once, a lady once or twice, and a talking baked treat just as often. How novel!

But then I'm probably missing the point, it's all very pretty to look at. Guess I'm just in a grumpy mood today that all I could think of after watching the trailer was the silly white dude thing mentioned above.

SerBrittanicus:
That was great - they should make a movie or some such thing (even if it would take a very long time).

Also does anyone know what song was playing throughout the video?

Probably made in house. Shazam couldn't place it and Shazam's pretty good about finding music.. Was very nice though.

The Madman:
Stern faced white dude fights stuff, the game.

Seriously though highlight reels like this just serve to illustrate how pervasive that stereotype is in AAA gaming (And to an extent media in general). I think I saw a black dude in there once, a lady once or twice, and a talking baked treat just as often. How novel!

But then I'm probably missing the point, it's all very pretty to look at. Guess I'm just in a grumpy mood today that all I could think of after watching the trailer was the silly white dude thing mentioned above.

*face palm

It's sad people can't enjoy something without picking it apart. All I could think about was Damn how far we've come in the past 20 years or so..

Blur's best work in my mind is still the introduction to Dawn of War. The entire essence of Warhammer 40000 distilled into two minutes of mindless carnage.

Who was the girl at around the 2:47-48 mark?

The Madman:
Stern faced white dude fights stuff, the game.

Seriously though highlight reels like this just serve to illustrate how pervasive that stereotype is in AAA gaming (And to an extent media in general). I think I saw a black dude in there once, a lady once or twice, and a talking baked treat just as often. How novel!

But then I'm probably missing the point, it's all very pretty to look at. Guess I'm just in a grumpy mood today that all I could think of after watching the trailer was the silly white dude thing mentioned above.

you do realize alot of the characters used in these were predefined for decades, right? (as in, all the DC characters like batman and such) and that BLUR has more than likely no say in regards to that? Hell did you not notice the incredible amount of characters with hoods/armor/helmets that you couldn't tell were any race?

I would definitely say a grumpy mood and a very odd bone to pick with race at the moment is the issue here considering the first line and main chunk of your post was about that.

OT: pretty impressive all this somewhat gelled together, wouldn't have thought it would before seeing this. I would definitely like to know what that background track is, I'd actually consider buying that.

Micalas:
Wow, some of those looked real rather than CGI. Amazing work.

If you meant some of the people, then yeah a few clips from Thor 2: The Dark World were live action with CGI effect in them.

That's a really amazing clip, it's amazing how far gaming has come in the last 20 years. It reminds me that there really is no limit to our imagination and that for all the places we've been in or fought for, there is still so much more to create and do yet.

Also, for anyone wanting the song name it's:

"Rebirth" by Two Steps From Hell
https://m.soundcloud.com/zefora/michal-cielecki-ft-zefora

I found it!

Shinkicker444:
Who was the girl at around the 2:47-48 mark?

Reverse Google image search brings up Knight's Contract.

Never played it, dunno how good it is, here's the trailer they took the clip from:

gmaverick019:
you do realize alot of the characters used in these were predefined for decades, right? (as in, all the DC characters like batman and such) and that BLUR has more than likely no say in regards to that? Hell did you not notice the incredible amount of characters with hoods/armor/helmets that you couldn't tell were any race?

I would definitely say a grumpy mood and a very odd bone to pick with race at the moment is the issue here considering the first line and main chunk of your post was about that.

Maybe it's just because I've been doing a lot of reading lately, but it's just so booooring to have the same generic stereotype featured so often compared to the rich diversity I've been enjoying in literature. And no, saying 'they have a helmet so it could be anyone underneath' doesn't really make things any more diverse either.

This was almost certainly the wrong place to have brought that complaint up however, and for that I'm sorry. I'd delete the post so it doesn't risk derail conversation further, but since it's already been quoted twice that's not going to make any difference at this point.

A montage from a company that makes scenes that players demand the ability to skip. Oh and makes trailers to showcase better graphics than the game really has. They do amazing work and it is sad that games do not have the graphics shown but then again graphic scenes like most of that takes hours to render in most 3d editing software like 3DS Max but is just the tip of the iceberg on possibilities if you add in physics.

Nice video and a good show of creative work, hope it drums up business for them like they hope.

Caiphus:

Shinkicker444:
Who was the girl at around the 2:47-48 mark?

Reverse Google image search brings up Knight's Contract.

Never played it, dunno how good it is, here's the trailer they took the clip from:

Ah, cool, thanks... can't say I've ever heard of it. Seems to have gotten pretty average scores, except for IGN who panned it (not triple A enough I guess). Might check it out for rentals.

Shinkicker444:

Ah, cool, thanks... can't say I've ever heard of it. Seems to have gotten pretty average scores, except for IGN who panned it (not triple A enough I guess). Might check it out for rentals.

No problem! If you check it out, I hope you have more fun than IGN did ;D

Caiphus:

Shinkicker444:
Who was the girl at around the 2:47-48 mark?

Reverse Google image search brings up Knight's Contract.

Now that we got that covered, where is that black slime kraken around 3:11 from? :D

My google-fu is too weak to get reverse image search to work...

Can anyone tell me what were those black tar hands and faces and flowers from eye sockets? Seems interesting

Sewa_Yunga:

Now that we got that covered, where is that black slime kraken around 3:11 from? :D

My google-fu is too weak to get reverse image search to work...

I, uh, don't know how to tell you but...

Well, this is what I got:

Like I told Shinkicker, haven't tried it, don't know how good it is, hope you have fun with it if you try it out :P

Caiphus:

Just some rum? Well that's a letdown...

Thanks anyway! :D

They certainly do some amazing work, but I don't care much for trailers with actual content (speaking specifically about the game trailers, of course). I'd much rather see gameplay footage or at least something made with the game engine. Granted, putting trailers aside I love seeing promotional little side stuff, fan films, and the like. TF2 definitely comes to mind, I've quite enjoyed their Meet The Team videos and the comic books are fun :)

As for "how far we've come in 20 years", I don't know whether we're talking about games or animation here, but for the former I think a montage of actual games would be more appropriate :P

 

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