IGN - It's appropriate that, in a culture obsessed with brand identity and competing corporations, the next best thing to playing a game is watching an extended commercial for one. There are no framerate issues or frustrating controls in the future, only dreams perpetually on the cusp of coming true.
2011 was a banner year for game trailers, with companies pitching a range of games across the industry's most diverse group of platforms since the mushrooming of personal computers in the early '80s. It was a year of terrific highs and bizarre lows, of selling cinematic fantasies that would never match gameplay and capturing gameplay in the most evocative and excitable moments. These are the five best and worst video game trailers from 2011.