It’s 4 minutes in length, and depicts what amounts to a single round on the map DE_Nuke: GSG 9 counter-terrorists defend a German nuclear facility from Phoenix Connexion terrorists. It’s a relatively simple setup, but the execution, artistry, and sheer quality of this trailer is simply astounding. See for yourself:
Yeah, I would actually have to say this is the greatest animated short Valve has ever produced. Easily their best work here, just look at all that’s on display here: the cinematography, the action, the visual effects, the soundtrack work. For me, this is definitely the best trailer Valve have ever created, going back to Day of Defeat: Prelude to Victory, back in late 2005, when the Source Filmmaker first came about.
Maybe the plot’s not so… inspired, but visuals and camera work are the key things a film hinges on, and this cinematic trailer hit all the right buttons in just the right way. Amazing work!
Valve’s Meet the Team series for TF2 was a huge hit, and similarly, I think a Meet the Factions series for CS:GO would also be interesting. But it would fundamentally hinge on us getting a faction selection feature… so two birds with one stone, there?
In the end, we can all agree on one thing: hopefully Half-Life 3’s pre-release marketing extravaganza will also bring us something as impressive as this CS:GO short. It’d only be fair!