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E3 - What Can We Expect

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As the years have gone on, E3 has become the show which allows Gears of War designers to rub shoulders with Farmville developers and everyone in between. This year is no different and here are some of the interesting titles we can expect to be blown away by (or not as the case may be}:

The Big Guns

It’s E3 and 3 certainly seems to be the magic number this year. All launching at the show this year will be Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and Mass Effect 3. All will no doubt continue the success of previous iterations of the games.

Of more interest to us is the latest Link adventure, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword which will allow us to use the Wii Motion Plus controller to hack and slash anyone who gets in our way. While not exactly a sequel, the latest version of Tomb Raider, which is more of a redux, will see a 20 year-old Lara Croft shipwrecked on a hostile tropical island.

 

Original Of The Species

While Original of the Species isn’t the title of a game itself (though thinking about it, maybe it should be), it does describe games that attempt to be different or original. One such title is Dead Island, which garnered a phenomenal amount of press following the release of its haunting time-in-reverse trailer released earlier this year.  While free-roaming zombie apocalypse games are hardly what you’d call new, this title gives us hope that developers Deep Silver will do some thing new and unique with the genre.

Anyone who played Viewtiful Joe on the Gamecube will remember the amazing visuals from Masato Kimura and Sawaki Takeyasu, and will be delighted to know they are back, this time with a bibilical combact title called El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron – again published by Deep Silver. It has been a huge success in Japan and they will be hoping it will translate to the rest of the world when launched at E3.

Social And Mobile

Social gaming on networks such as Facebook has become hugely popular with Farmville creators Zynga leading the pack – its upcoming IPO is set to bring in around $1 billion. Add to this mobile gaming on smartphones and the potential for this casual gaming market is phenomenal. Games like Angry Birds have dominated the market so far, but with Gameloft and EA Mobile promising major launches at E3, the market could become a lot more crowded. What has caused a bit more confusion is the presence of the gaming-specific Xperia Play and Sony Ericsson has announced it is going to showcase 20 new games optimised for the handset including Minecraft, Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard and Battlefield Bad Company 2.

                    Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Officially starting on Tuesday, we’ll be covering all the action from LA and be bringing you all you need to know about the latest hardware and software launched at E3.

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