Five Things We Hope Happen At E3

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People go into E3 with all sorts of dreams and expectations. Price drops, surprise game reveals, new hardware – no matter how implausible, these are the things gamers hope to see. These individual announcements are always exciting, but we’re not going to break down every little thing we want to happen at the show. Instead, we’ve detailed five big-picture trends that we hope to see. On some level, they all boil down to “give us lots of good games,” but that’s something easier said than done.

1. Cut the Cord On Last-Gen It’s been six months since the release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Even so, almost all of the biggest and most anticipated titles – like Titanfall, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and Watch Dogs – have been cross-generation. It makes sense from a sales perspective; the more users you can reach, the more copies you can sell. On the other hand, this approach seems to be delaying the true arrival of the new generation of gaming. How can we see the potential of the new hardware if developers need to ensure that the same game functions on old systems? This trend is continuing even through 2014 with games like Destiny and Dragon Age: Inquisition. We want this year’s E3 to get rid of the PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms for any new announcements, demonstrating that we won’t be tied to the past forever.

The Giant E3 2014 Games List

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The Giant E3 2014 Games List

2014 promises to be an important year for E3, and by extension a big year for video games. Publishers and developers have new consoles on which to showcase their wares, even as the PC market continues to expand in new directions, especially for indie developers. We expect to see some big surprises at this year's show, but in the meantime, we've compiled an exhaustive look at the titles that should be coming to E3.

If a publisher has confirmed for us that the game will be at E3 in some form, you'll see the word "Confirmed" by the name. All other titles are expected or rumored to be at the show, but without direct confirmation from the game makers.

Abyss Odyssey (Confirmed) Platform: TBA Publisher: Atlus
Developer: ACE Team

Test Chamber - WildStar

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Join Daniel Tack, Andrew Reiner, and Harry Mackin as they check out WildStar! Developer Carbine Studios serves a fast and frenetic combat style, mixes things with some traditional MMORPG elements, and adds some cool features like housing to create a refreshing recipe!

In this Test Chamber we check out some elements of the game in a broad overview and participate in a pick-up PVP match (We’ll have to show you the PVE dungeons soon!)

Check out Daniel’s first impressions here.

Test Chamber – Murdered: Soul Suspect

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Test Chamber – Murdered: Soul Suspect

In Airtight Games' latest game, you have to solve a murder – your own. It's an interesting premise for a game, but does it live up to its potential? Join Reiner and me as we play through the game's opening and show some ghost-detective action.

Don't think that being dead is an insurmountable obstacle. As you'll see, it has its benefits, including the ability to possess people, walk around unnoticed, and, best of all, walk right through walls. Watch the episode to see this and more in action.

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A Look Back At The Last Five Years Of E3

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A Look Back At The Last Five Years Of E3

E3 has traditionally been the biggest news week of the year for games. It’s a celebration where many of our industry's developers come to show off their games – big and small. Before the show kicks off next week, let’s take a look back at the big events and happenings from the last few years. Maybe we’ll see some trends emerge, and be able to divine what’s going to happen next week.

E3 2009Big News: This was E3’s 15th anniversary and the show saw a return to a bigger attendance. Where E3 2007 and 2008 had a limited attendance of around 5,000, this year’s show received 41,000 attendees. Hot off the success of the Wii, Sony and Microsoft announced motion-based peripherals of their own. Sony revealed the PlayStation Move and Microsoft announced the first model of its Kinect (then called Project Natal). Sony also revealed a more portable PSP, called the PSP Go. Meanwhile, Nintendo announced the unreleased Wii Vitality Sensor.

GI’s Game of the Show: Modern Warfare 2"This demo is proof positive that its run of blockbuster titles won't be ending anytime soon, and for this we give MW2 our nod as game of the show."

WildStar First Impressions

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WildStar First Impressions

WildStar officially launches today, but Head Start players were able to dive in over the weekend, assuming their server queues weren’t in the 8 hour territory. My initial foray into Nexus and the world of WildStar had me playing each class (except medic) to around level 11, with my “main” engineer settling in at 18. While the tutorial zone is nothing to write home about, once the game opens up the polish and style begin to take hold. While passing any real judgment on a MMORPG is ludicrous without endgame experience, based on my experience thus far, WildStar is the best MMORPG I have played in a long time.

WildStar’s cartoony style and flavorful space-banter make an interesting foil to the core of the gameplay, which can be quite deep and hardcore for those looking for a challenging MMO. You’re getting a “Way to go cupcake!” level up one moment and basking on your housing plot having some BBQ with friends, the next you may be failing to dodge a dozen death strikes from an alien robot.

2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

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2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the PlayStation 4 in 2014.

Murdered: Soul Suspect - June 3Airtight Games’ supernatural murder mystery is a more linear affair than what contemporary gamers are used to. However, lots of side content and a compelling story could make this a winner.

2014's Upcoming Xbox One Games

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2014's Upcoming Xbox One Games

Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the Xbox One in 2014.

Murdered: Soul Suspect - June 3Airtight Games’ supernatural murder mystery is a more linear affair than what contemporary gamers are used to. However, lots of side content and a compelling story could make this a winner.

Looking Ahead To The Games Of 2015

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Looking Ahead To The Games Of 2015

Whether part of an intended schedule or due to a delay, the games of 2015 are looking good. We’ve compiled a list of next year’s games, so you know what the future looks like for your platform of choice.

We’ll be updating this list throughout the rest of 2014, so check back with us as your future backlog begins to pile up.

Batman: Arkham Knight - 2015Rocksteady is donning cape and cowl for one last go at the Arkham series. This final title in the series will be on PC and new-gen hardware only, so if you want to see who is under the Arkham Knight’s mask (no, the title doesn’t refer to Batman), you’ll have to upgrade.

Wish List – Pokémon Snap 2

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Wish List – Pokémon Snap 2

Since the series’ debut almost 20 years ago, Pokémon has cemented itself as a global phenomenon – so much so that Japan has made some fan-favorite Pocket Monsters mascots for its 2014 FIFA World Cup team. Known not only for their exploits dueling each other at the hands of their respective trainers, Pokémon have appeared on virtual pinball boards, trading cards, and even as the subjects of fictional photographer Todd Snap of 1999’s Pokémon Snap.