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Last-call for last-gen: 15 intriguing Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games at E3 2014

Gaming's biggest event might be focused on new hardware, but the old consoles still have a little life left in them if these titles are anything to go by.

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Last-gen's last gasp?

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have taken over E3, but there are still PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games worth anticipating. Check out these enticing entries coming soon to a legacy console near you. We’ve taken the liberty of cutting out big cross-gen titles that likely won’t run nearly as well on older hardware.

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Rather than push forward onto new hardware, Gearbox’s brash and colorful shooter favorite will drop one more last-gen entry courtesy of 2K Australia. It’s set in space, so expect low-gravity antics punctuated by the usual raunchy humor and RPG-tinged blasting the series is beloved for. (Available for: PS3/360/PC)

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Fantasia: Music Evolved

While also headed to Xbox One, Fantastia relies more on art design than processing punch to make an impact—and the new-gen Kinect hardly seems improved enough to make a huge difference. Music masters Harmonix are behind this motion game, which is enough to get us excited. (Available for: 360)

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Set during World War I, this 2D puzzle-adventure is absolutely stunning in motion, thanks to Ubisoft’s UbiArt engine seen in Rayman Legends and Child of Light. It aims to be a deeply affecting tale about war, love, and camaraderie, with the tale inspired by letters sent from WWI soldiers. (Available for: 360/PS3/PC)

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Entwined

Announced and launched on PlayStation 4 this week, Entwined—made by a team of recent game design school grads at Sony—is a dazzling twin-stick affair that tasks you with simultaneously controlling two characters that are in love but destined to be apart. The abstract visual design is utterly astonishing. (Available for: PS3)

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The Swapper

Already a critical smash on PC, this brain-bending sci-fi side-scroller finds you cloning yourself to solve environmental puzzles. It’s a real trip and also visually gripping, thanks to digitized clay models and plenty of moody lighting. Out this month, it should be a great treat for PS3 owners. (Available for: PS3/PC)

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GRID Autosport

Just a year after the stellar GRID 2 comes GRID Autosport, a simulation-style racer that seeks to be both realistic and accessible. It features five different classes of licensed vehicles, including street rides and open-wheel cars, and could well be this generation’s last great racing sim. (Available for: 360/PS3/PC)

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The Evil Within

From original Resident Evil director Shinji Mikami comes The Evil Within, an attempt to recreate that classic style of survival horror after all these years. It’s also coming to new platforms, but isn’t that much of a looker, so it should hopefully fare well on the older consoles. (Available for: PS3/360/PC)

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Hohokum

Hohokum is another one of those visually arresting downloadable indies that Sony has done such a great job of cultivating on the PS3, and this rainbow-drenched affair sees you guiding a flying serpent through a mesmerizing 2D world. It’s more about soaking in the sights than completing tasks. (Available for: PS3)

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Just Dance

If you’re into the super-streamlined, ultra-casual-friendly moving and swaying of Ubisoft’s Just Dance series, then take heart: the new entry deviates little from the template, includes 40+ inescapable songs (like Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”), and will surely run just fine on your last-gen console of choice. (Available for: 360/PS3)

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Forza Horizon 2

There’s reason to be wary of an Xbox One racer that’s also coming to Xbox 360, but here’s why the last-gen Forza Horizon 2 might still impress: the first game was stellar on Xbox 360, and this version is handled by Sumo Digital, which has made several strong racers. (Available for: 360)

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

The original Arena was a surprisingly sharp fighting spinoff from the role-playing series, and this fall’s Ultimax amplifies the intense action with new characters and even more visual punch. It’s mainly for Persona aficionados, but there’s actually a stellar fighting game beneath the fan service. (Available for: 360/PS3)

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Aaru’s Awakening

Teleportation is the defining mechanic in this gorgeous hand-drawn adventure, which sees you guiding a beast through side-scrolling worlds. Each environment is packed with puzzles that require you to zap your body from one spot to another, and the art design gives it a captivating edge. (Available for: PS3/PC)

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX

Square Enix’s second Disney-meets-Final Fantasy mash-up from 2006 gets its high-definition upgrade this December, and there’s quite a bit to the package. Not only does it have the Japanese-only expanded version, but also the great PSP prequel Birth By Sleep—now playable on a console. (Available for: PS3)

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Helldrivers

Helldivers is planned for release on PlayStation 4 and Vita as well, but in this case, that’s a very good thing for PS3 owners: this top-down, four-player cooperative shooter offers online cross-play, meaning no matter which PlayStation platform your friends have, you can all blast space bugs together. (Available for: PS3)

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Skylanders: Trap Team

Disney Infinity rode its coattails to great success (and Nintendo is next), but Skylanders continues to thrive—and Trap Team adds another unique wrinkle to the toy-based action experience. You’ll now be able to capture enemies with special figures and add them to your in-game squad. (Available for: 360/PS3)