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There are hundreds of games on display at the industry’s biggest yearly event, but none are hotter than these.

E3's big hitters

LOS ANGELES—There are hundreds of games on display at the industry’s biggest yearly event, but none are hotter than these.

In this slideshow, we'll focus on the more than 25 games that intrigued us—as well as one hot piece of gaming hardware.

Let's start with Battlefield 4.

Contributors include Jason Cross, Armando Rodriguez, and Nate Ralph.

Battlefield 4

EA's latest competitive military shooter features 64-person multiplayer and brings back the popular Commander mode, allowing you to direct the action from a bird’s-eye view.

Battlefield 4 will run at a glorious 60 frames per second on next-generation consoles, and the new Frostbite 4 game engine will help make battles feel much more realistic.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC

Call of Duty Ghosts

Activision's latest Call of Duty title shakes things up by putting more emphasis on stealth than traditional gunplay.

With a dog at your side, you'll sneak around, silently dispatching enemies, and preserving freedom for all. You can command your canine partner to attack or distract enemies, giving you some extra support when things get hot.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC

Mario Kart 8

You never forget your first red shell.

The eighth installment in Nintendo’s kart-racing series scoffs at gravity, sending you up walls and across ceilings in your never-ending quest for the top of the podium.

Platform: Wii U

Ryse: Son of Rome

A launch title for the Xbox One, Ryse: Son of Rome puts you in the role of Roman General Marius Titus as he commands his troops and slices the limbs off enemies in a bloody action game reminiscent of God of War.

It comes to us from developer Crytek, of Far Cry and Crysis fame.

Platform: Xbox One

Project Spark

Build entire worlds with your voice and the flick of a finger in this upcoming game creation tool from Microsoft.

SmartGlass integration lets your mobile devices get in on the action, and you’ll be able to share your creations with communities of like-minded budding auteurs when Project Spark arrives later this year.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC


The digital world is your playground in this stylish hackathon from developers who brought us Donald Duck: Goin’ Quackers and Assassin’s Creed.

Your technologically advanced smartphone will make short of security systems and cause havoc as you skirt the law.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

inFamous: Second Son

Will you save the world, or help destroy it?

inFamous: Second Son takes place several years after inFamous 2 and features a new protagonist named Delsin Rowe.

Developer Sucker Punch didn't give away too much about the game, though it did mention that Rowe's powers would be smoke-based and that you'll run into other super-powered beings on your adventure.

Platform: PlayStation 4

Batman: Arkham Origins

The Black Mask has put a bounty on Batman's head and everyone is looking for a chance at taking out the bat.

Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel that shows Batman in his early years as the caped crusader.

You'll use Batman's arsenal of gadgets to battle enemies and establish yourself as the hero Gotham deserves.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Vita, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PC

Elder Scrolls Online

Welcome back to Tamriel.

Bethesda's latest foray into the Elder Scrolls universe is a MMORPG that lets you quest with friends across familiar locales like Daggerfall and Skyrim.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Kingdom Hearts III

An action JRPG that features Final Fantasy and Disney characters, Kingdom Hearts III has had fans drooling since Square Enix first teased the game five years ago.

Like previous games in the series, Kingdom Hearts III has you traveling through various worlds battling the forces of darkness alongside classic Disney characters like Mickey, Donald, and Goofy.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One


The minds that brought us Halo take us to a mysterious future where the human race finds itself on the brink of extinction.

Fight the good fight with friends and strangers, utilizing the game’s drop-in multiplayer functionality and public-event systems.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Saints Row IV

There’s a Dubstep gun. Point it at, well, anything really, and waves of energy fly out, dropping the proverbial bass. Passersby gyrate, cars bounce, and a raucous time is had by all.

You’ll also leap buildings in a single bound, drive recklessly, and battle an alien menace in your capacity as the President of the United States.

Saints Row, in a nutshell.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC


Robot juggernauts trade blows as foot soldiers scoot about underfoot, doing their very best to avoid being crushed; really, this stuff sells itself.

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC

Sunset Overdrive

Details on Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive are scant, save for a torrent of buzzwords about stylized, cloud-powered, open worlds.

But this Xbox One exclusive sure is pretty, sporting a bold color palette and playful take on eradicating a monstrous menace.

Platform: Xbox One

Forza Motorsport 5

The latest in Microsoft’s racing sim series promises the ability to play with your friends, even when you’re not playing the game.

As you drive, you’ll train an A.I. “Drivatar” that mimics your skills and habits.

Your races will be populated by your friends’ Drivatars, and, when you’re offline, your A.I. duplicate will drive against other humans, and you’ll earn in-game credits for its wins. Also it’s very pretty.

Platform: Xbox One

Need for Speed Rivals

The old cops-and-racers routine is back as the classic franchise takes its first steps onto next-generation platforms.

This time you’re never truly alone, as single-player excursions can transform into multiplayer crash-fests in the blink of an eye.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC

Super Smash Bros.

Hope you're ready for some multiplayer mayhem. The latest version of Super Smash Bros. features a number of new fighters, including Mega Man, the villager from Animal Crossing, and the Wii Fit trainer.

This is also the first Super Smash Bros. for handhelds, so you can beat up your friends while on the go.

Platforms: Wii U, 3DS

Dead Rising 3

Another Xbox One exclusive, Dead Rising 3 has a very different tone from that of previous entries in the franchise.

You can still combine household items into weapons to eviscerate zombies, but now you can also call in airstrikes and other military armaments via your trusty smartphone.

The game will also let you play cooperatively with a friend in a seamless open world.

Platform: Xbox One

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Pirate-assassins roam the 18th-century Caribbean with a total disdain for the sanctity of life, property rights, or historical accuracy.

Expect plenty of stab wounds, clambering up tall objects, and the occasional naval battle as you continue the series’ battle against the mysterious Order of the Knights Templar.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U

Gran Turismo 6

Sony's premier racing title comes to the PlayStation 3 with a new physics engine and tons of new cars.

Gearheads can still tweak and tune vehicles to their liking, but the game is still accessible to casual players just looking to drive cars really fast.

Platform: PlayStation 3

Killer Instinct

We asked for it, and for some inexplicable reason, Double Helix is delivering.

The classic fighting game is making its way to the Xbox One and will be free to play, serving up ludicrous combos and a colorful cast of characters that included hyper-intelligent dinosaurs, space aliens, and disgraced boxers decked in stars and stripes.

Platform: Xbox One

Killzone: Shadow Fall

We don't know much about Guerrilla Game's next-gen Killzone title, but we do know the game looked darn pretty when Sony demoed it running on the PlayStation 4.

The level we saw being played at this year's E3 had us sneaking around a forest, killing off Helghast soldiers unlucky enough to get in our way.

Platform: PlayStation 4

Super Mario 3D World

The first 3D multiplayer Mario adventure will see you and your soon-to-be ex-friends battling for coins, powerups, and points as you venture across the Mushroom kingdom.

New foes, powerups (including an adorable cat suit), and challenges await when the game arrives in December.

Platform: Wii U

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) assumes the face and husky voice of Metal Gear protagonist Solid Snake as he ventures into Afghanistan.

The tenth game in the Metal Gear Solid series, Phantom Pain picks up where Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker left off. It affords Snake the freedom to complete his mission in an open world—a first for the series.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Oculus Rift

So it’s not technically a game, but the Oculus Rift headgear made big waves this year, serving up virtual reality in a revamped, 1080p package.

Alas there’s still no word on a release date or price, but high-definition jaunts outside of meatspace can’t come soon enough.

Beyond: Two Souls

Billed as a psychological thriller, Beyond: Two Souls has you taking control of Jodie Holmes (Ellen Page) as you live her life from ages 8 to 23.

The trailer shown at this year's E3 depicted Holmes as a badass soldier with supernatural capabilities, and Willem Dafoe will also play an important role in the game.

We still don't know very much about the title, but we'll probably hear more as it gets closer to its October release date.

Platform: PlayStation 3

Quantum Break

A new title from the creators of Max Payne and Alan Wake, Quantum Break marries a traditional live-action TV show with an intense video game.

As the game centers around people who can manipulate time and quantum mechanics, your choices help shape the story you watch in the show.

It’s a tent-pole title for the Xbox One, and a prime example of how Microsoft aims to expand the definition of “entertainment.”

Platform: Xbox One

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Furious flora taking on undead hordes in a tongue-in-cheek send-up of the third person shooter? It’s just crazy enough to work.

PopCap Games’ phenomenal franchise doesn’t usually inspire thoughts of ultra-violence, but we’ll make an exception when these roots spread in the spring.


Xbox 360, Xbox One

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