Each year major video game developers use the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to reveal their most anticipated titles for the coming year. Here is a list of the best-looking and most exciting games unveiled during the 2013 event. -- Michael Cusanelli (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Beyond: Two Souls (PlayStation 3)
“Beyond: Two Souls” has been one of the most highly anticipated games of the current generation of systems, which is no small feat considering the number of triple-A titles set to be released this year. "Beyond" is the latest project from acclaimed game director David Cage, and follows Academy-Award nominees Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe as the story’s main characters. Page plays Jodie Holmes, a girl with a mysterious connection to a powerful spiritual force as she tries to discover her purpose. Like Cage’s previous games, "Beyond: Two Souls" features gorgeously rendered facial animations and promises a cinematic gameplay experience. And fans won’t have to wait long to play this one, either – “Beyond: Two Souls” is slated to ship later this year.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
At its E3 conference, Nintendo unveiled a trailer for the latest Legend of Zelda game, titled “A Link Between Worlds.” From the trailer, the game appears to hearken back to the classic Zelda title “A Link to the Past” and allows gamers to switch between a 2D flat version of Link and a 3-D version of Link to traverse the game world and move past obstacles. The game is played using the top-down style of the original Legend of Zelda games with improved graphics and 3-D capabilities for Nintendo’s newest handheld. With “A Link Between Worlds,” it looks as though Nintendo is aiming to recapture the retro feel of previous Zelda titles while simultaneously switching up gameplay elements to keep fans on their toes.
Star Wars Battlefront
Even though the trailer for the new "Battlefront" game is less than 30 seconds, the official announcement for the long-awaited sequel to “Star Wars Battlefront 2” is a very welcome addition to this year’s E3. The new Battlefront will likely expand on the previous game’s flair for large-scale land and space battles on planets throughout the Star Wars universe between factions such as the Rebel Alliance, the Empire and the clone saga. The game’s unveiling comes as some relief to longtime Star Wars gamers considering Battlefront’s shaky development history and Disney’s decision to close down LucasArts earlier this year.
Kingdom Hearts 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Sony finally revealed the long-anticipated "Kingdom Hearts 3" for PlayStation 4, and from first glance, it looks like it will be well worth the wait. Developer Square Enix was closelipped on the details of the title, but did show a very brief demo of the game featuring Sora and the classic Heartless enemies. IGN has reported that the game is also coming to Xbox One, making it the first Kingdom Hearts title to be on a Microsoft console.
The Order: 1886 (PlayStation 4)
"The Order: 1886" comes from developer Ready at Dawn Studios and features steampunk knights fighting aliens in an alternate-history version of the Industrial Revolution. The game looks beautiful in early trailers and features gameplay that is said to be visually identical to the cinematic scenes in what might be one of the most creative titles to be debuted at this year’s E3.
Mirror’s Edge 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
EA Games showed off a slick-looking version of "Mirror’s Edge 2," the sequel to the cult-classic first-person running game that debuted on Xbox 360 and PS3 several years ago. From the initial trailer, the game centers on Faith, the first game’s heroine, as she once again fights for freedom from oppressive government forces, all while leaping and sliding across another visually appealing cityscape.
Halo (Xbox One)
The untitled Halo project definitely turned some heads at Microsoft’s news conference, and you can be sure that this next-Gen Halo is going to be something to keep an eye on. The teaser trailer showed the Master Chief walking through a windy desert, only to be confronted by a giant robotic creature that looks similar to the Promethean enemies from Halo 4. Though brief, the trailer marked the first of what's sure to be an onslaught of Halo-related news and updates as the calendar nears the holiday season.
Mario and Luigi: Dream Team (3DS)
Nintendo revealed the first trailer for "Mario and Luigi: Dream Team" at their E3 news conference — and it looks very impressive. Even those fatigued from the constant stream of games starring the little red plumber and his buddies, this title could be worth checking out. It has Mario and Luigi teaming up yet again to travel into Luigi’s dreams in order to rescue Princess Peach. From the latest trailer, it appears Nintendo has managed to craft new ways for the brothers to fight enemies while bringing its typical brand of engaging gameplay.
Quantum Break (Xbox One)
The fact that the gorgeous CG trailer for "Quantum Break" offers few clues as to what this game is actually about, may only add to gamers' anticipation for the forthcoming title. The scenes displayed at E3 feature some of the most realistic human faces seen in a video game and a cool time-freeze element, which is sure to factor heavily into gameplay. The fact that it's being developed by Alan Wake alum Remedy Entertainment makes the game all the more exciting.
New Super Smash Bros. (Wii U and 3DS)
At Nintendo’s E3 Conference, the company showed a video of their newest Super Smash Bros. title, which will be available on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS next year. The popular four-player fighting game is being updated with enhanced graphics, new battlegrounds, and new characters. Nintendo has confirmed that Mega Man and The Villager from Animal Crossing will both be playable characters in the next Smash Bros. title. If the new Smash Bros. is anything like the Wii’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl, this is going to be another game Nintendo fans won’t want to miss.