Top 8 Most Anticipated Games of E3 2014

Top 8 Most Anticipated Games of E3 2014

The world famous Electronic Entertainment Expo starts next week and the gaming world is eagerly anticipating a number of new titles.

Last year, E3 centered around the Xbox One and PS3 – most notably, the Xbox One’s disastrous presentation.

This year, the focus will be on game developers as they announce a number of exciting new releases for next-gen platforms. Without further ado, here are the top 8 most anticipated games for E3 2014:

1) Super Smash Bros.

How many Super Smash Bros. games have there been? 5? 10? 25? I don’t really know, but there are two new Super Smash Bros. games coming out this year. New characters include Little Mac from Punch-Out as well as Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Super Smash Bros. will be released for 3DS this summer while the Wii U version will arrive in the fall.

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2) Batman: Arkham Knight

The “Arkham” series of Batman games have been critically-acclaimed and beloved by gamers. After a slew of disappointing superhero titles, the world needed a good series of Batman games, and that’s exactly what was delivered.

In 2015, developer Rocksteady will take the reins back from Warner Bros. Games Montreal – which developed the average-reviewed Arkham Origins. Rocksteady previously developed Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, so gamers are hoping the developer can recapture the magic from earlier games.

Expect Arkham Knight to be showcased at E3. The game will be released sometime in 2015.

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3) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Like it or not, every upcoming Call of Duty game is going to make the list of “top upcoming E3 titles”. The next Call of Duty game is called Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and it takes the fight to futuristic battlefields.

Notable improvements to the series include the antagonist – voiced and virtually acted by an evil Kevin Spacey – as well as the hero, a member of a private mercenary group unconnected to any country. Cool technologies we’ve seen so far include strength-enhancing armor, cloaking technology, and all sorts of other sci-fi weaponry.

Is Advanced Warfare a desperate attempt to find new material for a creaky, aging series? Or is it the refreshing take the game needs to be taken seriously again? We’ll find out at E3 and when the game is released on November 4, 2014.

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4) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher series is one of the best fantasy games ever created. The Witcher is based on a series of Polish novels (which have since been translated into English). It places gamers in control of the hero, Geralt of Rivia, who is tasked with eradicating monsters from the face of the planet.

The Witcher 3 will be significantly larger than any Witcher game to date and will take full advantage of next-gen console technology. We can’t wait to learn more about this game at E3 2014.

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5) Halo 5: Guardians

Yes, the world is getting treated to another Halo game. Microsoft wasn’t going to abandon the franchise so easily after purchasing the intellectual property rights from Bungie.

We know next to nothing about Halo 5: Guardians. In fact, the only thing we know comes from last year’s E3, when Microsoft showed a Master Chief-looking figure walking through an alien desert landscape.

One thing we can theorize about Halo 5 is that it will be an Xbox One-exclusive. Microsoft wants its flagship console to succeed and making a Halo game its “killer app” would certainly help.

New Master Chief? New environments? New console tech? Halo 5 could be the best story of E3.

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6) Destiny

I’d feel bad if I talked about the new Halo 5 game but didn’t talk about Destiny.

Destiny is being developed by Bungie. Destiny is the first major post-Halo project for Bungie and it offers a similar gaming experience complete with sci-fi weapons and magic.

In Destiny, players are a “Guardian” of humanity’s last city. The game will feature exploration of barren wastelands and ruins. It will be released in September 2014 and extensively previewed at E3.

If you think this sounds a lot like Halo 5, then you’re absolutely right. Even the name “Guardians” is shared between the two titles. You can take the Halo out of Bungie, but you can’t take the Bungie out of Halo. Or something like that.

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7) Tom Clancy’s The Division

The Division was another game that stole the show at E3 2013. At E3 2014, we’ll learn more about the upcoming title.

In The Division, players are tasked with protecting society after a major disaster. The most unique part of The Division is its persistent online gameplay – although we don’t exactly know what that means.

Here’s what we do know: The Division was originally going to be released in 2014 but was recently pushed back to 2015. At E3, we’ll learn more.

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8) Mortal Kombat X

There have literally been dozens of Mortal Kombat games released over the last three decades. Mortal Kombat X isn’t technically the tenth entry in the series, but it’s close enough.

Mortal Kombat X will be the first MK game since 2012’s Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition. Gamers are already salivating for this entry, which promises to be the “bloodiest” game ever.

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