Ah, E3. Sometimes it features great E3 moments, other times there are embarrassing E3 moments, but no matter what, it's always exciting. Each year, E3 offers the best looks at the hottest upcoming games, and this year's event is stacked to the moon. And that's putting it lightly.
All in all, this year's E3 has potential to be one of the best ever, and that's thanks to the multitude of high quality, excellent looking games that will be showcased during the event. With the eighth generation starting to find its stride, E3 2015 is poised to completely blow away expectations.
With all the great games set to be shown at the event, it was hard to narrow it down, but here are the 10 games we're most looking forward to seeing at E3 2015. Hint: The number "4" is featured heavily in our list:
10. Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront is a great example of a well done E3 surprise. At E3 2013, EA needed to only show a short teaser trailer to send hype levels through the roof, as it was announced that DICE was working on a new Battlefront game.
Since its initial announcement, Battlefront has been somewhat reclusive, as there has yet to be any actual gameplay footage. While epic Endor battles are certainly fun to watch, gamers, especially those skeptical about DICE's ability to pull the game off, are anxious to see the gameplay itself in action. The wait is almost over, as it's been confirmed that the very first gameplay footage of Star Wars Battlefront will be unveiled at this year's E3 event.
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9. Star Fox
Nintendo's 2015 admittedly looks a little bare, mostly due to a gigantic Zelda-sized hole, as the next game in the franchise was delayed to 2016. To make matters worse, The Legend of Zelda Wii U game won't even be shown at this year's E3. While a lack of Zelda is definitely disappointing, hardcore Nintendo fans do have one major Wii U game to look forward to seeing, and it's the revival of a franchise that hasn't had a console release since 2005 on the GameCube.
Star Fox has been missing in action on consoles for over a decade now, but Nintendo's beloved sci-fi franchise is looking to make its triumphant return later this year. Since its secretive reveal at E3 2014, Nintendo has relegated Star Fox to a short off-screen appearance. That secrecy finally ends at E3 2015, as not only will the new Star Fox be featured at the event, but it will even be playable on the show floor.
Speaking of franchise revivals, id Software is bringing back one of the most popular and influential first-person shooters in history with DOOM. The fourth main installment in the series has been in development for many years now, and has undergone a variety of changes since its initial inception, dropping the "4" and becoming a full reboot in the process.
Fans have been eagerly anticipating new information on DOOM, and luckily it will be featured during Bethesda's first ever E3 press conference this year. Better yet, DOOM is expected to have a fully-fledged gameplay reveal during the event, not just a cinematic trailer.
7. Mirror's Edge 2
The original Mirror's Edge is the definition of a cult classic. The game featured highly innovative gameplay and was praised for being unlike anything else, but didn't sell quite that well. Eventually, though, it developed a large enough fan base over time to justify a sequel.
At one time, the chances that we'd ever see Mirror's Edge 2 were fairly slim, but now the game is actually closer to becoming a reality than ever before, expected to release in early 2016. With its release just on the horizon, Mirror's Edge 2 will likely be a large focus during EA's press conference, so fans of the series should tune in to see the new game in action.
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6. No Man's Sky
No indie game has managed to stir up quite as much hype as No Man's Sky. Developed by an incredibly small team, the game still manages to have more scope and imagination than most high budget releases. It's hard to do the game justice with just a brief explanation, but basically, No Man's Sky features an impossibly expansive universe, in which players are free to explore, hopping from planet to planet, all of which are procedurally generated.
To put things into perspective, not even the developers themselves are quite certain what each planet has in store, and they claim that to fully explore the game, it would take 5 billion years in real time. Good luck, completionists.
5. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Sony's heavy hitter for 2015 was supposed to be Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, but the game was unfortunately delayed to 2016. Granted, the game will still be available by April of next year, so the wait won't be too bad for fans of the franchise. In any case, Uncharted 4 is shaping up to potentially be the best entry in the series to date, with some of the best graphics ever featured in a video game, and multiplayer designed by the critically acclaimed team behind The Last of Us.
For the most part, Sony has kept a lid on Uncharted 4, but E3 is when the lid comes off. Considering it is easily the biggest PS4 exclusive on the horizon by a significant margin, expect Nathan Drake to be the stars of Sony's E3 press conference this year
4. Halo 5: Guardians
With Zelda and Uncharted out of the picture in 2015, Microsoft has an opportunity to seriously push Xbox One systems into consumers' homes, as their major 2015 title is still on track. Halo 5: Guardians is coming October 27th of this year, and just like Nathan Drake will be the star of Sony's press conference, Master Chief will most certainly be representing the Xbox brand in full force. E3 goers should be able to expect extended looks at the game's campaign and multiplayer, which will very likely further cement Halo 5 as the premiere FPS and exclusive game to have in 2015.
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The involvement of Mass Effect 4 at this year's E3 was made apparent by a cryptic Tweet sent out by franchise producer Michael Gamble of BioWare. Mass Effect 4 is definitely one of the most exciting games to look forward to at this year's event, mainly because there's been hardly any concrete information about the game since it was officially confirmed at last year's E3. EA has been stingy with the details, but a blowout of Mass Effect 4 is incoming, and fans only have to wait a couple more weeks to discover where their next adventure on the Normandy will take them.
2. Gears of War 4
As it stands, Microsoft has a chance to "win" E3 thanks to the previously mentioned Halo 5: Guardians, as well as the full reveal of Gears of War 4. The game has been in development for a while now, and even though many speculated that it was going to be shown at E3, it was only recently that official confirmation came. The former Black Tusk Studios, now known as The Coalition, made the confirmation, and its reveal is certainly going to be one of the biggest stories coming out of E3 week.
Gears of War as a franchise may also be represented by more than just Gears of War 4, as the existence of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition has been leaked. It's apparently a remake of the original game in the series, and smart money is that it will release this fall with Gears of War 4 set to be the big Xbox One game of 2016. One thing's for certain, fans of Gears of War simply cannot miss Microsoft's E3 2015 press conference.
1. Fallout 4
Bethesda has gamers everywhere shaking with excitement, as they have finally announced Fallout 4. The game has topped wish lists for years, and judging by the trailer, it has potential to live up to the hype and then some. Set in post-apocalyptic Boston, Fallout 4 appears to show life before, during, and after the nuclear crisis that ravaged the Earth in the franchise's universe.
Hopefully Fallout 4 at E3 brings with it gameplay footage and answers to some questions surrounding the game. Rumors indicate that the game may release as soon as later this year, and there are also rumblings of a possible last-gen version of the game as well. Hopefully Bethesda can clear the air when they showcase Fallout 4 at this year's extremely exciting E3 2015.
The games featured on this list are the ones that are for sure going to be featured at E3. However, part of the fun of E3 are the big surprises, and usually those steal the show. Considering the heavyweight games that are already announced, seeing if any of the surprises this year's event will have in store can top them is going to be interesting indeed.
What games are you most looking forward to at E3 2015? Let us know in the comments!