E3 2014: 6 awesome games you simply cannot miss!
From Uncharted for PlayStation 4 to Halo for Xbox One - we round up the best games of E3 2014 and ask the experts what they think...
10 Jun 2014
Last year's E3 may have been dominated by hardware but at this year's show games took centre stage in Los Angeles.
From the first-time appearances of old favourites on next-gen machines such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to a whole stack of exclusive and cross-platform titles, this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) had some crackers.
Here we handpick a few of our favourites, with some insight from Guy Cocker, gaming journalist, and an expert from Stuff.
Little Big Planet 3 - PlayStation 4
The arrival of PlayStation exclusive and firm fan favourite Little Big Planet onto PS4 was one of the highlights of Sony's E3 press conference.
Tom Parsons of Stuff said the announcement of Little Big Planet for PS4 was a "complete surprise".
He was "pretty excited" at the return of Sack Boy - and with new characters and moves we can see why.
He added: "To me the additional characters should create a whole new depth to co-op play, adding a much greater incentive to get together with your mates to blast through levels, of which there will be over 8.7 million at launch, thanks to the inclusion of all user-created content from the previous games in the series.
"Make no mistake, this is going to be a superb and hilarious party game.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - PlayStation 4
The second big PlayStation 4 exclusive to dominate headlines this week was the arrival of the hugely popular Uncharted franchise on the next-gen console.
In Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, the cult character of Nathan Drake takes centre stage once again. Details on the game are scant; we saw just a short ghost trailer.
However, that was enough to get people excited.
Tom Parsons said: "Uncharted went down brilliantly at the press conference, with a huge cheer going up the moment the Naughty Dog logo came up."
He said having the game confirmed was "hugely exciting" and called lead character Nathan Drake a "charismatic presence".
He added however that challenges lay ahead.
Tom explained: "Uncharted 4 needs to justify its place on next-gen console, not just with pristine 1080p graphics, but with more advanced and ambitious gameplay. Simply a shinier, sharper Uncharted 3 isn't going to cut it, even with the hardcore Drake fans."
Legend of Zelda - Nintendo Wii U
Nintendo has lost a lot of the limelight at recent E3s as the next-gen machines from Sony and Microsoft dominated proceedings.
Its Wii U came before both PS4 and Xbox One, however their next-gen specs and games line-ups put Nintendo's consle in the shade.
However, at its own 'digital event' at E3 this year, Nintendo revealed that the iconic Legend of Zelda would be coming to its Wii U console.
The Wii U features a unique oversized touchscreen gamepad boasting its own screen - it's almost like a mini console in itself and it's designed for better multiplayer gaming.
The new Zelda will be open-world, so players are able to roam wherever they please rather than follow a set a path. It'll star Zelda character, Link. However it won't be out until 2015.
Assassin's Creed: Unity - cross-platform
The latest title in the Assassin's Creed franchise transports players back to the bloody and violent French Revolution.
One of the most eagerly anticipated games of E3, Assassin's Creed: Unity will deliver vast sprawling open environments and gravity-defying acrobatics - making use of next-gen graphics on PS4 and Xbox One,
Guy Cocker, gaming journalist, said: "Assassin's Creed: Unity made an impressive debut at E3. The big new feature is four player co-op play, where four assassins team up together to take on assassination missions together.
"The French Revolution setting combines with the power of the Xbox One, PS4 and high-end PCs to render huge crowds far in advance of what we've seen from the series so far.
"Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was well loved by gamers and critics, so the pressure is on for Ubisoft to top it."
Destiny - cross-platform
The name Bungie has always been shorthand for quality in the gaming world. And the eagerly anticipated Destiny on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will do little to change that.
Guy Cocker said he first played Destiny before flying out to E3 and suggested fans of Halo are in for a treat.
He explained: "It's the new game from the makers of Halo. It's a great game - think the tight combat of Halo with the multiplayer co-op missions of Borderlands.
"It's a seriously ambitious game in terms of scale, with many planets to explore - I've no doubt this will be a big hit in September."
Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection - Xbox One
The rumour mill was abuzz with gossip about Halo 5 in the run up to E3. Microsoft talked about the game during the Xbox press show - but details were scant.
We were shown a teaser trailer and that was about that. However, Microsoft did announce Halo: The Master Chief Collection, in which each instalment of the Halo series is being remade for Xbox One.
Buy Halo: Master Chief Collection and you'll get a go at the Halo 5 beta later this year.
Guy Cocker said: "This isn't being released 'til the end of 2015, so very little is known on the game. As a stopgap, Microsoft is releasing the Halo Master Chief Collection - re-mastered versions of the first four games in the series.
"It will also include a beta for Halo 5, which will go live at Christmas 2014 and will last through to January. Again, I've no doubt that this will be a good game - new developer 343 Industries did a great job with Halo 4 - we just don't know much about the game at this stage."
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - cross platform
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Microsoft kicked off its E3 press conference with a lengthy demo of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the next game in the hugely popular shooter franchise.
In a departure from previous CoD instalments, the new game features some A-list Hollywood talent in the form of Kevin Spacey.
Guy Cocker said the new game seemed to be "a step forward" for the series.
He explained: "The big innovation seems to be advanced technology such as jet packs and drones, although the futuristic setting does remind me a little of EA's recent Titanfall.
"The game certainly boasts the usual improve and bombastic set-pieces and the involvement of Kevin Spacey add some weight to the story, but if I have one issue, it's that there are more impressive shooters at the show, like Rainbow Six and Far Cry 4."
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