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Thursday, 5 June 2014

E3 2014: Top 5 Most Anticipated Games

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Our bodies are ready- is yours? The games industry's hottest annual event is on its way!
There's no denying that as industry events go, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is the hallmark of video gaming excellence, bringing with it an unparalleled array of never-before-seen titles and world exclusive reveals. This year's conference is likely to be no different, and whilst it's impossible to guess which products are going to be unveiled for the first time at Microsoft, Sony, EA and Ubisoft's press conferences next Monday (Nintendo's Digital Event will follow these the next day), we can at least round up some of the finest next-gen and current-gen experiences which we know for certain will be making an appearance in some form.

Let's not dilly or dally any longer, then- read on below to discover the five (already announced) video games which we're most looking forward to seeing in greater detail at E3 2014:

5. BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT- That Rocksteady's final fully-fledged entry in their Arkham franchise ranks at the lower end of our Most Anticipated list may initially come as a shock to seasoned followers of On-Screen, but withhold your outbursts of rage for a moment as we explain why. The development team are currently teasing new footage of the Batmobile and its tank-esque Battle Mode to be revealed at E3, and whilst we're undoubtedly excited to see the Caped Crusader's traditional mode of transport in action, if that's all we have to look forward to as opposed to an extended game-play demo, then the wait until Arkham Knight's (now delayed to 2015) worldwide release is going to be that much more difficult as a result.
4. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA WII U- We caught only the briefest of glimpses of what Nintendo might have in store for Link and his titular damsel in distress's first appearance on the Nintendo WiiU home console at E3 2013, so expect to see plenty more of The Legend of Zelda for WiiU at the publisher's Digital Event on Tuesday June 10th. The unprecedented success of the franchise's last instalment, Skyward Sword, should hopefully have propelled its development team into brave new territory in an attempt to truly shake up the status quo for the series' next-generation début...
3. ALIEN: ISOLATION- Before you say it, yes, we've been in this position many times before. SEGA have quite a history of ultimately disappointing fans when it comes to their licensed Alien video games, yet their ongoing projects have arguably never showed more promise than Isolation does. First announced earlier this year, it'll pick up over a decade after the events of Ridley Scott's classic original film with Ellen Ripley (the daughter of Sigourney Weaver's beloved protagonist Amanda) desperately searching to find the truth about her mother's sudden disappearance. If the audience's fear factor isn't ramped up to 11 within minutes of the latest gameplay trailer kicking off, then we know that Creative Assembly are doing something wrong!
2. ASSASSIN'S CREED: UNITY- Details on the sixth consecutive annual Assassin's Creed instalment in six years have been scarce ever since Ubisoft were forced to reveal it ahead of schedule back in March, but you can be sure that Unity will receive a full unveiling at the publisher's press conference come Monday. Set to the backdrop of the French Revolution, it'll only be released on next-generation consoles (which means that we can expect near-unrivalled graphical fidelity here), but current-gen gamers may well learn of a new Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 entry called Assassin's Creed: Comet (featuring a different Assassin and a new setting) too if reports are to be believed.
1. STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT- DICE answered our prayers at E3 last year by revealing that they were hard at work on a revival of the beloved Star Wars: Battlefront third-person-shooter strategy franchise, and twelve months on, we'd be shocked if they don't have some concrete game-play footage to showcase at EA's press conference. The return of the Hoth battle-arena was hinted at heavily in the E3 2013 teaser trailer, yet quite honestly, we'd like to see a few arenas which have yet to feature in the series so as to be reassured that the Battlefield developers aren't simply sticking to the tropes which made the first two games such surprising smash hits...

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