The big guns.

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E3. Games. We’ll scrutnise every last detail that comes out the show, but at its core, E3 is all about games. E3 is as AAA as it comes with only the biggest names dominating the show. gamescom is a chance for the lesser-known stuff to come to the forefront, but gamescom is not for another two months so lets leave Cologne for another while yet.

Los Angeles is where the big dance is at and at the big dances, it’s all about the popular kids. And I’ll be honest, this list epitomises it. For a game to appear on this list – or even be given a special mention – gameplay must have been shown, be it a full on demo in a gameplay video or even a good chunk of it in a trailer. These are the best games to have come out from E3 2013.

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5 – inFamous: Second Son (PlayStation 4)

I’ve been a fan of the previous two inFamous games (though I’ve yet to play it Festival of Blood yet – get it on PS Plus!), but Second Son looks like it’ll go further then its previous efforts. Now going for a more mature telling in a real-world setting of Seattle, its gameplay demo at this year’s E3 was one of the most technically impressive whilst maintaining what made the first two inFamous games good. Sucker Punch might well be on to a winner.

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4 – Tom Clancy’s The Division (PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PC)

The unveil of this new IP didn’t make quite such a punch compared to last year’s unveil of Watch Dogs, though that might come down to it being a new IP announced at the tail end of a hardware cycle while new IPs are starting to come left and right now PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are out of the shadows. But out of any new IP announced this week, The Division is still most certainly the most impressive of the lot, both on a technical and gameplay level. Add in what appears to be a serious focus of multi-device connectivity and an intriguing premise to the game’s story – a serious outbreak – and The Division has a massive potential on its shoulders. This could be quite promising.

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3 – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PlayStation 3/Xbox 360)

I’ve already said my piece on The Phantom Pain but I’m gonna try again. MGS5 looks incredible – and this is before you add in the factor the trailer, which featured the first proper look at gameplay, shown this past week was running on current-gen (PS3/360) spec – but’s the taboo elements of the game which could clinch it. We’ve had certain themes run throughout the series to date and mature topics like censorship, nuclear war and more in specific games, but never the like of the taboo subjects shown in the trailer. Plus, I am above all else a Metal Gear fanboy – after all, until recently, MGS3 was my favorite game ever – this is a no-brainer for me. Should probably finish Peace Walker, though.

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2 – Final Fantasy XV (PlayStation 4/Xbox One)

Final Fantasy Versus XIII is dead. Long live Final Fantasy XV. That’s what I wrote yesterday but the sentiment bears repeating. XV under its former moniker of Versus was the most intriguing game under the old Fabula Nova Crystallis saga (and this is coming from someone was overly excited for XIII, only to be stung hard by the end result). An action-suited Final Fantasy akin to Kingdom Hearts, coming from one of the last stalwarts of the series’ golden era in Tetsuya Nomura. Excited? Not even close to describing it. I’m hoping now its full finally out there again, we’ll start to see more of it and – maybe perhaps – see a 2014 release. If push comes to shove, yeah, I’ll probably import from Japan again (FTR: I did for FFXIII, but this might be actually worth it this time!).

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Game of E3 2013: 1 – Destiny (PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PlayStation 3/Xbox 360)

To say I am giddy at the seems for Destiny is an understatement. Halo 3 and Halo Reach are two of the finest shooters I’ve played this generation, while Halo 3: ODST is vastly underrated in comparison to other Halo games. But Destiny’s gameplay debut at Sony’s E3 press conference was massively incredible, as was going from a closed co-op session into a massive public session in an incredible seamless transition. Essentially an open-world FPS with MMO elements, Bungie has presented what is – in my eyes – my most anticipated title of next year and also my 2013 Game of E3.

Special mentions: Watch Dogs, Battlefield 4, Bayonetta 2, Killzone: Shadow Fall, DriveClub, Knack, Titanfall, Batman: Arkham Origins and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare.

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