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The best Es in gaming that aren't E3

Why are we celebrating Es? Well, E3's just around the corner and it's got three of 'em. Electronic Entertainment Expo, right? So we thought we'd celebrate this oft-maligned letter cos... well, let's face it, no-one else is going to.

 

E is for... Epona

Link's horsey is so cool, she's got her own song. How many horses have their own song? Exactly. She's also in Zelda games from different time periods, yet she's apparently the same horse, which makes her hundreds of years old. Maybe that's what the words to her tune are - "Horse that's old / horse that's old / horse that's old but cool".


Above: Awesome horse eats awesome sauce for breakfast

 

E is for... End boss

You know it's the end boss. Why? Because you just beat what could only be described as the 'last' boss and now something friggin enormous has emerged and plonked itself down in front of you with a look that says 'I'm going to kill you to death'. It's got 8,000 life bar segments, a special attack that you can only dodge if you picked up the cantaloupe spanner silencer at the start of level 1 and it's got the game's credits tattooed on its arse.


Above: You've only got 19 seconds left as Super Sonic, Sonic. Do 'im!

  

E is for... Electric attack

Electricity paralyses fleshy enemies. It short-circuits robot enemies. It courses through water and destroys duck-based enemies. In short, electrical attacks are awesome. Think it's co-incidence that the most famous Pokemon of them all is Electric-type? Let's see how your crumby Piplup does againt Pikachu, shall we? Yeah, come back when you've grown some Voltorbs.


Above: You'd look happy too if you could do that. Shazam!

 

E is for... E Honda

Hundred Hand Slap! Ah, memories. Like when you're fighting Bison at the end of Street Fighter II and your mum looks at you hammering the punch button when you've got him cornered and says "I think it's time to switch that off now". It wasn't that you'd gone insane, nor that you'd turned into some button mashing imbecile over the hour you'd been playing it. It's a legitimate move that requires fast consecutive presses, mother. But... we can see how it might not have looked that way.


Above: E Honda may be fat, but he sure can slap stuff

 

E is for... Emotion engine

PlayStation 2's brain gave us some of the best years of our gaming lives and it's all down to this little chip. We remember something at PS2's unveiling about how it would let AI characters smell things and feel sad, happy or anything else, which was quite unlike anything seen before. Yup it was that powerful. Sadly, it was also like nothing seen after, leaving everybody rather bemused. Oh, well that's an emotion right there, so it worked. Sort of.


Above: The 'Emotion Engine' inside every PS2. Pretty emotionless really

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36 comments

  • Ninja-KiLLR - June 20, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    E is for enraged. A common side effect of online multiplier games. Used in a sentence- I became seriously enraged when the enemy took a whole clip them turned around and killed me with one shot.
  • american101 - June 14, 2010 1:04 p.m.

    Wow, thats... thats just Friggin sweet.
  • Billiam101 - June 14, 2010 2:17 a.m.

    I have a good one... E is for Easter Egg See that, that is a double E, that is just Epic, man i am on a roll.
  • GameManiac - June 14, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    E is for...E-Gad! All the good ones were taken.
  • Clovin64 - June 13, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    Easy mode rocks! Hard mode just kicks my ass over and over again and makes me cry like a little girl. I always pick easy mode first time around. In fact I usually need to play easy mode through a couple of times before I feel brave enough to venture into the harsh waters of the dreaded Normal difficulty. I suck, I know.
  • scotchtape27 - June 13, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    Really can't believe anyone hasn't said this yet, E is for Explosions
  • 2Girls1CupOfSorrow - June 13, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    E is for Eating Shit, which I do in every FPS I've ever played.
  • Smeggs - June 12, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    E is for...Eviscerate: Because where would games be these days without the ability to violently disembowel your opponents on an almost professional level with an assault rifle with a chainsaw welded to it? E is for...ESRB rating system: Because it is easy to see that without that big M plastered on the front of a lot of games, some wouldn't get as much attention. Along with the rating of E and E10+. E is for...Eggman: One of the most Iconic game villains ever (Until, y'know, the games he was in started to suck). E is for…Energy Sword (thought this one was obvious): Come on, it’s an Energy Sword, the only reason it needs is that it’s Halo’s equivalent of a light saber. Not to mention it has a zoom attack, instantly kills everyone, has a quicker melee attack that still instantly kills everyone, and it looks badass too. And also, ZOMBIES USE IT, and who doesn’t like zombies? Those are all the good ones I could come up with that I didn’t see posted already.
  • NoMoreNiceGuy - June 12, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    E is for Erotic
  • vincentdarkwood - June 12, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    you missed the most important E "Evereyone"
  • nemesisuprising - June 12, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    E is for Energy beam
  • thecakeisapie - June 12, 2010 5:07 p.m.

    E is for...Expansion Pack Because if the game was fun the first 20 hours, its still gonna be fun for 3 more
  • AuthorityFigure - June 12, 2010 noon

    F is for ...Doh!
  • philipshaw - June 12, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    Great article, this is the sort of thing GR is great at
  • jmcgrotty - June 12, 2010 7:29 a.m.

    Electronic Entertainment Expo has 6 E's.
  • Kisokuiki - June 12, 2010 5:35 a.m.

    E tanks!
  • speno93 - June 12, 2010 1:24 a.m.

    E is for..Easter eggs, oh Lost island in Just Cause 2, how we love thee.
  • Kjha - June 12, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    E is for...Escargot Which may sound like a speedy vehicle in the next big cart racer "Alphabet Highway" but is really just a fancy word for snail.
  • Spybreak8 - June 11, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    E is for EEEEEEEE! - everyone at E3 or watching it.
  • brickman409 - June 11, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    E is for Enclave!

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