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The games of E3 2015

Kingdom Hearts 3

The crazy train that is Kingdom Hearts 3 picked up a bit of steam at this year's E3, with a new trailer that was light on details and heavy on bombastic, over-the-top setpieces. We're talking weaponized Disney rides - such as roller coasters, swinging ships, and the ever popular teacup ride - mowing down swaths of Heartless. Sora's Keyblade can apparently transform itself into several oversized super weapons that spew fireworks all over the screen. And all this was punctuated by what appeared to be a young Master Xehanort and Master Eraqus playing a needlessly complicated variant of chess. Kingdom Hearts 3 is going to be a Disney-sized spectacle, but that's about all we know for sure.

Mad Max

The post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max is a desolate wasteland where having precious resources like water, working weapons, and gasoline determines whether you live or die. In the Mad Max game, you play as Max as he attempts to survive the harsh, open-world environment full of bloodthirsty raiding parties that drive nitrous-fueled, armored dune buggies. Even though the movie, Mad Max: Fury Road, is already out, we still have to wait until September to play out your wasteland driving fantasies.

No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky blew us away when it premiered at E3 2013, thanks to its out-of-this-world massive scale. The procedurally generated universe spreads seemingly into infinity, and the chances of a single player actually exploring all of it seem slim to none. But this year, we know there's more to the game than just being really, really, really ridiculously large. Now we know how you'll make your way through the universe, and you can choose what impact you leave on the worlds you visit. You can only take scans and leave only footprints, or you can blow holes in mountains and take all those valuable minerals for yourself. But be careful, because too much destruction will anger the robo-space-police, and they'll gun you down without a second thought. All of that together sounds like a fun sci-fi adventure that doesn't take itself too seriously, and we're ready to take the first step.

Persona 5

Once again, players will be able to take control of a high school student with the power to summon a Persona (a powerful spirit) to battle monsters, as they deal with the day to day troubles of being a teenager. This time the protagonist has a bit of a dark side, as he puts on a bird mask and performs nightly heists with a few of his classmates. The developers didn't show much of the game that was new, but it was revealed that Persona 5 will be coming to the US by the end of 2015. So that's something.

The Last Guardian

The Last Guardian is alive and well, and it's coming to the PlayStation 4. Trico and his pet boy (or is it the other way around?) are a team, looking to escape the ancient ruins that theyve found themselves in. The boy had been kidnapped under strange circumstances, and the two need to help each other to figure out how to traverse (and hopefully escape) their towering prison in the sky. From what weve seen, the boy is going to need to rely on his cat-bird-dog friend to catch him when he falls - but in turn, the boy can give his giant friend a hand as well. At least we know we dont have to wait several more years to see this game again: its scheduled to come in 2016.


From the studio that brought you Borderlands (and Aliens: Colonial Marines, but let's do our best to put that out of our memory) comes a sci-fi co-op shooter with cartoonish visuals. Okay, so on paper Battleborn sounds pretty darn similar to Gearbox's (in)famously raunchy games about Vault Hunters and space bandits. But Battleborn changes things just enough by infusing MOBA-style elements to be unique, while still nailing that 'epic fun with friends' feeling. We'll find out if Battleborn is on par with the competition when it releases in winter of this year.

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