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E3 2015: What you can expect to see next week

The biggest video game show on the planet returns to Los Angeles next week and, as ever, it’s set to be jam-packed with the hottest new titles. Developers have tried to cram so much into E3 in recent years that they’ve been forced to announce certain games ahead of the event,  simply because there isn’t the space on the Expo floor to unveil them.

This trend continues in 2015, with the likes of Fallout 4, Mirrors Edge and a new Sonic 3DS game having already debuted. With the warm-up nearly over, then, what can we expect to see at the main event next week?

What to expect at E3 2015

1. The biggest games get bigger

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E3 being E3, it’s no great surprise to learn that many of our favorite franchises will tease their next installments at this year’s Expo. Having said that – and if the rumors are to be trusted – this year could see the return of gaming heavyweights particularly close to our hearts, with Metal Gear Solid, Halo, Tomb Raider, Uncharted and Final Fantasy all with new games on the horizon.

We’re especially excited about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, with Konami sure to release a sizable new trailer ahead of the game’s September release date. It’s said that this could be the last Metal Gear game with mastermind Hideo Kojima at the reigns, and if that’s the case you can expect a grand farewell. The game, mostly set in Afghanistan and Africa, promises to take on a new open world style where literally every building and prop on your screen can be interacted with. Those lucky enough to test the new-look Solid Snake are already raving about it, and we can’t wait to learn more next week.

2. Oculus Rift games galore

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2015 was always going to be a big year for Oculus Rift at E3, but it’s now secured its place under the spotlight with the unveiling of the Rift’s official consumer release in the first quarter of next year. At long last, we should add, having first got us hot under the collar (and around the ears) back in 2012.

So, now that Oculus has finally got a release date, what VR games might we expect to see at E3? Titles confirmed by Oculus include Edge of Nowhere, ChronosEVE: Valkyrie, and Lucky Tale, but those are just the ones we know about. Expect to see a host of new announcements at next week’s Expo as well as more on what the future holds for Microsoft’s HoloLens headset.

3. Your favorite Rare games in HD

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Yes, formidable gaming franchises and flashy VR headsets are likely to steal the show at E3 2015, but if there’s another thing that gamers really love it’s nostalgia. If The Verge is right, then those who grew up playing the N64 are about to get one mighty fix of the stuff, hinting at the possibility of a package collection of remastered Rare games.

If that doesn’t mean anything to you, then either you were stuck in your PlayStation bubble or had better things to be doing than looking at the labels on your old games. Allows us to fill you in; Rare is the much-loved studio responsible for Golden Eye, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, Killer Instinct and Conker’s Bad Fur Day, many of which have already been remastered in HD for the Xbox. A package collection which combines them all, then, would be like all our late 90s Christmases coming at once.

4. Guns…so many guns

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There will be a wide variety of games on show at this year’s E3 – and that diversity is improving – but inevitably we’re going to see a lot of male heroes shooting their guns.

So, good news for gamers who like shooting guns, because there’s going to be plenty of guns to shoot. Confirmed and rumored titles appearing at E3 this year include Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Gears of War 4, Splinter Cell, Rainbow 6 and DOOM. Not to mention surprise debuts and the gun games we mentioned earlier, like Halo, Fallout 4 and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

5. Nintendo will bring its A-team

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Nintendo has already confirming that its new Zelda game will not be demoed at this year’s E3, so Wii U-owners will be hoping for something equally juicy to fill the Link-shaped hole. Expect a team of old Nintendo favorites to step-up and fill the gap, with the Star Fox’s latest adventure top of the bill, followed by a new Yoshi game, a Pokemon title for 3DS and Mario Maker, which will allow gamers to build and play their own 2D levels.

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