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With E3 right around the corner it’s time to get your bets on. June 15-17 – are you ready?

Each year the big three have their press conferences where they will be showing off games, unveiling some for the first time etc. And many games will be playable on the show floor.

It’s a big old spectacle and I love every minute of it, even when I’m just watching from home – 6702 miles away.

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What I want to see:

So Gears of War 3 was announced already – we know the release date, but we still haven’t seen the game in action apart from grizzled Dom in the unveil trailer.

It’s Fable 3’s time to shine. I know some people hate how action-oriented the series is becoming, but I’m actually fascinated to see RPG’s evolve. Numbers and skill trees aren’t the only way to tell a story.

Some more of Halo: Reach. Now that they’ve shown people good times through the multiplayer Beta, Bungie should focus on flaunting the story campaign.

What I don’t want to see:

Casual Natal games.

What will probably happen:

Casual Natal games. We still don’t have a real name for Project Natal, pricepoint or really what games are built to use Natal. It was a big focus last year and it’s a no brainer really, it’s going to be a big focus again.

Everyone keeps saying there’s going to be an Xbox 360 Slim. I’m going to oppose this view and say that there won’t be any slim revision announced. Please don’t ban me from the forums if I’m wrong!

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What I want to see:

I think pretty much everyone is looking forward to Team Ico‘s latest work, The Last Guardian, starring that adorable cat griffin thing.

LittleBigPlanet 2. I don’t know if I’ll ever play it, but if it lets people create awesome stuff, give the tools to the future game designers of tomorrow I say. Oh and kids creating stuff ain’t too bad a thing either.

What I don’t want to see:

Sony’s new PlayStation Network Premium. This service sounds like it’s just cashing in and not really improving the service in any substantial way. And for what it’s worth, the PS3’s online isn’t as bad as people say it is!

What will probably happen:

PlayStation Move. Sony’s really gotta pull out the stops now. Competing against both the Wii and the 360, they need to prove that their motion control scheme tops all. And what better than a killer app (kickass game).

PSP Go was released last year to limited success so I think it might be too soon for a PSP 2. The iPhone has truly taken over the handheld console market (though the DS is still the world leader), if the next PSP is to succeed they need to develop more of those pick up and play titles and make it a gadget worth carrying around.

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What I want to see:

Super Mario Galaxy 2. It’s basically out before E3 starts. But it’s as good a place as any to show it off some more, especially for us kiwis when we have to wait until July to get our hands on it.

I know I’m only dreaming here but I would love it if Nintendo revamped their online service so that a single profile is tied to all your online-enabled Nintendo consoles. Get rid of friend codes and make it possible to transfer old purchases to new consoles.

What I don’t want to see:

The Vitality Sensor that was mysteriously unveiled at E3 last year – the one we haven’t heard anything about since. And I still don’t think it’s worth waiting for a Wii Fit Motion Plus Health Adapter.

What will probably happen:

The Nintendo press conference is usually a snore, and apart from a few core games, the rest of the show is usually devoted to the casual crowd.

The 3DS. I’m not sure if video or an on-stage demonstration will be able to present the 3D effect, but here’s hoping the folks at ground zero will be able to test it out, and let us know whether it’s worth getting hyped up about.

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What I want to see:

Valve and Portal 2. There was going to be a big event until it was cancelled, and instead a surprise is planned in it’s wake. For what was a sleeper hit originally, Portal 2 seems to be stepped up in the marketing department, and as a big budget release I’m a little conflicted over whether that’s a good thing.

Of course Half-Life Episode 3 has yet to make an appearance, the one game I’m really holding out for. I don’t know how much publicity Valve gave the other two episodes, but you would’ve thought we’d have seen something by now. There was a mysterious promotional image released recently, and just as I was about to die happy, reports are coming out that it’s a fake.

It’s a bit early yet for Respawn Entertainment (the ex-Infinity Ward folks) to show anything off yet. I’m interested to see if Insomniac Games are ready to announce their new multiplatform game. Oh and we can’t forget Bungie’s new game for Activision.

What I don’t want to see:

Another Guitar Hero game – woops I spoke too soon. And Rock Band: Green Day, but that’s a bit unfair – each to their own I guess, I’d want Rock Band: U2!

More extreme anti-piracy measures, such as online-only Ubisoft titles.

What will probably happen:

Strangely Rockstar have pulled out of E3 this year and are going to do their own thing. They explained that they’re not quite ready to show off what they’re working on. Perhaps they just want their news to stand out, instead of trying to shout over everyone else – who knows?

We’re more than likely going to see new stuff on the following games…

Starcraft II
Medal of Honor
Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Super Scribblenauts
Crackdown 2
Batman: Arkham Asylum 2
Dead Space 2
The Force Unleashed 2
Rock Band 3 – there’s a rumour going around that a keytar might be in the works!
Bulletstorm
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Killzone 3
Fallout: New Vegas
Gran Turismo 5
Crysis 2
Dead Rising 2
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Epic Mickey
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

So there’s my guesstimates for E3 – it’s undoubtedly gonna be a big one. I’m also praying to see some indie titles, or smaller XBLA titles. What are your predictions for E3 this year?

Note that my opinions do not necessarily reflect those of ButtonMasher’s. 🙂

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