Andrew Passafiume

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After three games and a handful of titles borrowing its approach to combat and stealth, the “final” game in Rocksteady’s Arkham series is here. Batman: Arkham Knight follows the tradition of the previous games, seeking to expand the scope even more by giving you a handful of new abilities and way to traverse the gigantic city of Gotham.

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1418317508-jc3-screenshot-freefallbase1-11-1418315493-12-2014While Square Enix is known for its classic JRPG franchises, it has expanded its portfolio in recent years with a nice variety of Western titles as well, with its conference focused on a mix of big franchises and localization announcements.

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For the third year running, Nintendo skipped a traditional press conference in favor of its Nintendo Direct presentation, giving us the return of some legendary franchises and a few new details on already announced titles.

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Just when you thought this year’s E3 couldn’t get crazier, Sony brought out some of the biggest reveals of the show so far, including the return of a classic franchise, a long-rumored remake and some new projects from Sony’s internal studios.

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Ubisoft’s E3 conference brought us plenty of what we expected, complete with appearances from Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, a few smaller titles and their traditional show ending reveal.

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After last year’s E3 press conference devoted mostly to titles without much to show, EA stepped it up this year with some gameplay demos of their upcoming catalog of games, including plenty of Star Wars, their slate of upcoming sports titles and a couple of surprises.

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Microsoft took the stage at this year’s E3 with a handful of new titles from their big franchises, a bunch of indie console-exclusives, a demonstration of their new Hololens technology and a few exciting surprises.

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Bethesda’s first E3 press conference started the yearly pre-E3 events off early with a handful of already announced titles and a few surprises.

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Despite not being as prolific or revered as Lord of the Rings or A Song of Ice and Fire, Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher novels have maintained a significant following in Europe since the early 1990s. Thanks to developer CD Projekt Red, The Witcher has begun to rise in popularity in the past decade, and with the release of the third game in the series, Wild Hunt, its ever-expanding audience continues to grow. Thanks to a healthy mix of BioWare’s conversation choices and Bethesda’s open-world sensibilities, The Witcher games have always managed to feel both familiar and distinct. Thankfully, Wild Hunt upholds this tradition.

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Another week, another Metroid­­-inspired action-platformer. That’s not a complaint, mind you, but it does seem to be a more frequent occurrence as of late. Thankfully, many of these recent releases have been solid, with a few standing out among the rest as the best the genre has to offer. Enter Axiom Verge, a game which proudly flaunts its Super Metroid-inspiration for all to see. It won’t win over any new players, but those fans that have seen many of Samus’ adventures will find plenty to like about this fresh take on a well-worn formula.

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