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Top 5 trailers from 2011's E3 expo


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An E3 collage....

It's been an eventful E3. From full-blown console reveals to mere game add-ons, E3 has once again shattered the preconceived notions of gaming, expanding the gamers' mindset whilst inviting them to indulge in bigger and better experiences. Unfortunately, due to spending the last week in one of the remotest and most technologically starved areas of Ireland, Shadowlocked's - and my own - coverage of E3 has been fairly limited.

So, to get the ball rolling, I have chosen my top five trailers from 2011's E3 and assorted them in a conveniently located list for you all to enjoy. In the next few days, we will be featuring some fantastic features - and to-the-core opinions - on much of the E3 news, so be sure to visit frequently this weekend...

5. Uncharted 3

As much as it pains me to do this, I know I'd be crucified if I were to leave Uncharted 3 off the list; and I suppose, console preferences aside, this looks like one hell of a game. Combining a gripping storyline with unparalleled user freedom, Uncharted 3 is sure to continue the success of its two previous instalments. Throw in some jaw dropping graphics and talented voice-overs, and one has to admit this is a big loss for both Microsoft and the Xbox 360 owners.

4. Halo 4

The ongoing battle for supremacy between Sony and Microsoft is a sort of 'anything you can do, I can do better' job. While the debate has, on occasions, become very personal (see any fan-based console forum), on the whole it's a win win for gamers.

Sharper graphics; Tolkien-worthy story-lines; massive multi-player capabilities - all standard features of 21st century gaming, thanks - no doubt - to this almost childish battle.

Back in the day however, it was Microsoft who took an early lead, with the introduction of the now infamous Halo: Combat Evolved. The franchise - a trendsetter for all future FPS' - was so successful it spawned two sequels, three spin-offs and unending speculation surrounding a cinematic adaptation. Furthermore, it is believed that over 40 million copies of a Halo game of some sort have been sold, and that all Halo merchandise is believed to have grossed over $2 billion.

So, while it gives us very little insight as to what direction the series is headed, Halo 4 simply demands a spot on this list.

3. Hitman Absolution

I'll be honest with you - I never really cared for the Hitman games. Sure they were enjoyable - and are representative of a purely original idea - but it just wasn't me. No, I was more than happy with the likes of Sam Fisher and the Master Chief keeping me company, so Agent 47's escapades ultimately passed by me. However, I did get into Hitman: Blood Money - the latest of the series - in a big way, so I have felt, over the years, that I may have missed out. Unfortunately for me, this trailer confirms that.

While impressed, I'm still not sure what to make of it. Will this game tie up the loose ends of the previous instalments? What does that woman know? Where does it all end? One can only hope that this title begins to address them.

2. Assassin's Creed Revelations

Shock; exhilaration; temptation; suspense; excitement - all feelings I experienced from watching this trailer. It's got a lot to live up to, but is anyone worried? I'm certainly not.

1. Mass Effect 3

Was there any other title likely to challenge for the number one spot? Mass Effect 3 could be one of the most eagerly anticipated games of all time, never mind the year. Rarely has a game captured its audience as the Mass Effect franchise has; its gamers would defend the title to the bitter end. Shadowlocked's very own Chris Morgan has long since pondered the quandaries of Mass Effect 3, so one can only hope that this trailer can begin to educate as to how the final chapter is going to pan out.

Also worth a look:

- The E3 follow up to one of the most beautiful trailers of all time, Dead Island

- Captain America's intriguing videogame adaptation

- A remodelling/exclusive combo from the guys at Tekken

See also:

Could Mass Effect be the first worthwhile videogame adaptation?

9 potential new epochs for the Assassin's Creed Franchise

Top 10 hottest videogames for 2011

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