The Last Of Us 2 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com The Last Of Us 2 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Naughty Dog Takes Platinum in the 2016 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Award https://www.gameskinny.com/jicrb/naughty-dog-takes-platinum-in-the-2016-playstationblog-game-of-the-year-award https://www.gameskinny.com/jicrb/naughty-dog-takes-platinum-in-the-2016-playstationblog-game-of-the-year-award Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:29:41 -0500 TL Bickler

Over half-million fans took part in Sony’s 2016 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards and we have the results! Out of fourteen categories voted on one game company soared above the rest: Naughty Dog. Naughty Dog snagged seven platinum awards -- including the game of the year and the studio of the year.

Naughty Dog’s Hero: Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End claimed 40% of the total votes and stole most of the platinum awards. Uncharted came in on top for game of the year, best story, best performance with Nolan North taking platinum and Emily Rose taking silver, best soundtrack, and best visuals. But Uncharted didn’t stop there; they also won the gold for best post release game content. With six awards just with one game, it’s no wonder they took the platinum for studio of the year.

The Last of Us Part II

But Uncharted wasn’t Naughty Dog’s only star. The Last of us Part II brought home the platinum for most anticipated game of 2016. Since The Last of Us took platinum for Naughty Dog back in the 2013 PlayStation.Blog Game of The Year Awards, it’s not a real shock it won most anticipated game of 2016.

Here is a quick rundown of the other Platinum winners for the 2016 PlayStation.Blog Game of The Year Awards.

Best PS Vita Game

World of Final Fantasy

Best Independent Game

Firewatch

Best Use of PS4 Pro & Best Multiplayer

Battlefield 1

Best PlayStation VR Game

Batman Arkham VR

Best Post-Release Content

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Most Innovative

The Last Guardian

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12 most anticipated video game sequels on the horizon https://www.gameskinny.com/ss0z1/12-most-anticipated-video-game-sequels-on-the-horizon https://www.gameskinny.com/ss0z1/12-most-anticipated-video-game-sequels-on-the-horizon Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:17:13 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Clearly there's more big name sequels coming than most gamers will ever actually have time to play – so which of these titles are you most looking forward to playing, and which one will you be buying first?

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Be sure to also let us know what upcoming anticipated video game sequels we missed that should have made the list!

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Final Fantasy XV

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OK, I have a secret to admit: I don't think this game is going to be any good. Certainly not worth the 10 year development time, anyway. Final Fantasy's glory days have come and (long) gone.

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The only anticipation I have for Final Fantasy XV is how hard its going to flop, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it anyway, since everyone else has hyped themselves up to levels that the game won't be able to meet.

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Get ready to go on a cross country road trip with a bunch of Japanese emo kids in late September. Serious question: will there be a National Lampoon spinoff movie version?

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Mafia III

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Like Sleeping Dogs, the Mafia games are the more serious of the open world car theft simulators, existing on a whole other end of the spectrum from the likes of Saint's Row or Grand Theft Auto.

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I remember when I first started playing Mafia II, my wife asked what this game was about. My immediate response was “It's GTA, but you have to drive the speed limit.”

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The third entry in the series is looking very promising, and those trailers are giving off a very serious classic mobster movie feel with a hint of a Tarantino twist. This one arrives in October, so there's not too long to wait to get your fix of organized crime mayhem.

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Gears of War 4

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There's no beating around the bush here - this is the reason I bought an Xbox One. Chainsaw duels, hammerburst sniping from cover, endless rounds of horde mode: the Gears Of War experience is what I most associate with the Xbox consoles.

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Part 4 heads into the future of Sera after Marcus and Adam Fenix decided to go all full-on genocide against the locust. This time around the son of Marcus will be embroiled in a battle against new monstrous creatures, very little of which is actually known at this point.

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The game did take a bit of a beating after a lackluster beta test, however, but confidence is returning after recent announcements of graphical upgrades and gameplay tweaks following beta feedback.

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Personally I'm not too worried on the visual front: I still play horde mode on Gears 3 regularly and don't mind even going back and playing the uglier looking first game from time to time, so graphical perfection isn't particularly a big concern for me, and I'd be buying this even if if was a text adventure.

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Battlefield 1

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We are in a very interesting time for the FPS genre, especially in the ongoing battle between those two titans of the genre: Battlefield and Call Of Duty.

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Battlefield is an odd position at the moment, as previous entry Hardline wasn't exactly beloved and Battlefield 4 had a rocky launch, but there's no question the recent trailers have put fans much more solidly in Dice's camp than Infinity Ward's. Those old school tanks and zeppelins look particularly enticing.

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Every clip that has been revealed has just made the hype stronger, as this looks to be the most polished, graphically advanced, and entertaining game in the series. While I have every intention of playing Infinite Warfare, you better believe I can't wait to go back in time to World War I and get my hands dirty with some deadly trench warfare as well!

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Borderlands 3

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Now that the Battleborn vs. Overwatch death match has essentially ended, Gearbox can get on giving us all what we really wanted: more of the zany, quirky, deadly nonsense that is Borderlands.

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I don't know that I've ever had more of a straight up fun experience than co-oping my way through Borderlands 2 as a screaming Gunzerker while interacting with insane characters like Tiny Tina.

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Hopefully they can recapture that magic yet again for the coming installment, which is expected to have an even more wide open world map and likely to arrive sometime in 2018.

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Not much else is known at this point, but you better believe we'll be covering this one extensively in the months ahead as news starts to leak.

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Mass Effect Andromeda

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It's been four years since the last game arrived, so we're overdue for a new one -- but sadly it will be some months still before Andromeda arrives, as the game is now expected to drop in Q1 2017.

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This coming entry will be heralded by a series of novels explaining what went on in the centuries between Mass Effect 3 and Andromeda, and was recently teased with footage at E3 2016.

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Supposedly there are going to be big changes to this sci-fi series in the fourth iteration -- not just in setting but also in gameplay, with a more open experience and bigger emphasis on exploration. Based on the video clips released so far, there will still be some similar mechanics, like having a ship home base.

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System Shock Remake

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What these young whippersnappers today raised on Bioshock and SOMA might not know is that long ago there was an equally disturbing sci-fi experience called System Shock that inspired all that was to come down the line.

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That '94 classic is set to return soon in a very different form, rebuilt from the ground up in Unity with updated mechanics (as well as graphics of course). In two days the Kickstarter campaign for a complete remake of System Shock has raised more than $500,000, so it's a good bet this one will hit more than a few stretch goals.

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The expected release date of December 2017 is feasible (especially considering a demo has already been created) if perhaps slightly optimistic, and the new version will feature the talents of gaming legend Chris Avellone.

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Dead Rising 4

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For good or ill, photographer Frank is back! The previous third entry in the series – launching with the Xbox One -- didn't fare as well as hoped in this franchise that's equal parts infuriating and amazing.

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What's been shown of Dead Rising 4 does look to have all the absurd hilarity of the first two, however (remember mowing down hordes of zombies... on a tricycle while dressed up like a little kid?)

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This is a series that people tend to like despite major problems, and the concern is that those flaws in design have now essentially become the established norm. Capcom really needs to make some changes this time around.

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I mean does anyone actually like the timed cases or the overly hard bosses that play completely differently from the rest of the game? Those should definitely be filed under the “bugs” column rather than the “features” column.

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God Of War

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This one's balancing on a razor's edge with fans at the moment, who aren't quite sure what to make of the change in setting (and godly pantheon) or the gameplay style featuring a son you have to constantly protect.

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At this point it basically looks like The Last Of Us in a mythological Norse setting with world's worst dad Kratos.

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I'm very interested in what is done with the concept, but it would seem many fans are already prepared to write the series off as lost. We'll find out which faction properly called it in 2017.

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The Last Of Us 2

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The first game was an absolute smash hit, and not just financially, but also on a storytelling and gameplay level. There aren't many post-apocalyptic, quasi-zombie games that can hit you in the feels as strongly as The Last Of Us did (repeatedly).

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It's a foregone conclusion a sequel will arrive, and while not officially “revealed” yet, its the worst kept secret in the industry that this game is in development. Somehow part 2 wasn't announced at E3, despite all indications it would be, but I don't think we'll be waiting too much longer.

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For those who can't handle the anticipation, Days Gone looks to provide a similar experience, but with a lot more zombies and a biker theme.

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Dishonored 2

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It would appear all did not go well after Emily was reinstated on the throne at the end of the first game following Corvo's maniacal killing spree (or completely peaceful revolution – but who seriously took that route?).

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This time around you get to play as either Corvo or a grown up Emily, again choosing from a variety of different ways to complete levels using stealth, magic abilities, ranged attacks, melee, or a combination of them all.

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The downtrodden industrial revolution feel of the first game was just absolutely nailed, and I for one am greatly looking forward to returning to this opened-ended series. Hopefully we'll get a character just as disturbing (and intriguing) as Granny Rags, and its a good bet based on the teasers released so far that there will be entirely new powers to use in unexpected ways while haunting the rooftops in search of prey.

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Dawn Of War 3

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Before long we'll get to prosecute a genocidal war against the xenos to spread the Imperium of Man across the breadth of the galaxy yet again as the third entry in this RTS series is coming next year.

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I still regularly play matches of the original Dawn Of War, Winter Assault, and Dark Crusade, so anticipation is high as the gameplay footage revealed at E3 seems to indicate this new game will follow a similar base building pattern as the first entry.

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So far only the Space Marines, Eldar, and Orks have been announced, essentially putting it on par with the first two main entries, but we can hope for more to be revealed (or at least to be available for multiplayer). Expect this bad boy to drop for PC in late 2017 courtesy of Relic Entertainment and Sega.

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Much like with the movie industry, money gets put where the publishers know they are certain to get a return. That's why we get Call Of Duty every year and why we (used to) get Assassin's Creed every year.

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While gamers rail about a lack of creativity in the industry, the fact of the matter is that sequels, prequels, reboots, and HD remasters sell, thus they continue to be pumped out.

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That being said, not all sequels are blatant cash grabs with no substance, and in fact quite a few over the years have built up and even exceeded their predecessors. In fact, there's several sequels due out in the coming months that look to significantly shake up the formula, or at least refine it so the series can stand proudly in the current generation.

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Here we're going to take a look at 12 impending sequels or reboots that fans have been anticipating for a good long time. A few are being purposefully left out, however.

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For the sake of not rehashing pipe dreams, I'm not even going to going to bother with slides for Half Life 3 or Portal 3 – those aren't happening. Likewise, I'm skipping Alan Wake, as a new entry doesn't seem to actually be in the works, despite gobs of Easter eggs appearing in Quantum Break that gave fans false hope.

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Missing in action: 9 games that were conspicuously absent from E3 https://www.gameskinny.com/5gqr9/missing-in-action-9-games-that-were-conspicuously-absent-from-e3 https://www.gameskinny.com/5gqr9/missing-in-action-9-games-that-were-conspicuously-absent-from-e3 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 05:35:24 -0400 Ty Arthur

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What were you hoping to see at this year's edition of the E3 extravagnaza, and do you agree with our picks of what was most conspicuously missing?

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There was plenty of interesting material covered however, with more than enough to tide over fans until the next wave of big announcements hit.

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If you missed any of the E3 2016 reveals, be sure to check out our (highly scientific) rundown of the best games revealed at this year's expo.

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System Shock 3

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It should go without saying that this hallowed sci-fi / horror series that inspired by mighty Bioshock is more than a little anticipated by fans.

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We know for a fact this one is actually happening – closing in on two decades after the previous game – but the question mark is when and what it will look like.

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E3 would have been a great place to absolutely steal the show, but it wasn't to be. Maybe next year?

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Shadow Of Mordor sequel

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The game-changing mechanics on this Peter Jackson-inspired trek into the Lord Of The Rings lore had me absolutely hooked, sinking an absurd number of hours into completing every last dagger, sword, and bow legend while taking on more orcs than any army ever could.

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There's an addicting quality here that keeps players coming back to nab those final diabolical achievements (and by the way, somehow after 100 hours I STILL haven't gotten the White Rider achievement).

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Since then it's been a nail-biting wait to see if we'll get a sequel, either continuing the story or (even better) going in some new direction. Part 2 wouldn't have to feature the same characters or even take place in the same area – Middle Earth is huge, and even Mordor itself has lots of unexplored territory. While there's tons of love about the original, some upgrades wouldn't hurt either – particularly in the final boss battle department.

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Unfortunately nothing concrete landed at E3 this year, so its likely going to be months at the least before an announcement comes, if indeed a sequel is even being developed at this point.

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Metroid

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So we did get a Zelda reveal, and that's nothing to sneeze at with how massively behind Nintendo has been to everyone else lately, but a serious Metroid definitely would have done wonders for a flagging fan base.

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Other than the impending Federation Force, a title that completely changes the gameplay and even had fans launching a petition for cancellation, there hasn't been a major Metroid entry in years, with the Wii U getting mostly skipped over. Hopefully a new and worthy successor will launch with the NX?

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Devil May Cry

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After the reboot DmC back in 2013, it was unclear where the series would go, and whether we'd get a Devil May Cry 5 or something else. Either way, fans will have to wait a little longer for news on this game that isn't even officially acknowledged yet.

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Rumors continue to circulate this is the year we get a definite answer and some news, but alas, it wasn't to be at E3. Maybe sometime around the holiday buying frenzy we'll get some screenshots?

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Dead Island 2

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Although it made our list of most anticipated horror-themed games slated for release this year, its time to finally accept the reality of the situation: this game is never coming. The E3 absence seems to pretty well confirm that sad fact.

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The first trailer for this game came out more than two years ago, and in that time it has passed hands between developers multiple times, had release dates come and go, and even been officially removed from the Steam store. R.I.P. Dead Island 2.

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Kingdom Hearts III

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Another title everyone wants that never seems to have enough info to spare, the absence of Kingdom Hearts III is actually understandable this time around due to the upcoming release of the oddly named Kingdom Hearts 2.8 later this year.

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Still, we want to see more of what to expect from this massively-anticipated cutesy RPG, so get it on it already Square Enix!

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Red Dead Redemption 2

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This is another title that people were all but guaranteeing would appear this year at E3 but somehow either got culled from the lineup... or was never planned to be announced at all and fans just ran with a rumor.

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That same rumor mill is running rampant that news of the release is being delayed in respect for the victims of the recent Orlando shooting at Pulse due to the game's content, but there's been no official statement to that effect from anyone at Take Two or Rockstar.

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Nintendo NX

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While this wasn't unexpected – Nintendo did say we shouldn't have our hopes up for an E3 announcement – it does seem like a misstep to not start getting the hype train rolling for the NX.

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Considering how the Wii U is essentially dead in the water and an absolute non-entity at this point in the console cycle, the NX needs an absolutely overpowering campaign of force to break out and overtake the PS4 and Xbox One, especially with both of those consoles about to get updated “.5” versions.

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It's a shame the Wii U never got the traction (or the game catalog) it deserved, as that controller setup is actually really fun - especially with games like Rayman where the player on the GamePad controller has a very different experience.

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When do you think Nintendo is finally going to get serious about the NX news, and do you think it will be able to compete?

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The Last Of Us 2

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I don't feel out of line in saying this must have been the most anticipated game that everyone expected to make an E3 appearance this year. Several sites even went so far as to announce news that the game would be officially confirmed at the expo when some info from Naughty Dog supposedly “leaked.”

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Yet for all the hype and certainty, the follow-up to this emotionally devastating post-apocalyptic game was nowhere to be found. Fans were particularly on board at this point in time, with an Easter egg in Uncharted 4 indicating a Last Of Us 2 should be inbound any time now.

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Whether a prequel, sequel, or something else entirely, its safe to say fans want to see this made, and they want it sooner rather than later.

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The smoke has finally cleared: E3 is over, and all the biggest game development news has officially arrived that is going to arrive for the next few months.

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There's no question we saw some amazing upcoming titles at this year's edition of the annual gaming mecca, from the first official look at the upcoming mythology-swapping God Of War to a new Zelda entry, a surprising change of pace with Resident Evil, and even some new footage on the delayed-but-not-forgotten Horizon: Zero Dawn.

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For all that gaming goodness, we couldn't help but notice the conspicuous absence of some major series that didn't appear during the festivities.

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Whether oversight, purposeful tactical choice, or just a timing issue as development drags on, these eight games (and one piece of hardware) all feel like they should have been prominently displayed at E3 2016.

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