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At this year’s E3 Expo, The Electronic Entertainment Expo held in L.A. every June, some of the biggest video game publishers in the business were found promoting their newest games (Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, The Division, Halo 5, Yoshi’s Wooly World, and many others), hi-tech gear, and merchandise. This year, however, brought lesser-known indie game creators to the forefront.

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Photo: E3 2015 pixeldynamo.com

Simply put, if you love gaming (more like obsessed), want to meet other gamers, chow down on yummy food, and view amazing presentations – you need to check out E3 at least once in your life. Here’s a video breaking down why you should attend the mega gaming expo next year.

For the rest of us who just want to know what’s new in gaming or maybe what to buy the kids for the holidays this year, here’s a breakdown of the recent 2015 E3, including a snippet of the latest games and updates from the big boy console creators (Sony, Microsoft, EA, etc..) as well as some unexpected surprises in small budget PC or indie games that rarely get their day in the sun at E3.

A Small Peak At Some Big Game Announcements At E3

Shenmue 3 (PC, PS4): One of E3’s biggest announcements was the return of Shenmue. It was also recently announced that the Kickstarter funded game’s creator Yu Suzuk stated, “We can unfold the continuous story.” Shenmue 3 will be the story you have waited for. The fate of Shenmue is in your hands now.”

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (October 2015 – PC, Xbox One, and PS4): In this Collector’s Edition, gamers will get the game, a season pass, a kick-ass Operator military styled backpack with a padded laptop pocket and so much more.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Game (February 2016 – PC, Xbox One, and PS4): “In Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, you won’t be using any guns at all,” senior producer Sara Jansson told Polygon. “We’ve completely removed that aspect of the game. You can’t even pick them up.”

Star Wars – Battlefront (November 2015 – PC, Xbox One, and PS4): Battlefront is more of an accessible and arcade-like game. Compared to the typical series packed with complex mechanics on a small scale, the new version looks stripped down and simplified in a very smart way.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Spring 2016 – PS4): According to Polygon, Uncharted (the last game Sony presented at E3) knows how to make Nathan (the main game character) feel like a natural part of the environment, and seeing what the series can do on the PlayStation 4 is visually stunning. Think of it as PlayStation’s equivalent of Hero.

Unexpected E3 2015 Highlights

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Photo: Yarny/Yoshi at E3 Andrew Goldfarb/Twitter

Most people have heard about the big titles at E3 2015, but what about some of the lesser known games that packed a mighty punch. Here are some unexpected winners of E3 that created quite a buzz.

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Photo: Unravel/Twitter

Unravel (WIN, PS4, Xbox One): A Coldwood Interactive game about a fuzzy red hero made of yarn that slowly unravels through a big unexpected journey. You will fall in love with this breakout character – it’s inevitable. In fact, Yarny has already gathered quite a following on Twitter (22.7K) and the story behind the game, also pulls at the heartstrings.

Into the Stars (PC – July 2015): A space exploration game with a choose your-own-adventure storyline complete with a fully maneuverable ship flying through 3-D space.

Devastated Dreams (PC, MAC, UNIX): a 2D side-scrolling horror survival game set in a village in the Philippines. Created by Infinitap Game’s Matt Gilgenbach.

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Photo: Armed and Gelatinous Press Kit

Armed and Gelatinous (Xbox One, PS4, and PC): A hilarious fast-paced game where players take control of gelatinous blobs. Created by Three Flip Studios, Armed and Gelatinous was developed as part of the 48 Hour Game Making Challenge (2013), hosted by the Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

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