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The Complete E3 2011 Report

by Matt Miller on Jun 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM

We summarize all the show's big news, and present our alphabetized list with links to the 125+ games we covered.

Even for those of us who cover video games for a living, E3 can be a confusing time. More than any other time during the year, we're bombarded by new information about the games we love to play.

Throughout the week, we've tried to keep our readers up to date on the important news of each day. If you want the complete picture of gaming at the show, and more importantly what gaming will look like over the next year, our day-to-day recaps are the best place to start.

Day One saw the announcement of Halo 4, Insomniac's new IP entitled Overstrike, more details (including a name) for the PlayStation Vita handheld system, and plenty of on-stage demos for remarkable games like Uncharted 3 and Gears of War 3.

Day Two was Nintendo's day to shine with the announcement of Wii U, a brand-new home console with a dramatic new controller. Big 3DS titles were revealed like Super Mario 3DS and Luigi's Mansion 2, and Wii players finally got a release date for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Show floor visitors got a glimpse of huge upcoming games like Bioshock Infinite and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Final Fantasy XIII-2.

Day Three brought us dozens of exciting game reveals, trailers, and previews, including closer looks at The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Star Trek, Hitman: Absolution, Kirby Wii, and Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

Day Four saw the end of the show, but the news kept pouring in on games like Star Wars: The Old Republic, Assassin's Creed Revelations, Resident Evil: Revelations, and Soulcalibur V, plus some big surprises like Brothers In Arms: Furious Four and Asura's Wrath.

With the show concluded, we've got a picture of the gaming industry deep in the throes of sequel fever – most of the big upcoming games are part of an existing franchise. On the bright side, many of those sequels look truly remarkable, pushing the boundaries of technology and storytelling as never before. New and untested tech hovers on the horizon with PlayStation Vita and Wii U, even as Kinect and Move struggle to find their place. With the HD consoles in their prime, gamers will be the big winners in the coming months as developers and publishers roll out some of the most advanced and fun games ever made.

[Next up: Our complete and alphabetized list of all the games we covered at this year's show]



Throughout the week, we've worked hard to bring you the news and previews we think you'll be most interested in learning about from E3. The games we focused on are among the most important and exciting projects on the horizon. But if you don't see your most anticipated game on the list below, worry not. We'll have weeks of follow-up coverage exploring these and other games from the show. In the meantime, dig in and enjoy the best that E3 had to offer this year.

E3 2011 Games List

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (preview)

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn (announcement)

Aliens: Colonial Marines (preview)

Anarchy Reigns (preview)

Assassin's Creed Revelations (preview) (preview 2) (trailer)

Asura's Wrath (preview)

Awesomenauts (trailer)

Bastion (trailer)

Batman: Arkham City (preview)

Battlefield 3 (multiplayer preview) (trailer)

Battle Mii (video hands-on)

Bioshock Infinite (preview) (preview 2) (trailer)

Blackwater (announcement)

Blades of Time (trailer)

Bloodforge (preview)

Brothers In Arms: Furious 4 (preview) (trailer) (announcement)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (preview) (preview 2)

Crimson Alliance (video hands-on) (preview/trailer)

The Cursed Crusade (preview)

Dance Central 2 (preview) (announcement)

Darkness II (preview)

Darksiders II (announcement)

Dead Island (trailer)

Dead Rising 2: Off the Record (preview)

Defiance (preview) (trailer)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (preview)

Devil May Cry (trailer)

Dragon's Crown (preview/trailer)

Dragon's Dogma (preview)

Driver: San Francisco (preview)

Dust 514 (preview) (preview 2)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (preview) (screens)

End of Nations (preview)

Evil Dead (preview)

Fable: The Journey (preview) (preview 2) (trailer)

Far Cry 3 (trailer) (announcement)

FIFA 12 (preview)

Final Fantasy XIII-2 (preview) (trailer)

Forza 4 (preview)

Fruit Ninja Kinect (preview)

Gears of War 3 (preview) (preview 2)

Ghost Recon Future Soldier (preview) (preview 2)

Ghost Recon Online (preview)

God of War Origins Collection (preview) (trailer)

Gotham City Imposters (preview)

Gunstringer (preview)

Halo 4 (preview) (announcement)

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (trailer) (announcement)

Hitman: Absolution (preview) (trailer)

Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection (preview)

Journey (preview)

Jurassic Park (video interview)

Just Dance 3 (announcement)

Kid Icarus: Uprising (preview) (preview 2)

Killer Freaks From Outer Space (preview)

Kinect Disneyland Adventures (announcement)

Kinect Fun Labs (announcement)

Kinect Sports Season 2 (announcement)

Kinect Star Wars (preview) (preview 2) (trailer)

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (preview) (preview 2)

Kirby Wii (video hands-on) (preview)

The Legend of Zelda Four Swords 3DS (announcement)

The Legend of Zelda HD (announcement)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (video hands-on) (preview) (preview 2)

LEGO City Stories (announcement)

LittleBigPlanet Vita (screens) (announcement)

Lord of the Rings: War In The North (preview)

Luigi's Mansion 2 (preview) (announcement)

Madden NFL 12 (preview) (preview 2)

Mario Kart 3DS (preview) (announcement)

Mass Effect 3 (preview) (preview 2) (preview 3) (trailer)

Minecraft 360 (announcement)

ModNation Racers Vita (announcement)

NBA 2K12 (preview)

Need for Speed: The Run (preview) (trailer)

NeverDead (preview) (trailer)

Neverwinter (trailer)

Ninja Gaiden 3 (preview)

Oddworld Vita (announcement)

Overstrike (preview/screens) (announcement)

Paper Mario 3DS (trailer)

Payday: The Heist (preview)

PixelJunk Lifelike (preview)

PixelJunk SideScroller (preview)

Prey 2 (preview)

Prototype 2 (trailer)

Rage (preview)

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One (preview)

Raving Rabbids: Alive and Kicking (announcement)

Rayman Origins (preview)

Resident Evil: Revelations (preview/trailer)

Resistance 3 (preview)

Ridge Racer Unbounded (preview)

Rise of Nightmares (preview)

Rocksmith (preview)

Ruin (preview) (announcement)

Ryse (preview) (trailer)

Saints Row: The Third (preview)

Serious Sam 3: BFE (preview)

Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster (preview)

Silent Hill: Downpour (preview)

Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time (preview) (announcement)

Sonic Generations (trailer)

Soul Calibur V (preview)

Space Marine (preview)

Spider-Man: Edge of Time (preview) (trailer)

SSX (preview) (preview 2)

Star Fox 3DS (announcement)

Star Trek (trailer) (preview)

Star Wars: The Old Republic (preview) (preview 2) (trailer)

Street Fighter X Tekken Vita (announcement)

Super Mario 3DS (preview) (announcement)

Super Mario Bros Mii (preview) (announcement)

Super Smash Bros (announcement)

Tera (preview)

Tomb Raider (preview) (preview 2) (trailer) (screens)

Torchlight II (preview)

Trackmania 2 Canyon (announcement)

Twisted Metal (preview)

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (preview) (preview 2) (multiplayer preview)

Uncharted: Golden Abyss (preview)

Virtua Tennis 4 (preview)

The Walking Dead (preview)

Warlords (preview)

Wipeout 2048 (preview)

WWE 12 (preview)

XBLA Summer of Arcade (announcement)

XCOM (preview) (trailer)

Yoostar on MTV (announcement)

Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 (announcement)