1. Dead Rising 3
Zombies. Guns. Baseball bats. A grizzled survivor. Table saws. Zombies. Weapons crafting. Vehicles. Tactical gameplay based around outwitting zombies. Dark atmosphere. Zombies. A vast open world filled with… you guessed it: zombies. What other ingredients do you require? Oh. You want the ability to tape a buzzsaw to a hammer so you can toss it at a zombie and literally cut them in two. Well you can do that too. The end of the world looks like a fun place to be…
Trailer: Dead Rising 3
2. Forza Motorsport 5
Although details on in-house games titles were few and far between, but Microsoft did give us a little snippet of the new, next-gen, predictably-titled Forza Motorsport 5. The teaser trailer was the usual racing game mix of lens flare, roaring engines and quick-cuts, and although it wasn't running off the game engine, racing games always make for great tech demos. If one game is guaranteed to drop jaws when it arrives on Xbox One, it's Forza.
Trailer: Forza Motorsport 5
3. Ryse: Son of Rome
What once looked like a rather fiddly and unsatisfactory title crammed down Xbox 360 owners’ throats with the Kinect module now looks like a rather decent (and bloody) swords and sandals epic. Players take on the role of a commander in the Roman Army and, from the gameplay shown off at Microsoft’s E3 keynote, they’ll juggle visceral swordplay with the ability to marshal and command their squad.
Trailer: Ryse: Son of Rome
4. Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
Ubisoft's stab-tastic adventure just keeps on rolling doesn't it? We're onto number faux number four - actual number six - which, for some of you will be far too many assassins. There's no doubt that Assassin's Creed has always been a stunning looking franchise, so if anything can breathe a bit of life into AC4, it's the promise of next-gen graphics. And the promise of piracy and high-seas swashbuckling will do nicely too.
5. Call of Duty: Ghosts
If you were surprised to hear that Infinity Ward and Activision were not working on Modern Warfare 4, here's something less surprising - CoD: Ghosts is heading to Xbox One. The latest adventure promises the usual mix of cinematic single player (including the show-stealing Colin the Ghost Dog) and shooty fun times multiplayer, with Xbox One owners getting early access to all DLC.
6. The Evil Within
It's a long-awaited return to survival horror for Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, and his dark Bethesda title is causing ripples in the gaming world with its chills and flagrant gore. In truth, it's not quite as "weird" as some would have you believe, the demo we saw – with Mikami in attendance – stealing set pieces rather liberally from a variety of horror sources including Silent Hill, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hostel, Ring, The Shining, Night of The Living Dead and, of course, the Resident Evil series itself. That said, it looks absolutely terrifying, and the use of audio to scare the bejesus out of you promises to be its calling card.
7. Quantum Break
Remedy, the developers behind Max Payne and Alan Wake, has positioned their new game – Quantum Break – as the IP that will blur the lines between TV and videogames. According to the pitch, choices players make in the game’s campaign will affect its TV show portions, which in turn can be monitored for tips on how best to proceed through the game’s plot. It all sounds quite high minded, but visually, it reminds us of one of the time bending sci fi show Flash/Forward. We expect gunplay and reality warping in equal measure.
Trailer: Quantum Break
8. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Seeing as how Metal Gear Solid used to be a PlayStation exclusive franchise, it was quite a cheeky poke in Sony’s eye to have Hideo Kojima open Microsoft’s keynote with his latest game. Not only that, but The Phantom Pain looks like the most compelling installment in the series yet; the trailer promised open world environments, dynamic weather systems, stealth gameplay, third person shooter action and even the odd section on horseback. Onlookers may even look past the game's preposturous plot - which it's almost certainly guaranteed to have!
Trailer: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
9. Tom Clancy's The Division
Inspired by rather terrifying research proving it would only take 5 days for social order to collapse after lengthy calamity, The Division tasks players with saving the world after a pandemic strikes. Players are sleeper cell operatives who have to restore order to a beleaguered New York armed with a gun and a bag of hi-tech gizmos such as body-heat-seaking grenades and remote controlled drones. Imagine a cross between I Am Alive and Splinter Cell: Blacklist and you’re starting to get the picture.
10. Dragon Age III: Inquisition
As one of the highlights of this year’s E3, Dragon Age: Inquisition looks to expand on the series to deliver one of Bioware’s most ambitious titles to date. The Mass Effect 3 developers have promised greater emphasis on party members as well as a storyline that can be heavily influenced by player decisions. The title also hopes to vastly expand its in-game environments, making good use of the Frostbite 3 engine, and even allows fans to important their save files from the previous two instalments. Inquisition has been given a Fall 2014 release date, and will be available on both Xbox and Playstation platforms.
Trailer: Dragon Age III: Inquisition
11. Mirror's Edge 2
Despite not selling that many, a return of Dice's futuristic dystopia of free-running and statement walls has been clamoured for hard, and EA is satisfying the demand. A reboot rather than a sequel – hence no number two at the end of the title and that star Faith seen getting her famous tattoos in the preview – it looks very similar to the original, but with nice, next-geny graphics. Beating up henchmen in design-classic interiors has never looked better.
Trailer: Mirror's Edge 2
12. Need for Speed: Rivals
Criterion Games' new cops and robbers racing franchise riffs of its successfully chaotic last instalment, Most Wanted, and in particular the rather excellent Wii U retooling, which showed the developers' ability to make the most of any tech at their disposal. Here, that's shown two-fold: the cloud and online capabilities of the next-gen system are pushing "persistent worlds" (the real buzz phrase of this year's E3), and Rivals' AllDrive tech means single-player, co-operative and competitive multiplayer all operate in one universe. It was also the best showing of SmartGlass yet, with a third player joining a pursuit on a tablet as a police helicopter to maintain surveillance from afar.
Trailer: Need for Speed: Rivals
13. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Arguably T3's highlight of E3 so far, this was an unorthodox but enjoyably playful way to open an EA conference full of glossy sports and gunfire. A third-person multiplayer action game based on PopCap's popular smartphone and tablet tower-defence title, it's comic-book style should please families but its concentration on weaponry dynamics will tickle the hardcore. With a whiff of Team Fortress's co-operative combat – the Sunflower acts as Medic in growing plants around them while shooting, for one – it continues the franchise's good line in humour and frantic action. Day one, for us.
14. Star Wars Battlefront
After nearly eight years following the release of the last Battlefront, a new addition to the critically acclaimed series was looking increasingly unlikely. Very brief footage teasing a battle on Hoth at this years E3 therefore came as very exciting and welcome surprise. Although very little is known about the new instalment in terms of a release date or platform information, we do know that this game is being developed by DICE, and will run on Frostbite 3 - the successor to Battlefield 3's Frostbite 2 engine. With the might of both Lucasfilm and EA behind them, this game promises to reignite this franchise in spectacular fashion. Excited about this one, you should be.
Trailer: Star Wars Battlefront
The first game from Respawn – the studio that was started by the Infinity Ward people whose split from Activision couldn’t have been more acrimonious – Titanfall pits armoured ground troops against massive battle mechs in firefights that both borrow from and augment the rewards-for-kills gameplay first made popular in the first two modern warfare games. We’re interested in getting our hands on this because from the gameplay demo, Titanfall looks like packs enough high-octane action to send the entire cast of The Expendables into orbit.
16. Killer Instinct
Rare’s legendary fighter makes a huge - and may we say incredibly long-awaited and welcome - comeback, exclusively on Xbox One. The live demo made the game look eminently playable and look! There’ll be a MadCatz Tournament Edition arcade stick available for it. What else do you want?
Trailer: Killer Instinct
A short trailer was purposely elusive about the exact nature of Below. What we do know is that the art style is decidedly indie - reminiscent of the likes of Braid, Bastion and Fez - and you'll be spending your time battling minions in subterranean darkness, searching for lovely loot. Past that, we really can't tell you what's going on, but it looks really pretty and it's exclusive to Xbox One.
18. Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4 looks like it has something to prove, and we were totally blown away by the 17 minutes of gameplay footage shown off by DICE a few months back.. The level of detail – from dynamic lighting, to particle animations to the game micro and macro-scale destruction rendering – is utterly stunning, and we can't wait to see more.
Details on Bungie's intriguing new massively multiplayer shooter have at least gone from non-existent to thin on the ground. Bungie's post-Halo IP promises a persistent online world, where you are one of the last humans, living in the last human city on Earth. There is shooting involved, that much is certain, but Borderlands-style questing along with PvP open world combat may not be out of the question.
20. Project Spark
Admittedly, we were a bit skeptical about this title and we have to say that the rather contrived demo at E3 didn’t really help matters much. But if what the developers of Project Spark are promising turns out to be genuine, this could well be one of the most exciting titles on the Xbox One. At its core, Spark offers the same premise as Little Big Planet – the ability to create games for both yourself and your mates. Except here, the genre seems to be open-world RPG, which may set it up as Elder Scrolls for beginners. Certainly worth a look…
Trailer: Project Spark
21. Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
One of the more fun-filled announcements at E3 2013 came from Danish developers Press Play. Max: Curse of the Brotherhood is a side-scrolling arcade game with a cutesy Castle Crasher vibe to it and if nothing else, it might be an indication that indie arcade-style titles still have a place on the Xbox One.
Trailer: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
22. Kinect Sports Rivals
While Kinect Sports was fun, this is a whole new level. Rivals utilises the Xbox One hardware and creates a digital ‘you’ letting you take on your opponents in climbing, bowling, football (soccer), wake racing and many other sports, in one of the most realistic virtual arenas yet thanks to the improved Kinect 2.
Trailer: Kinect Sports Rivals
The latest game by Swery, the bloke behind the utterly batshit insane horror game Deadly Premonitions looks… well, it’s hard to say, really. We can tell you the graphics are cel-shaded, that it hints that all is not well with the game’s central characters and that it looks very unsettling. We’re prepared to plump for D4 off the back of Swery’s rep alone. After all, Deadly Premonition is one of the last-gen’s truly essential games and if this guy can bang out that on a shoe-string budget imagine what he can do with Microsoft’s bank balance behind him.
24. The Witcher 3
Blood, guts, sex and magic; The Witcher series sees its next installment land on Xbox One exclusively. According to developer CD Projeckt, The Witcher 3 will be a free-roaming game set in an open world and both Smartglass and Kinect will be optional gameplay extras. We’re not really bothered so long as The Witcher continues to be to gaming what Game Of Thrones is to TV: sword and sorcery at its most adult and compelling.
Trailer: The Witcher 3
25. Crimson Dragon
The brainchild of the creator of Panzer Dragoon, Crimson began life as Project Draco, a rail shooter in which players use a series of customizable dragons to rid a fantasy world of evil. Initially planned for Kinect, we’re uncertain whether it can be played with a control pad at this stage as there was no demo for it at the keynote. We also can’t report on its soundtrack since the audio cut out when the trailer was shown, but we can tell you it looks absolutely gorgeous.
Trailer: Crimson Dragon
26. Madden NFL 25
Madden is dropping the year moniker for it's 25th anniversary edition of everyone's favourite American Football sim. EA Sports showed a short trailer for the new Madden, which will be built on EA's brand new, next-gen Ignite engine. And who better to lead the charge than the electrifying Robert Griffin III.
Trailer: Madden NFL 25
27. NBA Live 14
After a four year hiatus, NBA Live will return later this year, launching on Xbox One. Like the rest of EA Sports next-gen line-up, Live 14 will run on the new Ignite engine, and although we haven't seen any gameplay yet, if it looks anywhere near as good as what we've seen of Fifa 14, this has a real shot at knocking NBA 2K off its perch.
Trailer: NBA Live 14
It may have made for the most uncomfortable outburst of the day ("I don't care what colour you are, what country you're from, fighting's in our DNA and we like it," reckons UFC chief Dana White. Erm…) but it is undeniable how good this mixed-martial-arts sim is looking. See our exclusive peak here, but the newly announced 'MMAi' tech (so many made-up tech words, so little time) as part of the new Ignite engine allows you to improvise mid-fight in the same way you can mid-tackle in FIFA 14.
29. Watch Dogs
Everytime we see a bit more of Watch Dogs, it looks even more fun. Halt runaway trains so you can leap aboard, trigger security cameras to surveil at will and hack a bloke's bank account while he's stood in front of you, all at the touch of a mobile phone. Already announced for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and PC, Watch Dogs has now inevitably been confirmed for Xbox One.
30. Fifa 14
Fifa has gone for strength to strength in recent years - and EA Sports' new Ignite engine is only set to help the franchise set up it's game. This year's list of improvements includes new ball physics and players that are more intelligent but also more accurate in their skillset - which means, if you're planning on playing silky, one-touch football whilst using Shrewsbury Town... that's probably not going to work out so well.
Nearly 10 years since Garrett's last outing in Thief: Deadly Shadows, the master thief will indeed be returning to our next-gen homes - thankfully not to rob you (though he might relieve your wallet of a good £50). Expect the usual dosage of thievery, skulduggery and shadow-lurking, as this promises to be a whole new story, but the same old vintage Thief gameplay.
32. Minecraft Xbox One Edition
It’s Minecraft, but on the Xbox One. Ok so that’s not all. Thanks to the increased graphical grunt of the new Xbox you’ll be able to create some of the largest worlds, with bigger mines, bigger castles, more monsters and even more players online.
Trailer: Minecraft Xbox One Edition
33. Sunset Overdrive
It’s hard to know what to make of this shooter from Insomniac, the makers of Resistance and, er… FUSE… but it looks about as barmy as a sack full of spanners. Trailers show the game’s lithe cartoon-like protagonist leaping across rooftops, sliding down ziplines, shotgunning monsters and, at one point, surfing down a building on a teatray. That last aspect alone sold us on it. You listening, Insomniac? There’d better be teatray surfing in this!
Trailer: Sunset Overdrive
Now here was a real surprise; sure Master Chief and the Xbox brand have their fortunes intertwined to a vivid degree, but after Halo 4 dropped last year we thought it’d be a while before we saw ol’ shell-head again. Early footage sees Chief ambling through a gorgeous desert vista dressed in rags before coming face to face with a giant robot. What does this tell us? Well that Master Chief is back and he’ll be fighting giant robots, which is more than enough to be getting on with.
35. Mad Max
It may have had a brief-as-hell CG trailer, but worth a mention purely because we're a bit obsessed with Mel Gibson's titular character. Here we see him seemingly sparing a man's life before running him over with the Road Warrior. The dusty setting and film history to draw from bode well, as does the stinking great gun on the front of your ride.
36. Wolfenstein: The New Order
Wolfenstein: The New Order is something of pleasant surprise. Far from being a lumbering FPS that feels both generically and artistically archaic, this game looks like it may offer players a serious challenge using hilariously fun weapons. The fact that it’s wrapped up in a compelling world with what looks like a decent plot is icing on the cake. And yes, there are tons of Nazis to shoot.
37. The Crew
Billed as the next evolutionary step in the open-world arcade racer, The Crew is basically Need For Speed: Most Wanted built to the size of World Of Warcraft. Players are let loose in a 5,000-sq-km map of the USA filled with huge cities, rural back-roads, mountain passes, arid deserts and woodland lanes. They can team up with mates and strangers on the fly, but essentially the draw here is to win races, rack up XP and unlock the game’s myriad automobile delights. This is a game that turns the USA into one giant racing circuit and its ambition is, quite frankly, astounding.
38. The Elder Scrolls Online
Given the amont of time Elder Scrolls games are capable of sucking out of the lives of gamers, an MMO based on Bethesda's superb fantasy series seems like the next logical step. We're expecting tons of quests, loads of monsters, oodles of treasure and mindblowing lore from this one - oh, and hours upon hours of our lives swallowed whole.
Trailer: The Elder Scrolls Online | Release date: TBC
39. Dark Souls II
Every game on this list has a certain amount of hype to live up to, but none of them are facing the amount of pressure that's currently heaped on Dark Souls II. The sequel to one of the most rabidly adored core RPG knock-outs ever created, Dark Souls II has a massive mountain of expectations to climb. We can only hope fans' fears are quelled upon release, otherwise you could be looking at one of the biggest twitter flame wars in history.
Trailer: Dark Souls II | Release date: March 2014