E3 2011: 8 Reasons Why You Should be Excited As Hell

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is right around the corner, and the entire video game industry is focusing its gaze on what surprises the world's biggest gaming convention has in store. This year's E3, however, is going to be one of those really big, exciting ones that come come around every so often. If the announcement of a new console by Nintendo isn't enough, there are also new portables to be shown, major announcements by top game developers, and of course: the avalanche of games from old and new franchises.

June 7-9 will be a huge few days for the gaming world. The following are 8 reasons why you should be excited for what may be one of the biggest E3s in a long time.

1. Hideo Kojima Plans to Unveil His "Dream Announcement"

Hideo Kojima, aka the creator and director of the Metal Gear Solid series, has been teasing that he will unveil what he calls his "dream" to the world during this year's E3. There's so much mystery surrounding this project, and the brilliant game designer rarely disappoints his fans with announcements like this (except for that one time...).

Mr. Kojima has also stated that this project will star a character that "gaming is not ready for." Whether that is true or not, we're all ready for this huge announcement.

2. Finally, Some Core Games for Kinect and PlayStation Move

The Kinect and PS Move are great pieces of technology. However, the games available for these devices are a bit on the boring side. Dance Central's only fun for a while, and what's offered with the PlayStation Move hasn't been too different than what you've already experienced on the Wii.

During this year's E3 however, a pretty decent line up of core games will be available for demonstration. Project Draco, the core-focused Kinect game by Yukio Futatsugi, is a game inspired by the cult-classic Panzer Dragoon. The game will focus on the relationships between the player and his dragon companion. This is great news for gamers looking to justify their expensive Kinect and PS Move purchase.

3. Brand New IPs
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Katherine from the upcoming game "Catherine"
Forget sequels--New gaming franchises are where it's at this year.

Gamers love to see risky and exciting new IPs, and this year's E3 will be have a giant selection of them. Games such as The Last Guardian, Catherine, Metal Gear Solid: RISING, and Shadows of the Damned will be at E3 in some kind of shape or form.

4. A Flood of Sequels to Video Gaming's Most Popular Franchises
Forget new gaming franchises--sequels are where it's at this year.

The amount of sequels to already popular franchises that are planned to be released this year is quite staggering.

Try saying all of this in one breath: New Twisted Metal, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, Resistance 3, Uncharted 3, Grand Theft Auto V, Gears of War 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Bioshock Infinite, A new Assassin's Creed, and Diablo 3.

This is only a selection of all of the gaming sequels that are going to be present on the E3 show floor. It's hard to complain when there's more of a game that gamers have already played and loved.

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