E3: What to expect from the Electronic Entertainment Expo

What does the future hold? Let's find out.
What does the future hold? Let’s find out.

 It’s that time of year again. Time for the magical fairy dust known as the E3 conference to rain down on us like a million setting suns. Every year the big three console manufacturers spring forth with a whole bunch of announcements of upcoming games, consoles and other surprises. What’s gonna happen this year? Nobody knows for sure, but I am going to enter a deep meditative state and try to stir up some semi-accurate predictions. You’re welcome.

Halo 5 is coming. Believe that.
Halo 5 is coming. Believe that.

Microsoft: One thing is sure about the house that Bill Gates built, this year’s conference is going to be all about games. The Xbox One has developed a reputation as being about everything but games and with the PS4 (and even the Wii U) racking up big numbers, Microsoft simply cannot afford to allow this conception to continue. Look for a lot of buzz on “Halo 5″ and the cartoonish open world “Sunset Overdrive.” My crystal ball also says there will be some surprise announcements along the lines of a “Ryse” sequel, “Crackdown 3″ or a new “Rare” property. Maybe they’ll do all three. They need to at any rate.

Wild card: Microsoft may announce some deals with big name publishers to establish exclusive release of some upcoming games, like “Call of Duty” or “Dragon Age 3.”

You'll be getting super smashed, um, brother this Fall.
You’ll be getting super smashed, um, brother this Fall.

Nintendo: The Wii U has been extremely slow out of the gate, selling an abysmal amount. “Mario Kart 8″ sold well over a million copies in its first two days of release, however, so things are looking up for Nintendo’s new box. If Nintendo hopes to keep up this momentum they are going to have to bring out the big guns at this year’s conference. There have been rumors swirling that the company are absolutely going to showcase a new “Zelda” for the system, so that’s one. Otherwise, the company is going to rest heavily on the upcoming “Super Smash Bros.” sequel and some third party exclusives like “Bayonetta 2.” This is Nintendo though. They do what they want when they want so really anything can happen.

Wild card: A brand new 3-D “Mario” more akin to the Galaxy games would be a nice boost, as would an old-school sidescrolling “Metroid” for the 3DS.

Expect a whole lot of charts and graphs showing off how popular PlayStation is.
Expect a whole lot of charts and graphs showing off how popular PlayStation is.

Sony: PlayStation 4 is the clear leader in the current console race. By that notion, Sony has the least to prove at this year’s conference. Still, it’s not as if the PS4 has more games than gamers know what to do with. They still need to bring the big guns. This likely means “Uncharted 4″ taking center stage, along with “Final Fantasy XV.” “God of War IV” will also likely make an appearance. Additionally, it must be noted, the Vita will continue to be treated like the red-heading stepchild of the PlayStation universe.

Wild card: There are plenty of first and second party Sony developers who have been MIA the last year or so. Look for game announcements from “Quantic Dream,” “Media Molecule” and “Sucker Punch.” My crystal ball prediction is that Sony will unveil “Gran Turismo 6.”

Follow Lawrence Bonk on Twitter @sidescrollers



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.