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In Pictures: 20 Must-See Games And Components From E3 2010
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2K Marin has somewhat rebooted the XCOM franchise by ripping out its strategic roots and firmly planting the series into first-person shooter territory. While that may disappoint some, the game shown at E3 2010 looked good, thrusting gamers into the stereotypical 1950s era, where white picket fences lined neighborhood streets and black-and-white monsters brought screams to young moviegoers.

Like Deus Ex, this game was shown behind closed doors. What's known is that FBI agent William Carter founded the XCOM group after discovering an alien artifact. Based in a giant facility disguised as an aircraft hangar, players use the XCOM headquarters as a possible central hub where they receive missions and determine how to carry them out.

"Your choices and efforts have a direct involvement in the creation of new tools and technology that will aid in your battle to save mankind," reads the product literature. "But make a bad decision, and the consequences will be felt most by those you have failed."

Supposedly no two experiences are the same, as the outcome is determined by player choices.

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    anort3 , July 23, 2010 8:03 AM
    I just wanted Half Life 3 / Episode 3 this year. Is that too much to ask?
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    TheViper , July 23, 2010 8:23 AM
    13 of those are shooters of some kind. I'm not sure what's more pathetic, the development community for being so unoriginal or the consumer market for gorging themselves on them.

    And Kevin, did you even attend E3? Kinect was much more gimmicky than either Wii or Move. And biggest irony of the issue being that claimed the 3DS would not contain the style of titles I just berated above yet on display with no less than Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, Street Fighter IV and Dead or Alive along with the following titles in development: Assassins Creed, Saints Row, Ninja Gaiden, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Driver, Contra and Bloodrayne.
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    tony singh , July 23, 2010 6:51 AM
    Most games still look 4 years old, thanks to the prehistoric hardware in consoles, these are making a mokery of 5970 & likes owners..
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    exfileme , July 23, 2010 6:00 AM
    Better late than never, right? Our top 20 must-haves from E3 include a list of upcoming hardware and software that every gamer will want to sample, regardless of whether you’re a hardcore PC gamer or a console junkie. Check out our pictorial tour.

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    frye , July 23, 2010 6:13 AM
    Why oh why is Goldeneye only on the Wii?
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    dimar , July 23, 2010 6:31 AM
    Please release Mortal Kombat on PC!!! And bring the original moves :-)
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    DjEaZy , July 23, 2010 6:31 AM
    ... for the No.13... enjoy the trauma...
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    tony singh , July 23, 2010 6:51 AM
    Most games still look 4 years old, thanks to the prehistoric hardware in consoles, these are making a mokery of 5970 & likes owners..
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    xerroz , July 23, 2010 7:14 AM
    I'm really looking forward to Goldeneye for the wii. It was my favorite game on the N64 without a doubt and is possibly my favorite FPS of all time
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    secranox , July 23, 2010 7:15 AM
    xerrozI'm really looking forward to Goldeneye for the wii. It was my favorite game on the N64 without a doubt and is possibly my favorite FPS of all time

    Just download Goldeneye Source. With Activision at the helm of the new Goldeneye, I don't have high hopes for the new game... Besides, Goldeneye Source is awesome.
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    iam2thecrowe , July 23, 2010 7:25 AM
    "Most games still look 4 years old, thanks to the prehistoric hardware in consoles, these are making a mokery of 5970 & likes owners.."

    Not that many people own 5970's! If they made games that only ran on 5970's they wouldn't get many sales then would they??
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    anort3 , July 23, 2010 8:03 AM
    I just wanted Half Life 3 / Episode 3 this year. Is that too much to ask?
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    TheViper , July 23, 2010 8:23 AM
    13 of those are shooters of some kind. I'm not sure what's more pathetic, the development community for being so unoriginal or the consumer market for gorging themselves on them.

    And Kevin, did you even attend E3? Kinect was much more gimmicky than either Wii or Move. And biggest irony of the issue being that claimed the 3DS would not contain the style of titles I just berated above yet on display with no less than Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, Street Fighter IV and Dead or Alive along with the following titles in development: Assassins Creed, Saints Row, Ninja Gaiden, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Driver, Contra and Bloodrayne.
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    braneman , July 23, 2010 8:40 AM
    awesome retro studios is working on the new Donkey Kong.
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    bodyknight , July 23, 2010 8:44 AM
    "Microsoft's Kinect showed the most promise on a hardware level, hands down." Are you serious? It suffers lag because MS had to cut down hardware components in order to sell (losing money) it at 149$.
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    rkelly1 , July 23, 2010 9:15 AM
    you forgot about fallout nv
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    THEfog101 , July 23, 2010 12:01 PM
    "actually see his face, a factor missing from the previous installment."

    Umm Yeah, if you actually finish Dead space you see issac's face. Also why Wasn't Fallout New Vegas or The new Assassins Creed Mentioned here, i mean who really cares about "Epic Mickey" or yet another motion controlled device that is being pushed into the already Wii dominated motion control market.
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    bCubed , July 23, 2010 12:16 PM
    Crysis is over hyped IMO. Although Crysis 1 looks gorgeous (just played through it on high settings), the story itself and the level progression make it a standard FPS, nothing too amazing. Hopefully this one will be better.
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    rohitbaran , July 23, 2010 12:45 PM
    Is Rage ever going to be launched? They have already delayed it too much and I hope all that delay has gone into fine tuning the gameplay and optimizing the graphics.
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    rohitbaran , July 23, 2010 12:48 PM
    In fact, I hope that it is as enjoying as Borderlands, maybe more. :) 
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    enzo matrix , July 23, 2010 1:11 PM
    When will these slideshows be changed?
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    ta152h , July 23, 2010 2:17 PM
    So, basically, there were three games? The Donkey Kong, the Mickey Mouse, and all the rest?

    It's pathetic how brain-dead these games are. 20 years ago you had a real selection with types of games, not all repetitions of the same theme. Me hit you over head/shoot you with gun/shoot you with laser/kick you. Me simple minded player.

    Ugggh. No wonder kids are so stupid now. This is their mental stimulation?
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    oldscotch , July 23, 2010 3:13 PM
    So is there a seperate conference for non-FPS games? Like, oh, Civ 5?
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