E3 2018 is just days away, meaning it's prime time to make predictions, scour the internet for rumors and come up with a ridiculously long wish list of the games we hope to see most on gaming's biggest stage.
Some of these games are pretty safe bets (Halo 6, Mortal Kombat 11), while others comprise our deepest hopes and dreams (Skate 4, anyone?). But all of them would make for a wonderfully exciting E3. Here are the 20 games we want to see most next week in Los Angeles.
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Capcom? Please? Devil May Cry fans have been waiting over 10 years for Dante’s story to continue. Sure, we got DmC: Devil May Cry, but everyone knows that’s not "real" Dante. We need to leave off the series with something that isn’t as painful as the second game, since that was the end of the chronological order. And if DMC 5 does happen, I suspect there’s going to be a massive gameplay revamp, since Capcom delivered that with Resident Evil 7 and Monster Hunter: World. There are a couple of hopeful theories that I have, like four-player co-op, which is very possible, considering that Capcom has enough established characters to use. Or, even better, open world? Imagine that Dante’s still trapped in hell, and you have to traverse the landscape on your motorcycle as you hunt down demons. — Rami Tabari
Halo 6 could be the ultimate redemption story, for both the franchise as well as Microsoft's first-party lineup as a whole. Halo 5, while an excellent multiplayer shooter, left a bad taste in fans' mouths with its campaign — something that a sequel could rectify with a focused story that puts the spotlight back on Master Chief and the now-villainous Cortana. A bombastic Halo 6 reveal, complete with new multiplayer features and a PC version announcement, could be just the thing Microsoft needs to get folks excited about the Xbox platform again. — Mike Andronico
Id Software's stellar 2016 Doom reboot is one of the most pleasant surprises of this generation, delivering some of the most delightfully fast and brutal shooter action you'll find in the genre. As such, a sequel seems inevitable. Give us more of that tight, lightning-fast, run-and-gun gameplay, and just for the heck of it, bring the action to Earth and throw in some co-op. — Mike Andronico
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Ubisoft's Splinter Cell series has been dark since 2013's Splinter Cell: Blacklist, but we have good reason to believe Sam Fisher will be back to his sneaky ways this year. Original voice actor Michael Ironside recently reprised his role as Fisher for a special Splinter Cell mission in Ghost Recon Wildlands, and you don't bring back such an iconic voice just to do a one-off cameo. Now that the Metal Gear franchise is all but dead, now is the perfect time for Ubisoft's beloved stealth series to take its rightful place at the top of the genre. — Mike Andronico
Mortal Kombat 11 is one of the safer bets on this list, given NetherRealm Studios' typical release schedule, but that doesn't make a possible reveal any less exciting. The future of Mortal Kombat seems wide open after the huge strides made in 2015's Mortal Kombat X and 2017's Injustice 2. Does NetherRealm bring Injustice 2's customizable gear system to Mortal Kombat? Will the variation system from Mortal Kombat X come back? Will the new Mortal Kombat be a crossover tag fighter? Anything is possible, but one thing's for sure: Mortal Kombat 11 is going to be very beautiful, and very, very bloody. — Mike Andronico
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The Persona Japanese RPG games have always seen re-releases, with the widely praised Persona 4 Golden (P4G) for the Vita being the most recent example. But what if you weren't one of the dozen people who bought Sony's portable console? For all the adoration that P4G received, it deserves a second life on the Nintendo Switch, the popular portable console that will give it many more potential eyes. Persona games aren't the most processor-taxing titles, so there should be no problem making this one look fantastic on the Switch's screen. And since the PS4's excellent Persona 5 is still fresh in our minds (and near the top of our Best of 2017 list), Atlus should make sure that game's re-released edition is also available on the Switch. — Henry T. Casey
Here's my deepest, darkest secret: I've yet to play Fortnite. Yes, it's everywhere, but not (though one leak suggests it will be) on the Switch — a console that I keep with me at nearly all times. Why? I read enough reviews of its mobile versions to know that the on-screen controllers just don't cut it. That's why it makes a ton of sense for Epic Games to bring this massively popular battle royale game to the Switch, which has physical controllers. — Henry T. Casey
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