During E3, Gameloft announced the latest iteration of their long-standing racing series, Asphalt 8: Airborne. Asphalt 8 introduces a new aerial element where you're launching your car off ramps to do freakin' sweet spins and flips. It's basically mixing in Tony Hawk with your classic racing game.
Deus Ex: The Fall was announced at E3 2013, and we got a little time to check it out on the show floor. Those that have already played Human Evolution will feel right at home - you'll find plenty of action, stealth, and cybernetic upgrades to enjoy, as well as a rich dystopian storyline that ties in tightly with the canon.
Another bit of gaming goodness out of E3 was a fresh content patch for The Simpson's Tapped Out. The Waterfront update introduces a whole new range of buildings, decorations, quests, and characters. There are 30 new plots of land, so players can expand their own little versions of Springfield, and a new boardwalk section allows them to build out onto the water.
At E3, we caught up with Gameloft just as they were launching Minion Rush, an adorable endless runner based on the upcoming Despicable Me 2 film. Players dash through a veritable gauntlet of mad scientist contraptions as one of the bizarre yellow minions, collecting bananas along the way (they love those things, apparently).
Plants vs. Zombies 2 was announced not long ago, and we got to spend some time playing it here at E3. You'll find a lot of the same strategy game elements as the original, but there's a ton of added depth on multiple fronts. One of them is plant food, which can be collected by dropped particular kinds of zombies. That plant food can be used to temporarily super-charge an individual plant - perfect for those tense moments when your well-laid plans crumble before your eyes.
As it turns out, Gameloft's Modern Combat 5 is just as gorgeous as its teaser trailer last week would have us believe. We got our thumbs on an early build at E3, and though the action is very reminiscent of the previous modern military shooter games in the franchise, the graphics are above and beyond.
Watch Dogs involves using a phone to hack into various techno-doohickeys in the world in order to exert a personal brand of vigilante justice. As you might expect, a game about changing the world through your phone also has a proper mobile side game.
Another mobile tie-in found its way into one of the big E3 press conferences today. EA was showing off Commander Mode for the upcoming Battlefield 4 first-person shooter game. Players in the commander role get a top-down view of a battle, and can deliver orders, drop supplies, and launch artillery support by way of airborne gunships or long-range missiles.
You're probably still reeling from the barrage of WWDC 2013 announcements, but hold onto your butts - things aren't slowing down. Yours truly is currently in Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, where the biggest game developers and publishers are making announcements and showing off the goods.