E3 2012 is approaching quickly and we’re already giddy about what’s going to be shown on gaming’s biggest show. Here’s our most anticipated games of E3.

10. Borderlands 2

The success of the original Borderlands caught most everyone by surprise. While the look of the game helped set it apart from other first-person shooters on the market, the gameplay more than stood up on its own. Gearbox has promised even more loot, new guns and an improved experience in addition to the fun co-op play for the series return. I can’t wait to get my hands on it on the show floor.

9. Halo 4

The return of Master Chief capped Microsoft’s E3 presentation last year and they are sure to center their lineup around the title this year. An entry in the Halo franchise is always exciting for fans, but with a new developer in 343 Industries at the helm for the first time, this game is just as intriguing as Bungie’s new title, which sadly will not be at the show.

8. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

More than just the name, this title is very interesting. Essentially rebooted after the failure of Metal Gear Solid Rising, Platinum Games, known for their ultra-stylish Vanquish and Bayonetta, look to put their own spin on the MGS series. In truth, if it can’t be directly under Kojima himself, their’s no other developer I’d want working on a Raiden-centric Metal Gear game.

7. Tomb Raider 

While the Tomb Raider reboot will not be shown to the public at E3, that doesn’t mean it won’t be at the show and the demo video shown at last year’s show alone still has me excited for Crystal Dynamic’s gritty return for Lara Croft.

6. Hitman: Absolution

I’ve never played a Hitman game before. I have heard really great things about the series, Blood Money especially, but just never got around to it. I intend to change that with Hitman: Absolution. Developer Io faces the challenge of balancing expectations of old fans who are expecting countless solutions to your objectives with meeting the high standards of gameplay from new fans, like me. I think they are up to the challenge and I can’t wait to see more of Agent 47.

5. Metro: Last Light 

2010’s Metro 2033 has become a bit of a modern cult-classic in the gaming industry. While the original’s action was passable, the atmosphere and originality of the title drew many players in. The demo that was displayed last year looked fantastic and I’m eager to see what 4A Games has been working on since then. If the game turns out to be even half as tense as the recent live-action trailer was, it could be something special.

4.  Dishonored

Many have described Dishonored as a mix of Assassin’s Creed, Deus Ex and Mirror’s Edge in a steampunk Victorian setting after the first trailer was released. If that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will. I can’t wait to check out what Arkane Studios and Bethesda have been working on.

3. Assassin’s Creed III 

I’ve been looking forward to this game ever since I first saw the first piece of artwork. I’ve always loved the Assassin’s Creed series, but as a U.S. history buff, an American Revolution set entry is a gift. After seeing the demo shown at PAX East, I’m already sold at this game, but I’d still like to see even more from Ubisoft about what this game is all about.

2. Wii U launch titles

Though we’ve known about the Wii U for a year, it’s still kind of a mystery. We know Nintendo will not be revealing a specific launch date or price point for the new console at the show, but hopefully they’ll surprise with some big titles for the system’s release, whenever that may be. More than just Mario and Pikmin, I’m hoping Nintendo will give us a reason to get excited about the Wii U.

1. The Last of Us

With Bioshock Infinite absent from the show this year, this is the game I am drooling over the most, even though I have only seen two trailers and read a handful of details about it. Coming off of the Uncharted series, Naughty Dog is one of the best developers in the industry and is sure to breathe new life into a crowded, zombie-filled genre. The most recent trailer, above, shows not only great visuals, but also the potential for great story telling with a mix of The Road and The Walking Dead. I’m also curious to see how Naughty Dog will handle the gameplay with Joel and companion Ellie.

Honorable mentions:

  • Dust 514 – This innovative shooter looks to connect Eve Online with consoles as an MMOFPS.
  • Resident Evil 6 – The debut trailer got a lot of people talking. I’m interested in seeing how gameplay looks.
  • PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale – I want to see if Sony can make it more than just a complete Super Smash Bros. clone. I’d like to see more of the roster, as well.
  • Rayman Legends – One of my favorite games from last year is getting a sequel after surprisingly selling well. I’m excited.
  • Half Life 3 – Sigh. If only.

With all of these titles and those that have yet to be announced, E3 2012 doesn’t look like it will disappoint.

What games are you anticipating seeing most from the show this year?

A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

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A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

Dakota Johnson continues to bring a fun vibe to Ana Steele, playing the awkward lines with self awareness better than Kristen Stewart ever did as Bella in Twilight. “Have dinner with me,” Christian begs. “Okay fine, I will have dinner with you, because I’m… hungry,” Ana replies. The line could come off corny if executed poorly, but Dakota has a strong hold on playing this character for fun.

Tickets for Fifty Shades Darker are now on sale. Check out a new poster for the movie below:

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The Fifty Shades Darker synopsis reads, “When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.”

The movie hits theaters this Valentine’s Day. It stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote, Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden, and is directed by James Foley.

It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

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It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an excellent coming of age/coming out LGBT YA novel which we’ve raved about here on Hypable before. Nick Robinson is definitely an actor we can picture in the role, so we can’t wait to see him play the adorable character.

The film is being produced by Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment, who’s responsible for The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers.

What do think of Nick Robinson as Simon?

If you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend that you do. The book was first published last year:

After you read it, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Becky Albertalli. Simon was her first novel!

Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

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Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

The Unfortunate Events trailer also presents new looks at colorful characters including Uncle Monty (Aasif Mandvi, below), Aunt Josephine (Alfre Woodard, below), and Justice Strauss (Joan Cusack).

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A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres all eight episodes of its first season on January 13, 2017.

“Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.”

Another trailer was released two weeks ago — you can watch it here.

Is ‘Unfortunate Events’ looking as good as you hoped?

Harris previously confirmed that each book will be adapted into two episodes of the show. The first season of ASOUE covers the first four books, so presumably season 2 will roughly cover another four books. There are a total of 13 books in Lemony Snicket’s series.