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?

Barnes & Noble has announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is already a gigantic hit. In fact, it’s the most pre-ordered book since Deathly Hallows.

It’s been 9 years since J.K. Rowling publsihed Deathly Hallows in the summer of 2007, but Harry Potter fans are evidently still eager for more stories from the Wizarding World. In a press release on Monday, the biggest book chain in the United States revealed that they haven’t seen pre-orders this huge since the last Harry Potter book.

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is Barnes & Noble’s most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and we expect it to be our biggest selling book of the year,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble in a press release. “To guarantee that our customers get the new Harry Potter book as quickly as possible, Barnes & Noble is the only national retailer that’s guaranteeing delivery of the book on August 1, for both online and ship-to-home pre-orders placed by noon ET on Friday, July 29. Our booksellers are also preparing to host big crowds for our signature Midnight Magic parties on July 30.”

If you’ve passed by a brick and mortar Barnes & Noble in the past few months you’ve probably seen the heavy promotion they’ve been doing. Headers that state “HARRY POTTER IS BACK” will clearly entice people to pre-order.


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In a report from the Wall Street Journal earlier this month we learned that Scholastic was printing 4.5 million copies of “the eighth story” for the United States and Canada. This is a far cry from the 12 million printed for Deathly Hallows, but still a very large print run for a book in modern times. (Also worth noting: Many readers have switched to eBooks in the years since Deathly Hallows.)

It’s nice to see that Harry Potter fans haven’t lost their interest in the series. Perhaps the success will inspire J.K. Rowling to continue writing within Harry’s world?

The book has also been a huge success on Amazon. The Cursed Child has sat at the top of the online retailer’s bestseller list for months.

Hypable will have lots of coverage surrounding The Cursed Child once it’s released this weekend. Stay tuned! AHHHH!

Sherlock finally made it to Hall H at Comic-Con and the creative team brought a few surprises. Steven Moffatt, Sue Vertue, Mark Gatiss, Amanda Abbington, and Benedict Cumberbatch were on hand to the thrill of fans.

Benedict Cumberbatch and crew definitely know how to work a crowd. Here are the top highlights of the panel that played to a crowd of thousands.

1. Season 4

They are currently two weeks from finishing Sherlock season 4. Cumberbatch said that “a lot comes home to roost this season… it’s ballsy.”

They have 26 pages to film this Tuesday. Cumberbatch states that the monologues are very challenging and take a lot of work.

As for actors’ favorite lines this season:

Gatiss: “Sherlock.”

Abington: Not a line but a beckoning gesture.

Cumberbatch: Can’t say.

Key names for next season (change from doing key words):

  • Moffat: Smith
  • Gatiss: Thatcher
  • Vertue: Sherinford

2. Keeping the show fresh

By not making as many episodes, the creators feel they actually keep the quality. They joked that under normal standards they’ve actually made about half a season of a standard TV show, or 13 episodes.

There are no plans for any other Victorian Era shows. Moffat feels that it would be less interesting if the mind palace returned there.

3. Learning curves and drugs

Gatiss stated that with 90-minute episodes you “really have to put [Sherlock and Watson] through the ringer.” Moffat added that because of this, Watson has to evolve. Watson can’t keep being amazed by Sherlock. As for Sherlock, “he can’t be the weird scary amoral man we met in the first episode… geniuses learn… he has to learn.”

Sherlock’s drug addiction comes back when he is not working. It’s hinted that the addiction will be a bigger issue this season than in the past.

4. The coat and the hair

There is apparently a big debate every year over changing the iconic coat. Sue Vertue wants to change it, and Steven Moffat wants to keep it. Benedict Cumberbatch dove into the debate stating, “I’m quite hung up on the coat…. but sometimes it has to come off.” The audience reaction was predictable.

Cumberbatch joked that he loved playing Sherlock in the Victorian era because of the slicked back hair. In the modern era it takes forever for his hair to get done. On a serious note, he loved the more straight-laced, clipped version of Sherlock.

5. First ‘Sherlock’ season 4 trailer

The teaser trailer featured this phrase over and over: “Something’s coming. It may be Moriarity, maybe not.” Literally every character we know and love looks like they are scared, angry, or worried on an epic scale.

One of the best moments is Mrs. Hudson saying with supreme venom to Mycroft, “Get out of my house you reptile.” Watch below:

6. Improv and family

There is actually, according to Cumberbatch, very little improvisation on set. It’s about how to do what’s there, and not messing with the script. He firmly believes that what is there is what is needed for the show.

Cumberbatch genuinely loves having his mom and dad play his TV mom and dad. Every now and then he can see his mother struggle to call him “Sherlock” and not “Ben.”

7. Mary in the know

Abbington didn’t know she was an assassin until well into the last season. When she found out, she told partner Martin Freeman, “My God, [the fans] are going to hate me.” Despite this, she loves the flawed characters of the series.

8. When will the series return?

No date was given for either the BBC release date or the PBS release date. We only know that it will premiere in 2017.

9. The dog photo

According to Cumberbatch the dog (depicted above) was a nightmare. “The dog wouldn’t fucking move,” he said. The companion was supposed to drag Sherlock all over London, but the dog didn’t like people, concrete, crowds… really anything about an urban setting.

Moffat and Gatiss resorted to writing a new scene on the spot to account for the lack of the dog’s interest in roaming. According to Gatiss all it did was drool on the concrete.

10. Future seasons?

Touching on the future of the series, Moffat stated, “Why is everybody assuming they survive season 4?” Gatiss joked, “We’re skipping season 5 and doing season 6.”

Moffat clarified that — contrary to recent reports — he never said that this season would be the last one (He’s right: All he said was the schedules of Cumberbatch and Freeman are only getting more difficult to work with). Gatiss added that they want to do more seasons, and they hope that they are able to.

Sherlock will be back in 2017. What do you think of the first season 4 trailer?

Marvel presented at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday evening and offered new looks at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and more.

“We only want to come to Hall H when we have a lot to show you,” teased Marvel’s Kevin Feige at the start of the panel. Indeed, they had a ton to offer — including news of a new Marvel theme park attraction!

Everything we’ve learned at Marvel’s SDCC panel

  1. Marvel kicked off their panel with a new logo and updated fanfare by composer Michael Giacchino.

  2. Black Panther had some casting news to share: Lupita N’yongo will be playing one of the guards at Wakanda named Nakia. Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan will be playing Erik Killmonger. We also received brand new casting news: Danai Gurira has joined the movie — She’ll play Okoye, head of Dora Milaje! Finally, a new logo for the film was revealed:

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  3. Thor: Ragnarok unveiled a behind-the-scenes look at the new film which included a look at Cate Blanchett as Hela. They also showed a documentary-style clip (think The Office) explaining where Hulk and Thor were during the events of Captain America: Civil War! In it, Thor had a tiny bed for Mjolnir and a crime board that tried to connect the Infinity Stones and discover their purpose. There is also mugshot of Loki. Like Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok had a new logo to show off with a retro looking subtitle:

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  4. Doctor Strange’s portion of the panel kicked off with a smoke and laser show to introduce Benedict Cumberbatch.

    Tilda Swinton was also at the panel and spoke about the Ancient One. “The truth is, anyone can be The Ancient One,” she said. A clip from Doctor Strange was also showed in which Steven Strange meets Tilda’s character (It won’t be online).

  5. Thankfully, a brand new and wholly epic Doctor Strange trailer was released. Watch below:

    A new poster was also unveiled:

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  6. Next up was Spider-Man: Homecoming. Director Jon Watts described the film as a high school movie about a 15-year-old Peter Parker who’s in the 10th grade. A new clip was unveiled and had a strong John Hughes vibe — Peter Parker is just your average high schooler trying to get through the day. There was also this great moment:

  7. Next up: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which kicks off a few months after the first movie. The entire cast was there to introduce a new scene in which a very adorable Baby Groot helps Yondu and Rocket break out of prison. Baby Groot even has a little outfit! Adorably, the Ravengers — who captured Yondu and Rocket — refuse to hurt Baby Groot because of how cute he is.

    This movie got a new logo as well.

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  8. Speaking of Marvel’s space dramedy, the studio also confirmed rumors of a Guardians of the Galaxy theme park attraction. It’s called Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and debuts Summer 2017 at Disneyland’s California Adventure theme park. Sadly, it’s replacing the classic Tower of Terror ride. Check out a behind the scenes video of the attraction:

  9. Marvel ended their panel by confirming that Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel, as was previously rumored. She took the stage to say hi to the adoring audience, and participated in a giant Marvel selfie:

All in all, Marvel had a ton to share. What do you think of all the developments?