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?

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?