ByRob Harris, writer at
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Rob Harris

Video gaming's biggest event of the year, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is just around the corner and the industry's 'big three' -- Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo -- are preparing to show off their most anticipated upcoming projects there.

Although Sony is enjoying a comfortable market lead with the PS4 they show no sign of slowing down, in terms of the console's future release calendar, and E3 is the perfect place for them to give us a teasing taste of things to come.

For those who notice a glaring omission on this list, the year's galactically hyped space epic No Man's Sky releases a mere week after the show, so it's unlikely we'll see much of it there. But there's plenty more for PS4 owners to get excited about. Here's 9 games we're desperate to get a glimpse at come June.

1. Dreams

Release date: TBD

In their follow up to the creative paper platformer Tearaway, Media Molecule takes us into the mysterious realm of the subconscious. In Dreams you play an imp (whose facial expressions you can change by drawing on the DualShock 4's touchpad) who can travel between different levels, or 'dreams,' using its powers of possession to take control of different characters.

The game's first trailer featured a selection of very surreal environments, so expect some trippy experiences. In fact, no one quite knows what kind of levels you'll encounter as they'll be created by other players, continuing to follow in the 'play, create and share' philosophy first evangelised in Little Big Planet.

2. The Last Guardian

Release date: 2016

I almost feel like I'm tempting fate by attaching a '2016' release date to The Last Guardian, but Sony assures us that the game 9 years in the making (!!) will finally hit the PS4 this year. If the long awaited adventure does indeed make its release window it has a lot to live up to, coming from the makers of two of the most beloved games of all time: Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.

Set in a quiet yet majestic world, The Last Guardian centers on the relationship between a boy and his, dog thing? In any case, it will no doubt be beautiful, touching and totally unique. If it comes out. Please come out.

3. Final Fantasy VII Remake

Release date: TBA

We demanded it for years and now it's finally happening. The announcement of this oft-requested remake sparked mass hysteria during last year's E3 press conference. But now, after everyone's had a year to find their minds again, it's time for some more solid details on what we can expect.

Here's what we do know: The game's structure will be episodic and the revamped, live-action battle system will replace the turn-based system of yore. Basically, the more we hear about it the more ambitious it sounds, so tell us more Square Enix!

4. Horizon: Zero Dawn

Release date: 2016

Another title announced at last year's E3 press conference, Horizon: Zero Dawn is Guerrilla Games's first new franchise since Killzone. Swapping drab, concrete battlefields for bright, open fields, and modern military weapons for homemade hunting gear, this is a chance for the developer to redefine themselves with an exciting new IP

2015's brief gameplay demo was quite astounding, featuring a young female warrior named Aloy taking down a giant mechanized beast. These animalistic robots now rule the setting's post-apocalyptic plains. If you're to survive you'll have to forage for electronic materials and stalk your prey, taking back the territory by force.

5. Nier: Automata

Release date: 2016

Developed by third-person action specialists Platinum Games (the makers of Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance), Nier: Automata is a spin-off from its RPG predecessor of the same name.

Set in the same universe as Nier, Automata follows the events of a galactic war waged between an army of machines and humanity's last survivors. Platinum has stated that role playing elements will be included, but the game will also take cues from the frenetic cyborg combat seen in their excellent 2010 hit Vanquish. Expect slickly designed, high octane action from these industry veterans.

6. Gran Turismo Sport

Release date: TBD

The premium name in motorsports returns, though not in the traditional sense. Following in the footsteps of Microsoft's Forza franchise, Grant Turismo drops the number from this sequel of sorts, giving them the chance to explore a new direction with a standalone, sport-focused side entry.

New features to facilitate live eSports events will be introduced, and developer Polyphony are even looking into VR integration. Racing games provide the perfect chance to push console hardware to its graphical limits, so I can't wait to see how eye-watteringly beautiful those polished car bonnets will look this E3.

7. Gravity Rush 2

Release date: 2016

The surprise Vita hit is getting a well deserved sequel on the PS4, but we know very little about this title other than that. The original game seduced players with its startlingly original art direction and unique gravity-manipulation mechanics, which allowed you to hurl nimble protagonist Kat through the floating environments at breakneck speeds.

Kat returns with brand new powers, some of which I hope we'll get a glimpse at during the show. If you want to catch up on your lore before then, Gravity Rush Remastered is available to download on PSN now.

8. Detroit: Become Human

Release date: TBD

David Cage needs no introduction for fans of narrative-driven adventure games. Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and Indigo Prophecy were all his brain children, and remain some of the finest examples of interactive fiction done right. So what's the story here then?

Detroit: Become Human drops you into a futuristic rendering of, you guessed it, Detroit, where advanced androids have become slaves to humans in everyday life. Kara, played by Valorie Curry (Twilight), suffers the unfortunate fate of being cursed with artificial consciousness. You'll follow button prompts and make difficult choices as she struggles to find her place in the world with her new-found awareness. So Ex Machina 2, basically.

9. Boundless

Release date: TBD

Boundless's open-world online sandbox resembles Minecraft in concept, but sets itself apart with vibrant art direction and more advanced gameplay mechanics. Cross-playable on the PS4 and PC, this powerful world building tool accommodates a huge range of play styles. Become a hunter and explore procedurally generated lands, or gather supplies and set up shop as the go-to merchant in town. If the community rallies behind this one it has the potential to turn into another block-building phenomenon.

Which games are you most looking forward to seeing at E3 2016?


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