June 10, 2014 1:04 pm

Gallery: New games announced at E3

“Halo: The Master Chief Collection” game play screenshot (Courtesy of Microsoft)

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TORONTO – It’s all about games at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

From Microsoft and Sony, to Electronic Arts (EA) and Nintendo, the world’s top gaming companies are showcasing their latest games and hardware at the annual video game conference in Los Angeles.

This year many of the game-makers have focused heavily on hyping new titles and expanding popular games to new consoles.

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Sony announced Monday that it will bring popular video-game franchises Uncharted and LittleBigPlanet to the PlayStation 4, six months after the console’s release. Similarly, Microsoft concentrated on hyping new titles for Xbox One – including Crackdown; a reboot of the Xbox action game Phantom Dust and a sequel to the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot titled Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Here is a look at some of the new games announced at E3:

Halo

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a bundle of Microsoft’s previously released Halo games. The collection will be released ahead of Halo 5: Guardians, set to be released in fall 2015.

But, Microsoft promises that the bundle has been optimized for Xbox One – running at 60 frames per second and offering better graphics than the originally released versions.

Battlefield: Hardline (Beta)

EA surprised E3 attendees Monday, announcing it was launching online beta tests for the new Battlefield: Hardline game.

The upcoming first-person shooter trades the franchise’s war-torn locales and military conflicts for an urban assault featuring cops and robbers in the streets of Los Angeles and Miami.

The beta test is available on a “first-come, first-served basis” for PC and Sony’s PlayStation 4.

LittleBigPlanet 3

Sony announced that LittleBigPlanet 3 would be available for PlayStation 4 when released in November. The popular game will feature many new characters and will include the previous two installments of the game with improved graphics.

The Legend Of Zelda

On Tuesday, Nintendo unveiled the new The Legend of Zelda for Wii U. Though Nintendo has not revealed the game’s full name, Nintendo Producer Eiji Aonuma promised users would experience “the new world of Zelda” in the game.

Aonuma said Tuesday Nintendo is “rethinking the conventions of Zelda.” The game, set to be released in 2015, will allow users to explore any area in game play without boundaries.

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