E3 is just a mere few days away from taking place in Los Angeles, California, and game journalists and developers alike will be flooding the show floor, covering everything that needs to be covered with new hardware and software reveals.  

We’ll have our own coverage, of course, but we already know what games we’ll be making a beeline for once those doors open at noon on Tuesday.

What are these games you ask?  In no particular order, here’s our list!

Halo 4 (Xbox 360)

If you aren’t excited about the return of Master Chief, you’re either without a pulse or an Xbox 360.  Regardless, this sequel is well worth getting excited about, as it opens the doors to a new trilogy in the series while also introducing a fresh new development approach and, of course, more multiplayer.  Now if we can just find an empty kiosk…

Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U)

We’ve already seen bits and pieces of Black Ops II in action, and as you might have guessed we’re going back for more next week!  This sequel promises some fresh futuristic touches while introducing a new Overwatch mode that puts you in control of how your battles play out.  And, of course, there’ll be zombies.  Lots of zombies.  This could very well be the pinnacle of the series… and Modern Warfare 3 is tough to beat!

Assassins Creed III (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U)

A new tale for the Assassin is about to unfold and in an all-new location.  Taking place during the American Revolution, Assassins Creed III also introduces a new hero, Connor, as he slices and dices the red coats while dealing with familiar American heroes (Benjamin Franklin, etc.) and learning a few tricks of the trade.  He’ll also face environmental dangers, including snow and the occasional bear.  Ha, like that thing stands a chance against hand blades.

The Last of Us (PlayStation 3)

Coming off the success of the latest Uncharted game, Naughty Dog could easily take a year off and rest for a bit.  Instead, the team is working on an all new project, one that mixes the thrilling gunplay they’ve come to know with excellent survival aspects as you face a future riddled with fiendish creatures that will leave you scrambling to stay alive.  Expect plenty of haunting story twists and thrilling fight sequences from this one.  We sure are.

Rayman Legends (Wii U)

It’s pretty much official – Rayman is continuing on his loopy side-scrolling ways in the same manner as what he and his friends did in last year’s amazing Rayman Origins.  This time around, it looks like the thrills and spills might take place exclusively on the Wii U.  While that would be a bummer for Xbox 360 and PS3 owners, it’s more than enough excuse to pick up Nintendo’s new machine, especially with the colorful new graphics and innovative gameplay style.  We’re in.

Super Mario (Wii U)

Though we’re still a bit uncertain what the next Mario game will bring, if it’s anything like his previous adventures (Super Mario 3D Land on the 3DS, the Mario Galaxy games on Wii), it’ll be a dazzler.  It’ll also mark the first time that a Mario game has shipped for a system’s launch since, well, the older days of Nintendo’s game making.  And that’s a looooong time considering its stretch across the current generation.  We’re just happy to have the plumber back in some capacity.

God of War: Ascension (PlayStation 3)

Though Sony did recently provide us a sneak peek at the multiplayer features that will be put into this God of War prequel, that doesn’t mean we’ve seen everything we need to see.  E3 should be the place to get a glimpse at the game’s campaign mode where we first meet Kratos and find out just what’s been enraging him all these years.  From there, we’ll hop back into multiplayer and chop down a few of our buddies while eventually bringing down a large juggernaut.  Is any of the Sony team up to the challenge?

Star Trek (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

To deny catching Namco Bandai’s epic adventure would be… illogical.  Based on the hit movie franchise created by J.J. Abrams (and set to tie in with the Star Trek sequel hitting theaters next summer), Star Trek will let you take control of both Captain Kirk and Commander Spock as they venture through brave new worlds and take on vicious enemies in captivating firefights.  The game will support co-op so you don’t have to travel through the universe alone.  Maybe you’ll live long and prosper with some help?

The Last Guardian (PlayStation 3)

This one could be a long shot as it’s been in development for a long amount of time and recently went through some shuffling in terms of production team.  We're fairly certain that The Last Guardian will at least provide some sort of update at this year’s E3 event, perhaps even a release date.  That’d be a good thing as Team Ico has always produced stunningly gorgeous adventures with a gameplay twist, and their PS3 debut (we’re not counting the Ico/Shadows HD Collection) should no doubt be a memorable one.  Just bring it!

Tomb Raider (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

The recently-delayed return of Lara Croft will be present at E3, and it should look even better than when we saw it in action last year.  This latest journey follows a younger Croft as she learns her survival skills while battling enemies and eventually finding her way out of trouble – a task that isn’t quite as easy as it looks.  We’re thrilled to see the new direction that Crystal Dynamics is taking this series in.