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The Best Video Games at E3 2010

Video-game hardware and software makers debuted several new games and peripherals at E3 2010.

LOS ANGELES (TheStreet) - The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, annual video game conference wrapped up Thursday after console and game makers took turns wowing attendees with the latest hardware and software titles. The following games and devices were among the top winners of the E3 conference.

Microsoft Kinect

(Xbox 360 - Microsoft)

Release date: Nov. 4

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takes its turn at motion-controlled video games with Kinect. Originally dubbed Project Natal, Kinect allows players to control the action on screen with their entire body without the need to use a physical controller. Kinect will debut with 15 software titles available at launch, Microsoft said.

PlayStation Move

(PlayStation 3 - Sony Computer)

Release date: Sept. 19

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also takes its crack at motion controls with the PlayStation Move, a wand-like controller that offers 1:1 motion sensing. Sony is hoping to outduel Microsoft by bringing the Move to stores nearly two months ahead of Kinect. During its presentation, Sony stressed that the Move isn't just for casual gamers, arguing that hardcore gamers will also find the controls appealing.

Nintendo 3DS

(Nintendo)

Release date: Before March 2011

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took the wrap off its new portable gaming system at the very end of its media event. Nintendo's big selling point for the 3DS is the ability to show 3D effects without the need for special glasses. Building on the success of the original DS, the new 3DS adds the "Slide Pad," which is a round analog input, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope.

Xbox 360 Slim

(Microsoft)

Release date: June 18

Taking a page out of the PlayStation playbook, Microsoft slimmed down its Xbox 360 console. In addition to the new physical design and 250-gigabyte hard drive, the Xbox Slim adds wireless connectivity, which was absent from the original console, and is touted as being "whisper quiet."

Call of Duty: Black Ops

(Xbox 360, PlayStation, Wii - Activision)

Release date: Nov. 9

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latest in the successful first-person-shooter franchise is the first to take players out of the World War II and modern warfare eras and drop them in Vietnam during the Cold War.

Medal of Honor

(Xbox 360, PlayStation - Electronic Arts)

Release date: Oct. 12

Electronic Arts

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looks to reboot its

Medal of Honor

franchise with a more realistic first-person shooter set in modern times, going head to head with Activision's

Call of Duty

series.

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

(Wii - Nintendo)

Release date: Sometime in 2011

The sequel to one of the Wii's launch titles introduces new motion controls, allowing players to use the Wii Motion Plus and nun chuck attachment as an in-game sword and shield. Footage of the new

Zelda

game highlights an art style that falls in between a realistic and cel-shaded look.

Gears of War 3

(Xbox 360 - Microsoft)

Release date: April 5, 2011

The third and final installment in the

Gears of War

series is once again exclusive to Microsoft's Xbox. Musician and actor Ice-T lends his voice to one of the new characters in the game.

Gran Turismo 5

(PlayStation 3 - Sony Computer)

Release date: Nov. 2

First unveiled nearly four years ago, Sony has delayed the release of

Gran Turismo 5

several times, much to the chagrin of PlayStation owners clamoring for the console-exclusive title. The popular racing franchise will at long last be playable online when the new title drops in November. It has been reported that the game cost $60 million to develop.

GoldenEye 007

(Wii - Activision)

Release date: Nov. 2

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Nintendo shocked gamers with the E3 announcement that

GoldenEye 007

, one of the most popular releases for the Nintendo 64 console more than a decade ago, would be remade by Activision for the Wii console. The first-person shooter, which adds online functionality and improved graphics, replaces Pierce Brosnan's likeness with current

James Bond

actor Daniel Craig.

Killzone 3

(PlayStation 3 - Sony Computer)

Release date: February 2011

Footage of

Killzone 3

was shown by Sony at E3 as the company demonstrated what can be done with 3D gaming, although gamers are required to wear glasses if they elect to play the first-person shooter in 3D mode. The title will also be enabled with motion controls by using the PlayStation Move.

Halo: Reach

(Xbox 360 - Microsoft)

Release date: Sept. 14

The next in the popular

Halo

franchise is expected to be among the top-selling games of the year, even though its release will come late in 2010 and will be available only on the Xbox console. The first-person shooter allows players to one again adopt the role of a futuristic soldier battling the alien Covenant.

Kid Icarus: Uprising

(3DS - Nintendo)

Release date: TBA

After nearly a 20-year absence, the

Kid Icarus

series returns. Nintendo unveiled the game to a surprised audience at E3 as the key title for the new Nintendo 3DS software. Acknowledging the franchise's long absence, the main character Pit said during the game trailer that he was "sorry to keep you waiting."

Star Wars: The Old Republic

(PC - LucasArts, Electronic Arts)

Release date: Spring 2011

The new

Star Wars

game brought EA's media event to a close with a bang, as the company and developer BioWare gave gamers another peek at the upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

Dead Space 2

(PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 - Electronic Arts)

Release date: Jan. 25, 2011

The surprise survival horror game hit gets a sequel in 2011, when players will once again assume the role of Isaac Clarke as he explores the "Sprawl," a meandering space station infested with alien enemies. During Sony's media event, the company revealed that the game will support controls using the PlayStation Move.

Crysis 2

(PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 - Electronic Arts)

Release date: December

Staged in New York City, the first-person shooter sequel will allow players to defend against invading aliens.

Little Big Planet 2

(PlayStation 3 - Sony Computer)

Release date: November

The PlayStation-exclusive title is updated in the sequel, allowing gamers more freedom to create their own levels and minigames.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

(Wii - Nintendo)

Release date: Late 2010

Nintendo revisits the classic side-scrolling video game series with an update for the Wii console.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

(PC, Mac - Activision Blizzard)

Release date: July 27

The real-time strategy (RTS) game sequel comes more than a decade after the highly successful first installment of the game.

DJ Hero 2

(PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii - Activision)

Release date: Late 2010

While the first iteration was not as successful as games in the

Guitar Hero

franchise, Activision elected to bring the turntable-controlled video game back for a sequel.

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