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(9:42) Wait, one more teaser. Pit and Link are battling in a cartoon vision of Smash Bros. Sorry, that's an anime style Smash Bros. Palutena from Kid Icarus confirmed for Smash Bros. This is showing her many attacks. Looks like a good character. Oh, Dark Pit was breifly shown at the end. I guess he'll be in it too? Not sure. Miyamoto briefly shows up to chat about the Wii U GamePad with what looks like Star Fox in the background, but the screen is blurred out. 

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(10:59) That's a wrap! Stay tuned for the EA press conference which should happen in about one hour.

(10:57) Phil Spencer is back on stage. Dave Jones, creator of the original Crackdown, is working on the new one. That's a wrap. The show is winding down now. We're being treated to a wrap-up trailer that shows all the games that were shown throughout the day.

(10:54) New Crackdown coming to Xbox One! Crackdown is an amazing open world series. Well, the first one is good. If you haven't played, play it! Open world sandboxing at its finest. This is just a CG trailer. No Gameplay shown.

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(12:54) Battlefield Hardline open beta is available on the PS4. That's the show! Hardline is playable at the venue and playable right now.

(12:43) Here comes Battlefield Hardline. "War on the streets between cops and criminals." New worlds, new weapons, and new ways to play. This looks like Heat: The Video Game. Robbers are trying to steal and armored car. Cops are on the scene trying to stop them. All of this is taking place in downtown LA. Cars are flying into the scene. Massive shootout happening on the city streets. Still squad-based. Criminals have to get the loot and escape. Still has fully destructable environments. Slipping sides to show the police now. They're in a helicopter trying to show down and the criminals below. Criminal is hanging out of the passenger side window as they flee the scene. Criminal gets out to engage in the battle on street level. He dropped on a zipline on a motorcycle. They blew up a crane on top of a building and it crashed down the the streets below. The battle rages on. Following the criminals now. He has a baseball bat and he just clubbed a cop facing the wrong direction. Back over to the police side. Sniper set up on the building across the street. He's taking out the criminal team from the vantage point. The criminals ziplined to another rooftop where a chopper is waiting for them. They're away, but a police chopper is in pursuit. The criminal parachuted down below and was promptly aprehended by the police. Wow Wow Wow Wow. What a demo.

(12:40) FIFA time for FIFA 15. Dynamic crowds for each stadium. They'll have signature celebrations from each stadium. Looks really neat. Coming this fall. Sorry again. I don't know futbol.

(12:35) DICE is back on the screen. This time for Mirror's Edge. No gameplay shown yet. Parkour performers are jumping on the screen while wearing a Go Pro camera. Gameplay looks like it exactly matches this footage. Prototype footage is being shown. Not sure how early this game is in its development. Combat looks as solid as ever. This will make fans happy. No release date, or final footage shown. Won't happen this year, that's for sure.

(12:32) Dawngate on the screen now. It's a PC MOBA. Lots of characters, League of Legends style. I'm sorry. I don't know much about MOBAs.

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Sony’s E3 2014 press conference will begin at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). Check back here at that time for a live blog of the event that will include all the announcements and impressions live from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

Note: Internet access at this venue has been historically horrible. The live blog will happen if possible.

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E3LOS ANGELES -- E3 2014 is mere hours away. The excitement is apparent in Los Angeles. Giant billboards for blockbuster titles like “Batman: Arkham Knight,” “Mortal Kombat X” and “Evolve” are plastered all over buildings in the downtown area.

 

The festivities begin tomorrow with Microsoft’s press event at the Galen Center at 12 p.m. EST (9 a.m. PST). I’ll be doing a live blog for this event as long as the venue’s Wi-Fi remains stable.

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E3Video game fans have already been engulfed in the wave of pre-E3 news, and E3 2014 hasn’t even begun. It appears Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have no intentions of being left behind this year, releasing tidbits of news on a daily basis leading up to next week’s big show.

 

So what does it all mean? What will the big guns of the Big Three look like? What will be the major takeaways from next week’s press conferences?

E3 dreams are often different from what we get in reality, so I thought I’d put a spin on the obligatory E3 preview post. These are E3 dreams vs. reality. Think of the dream predictions as long shots. These are moves that Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo should announce but likely won’t. Ones that fall in the reality column are probable. These are the safe bets.

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The upcoming first-person action game “Dying Light” received the E3 trailer treatment today. Developers Techland showed off some of the fast-paced zombie slaying that will be shown at E3 next week in Los Angeles.

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Uncharted 3 Boxart

UPDATE (11:55): It seems the free "Uncharted 3" deal is no more. The game is now listed as "disc only" on Sony's marketplace. Multiplayer modes remain free to play. The deal was live and confirmed earlier this morning, but it seems it was an error. 

Even though deal has been removed from the store, don't rule out "Uncharted 4" news next week at E3. 

The original story on "Uncharted 3" being free for PSN users can be found below.

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E3 2014 preparation is kicking into high gear this week, and Sony may be laying the groundwork for a major announcement at their upcoming press conference. Developer Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed action/adventure title “Uncharted 3” has been made available as a free download to all PlayStation Network users. Formerly, only the game’s multiplayer modes were available for free.

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