What You Missed If You Didn't Make it to the 2016 E3 Expo

Three days of sensory overload and non-stop gaming.
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Another year, another E3 Expo. If you're unfamiliar with E3, it's one of the world's largest video game industry gatherings, where those lucky enough to be in attendance can get hands-on experience with upcoming software and hardware from some of today's biggest digital entertainment companies.

According to E3's organizing body, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), more than 70,000 video game professionals, journalists and fans attended the festivities surrounding the expo. And what does it look like when that many people are crammed into the Los Angeles convention center? This time-lapse video of the line to get into Nintendo's booth should give you a pretty good idea:

With so many people in every booth, E3 really becomes an exercise in focus and prioritization. "Titanfall 2" was at the top of my list, so I made a bee-line to the Doritos #MixArcade for a hands-on look at some beautiful giant-mech warfare.

Titanfall 2 E3 2016

Since the game is still in development, photos and video weren't allowed, but it looks, plays and feels just like what was shown in the official gameplay trailer. It's an excellent follow-up for fans of the first "Titanfall" game, with new game modes, an actual single player campaign, new weapons and more mobility options.

Lamborghini Centenario Forza Horizon 3 E3 2016

Microsoft was showing off some serious hardware at their booth, including a slimmer, 4K video capable Xbox One S, as well as a $2 million dollar, limited-edition (only 40 will be made) Lamborghini Centenario, which also happens to be the poster car for the upcoming racing game "Forza Horizon 3". As always, the visuals and sounds for "Forza Horizon 3" are incredible, and the game features the largest open world map in the history of the "Horizon" series, along with an all-new four-player co-op campaign mode.

Sony also treated fans to their exclusive racing simulator, "Gran Turismo Sport", and brought out custom driving pods to give fans the "real driving simulator" experience. I have some experience with real-world race tracks and even managed to complete a few laps at Willow Springs Raceway, and I must say that "GT Sport" is the next best thing to actually being out on the race course.

Other crowd favorites at E3 include "God of War", "Horizon Zero Dawn", "Scalebound", "Battlefield 1" and "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild." These games all looked amazing and offered a fresh perspective on familiar gameplay elements. It's evident that developers are getting more comfortable with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One architecture, and they're really pushing the boundaries of what's achievable on a console.

In my personal opinion, the best news to come out of E3 this year was Xbox Play Anywhere, which lets you play a compatible digital title on both the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Now I have even more games to play on my recently built Slickdeals PC.

Xbox Play Anywhere

With over 250 exhibitors and more than 1,600 products on display, it's impossible to see everything in the span of three days — your legs will probably give out long before your spirit does, and having to constantly navigate through a sea of people doesn't really help.

At the end of the day, being at E3 is about more than just getting bragging rights for playing unreleased games — it's about building relationships with like-minded people in the industry, having a platform to promote innovation, and getting together to celebrate the culture of gaming.

Speaking of celebrations, the after-parties at E3 are not to be missed!

Visit E3's official news site, E3 Insider, for more coverage of the expo and behind-the-scenes photos.

Featured image courtesy Entertainment Software Association (ESA); Xbox Play Anywhere image courtesy Microsoft.

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Andrew Chen Staff

Andrew Chen is a longtime PC gamer, an automotive journalist and an avid deal hunter. His first PC had an 80 megahertz processor with 4 megabytes of RAM, light years away from the powerhouse gaming rigs he builds today. You can follow Andrew's high-speed sports car adventures over at 6SpeedOnline.com. As a Slickdealer for over 10 years, nothing makes him more excited than getting a freebie!

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