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Video games offer whole new (bigger) worlds

June 12, 2014

By Brett Molina,, @brettmolina23, USAToday

The Electronic Entertainment Expo not only represents the future of video games, but helps forecast what trends will start to take over this holiday and beyond.

Here's a look at five key video game trends from this year's show:

1. Game worlds are getting much bigger.

With the technical power of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, video game universes seem to be expanding to unbelievable sizes, such as Dragon Age: Inquisition, Destiny and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

They're also more dense, such as Assassin's Creed Unity,which has crowds of hundreds flooding the streets of Paris.

2. Virtual reality's second act.

Last year, the VR stage belonged to Oculus. Now it has company with Sony's Project Morpheus.

More games are creeping to the surface in the virtual reality space, including an updated EVE Valkyrie and Alien: Isolation.

3. The rise of the toy/game hybrid.

Retailers will clear shelf space for more video games that feature compatible toys.

Nintendo joins the fray with its Amiibo line of figurines that include Mario, Donkey Kong and Pikachu, among others launching later this year.

Meanwhile, Activision preps a new Skylanders title, while the popular Disney Infinity welcomes Marvel superheroes into the mix.

4. Better with friends.

For most players, video games are already a highly social experience. But those opportunities have increased with the inclusion of more cooperative game modes in titles such as Assassin's Creed, driving game The Crew and Yoshi'sWoolly World.

5. Wait until 2015.

There are still plenty of titles coming this year, including Evolve, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Battlefield: Hardline.

But it appears the majority of the big games at E3, such as Star Wars: Battlefront, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Batman: Arkham Knight won't arrive until next year.

Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY

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