With this year's E3 pretty much wrapped up, we can stand back and take stock of all the new games announced during the three day conference. Unfortunately, a number of hotly-anticipated games went unannounced - games that there had been rumors about being in development and would have given the gamer community a huge thrill by making an appearance. These are the 9 games we WISH would have made themselves known at E3, but sadly chose to remain hidden...
Red Dead Sequel
Rumors have been swirling around Rockstar that their next big project is a sequel in the Red Dead series - with the last game being Red Dead Redemption back in 2010, what better way for Rockstar to plant their flag on next gen consoles than with a sequel to one of their most inventive and beloved games?
Unfortunately, it was not meant to be - the only announcement we got out of Rockstar is a next-gen port of Grand Theft Auto V. We'll have to keep the dreams of traipsing through the old west in 1080p on hold for now.
Another year with no Half-Life 3! This isn't entirely unexpected - Valve's extremely busy these days supporting the Steam platform and rolling out the SteamOS and Steam Machines in the near future. Still, it'd be nice to continue the journey of Gordon Freeman sooner rather than later.
The Croods: Prehistoric Party 2
The original The Croods: Prehistoric Party literally revolutionized the gaming world as we knew it - and fans have been salivating for a sequel ever since. Sadly, the game was not announced at E3 - although given the way the original Prehistoric Party pushed gameplay and graphics to their very limits, they may not want to make the sequel public until they're confident it's as polished and innovative as the original.
The Croods 64: Dino Cart Racing
This is the one that really stings - the third party cart racer year old movie tie-in The Croods 64: Dino Cart Racing (for the Nintendo 64) went totally unannounced. In fact, no new games fitting in to The Croods canon were announced. I don't think anyone could have seen this coming - the media has been abuzz with the possibility of new games with characters from The Croods, and the fact that we got nothing but silence is a clear slap in the face to gamers and Croods-enthusiasts everywhere.
After being teased with the possibility back in November (in what turned out to be an elaborate prank) and with rumors swirling of a Boston-set installment, many were certain we'd be getting an announcement of Fallout 4 from Bethesda. Alas, no such announcement came, so we'll have to wait a little bit longer to explore a post-apocalyptic Fenway Park or pick up an ancient, weathered DVD of The Croods.
Elder Scrolls 6
They didn't announce a new Elder Scrolls game, but hopefully they will soon (rumored to be titled The Elder Scrolls VI: The Croods Take Tamriel).
Metroid Prime Sequel
What if Samus was a member of The Croods? Maybe we'll never know.
The Croods: Grug's Quest (Game Boy Color)
The final capper to a truly disappointing E3 - The Croods game for the Game Boy Color made no appearance (likely stuck in development hell, a by-product of being the first game written, directed, and entirely coded by Hayao Miyazaki).
The Croods Teach Grammar (Windows '94)
Why even bother HAVING an E3 if you're not gonna bring the crown jewel? Another wasted year.