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Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 06/08/2011

E3 2011: Elder Scrolls Skyrim, Call of Duty 3, Gears of War 3 and more

Now that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have made their big announcements at E3, it’s time to focus on the other reason the conference draws so much attention: The games. GameTrailers.com, E3’s official spot for coverage from the conference, has posted a ton of information on games buzzing before and at the conference.

Readers should know before you keep scrolling that some of these games get a bit violent:.

Skyrim, the fifth installment of Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series, is getting a ton of buzz. The game is set to hit stores on Nov. 11, and Spike TV got a chance to film a bit of the gameplay. There are dragons that you can talk to, which makes this look awesome:

Ninja Gaiden 3 is coming to the Wii U, conference-goers learned, but first it’s on PlayStation and Xbox. Early reports from IGN say that the new game shakes up the old formula, with some new moves like an evasive slide and the ability to climb a wall with knives and soar from tall buildings:

Batman: Arkham City, is also making a port to the Wii U, though the Arkham Asylum sequel will hit the PS3 and Xbox this Oct. 18. This Warner Bros. features geek icon Mark Hamill’s last turn as the voice of the Joker.

Duke Nukem Forever, the unshippable game, suffered another delay in March when Gearbox announced that it was moving the shipping date back to June 14 from May 3 in the United States. A little bonus fact: Gearbox will honor pre-orders for the game from over a decade ago, according to IGN. In the event you still have your receipt, that is.

With over a decade of hype to live up to — the game was originally announced in 1998 — Duke’s going to have to give a heck of a performance to succeed.

Battlefield 3 isn’t due out until October, so the developers have been keeping most of the game’s details under wraps. They did show off some of the multiplayer elements, however, in this video:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, is the first installment of the game Activision has published since it fired the Modern Warfare series’ founders — Jason West and Vince Zampella — and their company Infinity Ward over a legal dispute. The game features Specs Ops, a new multiplayer mode:

Gears of War 3 drops Sept. 9, and IGN said that its graphics are just stunning. Players get some time in one-person mechs and may get thrown for a loop with a non-linear narrative that shows you the same events from different points of biew.

Epic Games’ Cliff Bleszinski introduced some gameplay and the co-op function at the conference:

And that just barely scratches the surface. What games are you most excited for?

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