Your Most Anticipated game of E3 REVEALED

The Top Five hottest games L.A has to offer.

250,000 votes. Even more page views. Over 6,000 Facebook 'Likes'. Hundreds of Tweets.

When we asked the CVG readership to elect their Most Anticipated game of E3, we had no idea of the incredible, global response it would attract.

To refresh, for the past three weeks, our reader poll has given you all the chance to vote for a choice of 60 titles on our Most Anticipated long list.

In addition to the number of poll votes each nominated game has received, CVG's decided our winner based on the amount of 'buzz' generated by each title's special E3 Award-branded preview - taking into account Facebook Likes, Retweets and the number of times each page had been read.

Here, we can finally unveil your Top Five hottest games of the show. Congratulations to every one. Just writing about them has got us salivating for what next week has in store. E3 2011. Let's do this.


= 5: Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom

The all-too-common thinking these days is that Japanese games and the Resident Evil franchise have both taken a tumble in gamers' affections in the last few years. Not according to our results, where Operation Raccoon City proved our fifth most popular preview on the site in terms of page views.


Meanwhile, it pulled in more than 10,000 poll votes and almost a sixth of all Facebook 'Likes'. Not bad at all when you consider the sterling competition this one faced in our 60-game long-list. Consider that a dead-eyed nibble on the neck for anyone who ever doubted the lasting power of the classic franchise.


= 5: Dead Island
Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: Techland

Thought Call Of Juarez developer Techland's zombie open-world FPS head smasher couldn't maintain the excitement of that trailer? You thought wrong, friend.


Dead Island was nose-to-nose with Raccoon City in terms of its preview's popularity and poll votes - no mean feat for a completely new IP. Its Facebook activity was exemplary, too.

We're expecting to see much more in terms of blood-splattered gameplay from this one in Los Angeles, as it shapes up to mix the best of Borderlands and Left 4 Dead into one skull-caving package.


4: Battlefield 3
Publisher: EA
Developer: DICE

The big guns cometh. Our preview of Battlefield 3 was the most popular on the site for a long time, and a consistently read piece throughout the three weeks of our E3 2011 Awards. More to the point, it was a huge smash in terms of poll votes, where it clearly took the No.4 spot, whilst was also perhaps the most enthusiastically Retweeted game we nominated.


No doubt the incredible-looking series of trailers DICE released earlier in the year has played a large part in the hype surrounding the game, alongside CVG's own excited preview of the game from GDC in March. Interesting to note that Activision's Modern Warfare 3 pulled in less than half the page views achieved by DICE's FPS. Funny old game...


3: Batman: Arkham City
Publisher: Warner Bros
Developer: Rocksteady

We always knew the Dark Knight would be popular, but his captivated fanbase certainly did Bruce Wayne proud. There were only two games that even came close to challenging this one in terms of the popularity of its preview on CVG, and this strength was supplemented by the best showing on Twitter of any game we nominated and a solid Top Three performance in the reader poll.


Rocksteady's already told us that the sheer scale of AC will be "five times" as big as that found in the modern classic Arkham Asylum - and stuffed with villains including Catwoman, The Riddler, Two-Face and, of course, The Joker. Our fingers are crossed for some more character reveals at E3, following the recent unmasking of Rocksteady's unique take on The Penguin.


2: Mass Effect 3
Publisher: EA
Developer: BioWare

From the moment we posted its preview, Mass Effect 3's popularity was never in doubt. It took a clear second spot in the reader poll and our page view count, with thousands upon thousands of you dedicating your digital ballot paper to helping it level up.


The return of Commander Shepard and co - with a clear mission to save the galaxy from the Reapers' ruthless destruction - has the CVG team wishing it was 2012 already. Insider whispers from E3 suggest there are some absolutely massive announcements to come on this one next week at EA's conference. We can't wait. Neither, it seems, can you.


1: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Publisher: Bethesda
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

The undisputed champ: the most popular article from of our entire list of 60, the No.1 game in our reader poll and a social media hit. Fans are desperate for an Elder Scrolls that lives up to five years' long wait, and Bethesda is delivering in spades.


The screens and video we've already seen have us boiling over with excitement, whilst details of a game world that promises to be even more mesmerising than Oblivion have us itching to get our hands on it.

We'll be rushing towards this one at E3 like gamers possessed - along with every other sane human being on the show floor.

"With all the great games being shown at E3 this year, we're honoured that CVG's readers have chosen Skyrim as their most anticipated game," said Bethesda's VP of marketing and PR, Pete Hines.

"We'll try to be worthy of that recognition - and give you plenty on Skyrim to see and read about at the show."

Look out for more CVG E3 2011 Awards during and after the show - including details of one more special reader-voted category