Get the recap and all of the big news from the annual 'Cannes' of video games in Los Angeles.

This article titled “E3 2012: special report” was written by Toby Moses, for The Observer on Sunday 10th June 2012 17.58 UTC

Downtown LA may not have the glamour of la Croisette, but there's no doubting E3 is the videogame equivalent to Cannes – a huge trade and press show that stuffs all the industry's big players into a colossal convention centre to show off their wares.

Microsoft came with two of the most anticipated titles, both sequels to highly popular and successful series. Halo 4 (6 November) is the first Halo game from new developers 343 Industries, and returns protagonist Master Chief to centre stage. The Covenant may have been defeated in Halo 3 but now they're back along with a new biomechanical foe, which brings an eerier, darker feel to the space shooter.

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