E3 2014: The five most ridiculous games and trailers from Microsoft, Sony and the rest

'Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX plus Alpha' Yep.

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E3 kicked off yesterday in LA with the major video game manufacturers and studios unleashing a slew of trailers and gameplay footage onto the internet.

But sorting through this barrage isn’t easy so we thought we’d perform some trailer-triage by picking the five most ridiculous videos to hit the web in the last 24 hours. Check out our list below:

(Also, if you want to read up on the news in more detail then see our guides to both Microsoft and Sony’s keynote speeches)

Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive wasn’t alone in poking fun at gritty, ‘realistic’ shooters with a dose of colourful violence (Crackdown did it pretty well also) but add in the Jet Set Radio-style grinding mechanic, soft-drink bloated zombies and comicbook sound effects that apparently pop whenever something explodes and you've got a game that looks as crazy as it does enjoyable.

The Witcher

Sometimes games aren’t ridiculous because they’re over the top but because they take themselves so damn seriously. Although the new trailer for The Witcher 3 looks undeniably stunning it also confirms the series’ reputation for po-faced seriousness and self-congratulatory ‘epic’ story-telling (though it was a close thing between this and Dragon Age 3). Oh, and that god-awful strapline: ‘The sword of destiny [woosh, scenery, woosh] has two edges’. Right.

No Man’s Sky

Looking like one of the most imaginative and exciting games of 2014, indie title No Man’s Sky offers space-bound dogfights, candy-coloured jungles and spiky dinosaurs as imagined by the under-10s. The developers are promising procedurally-generated worlds that let players hop from  world to world without loading times, but most of us will be concentrating on two things: spaceships and dinosaurs.

Super Ultra Dead Rising 3′ Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX + α

A new DLC package for Dead Rising, the Arcade Remix Hyper Edition (EX plus alpha) takes Dynasty Warriors-style mayhem and then adds zombies, super powers and all the dressing up fun of the recent Saint’s Row games. Released to celebrate Capcom’s ‘31th’ anniversary, players take charge of one of the four Dead Rising characters and dress them up as anyone from Chun-Li to a piece of tofu (this first appeared in Resident Evil 2). And to top it all it’s “available soon – actually sooner than soon: it’s available now!!!”