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The 5 best game trailers from Microsoft’s E3 2016 press event

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Microsoft had so much to cover at this year's keynote that it had announced a whole new console within the first five minutes. By the end, we'd learned of a second, "VR-ready" Xbox coming in fall 2017. But there were also some exciting new game announcements, including Forza Horizon 3, Dead Rising 4, and Halo Wars 2.

While at least one big rumor didn't pan out — we don't have a new Crackdown trailer to show you — we've put some of our favorite trailers from the Xbox E3 event below. Check out our E3 hub for all of this week's news.

Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 3 is our latest colorful open-world racing game, and the new trailer is basically about two things: really intense lighting effects and off-road driving. Lots and lots of off-road driving. The game is coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One on September 27th.

Halo Wars 2

Unlike the vanilla Halo series, Halo Wars 2 is more about strategy than first-person shooting. Xbox One owners can check out its multiplayer right now as part of an eight-day-long beta. The trailer, meanwhile, is about neither shooting nor strategy — it's about the hallowed battlefield tradition of walking up to your enemy in slow motion and staring him in the face while everybody else starts fighting. The actual game is coming February 21st next year.

Dead Rising 4

Some information on a new installment of zombie-fighting franchise Dead Rising leaked earlier this week. Dead Rising 4 was officially confirmed today via a Christmas-themed trailer that offers any number of weird hyper-powerful weapons. We don't have an exact release date, but it's looking like the game will come out around the holidays.

State of Decay 2

Speaking of zombies, this year's E3 also saw the announcement of a sequel to open-world zombie survival game State of Decay. It looks like a bigger, more ambitious take on the original formula, and it's coming sometime next year.

Sea of Thieves

The event gave us our first extended look at the gameplay of Rare's Sea of Thieves, which lets players live what the developers dub "the pirate lifestyle." That means you and your friends can work together to sail, defend, or accidentally sink and abandon a galleon on the high seas. Unfortunately, we're not sure when.