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The worst part about E3 is the waiting. After getting a peek at hundreds of titles and getting a good sense of the ones they're most excited about, players have to put that excitement on pause for several months—and sometimes years.

While it's never safe to determine which titles will top the Christmas sales charts based on sizzle reels and carefully controlled demonstrations of small segments of games, E3 is a good barometer of what's catching the collective gaming eye.

As we do each year, we've compiled a list of the games most likely to perform well at retail this holiday season. That doesn't mean they'll be critical smashes, but they're likely to connect with today's gaming audience. Keep in mind that while all of these are slated to be released in 2015, development schedules are fluid–and the titles may slip into 2016 or later, or even be canceled.

—By Chris Morris, special to CNBC.com
Posted 18 June 2015

Lucy Nicholson | Reuters