E3 2009: Five Cool Things From Day One

The 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo has descended upon the Los Angeles Convention center, and the hardware and software giants of the video game industry are there, talking about their big releases for the upcoming year. No matter what kind of games you prefer, chances are that you'll be hearing or seeing something that gets you excited for the months to come.

Over the next few days, CBR will bring you some of the news coming out of E3 that may have you pawning your comics collection in order to afford.

Day One of the show saw Microsoft, EA and Ubisoft holding their press conferences, and a number of big announcements were made. Here are five things that I'm really excited about:

Left 4 Dead 2

Wowzers. I was hoping to hear about some possible DLC for "Left 4 Dead" at E3, maybe some new campaigns, a new character, etc. But a sequel? Microsoft announced during their conference that "Left 4 Dead 2" will be hitting stores on November 17. Set in New Orleans this time around, "Left 4 Dead 2" will feature a whole new cast, new Special Infected, an AI Director that can change the weather and the layout of the map, and the inclusion of melee weapons, one of which is a chainsaw. Check out the trailer over on Steam.

Crackdown 2

"Crackdown" is without a doubt my favorite Xbox 360 game of all time. When Realtime Worlds moved on to "APB," I started to lose hope that we'd see a sequel. Ruffian Games has picked up the ball however, and a "Crackdown 2" trailer was shown yesterday at Microsoft's keynote. It looks like there is some kind of plague affecting the Pacifc City, and The Agency has to deal with it. Orbs will be back, as you can see the green Agility Orbs in the background when the agent is running across a building. The game is slated for 2010 release. You can check out the trailer here.

NCAA Football 10 TeamBuilder

During their EA Sports presentation, EA announced a new feature for this year's NCAA game. Right now, you can go to http://teambuilder.easports.com/ and create your own team to use in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of "NCAA Football 10." You can upload logos, design uniforms, name players and even pick your stadium. Once you save your team, you'll be able to download it into the game when it's released on July 14. I already created the "Horror University Deadites," and I think quarterback Ash Williams is poised for a big season.

Metal Gear Solid Rising

A new "Metal Gear Solid" starring Raiden was announced by Kojima himself at the Microsoft keynote, finally bringing the franchise to the Xbox 360. The quick teaser shown didn't reveal much outside of Raiden, but Kojima did say this was a "completely new Metal Gear experience," and he also said it's currently in development. There was no announcement of exclusivity, so this is likely to be a multiplatform release. Check out the trailer here.

TMNT: Smash-Up / TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled

Alright, so this last one's really two things. Ubisoft talked about its plans for the TMNT franchise at their keynote today. They showed a trailer for the upcoming "TMNT: Smash-Up," a brawler for the Wii from the developers of "Super Smash Bros. Brawl." The Turtles, Shredder and April all appeared in the trailer, which showed off the four-player multiplayer through different levels. TMNT co-creator Peter Laird wrote the story for the single-player mode. The game will be hitting stores on September 22, and you can find the trailer here.

Ubisoft also released word yesterday that "TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled" would be releasing on Xbox Live on July 22, and on the PSN later this year. "Re-Shelled" will be a 3D remake of the 1991 arcade game.

What about "Alan Wake?" "Project Natal?" "APB?" "Star Wars: The Old Republic?" Yup, there were plenty of other announcements made during yesterday's keynotes, and we want to hear what you're most excited about. Head to the forums and let us know, and I'll be back tomorrow with some of what Sony and Nintendo talk about at their keynotes today.

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