May 15, 2009 - 2009 is definitely an exciting year for E3. The event was downsized the last couple of years, but it's now almost back to what it used to be.
40,000 people are expected to attend, and since last year didn't bring too many special announcements, everyone is confident about seeing tons of surprises this time around. We'll see what happens, but for now, find out what CheatCC has to say and the editors' top 5 most anticipated titles.
Maria Montoro, Site Director / Editor-in-Chief
This year, I truly don't know what to expect from E3. I know it's supposed to be bigger and better, and at the same time I'm worried about how much trouble we'll actually have to get on our hands on some of the hottest games. However, there's something that will make it all worth it for me - to find out more about Beyond Good & Evil 2 and even get to play it. As long as this happens, I'll be a happy gamer.
Other than that, I'm definitely interested in checking out some of the new technologies coming into play, like the rumored motion controls for Xbox 360 and PS3, as well as PSP Go! I'm not overly enthusiastic about new motion controls, but I think there's some good potential for fun, casual games, as long as the focus of these consoles remains on titles with standard controls. There's something to be said about "standard:" it just works! Give me God of War III, Dante's Inferno, or a simple arcade game anytime.
Without a doubt, motion controls are best left for the Wii. They're the experts! Hopefully Wii MotionPlus will be a must for bigger games so we don't miss out on the Wii's true potential. I would really enjoy a new Legend of Zelda or Mario game, and I have to admit the new Red Steel looks sweet. Hopefully there will be many interesting announcements like these at E3. Pikmin 3? Another Prince of Persia? New Super Mario Bros.? A real PSP redesign? Bring 'em on! I'd be especially interested in a cool Microsoft handheld with Xbox LIVE support. I know this is not very likely, but hey! Who knows!
Jonathan Marx, Editor / News Director
Next-gen systems are finally reaching a high level of maturation. Developers are becoming quite familiar with the platforms, acquiring a more than adequate toolset to kick out amazing games! As such, E3 2009 should be a real treat.
Instead of worrying about new hardware, companies have been able to concentrate on producing excellent software. Consequently, I could care less what Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony have to announce. In fact, I don't really want them to announce anything other than exclusive titles. I think it's time for home consoles to reap the rewards of past R&D by letting games do the talking.
I'm really looking forward to getting hands-on time with a veritable laundry list of titles covering all systems. The combination of Wii MotionPlus and tools like High Voltage's Quantum3 engine should hopefully bring the Wii out of the realm of Fisher-Price and into that of a more core-friendly entertainment system. Games such as God of War III, Mass Effect 2, Final Fantasy XIII, Beyond Good & Evil 2, etc. should really raise the gaming bar on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Of course, I can only hope that new IPs will also find their way to the show. Games such as Dead Space, Mirror's Edge, and Left 4 Dead really blew me away at last year's EA event, proving that tried and true should make way for fresh ideas. I also want to see the PC lay down some serious hurt at E3. Games like Diablo III, Star Craft II, Rage, and Wolfenstein all have me goofy-giddy!
It is my sincere hope that this year's event will harness the power and potential of current hardware by delivering truly killer apps. I don't care about additional DSi functionality; the PSP 2 will probably be disappointing; leave motion controls off the PS3 and Xbox 360 - I just want great games for the systems and equipment I already own!