E3 2009: The storm gathers at the LACC

PHOTO ESSAY: As a small army of roadies assemble the massive booths for this year's event, GameSpot snapped some shots of the banner-festooned Los Angeles Convention Center.

LOS ANGELES--Once again, the Electronic Entertainment Expo has descended upon the Los Angeles Convention Center. The sprawling building's several-block-long exterior is now festooned with banners for Sony's PlayStation brand and such games as Splinter Cell: Conviction and Brutal Legend.

The biggest ad by far is for Assassin's Creed 2, stretching almost the entire length of the LACC's front:

Inside, Sony not-so-subtly touted the old PSP--not the PSP Go--with some Kratos-brawny arms tattooed with the PlayStation family's emblematic square-circle-triangle-X button motif. Sackboy is also on hand inside a PSP, teasing Little Big Planet's imminent arrival on the portable:

The Concourse Level was invaded by banners for Activision and Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 2, due out on November 10:

The first thing that attendees will see when they walk into the LACC West Hall doors are two Bethesda games, Rogue Warrior and Wet:

In the South Hall, Electronic Arts is touting Mass Effect 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and the three-way reboot of the Need for Speed Franchise:

Last but not least, Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII loomed large over the South Hall entrance, its distant 2010 launch date taunting impatient JRPG fans:

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212 comments
WitSplinter
WitSplinter

Coming 2010.. FFXIII I've been waiting for this game ever since I completed FFXII (including all the sidequests) It must be going to be a hell of a good game! Let's hope for the best: Awsome graphics, smooth gameplay, plenty of quests and a good storyline ^^

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

There were alot of posters around the buildings at E3 this year.

TheBloodRed
TheBloodRed

Taunting JRPG fans? Damn, I want to put that thing on the side of my house!! T_T

asian_pride69
asian_pride69

Someday, I'll have a chance to go there...:D

PSFreak1
PSFreak1

man, i hope i was there right now!

pakhair
pakhair

Convention exterior is coooooollllll..........

case_eagle_rb32
case_eagle_rb32

@ MareInfinitus But then how would you play FFXIII? :p

gmax
gmax

Those are some big pictures.

MareInfinitus
MareInfinitus

Holy crap FFXIII - I would give my right arm to have that poster.

Benjie234
Benjie234

Does that mean LBP for the PSP will be on UMD too?!

davidpp124
davidpp124

LittleBigPlanet for psp!!!! *sheds a tear of joy*

stziggy
stziggy

Someone has learned from last year's disaster.

10below
10below

Assassin's Creed banner is very awesome! I can't believe anyone would get PS buttons tattooed on their arms...the only other brand to have that kind of crazy, blind, Harley-Davidson loyalty is Xbox!

asianmanxD
asianmanxD

wish i could go, but sadly only 18 :[[ wtf

nicebai1224
nicebai1224

looks so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!! would love to be there!!!!!!!!!!!!

theIDENTITYof
theIDENTITYof

for the people who notice the stupid little details (like me), if you're an assassin's creed fan, you should know that the left hand that has the hidden blade--even though ezio is going to have one on each hand--has their ring finger cut off for the blade--ezio doesn't. :) i SO cannot wait for AC2!!!!

roadstar93
roadstar93

I can't wait for Assassins Creed 2 ,Mass Effect 2 and Modern Warefare 2

theboymiles91
theboymiles91

Hope Bad Company 2 lets you command your team a little more... Or be commanded by your Sqaud leader more in the thick of the action. Getting in seperate vehicles instead of all warping to your one would be a nice touch too. And maybe share the guns out better- storing them in cars or swapping with team mates. Plus better destruction, Larger battlefields. Four player cross platform co-op play should totally be in too; Splitscreen with whoever's in the same room as you but people online allowed to take control of characters aswell. Kinda want that for all shooters. more players and features in the competitive play i guess too...

madSomnambulist
madSomnambulist

That FFXIII spread needs an asterisks after "2010", with the fine print "oh, unless you want the Japanese version, then you're probably still cool for this year". Boo. Makes it even more of a tease.

MikefStktn
MikefStktn

Want one for the front of my house

Regisland
Regisland

that Assassins Creed 2 poster is pwning

biert24
biert24

Great Posters! I'm excited about MW2! =D

Pete5506
Pete5506

wow sweet posters, and dang we have to wait tell 2010 for FF

mystwade
mystwade

Mass Effect 2 horray!!!!

nerd_assassin
nerd_assassin

Finally, a date for FFXIII. Darn, that took long. Pretty sweet lineup just from the ads...I wonder what the press conference will hold.

14113a
14113a

loving the assassins creed 2 ad

Aaron_Knuts1
Aaron_Knuts1

i wish i was there. o well, i will just watch it on G4 at 12:00 PM

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

talk about advertising.....some awesome games though

Desperados11
Desperados11

it's only his residual memory so this guy prolly liked his digits :P

Hobbitslayer18
Hobbitslayer18

@Cryofuse Mate that isn't Altair, it's another ancestor of Desmond, his name is Alegio.

cryofuse
cryofuse

On the Assassin's Creed 2 Banner, it seems that Altair's finger has grown back! Or if that's not him then obviously this assassin likes his digits.