E3 2009 Wrap-Up

E3 has come and gone, but if you missed any of the highlights from the show, you can find them all right here.

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The biggest gaming event of the summer is over and done with, and though the dust is still settling, this was definitely a year of major announcements for Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, and just about everyone else. We understand that with so much to read and watch (more than 295 original news and previews stories and 425 videos posted!), it's hard to keep track of everything, so we're here to lend a helping hand. Check out all the highlights from the show, conveniently organized for you here!

Pre-Show

Monday was a day of press conferences. Though the show didn't officially begin until the next day, Microsoft kicked things off with its media briefing, which was followed up by press conferences from Electronic Arts and Ubisoft. Though it was a day full of news, the unveiling of Microsoft's motion-sensing camera, code-named Project Natal, took the cake.

The news team assembled late in the day to recap their thoughts about the show with a special episode of The HotSpot, and our photographers snagged plenty of pictures. Take a look at photos of the pre-show preparations, the construction of our booth, the hallways and buildings of E3, and the Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft press conferences.

For more highlights from the pre-show, take a look at this full daily wrap-up, or see everything from this time here.

Day One

The press conferences continued as Nintendo and Sony held theirs press conferences back-to-back, even as the show floor doors opened up for the teeming masses. New hardware was shown off at both events, and games were revealed for the first time, such as Metroid: Other M and The Last Guardian. Tuesday was also the first day of our live stage show, which featured such games as God of War III and The Beatles: Rock Band.

The crew recorded another episode of The HotSpot, and our photographers took plenty of shots of the Nintendo and Sony press conferences, as well as the Nintendo, Sony, and Activision booths.

For more highlights from day one, take a look at this full daily wrap-up, or see everything from this day here.

Day Two

The second day of E3 started out with our stage show, where we had live demos of such games as Assassin's Creed 2 and Modern Warfare 2. And if you thought the press conferences were over, you were wrong, as both Square-Enix and Konami held their press conferences, as well as detailed such games as Final Fantasy XIV, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

The third and final special episode of the HotSpot also went up, and we had photos of the Tony Hawk Ride controller, as well as the THQ, Sony Online Entertainment, EA, and Square-Enix booths.

For more highlights from day two, take a look at this full daily wrap-up, or see everything from this day here.

Day Three

Just because this was the final day of E3, that didn't mean it wasn't just as busy as the other two! We closed out the event with our stage show, where we broadcast live demos of such games as New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Dragon Age: Origins. Tom Magrino also wrote up a nifty show postmortem.

Our photo feature finished in a big way with Gigapan panoramic photos of the West Hall, and we also got shots of the Microsoft, Ubisoft, Konami, MTV, Sega, and Warner Bros. booths. We even got photos of our own booth!

For more highlights from day three, take a look at this full daily wrap-up, or see everything from this day here.

Top 10 New Arrival Games

According to our data, these are the top 10 biggest games that were unveiled during the week of E3 2009:

* Metal Gear Solid: Rising
* Final Fantasy XIV Online
* Left 4 Dead 2
* Golden Sun DS
* Metroid: Other M
* Super Mario Galaxy 2
* New Super Mario Bros. Wii
* Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
* Halo Reach
* The Last Guardian

Discussion

196 comments
SyedMoeed
SyedMoeed

wow what a great event........

snes_vs_ps1
snes_vs_ps1

OMG!I CAN'T WAIT E3 2010!"THE"E3! STARCRAFT 2 & DIABLO 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES,YES,YES!THE GREATEST GAMES OF THE NEXT DECADE AT E3 10

Kiriyama12
Kiriyama12

A lot of great games, of course each one has favorites.

lucky789
lucky789

final fantasy 13 is coming... YEAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so is ratchet and clank f:acit YEAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

noobst3R
noobst3R

I'm really looking forward to next year already! :) GS, please fix your frozen feed problems by then! :P

Slickace
Slickace

Im really looking forward to uncharted2 i LOVED the first on and the then 2nd one looks crazy good!

alpha546
alpha546

i hope raiden will not look like a girl again !!

ODST-516
ODST-516

is anyone else getting a little tired of people whining about who won E3? Everyone had something interesting to bring gamers this year. Microsoft had Alan Wake, Splinter Cell Cnviction, Halo 3 ODST, Halo Reach, and Project NATAL. Sony had the WAND(btw stupid name), inFAMOUS, MGS, Gow 3, and the PSP Go. Nintendo didn't have too much besides Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M. But overall, Microsoft Killed.

Athonline
Athonline

May I ask why my comment, as a reply to Kevin-V were deleted? :) (sure that I posted it, even reloaded the page some times afterwards and it was there, posted) Here it is again: @Kevin-V Just read what I wrote. Someone put a comment why Modern Warfare 2 isn't on the list and I told him that it isn't cause it wasn't first announced during E3(unveiled) and then I also pointed to him, if it was otherwise(games who weren't only unveiled, announced during E3), those games maybe should be on the top 10.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@Athonline and to every other person posting here: The list of 10 games above is 1) Only of games unveiled during E3, and 2) Not based on our opinion, but based on site traffic to news articles, previews, videos, and screens of those games. I am not exactly sure how this could be made more clear, but based on the large number of readers that are asking why so-and-so game is not on that list, I think the above information bears repeating.

bluedonfreak
bluedonfreak

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rickster34
rickster34

Woooohoooo I cant wait till the 17th of June I,m getting Prototype, Red Faction: Guerrilla and Resident Evil 5 I cannot wait to play these games!!!!!! On my Xbox 360!!!!!

metalliod
metalliod

Also the most astonishing games i am waiting for to come out are Modern Warfare 2,Assassins creed 2,Metal Gear Solid:Rising,Bioshock 2 and Final Fantasy XIII.I am dissappointed by the Halo:ODST because its just the same as the Halo 3 and i think we cannot expect anything new from it, however i was happy to hear about Bungie's "TOP SECRET PROJECT (Halo:Reach)" so i hope Halo:Reach will have something new.

metalliod
metalliod

This years E3 had been the best from the previous one and Gamespot was also happy and excited from before because they were expecting much from this year so they got it.Gamespot did a great job this year by showing live demos and cheers for all Gamespot member's.

Astelon
Astelon

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JayProBii
JayProBii

another good year, with great coverage.

DevilMayCry09
DevilMayCry09

I don´t know if you guys can´t read but it says top ten games UNVEILED during the E3... everyone already had seen Assassin's Creed 2, Bioshock 2, God of War 3, Modern Warfare 2 etc, that is why they are not on the list---

bencarps41192
bencarps41192

I was curiouse but sence microsoft is gonna make it so that oyu can but games on Xboxlive is there any way to change your memory over from one harddrive to another. TylerWinch i agree splinter cell looked amazing it should be on there. I agree with all the ones on htere except that GoW3 wasnt on the last list nor was the new castlevania.

TylerWinch
TylerWinch

The new splinter cell should be on the list

Athonline
Athonline

Modern Warfare 2 is not on the list cause it wasn't announced during E3. On the list are only the top 10 games(base on Gamespot's opinion) that were announced for first time, officially during E3. Otherwise God Of War III, Modern Warfare 2, FF XIII, Assassin Creed 2, Halo:OSDT, Heavy Rain, Uncharted 2 and many more are some of the missing upcoming hits....

Extremegamerxs
Extremegamerxs

Why is Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 not in the top 10...WTF

stupidonkey34
stupidonkey34

GOLDEN SUN GOT ME INTO VIDEO GAMES. I R SO XCITED!!!

jokoo
jokoo

This article opens saying "The biggest gaming event of the summer is over and done with". Still a few more weeks until summer.

parazitu001
parazitu001

i want to see Half life 2 episode 3 and Max payne 3. after a few months MAYBE

yopefonic
yopefonic

it is the Electronic Entertertainment Expo... 3 E's = E3.

CharlieFubar
CharlieFubar

this list is for the most part, stuff we didnt see coming so soon

normpap
normpap

and wheres assassins creed 2 on that list?

normpap
normpap

i agree with Halo_3617 kojima shouldve at least waited for a later date to unviel peace walker and rising (not stop with them completely tho) but they take the spotlight from other good games, and it woulda saved most fanboys heartache from not n=knowing if rising was multiplatform

foomf11
foomf11

oh great. More games that want to be innovative. Just look at my Portal blog and you will know what i am talking about.

Fabulistic
Fabulistic

@Halo_3617... All the games you mentioned were already unveiled before E3. That is a list games that people seen for the first time at E3. It doesn't include what we already knew about.

neoand12
neoand12

Best E3 I seen with out alot f hardware shown I seen in a long time. Gamespot you did an Outstanding job covering all of these Massive groundbreaking games. I am very pleased. Makes me glad I invested in PS3 and 360 and now I want to get a Wii for the new Mario game Wow.

Halo_3617
Halo_3617

They're the biggest games that were unveiled!? OK I understand some but what about Tekken 6, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Batman: Arkham Asylum & God of War 3!? And what happened to Sony and Microsoft's new motion sensitive controllers?? Although I'm a Metal Gear Solid fan, Kojima shouldn't have bothered carrying on with the MGS series...

SQUALL20XX
SQUALL20XX

Thanks GS for the fantastic show.

ChudWarrior
ChudWarrior

How did crackdown 2 not make it on that list of top ten new arrival games? After I heard about it I forgot about all the other titles...

Herosuperdude
Herosuperdude

Pretty sad...those are really the ten biggest games coming out this year? Almost all of them are sequels. SMG 2 is going to be just like 1 except with Yoshi, Metroid looks somewhat decent. I mean, none of them look bad, I guess I was just hoping for some new franchises, or re-inventions of old franchises, not the same thing.

Aaron_Knuts1
Aaron_Knuts1

Oh yah, (HALO RULZ!!!!!) And a shout out to Bungie for making video games cool again.

Aaron_Knuts1
Aaron_Knuts1

E3, its over.... WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

badiie05
badiie05

Well...that was interesting...very interesting, lol AWESOME!

Shlomiki
Shlomiki

@godoo These are the top ten games that were UNVEILED AT E3. God of War III wasn't unveiled at E3, it was known for a longer time already, while titless like MGS: Peace Walker and The Last Guardian were announced FIRST at E3.

Supericano2
Supericano2

@ godoo because it was already announced before E3

godoo
godoo

why is GOW: 3 not on the top 10 list? and now MGS has gone down the drain, it has to be dumbed down to fit on the 360s small limits, and whenever a game goes on both the ps3 and 360, the ps3 gets teh short end of the stick not using its full power while the 360 pushes all it has trying to not maket he ps3 look stupid

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

God, I hope the two new Halos are good..... I miss that game, I thought 2 was OK, and I hated 3, so I really want to like a Halo game again... still play the first one even now.

deawsomekurt
deawsomekurt

I wonder what halo reach will be like and if there will be spartains again.

Roman_Irishman
Roman_Irishman

Pretty much a killer show. I cant wait for some new MGS action!

dunnowhathuh
dunnowhathuh

For you guys wondering about Modern Warfare 2, etc, I think this list is referring to games that actually had their maiden announcement at E3, not games that were already announced beforehand.