The hottest games coming to the Xbox 360 in 2009

The biggest games you'll want to keep an eye on.

Brutal Legend

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Tim Schafer's past credits include Grim Fandango and Psychonauts, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that his latest project features a comically offbeat premise. When heavy-metal roadie Eddie Riggs, voiced by none other than Jack Black, bleeds onto a cursed belt buckle, he and his black mane are whisked away to a fantastic demon-filled landscape yanked straight off a 1980s hard rock album cover. There he must rescue Ophelia, a true gothic babe in the music-video mold, who's been kidnapped by an evil bassist.

You'll tear through local nasties with a giant battle axe, cast magical spells with your Flying V guitar, lead a hopelessly emo human resistance against the pointy-tailed multitudes, and grind gears in a bitchin' hot rod. This guitar hero's adventure will blend intense third-person action-adventure with an affectionate tongue-in-cheek parody of heavy metal culture, and your army will grow with every victory as defeated foes join the throng at your back.

Everything about Br?tal Legend screams loving tribute, from the voice-over participation of legends like Lemmy Kilmister and Rob Halford, to ancillary characters like the Headbangers and Fire Barons. Melee combat, unapologetic high drama, and self-conscious rock posturing might sound like an unlikely mix for a modern video game, but the final product of that unholy union is bound to be one of a kind.

Bionic Commando

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Back in the late 1980s, when the NES ruled the world of console gaming with an iron fist, Bionic Commando became one of the early hits for the system. In those days, the simple acts of beating on Nazis and using a bionic arm were more than enough to produce a best-selling video game. Now, 20 years later, Bionic Commando is making a return to consoles, but this time it will be in 3D. Here's a look at some of the aspects of this new 3D world.

4. Armed and (More) Dangerous

The old Bionic Commando relied heavily on the usage of the hero's mechanical arm. It allowed players to swing from one platform to another and avoid falling in pits. And even though the new rendition is in 3D, players will still use the arm quite often. People can aim the arm in the direction they wish to swing and even use it to pick up objects and hurl them at foes.

3. Arm-Slinging

As with many other 3D games, Bionic Commando is going to have a huge city for players to explore. Similar to some of the Spider-Man games, players will be swinging through the city with their arm and have the freedom to go where they want to. Much of the action, however, will take players to specific areas, such as a lush tropical jungle.

2. Ammo Commando

Using the Bionic Commando's guns is just like pretty much every other 3D shooter out there. Weapons such as the tarantula (rocket launcher) and machine gun will feel very similar to most other 3D games. Swinging kicks and attacks round out the hand-to-hand combat.

1. Making the Jump

The old Bionic Commando literally had no hops as players had to use the arm to cross every gap. But the upgraded 3D commando is different in that he will actually be able to jump, which will make life a lot easier for players this time around.

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