The news continues to swarm the internet highway today as Microsoft unveiled Left 4 Dead 2 and Crackdown 2 this morning at their media breifing in Los Angeles with gruesome and terrifying videos depicting new terror and more compelling methods of play in both titles.

The Left 4 Dead video was very brief, but from what we saw, the setting is now a more sunny, and open outdoors, at least in the one scene, and still remains centered around killing hordes of the undead.

Most intriguingly, the playable cast of characters is to be 100% changed and title was slapped with a release date of November 17 for Xbox 360 and PC “exclusively,” although we’ve heard Microsoft throw around the word exclusive before and not mean it.

Kotaku was lucky enough to speak with Valve representatives and learned some more juicy details surrounding the title.

“the game will add melee combat, deeper cooperative gameplay and new weapons, including a chainsaw, frying pan, axe and baseball bat.”

On top of that, confirmed elements in the sequel include the AI Director 2.0 which allows Valve to “take the game’s dynamic gameplay to the next level” by changing the weather, objects, effects and sound in the game world.

Finally, “Valve says the game is much larger than the original with more co-operative campaigns, more Versus campaigns, and maps for Survival mode available at launch.”

I must say, with the original being as freakin’ awesome as it was, a sequel has a lot to live up to, that said however, if anyone can make a sequel better than the original, it’s Valve.

CrackDown 2 was also shown this morning but really we don’t have much to go on other than that it was confirmed to exist and that you’ll be slaying the undead in a city plagued by some malevolent disease, and that the game is being developed by Ruffian.‚  Hooray for more mindless killing of the mindless!

Thanks Kotaku

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