Crave Online’s weekly gaming news returns in glorious high-definition! The goal of this feature is to update gamers on a weekly basis with the news that’s important, none of the fluff. Every week there is a multitude of gaming news that hits the net. Most of it sucks ass. Who really reads gaming news to find out when the new Barbie game is getting downloadable content? I sure as hell don’t, and I’m guessing you don’t either. Therefore it’s the job of this column to round up the best, most awesome news in the gaming industry, the stuff that makes us excited to be gamers, and condense it into one eatable, bite-size tablet of awesome. So open wide, this pill gets inserted straight up the back-end..
Tony Hawk Ride Releases November 17th.
We know now the exact retail date for Tony Hawk Ride which is November 17 for the U.S. and November 20 for the U.K. and Germany. However, what is still a mystery is the price of the game as it comes with the new innovative skateboard controller. Retailers are listing it at $120 for the entire package but no official confirmation has been made.
Also, if you’re going to be in Cologne, Germany between August 19 to August 23 (because you like to visit Germany a lot), you can get a test skate with Tony Hawk Ride at GamesCom.
Silent Hill Haunted House
Halloween is fast approaching and with it, another scare maze by the gents that brought you the official Saw Haunted Attraction. Once again in Orange County, CA, this time the stakes have been raised because they’ve gone to Konami for their uber scary Silent Hill franchise. Imagine yourself in a haunted house with those damn bloody zombie nurses, crying babies, and pyramid head. F*ckin’ terrifying. Let’s just hope the maze isn’t as confusing to navigate as the actual Silent Hill games. Otherwise, workers will be finding fresh decomposed remains far after Halloween has passed.
Interested? Sure you are, so check out the official website here.
Modern Warfare Headed to Wii
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was a pretty popular game. So we hear. Therefore, it’s finally making it’s way to the Nintendo Wii just in time for the game’s sequel to hit all other platforms. Both the Wii version of Modern Warfare and the sequel, Modern Warfare 2, will release on November 10. No other details or screens are available….yet. But when stuff does start to trickle in, we will be there to report on it.
50 Cent Appearing in Modern Warfare 2
Speaking of Modern Warfare, 50 Cent will lend his voice to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. But before you freak out, throw your computer across the room, and curse out Infinity Ward for "selling out," know that 50 is only doing a small role in the game’s multiplayer component. So get use to hearing 50 Cent shouting such commands as "Reloading," "Watch your fire," "I’m down, get me up!" and "Tango Down!" in Modern Warfare 2 while you’re blasting your buddies and complete strangers online.
There are also apparently more celebrities lending their vocal talents to Modern Warfare 2, but Robert Bowling, the director of communications for Infinity Ward, isn’t quite ready to announce any more of them just yet.
Guitar Hero 5 Lets You Import Older Songs
Guitar Hero has finally caught up with the times and will allow gamers to import songs from previous Guitar Hero titles into Guitar Hero 5. Right out of the box, 152 of the 158 tracks from Guitar Hero World Tour will be playable in Guitar Hero 5 for a slight importation fee. However, there is no word on which of those 6 tracks don’t yet work. Now while an importation fee seems ludicrous due to you already having purchased the songs previously, what the fee is actually for is updating the tracks and making them usable for the new features, such as band moments and vocal star power, to Guitar Hero 5.
Gasp! StarCraft II Delayed Till 2010
This shouldn’t be shocking at all. StarCraft II will not see release until "early 2010." The reason for the delay–Battle.net, the service responsible for all things multiplayer at Blizzard. And since the service is an "integral part of the StarCraft II experience and will be an essential part of all of our games moving forward," the release of StarCraft II hinges upon it working 100% correctly. During an investor call, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said Battle.net won’t be ready till "early next year." Thus, StarCraft II will be "early next year."
This also isn’t surprising because Blizzard has already come out and said they intend to have a four to six month beta period before the game launches and if that is still their intention, 2009 doesn’t have many months left.