Activision News: Tony Hawk, Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and More
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The MTV Multiplayer Blog has reported the following:

  • A new Tony Hawk which you will "not be playing with a controller in your hands."
  • Tentatively titled "Guitar Hero 5" next year. This title will feature loads of in-game advertising. The first screenshot showed a Burger King ad to the right of the fretboard during gameplay.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 announced.
  • New Racing IP from the team that made PGR. "Mario Kart meets Forza."
  • James Bond "racing-oriented" game.
I can't say I'm surprised on any of this. Well, mostly. Tony Hawk has been stale for three years now and definitely needed an overhaul. Ads have been more prevelant lately, most notably with Barack Obama's presidential campaign, though having them so close to the gameplay will be extremely annoying. COD4-2 was a no-brainer. The only surprising bits are the last two. I would figure another sequel to PGR rather than a new game altogether. (Update: It was brought to my attention that Microsoft owns the PGR title and Bizarre who used to make the game are now owned by Activision so they have to use a new name.) And a James Bond racing game? Well that is just downright idiotic. Hopefully that one falls through the cracks and never sees the light of day.


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Comment #1 by Losganados
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:35:43 AM
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Not surprised at modern warfare 2 but guitar hero 5. Come on how many instruments do we need. Maybe this one comes with a keyboard......?

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Comment #2 by tattie
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:36:41 AM
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Modern Warfare 2, Guess that answers the question of what the next era will be.

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Comment #3 by mediatedgravy
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:36:43 AM
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glad to see the next cod is going to be out of ww2
hopefully if the new guitar hero has advertizing it will be cheaper

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Comment #4 by K1ng K00p4
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:41:07 AM
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The announcement of COD:MW2 just made my day. And I've been having a really bad day.

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Comment #5 by ch9209live
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:53:05 AM
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"New Racing IP from the team that made PGR." this i have waited :P

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Comment #6 by DSC Verago 101
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:55:37 AM
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Since Microsoft owns the rights to the PGR IP, Bizarre can no longer make official PGR games since they were bought by Activision.

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Comment #7 by Badlandz
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:55:38 AM
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Maybe cod4-2 will be in space ummmm

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Comment #8 by Booij
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:56:30 AM
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Im not to happy with "not be playing with a controller in your hands" part.

I mean if the game is gonna cost more because of that, I will crie. :(

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Comment #9 by The Pants Party [STAFF]
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:57:12 AM
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#6, good call. I'll update the post. :)

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Comment #10 by coldman1
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:00:09 AM
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"not be playing with a controller in your hands"

What? you going to be playing it on the floor with your feet?

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Comment #11 by Zmoke
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:05:43 AM
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Such a funny name, CoD4-2. I think they should go back to the numbers someday (CoD5). Who knows if they will go some day. GTA did the same thing, stopped adding the numbers to their games (after GTA3, GTA: Vice City) but in the next generation they made GTA4.

So should we call these two CoDs (CoD:WaW, CoD:MW2) some sort of spinoff games then? (even though they'll be better than CoD3 for example)

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Comment #12 by ShiryuX
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:06:54 AM
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Introducing the 360 avatar board! Now spins 360° and bundled with your new purchased copy of Tony Hawk X.


I'm kinda happy about COD4:MW2, since COD5 doesn't really make me go WOW.
Guitar hero 5 is also a wait title...since playing it in a shop for (nearly) free with friends is so much better than shelling out 200€ for the box (and an additional 50€ for buying RB2 extra, just the box with instruments from GHWT is beneficial, the game itself isn't so wow anyways).

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Comment #13 by Grinshanks
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:07:59 AM
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"A new Tony Hawk which you will "not be playing with a controller in your hands.""

FINALLY! a skating game i can play with my "Guitar Hero" Guitar!

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Comment #14 by Chigawa
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:08:52 AM
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no surprise that cod6 is gonna be modern, hopefully it wil be as good has cod4. Nice to see a new bond game on there "racing-oriented" hopefully it wont be as bad as 007 racing (shudders).

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Comment #15 by Zmoke
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:10:29 AM
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It's a game where you have to blow to your Xbox 360 to give the skater some speed.

Hey by the way, the next Tony Hawk will be Tony Hawk 10! Woot! Even though they've stopped adding numbers to them (there haven't been TH5) there have still been Tony Hawk's (Project) 8. Hopefully TH10 will be awesome.

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Comment #16 by mjc0961
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:21:34 AM
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Guitar Hero 4? Didn't the new Guitar Hero just drop a few months ago? Maybe the developers should release more stuff through DLC instead of trying to put out a new game every year.

I read about that Tony Hawk thing, too. They're working on some kind of board controller that you would stand on. It's not coming to Wii, though. I guess having a board controller right there in front of them was too simple.

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Comment #17 by Jappe XBA
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:25:59 AM
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Skating game with a playable skateboard? :O
GH Rocks, getting maybe 1 in my christmas presents :P
CoD6, wohoo!
Racing, blah.
Bond Racing 2x blah.

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Comment #18 by Malikkr
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:46:02 AM
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No point in a another GH unless you can do keyboard or something. Another Modern Warfare is awesome! A James Bond racing game is stupid.

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Comment #19 by MakoBallistic
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:48:48 AM
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screw the tony hawks thing, that just sounds like more effort than is needed, ill just get skate 2 thank you very much. Modern Warfare 2, ive been saying that since i played the beta of CoD:WaW

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Comment #20 by Rusty Nail zh
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:53:56 AM
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Call of Duty 4-2, very good news! I want to have the red dot to aim again! :)
Well, Tony Hawk is the loser in skateboarding. That's official now. Because if they would be the winner, they would stick to their old game mechanism. For me it's only Skate.

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Comment #21 by callofdutyachievements
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:00:37 AM
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MODERN WARFARE 2!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment #22 by eXtreme 1138
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:03:34 AM
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James Bond game could be good, probably won't be, but still.

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Comment #23 by l.maciver
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:24:36 AM
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mabye guitar hero 5 will have a keyboard, dj table and a dance mat, whats the point anymore, guitar hero is now just rock band 3. and if the ones i said are there, just call it dance hero...

james bond racing? i surpose theres some goodness in there, shooting each other while racing. be kinda like Full Auto. and bond is all about the story, not much story for a racer...

Tony Hawk probly with a balance board like the wii. intresting.

Call of Duty 4: 2, it'll probly be like rainbow six...

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Comment #24 by My BR Is Evil
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:53:29 AM
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So is this new Tony Hawk come wit that stupid little board that attatchs to the floor like those arcade snowboarding games. Oh well but COD:MW2 Can't wait.

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Comment #25 by Darth PaulBlack
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:02:35 AM
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yay for call of duty and 007 sounds good to me

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Comment #26 by Xedoss
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:04:36 AM
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I love GH2 to GH4, so i'll probably get GH5 (perhaps without instruments) and RB3 too if released.

MW2, will probably get this.

I'll probably skip TH though.

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Comment #27 by Octobox
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:05:27 AM
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maybe the tony hawk game will have that skateboard like thing you play with your feet at certain arcades? james bond and the new racing game both sound good...

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Comment #28 by dylanmannen
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:08:41 AM
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gh5.. lol

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Comment #29 by cgc1221
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:19:44 AM
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World Tour already has advertising. I saw a wrestling add in it last week. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? It is a game not a billboard!

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Comment #30 by Hitchman
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:20:03 AM
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cant wait for COD4:MW2. . . the first was amazing

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Comment #31 by Yaeyah
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:26:37 AM
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hahahaha anyone remember 007 racing back on the original playstation? (could have been for the n64 too but just played it on ps1)

but that game was TERRIBLE. it always comes up on my choice for the worst game of all time (personally) and i have no idea why they need to try and revive that franchise.

but yes, the cod:mw-2 announcement is nice, but im still really enjoying cod:waw at the moment!

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Comment #32 by ROA5T BeeF
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:31:07 AM
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I hope the next COD is called COD 5. It should be. The real CODs should have numbers and the fake ones (WAW) will have only subtitles.

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Comment #33 by Scotian Bred
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:36:11 AM
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COD 5 is not even a game, lol silly people, Its like Call of Duty: Big Red One. Those who hate CoD are the ones on the GoW2 bandwagon.

I like all CoD games but people are intitled to thier opinions. I just wish they would stop calling CoD:WaW COD5 :p

James Bond racing type game, seems like they're trying a little to hard to attach the "bond" name to games to sell them.

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Comment #34 by Wedge Star
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:40:40 AM
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They should just stop making Tony Hawk games they all have sucked ass since 3 they have the most stupid missions i want stuff that has to do with skating not flinging myself to break bones if they want to make another one they should make it just like 2 its still the best one in my opinion

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Comment #35 by KillerZero24
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:57:55 AM
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Call of Duty and Guitar Hero games were fun to test worked out great hope to be on these projects as well

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Comment #36 by NasalDegree
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:28:28 PM
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yes cod modern warfare 2 yahoo!!!

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Comment #37 by HaNDz THaT KiLL
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:29:37 PM
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well, I love guitar hero and everything, but everyone is right.. can they even do anything new? Also... i am very disappointed to see that Call of Duty is going back to modern warfare.. and trust me, I have my reasons, I understand why people like modern warfare but I simply think it is too easy to kill people online. The perks destroy such a good game, perks are so unrealistic and they allow people who really are not that good to kill someone in a single bullet, which is stupid in a game because the instant someone sees you they spray bullets, and your bound to get hit. No need to flame, I won't argue.. I love WWII, history in general, and WWII games. WWII requires more skill if the game is developed well, unlike CoD5... that was a failure. To conclude my little rant, perks should be remo

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Comment #38 by R0Y4LEwitCHEESE
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:34:04 PM
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Well done Activision, you've suceeded in becoming the new EA, like we needed another one.

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Comment #39 by IMAMEX
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:02:21 PM
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"The first screenshot showed a Burger King ad to the right of the fretboard during gameplay."

That's hilarious

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Comment #40 by Danteveli
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:11:40 PM
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Back in the day there was a racing Bond game on Psx and it sucked all the way.

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Comment #41 by HxS F4T4L1TY
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:16:31 PM
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Man, the LAST thing I want is for The King to be staring at me with that ugly freaking face while I'm trying to play GH. Oh, and when are we going to see Orchestra Hero? I want to play some Schubert, Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky with my wireless violen, cello, and trumpet!!!

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Comment #42 by FoxTenson
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:16:55 PM
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Who needs DLC when you can just pump out a new game every two months for higher the cost? I really, really don't think I'm going to touch GH5, or any of the silly band oriented versions. I'll stick to rock band and the huge library of DLC songs. Tony hawk without a controller seems kinda crazy, at least leave an option to use one in. As for a bond racing game...why? Trying to profit off a name instead of the game itself is usually the reason, I just can't see it doing well. Lesson to learn here game companies: We don't want more EAs

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Comment #43 by gingerCHRIS123
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:28:58 PM
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Wasn't there a James bond racing for the psx?

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Comment #44 by lordzephyr
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:31:09 PM
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Can't wait for the new Tony Hawk and COd:MW2

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Comment #45 by Matty07
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 02:07:54 PM
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People have been calling it CoD4-2 haha

Its just just CoD:MW2

I don't really see how they can reinvent guitar hero again though, that should be interesting :)

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Comment #46 by Blue Thunder28
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 02:43:45 PM
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I hate Activision.

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Comment #47 by Milk
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 02:53:01 PM
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A james bond styled driving game? Waah?

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Comment #48 by BodomJordan
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 03:03:14 PM
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Guitar Hero 5 = Amazing. Who cares for advertising, it won't change our price.

CoDMW2= The best news all day. Infinity has rights again, thank god. Hopefully they won't give it back to treyarch.

The other 2, I'll live without. ;/

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Comment #49 by hansen578
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 03:23:54 PM
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they should take a break from GH for like a couple years and just keep coming out with DLC or something until technology has something better to offer. I have no clue what else they can do.

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Comment #50 by ManicMangoiow
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 03:39:33 PM
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Guitar hero 5 with new added piano.
Also comes with dj set and dancemat :L ha
Thatll be gd. Cod4-2 :L well the names stupid but the game would be gr8

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Comment #51 by Zmoke
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 03:54:59 PM
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So TH10 will have a stupid board controller? That sucks! How can you play multiplayer mode HORSE with one expensive board? Lame. Also, how can you do backflips with the board in your living room? Impossible.

If the board controller will have all the old tricks we used to have in older Tony Hawks, controlling the board will be only like tapping back or forward.

I was waiting anxiously for Tony Hawk's 10 but I'm not so sure about the game now. Or hopefully the game will support normal controller along with the board so that it can be like any other Tony Hawk game again but just better.

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Comment #52 by cool4joe
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 04:02:12 PM
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So much hate for GH5 when they haven't announced the details yet and RB2 did not add anything new.

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Comment #53 by IIMF DoomII
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 04:09:47 PM
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Isn't guitar hero 5 just guitar hero: metallica or is that something else?

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Comment #54 by TexanDude
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 04:59:44 PM
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great to hear COD back in infinity wards hands hopefully it has a full update or thier will be no point in buying it

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Comment #55 by strikerzex911
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 05:04:02 PM
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No. You don't see GH Aerosmith being the new GH4, now do you?

Anyway can't wait until COD6 comes out. I love World at War, but Something feels a miss.

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Comment #56 by Parkerktm
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 05:26:39 PM
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Get me modern warfare 2 and I'll buy everyone on this site a paperclip.

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Comment #57 by CloseChief
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 05:38:58 PM
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I wonder if it'll be called CoD 6, or CoD4-2. But that and Tony Hawk is pretty surprising.

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Comment #58 by ovoon7
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 06:14:53 PM
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Activision blows it out of the ass

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Comment #59 by Jmashed
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:29:39 PM
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Wow, just wow. Cod: MW2, omg yes! James Bond racing? wtf... Guitar hero 5? advertising? I think I'll stick with world tour and tony hawk without a controller? great, another guitar hero rip off where you don't actually use a controller, probably a little skateboard that actually doesn't help you learn how to do what the game actually portrays(just like guitar hero right?).

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Comment #60 by Link0913
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:13:10 PM
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this is such a relief to here cod will stay modern, space would suck, so this is cool

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Comment #61 by tearzofblood718
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 03:06:10 AM
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hearing that cod is going back to modern warfare was a given and a relief.

A board for tony hawk sound interesting but what about the tricks? how would they be pulled off,etc?

and GH5 is being pushed. There is no sence in giving us a new music games with "improved instruments" every year so you can get our 200$ from us. Give me DLC

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Comment #62 by KIDDRAGON67
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 02:31:04 AM
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omg tony hawk wtf are you doing! they probabaly will screw it up lol, MW2 omfg yes WWII is soo old yet it is still being done. GH5 is going to be alright but another 200-500 bucks wasted for 1 or 2 insruments but will sell more if they are sold sepretly and the james bond one can get fucked! all it will be is a racing woth power ups like old mario kart but 100 times worse

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Comment #63 by HaNDz THaT KiLL
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 10:25:51 AM
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Call of Duty 2 & Call of Duty 3 are easily the best of the series... Call of Duty 4 would be great but they added perks to online multiplayer which makes the game not fun at all, and makes it too easy for a bunch of n00bs to kill people.

WWII is also way more interesting than Modern Warfare, since there is a realistic storyline and WWII is just awesome... but then again I am a history major, and I love US History.

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