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EA throws red flag on ‘NASCAR’ franchise

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Jon Robinson at ESPN Video Games is reporting that EA will not be releasing “NASCAR 10” for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. If the speculation is correct, it means the recently released (and soon to be reviewed) “NASCAR Kart Racing” for the Wii will be the only licensed NASCAR game to hit the track in 2009.

I thought “NASCAR 09” was a nice improvement over the previous year’s effort and was looking forward to seeing what strides this year’s game would make. EA’s NASCAR license is up after this year, so it will be interesting to see if another publisher steps up to secure the rights to the sport or if EA jumps back into the driver’s seat.

We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.

‘Halo Wars’ review live!

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OK, by now you know the drill. My review of “Halo Wars” has been posted at the Video Games section of wvgazette.com. Microsoft sent me an advance copy of the game last week and, after spending some quality time with it, I’m sold — “Halo Wars” is the finest console RTS to date. If strategy games are your thing, pick this one up when it drops next week!

‘Dead Space’ invading Wii

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EA struck gold in 2008 with the creepy third-person shooter “Dead Space” for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Now the publisher is bringing its sci-fi survival horror hit to the Wii.

During the company’s third-quarter conference call this week, EA CEO John Riccitiello announced not only “Dead Space” for the Wii, but sequels for “Battlefield: Bad Company” and “Mass Effect.” The next Bioware-developed RPG will be a mulit-platform release this time around, after the original was an Xbox 360 exclusive.

Not all news from EA was good — Riccitiello also announced delays for “The Sims 3,” “Godfather II” and “Dragon Age: Origins.” All of those titles are now expected to arrive sometime in the next fiscal year.