The Last Word: April 26-30, 2010

GameSpot's weekly wrap-up returns with all the previous five days' news, previews, reviews, videos, trailers, and other highlights.

From 2006 to 2007, GameSpot ran a weekly wrap-up feature called the Last Word. Though the video portion of that recurring piece has gone to the great archive in the sky, the text section is back with all the site highlights from the week.

Each Friday afternoon, check GameSpot News for a rundown of the all the best features, previews, reviews, video, and news headlines from the preceding five days. If Friday's inconvenient, the feature will remain on the GameSpot news hub for anyone who wants to catch up on the prior week's gaming goodness.

NEW RELEASES
Shippin' Out April 25-May 1: Super Street Fighter IV, 2010 FIFA World Cup

NEWS
Though 2010 isn't even half over, it's hard to imagine another week more jam-packed with news. On Monday, the US Supreme Court agreed to rule on a California law criminalizing the sale of violent games to minors. Less than 24 hours later, 38 current and former Infinity Ward employees sued Activision for $150 million-$625 million over breach of contract and unpaid Modern Warfare 2 royalties. Were that not enough, on Thursday, the game industry was floored by the announcement that Bungie had signed a 10-year deal with Activision to exclusively publish the Halo-maker's next big property. Finally, on Friday, Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops was revealed as a co-op shooter set in Vietnam, Cuba, and the Arctic.

Bungie, Activision lock down 10-year exclusivity
Bungie details, discusses landmark Activision deal
Supreme Court to hear California game law case
Infinity Ward employees sue Activision for $150 million-$625 million
Four more ex-Infinity Warders Respawn as exodus grows to 26
Sims 3 confirmed for PS3, 360, Wii, DS
Infinity Ward to close, expects analyst
Halo beta Reach-es until May 19
Two mystery Tom Clancy titles in development
Valve opening Mac spigot May 12
Sony sued over PS3 Linux lockout
Call of Duty: Black Ops deploying November 9

PREVIEWS
This was a rare travel-free week for the previews team, but there was hardly a lack of coverage for upcoming games on the site. The week started off big with a video tour of the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta and a first hands-on with Madden NFL 11. Later, THQ dropped by the office to reveal the full roster for UFC Undisputed 2010. There were also previews for Rockstar’s open-world Western Red Dead Redemption, Ron Gilbert’s "Monkey Island meets Diablo" hybrid Deathspank, and a first look at Test Drive Unlimited 2. And finally, PC fans will want to check out our new Q&A with the lead designer of Guild Wars 2.

Halo: Reach Beta Video Tour
Madden NFL 11 First Look
UFC Undisputed 2010 Roster Reveal
Red Dead Redemption Hands-On
Deathspank Hands-On
Test Drive Unlimited 2 First Look
Guild Wars 2 Q&A
Spotlight On: Eve Online and Tyrannis

REVIEWS
The reviews crew has had a fun and productive week in the run up to what's going to be an extremely busy month of May. Work on office favorites like Monster Hunter Tri and Super Street Fighter IV might have threatened to halt production on everything else, except that this week "everything else" included the likes of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, Dead to Rights: Retribution, and the PC version of Splinter Cell: Conviction.

2010 FIFA World Cup Review
After Burner Climax Review
Dead to Rights: Retribution Review
Monster Hunter Tri Review
Super Street Fighter IV Review
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction Review
3D Dot Game Heroes Review

VIDEO
GameSpot Live had an awesome start to the week with a visit to Today on the Spot by the UFC Undisputed 2010 team, including special guests Frank Mir and Bruce Buffer. There were new videos for the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta coming out next week, including an interview and comprehensive map walk-through videos. Finally, check out the trailers for Alan Wake, Dead Space 2, and the Halo live-action short "Birth of a Spartan," as well as video reviews for Dead to Rights: Retribution, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, and Monster Hunter Tri.

UFC 2010 Undisputed Daily Demo With Bruce Buffer and Frank Mir
Halo: Reach Interview - Multiplayer Beta Details
Halo: Reach Beta Map Walk-Through Part 1: Overlook
Halo: Reach Beta Map Walk-Through Part 2: Sword Base
Halo: Reach Beta Map Walk-Through Part 3: Powerhouse
Halo: Reach Beta Map Walk-Through Part 4: Bone Yard
Alan Wake - Wake Up! Trailer
Dead Space 2 Dementia Trailer
Halo: Reach Birth of a Spartan (Live Action) EXTENDED Trailer
Dead to Rights: Retribution Video Review
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Video Review
Monster Hunter Tri Video Review

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Discussion

67 comments
jmcmanj
jmcmanj

My brain hath 'sploded with all this industry shaking news in front of my face

Trogeton
Trogeton

Man oh man.. this year is gonna ROCK.. I'm so excited to be alive

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Lovin' these summary pages!

AnelZukic
AnelZukic

this is nice, no need to search for the content, just come here and you'll find it :)

ipikisis
ipikisis

Let's see, we'll see ...

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

This is great. All the news at one spot - on the spot !!!

brow3458
brow3458

Im so glad Last Word is back.

LittleDuck
LittleDuck

I fricking loved the last word back in the day. Main reason I came on the site was to watch the videos.

Bobzfamily
Bobzfamily

This is an awesome idea. Now I don't need to go searching through tons of files, I can find it all right here.

voldo25
voldo25

all gamespot needs to do now is put up their reviews on time. ign had their ssf4 review up like a week early compared to gamespot posting their review 3 days after it was released.

Null7
Null7

Good idea! :O

TristanH12
TristanH12

This is a great idea, keep this going please!!!!

lock445
lock445

this one should be a keeper for gamespot. great idea

Zelda4evr
Zelda4evr

It's cool that's its back, now if only they would bring back the video.

xXdraky
xXdraky

excellent idea, brings the news to you in an efficient, neat fashion.

Dan21278
Dan21278

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nevryn
nevryn

I agree, I think this is a good idea. It helps to keep people updated (especially in a busy news week) without them having to log on everyday, or scour through archives. Good organization as well. One thought, maybe you could make a link under the news tab (like next to Hot Spot), where it just stores these Last Words. That way if someone happens to miss it, they can easily find it. Not a big deal, but just a little organizational plus.

maverick_76
maverick_76

Nice, I liked this when they used to do it. Good job guys, keep up the good work!

slickvic1990
slickvic1990

i like this wrap up thing. i missed a few of those reviews. i hope they do this every month.

LOVERPS3
LOVERPS3

CALL of DUTY BLACK OPS:arrow: 11-9-10 I'II be waiting 4u:) i dont like others games:(

Harp_101
Harp_101

I like this idea of a weekly news wrap up

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

@bballer1024 Yep. a lil' something for all the weekend warriors out there.

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

I never enjoyed Halo...I beat the 1st one because of the hype...it was an ok game but it took me a while to get used to it. Halo is just plain boring....Hype brainwahses people in to thinking something is better than it actually is*cough*Modern Warfare 2*cough*

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I can't stand playing Halo!! It's toooooo boooring!!! :?

Kezman118
Kezman118

Its been far too long, this made me smile with a little tear coming from my eye. :)

Ljiggaman
Ljiggaman

I'm glad that the Last word is back, but they should really bring back the Lineup, that show was sooo funny!

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

That's a bunch of information including news, reviews, previews on 1 page. Good job Gamespot.

marco245
marco245

I loved The Last Word with Tor and Brendan :)

bballer1024
bballer1024

wow nice article... Is there going to be one every Friday?

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

Nice to see this back. I don't really need it, on the site whenever I am on the computer (all the time), good for those that aren't though.

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

Pretty cool feature .. Gives us sth to look forward to on Fridays ..

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

why are all the videos playing automatically? ive had this problem for about a week now, thought they would have fixed it. considering they get all the news late anyway, its appropriate they called it "the last word"

gameking5000
gameking5000

How about Infinity Ward get sued for damaging Call of Duty's reputation?

BenderUnit22
BenderUnit22

Whoohoo, The Last Word is back - kinda. I wish this was in video form again because you two were hilarious, but hey, maybe some day *wink*

galerian86
galerian86

What next you want to bring back? Burning Questions? :D

Corvan
Corvan

I doubt they will produce any halo games after reach..you can only take this kind of series so far..besides there next big project could be a RTS or a RPG. who knows.

The_crapgamer
The_crapgamer

@ zeonfollower There can never be Halo on the PS3, Halo Rights and name are owned by Microsoft.