The Last Word: May 10-14

Project Natal ship dates, EA's controversial Online Pass, Skate 3 reviews, Little Big Planet 2 previews, and a video retrospective of the Tron and Halo phenomenon are all on tap this week.

Electronic Arts charging buyers of used EA Sports games $10 to play online? A Saudi Microsoft executive revealing Project Natal ships in October? A nostalgic video retrospective at Tron and Halo? A new review of Skate 3? A first look at Little Big Planet 2? Yeah, that all happened on GameSpot this week. That and news about Sony's rough financial year, a first look at Epic Games' Bulletstorm, a video interview with Dead Space 2's design lead, and much, much more.

Media Molecule is back in the sack with Little Big Planet 2.

THE LAST WORD: MAY 10-14

FEATURES
The month of May marches on and so does Video Game History Month. Several new video features stroll down memory lane with the Sega Saturn, Tron, Halo, and Peter Molyneux, as does a new article about some of the great (and not-so-wonderful) mascots of the past.

Video Game History Month: Forgotten Mascots
Video Game History Month: Sega Saturn
Video Game History Month: Peter Molyneux
Video Game History Month: Halo
Video Game History Month: Tron

NEW RELEASES

Shippin' Out May 9-15: Skate 3, Lost Planet 2
Phoenix Wright facing WiiWare Trials and Tribulations
Big in Japan May 3-9: Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, MGS: Peace Walker

NEWS
Earningspalooza May 2010 continued this week, with the Sony division that includes gaming--and VAIO computers--posting an $890 million annual loss. Electronic Arts also saw a massive 12-month shortfall of $677 million, even though four of its games sold 4 million units, and one--FIFA Soccer 10--topped 10 million. The publisher also became a lighting rod of criticism for its introduction of Online Pass, which will require buyers of used EA Sports games to pay $10 to play them online.

Konami and Sega Sammy posted annual profits this week, which saw a decidedly less sunny NPD report. Last month saw the US game market contract by a whopping 26 percent, far below analysts' estimates. The most popular game of the month was Ubisoft's Splinter Cell: Conviction, and the Wii and DS topped the hardware charts yet again.

Last but not least, a loose-lipped Microsoft executive revealed on national Saudi Arabian television that Project Natal will ship in October. US reps declined to comment on the date, making it appear that the "announcement" was not part of Microsoft's planned publicity push for the Xbox 360's motion-sensing system. Oops.

Sega Sammy posts profits, Bayonetta platinum
Awful April game sales baffle analysts
Activision registers sci-fi Call of Duty domains
Splinter Cell: Conviction tops weak April sales
2nd Modern Warfare 2 DLC hits XBL June 3
Konami profits up 22.4%, takeover defenses renewed
Sony game division loses $890 million, PS3 sales hit 35.7 million
Electronic Arts shares slump nearly 6%
Mac Steam opens up with free Portal
Dead Space 2 reconfirmed for PC
EA reveals new Fight Night, Online Pass requirement for Madden, EA MMA
Call of Duty: Black Ops coming to Wii - Report
EA's full-year loss hits $677 million, FIFA 10 sells 10 million
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 sells 5 million
Project Natal ships in October
EA's Online Pass required to play Tiger Woods 11 online
Sony hit with two more Linux-lockout lawsuits
Little Big Planet 2 due winter 2010, original sells 3 million
Microsoft paid $75 million to stop GTAIV PS3 exclusivity?
Raven answering Call of Duty?
Xbox 360 going 3D? (Answer: sort of)

PREVIEWS
Previews kicked off this week with Monday's look at Little Big Planet 2, a title that promises to let players create entire games in genres ranging from platforming to role playing. Elsewhere, there were hands-on impressions of Toy Story 3, first looks at EA's Dead Space 2 and Epic Games' Bulletstorm, updated impressions of Crysis 2 and Medal of Honor, and an exclusive preview of online fight camps in UFC Undisputed 2010 from THQ and developer Yuke's.

Little Big Planet 2 Hands-On
Toy Story 3 Hands-On Impressions
Dead Space 2 First Look
Bulletstorm First Look
Crysis 2 Impressions
Medal of Honor Updated Impressions
UFC Undisputed 2010: Spotlight on Fight Camps

REVIEWS
Reviews for all of this week's big releases--which include Lost Planet 2, 3D Dot Game Heroes, Skate 3, and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3--are up on the site now. Because a couple of them were posted early, the reviews team has spent much of this week knuckling down on games that are going to be in stores later this month. Split/Second, Red Dead Redemption, Prince of Persia, Super Mario Galaxy 2, ModNation Racers, UFC 2010 Undisputed...the list goes on, as does the review team, who will be spending the weekend lassoing bandits and pummeling opponents. Look for reviews of all of those games and more in the next couple of weeks.

Skate 3 Review
Trauma Team Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 Review
Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West Review

VIDEO
GameSpot Live served up some fresh new episodes of Today on the Spot with games like Trauma Team, Dead Space 2 and Bulletstorm. Reviewer Justin Calvert ramped up with rundown of Skate 3, and 360 fans got their first taste of Remedy's long, long, long-awaited frightfest Alan Wake in the latest episode of Now Playing.

Today On The Spot--Dead Space 2, Bulletstorm
Today on the Spot - Trauma Team, Toy Story 3
Bulletstorm Official Trailer Dead Space 2 Interview: Steve Papoutsis Skate 3 Video Review
Now Playing: Alan Wake

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Discussion

39 comments
VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

I also appreciate The Last Word. Great job news guys! Please make this a regular feature if possible.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

things are looking grim for natal with audiomotion studios claiming it "guesses" the players position and swedish retailers pricing it at 1499kr / $200 / £130.......including the swedish GAME website (game.se)

AceCometh
AceCometh

A trip down memory lane's got me all misty eyed! ::sniff,sniff::

AnelZukic
AnelZukic

I really like this feature, no need anymore the search through GS to find what I'm looking for :) maybe a monthly Last Word at the end of month would be nice :P

monson21502
monson21502

A Sony spokesperson confirmed to IGN the company has now begun shipping new PlayStation 3 models to North America that include a 40nm RSX graphics chip. The smaller chip allows the console to run cooler, consume less power, and, presumably, help Sony reduce manufacturing cost of the system. If you're on the lookout for the new unit, the model number is "CECH-2101A." Sony's older PlayStation 3 models previously included 90mn and 65nm chip sizes. Last December, a report from research firm iSuppli noted Sony was close to breaking even with each PS3 sale. This new model may finally allow Sony to profit from its console. Sony's annual fiscal results from this past week show the company has sold 35 million PlayStation 3 units since launch in 2006. thats a pretty big news story you missed gamespot :wink:

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

wow, how to M$ pay them to throw halo back into the mix every other day?

daveversion1
daveversion1

Loads of stuff this week, Glad your doing the last words.

Ospov
Ospov

Thats a lotta stuff...

ascalon94
ascalon94

Imma be mad if PSP2 is announced after I buy that MGS:PW bundle

LOXO7
LOXO7

Wow this is great. Have I missed other Last Words? This basically have the weeks wrap up all in one.

threedown
threedown

motion controls definately have a place in gaming. for 95% percent of my games i prefer a traditional controller. but for games like tiger woods golf, i can never go back to a regular controller, motion controls just makes that game so much fun and it works great. they just need to figure out which games are enhanced by motion controls and only use it on those games, not just tack it onto everything

sagameister3
sagameister3

Looking forward to the upcoming E3 convention.

thrasher510
thrasher510

LittleBigPlanet 2 and Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker are two definite buys for me this year.

issa3703
issa3703

little big planet the best

izmickey
izmickey

@Charocks Nintendo should be respected for what they have done in the past, but they should be ashamed of what they are bringing to the future....motion sensing controls. It just seems so gimmicky. That's just my OPINION.

Flinet91
Flinet91

Is it just me or arent motion controlls very appealing for gamers? Dont get me wrong i own a Wii but it aint really a thing that you wanna play on a game night with a really good game, i dont have the stamnina to wave my arms all night long. Just hand me a good controller and im happy.

FaintRain
FaintRain

i hope there'll be some neat RPGs announced in June,May seems like an action-adventure month

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

nice i might get little big planet i heard it was pretty good but once it goes down on price :P

Mn7os_E22
Mn7os_E22

@HerbalVideogame yeah, we lack RPGs especially turn-based ones.

kris9031998
kris9031998

They should stop focusing on motion control and start focusing on game/console themselves.

themovi3nut
themovi3nut

I will pass on the Natal rubbish, I prefer a gamepad or a keyboard and mouse, not to say I dislike the Wii or the Sixaxis but motion controllers really aren't my cup of tea.

FLYEboi50
FLYEboi50

wow LittleBigPlanet2 looks sofa king awesome.

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

Is it just me, or is there a MAJOR lack of RPG's lately??

Charocks
Charocks

To all you Nintendo haters out there: If it wasn't for Nintendo, then you wouldn't have your precious CoD's, Halo's, and crap. Respect the history behind gaming.

TexasAnMGrad2K
TexasAnMGrad2K

A lot of news this week, most of it exciting. I'm really disappointed in EA's online pass though. As a renter, it's discouraging to know that I may not be able to play my rented sports games online. I know they are going to offer a free week's pass, but I often keep the games for a month or so.

koolkat14
koolkat14

Wonder if there are going to be another week as exciting as this...

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

Busy week !! .. Most interesting bit for me was the LBP2 stuff ..

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

@wwonka666, You are getting a thumbs up! I really don't want to know anymore release dates. No-one sticks to them. I think I'll just be surprised every Monday to find out the game comes out the next day since every release happens on a Tuesday thanks to GameStop, or when I get an e-mail of the release a month before it ships asking me to pre-order. Analyst are always wrong about video games, so they need to stop.

y0ur_grandma
y0ur_grandma

Dayuuummm, China just called, they want their wall back. (This is a big wall...of text.)

wwonka666
wwonka666

Screw EA, screw Nintendo and screw the analysts who are baffled that Nintendo has ruined the game industry.