The Last Word May 31-June 4

Memorial Day can't slow down a busy week that saw Infamous 2 confirmed, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and DC Universe Online dated, NBA Elite explained, and Backbreaker reviewed.

The Memorial Day holiday meant a short work week for many GameSpotters, though it might not be evident from the amount of new content on the site. News was especially busy, with a number of high-profile developments arriving just in advance of this month's Electronic Entertainment Expo. Sony finally fessed up to making Infamous 2, Square Enix slapped a release window on Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and DC Universe Online is set to bring massively multiplayer online gaming to the PlayStation 3 this November (a PC version of the game is launching at the same time). On the previews side, Electronic Arts revealed its eyebrow-raising adaptation of the next Harry Potter movie, casting The Boy Who Lived as the lead role in a third-person shooter. EA also explained the decision to retire the NBA Live moniker in favor of NBA Elite, and Natural Motion hit the console gridiron for the first time with its physics-based football title Backbreaker.

The Last Word May 31-June 4

FEATURES
This week saw the publication of the second and final part of GameSpot's Social Ties feature, which examines the growing prominence of games developed for social networking sites, such as Facebook. The feature looks at what big publishers like Electronic Arts think of social games and what the future has in store for them. Also, Video Game History Month ended on Monday, making this the perfect time to reflect on the month-long retrospective. Next year will see new entries in each of the Video Game History Month categories, so there's a chance for everyone's favorite game, person, or event to be commemorated in the future.

Social Gaming Feature Part 2
Video Game History Month

NEW RELEASES
Shippin' Out May 30-June 5: Modern Warfare 2 Map Pack 2, Alpha Protocol
Tecmo Bowl Throwback tackles PSN
Snoopy Flying Ace takes off on Xbox 360
X-Scape makes it to DSiWare

NEWS
Some parts of the site go a bit quiet before the big show each year, but news isn't one of them. Once E3 hits, the gaming world's attention will be split between a slew of blockbuster stories from every major console maker and publisher. As a result, it's not uncommon to see publishers announcing things in the weeks leading up to the event, sometimes to avoid competition for attention, sometimes to whet people's appetites for their games at the show. Other times those big E3 surprises simply leak. The possible leaks this week included the addition of Hulu to Microsoft's Xbox Live service and a product listing for a new PS3 hardware bundle. The official news was actually more interesting, as confirmation arrived that Infamous 2 was on the way, Square Enix talked Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Ubisoft teased that it will bring Assassin's Creed to an Egyptian setting, and Sony is sweetening the PSP Go deal with free downloadable games on both sides of the Atlantic.

Infamous 2 confirmed
Deus Ex: Human Revolution taking up arms early 2011
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock shredding 90+ tracks, new guitar
Big in Japan May 24-30: Super Mario Galaxy 2
Lord of the Rings Online to go free-to-play
Shogun 2 prepares for Total War
Red Dead Redemption co-op DLC releasing June 22
EA Sports Active 2.0 target of trademark lawsuit
New 250GB PS3 bundle Little Big Planet: GOTYE, HDMI cable - Retail Radar
Ubisoft teases Egyptian Assassin's Creed project
Def Jam Rapstar dropping in NA October 5
Company of Heroes Online deploying in North America
Jordan confirmed for NBA 2K11 cover
Ys Seven gets premium edition
EA to reboot NBA series
Hulu coming to Xbox Live?
EA touts Sports Active accreditation
Mytheon fated for July 13 launch
Level 5 opening Santa Monica shop
Activision launches indie game competition
Sony giving three free games with US PSP Go purchase
DC Universe Online due in November
Prince of Persia doesn't pop at box office
SCEE confirms UK PSP Go games giveaway
2 million iPads sold in under 60 days
Harry Potter bewitching Deathly Hallows - Part 1 this fall
NHL Slapshot winding up on Wii

PREVIEWS
With the Electronic Entertainment Expo less than two weeks away, GameSpot's previews group has been working around the clock to bring new updates on upcoming games while preparing for the big show. This week's preview coverage is but an appetizer for the big show, so be sure to return June 14-17 for all of GameSpot's coverage of the single biggest event in the gaming industry at http://e3.gamespot.com.

Transformers: War for Cybertron Updated Multiplayer Hands-On
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Q&A
NBA Elite 11: Q&A With David Littman
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Updated Hands-On
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Hands-On Impressions
Spotlight On - Elemental: War of Magic & New Details

REVIEWS
It has been a relatively quiet week on store shelves, so the reviews team has spent much of the past five days focusing on downloadable games. Highlights included Snoopy Flying Ace on the Xbox 360 and Planet Minigolf on the PlayStation 3, but this week's office favorite was undoubtedly the Deniable Ops Insurgency Pack DLC for Splinter Cell: Conviction. The PC version of that game is still proving to be problematic, unfortunately, but on the Xbox 360 the new DLC comes thoroughly recommended. Like the rest of GameSpot, the reviews team is now in E3 preparation mode, but don't worry, there will still be a good number of reviews going up next week.

Backbreaker (PS3, X360) Review
Doom II (X360) Review
Planet Minigolf (PS3) Review
Runaway: A Twist of Fate (PC) Review
Record of Agarest War (PS3, X360) Review
Snoopy Flying Ace (X360) Review
Splinter Cell: Conviction DLC (X360) Review
Voodoo Dice (X360) Review

VIDEO
E3 2010 is right around the corner, but the GameSpot Live team is still hard at work bringing fresh content to the site. This week saw the team crank out a couple of new episodes of Today on the Spot, featuring games like Mega Man Zero Collection on the DS and a Madden NFL 11 exclusive interview. New trailers also hit the site this week for Killzone 3, Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. GameSpot also got a chance to talk with Matt Tieger about the new game Transformers: War for Cybertron.

Today on the Spot: Mega Man Zero Collection
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 Debut Trailer
Killzone 3 Teaser Trailer
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Villains Trailer
Deus Ex: Human Revolution E3 2010 Trailer
Transformers: War for Cybertron Interview: Co-Op Details

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Discussion

30 comments
GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Transformers will dominate all when they announce at E3 that the game will get massive DLC add-on packs post launch, and announce PS3 exclusive features for the game ala what Red Dead Redemption, and other devs are now doing. Theres a major point now to buying PS3 games from third party developers because they get extras in the box nobody else has. Batman lets you play as the Joker, Red Dead gives you a whole hideout, and an exclusive outift, ToyStory 3 gives you exclusive Durge, and mini games for PS Move, I can't wait to see what Transformers has up it's sleeve. More or less what games like Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, and other titles will give PS3 gamers.

CerberusV3
CerberusV3

@Azryel666 no...is Harry potter with a machinewand.... I hope in E3 show some Killzone 3 Gameplay...i cant wait!!!

Harp_101
Harp_101

This might turn out to be one of the best E3s in a while

Azryel666
Azryel666

is that Harry Dotter with a minigun? :D

ForsakenWicked
ForsakenWicked

@Skargamer: Was Prototype 2 announced? I loved the first one and I think that would be the only exception I would make on buying Activision's games.

elmocha
elmocha

i SERIOUSLY want some info on the new Metal Gear Solid: Rising game!

Skargamer
Skargamer

I hope Prototype 2 comes out with better graphics and gameplay cuz the previous game wasn't as good as i hoped.

Backlash24
Backlash24

E3 is shaping up nicely and there is, luckily, a lot still going on despite the secrecy leading up to it ...

issa3703
issa3703

look guys go to ign.com theres 5 millions consoles on ps3 damage because for final fantasy 13 soo any one how have final fantasy 13 dont play it because it crash u system ok . any way i dont have final fantasy yet but when i saw yesterday in you tube i was sad for this bad news. i`m not kidding guys

errorcode69
errorcode69

deathly hallows actually looks good..just wish the spells would be a little more accurate.

issa3703
issa3703

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eal-zubieri
eal-zubieri

@SibirskiyTigr the 360 and pc-gaming have the same format(dvd dual layer), both have limitation in disc capacity but pcs have adventages from hardware and some pcs even gone to 3x stronger then a 360.

megamega777
megamega777

still here.... waiting.... for E3...

blazey09
blazey09

ppl ruined e3 just becuase nothing is a surprise anymore. People find stuff out early and think they have to tell every1.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Honestly I couldent be happier with my PS3 right now. The Exclusive titles keep coming new IPs keep getting made, and old favs get a bit of new life as well. Whats not to like? My only problem with my Xbox360 on the game side of things was how long it took for exclusive titles to launch on the platform. IE 3rd party titles hit quite often but most of them you could pass up due to problems, or bad reviews, now thats not to say I did not ever buy games like Batman/SWTFU, and BFBC when they came out, I did but the Exclusive on Xbox360 IE First party gem games like: Crackdown2, Alan Wake, Forza3, Shadow Complex, and the like take so long to hit the platform. It seems to me Microsofts biggest problem is that they tend to take forever to release their often killer first party games, and let the third party developers pick up the slack for them. IMHO they would of done much better to get their first party titles out faster, and secure more third party developers like Sony did as first party. Nintendo has this same problem, if they both want sales to stay up like what happens for Sony, they need to adopt a new model where every year some exclusive title hits the platform even if it's not for hardcore fans. Nintendo I think learned that they needed more first party hits on the platform, and new third party developers to work on the platform, hence why that system got a slew of great first, and third party titles in the last 2 years.

AZE160
AZE160

Next Deus EX:Epic Kick-ass.Hell YEAH!!!

Flint247
Flint247

Can't wait for E3 2010. It's going to be one of the best E3's we ever had. :D

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

Awesome, E3 will be amazing, as usual.

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

Man E3 2010 is gonna be SOOO EPIC !!

Pete5506
Pete5506

The only system Deus Ex should be coming out on is the PC

draudn
draudn

Sibir: They can just release parts with free downloadable content, no biggie.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

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SibirskiyTigr
SibirskiyTigr

Thanks to 360's disc limitations, Deus Ex wount be as great of a game as it could be :\