The Last Word: October 18-22

This week saw a bevy of content, including a Dan Houser Q&A, Fallout: New Vegas review, and all the latest from BlizzCon 2010.

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The past week has seen a cornucopia of news, previews, videos, and reviews at GameSpot. The latter category has been particularly productive, with write-ups of such high-profile games as DJ Hero 2, Vanquish, and Fallout: New Vegas surfacing. The newsdesk was busy with preemptive game reveals, sales milestones, and the latest from BlizzCon 2010. Previews also had a big week, having had the rare opportunity to chat with Rockstar Games creative guru Dan Houser.

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THE LAST WORD: OCTOBER 18-22

NEW RELEASES
Shippin' Out: Oct 17-23: Fallout: New Vegas, Kirby's Epic Yarn, DJ Hero 2, EA Sports MMA Costume Quest invades PSN
Super Meat Boy cuts up XBLA this week
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest travels to Virtual Console
Big in Japan Oct. 11-17: Kirby's Epic Yarn

NEWS
It was a mixed bag of news this week, with headlines ranging from prospective new games to hardware watersheds. The latter happened when Sony announced the PlayStation Move had shipped 1 million units during its first 30 days on the market in the western hemisphere. The former happened not once, but thrice, with Remedy revealing a new AAA Xbox 360 game, Wipeout developer Sony Liverpool unmasking a new racer, and EA confirming a new Command & Conquer title is en route. Other highlights include Fallout: New Vegas patches, Kinect marketing budgets, Medal of Honor sales, and the latest from BlizzCon 2010 in Anaheim, California.
Diablo III's demon hunter unmasked at BlizzCon 2010 opening ceremony
Blizzard goes Demon Hunting
New Command & Conquer incoming
Kinect launching with 17 titles in Nov.
30 million Steam-ed
First Fallout: New Vegas DLC to be Xbox 360-exclusive
Microsoft to spend $500M on Kinect marketing - Report
Wii gets Netflix native app
Remedy working on new 'AAA' Xbox 360 project
Medal of Honor tops 1.5M worldwide, gets free DLC
Assassin's Creed creative director founding THQ Montreal studio
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood sets Ubisoft preorder record
Civilization V Mac-bound this holiday
Halo: Reach #1 US game SKU of 2010 - NPD
Fallout: New Vegas patches arrive
Medal of Honor scores $100 million in 5 days
Sony Move-s 1 million in the Americas
Mario anniversary bundles, Wii Remote Plus coming Nov.
Q&A: Gaming hits the Supreme Court

PREVIEWS
This week, the GameSpot Previews team continued its coverage of Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare expansion. In a Q&A with Rockstar's Dan Houser, the publisher's VP of creative said, "We wanted the game world to feel like a 1970's movie set in which by day people shot a serious revisionist Western, and by night some maniacs invaded the studio and filmed a somewhat insane horror movie using the same sets and cast." The team also posted a new preview for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood detailing the first few hours of the game. And in Nintendo news, there are new previews for Golden Sun: Dark Dawn and Disney's Epic Mickey.
Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare Q&A
Diablo III Hands-On - The Demon Hunter
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Hands-On - The First Hours
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Hands-On
Disney's Epic Mickey Updated Hands-On

REVIEWS
It's been a great week on the reviews front, as a number of the editors' most anticipated games arrived both at the office and on store shelves. We also welcomed a new reviewer to the in-house team, Carolyn Petit, who after freelancing for us for about two years earned her stripes with Wednesday's review of Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes. Next week, you can look forward to reviews of Fable III, Rock Band 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, The Sims 3 on consoles, and Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, to name but a few. For right now, though, here's what we've been working on this past week, just in case you missed anything:
Arcania: Gothic 4 (X360) Review
Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland (PS3) Review
Costume Quest (PS3, X360) Review
DJ Hero 2 (X360) Review
EA Sports MMA (PS3, X360) Review
Fallout: New Vegas (PS3, X360) Review
Fallout: New Vegas (PC) Review
FIFA Soccer 11 (Wii) Review
John Daly's ProStroke Golf (PS3) Review
Lionheart: Kings' Crusade (PC) Review
Lost Planet 2 (PC) Review
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes (PS3, Wii) Review
Super Meat Boy (X360) Review
Vanquish (PS3, X360) Review

VIDEO
The GameSpot Live team had a busy week in reviews. Kevin VanOrd gave you the lowdown on Vanquish and Fallout: New Vegas, Justin Calvert grappled with EA Sports MMA, Tom Mc Shea splattered his way through Super Meat Boy, and Giancarlo Varanini played hide-and-seek with Costume Quest. GameSpot also got to sit down with Daniel Sussman from Harmonix for an episode of Behind the Games. Today on the Spot featured games like God of War: Ghost of Sparta, The Sims 3 on consoles, Sonic Free Riders on Kinect, and more! To round out the week, Justin Calvert and Sophia Tong brought you Now Playing with the first hour of Fable III.
Vanquish Video Review
Fallout: New Vegas Video Review
Super Meat Boy Video Review
EA Sports MMA Video Review
Costume Quest Video Review
GameSpot Presents: Now Playing - Fable III
Rock Band 3 Pro Mode: Guitar Controllers Video

Discussion

9 comments
StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Does anyone else agree that the day before a games release date is the acceptable time for a review to be published? It seems like Gamespot has gotten really sloppy with this (Fallout New Vegas review 2-3 days AFTER release, Naruto still has no review, generally not 50/50 reviewing non-AAA titles) Just some thoughts. I'd like my info before I buy, just saying, it's not like you guys aren't big enough.

New-Vegas-Fan
New-Vegas-Fan

Nice week for all gamers. There was someting there for eveyone. I liked that week.

monson21502
monson21502

jack tretton is a liar. we know that for sure thanks to gamespot:P maybe he will get fired so we wont have to watch him do sony`s E3 each year by the time he gets done talking im always to bored to care what sony is showing

brian_13un
brian_13un

Yeah a great with great releases ^_^

Pete5506
Pete5506

A pretty good week, next week is going to be great also