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.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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