THQ is dead.

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thq-logoTHQ wasn’t sold to another company when it filed for bankruptcy; that plan fell through and a month later they’re dead. Fortunately many of THQ’s top properties and studios  found new homes but not everyone was so fortunate. The most significant casualty of all this is the end of Vigil Studios who developed the DarkSiders franchise.

Here’s what was sold, who bought it and for how much:

  • Relic Entertainment (Company of Heroes) was purchased by Sega for $26 million
  • Volition (Saints Row, Red Faction) was purchased by Koch Media (publisher of Dead Island) for $22.3 million
  • Evolve” developed by Turtle Rock Studios (Left4Dead 1 & 2) was purchased by Take-Two Interactive for $11 million
  • “Metro” franchise was purchased by Koch Media for $5.8 million
  • South Park” license was purchased by Ubisoft for $3.2 million
  • THQ Montreal (incl. Patrice Desilets) was purchased by Ubisoft for $2.5 million
  • Homefront” franchise was purchased by Crytek for $500,000

Honestly this covers most of what I’ve come to know THQ for and it’s good to know that most of it is going somewhere. Legacy IP like Red Faction and Homeworld will be auctioned off at a later date.

Good bye Toys Headquarters. Thanks for giving a valiant effort towards the end of your life.

Saints Row: The Third (PC) Review

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Along with others, I recognized Volition’s Saints Row as a GTA clone for the Xbox 360. At that time, I had no interest in any open world games because of the lackluster fundamentals from games in that genre. As for its sequel, I heard it was a more vulgar revision of the original. I didn’t hear anything that would suggest this franchise was worth my time and money.

So what changed with Saints Row: The Third?

I heard its approach to the modern open world gangster fantasy was the exact opposite to Grand Theft Auto IV — the first GTA game that I ever completed. It was described by the folks at GiantBomb as “stupid humor done right” which is something I can get behind. They also suggested they went hog wild with over-the-top moments and emphasized on fun above all else.

I liked what I heard and decided to check this purple themed game out.

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