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Posts tagged “THQ”

Grab yourself a free copy of Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine on Humble

What's short, sweet, dumb as a sack of Imperial servo-hammers and free for the next 48 hours? Relic's Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, that's what. For the next two days you can grab this neat little third-person shoot n' slasher completely free via Humble, and keep it forever, although they do ask that you sign up for their newsletter in exchange for the goods. Despite Alec's faintly…

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Feature: Just to watch the world burn

Red Faction: Guerilla’s destructible scenery makes it still worth playing today

Two hostages. One building. Five government guards with reinforcements waiting in the wings. In most games, I'd try to sneak in with a silenced rifle, methodically popping enemies in the head one-by-one. But in Red Faction: Guerrilla, I don't even have a gun in my inventory, let alone a silenced one. What I have instead are explosives. Lots of explosives. I rig five charges at…

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The Legend Of THQnix: Dead Publisher Is Back, Kinda

THQ is dead, long live NordicTHQ. The world's greatest purveyor of Good 7/10 Action Games sadly succumbed to bankruptcy and closed down in 2013, but most of its assets, studios and franchises were bought up by various other firms. Gearbox got Homeworld, Sega got Relic, Deep Silver got Saints Row and young Swedish publisher Nordic Games got Darksiders, Red Faction, Supreme Commander and a bunch…

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Unsmashy: Red Faction Guerrilla Patching Continues

Red Faction Guerrilla is a cracking game for rolling around as a giant space asshole, smashing every building to the ground and giggling at its destruct-o-physics. But what then? What when everything is smashed and only you remain standing? You can't smash yourself, Hammerman. Why, you rebuild it so you can start smashing all over again! Something I did not know RFG has, because it…

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Have You Played… Red Faction: Guerrilla?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. There was a point back in 2009 when I became obsessed with Red Faction: Guerrilla. I've always liked destructible scenery in shooty, 'splodey games and Guerrilla looked like it might change the landscape of action gaming forever. No more would we tolerate canned…

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Nordic Necromancers Raise Zombie THQ From Its Grave

THQ is the Living One; it was dead, and now look, it is alive for ever and ever! And it holds the keys of Darksiders and Red Faction. Like X-Men, big games publishers never truly die. There'll always be a businessperson somewhere willing to invest a few hundred thousand bucks that might otherwise go to the taxman in picking up the name of a company…

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Adagio: Gearbox Re-releasing Homeworlds

Polygon are reporting that Gearbox have announced their intention to release HD versions of Homeworld 1 & 2 for PC. We already knew this was a possibility, of course, with their having acquired the license during the IP stripping of THQ earlier this year. No date on in yet, but my bet is early in 2014, to coincide with the next International Homeworld Day. That's…

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Sega Sue THQ For A Million Bucks, Which Seems Odd

The reason I'm not a financial advisor, an accountant, nor even allowed access to RPS's bank accounts, is because my understanding of money is thus: "Ooh, look at the pretty colours! I like the blue ones best! I'll swap you my pinks for your blues?" So it is that I look at Eurogamer's news that Sega is suing the not-existing-any-more THQ for £630,000 with only…

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Circuitously Fortuitous: Interplay Nabs Freespace IP

Remember the days before Volition exclusively made (admittedly marvelous) games about superpowered crimelords/US Presidents dubstep gunning virtual reality aliens? Those were very different times. For one, we didn't have smartphones or Facebook or music players we have to actively worry about ingesting or anything like that, but mainly that era saw the Saints Row's developer craft some of the finest space combat sims in all…

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Left Hand, Metro Right Hand: 4A On Poor Work Conditions

To hear former THQ boss Jason Rubin tell it, Metro: Last Light studio 4A Games is maybe not the best place to work. He doesn't mean that in a whip-crack-y, everyone's-a-jerk way, though. Quite the contrary, actually: he recently claimed it was a case of absurdly talented people working elbow-to-elbow in "appalling" conditions. Their offices? "More like a packed grade school cafeteria than a development studio."…

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Power Cuts And Responsibility: Making Metro: Last Light

We've yet to WiT Metro: Last Light on RPS, thanks to the review code not working, but its recent release has prompted ex-THQ boss Jason Rubin to write an astonishing article on the development of the game. Over at GamesIndustry.biz, Rubin has written an incendiary post on the daily struggles that Kiev-based dev team 4A Games faced, calling their game "a stunning achievement", and asking…

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Ass Creed Creator Leaves Ubi Again, Fired This Time

Eventually, Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets will make another game. He'll just have to make some excruciating blood sacrifice on an arcane altar in some Mayan ruins first, because he is clearly cursed. First he left Ubisoft to chase his new vision, then eventual partner THQ drowned in a sea of unsold uDraws, and now - only a few months after being brought back into…

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And Everything Else From THQ Went To… Nordic Games?

OK, Nordic Games, the jig's up. You can go ahead and change your name to THQ II: The Rise Of Mecha-Bilson already, because seriously, you just purchased the publisher's legacy. Sure, Gearbox snagged Homeworld, and the company's modern heavy hitters found new, loving homes, but Nordic now (pending court approval) owns nearly everything else. Red Faction? Yep. Darksiders? Oh, certainly. And oh man, Titan Quest?…

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Homeworld’s For Sale, And Supreme Commander Too

When Sega plucked Relic from the ashes of THQ last month, it appears they didn't get the Homeworld license along with it. So for now the sublime space RTS series remains without a home, in an odd case of life imitating art. The Homeworld IP is now up for sale in an auction of THQ's remaining stuff - as is the likes of Supreme Commander,…

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THQ, Wildman, & The Problem Of Voting With Our Wallets

Vote with your wallet. We constantly preach it as an approach that actually Makes Important Things Happen, but does it? Does it really? It's such an easy be-all, end-all argument to toss out, but things are rarely that simple. The recent death of THQ and potential failure of Gas Powered Games' Wildman represent very tangible examples of how "vote with your wallet" can screech and…

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THQ Doomsday Update: Sega, Crytek, Others Reveal Plans

THQ is dead. Long live... er, not THQ. But its motionless remains haven't gone undisturbed. A number of major publishers descended, vulture-like, to make off with the choicest cuts money could buy. And also Homefront. Yesterday, however, we had no idea what exactly was next for the likes of Metro, Saints Row, Company of Heroes, Darksiders, and South Park. Sure, they've found new homes, but…

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Fin: THQ Sells Off Most Studios, Basically Done

Update: Helpfully, reader and probable Prince of Handsomeness The JG Man dug up the court form outlining details (including amounts, back-up bidders, etc) of each sale. You can peruse that here. Original: Well, I suppose it was inevitable. After THQ's attempt at averting a Humpty Dumpty sales situation failed miserably, the writing was pretty much on the wall. So now the grim reaper's scythe has hacked the once-gargantuan…

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Divided We Fall? – THQ Properties To Be Sold Individually

OK, hold onto the floppier parts of your brain, because this is about to get a bit complicated. So remember how THQ went bankrupt and fell into bed with "stalking horse bidder" Clearlake Capital? Well, the primary intent of all that was to keep THQ in one piece while dealing with that nasty little "having basically no money" thing, but - at the 11th hour…

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Tunnel Vision: Eyes-On With Metro: Last Light

Er, I suppose there's some uncertainty that Metro: Last Light might actually be released, but for now let's proceed on the basis that THQ have managed to save themselves from the moneyan apocalypse. Last Light, from an hour or so I spent watching real-time play recently, appears to be almost a do-over of the ambitious but awkward Metro 2033 rather than a traditional sequel. It's…

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THQ Filing For Bankruptcy, Selling Off Assets

Oh boy. Remember how things haven't been going so hot for THQ lately? If you've somehow forgotten, do you remember your name or any key facts about yourself? Have you hit your head or recently traveled forward to this time period? Are you an amnesiac, infant, or ghost? AT ANY RATE, we've finally reached the expected conclusion of this rather depressing series of events, but…

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