THQ knows how to start a conference right. This year, they begin things by quickly introducing a couple of the WWE's Divas, Candice Michelle and Michelle McCool. The two divas waited for their theme music to finish before speaking to the crowd. The two ladies finally approached the podium to explain the reason for their visit - to promote Raw vs. Smackdown 2008. A few taunts later, the divas decided to throw down - on the Wii version of the game.
The announcer gave the stats of the two foes, John Cena and Triple H, and the ladies started gesturing to mimic the signature poses of the wrestlers and the game responded. The announcer once more came on stating this was dumb and you couldn't win a match by taunting your opponent. The match began and, after some impressive moves by the divas, the fight was broken up by the referee coming on stage.
That referee was the senior vice president of marketing for THQ, Peter Dille, who received a nice, almost alarming, round of applause. He talked about a few of the new titles coming from THQ and Pixar, Cars: Mater-National and the recently released Ratatouille. He only talked about those briefly before moving on to a trailer for Conan. Conan looks to be shaping up really well. The trailer highlighted Conan using a bladed staff, fighting a dragon, and mowing down hordes of his enemies with barbaric enjoyment and ease.
Kelly Flock took the stage to reveal what's new from THQ. Frontline: Fuel of War is the game the Flock introduced, deadpanning, "Given the new requirement that any developer have least three military simulators in development at all times, this is our first. We will have six more next year." The trailer showed a squad of soldiers prepping for battle. Their mission is to take out an ICBM. The squad also has a journalist that tags along to add a different element to the narration. The demo started by showing a soldier jumping into an attack copter and taking out a tank with some missiles. Another element shown is the tiny helicopter you will be able to deploy to fire on your enemies.
Flock then introduced John Knowles from Sandblast Studios to show off a much anticipated title, at least in my opinion, Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furons. Knowles demos the game on the Xbox 360 and, judging by the opening movie for the game, there is no doubt in my mind that the game's humor is still there. It started off with Crypto running a Las Vegas casino. Eventually, he is called to a kung fu monastery to seek enlightenment. The demo revealed a few favorites returning to the game, the psychokinetic ability as well as the anal probe. Crypto is also going to get an array of new abilities, including a time stopping ability that he will use to reposition enemies and objects. Crypto will also have a new flying saucer to causes mayhem and destruction. The new death ray will allow you to carve some nice "artwork" into the sides of buildings and leave a nasty mark on the Earth as well. The saucer will also have heatseeker drones, a tornado creating device, and probably one of the most devastating weapons ever available to a little green man: the Quantum Destructor, able to destroy up to four blocks with one shot.
Flock takes the stage once more to talk about a few of the racers coming from THQ. Among those titles were Juiced, Stuntman: Ignition, MotoGP, and MX vs. ATV. Flock highlighted a few of the rain effects and crashes from the MotoGP, showed off a few of the new fake movies from Stuntman, and, before wrapping up to the tune of dramatic music, Flock announced that the new installment into the MX vs. ATV series, Untamed, would hit December of this year.
Flock then told us that he's running short on time, and that the next few will kinda be ran through a little bit. The first game to receive the shortened straw was de Blob. The demo video showed off some of the abilities of the lead character. It also showed how the actions of the player will determine the musical background in the game. Every time a new color is added to a building or de Blob liberates citizens, a new instrument will be added to the soundtrack. The devilishly cute characters and interesting game tactics finally have me hooked into playing this game when it is released.
Next up was THQ's possible answer to the God of War series, Darksiders. For comic books fans, this title should excite some of you because one of the driving forces behind the game is comic superstar, Joe Madureira. If you don't know the name, he was an integral part in revitalizing the X-Men a few years back, as well as creating his own series Battle Chasers that was an interesting blend of fantasy and sci-fi. He took the stage with David Adams to further discuss Darksiders. In the game you are War, the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse. A few teases were dropped about the game, a little gameplay footage was shown at a very early stage in the game, and there was even some talk about a few of the weapons War will have but, according to Joe and Adam, none will be as devastating as your horse Ruin.
Finally, current light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson took the stage to talk a little about the UFC. He joked around about THQ letting him have a few of those games they showed and then a clip of a back and forth brawl between Rampage and Chuck "Ice Man" Liddell played. After the clip, Jackson said goodbye and the conference wrapped up quickly.
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