The THQ booth was full of solid titles coming out in the near future. Here's a quick glimpse at each one of them. Read on!
Saints Row 2 looks to be far superior to its predecessor. The development team at Volition has taken this GTA-like title and completely revamped it. After waking up from a coma and escaping from prison, the city of Stillwater once more becomes your playground. Saints Row 2 (SR2) offers varied gameplay and an open world that makes it similar to GTA IV, however SR2 has its own vibe and feel that separates the two. One of the major differences is the sheer amount of customization options. Players will be able to change their appearance, their cribs, and their crew almost as if they were playing The Sims. SR2 will provide hours of entertainment for fans of criminal adventure games. SR2 will be available for PC, 360, and PS3 on October 14, 2008.
RTS fans rejoice! Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II from Relic Entertainment is coming along sweetly. This sequel to the outstanding original packs an even mightier strategy punch. The single-player campaign will have players take on squads that are championed by commanders who are truly bad-ass. Interestingly, RTS conventions like resource collection, management, and allocation have been spurned for a more visceral and action-oriented experience. Players will take these supped-up squads of marines, travel around the universe, and lay down the law. In addition to RTS, there are also a multitude of RPG-like elements. Players will gain experience for successfully completing missions, find beneficial armor and weaponry to outfit their squads, and even rank up their leaders with command powers and special abilities. Finally, confrontations look to be even more strategic, as the enemy A.I. will find cover and utilize entrenched fortifications. Thankfully, a deftly placed grenade blast will destroy their protection and flush them out for easier killing. The inclusion of tough boss battles and extensive, online multiplayer features should make this title stick out from the crowd.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009, like any sporting sequel, looks much like it does in previous years with the exception of improvements such as more varied game modes and increased customization; Create-a-Finisher will allow players to map a string of customized, impressive moves to wrap up their opponents. Players will likely find the Road to Wrestlemania (career mode) to be the most intriguing single-player and tag-team mode, but we will also get a chance to play the unannounced, yet expanded, online multiplayer features. This game looks quite impressive and realistic (replete with ring entrances and star mannerisms). However, the game doesn't look quite as polished as it will come release in November 2008 for PS2, 360, Wii, PSP, DS, and even mobile.