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list of thq gamesA couple of months ago, a game company known as THQ was forced to sell off its intellectual properties and shut down. While THQ has not had the highest quality games in recent years (with one notable exception), it has had a long and storied history of delivering great titles, and I was certainly not happy to see the company bite the bullet.

With the passing of a couple of months, I have had time to really think back about what THQ has done over the years, and it reminded me of some of the awesome games it is responsible for. While its history may not be remembered in the same way Nintendo Nintendo 3DS XL Review and Giveaway Nintendo 3DS XL Review and Giveaway Among all the big names in gaming consoles, Nintendo is definitely among the top favorites. As a '90s kid, I associate much of my childhood with playing Nintendo games. I remember growing up with the... Read More or Square’s Play Free Online Video Games With ‘Core Online’ From Square Enix [MUO Gaming] Play Free Online Video Games With ‘Core Online’ From Square Enix [MUO Gaming] Gaming can be an expensive hobby, whatever your system of choice may be. The games are cheaper on PC, but keeping your rig up to speed in order to play the latest titles can burn... Read More would be if they were to ever go under, THQ deserves to be remembered for some quality titles.

Today, I am going to reminisce about my favorite games from THQ. I am not claiming these as “the best” list of THQ games, because I am not writing from a pure quality standpoint. Rather, I am approaching from the perspective of the games I enjoyed the most at the time when they hit the market.

Saints Row: The Third

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Like GTA, Saints Row features crime-ridden open gameplay. Unlike GTA, any element of realism is thrown out the window, and it’s just unmistakably insane. Where GTA takes itself somewhat seriously, Saints Row, and most specifically The Third, is not even aware that word serious actually exists.

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Thankfully, the Saints Row franchise will live on with the passing of THQ, and the fourth entry will be out soon – a world without the insanity of Saints Row is a world I don’t want anything to do with.

Company Of Heroes

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Company of Heroes was one of the first RTS games I can recall that let you zoom all the way in, and it created a much more human feel for your units. When one of them met an untimely end, you actually felt something, which is uncommon in most strategy games. Even though it scaled down the size of the battle, there is still plenty of depth for hardcore fans of the genre.

Relic, the developers of Company of Heroes, was picked up quickly during THQ’s auction, so we don’t have to worry about not seeing any more entries in the franchise.

Darksiders

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The dark art style is beautiful, and the exploration elements in the game are incredibly well done. I think a large portion of its failure came from THQ not having the money to give it the marketing push it deserved. Saints Row: The Third could have easily suffered the same fate, if not for the fact that the game went viral thanks to the help of sites like Giant Bomb.

The fate of Vigil, the company behind Darksiders is unknown at this time. Many of the employees have moved on to new development studios, and Darksiders still sits in limbo. Platinum Games has expressed interest in acquiring Darksiders, so hopefully the game is able to live on with a better marketing push from whoever picks it up.

Conclusion

No long-winded conclusion is necessary here. I will simply say – RIP THQ, you will be missed.

  1. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    April 30, 2013 at 12:52 am

    I think video gaming industry has changed so much since I started playing. Big names in 90's are now sinking into the depth of the sea of history. Names used to be associated with quality games now produce mediocre to half decent titles. Famous company struggling to stay alive.
    I wonder how many company I know since childhood still survives in the next five years. Bye THQ.

  2. James Heiney
    April 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I liked their Warhammer 40k strategy. It's very similar in respect to gameplay to CoH, but had a lot of different strategies according to the race you played.

    I completely agree on SR3. The writing alone for the game makes it worth it. I think it's in my top three of all time.

    There was a lot of depth in many of the games that came out of THQ and many well-spent hours. They will be missed.

    • dleclair
      April 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      True, Warhammer is a solid RTS as well.

  3. Doc
    April 23, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    One thing I'm going to miss (not sure if somebody's picked up the license or not) is THQ/Jakks Pacific/Yuke's WWE games. Haven't played a recent one to see if Take-Two is doing a decent job...

    • bob
      April 24, 2013 at 2:14 am

      Seriously. THQ has been making wrestling video games for over 15 years, many of those years uncontested. I wasn't even aware they made other games until they starting auctioning off their intellectual property. To me reading this article was like reading that EA went belly up and you neglected their sports franchises.

    • Mustahsin Sharif
      April 24, 2013 at 8:33 am

      WWE Games has always been my favorite games. Thus THQ was one of my favorite gaming companies. I didn't know about this news until I have read this article, feeling very sad for it.

      • Doc
        April 25, 2013 at 4:59 am

        Like I said, Take Two has taken over the WWE license...but we'll see if they can deliver.

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