E3 2002: THQ's PS2 E3 lineup
THQ Inc. is set to debut its 2002 product line up, its strongest and most diverse to date, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles May 22-24, 2002. The company will unveil games in all genres across multiple platforms for every type of video game fan. From original content like "Red Faction II," "Alter Echo" and "Tak and The Power of JuJu," to the most expansive mass-market kids product portfolio in the industry, featuring favorite television, music and motion picture characters like "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Scooby-Doo!," "World Wrestling Entertainment" and "Britney Spears," THQ has something for everyone. All viable game platforms will be represented in the THQ booth (Petree Hall #4001), including the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance, and PC/Mac. In addition, THQ Wireless will demonstrate several new games on the latest mobile devices.
"This year marks the beginning of the broad, mass-market adoption of PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Nintendo's GameCube and Game Boy Advance, with more than 35 million of these systems projected to be in U.S. households by holiday," said Brian Farrell, president and CEO of THQ. "THQ has been building its portfolio of brands with broad consumer appeal for the past five years in order to take best advantage of the explosive growth of these hardware systems in the marketplace. Our games target every segment of the market with original titles like `Red Faction II,' `Alter Echo' and `Summoner(R) 2,' as well as compelling licensed products such as `Britney's Dance Beat,' `Tetris' and games based on popular Nickelodeon, Mattel and Disney properties."
THQ's E3 2002 PS2 Line Up
"Alter Echo" -- "Alter Echo" features innovative action gameplay and a groundbreaking visual style based on pioneering technology. In "Alter Echo," players assume the role of Nevin, a reluctant hero with the ability to alter time and morph his PolySuit between three unique combat forms. TimeDilation technology allows players to manipulate time, freezing the action in order to cue up a series of moves and attacks to unleash with an unstoppable flurry. Developed by THQ's Outrage Games, "Alter Echo" will be available for PlayStation 2 and Xbox early in 2003.
"BattleBots" -- "BattleBots" is based on the popular, adrenaline-pumping TV show of the same name, pitting contestant-designed, radio-controlled robots against each other inside a high-tech arena equipped with hazardous obstacles such as kill saws and giant sledgehammers. Available this fall for GameCube and PlayStation 2.
"Britney's Dance Beat" -- "Britney's Dance Beat" is a true convergence product, broadening the definition of entertainment on video game consoles. It allows fans to interact with today's hottest pop star and her music, dance through engaging gameplay backed by music videos, and earn access to DVD content such as interview clips, behind-the-scenes footage and 360-degree immersive video. Gamers go through a series of auditions to become a back-up dancer, and if they perform well, they join Britney Spears on stage. Available now for Game Boy Advance and PlayStation 2, and coming for the PC in June.
"Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick" -- Developed with the full support of creators Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell, "Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick" allows players to assume the role of Ash, the chainsaw-armed hero from the "Evil Dead" movie trilogy. Players will fend off hordes of Deadites with several weapons including the shovel, gatling gun, shotgun and chainsaw. "Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick" mixes the comedy and fun of a campy horror movie with intense combat missions on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox early next year.
"Hot Wheels Velocity X" -- "Hot Wheels Velocity X "is a high-speed, mission-based racing adventure inspired by the attitude of Hot Wheels. When a criminal gang of street-racing villains overtakes Monument City, players must put their driving skills and mean street machines to the ultimate test. "Hot Wheels Velocity X" will be available on PlayStation 2, GameCube, PC and Game Boy Advance this fall.
"MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael" -- The next installment of THQ's MX series is the most complete motocross game to date. Along with the return of eight-time National Champion Ricky Carmichael and other pro riders, this year's edition boasts an enhanced freestyle mode, a robust racing mode and wide-open worlds for gamers to explore. Developed by THQ's Pacific Coast Power & Light Co. studio, "MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael" will be available for GameCube and PlayStation 2 this summer followed by an Xbox release in winter.
"Rocket Power: Beach Bandits" -- The Rocket Power team must use their extreme sports skills to battle robot minions throughout Ocean Shores, the Lakes, the Robot Factory and Mondo Mountain in order to find out who's stealing the sand from Ocean Shores beach. Available for PlayStation 2, GameCube and Game Boy Advance this summer.
"Rugrats: Royal Ransom" -- The "Rugrats" embark on a magical adventure to Stu Pickles' Play Palace 3000 (PP3K). As Tommy, Chuckie, Kimi, Phil and Lil take turns climbing up to the PP3K, they find that something's amiss. Every time they climb higher, the PP3K moves farther out of their reach. Angelica, the self-appointed Queen of the PP3K, has dubbed the rest of the "Rugrats" her loyal subjects and stolen their most treasured items. As the other "Rugrats" defiantly refuse her demands, they must go on an adventure to reclaim their treasures so they too can play in the PP3K. Available for GameCube and PlayStation 2 this fall.
"SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman" -- This title pits SpongeBob against the Flying Dutchman, whom he accidentally releases from imprisonment. SpongeBob must find lost treasures hidden throughout Bikini Bottom to stop the Dutchman's wicked plans and save his friends from being turned into indentured shipmates. Available for PlayStation 2, GameCube and Game Boy Advance this fall.
"Pride FC" -- Experience the most brutal, bitterly competitive and intense form of fighting on the planet. Organized to incorporate all fighting styles including wrestling, karate, judo and kickboxing, "Pride FC" pits the top fighters in the world in the most realistic "mixed Martial Arts" fighting experience ever created. Created by acclaimed fighting developer Anchor, "Pride FC" will be available this August exclusively for PlayStation 2.
"Red Faction 2" -- Developed by THQ's Volition, "Red Faction 2" is the sequel to one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed original game franchises of 2001. Featuring an enhanced Geo-Mod engine that allows players to strategically alter and destroy the game environment in real-time, "Red Faction 2" builds upon the experience and technology of the original game with more blistering action, highly detailed graphics, new multi-player options and an engaging storyline. "Red Faction 2" will be available this winter exclusively for PlayStation 2.
"Summoner 2" -- A role-playing fantasy epic from THQ's Volition studio, "Summoner 2" carries on the unique universe seen in the original -- new fascinating characters, mystifying spells and an engaging storyline. Exclusively for PlayStation(R) 2, "Summoner 2" will be available this fall.
"Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights" -- "Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights" combines the classic "Scooby-Doo!" cartoon characters of Mystery, Inc. (Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby) with captivating gameplay. Only Scooby-Doo can save his friends when a dubious Mastermind kidnaps the gang with sinister plans for their fate. "Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights" is available now for PlayStation 2, and will be available for GameCube this fall.
"WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth" -- The next installment in the top-selling PlayStation 2 franchise is back this fall with a blown-out career mode featuring an all-new draft feature, an updated roster, better-than-ever graphics, revamped control system, in-depth Create-A-Wrestler and a more robust season mode. Exclusive to the PlayStation 2, "WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth" will be available this fall.
"WWE Crush Hour" -- The spectacle of World Wrestling Entertainment meets the white-knuckle action of car combat! That's what "WWE Crush Hour" is all about. Choose from more than 20 personalized Superstar vehicles and compete in multiple match types as players annihilate opponents with various weapons customized for each vehicle. "WWE Crush Hour" will be available the first half of 2003 for PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox.
5/20/2002 Arnold Katayev