THQ Attacks!
Alien and human invasions, plus return romps by SpongeBob and Tak

Forget convention. For those yawning at the prospect of once again protecting humanity from alien hordes, Destroy All Humans (PS2, Xbox) is THQ's answer. With a nod to classic sci-fi films and television shows, Destroy All Humans has players observe Earth with covetous eyes, zip around in UFOs, abduct humans and farm animals for experimentation, and use fiendish weapons such as the Ion Detonator and the Quantum Deconstructor.

Narrowing the field of punk-criminal prey this summer is The Punisher (PS2, Xbox). Based on the same cult comic book as the recently released motion picture, the game features an original story that includes the series' greatest opponents.

One of the surprise critical hits at E3 2003 was Full Spectrum Warrior (PC, Xbox), the highly realistic infantry warfare game from Pandemic Studios. The title is being shown this year in almost final form prior to its summer release.

Hailing from GSC Game World in the Ukraine is the PC suspense actioner S.T.A.L.K.E.R.—Shadows of Chernobyl (PC). At the meltdown site of the old Soviet nuclear generator, a strange zone of mutants and odd phenomena is expanding. Part bounty hunter, part poacher, a player enters the zone looking for explanations—and profit.

Taking inspiration from the popular sci-fi war-gaming franchise is Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (PC), an RTS from Relic Entertainment. Epic single-player and online battles on far-off worlds between four technologically advanced factions are featured.

Exclusively on GameCube is WWE Day of Reckoning from Yukes. Players can climb up the pro-wrestling ranks in story mode or go head-to-head against WWE legends. New this year is a bra & panties mode featuring contests between WWE divas.

Following up a successful Finding Nemo association with Pixar and Disney Interactive is Heavy Iron's game based on Pixar's upcoming winter superhero parody, The Incredibles (GC, PC, PS2, Xbox). Another film tie-in is the Christmas-themed The Polar Express, starring Tom Hanks; Blue Tongue (GC, PC, PS2) and Tantalus (GBA) are the development teams.

Two THQ games this fall extend the company's relationship with Nickelodeon. First is The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (GBA, GC, PC, PS2, Xbox). Second is a sequel to the original Tak and the Power of Juju. The sly humor of that character adventure was successful enough to spawn Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams (GBA, GC, PS2, Xbox), in which the shaman's apprentice is more experienced in the Juju magic.

And for the young at heart is Let's Have a Ball, THQ's second Care Bears title on PC and Mac.

Game trailers courtesy of gametrailers.com

BY GEORGE T. CHRONIS



 
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