TGS News

THQ Cleaning House And Closing Studios?
Posted By: Raymond Padilla - Monday, November 03, 2008 4:56 PM

According to Wired's Game|Life, THQ is rumored to be shutting down five of its internal development studios. Wired claims:

"The official developer list has been removed without warning, replaced with a list that includes 5 fewer studios than the previous version. Presumably we'll hear some official confirmation on THQ's plans when the publisher reveals its quarterly financial reports this Wednesday."


THQ's critics point out that the company's recent offerings have been weak outside of its successful WWE and Nickelodeon games. An uneven portfolio combined with current economic conditions make this a tough time to be releasing risky titles, especially original franchises. It'll be interesting to see what announcements are included in THQ's financial report on Wednesday.


Tags: Videogames
Parrots Demo 'Tom Clancy's EndWar's Voice Command Feature
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 31, 2008 2:40 PM

Meet Polly and Walter, two parrots who have a knack for commanding tanks and troops using the voice-command feature in Tom Clancy's EndWar. Now if only we can speak as clearly as they can while shouting orders over our headsets.

Tom Clancy's EndWar ships November 4th for the PS3, Xbox 360, PSP and Nintendo DS followed by the PC release scheduled for 2009.

Tom Clancy's EndWar Parrots and Voice-Command

'LEGO Batman: The Videogame' Behind the Gotham City Cake Video
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 30, 2008 4:46 PM

How does one make a cake out of Gotham City? Additionally how does one make that cake a LEGO version of Gotham City?

We're more than month past the initial launch of WB Interactive's action-adventure game LEGO Batman: The Videogame. However, the publishers have released a behind-the-scenes video detailing professional cake designer Confetti Cakes meticulously creating a city block of the game in delicious detail.

Check out our review of LEGO Batman: The Videogame here and the "making the cake" video below. Enjoy!

LEGO Batman: The Videogame Gotham City Cake Video

'Tom Clancy's EndWar' Videos "GameDay" Spoof and Mission Types
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 5:31 PM

Ubisoft offers up an "alternative look" (a.k.a. spoof) at their voice-controlled strategy game Tom Clancy's EndWar.  After the cut, check out the different gameplay mission types including: Conquest, Assault, Raid and Siege.  Interesting... very. 

Start warming up your military cadence voice, Tom Clancy's EndWar is available for the PS3, PSP, PC, Nintendo DS and Xbox 360 November 4th.

Tom Clancy's EndWar "GameDay" Spoof



Tom Clancy's EndWar Mission Types

'Street Fighter Alpha' 2, 3 To PSN?
Posted By: John Manalang - Tuesday, October 21, 2008 12:38 PM

Thanks to ESRB ratings, PS3 fighting-game fans might get a double-dose of classic titles with Street Fighter Alpha 2 and 3 for the Playstation Network. Both titles were spotted under the ESRB's listings for the PS3 and PSP systems, where the titles could appear as "Playstation Classics".

Street Fighter Alpha landed on the Playstation Network this recent August. Thanks for the news tip, Marcus.


Tom Clancy's Game Universe Colliding
Posted By: John Manalang - Monday, October 20, 2008 7:50 AM

Ubisoft programmer Vinh-Dieu Lam said that the future installments of the Tom Clancy game series, which includes Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell and EndWar, will interact with one another and create one universal game environment.

"In [later] versions [of Clancy games] you'll find, say, missions generated in the next Ghost Recon affecting the world map in the next EndWar (possibly EndWar 2)," said Lam, who is also one of the programmers in the first, upcoming RTS title from the Tom Clancy universe.

Tom Clancy's EndWar is set to release this November 4 for the PS3, 360, PSP and DS.




PS3 Sales 'Solid' In North America
Posted By: John Manalang - Friday, October 17, 2008 10:13 AM

SCEA president Jack Tretton said that sales of the PS3 hardware are "solid" with a 94 percent year-on-year sales boost and an impressive 25 percent increase last month over August's charts. Tretton said:

"If the impressive pre-sale numbers and ratings for LittleBigPlanet, SOCOM: Confrontation, and Resistance 2 are any indication, we anticipate hardware and software sales to continue to lift in October as we officially kick off the broadest and deepest software line-up this holiday, including LittleBigPlanet, SOCOM: Confrontation, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift and NBA '09: The Inside."

However, the recent delay of LittleBigPlanet to an as-of-yet unconfirmed date due to product recalls may significantly affect the hardware's October sales. The FPS sequel Resistance 2 will be available this November 4 and the online multiplayer shooter, SOCOM: Confrontation, is now available for the PS3. Motor Storm: Pacific Rift will be available this October 28 and NBA '09: The Inside is now available.


'Phantasy Star Portable' Coming To US
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 16, 2008 4:36 PM

Sega's hit Japanese action-RPG title will be making its way to North America with the arrival of Phantasy Star Portable. Exclusive to the Sony PSP, fans of the Phantasy Star franchise will be engaged in their own epic adventure anywhere, anytime.

Phantasy Star Portable features over 150 weapons and items exclusive to the PSP. The title also supports a multiplayer battle mode up to four-players offline, including co-op mode. Three different class types and four different races are also available.

Given the amount of success the title has received so far in Japan since its July 2008 debut, Phantasy Star Porable will be a welcome addition in our PSP library. Also, it's good to see the PSP getting its well deserved third-party support. Phantasy Star Portable will be available in North America this March 2009.

'Force Unleashed', Wii Take September Sales
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 16, 2008 4:06 PM

LucasArts's action title, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, made an incredible debut, leading software sales in the month of September 2008 according to the NPD Group. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Wii swapped spots with the DS last month as the top selling console.

Hardware (units):

  1. Nintendo Wii - 687,000
  2. Nintendo DS - 536,800
  3. Xbox 360 - 347,200
  4. Playstation Portable - 238,100
  5. Playstation 3 - 232,000 (*corrected)


  1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Xbox 360)
  2. Wii Fit
  3. Rock Band 2 (Xbox 360)
  4. Mario Kart Wii
  5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (PS3)

PSP-3000 Now Available Through Bundle
Posted By: John Manalang - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 1:08 PM

The new and improved PSP-3000 is now available in stores through the Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters bundle. The package includes a Silver PSP system, a copy of the PSP platformer, National Treasure 2 on UMD and a 1GB memory stick. No official word yet on when will Sony release a stand-alone package of the system.

Best Games Of TGS 2008 Announced
Posted By: John Manalang - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 9:36 AM

We bet that Japan's CESA had a hard time picking the "best" titles from last week's Tokyo Game Show 2008 because there were just too many good ones to pick. Here are the 12 titles that stood out among the stellar roster of games (via Kotaku):

What's your pick for the best title from Tokyo Game Show 2008?

The Making Of 'Lego Batman'
Posted By: John Manalang - Friday, October 10, 2008 2:23 PM

Developer Traveller's Tales gives the inside look on how the pieces were put together in their latest action title, Lego Batman.

Find out how the Dark Knight became everyone's favorite plastic crusader through the minds of the developers themselves. Lego Batman, published by Warner Bros. Interactive, is now available for the Nintendo DS, Wii, PSP, PS2, PS3, PC, and Xbox 360.



New 'Patapon 2' Trailer
Posted By: John Manalang - Friday, October 10, 2008 10:08 AM

If there we could name the reasons why we hold our PSPs so dearly, one would be Sony's rhythm-action title, Patapon. This sequel brings back the addictive gameplay elements, along with a new four-player multiplayer support. Unfortunately, no set release date is confirmed as of yet for North America.




New 'Spider-Man: Web of Shadows' Full-Length Launch Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 10, 2008 9:00 AM

You think you've got it bad?  Spidey takes a rare moment for himself before diving head-long into the chaos that is Spider-Man: Web of Shadows.  Heroes and Villains alike have been affected by the alien Symbiote and it's up to you to sort out the entire mess.

Test your heroic fortitude with all the challenges Activision and Treyarch have in store for you October 21st on the PS2, PSP, PS3, Wii, DS, Xbox 360, and PC.

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Full-Length Launch Trailer

New 'Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep' Screens
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 09, 2008 4:52 PM

Square-Enix brings eager Kingdom Hearts fans what they want with these latest screens from the upcoming PSP RPG, Birth by Sleep. Unfolding even before the tale of Sora, this PSP installment of the highly popular Square/Disney collaboration introduces three new heroes and some familiar Disney characters. Look out for this title sometime in 2009.

Click on the images to view our Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep gallery