E3 06: Hydras, aliens, and sweaty tights at THQ's booth

Publisher produces a variety of attention-grabbing dioramas to promote its latest round of games.

LOS ANGELES--If nothing else, THQ's Electronic Entertainment Expo booth is eye-catching. Coming from the front of the South Hall, visitors are greeted by a pair of life-size anthropomorphic vehicles from the Pixar film Cars, behind which stands a bank of playable demos for the publisher's game adaptation of the film.

Beyond the cars is a theater disguised as a bombed-out shell of a building. Inside, THQ reps are screening a trailer of the company's next-gen first-person shooter Frontlines: Fuel of War. The other side of the building is built up to look like a massive dual-barreled battleship cannon to help hype the PC real-time strategy game Supreme Commander.

Next to that centerpiece for the booth is a Destroy All Humans! 2 display. It features a burned-out double-decker bus on one side and a destroyed building on the other. Perched on the building rooftop is the game's alien antihero, Crypto 187, poised to shoot passersby with his ray gun. Spanning both sides of the structure is a UFO with a beam of light stretching to the show floor.

A hydra looks out menacingly at visitors to the display for the PC action role-playing game Titan Quest, which is set up to look like a Greek temple. The display for the Xbox 360 free-roaming action title Saint's Row is set up in a wall made to look like a sleazy alley outside of a pawn shop and tattoo parlor. Silhouettes of fake raucous partygoers could be seen in the upper floor of the building.

There was a small museum of WWE memorabilia in glass cases to promote THQ's upcoming multiplatform grappler SmackDown! vs. Raw 2007. Visitors couldn't get their hands on a playable version of the game (it was shown only on a video screen). However, they could get close looks at small pieces of wrestling history, including a Louis Vuitton-designed Rey Mysterio outfit, the Iron Sheik's headdress, and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine's trunks.

Check out the photo gallery for a closer look at the THQ booth, and check back throughout the show for hands-on impressions from the publisher's lineup.

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Discussion

21 comments
Jottoman
Jottoman

Destroy all humans 2 is great, it hasn't moved onto the new consoles which is also great as i cannot afford any of them.

SpookyX
SpookyX

I am really impressed with THQ and their pipeline of games. Titans quest is great and Frontline looks like what Battlefield 2:Modern Combat should have been.

Schillinger
Schillinger

The Smackdown series is so damn stale, they should start again from scratch.

gojays
gojays

SVR 2007!!!! cant wait!!!

doh25
doh25

Were is stalker?

Lauryn2000
Lauryn2000

Wait and see approach is the best in this case.

gibb1
gibb1

hope that ps3 version of wwe can be better than ps2, not only an adaptation to the new console.

dbtv69
dbtv69

Now just tell me when a new MX vs ATV unleashed is coming. I cannot play on my 360!

beatman
beatman

Why wouldn't they make destroy all humans 2 a next gen game? It probably won't be upward compatible with the 360 either. Don't they want to make money? Upconvert the code like everyone else, but sell it for $39.99! I'm available for hire if you guys need some more "intelligent" direction.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 will be awesome... and Destroy All Humans! 2 and Saint's Row shouldn't be too bad either.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Nice stuff Destroy All Humans 2 will be fun just wish it was on the PS3 and 360 over the Xbox and PS2.

247k
247k

That new smackdown game, looks like the same thing, but with new better graphics.

stevenbee
stevenbee

Let's please not ignore the fact that the majority of THQ's releases have been utter garbage. I'm hoping have addressed some of the shortcomings that prevented Destroy All Humans! from being the kickass game it should have been, and that they've gotten it right with the sequel. We shall see....

dru26
dru26

I may be the only one around, but I can't freaking wait for Saint's Row.

THEBUDDHAMAN
THEBUDDHAMAN

Smackdown finally coming to X Box 360. Thank god they dropped that crappy Wrestlemania game.

hydrolite
hydrolite

sounds like THQ is going in a good direction

mkeelahi
mkeelahi

hope some nice games from thq