I'm all for being optimistic and positive. Aren't you?
THQ has had its difficulties recently; those difficulties have been well documented in everything from the NASDAQ threatening to de-list the veteran publisher to interviews where company executives discuss the issues.
They have said their focus needs to be on top-quality products going forward. Clearly, their belief is that only great games can really save them and push them forward, which is probably true. And this month, the highly anticipated Darksiders II arrives, which could very well be the boost THQ needs. The embargo date for reviews is August 14 (launch day), but one very positive review is already circulating and people are definitely paying attention.
Some forget that the first Darksiders gained quite the loyal following. Although it didn't leap off the critic or sales charts, it still fared quite well, and from what we've heard of the sequel, the second effort should be bigger and better in almost every possible way. Developer Vigil Games had a very ambitious plan for number two and if they come through, gamers everywhere should be plenty satisfied. Also, don't forget that the timing isn't bad. Not much is coming out and the only potentially tough competition comes in the form of Sleeping Dogs , which releases the same day. But that doesn't appear to be a blockbuster so DSII seems to be in excellent shape.
I haven't been the biggest fan of THQ products this generation but I'm not the only one. That's part of the reason why the company is in the position it's in. But they've been around for a long time and I'd hate to see them go.
Related Game(s): Darksiders II