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THQ and GameFX Ship `Sinistar: Unleashed,' 3D Space Combat PC Game of Epic Proportions; Run For Cover -- The Evil Sinistar is BACK!

CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 15, 1999--

THQ Inc. (Nasdaq/NM:THQI) Wednesday released the highly anticipated "Sinistar(R): Unleashed," an interactive space combat experience fraught with fierce firefights and breathtaking graphics.

Developed by GameFX(tm) Studio, a wholly owned subsidiary of THQ, "Sinistar: Unleashed" is based on the original cult-classic, "Sinistar(R)." "Sinistar: Unleashed" captures the relentless gameplay and signature taunts of the original and imports them into an astounding 3D universe.

"GameFX technology has created the most expressive and stunning graphics in interactive space combat. The GameFX team utilized many advanced techniques to create a fantastic universe and truly frenetic gameplay experience," said C. Noah Davis, Chief Technology Officer of THQ and general manager of GameFX(tm) Studio.

"Get ready to battle with the likes of which you have never seen before -- incredibly articulated enemies with the most compelling space AI in existence, unbelievable software advancements only possible with today's graphically accelerated computers."

The ultra-fast-paced combat action of "Sinistar: Unleashed" challenges players to save the universe from the evil Sinistar. Players must blast through asteroids and collect the vital energy crystals to power their ship's weapons, preparing themselves for the evil Sinistar's arrival.

This challenge is compounded by the efforts of the Sinistar's worker drones as they frantically compete with the player for crystals to power the Sinistar's jumpgate. Once the Sinistar arrives, the player faces a battle of epic proportions, vanquishing a foe of enormous capabilities and hideously evil intelligence.

Using one of six different fighters, each featuring weapons of massive destructive power and ultra-fluid spacecraft control, players battle with more than 25 dynamic enemies controlled by an advanced artificial intelligence. Enemies react to the player's actions with their own set of deadly attacks and fiendish personalities.

Set against the gorgeous backdrop of space, the game raises the bar on realistic 3D graphics. Featuring a wide range of lighting effects and incredibly detailed models, the visuals in "Sinistar: Unleashed" have often been mistaken for pre-rendered graphics.

"Sinistar: Unleashed" is a hardware-only game with minimum system requirements of a Pentium II 233 MHz processor and a Direct3D or 3dfx Glide compatible 3D card. "Sinistar: Unleashed" will be available at major retail outlets nationwide at a suggested retail price of $39.95. For artwork, screenshots, menacing Sinistar taunts and other details on the game, visit

THQ Inc. develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM, and those manufactured by Sega, Nintendo and Sony. The THQ Web site is located at

Sinistar (c) 1982 Midway Games Inc. Sinistar and Midway are registered trademarks of Midway Games Inc. and used under license by THQ Inc. All rights reserved.

GameFX and THQ Inc. are trademarks of THQ Inc. Software to this game (c) 1999 THQ Inc. All rights reserved.

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