GamesBeat Weekly Roundup

If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best games stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed.

THQ reports revenue to be significantly higher than expected

THQ reported today that it will have higher revenue than previously expected for the fourth fiscal quarter ending March 31. The original expectations for the fourth quarter 2012 revenues was previously $130 million to $150 million. Today’s preliminary unaudited report from THQ shows a much higher $160 million to $170 million, an increase of $20 to $30 million.

Can we panic now? — Core gaming has a problem

THQ layoffs, Sega cancellations, and Sony studio closures caused last week to be one of the worst in memory for the gaming industry. Compare that to mobile darling OMGPOP which was sold for $210 million based on the strength of one game. It seems like one side of the market is on its way down, while the other side has nothing but growth ahead of it, but that isn’t necessarily the case.

Analysts: THQ has taken a step in the right direction

Many eyes in the gaming industry will be on THQ on Thursday, Feb. 2 when it releases its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. The video game publisher’s future has been questioned recently after multiple layoffs, rumors of game cancellations, and poor stock performance.

GamesBeat Reviews

Below are all the reviews from GamesBeat in 2011. They are listed in reverse-chronological order by the date the review was posted, NOT the release date for the game.

The DeanBeat: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception tops our list of the 10 best games of 2011

This year, with our ramped up our GamesBeat review team, we’ve taken our Game of the Year choices much more seriously than we have in the past. We asked our reviewers to select the semifinalists and then picked the final winners ourselves. But our vote on the best game of 2011 ended in a tie, so we had to hold a tie-breaker round to pick our winner.

42 horrible, hilarious, and humiliating ways to die in Saints Row: The Third (video)

Last month’s Saints Row: The Third is over-the-top, completely insane, and probably the most fun you’ll have while dressed up in a purple gimp suit committing drive-bys from a parking enforcement vehicle. Naturally, Nerd Cubed has collected the very worst ways to take a dirt nap in the virtual city of Steelport and rolled them all up into one nice video for your amusement. And you will be amused!

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Review: Saints Row: The Third is crazy, crass and a whole lot of fun

Saints Row: The Third, the latest third-person action game from developer Volition and publisher THQ, blasts its way into the hectic Winter gaming marketplace, with more spectacular set pieces than a blockbuster movie, a huge array of customization options, and absolutely no sense of shame whatsoever. Following the two previous Saints Row titles, this latest installment lets you play the leader of the 3rd Street Saints, who are embroiled in a turf war with The Syndicate, a rival criminal gang in the fictional city of Steelport. Playing out in an open-world environment that encourages exploration, experimentation and general goofing around, the game makes clear its intentions from the beginning, namely to provide gamers with an exciting, fun and downright crazy experience, albeit not one for the easily offended. No longer just a street gang, the Saints are now a full-fledged crime syndicate.

Saints Row the Third lets you whack enemies with purple d*ldo

Saints Row, the crime gangster game series made by THQ, is in an arms race with Grand Theft Auto to see which video game can be more outrageous. It looks like Saints Row the Third — the third installment in the series — is going to take the cake, thanks to the purple dildo.