Archive for November, 2009

Demos available on WiiWare

November 19, 2009

Famously demo-averse Nintendo is now serving up demos for three third-party games on its WiiWare service. Available free from the Wii Shop channel are demos of NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits, Bit.Trip: Beat, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord. Warning screens indicate that you can’t save any progress, and that the demos may “not support every feature of the full version.” The demos are supposed to only be available for a limited time, but we’ll take advantage of the opportunity to bring you our first demo review of a Wii game!

Nintendo’s US website claims five trials should be available, the additions being demos for Pokemon Rumble (not yet out in Europe) and World of Goo (we reviewed the PC demo here).

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Left 4 Dead 2 demo 4 a short time?

November 3, 2009

The demo for Valve’s upcoming Left 4 Dead 2 is now available to everyone on Steam, after a while spent restricted to pre-order customers only. After the original Left 4 Dead demo’s limited run of availability it seems likely that the demo will go down when the game launches on November 18th, although Valve haven’t yet made an official statement. Shutting off the Left 4 Dead 1 demo didn’t seem to negatively affect the popularity of the multi-million-selling shooter, positive word of mouth recommendations apparently counting for more than a chance to sample the game and make sure it runs well.

In an unprecedented case of actual journalism, GDR have contacted Valve for comment. The Left 4 Dead 2 demo can be downloaded from Steam.

Micro-review round-up

November 2, 2009

Well, it took a year to build up enough demos to fill a round up. Some of these are brilliant and deserve a full review, but lets save ourselves some time: PLAY THE DEMIGOD DEMO.

Demigod
PLUS Compulsive, strategic, unique (unless you’ve played Defence of the Ancients) tower defence/RPG hybrid.
MINUS The AI can’t stand up to a someone who knows the game, and the multiplayer is very quiet.

Torchlight
PLUS Absolutely huge demo that includes random maps and weapons. Diablo fans will latch on to this and never let go.
MINUS The click-and-hold combat could be more engaging

Men of War
PLUS A lot like Company of Heroes.
MINUS Why aren’t you playing Company of Heroes?

Trine
PLUS Inventive and characterful physics platformer, perfectly mixing puzzles and combat. Local co-op if you have a pad.
MINUS The summoner can only summon boxes.

ArmA 2
PLUS Definitive military simulation. Helicopters!
MINUS If being a soldier was fun Disneyland would feature camoflaged snipers.

Batman – Arkham Asylum
PLUS Good punching, good grappling, and the best swirly cloak physics in any consumer videogame.
MINUS The enemies are easier to outthink and outmanoeuvre than a goldfish in a bowl of glue.

Plants Vs Zombies
PLUS Lightweight and frantic tower defence.
MINUS Locked to 60 minutes, you won’t get past the tutorial.

RACE On
PLUS Being like all the other sim racers is a good thing for a sim racer.
MINUS There are only two cars and one of them corners like someone got engine grease on the tires.

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! — A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
PLUS Unique plunging-past-floating-skyscrapers gameplay and pleasantly mad presentation.
MINUS As short as the life expectancy of someone trying it for real.