Titan Souls is shaping up to be an absolute belter, starting life as a three-man game jam project for Ludum Dare 28 and now one of the most anticipated indie games of the year. Unashamedly taking inspiration from Shadow Of The Collossus and Dark Souls, it's a brutally tough slice of exploration and massive boss battles.
That original Ludum Dare prototype (http://clawmark.itch.io/titan-souls) has now been prettied up and augmented with all the new visuals, sound design and gameplay features coming to the full version, and is available to freely download from Steam as a playable demo. There's plenty of it and it's eminently replayable.
The FIFA 15 demo has been out for around a week or so now, and I've been dipping into it in amongst swathes of Destiny, Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2 (do check out Carl's review of Bungie's FPS, and my appraisal of the Zelda/Warriors mashup). As per usual, EA Canada have been showering us with buzzword-heavy promotional sentences largely devoid of any real meaning, and the biggest of the lot for this year's release has been "emotion" -- that is to say player and crowd reactions, presentation tuned to deliver the theatrical and entertaining, and a boost in dynamic atmosphere when it comes to the in-game environment.
Has it worked? Are all of the footballing feels writ large upon this new, super-shiny canvas? Here are a few thoughts are several hours spent playing the demo:
Emotional behaviour is a thing: FIFA's always been a rather emotional game for me, in much the same way as any multiplayer game that you love can be. When winning and bragging rights amongst your friends (or the rest of the online community) are onthe line, matches mean more, and the peaks and troughs of a game matter more than they really have any right to. But this is now reflected on the pitch. In one game where I was playing as PSG, Lucas skipped past several defenders, Ibrahimovic shook his man, but I wanted to get the winger a goal so I ignored the Swede and promptly ballooned a sitter over the bar. Ibra then launched several unintelligible insults Lucas' way.
Players will shove and barge more than they used to, they'll clamour and cheer when you do something awesome, but they'll also let you know when someone's been an arse. After unclean tackles, if those involved are not injured, they'll leap to their feet and start mouthing off and pushing one another. If anything, FIFA 15 has most gloriously captured the notion that footballers are whinging prima donnas, who'll get uppity about anything.Click here to read more...
Twelve minutes of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes footage has hit the internet, direct from the Tokyo Game Show. The demo appears to be running on PS4 by the looks of the button prompts, showing a custom-built daytime infiltration mission that won't appear in the final game unaltered. Note that it's accompanied by plenty of excited Japanese commentary and reactions, so prepare to mute just in case.
Today's official screenshots were likely captured from this demo, in case you were wondering.Click here to read more...
We all love to try before we buy, and Quantic Dream will let us do just that for Beyond: Two Souls. A "generous trial" will launch on PSN six days before the PS3 exclusive's October 8th launch, containing two full scenarios.
We've got the details below, and to celebrate, Sony have also released a new developer diary. Matt got hands-on with Beyond: Two Souls at Gamescom last month.Click here to read more...
Following a lengthy Nintendo Direct presentation hosted by the legendary Hideki Kamiya (the designer behind Okami and Viewtiful Joe), Platinum Games have announced that The Wonderful 101 will receive a playable demo at 17:00 Central European Time. Which is roughly, erm, pretty much now.
To whet your appetite, we've also got a truly enormous new trailer for your perusal, which shows off pretty much everything there is to know about the innovative brawler (if not slightly too much in the storyline department). The Wonderful 101 is out on August 23rd here in the UK exclusively on Wii U, and frankly, it can't come soon enough.
Months after God of War: Ascension released, the promised demo for The Last of Us 'included' with the game is finally available for download.
Simply load up Ascension (then wait for wait for over 600MB of updates if you've not played it for a while) and choose the demo from the main menu. This takes you to the PSN store to download the 132MB demo. Quit out and select the demo from your XMB then roll your eyes and go and make a brew while the rest of the demo downloads its remaining 2GB.Click here to read more...
Eager to see some more The Last of Us footage? Of course you are. Here's a repeat of the livestream event held by PlayStation Access where we get to see a live demo, interviews with developers Naughty Dog, followed by Q&A with them and the actress playing Ellie, Ashley Johnson. It's an hour and twenty minutes long, so why not sit back and play it on your TV if you can, it's better than watching a Hollyoaks omnibus or whatever shite's stinking up the TV on a Sunday afternoon.Click here to watch the video.
In a first for our series of Dealspwn Playthrough, Carl is joined by both Matt and Jon to fight through the demo of Fuse, the upcoming co-op shooter from Insomniac Games. Watch as they try to outwit AI companions, battle against huge armoured foes, and use their devastating Fuse-powered weapons, all while voicing their initial gameplay opinions.
We’ll be chatting a little more about our impressions of the demo in this Sunday’s PWNcast, but if you have yet to download the demo, waiting for the PSN store to update, or just fancy hearing out banter, you can check out the video after the jump.Click here to read more...
Soul Sacrifice, the hotly anticipated action-RPG from Keiji Inafune, is getting a meaty demo on PS Vita today. Not only will you be able to sample the entire first chapter, but you can subsequently pick up where you left off in the full version thanks to save file transfer functionality. If you do so, you'll even get a bonus consumable item that'll come in handy during some of the massive boss battles.
The Vita needs some killer exclusives, and many are looking for Soul Sacrifice to deliver. We'll have some preview impressions for you soon.
If you want to get a taste of Gears Of War: Judgment before its release this Friday, Microsoft have now made the pre-order demo available to Xbox Live Gold members. You'll be able to sample the OverRun mode, which is by far the most exciting and dynamic gametype that the prequel brings to the table. Download it here.
I praised Judgment for its effortlessly entertaining co-op and enjoyable multiplayer in our 7/10 review, but a throwaway storyline, questionable AI and severe paucity of on-disc maps hold it back from greatness. Either way, let us know what you make of the demo.
To anyone thinking of picking up God of War: Ascension to get their hands on the exclusive The Last of Us demo we'd advise some caution. It would seem that the demo isn't quite ready. There's a button to access the demo from God of War's main menu, but it takes you to a countdown page counting down to May 31st.Click here to read more...
Namco Bandai will be rolling out a basic Free version of Tank! Tank! Tank! this week on the Wii U eShop, allowing players to engage in three of the multiplayer game modes - Monster Hunt, Free For All and Team Versus - three times per day. If you like what you play, content, modes and singleplayer levels can then be unlocked via various DLC packs. A single purchase of any DLC pack will remove the aforementioned daily restriction.
It's an interesting and under-utilised take on the traditional console publishing model, though we can't help but wonder whether desperation rather than innovation might have been the driving force behind Namco's decision. You can read more about why that might be in our 5/10 Tank! Tank! Tank! review.
War Of The Roses is a brutal and bombastic take on 15th century warfare, a heady blend of pure skill and silly, often outrageous fun. However, it certainly isn't for everyone. If you've been sitting on the fence, you can now get good and bloody with a free trial version that gives players full access to online battles, but doesn't include any unlocks or progression.
We described War Of The Roses as "a gloriously chaotic 64-player experience" in our 8/10 review, so there are probably worse ways to spend a Thursday evening than carving your way through Yorkists Lancastrians like a hot knife through butter. Or pollaxe. Or lance.
If you're unsure whether the niche tactical trappings of Carrier Command: Gaea Mission will float your boat (no pun intended), a new Xbox 360 demo is available to download on the Xbox Live Marketplace (Gold Members only). We felt that quirky AI and a few clunky gameplay elements stopped the rebooted strategy/action hybrid from matching the impact of the outstanding original game, but it's worth noting that the PC version recently received an update that fixed some of the Walrus pathfinding issues.
I suggested that Carrier Command: Gaea Mission was enjoyable but questionable value in our 6/10 review.
Xbox Live Gold members can now try out one of the most controversial games currently in development. A DMC: Devil May Cry demo is out now on the downloadable marketplace (currently exclusive to Gold subscribers), while a PSN version will arrive tomorrow as part of the weekly store update.
Capcom believes that "other games will feel very slow in comparison" once you've tried it - and this is the perfect opportunity to get hands-on with Ninja Theory's incredibly divisive reboot. Let us know what you make of it!
LEGO Lord of the Rings has landed itself a PC demo so you can get to grips with the LEGO interpretation of The Most Epic Quest For Bling...Ever. It clocks in at 580 MB and is available for Windows 7, XP, and Vista users.
But not for Mac users, probably because that would amount to too many nice things.
Download it here.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is bloody brilliant, but if you don't want to take my word for it in our 9/10 review, why not try it out for yourself? A demo is now available on Xbox Live if you're a Gold subscriber, giving you the chance to sample its rock-hard action, strategic choice and controller-friendly interface.
As far as I know, a similar demo is slated to hit PSN tomorrow.
We've also got a survival guide going live later today, packed with handy hints and strategies.