March 16, 2011

Demo Report – Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat Demo
The demo for Mortal Kombat rolled in yesterday on PSN (having previously been available only to Playstation Plus subscribers), and as the resident MK veteran, I have taken it upon myself to describe its violent offerings for your entertainment.

The Mortal Kombat franchise spent the entirety of the previous generation building itself up, becoming more elaborate and more complex. While some found it was losing sight of itself, I considered the Deadly Alliance series of games (especially Deadly Alliance itself) to be superb fighters with a wealth of depth absent from previous Mortal Kombat entries.

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe took a step in the opposite direction, choosing to burn down the excess that had built up and return to a truer representation of the old school MK games, a trend continued by this latest iteration.


January 28, 2011

Demo Report – Catherine

Filed under: Editorial Rants — Tags: , , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 5:50 pm

Catherine Demo
Catherine’s recently available Japanese Demo opens with a separate slice of animation, a montage that offers glimpses from iconic cinematic genres, including the biblical, the love story, the monster movie, and the horror film – and then the brief bit of video ends and the game’s protagonist, Vincent, enters the screen to face the first of two tastes from Catherine’s puzzle-block focused agenda. Film genres linger though, every one of those seen in that quick sequence showing some influence within the game proper.

Catherine’s animation builds on the seductive eye-candy of the Persona series, with a color palette and design aesthetic that is visually arresting, but which also shows new signs of maturity – and not simply because of the sexual psychology at the heart of Catherine’s most immediate and deliciously kinky appeal.

Whether through scenes featuring Vincent and girlfriend Katherine talking over tea, or the way a crime scene pulls back into a television report, and then further still to the bar where Vincent and his friends can see that television emitting signals, every shot and transition brings stylish cinematic sensibilities to the screen.

And then there is the playing…


December 27, 2010

Lost in Shadow’s In-Store Demo

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 12:47 pm

Lost in Shadow Demo
While you’re out and about hunting down boxing days deals, it might be worth noting that Best Buy locations in the United States have teamed with Hudson to offer a playable demo of their Wii title Lost in Shadow before the January 4th release.

The in-store demos run from December 26th – January 8th, and a list of participating locations can be found here.

December 23, 2010

Demo Report – LittleBigPlanet 2

LittleBigPlanet 2
We’re back with yet another demo report, this time covering Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet sequel, now 87% more lethal—like a sharpened sausage. Now featuring rocket helmets, grappling hooks, and horrifying cybernetic bunny vehicles, LBP2 is gearing up to be perhaps even more preposterous than its predecessor.

The demo begins with the same silly charm as the original; here you are, strange little sackperson, in your cardboard imagination pod, ready to take on the imagination superhighway. There are three story-mode stages ready for your examination; the first introducing players to the new grappling hook.


December 22, 2010

Demo Report – Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2
Alongside other heavy hitters like Dead Space 2 and LittleBigPlanet 2, yesterday saw the release of the Mass Effect 2 demo on PSN. As the resident Mass Effect addict, I took it upon myself to acquire this mystifying new software package and convert its contents into a convenient text delivery for your purposes.

The demo provides PS3 players with a short video explaining the basic premise of the original game, and then moves on to the opening scenes of Mass Effect 2. From there you’ll enter the character creation suite, where you can fully customize your demo Shepard. It probably would have been easier to simply offer the default appearance for Shepard in the demo, but including the entire creation process is a smart choice; customization is a huge part of Mass Effect 2, and this feature goes a long way towards communicating that to potential PS3 players.


December 17, 2010

Lord of Arcana Demo Coming Next Week

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 5:53 pm

lord of arcana
Because gamers never rest, not even during the holidays, add another investigate demo memo to your quest list, as Square-Enix offers an early look at Lord of Arcana on December 21st.

The multiplayer party-flavored monster hunting PSP demo will be available via PSN, and sensibly enough, character customizations and skills will be transferable to the retail release should you decide to pick that up on January 25, 2011.

December 15, 2010

More Ghost Trick Demo Get

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 1:40 pm

Ghost Trick Demo
Capcom has another taste of their phantom detective DS title Ghost Trick ready to sample, this time through the Nintendo DS Channel, giving players a chance to haunt Lynne’s apartment while looking to do some good.

Sissel’s quest to regain his memory and solve his own murder is another title getting the new year in gaming off to a quick start – the game is set to release on January 11, 2011.

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