Eye-Eye: Demigod’s Free DLC

By Alec Meer on January 15th, 2010 at 8:13 pm.

Having just moved house into a place with broadband speeds that harken cruelly back to circa 2002 – the cost of living with normal people rather than fellow, bandwidth-hungry tech-nerds for a change – the last thing I’m going to be doing until I’ve begged, borrowed or stolen more mbps is playing games online. Which means I won’t have the chance to take Demigod’s newest Demigod for a look around in multiplayer just yet. It’s the second freebie semi-deity granted to the once-beleagured game, which is an excellent thing for Stardock (publisher, marketeer, explainer of Demigod) and Gas-Powered Games (its developer, yet peculiarly silent about the game throughout its life and pre-life) to have done. But, as with all things Demigod, new chap Oculus’ birth has not been uncomplicated.

He’s actually been semi-secretly available since Wednesday, but via a vaguely convulted system that only some people could be bothered with/understood. It was supposed to be dry-run for paid DG DLC in the unspecified future, a test of the Stardock store for such things. Unfortunately, according to Blues News’ chat with Stardock’s Brad Wardell, a load of people moaned about the system, meaning today’s public, free-for-all release of the new character was simply added to everyone’s account. You’ll get access to him by loading up a multiplayer game.

There’s been some toing and froing about what this means for future DG DLC, but let’s not worry about bridges we don’t need to cross for a while yet. For now, all we should care about is that we get to control a giant dude who sits on a throne and throws lightning at people. There’s a decent look at him here, but unembeddable, because Stardock are afraid we’re going to steal their souls or something. Fortunately, I found this footage of a couple of AI-controlled Oculii in action:

When RPS rules the galaxy, we shall travel in such chairs.

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  1. dadioflex says:

    It’s officially no longer beleagured then?

    • Stabby says:

      They fixed everything that was an issue at the start. It’s a totally solid stable game now, and they’re still making improvements.

      Actually, those issues were fixed within months of the game being released, but nobody heard about it because people only speak up when they have something to complain about!

  2. Tei says:

    How can people exist withouth broadband? I mean, porn!, sex is impossible withouth internet.

    Also what is “DLC”, now you are inventing names, do you?

    • Gnarl says:

      @Tei

      Nominating “I mean, porn!, sex is impossible ” as new title bar text.

    • Miker says:

      @Tei

      You, sir, are the wind beneath my wings.

    • Lack_26 says:

      I second Gnarl’s suggestions, in fact we actually need another little box at the side ‘Tei-isms’ which display Tei’s best/most illegible posts. Tei, we salute you.

    • Psychopomp says:

      “Also what is “DLC”, now you are inventing names, do you?”

      I’m fairly certain this was intended as two seperate sentences. Possibly three.

  3. DMJ says:

    By “RPS” do you mean only you of RPS, RPS and those who follow the RPS banner, or the population in general?

    I want my floaty throne.

  4. Thants says:

    If you’re into this type of thing, League of Legends is quite good.

  5. Chandrose says:

    Loved the hell out of DG, it’s too bad that it got such a bad rap off the start. I’ll being trying out the new demi-gods sooner or later, I encourage all of you to join me.

  6. TotalBiscuit says:

    Definitely no reason to play it now, with League of Legends out and Heroes of Newerth gathering a lot of pace with the most hardcore end of the market. Too little too late, sorry Stardock, you put out a bad game. I’d be a lot more suspicious of GPGs promises in future.

    • SwiftRanger says:

      I’ve played both and I am happy I could return to Demigod, LoL and HoN resemble everything people hated about DotA, including the poor community (they clearly deserve their bad rep). Demigod is far from perfect but it’s a lot more insta-fun than the other DotA-clones imo and more player-friendly online.

    • TotalBiscuit says:

      Thankfully I don’t judge the quality of a game based on whether it’s players are big meanies. Demigod is clearly inferior to both of those titles.

    • Psychopomp says:

      “Definitely no reason to play it now, with League of Legends out and Heroes of Newerth gathering a lot of pace with the most hardcore end of the market.”

      You mean massive cockbags who throw a shitstorm if you dare buy one more potion than the optimal build says you should?

    • Thants says:

      Eh, you know, I’ve been playing League of Legends and the idiots are really a small minority. Most people I’ve played with are pretty friendly. They’ve done a good job making it more accessible to new players as well.

  7. Finstern says:

    I still keep flagellating myself for buying Demigod. It was a really bad decision that made me end up with a terrible game.

    League of Legends, on the other hand? It’s awesome, it’s addictive, and has a grand lot of champions to choose from (over 40 now?). And it’s free, dagnabbit! Play it!

    Here’s my referral link, if you’d like to help my grab some rewards: https://signup.leagueoflegends.com/?ref=4b50e749db870 and here’s the normal one if you’d rather not: http://www.leagueoflegends.com

    Cheers

  8. Okami says:

    *sigh* Demigod…

    You know, I really liked the game. At least as long as I wasn’t able to play online and could only play skirmishes against the AI. Then I made the mistake of playing against real human people on the internet. Or should I say with real human people on the internet.

    The amount of racist ans homophobic verbal abuse spewn at me for making the slightest mistake would have made any twelve year old Xbox Live Halo shudder.

    After my second online match, I quit the game, uninstalled it and have never touched it again.

    • Stabby says:

      Good luck with your online gaming, that’s the same with any game, ever.

    • Psychopomp says:

      @Stabby

      DotA games are exceptionally bad. If you disagree, you’ve obviously never played on or are part of the problem

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    Thermal Ions says:

    Be thankful you had broadband in 2002. I fondly remember my 56K modem from 2002.

    Edit: Sweet there’s now an edit button – just had to try it out.

  10. ikel says:

    Let me get something straight – there are 2 new characters and the only video available is recorded from the POV of a _vampire dude_?

    I am disappoint.

    • GRIMDARK says:

      Agree. Why is he showcasing the two new characters while he himself is playing Erebus? It makes no sense I tell you!