Posts Tagged ‘demo’

Family Fears: Masochisia Out Now, Has Demo

Once you click past the age gate, Masochisa’s [official site] store page has an additional warning before the description of the game:

“Masochisia is an experimental take on psychological horror games as a narrative. Individuals struggling with depression, abuse or mental illness may be uncomfortable with some of the themes. The experience is intended for mature audiences.”

To discover whether this is similar to the marketing bluster that causes studios to claim that almost every horror film is based on a true story, I installed this gore-stained point and click game. Here’s what I discovered.

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Lick It: Grey Goo’s Free Steam Trial Weekend


Grey goo for me and you. Grey goo, it’s coming, it’s true. Grey goo, don’t ask why, just do. Slithering sucking devouring spitting growing seething grey goo! Taste it, please do.

Which is to say that Petroglyph’s sci-fi real-time strategy game Grey Goo [official site] is holding a free trial weekend on Steam, letting all and sundry play the whole dang game until Sunday afternoon. Alec enjoyed a beta version back before the game came out in January, and maybe you’ll dig it too. If you do, it’s on sale for keepsies.

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Go Go Go: SpeedRunners Free Weekend

Time for some freerunning. DoubleDutch’s SpeedRunners [official site] is a spiffy side-scrolling competitive platformer in which each player controls a superhero attempting to reach the scene of a crime ahead of his or her cohorts. It’s a game about running, dodging, jumping and – most importantly – swinging from a lovely grappling hook. It’s a splendid game, supporting local and online 2-4 player games, as well as solo play against bots. You can try it for free this weekend, starting now, and there’s a 67% discount should you wish to buy.

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Cameroonian Action-RPG Aurion Turns To Kickstarter

I don’t hear much about games coming out of… well, half the globe, so hearing about Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan [official site] last year was interesting to me. Cameroonian team Kiro’o Games have now turned to Kickstarter to crowdfund the action-RPG drawn from their culture and myths. As with Never Alone, it’s great to have more games teaching about unfamiliar cultures. It looks like Aurion might be a lark too, inspired a bit by Namco’s Tales series. You can see for yourself, as it has a demo.

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All 40,000 Dawn Of War Games Free To Try On Steam

By 2017, every human being on Earth will be developing a Warhammer 40,000 game. I suppose it’s possible that at least one of those 7.125 billion titles will go on to be as beloved as Relic’s Dawn of War series, but it does seem unlikely.

If you’re one of the few people yet to play a Dawn of War – perhaps because you’ve been too busy making Warhammer 40,000: Tyranid Dating Sim* – then good news: the entire franchise, including every single expansion pack and piece of DLC, is free to play on Steam all weekend, and heavily discounted if you want to keep any or all of it. Also, the first DoW is getting a brand new map. Pretty good going for an 11-year-old game.

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One Hundred Floors Of Hell: Skyhill Demo

Even as Skyhill’s [official site] protagonist books into the eponymous hotel, it’s clear that all is not well with the world. The penthouse suite, he’s told, comes with the best in biological protection, which doesn’t mean a gratuity pack of condoms concealed in the fruit bowl and champagne welcoming gift. World War III is happening, y’see, and there are all sorts of nasty weapons primed to launch. And that’s just what happens – a biological weapon hits the city and the chap you control is the sole survivor. Time for a turn-based trek through one hundred floors of hell.

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Twin-Stick Shootyfun: Assault Android Cactus Released

I’m hearing good things about dual-stick shooter Assault Android Cactus [official site], good enough that I might give the game a bash despite it having a character voiced by former RPS wordmate, and current Alice flatmate, Cara Ellison. “Alice, where did all this wine come from?” “Alice, where did all that wine go?” “Alice, why were you asleep in front of Metal Gear with a bin bag tied over your left arm?” I don’t know if she says those lines in AAC.

Point is: I hear it’s good shootyfun, and yesterday it left Steam Early Access to properly launch, and it has a demo.

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Ball Ball Ball, Footie Footie Footie: PES 2016 Demo Is Out

Actual demo screenshot.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 [official site] is not going down well. Once again, its graphics are somewhere between the PS3/X360 console version and the fancier one on PS4/Xbone, which is baffling considering how beautiful fellow FOX Engine game Metal Gear Solid V looks and runs on PC. Still, if you want a big old 3D footie game on PC, your choices are FIFA or PES, so… which will you go for?

As promised, a demo for PES 2016 arrived shortly after launch (sorry, I didn’t notice its launch on Friday because I was busy shouting at a referee) and can be found on Steam for your sampling satisfaction. Its graphics settings are turned down, mind.

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Smash Some Stuff: Saints Row 4 Free’s Steam Weekend

Alec has already told you to play XCOM this weekend if you haven’t, seeing as the full game’s free to try on Steam. It’s “one of the best games of the last few years” says he. Aye, maybe it is, and maybe you could. However. If you fancy real-time smashing rather than turn-based tacticisicing, have a bash at the superpowered open-world antics, shenanigans, and – dare I say – bants of Saints Row IV [official site], which is also holding a free trial weekend on Steam, as is Saints Row: The Third.

SR4 is the best action game on PC, according to John.

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Real-Time Tactical Action: FIFA 16 Demo

Our Graham often writes posts about EA’s FIFA games, but as he’s off on holiday this week (sitting in a quiet, dark room, for all I know), I’ll have a crack at this one. Hey there, FIfans! (I imagine that’s the term.) EA yesterday released a FIFA 15 FIFA 16 [official site] demo, so we might finally answer the question on all of our lips: have they managed to keep the action lively for the sixteenth game (sixteen! can you imagine?) in their real-time tactical series? I strapped on my leg armour to find out.

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