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Dead Or Alive 6 puts four fighters in the ring for free today

Dead Or Alive 6 is the latest fighting game to offer a cut-down free-to-play version on PC - a big demo, if you will. Koei Tecmo launched the full game two weeks ago, but today's Core Fighters edition of DOA6 gives players access to four characters - Kasumi, Hitomi, Diego and Bass - and several play modes, including the DOA Quest mode and the character-customising…

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT limit breaks onto PC with a free version

Crossover fighter Dissidia Final Fantasy NT isn't one I ever expected to see on PC, so debuting with a free trial edition makes sense. Originally launched into Japanese arcades and developed by Koei Tecmo's Team Ninja, Dissidia NT is a messy online six-way team brawler. Players bounce, fly and clamber around large, open arenas trying to whittle down each other's stats until one party of…

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Seven: The Days Long Gone returns with an Enhanced Edition this month

Stealthy sci-fi action RPG Seven: The Days Long Gone was one of the more curious games of 2017. An unusual blend of genres and some slightly patchy design had our man Alec internally debating whether it was rubbish or brilliant, but skewing towards greatness. The folks at Fool's Theory and IMGN.PRO have apparently been hammering away at the game ever since launch, getting it tuned…

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Try the Jack Move demo and do cybers at some punks

There's something adorable about how literally the Jack Move demo commits to its cyberpunk setting. Right off the bat, you've got yourself some punks of the '80s green mohawked, chain-slinging variety, and you can do cyber things at them with electricity and computer viruses. I'm not entirely sure what the game's own rationale for all of this working is, but I dig the synth soundtrack,…

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Space Engineers launches out of early access with a free weekend

I've always admired how Space Engineers stuck to its guns - while it may have added a couple small scripted scenarios, it's still just a game about building, with no overarching plot. Even as it exits early access today and launches in full, Keen Software's game about being an astronaut engineer remains a true sandbox. Players bodge together improvised spacecraft (optionally with friends) and make…

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Mutant Year Zero now has a demo, plus a challenge mode

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, engages in turn-based tactical combat like a duck, and is free to look at like a duck, it must be a demo for Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden. All and sundry are now invited to try out 2018's delightful tactics 'em up for free, sneaking and shooting through the post-apocalyptic wasteland full of mutants…

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Hitman 2 demo hits the beach for moonlit murder

A wee free demo for Hitman 2 is out now, inviting all would-be slapheads to sneak around the game's first campaign mission and try murder. This 'Starter Pack' demo contains Hawke's Bay, a beach house level serving as the game's prologue and tutorial, with all its challenges and unlocks and such. Today also brings an update which, most importantly, reduces the amazing psychic ability of…

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Lord Winklebottom Investigates sticks its neck (and demo) out for crowdfunding

Frog Detectives? Pah, amateurs. We all know that the most respected of all animal sleuths is the humble (if very tall and glad you noticed) Giraffe Investigator. Lord Winklebottom Investigates is an amusingly daft point and click adventure, as British as it is zoological. Imagine if Sherlock Holmes was a giraffe (and not just thinking he was after an opium bender), and Watson was a…

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Faith: Chapter 2 and its prologue demo are out now

Faith was a game I found hard to play without expecting blood to start leaking out of the corners of my monitor, and now its second chapter is haunting my hard drive. Developed by Airdorf, Faith is styled like an early microcomputer game, replete with harsh digitised voice clips. It's a (mostly) narrative-driven horror adventure about a priest returning to a house once thought exorcised.…

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Devil Engine thunders forcefully into stores with demo

I've always had an easier time playing 'bullet hell' shooters than more old-school ones like Devil Engine, which launched today. Enemies in those old shmups were positively ornery in their aggression, constantly pressuring the player with unpredictable mix-up attacks. Among the best of that late 16-bit era of shooting was Technosoft's Thunder Force series. Protoculture Games's debut feels like a proud tribute to those twitchy…

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Trials Rising rides into a free open beta weekend today

Trials Rising launches next Tuesday, February 26th, but anyone interested can take it for a free spin right now - Ubisoft are running an open beta running until just before launch. The latest in Redlynx's long-running series of twitchy, technical platformers disguised as bike-racing games, this one feels a little bit more competitive than the sci-fi themed Trials Fusion. Still, under the hood it's the…

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Deathbulge: Battle Of The Bands kicks off crowdfunding with a demo

Ian is a buff skellington who likes fishing and music - he can play a mean bass. Yes, you can see the pun coming a mile off, but it still works. Dan Martin's webcomic turned daft RPG, Deathbulge: Battle Of The Bands is the story of Ian and his pals Faye and Briff. They meander around a very silly world, kicking open doors and battling…

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Fear And Hunger is a brutal horror dungeon crawl

Fear & Hunger is a horror dungeon crawler by Miro Haverinen that makes Darkest Dungeon look cheerful and forgiving. Originally launched in December and still growing, it flew under my radar until earlier this week. It's merciless stuff - you don't level up. You run, as the monsters can often kill you in one hit, or leave you mangled. Dismemberment is a threat for both…

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Type your way through hell in The Textorcist, out now

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can banish the unholy spirits festering inside my mortal flesh. The Textorcist snuck out last night, offering couples across the world the chance to spend their Valentine's Day typing rude things at demons while dodging loads of ichor. I just dodged my share of ichor in the free demo, and can confirm that it is ichor…

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Trials Rising crashes into open beta the weekend before launch

Bone-pulverising bike crash 'em up Trials Rising will be free to try next weekend, from Thursday, February 21st to Sunday, February 25th, leading directly into its launch. Presumably to get some new blood on board (if you like past Trials games, this one seems similar), Ubisoft are inviting the great un-mangled public to give their motorcycle platformer a try. Bring a friend, too, for the…

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The Division 2 is free to try in open beta on March 1st

I missed out on the recent beta weekend for The Division 2. After hearing a lot of praise for the loot n' shooter from folks I trust, I'm glad I get another shot at it before launch - Ubisoft and Massive are opening their doors to everyone on Friday, March 1st. The free beta weekend will run until March 4th, hopefully giving the developers a…

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The Textorcist teaches combat typing skills in a pre-launch demo

I consider myself a decent typist, and better yet at dodging bullets in shmups. Today's demo for The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia taught me a painful lesson: I am ill-equipped to do both at once. Due out on this week on February 14th, players control exorcist-for-hire Ray Bibbia with the arrow keys, dodging bullets as you would in any bullet hell shmup. Unlike…

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One Finger Death Punch 2 hits April with a demo out now

You can kill a stickman ten thousand ways using just two buttons in One Finger Death Punch 2. Sequel to Silver Dollar's original manic pseudo-brawler, you can try it for yourself now before it lands on April 15th. Baddies approach from either side - when they're within range, a left click strikes the target on the left, and a right click strikes the target on…

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Steel Rats rolls out a demo and a discount

Motorcycle combat platformer Steel Rats now has a demo (and is half price until February 14th), so you can try it for yourself instead of just being baffled by that combination of words. Tate Multimedia built an unusual game for sure, drawing inspiration from the Redlynx's Trials series, Excite Bike, Joe Danger and more, and wrapping it all in an alt-history 1940s setting. There's an…

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Crying Suns warps in a faster, meaner demo on Steam

Crying Suns feels a bit like playing FTL in the universe from Lexx - weird, uncomfortable, unquestionably a bit evil and confusingly exciting. Space here is a mean place full of freaks and lunatics, and you're an expendable cloned captain sent to find out just how it got so bad. Developers Alt Shift released a demo to accompany the Kickstarter funding their rogue-ish game of…

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