Posts Tagged ‘demo’

Football Manager 2017 free to play this weekend

Oh, Sega, your cunning knows no bounds. Recognising, no doubt, that many football fans are itching for some excitement during the doldrums of an international break, they’ve only gone and made Football Manager 2017 [official site] free for the weekend on Steam. And that weekend starts now, but please don’t miss work or school tomorrow and blame “that man at RPS”. Blame Sega.

Download the game now and you can play with no limitations until 8pm on Sunday (UK time) and even though I don’t think Football Manager is perfect, I guarantee you’ll have more fun than you would watching a World Cup qualifier. Especially if you’re English because let’s face it, if the despair doesn’t end us, the hope just might. Merry Footmas!

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Explore cyberpunk Louisiana in Norco: Faraway Lights

Do you want a homecoming tale but don’t want to put up with those deplorably cute animals of Night In The Woods? No worries, here’s Norco: Faraway Lights [itch.io page], a neon text adventure of conspiracy theorists in a cyberpunk New Orleans. Or more accurately, here’s a demo for the opening chapter. The story is: You’ve come back home because your mum has died and your brother has gone missing. Why are brothers so rubbish?
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Vroom! Motorsport Manager free to play for a week

The full version of Motorsport Manager [official site] is free to play until Monday, giving plenty of time to check out Sega’s first foray into being a carboss. Our Adam’s a Football Manager fan and quite enjoyed his time with the PC adapatation of Playsport’s racecar management sim, so you might fancy a crack too. Read the rest of this entry »

Settle down: Civilization 6 demo available now

If you’ve been living off the grid and wiping your bum with nettles in the hope that Civilization will one day have a ‘try before you buy’ policy, today is your lucky day. The latest in the venerable strategy series, Civilization VI [official site], now has a demo.

Players who download the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI demo will be able to play as China, led by Qin Shi Huang and take their first steps building a new civilization for up to 60 turns in to the game. For those completely new to the Civilization series the demo also includes the tutorial from the full game to introduce and guide beginners to the world of Civilization.

That’s just about enough time to get to grips with some of the new features, though not enough time to really unpack your capital city and to see all the districts spilling onto the map.

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Build your first PC in PC Building Simulator’s demo

“If you haven’t ever built your own gaming PC, you’re selling yourself short,” our Alec has said. Though I’ve been on a gaming laptop for a few years I do agree; the computers I built myself are the ones I cherished most. Picking components and clacking it all together is interesting and exciting, and also a bit terrifying – especially the first time. So hey, whether you’ve built a PC before or not, you might be interested in trying PC Building Simulator [official site]. It is exactly what it sounds like. PC Building Simulator is still in pre-alpha and quite scrappy but you can now try it. Read the rest of this entry »

Pathologic remake demo now available to all, for free

a demo, you say?

When you woke up this morning, you probably didn’t realise what a joyous day this truly is. This is the day of bewilderment and wonder, of mystery, mirth and miasma. This is the day of Pathologic [official site].

The new version of Ice-Pick Lodge’s absurdist theatrical masterpiece won’t be ready for release until Autumn but you can download a new build of the two hour Marble Nest demo, which was released to backers late last year. It’s now free to everyone, in a new build, which you can download via Steam. I’ve played the previous build and it is everything I ever wanted from Pathologic: weird, unnerving, amusing and fantastically clever. It’s the most delicious poison of all.

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Hayla, oh hayla shayla: Halo Wars 2 demo released

You’re read Wot Fraser Brown thinks of Halo Wars 2 [official site], right? That Creative Assembly’s real-time strategy game set in the world of John Torode-177, the Master Chef, is a bit weird as an RTS designed for a console but quite fun all the same? Something that might be worth a crack to see if you take a fancy to it. Don’t go spending £50 to find out (fifty quid!) as it now has a demo out on the Windows Store. For Windows 10 only, of course. Read the rest of this entry »

Isaac meets Deus Ex: try Streets of Rogue free weekend

If you fancy freeing a gorilla to murder some scientists so you can use their cloning machine to create a gang to do in a bartender, you might fancy a crack at Streets of Rogue [official site], which is free to try this weekend. Ignore the name: Streets of Rogue is not a beat ’em up, it is a curious emergent sandbox roguelikelike inspired loosely by games including The Binding of Isaac and Deus Ex. I’ve run through a few missions myself and yeah, even in its early access state it’s an interesting one to prod. Read the rest of this entry »

Shred it to the max in Steep’s free weekend trial

If you fancy getting out in the great outdoors this weekend, good grief! Don’t you know it’s still winter? It’s all wind and ice and snow out there. Are you up to that? Are you sure? You’ll catch your death. I worry about you. No, stay indoors and perhaps consider having a look at Steep [official site]. Ubisoft’s ski-o-snowboard-a-paraglide-u-wingsuiter is holding a free trial weekend, starting tonight, to let all and sundry play the full game. It’s not super-amazing but it does have some pretty mountains. Read the rest of this entry »

Ape Out demo samples Devolver’s primate rampage

Close your eyes and imagine the sort of game about an escaped gorilla that Devolver Digital would publish. Simple yet challenging combat? Buckets of blood and smashed limbs? Distinctive art style and music? Open your eyes and — gasp! — it wasn’t all a dream, you’ve imagined Ape Out [official site], which Devolver today announced they’ll release this summer. It sees an escaped gorilla smashing humans to pieces, whacking them, grabbing them, and hurling them. “It’s Hotline Miami with Harambe” I’d say if I were trying to get Devolver to quote me in a trailer, but it’s not and I’m not and that meme is awful.

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The Division launches Last Stand, big update, and demo

The third paid expansion for The Division [official site], The Last Stand, has launched today alongside a big free content update for all players. Last Stand adds a new 8v8 point-capturing PvP mode (you’ll never guess what it’s named), while additions and changes in Update 1.6 include adding new areas to almost double the size of the Dark Zone. That’s not a bad pair of launches. Also out today is a demo, letting all and sundry play through the start of the shooty action-RPG. Not a bad trio! Read the rest of this entry »

XC’mon: Xenonauts 2 releasing free dev builds

When X-COM cast off its hyphen and complexity to become XCOM, Xenonauts was handily here with old-school alien-busting. Now you can see how its sequel is shaping up, as developers Goldhawk Interactive are releasing development builds of Xenonauts 2 [official site] for free. You can play one single mission right now, then Goldhawk plan to expand this pre-alpha demo fortnightly. They’ll start charging money once the game’s in good enough shape but paying with feedback is peachy-dory for now. Read the rest of this entry »

Raising the states: Realpolitiks is out now

Realpolitiks is the practice of pragmatic diplomacy based on circumstance. Real politics is arguing with your mum’s friend Derek on Facebook about unisex bathrooms. And Realpolitiks [official site] is a strategy game set in the contemporary world with all its international crises and dilemmas. The first two have been around for a while, but the last one just came out today.
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Get cricked on: Don Bradman Cricket 17 released

I will be very excited to see a futuresport game which does for cricket what Rocket League did to… football? Hockey? I want cricket with robots and/or cars, basically. 100 Foot Robot Cricket. Crocket League. That sort of thing. In the meantime, we’ll have to settle for regular vidcricket. Don Bradman Cricket 17 [official site] has arrived on PC, simulating the game with the best theme song in all sportdom. I’ve picked at the game’s demo over a few months and yeah, of course it doesn’t feel anything like actually playing cricket but it feels like a decent enough approximation in that abstracted sports game way. Read the rest of this entry »

Tales and trials: Tales of Berseria demo released

Dear sirs...

A demo for Tales of Berseria [official site] is now out on Steam, offering a sample of Bandai Namco’s JRPG ahead of its full launch on January 27th. Tales may be an old series but it’s relatively new to PC, so do have a bash if you’re curious. If you’re less interested in games than options menus and framerates, hey, I can tell you about that. Read the rest of this entry »

Resident Evil 7 demo puts the evil back in Biohazard

Debate’s long raged/wanked on about whether we in the West should really call the Resident Evil series by its Japan-given name, Biohazard. With the demo for the upcoming Resident Evil 7 [official site], that debate is over. There could be no more fitting name for its new house of horrors than Resident Evil.
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Resident Evil 7 demo now spooking PC

The Resident Evil 7 [official site] demo ‘Beginning Hour’ is now out on PC after six months of haunting consoles. RE7 looks a curious one, ostensibly returning to the series’ roots in spooky mansions but with hillbilly horror and an Amnesia-ish, PT-y first-person style. Most of what Capcom have shown so far is set inside one derelict spookhouse, and now we can visit that place ourselves in the demo. Beginning Hour isn’t the game’s first hour but rather a mood-setting piece, confusingly. As our Adam has written, It’s certainly interesting to see such a bloated series stripped back. Read the rest of this entry »

Dead by Daylight free Steam trial weekend now live

1v4 multiplayer psycho killer qu’est-ce que c’est fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far ’em up Dead by Daylight [official site] is free to play in full this weekend. If you keep an eye on what’s popular on Steam, you may have noticed it near the top of the most-played games list – or popping in and out of the charts – and wondered what it’s about. Well! You can now see what The Kids are into and briefly feel like you’re ‘down with The Youth’. Soon you’ll be striking up conversations with them on the bus, “What’s your favourite stabbing sound? I like the bone saw!” Read the rest of this entry »

Telltale’s Batman ends next Batweek, first ep now free

Telltale Games will start ooga-chakaing next year with an episodic Guardians of the Galaxy game but they’ve a little BLURP!ing and ZLOTT!ing to finish up first. Telltale today announced that the fifth and final episode of their Batman [official site] will launch next Tuesday, December 13th. Will Bruce Wayne keep his friendship with Batman secret or will the whole world try to gatecrash their Batbrunches?

But first, Telltale have started giving the first episode away free to all and sundry as a demo. They’ve also patched the game up with big performance improvements. Read the rest of this entry »