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UT2004 Demo's Glory

Atari and Epic Games' ``Unreal Tournament 2004'' Demo Becomes One of the Most Popular Game Downloads of All Time is the press release with some hype about the new demo: "Gamers worldwide have made the trial version of "UnrealŪ Tournament 2004" one of the most popular game demo downloads of all time, with more than 1.5 million downloads in the first week of availability. The demo first hit the Internet on Wednesday, February 11, and was distributed on a worldwide scale."

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54. Re: Onslaught Feb 22, 2004, 21:40 nin
Thats easy nin

Oh, I understand...I just find it interesting the two mind sets are so different.

For the EA sports series, you're looking at new voiceovers (for announcers), new player skins, up to date stats (which, to be fair EA puts out updates for during the year), and (every few years) maybe a new graphics engine. I don't think that's worth $50, but I guess to a sports nut, it might be (they sell well enough, so...)

Contrast that to a FPS. I (personally) would expect new maps (I would suspect this would be the biggest time consumer), new skins, a refinement of weapons (not necessarily redesign everything, but at least fix the flaws/holes for the previous year, and maybe throw in something new), and (like the sports games) a nice new graphics renderer every few years, so it all looks jaw dropping.

And I agree with you - if they must go to a yearly format, (based on what improvements are listed above), I'm not paying $50 for it, either.

Three things in Epic's favor right now:

1. They are offering a $10 rebate for owners of last years version.

2. Last I checked, you can get either the standard or dvd version for $40 at EB. Assuming you owned last years version and chose to mail in the rebate, that's $30.

3. Epic / DE has put out (I believe) 2 bonus packs for each previous version of UT. I'm willing to bet (or at least hope) this will continue. It's a good PR move to the community, and it gets people to reinstall their game and play it a bit more.

Bottom line: We're on the same side of the argument. And for $30, I'm all over UT 2004.
This comment was edited on Feb 22, 21:42.
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