Parallax Abstraction wrote on May 26, 2011, 15:53:
As others did, I tried the demo on Xbox Live a while ago. If that demo is in any way representative of the game as a whole, don't feel bad for missing it. It's not good. I thought Red Faction Guerrilla was one of the most fun games in years but this one looks like Dead Space dumbed down to dudebro level.
Yeah well put Para, it was just so claustrophobic and frankly the gameplay wasn't all that interesting, generic third person stuff with more variety in the weapons than usual. RFG was very open and freeform so this was a big step backward. If it's going to be a more directed experience with less open gameplay then fine but it should at least be worthwhile and the demo didn't make the case for the drastic changes. I don't know if it supposedly opens up later or not, I haven't really been following development but for their sake I hope they have more to offer than tunneled third person action game.
I know others will say demos are used to check out how the game runs on your machine, but since honestly in 20+ years I have never had a problem running a game on my machine that isn't a big thing for me.
I'm sure that's the case for most knowledgeable PC gamers but one of the most common things seen in message boards for PC games is people posting specs and asking if it will run or saying "I hope this runs on my machine". I'm also not sure running 720p low detail versions of demos is necessarily going to always provide people with the best way to experience a game, it doesn't really play up to PC platform strengths. I like the idea of OnLive in some ways but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. I do agree with you that as far as distribution methods go it is definitely the least complex logistically and offers some ease of use, I just wish that didn't have such drastic downsides.
Regardless of where people land on OnLive as a service or demos in general it is beyond silly to limit a demo to a particular market segment and especially on an open platform like the PC.This comment was edited on May 26, 2011, 16:20.
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