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Mass Effect 3 Demo Coming in January

Mass Effect 3 demo release in January

Demo’s are a great way to give video gamers a way to get to know the game before they commit to buying it. They help people make up their mind on big question of “Do I really want to buy this new video game? Is it really worth my hard earned money?” Video game demos give us a way to experience a glimpse of the world to come and experience. They also let fanboys like us at PtC go absolutely crazy over games we already know we are going to buy. This is why when we learned of the upcoming Mass Effect 3 Demo we pretty much hyperventilated. When we woke up the following Sunday we gathered our thoughts together and knew we had to write something, anything, about it and this something had to a little more than “Can I camp out in front of my console to download it first?”

Releasing in January of 2012 BioWare will bestow upon us the Mass Effect 3 demo full of Shepard goodness. Please begin your “I’m Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite demo on the Citadel” jokes. This demo will feature a taste of the single player campaign and put you back in Commander Shepard’s armor. However this isn’t all of the good news.

Mass Effect 3 Demo

Finally we get some ginger representation in video games. Wait, that's not hair?

We recently discussed the upcoming Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer campaign that is also present in the video game. The Mass Effect 3 demo also includes a taste of the multiplayer missions as well. Yes we’re quite excited. The best news is that you won’t have to wait until January. You can always get yourself some easy early access through another EA game coming out soon, Battlefield 3. According to the BioWare Forums:

  • Owners of Battlefield 3, on any platform, who activate their Online Pass will automatically be granted early access to the multiplayer portion of the Mass Effect 3 demo. There is no need to enter any other codes, the early access will be applied to the EA Account associated with the Online Pass. Note: BF3 Origin Customers automatically have the BF3 Online Pass.
  • This applies to all regions where the demo is released (to be announced)
  • The exact date of the demo launch will be announced in late November
  • There will be another program whereby players and fans of the Mass Effect franchise can unlock this early access (with no purchase necessary) – this will also be announced in late November or early December.
  • There will also be a tool posted on www.masseffect.com allowing players to check if their EA account has been granted the early access.
  • The length of the early access period is TBA.
  • The single-player section of the demo will be available to all players on day one of the demo launch.

It should be noted that Battlefield 3 is not the ONLY way to get access to the Mass Effect 3 Demo. They will be releasing more information in November/December on how to gain access and get a taste of what’s to come.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 Demo Impressions

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II the sequel to 2008’s moderately successful offering from LucasArts comes out October 26. But while you wait the fine people at LucasArts were nice enough to throw a playable demo onto the Playstation Network and Xbox Marketplace. The big question becomes, “Should you go download it?” The answer: dude, its free. Why the hell not!?!? But is it worth it?

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I bet his cell phone always stays charged

When we start off we see a nice little cinematic showing Darth Vader talking to Startkiller. I use the name Starkiller because as LucasArts has already gone out of their way to state that the big question in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 is whether it is Galen Marek or a clone. What is 100% certain is that in the demo whoever this guy is that he is 100% pissed and so full of the Force he has it coming out his ears.

As the combat begins you fight a few droids (very similar to PROXY) to get your bearings. The addition of twin lightsabers adds a certain flair and penache to the combat that is very pleasing to the eye. The training begins to show you the ropes of your force powers as you chase after Galen’s love interest in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Juno Eclipse. It’s only a PROXY style combat training droid but it helps to show us that Starkiller is pretty much coming unhinged because he has no idea what these memories are.

As you run through your Force powers at the start what’s amazing is not the amount of them you have off the get go, but how powerful they are. Granted to make them as weak as possible would make the demo hardly any fun but some of these could damn near bring two Death Stars down on top of a Star Destroyer making one nicely perverted image at the base of a large forest on Endor. It’s not 3-P0 but something tells me they will wind up worshiping the Force Phallus all the same.

The style used in executing the Force powers in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is absolutely a vast improvement over the original. What strikes me most is the Force Lightning. It actually seems to arc instead of just hit everything in its path. It’s a simple pleasure now to force lightning a group of Stormtroopers…gaggle of Stormtroopers….cloister? Anyone? Little help?

After defeating the PROXY droids you’re met with another cinematic leading into the much talked about free fall on Kamino where you’re essentially bringing down the side of a building before Force punching your way through a roof and Force ass kicking everything within a 40 foot radius. In a word…AWESOME!!!! This is the wet dream of any Start Wars fanboy and wannabe Force user. In the first three minutes of the game you begin to see that LucasArts has decided to actually make the game live up to the name Force Unleashed instead of the previous outing that would have been more aptly labelled “The Force Kinda Ramped Up but Nowhere Near Truly Unleashed”. Just doesn’t have the same ring to it did it?

As we continue on we get to catch our first glimpse of the new “Mind Trick” power unleashed by LucasArts. This is very easily my new favorite way to dispatch Stormtroopers. Whether they jump out a window or into a barrier shield or simply begin to shoot one another it is simply fantastic to finally get that pimp feeling of Obi Wan when he first uttered the phrase “these are not the droids you’re looking for.”

As you start hacking and Forcing your way through Stormtroopers we start to see that the complaints of Star Wars fans have finally been seen. The lightsabers in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II actually cut off limbs of people. You see arms, hands, and heads being lopped off in an amazingly satisfying and visceral experience.

The biggest complaint from the first game was that targeting with force grip and force push was a pain in the ass. This seems to have been made more intuitive and easier to use. This is shown numerous times when you grab the throw Stormtroopers into one another and again when you’re picking TIE Fighters out of the sky like you’re grabbing apples from a tree. The really fun part about force grabbing the TIE Fighters was when they begin to crumble in your grip before you throw them.

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Insert Tom Petty lyrics here

Near the end we finally get to take a glimpse at the truly fantastic and amazing “Force Fury”. Let me break it down to you this way. Have you ever wanted to see lightsabers fly around someone while they beat the hell out of everything near by? Yeah…yeah its pretty much like that. Only when you see it you will scream with delight and you mind will blank at the sheer awesomeness of it all.

Granted there was one major flaw that I kept having with it. For some reason my demo would lock up. I’m curious as to why this happens and hope we don’t have some Heavy Rain style problem where an otherwise fantastic game is marred by a frequent freeze problem. But demo’s are one thing and with luck the release will go off without a hitch.

So the big question becomes “Should I download Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II?” Well let me ask you this? Are you a Star Wars fan? Did you like the first video game? Do you want to see someone flip out using the force and completely destroy everything that gets in front of him? If you said yes to any of the above then you need to stop what you’re doing and go download this game. But a warning needs to be issues…there’s a damn good chance you will want to pre-order the video game.

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