If you are exhausted by downloading 1.5GB demos that only give 5 minutes of game play, this news is going to make your day. Vigil Games and THQ are confident that Darksiders
will appeal to new players if they give it a chance. In fact, they are so confident that they will soon release a demo that contains the entire first dungeon, Twilight Cathedral.
It should take the average player about 90 minutes to play through the demo that will be available February 25. Check your high-def console of choice on that day and download it. If it strikes your fancy, be sure to pick up Darksiders
. Doing so will send a message that lengthy demos are good business (for some games) and hopefully other companies will try it, too.
By the way, Chuck really enjoyed Darksiders
so you should at least check out the demo. After all, it's free and it's almost 1/3 the length of the single player campaign of Modern Warfare 2
EXTENSIVE DEMO ANNOUNCED FOR DARKSIDERS™
Over 90 minutes of gameplay coming for both Xbox 360® and Playstation®3
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. February 16, 2010 – Gamers will be able to get to grips with Darksiders™’ true essence in the upcoming release of a 90-minute game demo for Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 based on THQ Inc.’s critically acclaimed action-adventure game.
The demo contains the entire first dungeon encounter from the game, the sprawling Twilight Cathedral. This engaging and challenging level contains dozens of puzzles for players to solve, new pieces of equipment to discover and epic boss battles against the monstrous demon Jailer and the savage bat-winged Tiamat. Representing a cross section of Darksiders’ key features, the demo will take approximately 90 minutes to complete for the average player. The demo will become available to download from Xbox LIVE® and PlayStation®Network on February 25.
David Adams, General Manager of Vigil Games commented:
“We are really pumped to be bringing a playable demo for Darksiders to Xbox 360 and PlayStation3. We really wanted to give gamers a true idea of the variety of gameplay that the game offers and so rather than just making a standard 20-minute demo version of the first few levels, we decided to give away this massive level and reveal the true essence of the game.”
Darksiders is now available at retail outlets worldwide for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system for a suggested retail price of $59.99.
Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of mankind, WAR – the first Horseman of the Apocalypse – must return to Earth to search for the truth and punish those responsible. War must take on the forces of Heaven and Hell, forge uneasy alliances with the very demons he hunts, and journey across the ravaged remains of the Earth on his quest for vengeance. Players harness the apocalyptic power of War, combining brutal attacks and supernatural abilities to decimate enemies who stand in his way. With an extreme arsenal of weapons, War blazes a trail of destruction, and emerges even more deadly atop Ruin, War’s fiery phantom steed. Darksiders is now available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. For more information, please visit www.darksiders.com.
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