324w ago - Earlier this week, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominated Insomniac's widely admired lombax and robot duo in two categories for their PlayStation 3 debut, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Though the winners will be announced on October 23, the heat-packing duo, should they win, won't be on hand to accept the award as originally anticipated. Posting to Sony's PlayStation Blog, line producer Greg Phillips has revealed that, yes, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction has shipped to manufacturers, but it won't arrive on retail shelves until October 30.
Slightly offsetting the bitter side of today's news, Phillips offered an extra helping of sweet with word that a Ratchet and Clank demo should arrive on the PlayStation Network on October 11. An optimized version of the demo shown at this year's E3 Media & Business Summit, the free trial lets players tool around in the futuristic city of Metropolis. (A similar demo is now available to preorderers of the game at GameStop.)
As detailed in GameSpot's previous coverage, Ratchet and Clank's maiden voyage on the PlayStation 3 kicks off a new multi-installment story arc in the 3D platformer. True to past installments, the game features a healthy dose of over-the-top weaponry and tongue-in-cheek...
325w ago - If you simply can't wait a month to get your hands on Insomniac's Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, you may be able to snag the demo from PSN on October 4. But if you can't stand even a couple more weeks for the game, reports are coming (via Joystiq) that demo discs are being given to those who pre-order the game at GameStop. The discs are said to be the demo that was played at E3 of this year.
Pre-order requirements specify that you have to put down $5 on the game to get the demo disc. Chances are some locations have run out of stock of the demo freebies, so be sure to call ahead before plunking down your hard-earned Abe Lincoln bill. In the meantime, be sure to check out our latest preview of the game for all the innuendo-charged action platforming you can handle.
325w ago - Kicking off the week with an engine roar is Sega's demo of Sega Rally Revo, now available on Xbox Live. The game is an update of the classic racing franchise that hopes to knock DiRT off its throne as the current premiere off-road title.
The demo comes it at just over 690 MB and includes two tracks (Canyon and Tropical), two cars (Mitsubishi Evo and the Subaru Impreza), along with two configurations for your car. If you'd rather just read about how insanely hard the game is, you could just read our preview. The game is set for release on October 10, so you have until then to hone your skills with the demo.
326w ago - All things being well in the world of the PlayStation Store, you should now be able to download a demo of the PS3 version of Midway's Woo-'em-up Stranglehold.
In Stranglehold, in case you didn't know, you step into the shoes of Chow Yun-Fat as Inspector Tequila and shoot shit up while doing lots of slow-mo diving. And shooting. And diving. And shooting.
Midway says the demo "will allow players to get a taste of the intense, non-stop action, cinematic gunplay and massively destructible environments that their itchy trigger fingers have been waiting for."
326w ago - With the recent rash of demos popping up on the PlayStation Network, we were shocked to not see a small demo available for Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA)'s Warhawk. Rather than speculate, we asked Sony whether the company might release the demo to gamers who are considering purchasing the product.
Here's how an official rep for SCEA replied to GameDaily BIZ's query: "Warhawk was designed to support up to 32-players online simultaneously. In a demo version of a multiplayer only game, there is little control over how many players will be on a dedicated server at a time, potentially leading to smaller online battles that do not fully do justice to the title's fast combat and frantic play. Additionally, Warhawk development underwent an extensive beta trial that included nearly 10,000 participants, which offered a wide audience ample opportunity to experience the game and provide valuable feedback to during Warhawk's development."
So don't expect a Warhawk demo but at only $39.99 as a full download over the PlayStation Network, GameDaily's Chris Buffa summed it up best as, "Sony delivers a superb online experience with Warhawk, a beautiful combat game full of breathtaking scenery and plenty of chaos."