Demo Time: Puppeteer, Killzone Mercenary, The Wonderful 101

I figured i’d take a look at a few Video Game ‘Demo’s’. This week, Puppeteer and NHL 14 for the Playstation 3, Killzone Mercenary for the Vita and The Wonderful 101 for Wii U.

None of the games are currently available, but they’ll all be arriving in stores sometime in the next few weeks. And i’m not reviewing the games here, simply giving some fairly amateurish views on the demo’s.

Puppeteer

Why is No One Talking About This Game?

Based on the demo this game could become one of my favourites of the year. Not only does it offer a unique, beautiful world for you to run around in, the voice acting is top-notch too. The game demo itself takes a few minutes before it kicks into gear, but that didn’t bother me as you’ll be too busy marvelling at the stunning visual’s.

Once you get into the game, its a fairly simple platformer, albeit with some fairly charming mechanics.

This game might be my next pre-order.

*The demo isn’t too long, although you will be required to download the full game (its a trial, not a ‘demo’).

Killzone Mercenary

Killzone? More Like Killed it. Amirite?

Based on the demo, the PS Vita might finally have its go-to First Person Shooter.

After playing both Resistance: Burning Skies and Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified inside the last year, you could be forgiven for thinking the FPS genre would forever be looking for a true champion on the Vita; that hunt may finally be over with Killzone Mercenary. Without wanting to sound to patronising, the game looks frak’n awesome on the Vita’s screen; Much better than Resistance and Declassified.

Multiplayer had a few hiccups (but we’ll put that down to it being in Beta), but after getting it working i found myself having a decent amount of fun. No word on the campaign yet, and that’s the important part of the game for me. Multiplayer is all well and good, but if you can give me a GOOD solo FPS on the Vita, it’ll be a day one purchase for me.

One final thing, the Vita is a fine bit of kit; it is however, not the most comfortable thing to hold over long stretches. If you’re looking at getting this game, i’d recommend you pick up one of those fairly inexpensive PS Vita Grips. Your hands will thank you.

This is how i’ll be spending my evening.

The Wonderful 101

The-Wonderful-101

Aww Shucks

Based on the demo this game could be a bit of a mess. It starts off pretty bad, and then gets worse. I understand the difficulty in creating a demo, i really do; but would a little explanation really hurt? I got 30 minutes in and was forced to quit the game. I’ve since loaded it up again..only to immediately turn it off. I don’t like to judge a game by its demo, but i think they just lost my money.

Aside from the fact that nothing is explained, thus leading to confusing and frustration, i also found the gameplay to be a little too bombastic for my liking. There is often so much going on that my eye balls struggled to keep up, or to even recognise what i needed to do next. This might not be a problem for everyone, but i was left confused throughout.

Maybe i’ll give this another go via rental in a few months time; but right now, it’s with a heavy heart that i say bye bye to The Wonderful 101.

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