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Red Faction: Armageddon demo on XBLA and PSN next week, skipping PC

A taste of Volition's demolish-o-shooter is headed to Xbox 360 and PS3 next week, but PC gamers get the cold shoulder once again.

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A downloadable taste of Volition's smash-happy shooter Red Faction: Armageddon is on the way, slated to crash onto Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network on May 4. Sadly, the news is less good for PC gamers who also enjoy 'sploding things on Mars.

The demo takes place in that most exciting of video game environments--the sewers. Space-sewers, mind. Armed with weapons including the destruct-o-licious Magnet Gun, and the Nano Forge all-in-one repair kit to undo your magnetised mayhem, you'll get to blast through hordes of the awakened aliens. Aliens are, of course, known for their love of sewers.

"Unfortunately, no," there are not plans for a PC demo, Volotion community manager J Goldberg has said on Twitter. So it goes.

Of course, the PS3 demo will depend upon Sony getting the PlayStation Network back up and running. The online service is currently down following a serious hack and Sony's recovery plan may only see "some services" resorted by the time the demo's due.

"I'd have to assume that if PSN is still down next week (I seriously hope not), once it comes back up, the demo will be available at that point," Goldberg said on the Red Faction forums.

Red Faction: Armageddon is due to be released in full for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 31, published by THQ. For more, check out our recent single-player and multiplayer hands-on previews.

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    April 27, 2011 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Red Faction: Armageddon demo on XBLA and PSN next week, skipping PC.

    A taste of Volition's demolish-o-shooter is headed to Xbox 360 and PS3 next week, but PC gamers get the cold shoulder once again.

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      April 27, 2011 6:09 AM

      Eh, it's red faction.

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      April 27, 2011 6:11 AM

      So they have a sort of gravity gun in this game, and what it does is tag a bit of the environment then tag an enemy then you press fire a third time I guess and the hunks of environment fly at the enemy to kill it. That's way gay. Why not just a large scale gravity gun that could directly pull the environment apart and then hock it at whatever bad guy you wanted? That'd feel way cooler, and you could also use the debris for cover etc.

      Plus the John Gunbro character and the art design looking a bit like Dead Space 2 but not as good makes this whole thing look really lame.

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      April 27, 2011 6:12 AM

      :( I've already preordered this but I really wanted to give it a go before release.

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      April 27, 2011 6:12 AM

      Hmpf, even though THQ / Volition were so quick to point out that the PC version of Armageddon was brought in-house they're not going to release a demo to prove that this version isn't the clusterfuck of a nightmare that RF: Guerrilla was? Pity.

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        April 27, 2011 6:13 AM

        nvm - thinking of Saints Row 2, not RF: Guerilla. Still it's a shame they don't want to bother with supporting a PC demo.

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          April 27, 2011 6:15 AM

          RF:G had some crazy 5.1 audio issues as well as running way too fast issues that took almost a year to clear up.

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            April 27, 2011 6:28 AM

            don't forget it uses GFW which sometimes will not let you patch the game, and if its not signed in
            it won't let you save.
            I had to bother with this twice already

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              April 27, 2011 7:29 AM

              Armageddon uses Steamworks this time round.

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            April 27, 2011 7:03 AM

            Ugh, that sucks. Oh how Volition has forgotten it's past. Sounds like anyone looking forward to picking this up on PC should wait a bit.

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        April 27, 2011 10:20 AM

        Your assessment of Guerrilla sounds a bit too harsh. It worked pretty well for me, but you do need good fps or the mouse will lag.

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          April 27, 2011 10:53 AM

          I think you missed my follow up post.

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        April 27, 2011 3:22 PM

        BREAKING NEWS: Danny Bilson talking the talk but not walking the walk. More at 11.

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      April 27, 2011 7:30 AM

      I'm giving up on pc gaming when it comes to multiplatform titles. Not because the pc isn't good its just game companies don't care. PC gamers get saddled with more restrictions, no demos, no dlc, and spotty control implementations. If for some reason the pc version is clearly superior in every way, I'll consider it. If not, I'm getting the 360 version.

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        April 27, 2011 9:01 AM

        In cases like this, I like to borrow the game from a friend/co-worker, or rent it. If devs aren't gonna support PC gaming, I'm not going to support them.

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          April 27, 2011 10:17 AM

          Well, they're releasing a PC version of the game. They're just not releasing a PC demo, which most games don't have on any platform.

          If you're going to borrow the game or rent it, you're likely going to be playing the console version. So then, why couldn't you just play the console version of the demo and then if you like it...play it on PC?

          I mean, as a developer they're saying you're a tiny section of their customer base so you don't get the benefit of a demo. They're still giving you a version of the game. You as a consumer are saying that's not good enough I want total equality even though I'm a tiny section of your sales. What do you think their logical response is going to be... (hint: see RDR).

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            April 27, 2011 10:56 AM

            Unless it's a AAA title, nearly all games on the 360 have a demo available to pull down from LIVE.

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      April 27, 2011 12:59 PM

      Nobody even asked for it. It'll be just another horrible port just like the rest of their PC games.

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      April 27, 2011 3:10 PM

      Fuck Volition then.

      To think that they did Freespace and they've fallen so low.. :(

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