On the Gamespot homepage, tucked in a small corner on the righta little below the box about the special features is a countdown timer for the F.E.A.R. demo. Here’s a screenshot:
I wonder if this is a single-player demo, and I wonder why they haven’t advertised for it extensively like they did with the BF2 demo. The release date is mid-October anyway so I think it would be a bit early for an SP demo? Or maybe not. Clicking on it takes you to the game’s Gamespot gamespace, where there is no info on it. Their latest info is about a single player demo hands-on, so we might actually get a single-player demo in 2 days. Hopefully anyway.
The MP stuff wasn’t really a demo. They had a multiplayer beta on FilePlanet for a while, and last month they had an MP beta on Gamespot’s new GameCenter thing, but I think that was for GS Complete members only. Didn’t try it because I’m not interested in the MP either.
Has anyone been a part of the more recent MP Beta test’s? I got on the original MP test, via Gamespy, and while it had some interesting bits…well, it had bullet time, it was straightforward running around an office/warehouse shooting standard FPS weapons. Engine was chugging on high end gear as well.
So 4 and a half hours till the demo is released. No-one frothing at the mouth?
BTW, could the folks playing it tell what specs they’ve got and the corresponding graphical settings? And maybe an estimate of how well it runs? The MP beta ran like a dog on even the higher-end rigs out there.
Well, according to the official site, the demo isn’t due to be released until 10AM EST. So over 12 hours. Given the performance of the MP Beta test, I think I’m safe from frothing. No doubt I’ll give it a spin tomorrow at some point. I’d be happy to post performance impressions once I get a chance.
Heh I give up. Fileshack has a 20 minute wait and another server with a 40 minute wait, Fileplanet has a minimum of 50 minutes wait on their servers, 3D Gamers and Gamespot servers are really slow. Ah well, tomorrow then.
Good demo – not incredible, but good. The ending is a cliffhanger, and definitely abrupt, but it serves its purpose. I didn’t find it terribly “scary,” honestly, so i think tense would be a better word for it. The AI is amazing. Enemies really use their surroundings well… they’ll crouch behind objects and wait you out, hide when they see you coming, and throw grenades at the right moments. There were only a couple times when the AI really hiccuped. Well, i’ll buy it. As FPS games go, it’s worth playing.