God of War III, Darksiders demos drop on PSN

PlayStation Store Update: Sony, THQ samplers lead week that also revels in Greed Corp; Game Arts' Grandia becomes PS Classic.

Sony has a number of premium additions to the PlayStation Network this week, ranging from new games to heavily discounted past releases. However, the most in-demand new content is likely to be what's free, as a demo for the hotly anticipated God of War III is joined by a prolonged sampler of THQ's Darksiders.

The God of War III trial is the same that has been previously parceled with the God of War Collection for the PlayStation 3 and District 9 Blu-ray release. As Kratos, players navigate the underworld, hacking their way through legions of undead soldiers and mythological beasts. The free sampler for Darksiders gives gamers access to the entire first dungeon of the game, called the Twilight Cathedral. THQ notes that the experience should take most gamers about 90 minutes.

The release of the Darksiders and GOWIII demos side by side could be considered apt.

W! Games' Greed Corp represents the sole new-game addition to the PSN this week. Available for $9.99, the game pits the military might of up to four players in heated battle against one another on a hexagonal playfield. As collapsing hexagons reshape the battle, players will have to make strategic compromises, balancing the need to destroy land for resources or to thwart opponents’ schemes with the need to preserve it for their own safety.

On the classic game front, Game Arts' acclaimed original PlayStation role-playing game Grandia is now available for $9.99. Released in 1999, the game won critical praise for both its story and its engaging combat system.

On the PSP store, Sony has released its place-and-time-bending puzzler echoshift for $14.99. Gamers can also pick up GTI Club Supermini Festa, an arcade-style racer that costs $29.99.

A full list of the week's deals and new PlayStation Store content, including themes, wallpapers, demos, discounts, and add-on content, is available on the official PlayStation Blog.

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zeebenzene
zeebenzene

@simon_levane Mass effect 2 was good, but not spectacular. Don't take me wrong, I thought it was a great game, but it deserved the 9 that it got. It didn't really blow me away. In my opinion, even though dragon age was less profile, it was a much better game. thus it got a 9.5 here, because even it wasn't perfect. I don't think that GOW3 will get a ten, because few games anywhere do. But I may be wrong. Just because ME2 didn't get ten doesn't mean that GOW3 won't. But I have a small measure of faith in GS and I think that they will give GOW3 a ten if it deserves it. im out.

sieg6529
sieg6529

that darksiders demo was LOOOOOONG. but fun.

CoRiNi
CoRiNi

@ ZeroXraven and you consider yourself a gamer , watching ppl like you makes me sad . I pity you =) . God of war is not button smash , if not for the Epic story , then it's for the abso#$%#lutely Awesome ruthless Kratos

CoRiNi
CoRiNi

Kratos is even more violent than ever . GOW FTW!

Kratos2030
Kratos2030

Finally, a demo for God of War 3!

Trogeton
Trogeton

I really want to play GOW3

Tmazener22
Tmazener22

GoW3 demo was great...kinda been there done that with the first two...hoping the full version has something more to offer, as far as darksiders...I played the majority of the full version, fun game...great for a rental but heck, when you can play 90min of the game, saves ya the 5 bucks to rent it!

THORINATOR
THORINATOR

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Omegamojo
Omegamojo

Good GOW3 demo, looked GREAT - but felt the same, fwiw. Tough act for a Darksiders demo to be released alongside it. seems like a fun enough game in the same genre, but it's hard not to compare the two when the demos are out side-by-side (I know Darksiders has been out for several weeks now). GOW kinda blew it away in my mind. There is probably space for them both (& Dantes Inferno), but i'm not rushing out to buy them.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Darksiders is awesome. Obviously, GOW3 will be better, but Darksiders would be a good game to play while you're waiting for GOW3. I'm playing Darksiders right now and I'm loving every minute.

blueguykisame
blueguykisame

I found the GoW demo to be graphically exciting :o and didn't notice hardly any bugs.. plus this demo is from June, 2009. Sooo.. just work in progress. I can't wait to get my hands on it :D Darksiders demo... I found it to be dull and unentertaining was hard not to compare it to the awesome GoW3 demo that I had just played :\

zaiwen
zaiwen

grandia? yes yes yes finally a true classic to be released.. not those craptastic title releases 1 after another.. fix that dang bug sony so i can get my hands on grandia.. been 10yrs.. i miss the good ol days

02050muh
02050muh

Yeah! And throughout the world now,millions of people cannot log on to PSN..heck,even playing offline games that have trophies support cannot be started!! And i really would like to download the demo..but with the things going on...arrrghhhh!!!

lordgurpreet
lordgurpreet

Found the GOW3 demo to be buggy and graphically unexciting. Hopefully proper game will be better.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

a 90 minute demo for Darksiders? wow. i now actually have respect for THQ.

jer_1
jer_1

Darksiders was a pretty fun game to rent and the GoW 3 demo was really awesome, the detail was excellent! At this point I will hardly put the two up against each other because Darksiders just doesn't cut it at all. Definitely will be getting GoW soon!

Chelseablu
Chelseablu

Played them both.....liked them both!......I also liked the Dante Inferno demo! All three are of a similar genre but each adds its own twist.....and each one had strenths and weaknesses! If I was only allowed to buy one, then the proven GOW franchise would be my choice but the other two are by no means to be sniffed at and will hopefully spawn sequels in the none to distant future.

kakotan
kakotan

@ robram9: I live in Shippensburg , PA I called to Carlisle, Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Waynsboro PA Hagerstown MD, and even Martinsburg , WV; The gamestops and Walmarts have none, i called all the Targets in this area, none have them, I called the closest Best buy and toys r us in Hagerstown, none have them. Gamestop right now is only getting them when you want them they will order them for you . If im right with what they several guys told me. My friend even bought MAG hopeing to get a PS3 somewhere ,lol but he had no luck.

crazyshooter93
crazyshooter93

tried both of them and in my opinion the GOW3 demo which is almost a year old is better than the darksiders demo, and in darksiders i noticed that they copied some stuff from god of war.

thrasher510
thrasher510

already got the demo when i got the collection and preordered the game

Denveraic
Denveraic

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-HCMF-
-HCMF-

hummm, gow3 is actually going to be relased after all this time, well it might be time to pick up that ps3 have have been putting off

blancobo
blancobo

it is kind of strange how every one is dropping the pesimistic or optimistic sides on the reviews. i think this game will get a good review. just don't expect the 2008 reviews for metal gear 10, gta iv 10... i think that happened at a specific time within the gaming industry. this game will be huge... but if it does not top the results from the previous 2... even though it is in high def... i know it will not deserve a review like the one the first game got. regardless of that... my only concern is if the game is long enough, like the first one... if it is as engaging and complex to entertain me for quite some time. now that games are so expensive to make, most are not as long as one would hope even after paying 20% more that what we payed for PS2 games. i think GS has dropped some of its bias on the reviews... they still got the bias on the news and the articles headings etc... but the reviews have gotten better and the ridiculous situations that happened at the beginning of the life of ths ps3 have been toned down. one thing i am certain... the game looks promising and i assure you all, i kid you not, I am getting this one on day one, early in the AM... will spend the entire day playing god of war III.

simon_levane
simon_levane

GOW will get a 9 from GS. After all, Mass Effect 2 was spectacular and only got a 9 here.

simon_levane
simon_levane

I downloaded and played the GOW demo. It plays like "God of War II" except in HD. Awesome, but not groundbreaking. EA didn't do Sony any favors by releasing DI a month earlier. Now onto "Darksiders".

maverick_76
maverick_76

That was the largest download I have ever done on PSN, but it was well worth it.

caffiend7
caffiend7

the GOW3 demo always corrupts for me:(

sagtlthl
sagtlthl

@Waranabatokwa Thanks very much, I appreciate you help thank you

Hobbitslayer18
Hobbitslayer18

I must say that they really screwed up darksiders. It doesn't play like a hack and slash game, but more like a failed zelda game mixed up with a hack and slash game and some gta and rpg elements. GOW3 on the other hand looked really nice, can't wait for it!

VectrexFanBoy
VectrexFanBoy

i've never played god of war 1 or 2 but i tried this demo out. IT WAS SICK i'm definitely gonna play through this game it's totally epic looking

Waranabatokwa
Waranabatokwa

@sagtlthl i used my R1 (US) account for the PSN.. the demo doesn't show up in my R3 (asia) account..

ElfanGK21
ElfanGK21

@ sagtlthl. Got to the PS store then to new arrivals. It should be right there. And @ drangel jam; agreed. I used to love GoW and still do. But after playing the demo I realized I'm not such a fan any more but will definitely be renting it for the story. Still a great game for the puzzles and stuff too.

rustynailrdm
rustynailrdm

God of War, I'm Loving It....da dada da da, *Mcdonalds theme*

ahpuck
ahpuck

don't waste your time downloading the demo, the game has changed so much now it's not worth the download time. watch the GT tv game video to get a taste of the game instead, it's awesome.

robram9
robram9

@kakotan: Where do you live?? There are one Best Buy, one Wal-Mart and one Toys R Us less than one mile from my house and all of them have stacks of PS3's available for people to buy, if you go to their websites all of them have them in stock ready to ship.

SethandJeremy
SethandJeremy

I got the darksiders demo and it was really good. so i'm probably going to get this in the near future.

progamemania
progamemania

well I got the demo but it made me wonder!! does it start where the previous GOW ends? The gang were climbing the mount Olympus.. well maybe it starts somewhere in the middle of GOW3. anyhow it was amazing, although we saw most of it here on GS..

kakotan
kakotan

Ya know these games are both awesome and great for the PS3 but if you want GOW3 and don't have a PS3 GOOD LUCK!!!! I just called 8 wal-marts and 5 gamestops tonight in a 40 mile around me and no one had a PS3. I was calling for my friend cause he wants to play MAG. and no one has one. One thing the one person at walmart told me was the company that makes the blue ray drive parts filled for bankruptcy so good luck folks if you find one :s

Tevi
Tevi

i want to play this game and smoke cuban cigar

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

Is GOW demo the same same that I have downloaded some time ago that came toguether with the GoW collection? I am downloading Darksiders... I was looking foward to that game you know? I may wait for a price decrease or something.

manga777
manga777

Loved GOW III and hated darksiders because it was just GOW III but slower

warrner11
warrner11

slow on the news again GS... Ive had Minotaur intestines stuck to the bottom of ma boots for the past 3 days now.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I've already played the demo, and if you think you're going to buy and love the game skip that. I personally have never been a GoW fan, but I've grown as a gamer, and don't expect it to play like my favorite hack and slash action adventure game of all time anymore. So I will enjoy it for the epic plot, settings, and everything that it's awesome that it has to offer. I'm especially buying it on day-1, after seeing the new footage on Spike TV.

mardinn92
mardinn92

Xraven What the heck are you talking about you god damned "robot"!? Not memorable? hah.. you are probably some 12yr old kid that doesn't like blood and can't even understand English.. Sad times..

BigBoi17
BigBoi17

Xraven are you serious? Ummmmmmmm most games are the same, that's why they're catagorized by genres. I'm pretty sure you feel the same about movies lol "I'm so sick of movies where guys shoot guns"...

ZeroXraven
ZeroXraven

GOW 3 demo was lameee, so tired of all these hack and slash games, they are essentially the same game OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER again...some may like it but to me it's no different than a bad action movie with bad actors...I prefer an intelligent story and well thought out characters...I enjoyed GOW 1 but I beat that in less than a day and same goes for the PSP game, they are just not worth the money because they are so short and not very memorable

blackwingzero
blackwingzero

I tried both the GOW III and darksiders demos and didn't like either of them.