NewsSpots: BioShock demo, Crysis, Tabula Rasa, Conflict: Denied Ops

Sample of 2K's critically lauded shooter now online; EA's shooter and NCsoft's MMORPG get collector's editions, and Eidos' forthcoming shooter is renamed.

BioShock demo zaps GameSpot, soundtrack EP coming
Shortly after GameSpot's BioShock review went live, the demo for 2K Games' critically lauded action-adventure has arrived on the site. Weighing in at 1.93GB, the demo is the same as the one that arrived for the Xbox 360 earlier in the month. It features the beginning of the game, when players first discover the entrance to the undersea city of Rapture and the horrors that lie therein.

In other BioShock news, 2K Games is releasing an exclusive remix EP of songs from the BioShock soundtrack. The disc will feature three tracks--"Beyond the Sea," "God Bless the Child," and "Wild Little Sisters"--reworked by techno artist Moby and Oscar the Punk. The disc will be bundled with the limited edition of BioShock, which is only available at GameStop and EB Games, for a limited amount of time.

Crysis, Tabula Rasa getting special-ized
Two major PC titles are jumping on the collector's edition bandwagon. On November 16, Electronic Arts will publish a three-disc special edition of Crytek's sci-fi shooter Crysis. The SE will contain a making-of featurette, developer interviews, a concept-art slideshow, game trailers, and a unique in-game vehicle. Also included will be the original concept video that Crytek used to pitch Crysis to EA, as well as the game's original soundtrack, composed by Inon Zur (Baldur's Gate II, Prince of Persia, and Everquest II).

Tabula Rasa: CE.

Meanwhile, NCsoft has taken the wraps off the collector's edition of Tabula Rasa, the forthcoming sci-fi massively multiplayer online role-playing game from Ultima Online creator Richard Garriott. Real-world items in the black-and-silver package (pictured) include an Allied Free Sentients (AFS) field guide, Tabula Rasa dog tags, an AFS coin, a special edition poster, and a Making of Tabula Rasa DVD. In-game goodies include a special character emote, exclusive armor colors, a unique pet, and one month of free game play. The PC game still carries a general "fall" release date in North America.

Crossfire renamed Conflict: Denied Ops
Last September, Eidos Interactive teased a new shooter titled Crossfire for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 that would focus on two-person co-operative gameplay. Now, the game has been redubbed Conflict: Denied Ops and rebranded as an offshoot of the long-running war series from Eidos parent company SCi Entertainment. Developed by Pivotal Games, it is due out next year.

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fearNot35432
fearNot35432

Conflict Denied ops Will Be One Of The Conflict Series

jasonmasico
jasonmasico

Conflict : Denied Ops is gonna be the best co-op game ever!!(MAYBE NOT CUZ ARMY OF 2 SOON!!!)

halolov3rx10
halolov3rx10

crysis no doubt will be killer app for pc and it will go down in history as one of the greatest games ever developed.

zorn99
zorn99

The only thing I ever like in a special edition is a t-shirt. The rest of the stuff is crap. I still have my Half Life t-shirt. Crysis looks like it's gonna be great.

Jenkins_2005
Jenkins_2005

There is no point in buying a collectors edition of a game unless you are going to collect it, aka never open it and just keep it hidden away for a good few years. The extra s**t they put in with the collectors or special editions are just useless, apart from a making of DVD. Why would you want tabula rasa dog tags?. Its not like anyone is ever going to wear them.

pbking13
pbking13

The Bioshock demo is really freaking sweet. I need to get that game.

lukey9493
lukey9493

gamespot gave it a 9/10 because thay say that the combat feels lame, enemys get hader but dont look harder, and a few bugs. You cant just say a game gets 10 cause it fun,

Mr_AL-PimP
Mr_AL-PimP

i played the PC demo! the graphics is good! but not that will make me go crazy for like how many gamesites gave it a 10/10 i think between 9-9.5/10 is good rating! i have 7800GTX and 2GB ram and 3.6GHz processor! so is it going to play it in max?

xmg0
xmg0

9.0! wow! why

Arch-Vil
Arch-Vil

gamespot gave Bioshock 9.0 ???? WHY ?!!!!!

mrfidget
mrfidget

guys, the bioshock demo for 360 was 1.3 gb it was like 2 days ago i remember

GodsBusy
GodsBusy

I too agree with diablobasher - just because I don't buy the special edition doesn't mean I want a game designed for the handicapped . . . oh wait, you said a handicapped version of the game and not a version of the game for the handicapped, didn't you? My mistake. Carry on.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

I agree with diablobasher ... i just hate those bonuses!

diablobasher
diablobasher

"and a unique in-game vehicle" For gods sake. This is a trend that really needs to stop. I'm not paying for a collectors edition just so i dont have to have a handicapped version of the game.

brokengammer
brokengammer

I played the Bioshock demo on the 360 and it rocks the world,I hope the game turns out the same way.I'm deleting the demo though,it takes too much frikkin' space. Pluse Crysis look kickass cant wait for the demo onlin!

okassar
okassar

I played the Bioshock demo on the 360 and it rocks the world,I hope the game turns out the same way.I'm deleting the demo though,it takes too much frikkin' space.

Warfust
Warfust

I'm looking forward to some first hand opinions, but I'm not looking to pick it up.

Spindoc_SEI
Spindoc_SEI

The demo should be 1.84 GB, not 1.93.

NRIAgent
NRIAgent

of course Tabula Rasa is big. Just take a look at the site and you'll see articles all over the place. Beyond that I'm not sure. On other sites I think it's just another NCSoft game which is probably going to be good but that's going to slide in under the radar and take the MMO world by storm anyway.

mrchu
mrchu

Tabula Rasa is a 'major' PC title? I didn't realise it had that much steam behind it.

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

Steel_Rain777 I feel your pain buddy.

vorquin
vorquin

Some people have enough money (believe it or not) that an extra 10-20 dollars for a collector's edition doesn't matter. At all. Whatsoever.

Steel_Rain777
Steel_Rain777

hopefully my comp can run Bioshock pretty good. I have only 256mb video card and i know it recommends a 512 (wow). One thing I hate about PC's is the fact that sooner or later youll have to upgrade it again :( really annoying. It aint no biggie, if it can't Ill have my PS3 and Wii ready for Metroid Prime Corruption and Warhawk. i do hope Crysis hits the Ps3 one of these days, Just by looking at the game I won't be surprised at the steep requirements just to play it

cevic
cevic

3 discs for Crysis Special Edition, I want more, like a t-shirt. I'm gonna buy it though.

zeecorner
zeecorner

will a free month of gameplay still come with the Regular Edition of Tabula Rasa??

ctg867
ctg867

Bioshock demo is awesome, though I don't think the demo is that big. I really remember it being closer to 1GB, not 2GB. Crysis will be awesome, but if you buy collector's editions of games, your a sad pathetic fool.

ratix2
ratix2

crysis isnt coming to consoles just yet, cryteks stance on that is "we'll wait and see", also its being published by ea so unless the game completly bombs expect a port. crytek IS making a game for the ps3 and 360 though, but its not related to crysis. and i wasant expecting to max out the bioshock demo but damned if i didnt, 7800gt, thought i would have good but not max. but hey, i aint complaining.

firebreathing
firebreathing

CryEngine2 (which is the engine that is being used for Crysis) is being used to make next gen console games. I don't know about Crysis coming to consoles though.

Marka1700
Marka1700

Time to see how well my PC can handle bioshock, so I know wich version to buy.

ppau08223
ppau08223

im sure some one will upload the songs from the bioshock le to the torrents so im not really worried about that

HK-47-M4
HK-47-M4

I hope Crysis comes to the PS3, there was a rumor that it was.

Tree06
Tree06

Bioshock is upon us. Lol

Pete5506
Pete5506

Go to see what BioSHock is like on the PC

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I knew both Crysis and Tabula Rasa would have a special edition. It is only natural for high profile titles like them to have them. Oh and by putting "Conflict" in front of the name for Denied Ops, they have probably scared away many buyers. The other Conflicts were not great at all.

Sandro909
Sandro909

Damnit, now I need that Crysis SE. :(

StephenHu
StephenHu

exclusive in game vehicle?? so it's a diff skin? or a vehicle only SE players can pilot online?

polsci1503
polsci1503

It will be interesting to see how's Garriott's (he of puffy shirt fame) Tabla Rasa turns out... has he still got the gift? Me'thinks so.

Riamo_10
Riamo_10

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Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

I downloaded the XBOX360 version last weekend and I was very surprised. I definitely recommend the demo to anyone. :)

afrolightning89
afrolightning89

I'm not one for buying the limited editions of games, but some of this stuff sounds slightly worthwhile.