NewsSpots: Hour of Victory, DiRT, Heroes of Mana

Midway's World War II shooter and Codemasters' Colin McRae sequel get demos, while Square Enix dates DS game.

Hour of Victory demo is nigh
The World War II first-person shooter is a crowded genre, so Midway will need to play its cards right to make the upcoming Hour of Victory stand out from the competition. One move that might help is the release of a free single-player teaser demo, which Midway has set to go up on the Xbox Live Marketplace Wednesday, May 30. The demo will let players try all three of the game's protagonists in the North Africa level.

Take Colin McRae: DiRT for a test drive
After a two-year hiatus, Colin McRae is once again getting behind the steering-wheel attachment next month in DiRT: Colin McRae Off-Road for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Gamers wondering if the year off has left the series rusty can check out a demo of the Xbox 360 version released today on Xbox Live. For more on DiRT, read through GameSpot's latest preview.

Heroes of Mana to save the day in August
Square Enix has nailed down August 14 as the release date for its upcoming Nintendo DS game Heroes of Mana. The latest installment in the Secret of Mana universe brings the series into the real-time strategy genre with touch-screen support and online multiplayer through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. For more on Heroes of Mana, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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gamst3r
gamst3r

i now i love the demos have you gotten the demo for project sylpheed! its so cool i cant wait! for it

Triple_H90
Triple_H90

I watched how they tested the demo live and I didn't even get an emblem. THANKS GAMESPOT.

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

hour of victory doesnt look very good

billjakybob
billjakybob

DiRT and Hour of victory are gunna be sick cant wait

Headhunter01
Headhunter01

wow, the dirt demo is freaking awesome. I'll probably be buying that one.

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

I'll have to keep an eye out for DiRT and see if it is any good. I wish SE would make PC games, or port some of their titles again, but that is probably just wishful thinking.

twolegsbad
twolegsbad

The demo is great. I was ticked when they STILL did not include any rally tracks in Forza 2. And I was ticked when the best racing game of the last Gen, Mcrae 2005, was not backward compatible. Racing is about FUN racing mechanics. TDU has it. DiRT has it. --- jayCLAYMORE's right about the missing right stick free camera in all but one view mode. Hopefully that gets updated in the full version.

fmobliv06
fmobliv06

the DiRT demo is okay. i'm looking forward to the hour of victory demo even if the game itself doesn't look that promising. heroes looks pretty good.

haesuse
haesuse

yeah definitely looking forward to DiRT, but i can tell you that here in US it will get largely overlooked as its detailing a sport thats a damn big unknown to most of the ppl here. it is pretty sad that a reasons like that can stand behind a game not selling well.!

jayCLAYM0RE
jayCLAYM0RE

DiRT's damage model is the best i've ever seen. Textures n paint jobs so far? eh. Overall, it feels like a Colin McRae game should feel. Only thing missing is right-stick free camera control.

Bpg3D
Bpg3D

Lets hope Heroes of Mana is better than Children of Mana.

westsidejedi360
westsidejedi360

Hope the Hour Victory demo comes ASAP in OXM (i dont hav live)

okassar
okassar

Can't wait for the Hour of Victory demo to see if it would be worth it or not.Should be, but you never no, depends if there's a flaw or if it's countered by the numerous great games in fall(Halo 3,GTA 4,Assassin's creed, Endwar, and Mass Effect).

DRKRATTLI
DRKRATTLI

Dirt is friggin' AMAZING!!! Better than Forza Motorsport 2 and kick Motorstorm @$$, can"t wait to get my hand on demo of Hour of Victory!

DreFullCircle
DreFullCircle

brownie brown did a nice job with magical starsign, so i'm interested in seeing how heroes of mana turns out.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Hour of Victory looks pretty cool to me. I think it could be a pretty cool FPS game, I don't really ever get bored of WWII FPS games, as long as their good, well made games.

s0ck69
s0ck69

playstation network dirt demo NEVER lol

camian69
camian69

DIRT demo is excellent.........hour of victory looks great......forget it being 'just another WW2 game' and check it out for gameplay......I have high hopes for it, another great shooter is always welcome

Lord_Bafford
Lord_Bafford

DiRT was awesome! check it out if you haven't already.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

dirt looks good and all but hours of victory doesn't seem that great. I guess i'll try the demo.

bysmitty
bysmitty

The dirt demo kicks a$$. Hour of Victory looks lame. WW2 has been done to hell, get creative developers. ...bysmitty

freerunner01
freerunner01

teh DiRT demo is aight, nothing too fancy, but I did like the addition of the dirt racing

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

That DiRT demo is so awesome!

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Oh how the Mana series has strayed from it's roots.

bihboy69
bihboy69

anyone know when the DiRT demo wil be on the PSN?

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

yet another WWII game...I'll have to pass.

azizrulez
azizrulez

some interesting demos to try out, im interested in the hours of victory demo the most

Deihmos
Deihmos

I am really looking forward to Shadowrun. Been reading some good things.

lantus
lantus

You guys haven't mentioned the Shadowrun demo is also going up on live on June 6th.

Jimminyfixit
Jimminyfixit

Ah that sucks, oh well thanks for letting me know anyway.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

The Mana series really hasn't had a really hard hitter in a while. I loved Secret of Mana and Legend of Mana but I would like to see some more great games from the series.

skaca7
skaca7

Jimminyfixit Is anyone having a problem downloading this F****** demo! It has been five hours and i am on 5%! i didnt it only took me 25-30 min you must have a crappy connection

Jimminyfixit
Jimminyfixit

Is anyone having a problem downloading this F****** demo! It has been five hours and i am on 5%!

ericsp2081
ericsp2081

DiRT demo rocked! Graphics are sublime and put Forza to shame

bosslit
bosslit

Colin McRae: DiRT hit forza in the face with a baseball bat. they should take some notes NonTeleGraFicMOVeMenTs ...look it up haha

skinny_man_69
skinny_man_69

O good this Hour of Victory demo ought to give me a glimpse at that game before I make a purchase and the DiRT demo is so much fun!

TheHotel
TheHotel

No PS3 DEMO FOR DiRT!!!! ARGHH!!

Mariofan1314
Mariofan1314

Can't wait till Hour Of Victory comes out!

Diablo2343
Diablo2343

no probs w/ dirt here....enjoyed it more than forza which shocked meh

ked2009
ked2009

The Dirt demo was pretty cool. The graphics are the best I've seen in almost any game.

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

Well, we already knew the HoM release date... and as a correction to the article the game doesn't have online multiplayer, just leaderboards.

Homes225
Homes225

W00t Hour of Victory Demo Next week! A DiRT has been having some problems I hear...