Too Human golden

After a decade in the works, Silicon Knights' Norse mythology-inspired RPG heads down from development Valhalla, due in mortal stores August 19; demo count hits 900,000.

At the 1999 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Canadian developer Silicon Knights unveiled Too Human, a sprawling action-role-playing game inspired by Norse mythology. Originally intended as a multidisc epic for the first PlayStation, the game was delayed long enough to be briefly shifted to the GameCube...before being put on indefinite hold. As it lay in stasis, Silicon Knights developed other projects for Nintendo's pre-Wii console, including Eternal Darkness and the remake Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes.

What took you so long?

After years under the radar, Too Human resurfaced at Microsoft's X05 event as part of the initial wave of Xbox 360 projects. Since then, though, the project has had a rough ride, being beset by delays which Silicon Knights blamed on problems with the Unreal Engine 3. A nasty series of tit-for-tat legal battles ensued between the Ontario, Canada-based shop and North Carolinian Unreal-makers, Epic Games, with each party blaming the other for the game's woes.

But while the Silicon Knights-Epic Games spat remains unresolved, Too Human's fate is now finally sealed. Today, Microsoft Game Studios announced the Xbox 360 exclusive has gone gold and will make its announced August 19 release date. A demo for the T-for-Teen-rated, $59.99 game has been available on Xbox Live marketplace for just over a week, and has already been downloaded over 900,000 times. That's "more than any other action demo on Xbox Live Marketplace," according to Microsoft.

In Too Human, the pantheon of Norse gods--Odin, Thor, Loki, Heimdall, and the like--are reimagined as powerful half-human cyborgs, called Aesir, ruling over humanity in a distant future. The protagonist, Baldur, must defend his mortal charges against a new machine race bent on murdering humans and using their body parts to create a new race to fight the Aesir.

Too Human's gameplay will be fast-paced ranged and melee combat, with a variety of weapons to choose from, such as dual-wielded swords, shields, maces, polearms, and mass driver guns. Players will also have a range of classes, including command and defender, and can increase their abilities with cybernetic enhancements.

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247 comments
NukeU
NukeU

cybernetic norse gods huh? Are these guys on drugs?

kargion
kargion

can't wait need game now

Questlove711
Questlove711

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Questlove711
Questlove711

I think the graphics are gorgeous in this game. A big problem is the camera (for showing off the lovely graphics). It's a little too pulled out, so you never get to see the cool detail in everything unlike in the cut-scenes.

jamesaphillips
jamesaphillips

i dont understand why everyone is saying that the graphics are bad. they dont look that awful. infact id say that for a demo they are pretty good.

jamesaphillips
jamesaphillips

i dont understand why everyone is saying that the graphics are bad. they dont look that awful. infact id say that for a demo they are pretty good.

miasma_ollie
miasma_ollie

And before all you fanboys claim that im a 360 hater be silenced right now i have both a ps3 and a 360 i have had my 360 longer and prefer it. i was looking forward to this game and very dissapointed after playing the demo it was seriousley weak .

miasma_ollie
miasma_ollie

Graphics terrible, gameplay awful boring repatative, story and theme well lets just say i would rather play crazy taxi. this game is an over hyped peice of rubbish im sorry if you dont agree but i just thought it was awfull my friend told me not to download the demo because it really was that bad i downloaded it anyway just to give it a chance played through the whole thing and hated every second of it. this was deleted straight of my hard drive!

jamesaphillips
jamesaphillips

@jadeweapon i kinda see what you mean about the poor execution, but it IS only the demo, i mean they will probably have polished it a bit better since. i have to say though that before i played the demo i was definately gonna get the game, and now im sort of on the fence about it. the game seems to have tried to incorporate several gameplay aspects and it just doesnt do anything special for me. i certainly wouldnt discount it completely though...maybe its just because of the segmented part of the story in the demo

jadeweapon
jadeweapon

When I played the demo, I don't know about you guys, but it felt like what I'd imagine Mass Effect would play like if it was a year older. It's another one of those great idea- poor execution style games we keep seeing recently.

xeuse51
xeuse51

Jakob187 I loved the Blood Omen comment. I remember that every screen had a load time. As for Too Human I think it will be a good game. The demo was ok, and as for the graphics it is not "gears of war". There is much more to the game. You have to sacrifice graphics for content sometimes. The game better not be only 8 hours though like "Fable" was.

snipsuper
snipsuper

i have really alot of mix reations about this game, because the gameplay is fun, but honestly the graphics dont seem that live up to the 360's standards

Kingsta69
Kingsta69

I have been watching and anticipating this game for a long time now, but now its finally here I don't think I will be buying it. The graphics for me are a BIG let down.

pharos
pharos

can't wait to watch this game flop.... 10 years in fupping development and what you get is a game that seems cobbled together at half past 2 in the morning on night of release. the menus seemed like you had to be part of the development team to understand, because i had absolutely no idea wtf was going on. It will obviously appeal to the hardcore RPGnSlash element of the community, but not so much for everyone else...

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

I have been waiting for this game a long long time. i am very excited that it is finally coming out.

shaun_mcwayne
shaun_mcwayne

i know for a fact that if i get this, i will still be tinking in the back of my head that it should have been a 4 player instead of 2.

jakob_187
jakob_187

Oh, and before you go bashing me and saying "you can only play 1 class in the demo"...you need to do your glitch research. Hit up YouTube. Also, for those of us Blood Omen lovers from back in the day: at least the pause screen doesn't take seven years to load up!!! BWAHAHAHA!

jakob_187
jakob_187

I was psyched to check out the demo. On my first playthrough with the Champion class, I was definitely digging it (especially since I'm usually a 2h Barbarian type of class in RPGs anyways). After I finally tried out the other four classes, I have to say: I'm disappointed greatly. The gameplay styles between the five classes aren't really that different. The Bio-Engineer just lasts longer, the Defender takes a little less damage, the Berserker kills quicker, and the Commando...well...shoots stuff a lot. To be honest, I'll probably just play through the game as a Berserker and stick with that. The only other gripe about the demo is this: no boss fight to psyche me up really, not that many different enemy varieties, and too much time having to wonder around and hit crystals to get bounty in order to make my epics. I'm still going to be buying the game on day one, even though I don't even own a 360 (I play at the gaming center I work at). I just hope that the multiplayer gives it a little more depth...but from what I'm hearing, the AI difficulty doesn't scale once another person is added in, making the game way too easy. We'll see. I just hope that patches and some free DLC at some point will make this game totally worthwhile.

michael39238
michael39238

The demo is flawed. The graphics are beneath the quality of similar games and the gameplay is atrocious compared even to simple hack and slashes like Viking. The UI for gear and skills pales compared to a winner like Mass Effect. The camera is annoying and non standard. Its more of a button masher than anything and very hard to control and target. The idea was very cool but they took out 4 player coop and made too much of the game seem automatic.

Petros957
Petros957

I normally enjoy Hack n Slash RPGs of this type. The story seems to be interesting, and definitely different. So with the inclusion of Co-op play I decided to go ahead and buy this game. Now I have tried the Demo. The only thing I didn't care for was the camera system, and I'm fairly sure that will be fixed. This is the kind of game that demos never do justice. All it did was give you the barest glimpse of what the game will be like.

collinsworth
collinsworth

i played this demo 3 times and each time i spec'd differently and my armor and character came out completely different as did my gaming experience. i found that this game has some really awesome qualities that are lost if you only played the demo once. you can play this game hack n slash, or shooter, or tactical, or really a big explosion of all 3. that being said choose how you spec carefully and try to go at it however you find the game to be the most enjoyable for you. i thought id prefer the hack n slash technique but once i began to spec my guy i leaned more towards uping my robot and shooting abilities. i was rather skeptical about this game until i gave it more time and now i feel it may just turn into a shocker if you are willing to explore the game. find the runes adapt the gameplay mechanics for your character.

ShadowJake
ShadowJake

I thought that the demo was pretty cool but i am not sure there will be anything worth buying this one for such as replay value or worthwhile multiplayer. i would definitely say rent it, but hold off on buying

VegA_
VegA_

First of all... this game is a true "Genre Bender"... It's thank to these ignorant bashers... that we get the same crap each year, just labeled differently... I mean come on... This kind of looting and armor sets are basically unique to the PC world...(WoW & Diablo just name a few) We're just getting our first tastes of what it could look like for us console owners... So, I would suggest... Downloading the demo... Trying it more than once... since the controls are not very intuitive... and Then making a reasonable argument about it... Because in the end if every new development had to be corroborated with ignorant people... We'd still be in the stone age...

Pirate_X
Pirate_X

I tried the demo today. The game is slightly flawed. It is simply a rent at best. No offense to the developers.

why9090909090
why9090909090

played the demo, and honestly, i give it two thumbs up. The style of gameplay that was shown completely sold me, i'm getting this once it comes out

InfectX
InfectX

I wasn't expecting to enjoy this game, and the demo didn't change my mind at all.

hsedai
hsedai

looks quite interesting imho

Pete5506
Pete5506

I thought the demo was way fun, I'm so looking forward to this game

KlausRottingham
KlausRottingham

Was anyone else completly underwhelmed by the demo? I may rent it, but the demo has just really put to bed any chances of me buying it.

Quezakolt
Quezakolt

looks interesting. I like to follow what SK is up to, since I played Legacy Of Kain on the PS1, oh that was so long ago.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

For those of you who didn't like it, If you look at the game like this it made me understand it more and actually like it. Think that it's Diablo b/c it has tons of enemies on screen and a camera that mimicks it, with Devil May Cry contorls (I mean you have a sword and guns and the guns are infinite and you can do a few Dante moves) and World or Warcraft/Final Fantasy elements with the deep item and Rpg like elements. When I saw it was more like that, it made me like it. I know that's weird but I kept expecting God of War......it's nothing like that game at ALL! You have to shift your expectations and when you do, it gets so much better. Graphics could use a little fine tuning but I love it.

iforgotokie
iforgotokie

If they fixed the camera, I'm interested. The camera was driving me insane on the demo.

lordmt
lordmt

Going to be a sick game. Got it fully paid for just have to pick up at release.

thekey
thekey

I canceled my preorder this game is wack. The controls aren't even mapped right. The enemies are not varied enough for my taste. I didn't like the demo and I'm not giving the final game a chance. So good luck for them.

okassar
okassar

Meh,it's unique,its physics and graphics are pretty good,the story is cool,but yes there are some flaws and that is why I would say that it might get anywhere from 8-9.0 average rating,depending on how the final product is.It's definitely not a failure like Haze or Lair and it wasn't even hyped up as much as those games,it was actually hyped down by many, rofl---especially when they got denied by Epic.

Zoldaire
Zoldaire

I found the demo quite to my liking. I'm looking forward to the release of this game. 15 days... Uuh I can't wait!

SpartonGhost
SpartonGhost

I agree.This game totally disappointed me.

DrKill09
DrKill09

You guys just hate me cause I'm right! :P Get it right the first time! Hell, from what I hear about the demo, even the second time isn't good. Third times a charm, back to the drawing board I suggeest!

ciaxhieu
ciaxhieu

10 years in the making eh, wow

Proman84
Proman84

Great! Next stop: Duke Nukem Forev... Ah, who am I kidding ;) ?

JaredParten
JaredParten

j-bides You must have never played Eternal Darkness. It's one of the best games for the GC.

THizzle7XU
THizzle7XU

Wow, I think the story of this game's release is second only to Duke Nukem Forever.

j-bldes
j-bldes

@Eagles_Band I agree. They messed up MGS for GC, which I think was horrible. And the only reason it was playable was the fact that it was essentially MGS. And the director they got for the game, please. All that bullet time? /sigh. I never really thought Silicon Knights were a good company and yet to see a good game they produced. But you can't judge them until they release the game, you can only wait and see the finished product...

JaredParten
JaredParten

The fact that people are not going to buy a game because the demo "sucks", angers me. It's a damn demo.

gobbo00
gobbo00

I did not like the demo at first, but on a second playthrough ( looked at advanced combat ) I got it. Now some nay say'ers will go the camera is crap, or the shooting like crackdown. These people are the sort that will never please, too busy looking for faults. Haze is a game in question I have it and for the texture pop-in and poor driving sections, I still enjoyed it. Too Human dose have some issues but they are no way near and bad as haze's. The best thing so far through the demo playthrough is how well in game cut scenes and gameplay are put together. Also the lack of loading screens ( when not skipping them ) is great. The loot and skill trees are also very well put together, don't forget what ever alignment you choose give you another tree to go down. I also like the fact that MY Baldur will carry over into the next two games. And co-op although now only two players ( originally four ) gives me even more reason to buy it.