UTIII, COD4, TimeShift demos now fragging PCs

Though the PlayStation 3 version of Epic Games' Unreal Tournament 3 will most likely be stuck in development purgatory until 2008, all systems remain go for the anticipated shooter's PC appearance in November. With that date quickly approaching, gamers can run through their paces in an online...

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Though the PlayStation 3 version of Epic Games' Unreal Tournament 3 will most likely be stuck in development purgatory until 2008, all systems remain go for the anticipated shooter's PC appearance in November. With that date quickly approaching, gamers can run through their paces in an online multiplayer demo, which is now available through GameSpot. The free trial contains three maps and modes for deathmatch, team deathmatch, and vehicle capture-the-flag play. For those seeking to avoid online embarrassment, the demo also allows for computer-controlled opponents.

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While Xbox 360 owners have already had a chance to scout out Call of Duty 4's multiplayer modes, PC owners can now take a tour of the single-player campaign with a one-level demo. For those wondering if their rigs are up to snuff for Activision's modern-warfare shooter, Infinity Ward has also revealed the game's recommended and required specs.

For optimal play, the game requires 2.4GHz dual core CPU, 1GB of RAM (2GB for Vista), 8GB of hard drive space, and an Nvidia GeForce 7800 or ATI Radeon X1800 or better GPU. Alternatively, the game's minimum specifications call for at least a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 or AMD 2800+ CPU, 512MB of RAM (768MB for Vista), 8GB of hard drive space, and an Nvidia GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon 9800 Pro or better GPU.

Shooter fans who enjoy ripping holes in space-time with their running and gunning can also check out a demo for Sierra's TimeShift. While Sierra didn't explicitly lay out the contents of the free trial, the publisher did note that players will get a good idea of the game's distinguishing time-manipulation mechanic. TimeShift phases into this plane of reality on October 30 for the PC.

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