This Week’s Film/Games Reviews — 18/05/09

May 20, 2009 § Leave a comment

This week I should have a review up on Shane Meadow’s 2008 film, Somers Town.  Also in the next week or so will be my review for Bionic Commando: Rearmed, available for both XBLA and PSN.

I recently bought Rearmed over XBLA after having been won over by the trial version (which is simply one of the funniest, most charming things I’ve played — give it a try if you haven’t already), and it got me thinking: demos are an interesting thing, aren’t they? They’re great for consumers — as I’ve usually never been more certain over whether I’m going to buy a game after having played a demo — but they’re a mixed blessing for developers. A bad demo, unrepresentative of the quality of the full version, can harm the reputation of game via word-of-mouth before it’s even released. It’s a strange irony that the new Bionic Commando, soon to be released in Europe, has suffered this fate — especially when considering how good the trial version of Rearmed was.

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