This week's demo offerings were even more random and depressing than last week's. Xbox users still got nothing, and Playstation users got Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires Edit Mode, Page Chronica, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Decade Duels Plus). Ignoring the fact that most of these games' titles are impossible to say, how are these demos looking?
Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires Edit Mode
This demo was a bit confusing at first, are we editing an empire, or is the game called Dynasty Warriors 7? It turns out the latter would be true, and players would have a chance to dabble with the character creator, and then test their character in a battle. The character creation tool is surprisingly robust, allowing you to create as imposing or ridiculous a character as you want. You can customize their look, weapon, and special attacks, and I'm sure these options will expand as you unlock items within the game.
Once you are finished tinkering with your character, you can take them into a battle which is, unsurprisingly, exactly like the battles in every other Dynasty Warriors game. If there were any new features in this iteration, perhaps that should have been the focus of the demo. As it sits now, a character creator does little to persuade people that this game will be worth buying if you own any other game in the franchise.
Having never heard of Page Chronica before downloading the demo, this was a weird little outing. In this game, you have to form words via floating letters in order to power you abilities. Aside from that unique twist, it's a sub-par platformer that moves far too slowly for it's own good. The levels aren't challenging, and the lone boss fight in the demo is frustratingly boring. When the most interesting part of your game is that you can spell words, you've got a bit of an issue.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Decades Duels Plus
If you are one of the few people in the world that thought Yu-Gi-Oh! was still relevant than this demo probably interested you. The collectible card games has largely remained unchanged since it's first iteration, save for a few seemingly unnecessary complications. The demo provides an extensive tutorial for those unfamiliar with the rules, and then sets you off to duel in a tournament. This would be all well and good if the AI wasn't programed to completely beat you down with their seemingly superior decks. It's possible to last only a couple rounds before you are obliterated. For that reason alone, this demo doesn't bode well for the full game because it is simply not fun to lose repeatedly.
There you have it for all of the demos this week. As you can tell, it appears to be a slow time for the industry at the moment. Hopefully things pick up soon.