This week my son and I tried out a couple of free demos for some games that are near or recently released. Demos are a great way to try some new games, and get some free entertainment at the same time.
Splatoon 2 Test Fire
As I mentioned in a previous posting we recently got a Nintendo Switch and we are enjoying it. Splatoon 2 is a game for the Switch that we are have been interested in trying out. Fortunately, last Saturday we had a chance to go hands on with the game in the first “test fire”
Splatoon is a multiplayer game where the object of the game is to cover the world in your team’s paint color. We did not play the first Splatoon because my son was too young to play the game. Now that he is 7 he can handle the more complex control schemes. The game is bright, colorful, and great for all ages.
My son and I found Splatoon 2 to be a fun experience. I always thought Splatoon was an easy “kids” game but there is actually some pretty deep mechanics and fun team play. Note this game does have online interactions so monitor your kid’s playtime if they are competing online.
Unfortunately, this demo does not seem to be available anymore. But if you are a Switch owner keep an eye out because there might be more free demos on the way.
Destiny 2 Beta
Destiny is a game for grown-ups, but its rated T so kids are ok to watch (it’s as violent as a Marvel Movie). This is a first-person space shootout adventure. If you haven’t played the first game it’s okay, everyone is getting a fresh start with this release. The setup for the game is that you are the a member of the last city on the planet, bad guys come to your town and steal your space powers and you need to fight to get them back.
The online beta will be open to everyone on XboxOne and PS4 this weekend. It contains two story missions and an online player vs player game mode. I have only played the missions so far and I would recommend checking it out. If you played the first Destiny this game feels very similar but it has some much-needed improvements to the story and gameplay.
Mass Effect Andromeda
Mass Effect released a few months ago to a lot of criticism for buggy controls and bad animation. The developers have addresses many of these concerns and are offering a free 10-hour demo to everyone on Xbox One and PS4. This is a mature rated title that is for after the kids go to sleep.
Mass Effect Andromeda is the fourth game in the franchise but this is a new story. The game is about exploring the Andromeda Galaxy, fighting bad space guys, and building relationships with crew mates on your ship. I have only just started playing this game but I am having fun with it. I am glad to see that the developers fixed the issues with the game and are giving away so much game time for free.
That about does it for me. We have a blast playing some free game demos this week. Are there any other games I missed? Let me know in the comments!