Over the past couple of E3s a more and more common occurence is developers announcing that a beta or demo – or sometimes even full release – of their game is available right away. So if seeing all the amazing games announced and shown off at E3 2016 made you want to play some of them now, which ones can you play?
Let us run you through what’s available right now for you to sink your teeth into…
Obviously, the new DOOM has already been released this year – and it’s damn good too – but id Software and Bethesda have given those who have not had a chance to play it yet to try out its gruesome first level. In a rather odd and annoying turn however this “demo” is only available for a single week ending on June 20 – so get it there quick!
Available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Trials of the Blood Dragon
If you were watching the Ubisoft conference, you were probably more than a little weirded out when the King of Finland (not really) and his buddy came out to announce Trials of the Blood Dragon. What it really is however is just a collaboration between the developers of motorcycle racing game Trials and the hilariously great 80’s themed Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. We tried out Trials of the Blood Dragon and it is actually a surprising amount of fun.
The full game is available now for PS4, Xbox One and PC for £11.99/$14.99. Buy it now from Green Man Gaming.
Halo Wars 2 Multiplayer Beta
Along with DOOM’s so called “demo”, the multiplayer beta for the upcoming Halo-themed RTS is only available this week, ending on June 20. Developed in collaboration with 343 by Creative Assembly – behind the Total War series – the game is looking to be an improvement on its predecessor in every way. Unfortunately however some people are having problems playing the beta which will hopefully be resolved soon.
The beta is available now on Xbox One. While the game will release in tandem on Windows 10 there is currently no way to play the beta on PC.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Demo
The full game releases in only two weeks but if you really can’t wait to get your hands on the next LEGO game the demo is currently available. The demo allows you to play the escape from Jakku as Rey, Finn and BB-8 in the usual comedic fashion of all LEGO games – as well as a short section in the Millenium Falcon.
The demo is available now for PS4 and Xbox One.
Resident Evil 7 Demo
One of the biggest surprises of this years E3 was a completely unexpected announcement of Resident Evil 7, even more-so because no-one guessed that the trailer we were watching was Resident Evil until the very end. To top off all the excitement a demo was announced that was playable straight away that shows off Resident Evil’s new (or rather, old) style. The demo – while not part of the full game – returns Resident Evil back to original, survival horror roots. It is pretty scary too.
Resident Evil 7 demo is currently exclusively available to Playstation Plus members on PS4.
South Park: The Stick of Truth Remastered
Announced as a pre-order bonus with South Park: The Fractured But Whole, The Stick of Truth is now available on PS4 and Xbox One. It’s been remastered for the new generation. Unfortunately, it’s only available as a pre-order bonus, so right now you can’t buy it separately.
If you pre-order The Fractured But Whole digitally, you’ll get the code instantly to dive into The Stick of Truth. If you pre-order a disc version, you’ll have to wait until the game releases on 6 December as your code will come in the both.