If you bought God of War: Ascension for your PS3, then now is the long-awaited day that you can finally get your hands (and controller) on the demo for new Naughty Dog demo The Last of Us. The press have been afforded access to the game recently, and now it is finally your turn to get involved in the action and judge for yourselves whether The Last of Us is worth a purchase when it releases in late June. Well, that would be the case at least if Sony had taken into account the likely demand for the demo.
Rather than include the demo itself on the Blu-Ray of God of War Ascension, the disk instead works as a kind of ‘early access’ pass to enable players to download the demo. As of right now however, the sheer interest in the demo seems to have crashed the server, with most people experiencing an error message when attempting the download. The PSN store also seems to be undergoing maintenance at the moment, which is either REALLY bad timing, or a sign that the servers have been under some real stress. Either way, Sony has taken to Twitter to reassure eager gamers that they are working hard to fix the problem.
When you finally do get to check out the demo, it is set in the Outskirts area of the game, where your party of Joel, Ellie and Tess will encounter Runners and Clickers. Weaponry is severely limited in the demo, as it will be for the game itself, forcing the player to scavenge for anything that can provide a small advantage in combat. We will bring you our own impressions of the demo next week for those of you who didn’t get onboard with the latest Kratos adventure, assuming that we are able to download the demo ourselves of course! It does seem that with Sony putting such a focus on digital distribution for the PS4, they really ought to be able to avoid situations like this – what is wrong with the Steam model of pre-downloading files at quiet times overnight a few days before the launch, then simply activating the file at the correct time?