OnLive to get exclusive on Red Faction Armageddon PC demo

If you want to play the PC demo for the upcoming sci-fi third person shooter Red Faction Armageddon, there will be only one way to do that, at least for the next several days. OnLive has now revealed that it will be the exclusive outlet to play the PC demo for the game from developer Volition and publisher THQ. The demo should be available now by signing onto the OnLive service via a PC and Mac or via the OnLive MicroConsole device connected to a TV. The PC version of the demo will remain an exclusive with OnLive until the launch of the full version of Red Faction Armageddon on June 6.

OnLive's CEO Steve Perlman is quoted in today's press release as saying having the Red Faction Armageddon PC demo  exclusively on the OnLive service is "a milestone for the videogame industry." He added, "Not only is this the first time a major game pre-release PC demo is available exclusively from OnLive, but it’s the first time a game platform is encouraging gamers to buy a game on their preferred platform, whether or not that is OnLive. It shows the ubiquity of OnLive’s patented technology, both as a frictionless way to check out games for all platforms, and as a game platform itself."

OnLive has already announced that it will give people a free OnLive MicroConsole (a $99 value) if people pre-order the full version of Red Faction Armageddon via the OnLive service for $49.95 before the game is released on June 6. They will also get a free OnLive version of the last game in the series, Red Faction Guerrilla, with their pre-order.

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I like OnLive and have no issues with it. My only gripe is when I am staying at hotels with connections not up to par and I can't access it.

When you put that emphasis on "NOT getting OnLive", I misunderstood your target to be OnLive instead of the demo. As for the information, nobody checks to see if that crap is real or not. Hell, I have a separate email address for stuff like this (OnLive is on my real one, but nevertheless). But whatever, to each his own.

^Because you don't want to make a free account on an official site and download a 6mb file.. Volition and THQ don't want you as a customer? It would literally take less time to make an account (no credit card required) than to download the 800mb demo that the 360 has.

Go ahead and call me a fanboy or whatever; yes, I do have an account. But no, I don't think it's for everybody. I can understand why most PC gamers wouldn't be interested in it. But saying that Volition/THQ don't want you as a customer simply because you have some gripe against OnLive is pretty stupid IMO.

Unbelievable21 said,
^Because you don't want to make a free account on an official site and download a 6mb file.. Volition and THQ don't want you as a customer? It would literally take less time to make an account (no credit card required) than to download the 800mb demo that the 360 has.

Go ahead and call me a fanboy or whatever; yes, I do have an account. But no, I don't think it's for everybody. I can understand why most PC gamers wouldn't be interested in it. But saying that Volition/THQ don't want you as a customer simply because you have some gripe against OnLive is pretty stupid IMO.


I have to sign up, by putting my information in yet another database, likely to be lost or sold, just to download a demo? This is my problem with this...where did you get I have a gripe against onlive? A demo as an exclusive seems idiotic beyond compare to me.

I don't buy a game without a demo, and I am NOT getting onlive just to play a demo...seems Volition and THQ don't want me as a customer?

I only liked the first Red Faction. It was a first-person shooter and had the unique novelty of letting you actually destroy your environment. When it went to third-person it became garbage to me. I hate all third person games. It's FPS or nothing for me.

"OnLive's CEO Steve Perlman is quoted in today's press release as saying having the Red Faction Armageddon PC demo exclusively on the OnLive service is "a milestone for the videogame industry.""

LOL. Whatever dude.

You're not missing much, they're having a crapload of network issues on my end. I shouldn't be getting "Network Problems" on 30MBPS. >_>

Azies said,
You're not missing much, they're having a crapload of network issues on my end. I shouldn't be getting "Network Problems" on 30MBPS. >_>

True, so true. It's amazing at how crappy the stability is with servers given the technology companies have access to these days. I could see network problems back in 1892, but not in 2011.

Yes...and of course what the article forgets to mention is that OnLive is available only in the US a country which last time I heard was still on dial up connection.
I wounder why US based sites like Neowin don't post a little sign which specifies that the articles are related to US users only. It would spare me the time of actually going through the article and the bitter disappointment.

SoulLance said,
Yes...and of course what the article forgets to mention is that OnLive is available only in the US a country which last time I heard was still on dial up connection.
I wounder why US based sites like Neowin don't post a little sign which specifies that the articles are related to US users only. It would spare me the time of actually going through the article and the bitter disappointment.

yeah..... we're all on dial-up

also, it said right there in the title "OnLive", you should have stopped right there. Dont blame anyone else because you cant read.

reidtheweed01 said,

yeah..... we're all on dial-up

also, it said right there in the title "OnLive", you should have stopped right there. Dont blame anyone else because you cant read.

I'm in the UK and I've been using OnLive... The technology is phenomonal.

SoulLance said,
Yes...and of course what the article forgets to mention is that OnLive is available only in the US a country which last time I heard was still on dial up connection.
I wounder why US based sites like Neowin don't post a little sign which specifies that the articles are related to US users only. It would spare me the time of actually going through the article and the bitter disappointment.

A little reading about the service wouldn't hurt would it?

http://onlivefans.com/news/onl...tional-payment-methods/260/

So a fail console shooter is getting a demo release on a fail platform. Gee, I wonder what will come of that... XD

Hfric said,
So a fail console shooter is getting a demo release on a fail platform. Gee, I wonder what will come of that... XD

The original Red Faction was a PC game, and quite a good one too...

schubb2003 said,

The original Red Faction was a PC game, and quite a good one too...

Agreed.
But since then, the series has take a huge step to the worse. This game is just another linear console pew pew pew.