Thursday, September 1, 2011

Onlive Comes to GameSpot
You read the review and you watched the video review, but maybe you're still on the fence about throwing some cash down on a particular game you have your eye on. We here at GameSpot are trying to make that decision a little easier for you to make with a new partnership with the cloud gaming service known as OnLive. If you're not really familiar with what OnLive is, you can check out our in-depth breakdown of the overall service here, but the short version for those who don't have the time: Since OnLive is a cloud gaming service, you never have to worry about hardware requirements or compatibility because the games are all running on OnLive's own hardware located in a hub, which then broadcasts a video signal back to your computer of what you're playing. All you need is a decent Internet connection and you should be all set. It all sounds like some crazy magic act, and while it's still possible that some kind of Internet wizards may be involved, it's an impressive service.
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You can try it out yourself by simply visiting one of our gamespaces that has an OnLive demo, likeBatman: Arkham Asylum (new demos are being added all the time, with some arriving day and date with major upcoming games). A prompt will appear that gives you some basic information on the game as well as a link to download the small OnLive client. Once that's finished, you setup an account, click connect, and a few moments later, you're playing Batman. Each OnLive demo is 30 minutes long, so you'll have plenty of time to get a basic grasp of what a game is like. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below.
If you want to check out some other games with OnLive demos, here's just a small sampling. Red Faction: Armageddon
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
Just Cause 2
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