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PC BioShock demo incoming

PC BioShock demo incoming

The BioShock PC demo will be available at 11:00 GMT tonight, so get your downloads ready.

BioShock is awesome. Really, really awesome. Awesome because we've been playing it all week as we work on our in-depth review and we still find ourselves run screaming from the room everytime a Splicer comes around the corner.

If you've got an Xbox 360 then the chances are that you're nodding your head here, agreeing that BioShock really is the best game since Jenga was first invented. If you're more of a hardcore PC gamer though, then you'll be silently weeping and lamenting the fact that you still haven't had a chance to play the demo.

Well, come 11:00 PM GMT (or 7:00PM EDT, if you prefer) you will no longer have to cry those tears of BioShock-deprived misery. The PC demo will officially be landing later tonight.

Even better, the demo won't be the same as the 360 demo. Well, actually yes, it will be the same but apparently one of the plasmids is in a slightly different location. Still, it's more than enough reason for 360 gamers to download the PC version too!

All we care about though is whether the dead cat is still there, hidden in a corner about half-way in.

If you've been living under a rock for the past four or five years, or if you're just new to this whole games business, then you should know that BioShock is the brand new FPS/RPG hybrid from 2K Boston. The game casts players as a man whose plane crash over the Atlantic Ocean is only the start of an adventure into a massive underwater city called Rapture, where genetic tampering has pushed the citizens to war.

Our full coverage of the game, covering two reviews (one gameplay, one hardware) will be coming within the next day or two. If you still haven't managed to get your head around the game's story though, then you may want to use our multi-format, hands-on preview to get up to speed.

The demo will doubtlessly be all over the internet, but eager-beavers may want to keep an eye on the official website

Which version of the game will you be picking up, or do you think the whole thing is just hyperbole and over-excitement? Let us know in the forums.

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Rebourne 20th August 2007, 09:42 Quote
They sure are taking forever to get that demo out. Hilariously enough there was a loophole that has since been closed that allowed you to download it early from file planet unencrypted and ready to go. I was lucky enough to get in before they figured it out and the demo is great fun I can't wait for the full thing.
Neogumbercules 20th August 2007, 09:49 Quote
Sweet. Hopefully someone torrents it up. I wanna see how my PC compares to the 360.
quack 20th August 2007, 09:58 Quote
The FilePlanet downloader has nicely downloaded it for me already, just waiting for the unlock code now! :D
steveo_mcg 20th August 2007, 10:08 Quote
Guess i'll have to wait till tomorrow, way past my bed time. I don't suppose i'll even be able to get a slot to start downloading tonight.
otispunkmeyer 20th August 2007, 11:54 Quote
what types of rigs are you guys playing it on, im not overly impressed with the 360 to be honest, i think the sharper, cleaner visuals a pc can provide might be the better choice
Ramble 20th August 2007, 11:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rebourne
http://games.softpedia.com/get/Games-Demo/BioShock-PC-Demo.shtml

Wooo! get it now!

Seems to be down for me.
Bugger.

I've been a little out of the BioShock news, what are the minimum and recommended specs?
riggs 20th August 2007, 11:58 Quote
Fantastic! I was tempted to pre-order last week, but at least now I can try out the demo and just make sure it runs ok (my machine pretty much matches the 'Recommended' requirements, so I should be ok).
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ramble
I've been a little out of the BioShock news, what are the minimum and recommended specs?
Minimum;
CPU: Pentium 4 2.4GHz Single Core processor
System RAM: 1GB
Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 128MB RAM (NVIDIA 6600 or better/ATI X1300 or better, excluding ATI X1550).
Sound Card: 100% direct X 9.0c compatible sound card
Hard disc space: 8GB free space

Recommended;
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor
System RAM: 2GB
Video card:
DX9: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT or better)
DX10: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or better
Sound Card: Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ series (Optimized for use with Creative Labs EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0 or EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 compatible sound cards)
Ramble 20th August 2007, 12:04 Quote
Not bad, hopefully I'll be able to play it with some quality.
LeMaltor 20th August 2007, 12:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rebourne
http://games.softpedia.com/get/Games-Demo/BioShock-PC-Demo.shtml

Wooo! get it now!

Ooooo thanks, getting it now :D
Silver Shamrock 20th August 2007, 12:23 Quote
Well it's downloading but it's very very slow, so slow infact that it looks unlikely it will finish before the demo is out officially anyway. So i may just wait untill tonight and get it, seeing as i have a day off tomorrow:D

I'm a bit worried about the recommended graphics card tbh, mine has just 256mb so hope it won't make too much difference.
LeMaltor 20th August 2007, 12:28 Quote
Try getright, im running 4 segments 5% done at 150K @ 3 hours to go
Rebourne 20th August 2007, 12:33 Quote
I have a 6800 gt, 1 gb ram, and a 3700+ 64 AMD single core.

I can run it with everything on high at 1280x1024, except actors at medium, vsync off, and high detail post processing off...

All things considered it runs great and looks great.
WoutZoR 20th August 2007, 12:43 Quote
Silver Shamrock 20th August 2007, 13:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by WoutZoR
Another mirror:
http://chonnom0.filezaru.com/BioShockPCDemo.zip

~700KB/s

Nice thanks. I'm getting about 300KB/s and at 32% so not bad atall. Looking forward to it now:)
Ramble 20th August 2007, 14:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rebourne
I have a 6800 gt, 1 gb ram, and a 3700+ 64 AMD single core.

I can run it with everything on high at 1280x1024, except actors at medium, vsync off, and high detail post processing off...

All things considered it runs great and looks great.

Really?
That's excellent news.
Ramble 20th August 2007, 14:02 Quote
There's a torrent out for anyone who's still getting rubbish speeds.
steveo_mcg 20th August 2007, 14:52 Quote
have you got a link? or is it a less than reputable site?
Ramble 20th August 2007, 15:02 Quote
I'm using this one at the moment. Getting okay-ish speeds (60k odd). Might pick up a bit later on when all the downloads are flooded.
Delphium 20th August 2007, 15:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rebourne
http://games.softpedia.com/get/Games-Demo/BioShock-PC-Demo.shtml

Wooo! get it now!

grabbing it now, thanks :D
getting about 80-100kbps atm
will try mirror it for yall :)
will repost when done.
Silver Shamrock 20th August 2007, 15:57 Quote
I'm at 81% now with about half an hour left. Can't wait:D
Delphium 20th August 2007, 16:01 Quote
gone down to 40kbps now, and says about 7hours left :/ was hoping id get to play it once home this evening from work, seams not :'(
DarkJedi 20th August 2007, 16:33 Quote
http://bioshock.unknownserv.net/BioShockPCDemo.zip

Pretty good mirror of the demo there :)

shame my pc isn't actually good enough to run it :(
capnPedro 20th August 2007, 16:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkJedi
http://bioshock.unknownserv.net/BioShockPCDemo.zip

Pretty good mirror of the demo there :)
Thanks for the link.
241.1KB/sec (my connection's max speed :() 2 hours to go.
Excellent mirror, I could only get about 20KB/sec from other sites.


Oh, and mad respect for the avatar.
DarkJedi 20th August 2007, 16:48 Quote
Lol, thanks :)

I've actually just installed it and despite me worrying about my pc's specs, it runs admirably.

AMD64 3200+ Venice, 2Gb OCZ Platinum, XFX 7800GT OC and it runs fine, maybe not seamless, but definitely 20fps+.

I'm upgrading to a C2D with 8800 at the end of the month, will lap this game up then :)
Justinin3d 20th August 2007, 16:58 Quote
Best way to greet a new member :D.
Silver Shamrock 20th August 2007, 17:43 Quote
Very short demo, very short indeed. But is very impressive! Can't wait for the full game.
Ramble 20th August 2007, 18:44 Quote
Getting rubbish speeds here, would love some more seeders on the torrents.
specofdust 20th August 2007, 18:49 Quote
I'm just gonna wait for the newsgroup up. It's nearly there, and unlike the torrents it'll max out my connection.
Delphium 20th August 2007, 18:51 Quote
44% complete here only getting about 40kbps now. Will keep hosted once done tho.
Ramble 20th August 2007, 19:12 Quote
60% but stays between 20-200k.
VM has already capped me, *******s.
Hamish 20th August 2007, 19:19 Quote
its up on usenet now for those of you with access btw, a.b.games
rufiosab 20th August 2007, 19:33 Quote
anyone know if the demo is going to come to steam today?
Hamish 20th August 2007, 19:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hamish
its up on usenet now for those of you with access btw, a.b.games

lol scratch that, the one thats complete is broken
the other is nearly done though :\
yakyb 20th August 2007, 21:41 Quote
pirate bay has it with 400+ seeds
Ramble 20th August 2007, 21:43 Quote
2 hours left!
specofdust 20th August 2007, 22:00 Quote
The pirate bay demo is extremely slow for me. Downloading at 100% of my bandwidth from alt.binaries.games atm.
Hamish 20th August 2007, 22:14 Quote
finished
i was getting about 40-50fps with an oc'd x1900xt and 4400+
1280 and everything on high
couldnt see any AA/AF settings so i assume they were off
Zurechial 21st August 2007, 00:41 Quote
Downloaded and played a bit.
Performance is fantastic, practically no slowdown at maximum settings, 1680x1050 on C2D E6600 (stock) and 2x 7900GTs in SLI.
The graphics aren't quite as good as I expected, though (some sharp polygonal edges to objects that should be rounded), which is the fair tradeoff, I guess - except for the water effects, which are stunning.
The foley/SFX, music and overall sound production of the game is some of the best I've heard in years from a game - very satisying SFX.

I'm undecided on the gameplay of it, though - It seems a little uninspiring and too action-oriented for my tastes.
Though I knew it wouldn't be a new System Shock, a little part of me is terribly disappointed that it doesn't seem to have the gameplay depth of SS2 (Inventory please) and it's a bit frustrating that things like hacking turrets and throwing objects are still being lauded as incredible gameplay innovations, but I'll hold back final judgement on the gameplay mechanics until I play the full game.

I just get the feeling that it's yet another "dumbed-down for the Xbox generation" game - Makes me think of Deus Ex: Invisible War, though it'd be insulting to liken BioShock to that atrocity.

'Streamlining' is what I think they call it..
slugs 21st August 2007, 09:13 Quote
forgot to look for it last night. luckly i can vnc to my machine at home and hopefully it will be done by time get back
quack 21st August 2007, 10:07 Quote
Played a bit last night, but no save? How annoying. I'll have to play through the same bit I've already done!
Tim S 21st August 2007, 10:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by quack
Played a bit last night, but no save? How annoying. I'll have to play through the same bit I've already done!

There's no save in either the PC or Xbox 360 demo, but there definitely is in the game. :)
quack 21st August 2007, 11:00 Quote
So I gather from the review. Hopefully I'll have time to complete the demo tonight, I just ran out last night and simply had to go to bed. :)

Looking forward to receiving the Collector's Edition in the post on release day.
Delphium 21st August 2007, 12:58 Quote
Found a fairly fast source to continue the download, if only i had found this last ngiht.

http://www.gamedaily.com/games/bioshock/pc/game-downloads/bioshock-demo/4903/7007?ncid=AOLGAM000500000000020

Getting about 5mb/s from here

lol, complete in under 10mins \o/
roadie 21st August 2007, 18:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delphium
Found a fairly fast source to continue the download, if only i had found this last ngiht.

http://www.gamedaily.com/games/bioshock/pc/game-downloads/bioshock-demo/4903/7007?ncid=AOLGAM000500000000020

Getting about 5mb/s from here

lol, complete in under 10mins \o/
Only getting ~700kb/s here from there. Can go up to 2mb/s so am a little disapointed.
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