Download Games Roundup

Download Games Roundup

Excruciating! Pinball! Thorium! Urbanix! Fighter!

Are downloadable prequels like Dead Space Ignition and Dead Rising: Case Zero hugely cynical exercises, or a smart, forward-thinking piece of business? Personally, I'm torn. On the one hand, publishers get a chance to service the fan community with exclusive content, and extend games beyond their traditional scope, but on the other hand, why not just release a free demo and include this content in the box?

It's a practice I'm pretty sure most of you won't be too happy with if as seems certain other publishers get in on the act. Given how well Case Zero sold, many will be looking on in envy. When it comes to Ignition, though, it was a throwaway bit of puzzle-based filler, and a bit of a missed opportunity as it happens.

The key thing will be how publishers manage it, and how well they can dress up this pre-release teaser content as something worth owning. As a pre-order incentive, it's a complete no-brainer, and if it gets gamers into the habit of downloading games a bit more, maybe they'll try out some of the other things that otherwise fall by the wayside. Here's hoping.

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