Demos aren't just to try before you buy. Sometimes they can turn in a nailbiting thriller, as one value-seeking Kotaku reader found with FIFA 11's demo.
Wocalax couldn't pick up the FIFA 11 full copy just yet, and has instead played the game's demo to fill in the time. The game features only three-minute halves and six teams, but it does have a selectable difficulty level. Wocalax has rarely played on Legendary difficulty, and decided to try his luck with it in El Clasico, taking Real Madrid against Barcelona.
"If I'm gonna win on Legendary and play a short 6 minute game might as well play a good team so I have some dignity," he writes. But first he practiced with the game's new penalty kick system. That would prove serendipitous.
"I dominated the first half with a few shots, all on target," Wocalax says. "The second half was not so hot. Iniesta and Messi were running around everyone. If their shots didn't suck so bad they probably would have won." Regulation time wrapped with five shots for Real Madrid, two for Barca.
"On to penalties. I love the new system compared to last year but I'm not too amazing at it. I did a little metagaming and practiced penalties before the match knowing it was a 6 minute match and I can hold up the defense pretty well at first," Wocalax said. "Practice didn't pay off when I went up and missed over the crossbar on my first shot with Higuain." Barcelona buried its first kick and the shootout had AI pwnage written all over it. "Is legendary AI in penalties similar to legendary AI Halo 2 snipers?" Wocalax wondered.
"Nope. They stunk. Or maybe the demo was being nice," he says. Madrid pounded in its next four shots while Barcelona missed two, giving Real Madrid the 0-0 (4-2) victory.
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Now the Kotaku Sports open thread commences with the sports TV highlights for today and tomorrow. All times are U.S. Eastern.
Manny Pacquiao pursues his eighth title belt in tonight's heavily anticipated super welterweight bout against Antonio Margarito, from Arlington, Texas. It's on HBO pay-per-view at 9.
- College Football
By far the biggest conversation-starter of the day is at 3:30, when No. 2 Auburn greets Georgia and begins its quest for revenge upon the corrupt SEC program that ratted it out in the Cam Newton scandal. (The answer is: "All of them except Vanderbilt and Kentucky.") CBS has it live from The Plains. The SEC also features the only other pairings of ranked teams - No. 22 South Carolina at No. 24 Florida on ESPN, and No. 17 Mississippi State at No. 11 Alabama, ESPN2, both 7:15 p.m. Everyone's saying No. 1 Oregon at unranked California is a trap game for the Ducks, but I'm not buying it. That's 7:30 on Versus.
Best bets: Randy Moss makes his Titans debut in Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m. CBS; Minnesota at Chicago is the NFC's only mildly interesting pairing, tomorrow, that's on Fox at 1. For the nightcap, NBC plays its flex card and grabs New England at Pittsburgh, both 6-2, at 8:20 p.m. That sticks ESPN with McNabb Bowl II, Philadelphia at Washington, on Monday Night.
CBC's national games tonight: Carolina at Montreal, Vancouver at Toronto or Ottawa at Boston, all 7 p.m., with Calgary at San Jose at 10. Regional coverage for the rest of the schedule, and only four games tomorrow.
The Bulls host the Bullets - they'll always be the Bullets, as long as they're still losing like the Bullets - at 8 p.m. today, WGN. NBA TV has Golden State at Milwaukee at 8:30 p.m. Tomorrow, Houston's at New York at 7:30 p.m., NBA TV.
- Mixed Martial Arts
UFC 122 from Oberhausen, Germany is tonight on Spike at 9 p.m. same-day tape delay.
There are three races left in the Chase for the Cup. No driver has come from behind in the final two to win. Quadruple-defending champion Jimmie Johnson is 33 points behind Denny Hamlin going into tomorrow's Kobalt Tools 500 from Phoenix International Raceway, on ESPN at 3 p.m. Sounds like a must-win to me.
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