Sometimes developers try to convince fans and newcomers to take a demo of their upcoming game for a spin by offering some exclusive weaponry, character outfits, or even early access. But sometimes they choose to think outside of the box. With the upcoming Red Faction: Armageddon, developer Volition is appealing to the inner child in all of us. The sick, twisted child, that is. The demo for Armageddon has been released on Xbox Live today, and once it reaches the one million download mark, every player will unlock a cuddly ‘My Little Pony’ unicorn named Mr. Toots. His specialty? The ability to shoot incredibly powerful rainbow lasers. Out of his butt.
You have to hand it to Volition, they’ve certainly crafted a download bonus capable of attracting attention. We’ve already taken a look at the various Armageddon pre-order bonuses in the latest trailers, but extra weapons are par for the course at this point. Most shooters are now offering retailer-specific content, but very few give players the chance to combine pink unicorns and unparalleled destruction.
We don’t know how Mr. Toots will be worked into the extensive fiction of Red Faction, but we can confirm that he will possess the same taste for destruction and chaos that the series has become known for.
Still, Mr. Toots’ unique abilities will only be made available if the demo is downloaded one million times, so take a look at the unicorn in action to see if it’s worth the hard drive space:
While your mind may already be racked with guilt at the look of pain and exhaustion on Mr. Toots’ face, we promise that no unicorns were harmed in the development of arguably Red Faction: Armageddon‘s most inspired weaponry. The newest firearm immediately conjures up images of Dead Space 2‘s big foam finger, and while possessing the same sense of humor, Mr. Toots will be much easier to unlock.
How ammunition, physics, or backstory for the flying horse can fit into a Martian landscape is anyone’s guess, but YouTube user ‘freddiew’ has already given his own take. If there’s any proof that Volition isn’t letting the pressure of the Red Faction name ruin their sense of humor, this is it:
While Armageddon may have been delayed, the demo is live today for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and all Xbox 360 owners next week. PlayStation 3 owners will obviously have to wait until PSN is all sorted out before they can ‘get their Toot on.’
Remember, you can do your part in unlocking the mysterious unicorn by downloading the demo today, but in case you need a fancy Mr. Toots background to tide you over until then, Volition’s got you covered on their site.
Red Faction: Armageddon‘s demo is available now, with the full game released for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on June 7.
Source: Red Faction