How Important Are Game Demos To You?
After recently reading that Ubisoft’s upcoming new IP, Watch Dogs, won’t have a playable demo before release, it got me thinking about game demos in general and how valuable they are to gamers.
Personally speaking, I have always disliked demos because without fail they will do harm to my impression of the final product, or mislead me before it arrives. I’m what you’d call an experienced gamer, so there’s no reason to use a demo to get used to the way a game plays, as I pretty have that down after the first few minutes. But I can recall many examples of where game demos have ended up doing far more harm than good, partly because of their obvious limited nature.
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To be honest I’m not entirely sure when I developed a distaste for game demos. I would have to put it down to personal experience. For some examples, when I played the Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Killzone 2 demos, I found both to be seriously dull and both left me without a shred of excitement for the final products. Yet, when I played both of those games I found them to be amazing. On the contrary, when I played the demo of Mirror’s Edge I was blown away and thought I was in for a game-changer, but the final product while really good did have its limitations and disappointments. Even multiplayer betas often make it all seem so colourful and better than when you actually sit down to play the final product.
As a result of those past experiences, I’ve distanced myself from demos completely and I pretty much don’t participate in any of them willingly. If a game demo gets released, even if it’s for a game I’m really excited for, I just won’t download it. In before Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes jokes.
But I’m curious, how is it for you guys? I’ve been wondering how much gamers value demos, and if they’re wanted at all. I didn’t quite see a lot of backlash to the announcement that there wouldn’t be a demo for Watch Dogs, and I wonder if gamers put a lot of emphasis on the ‘try before you buy’ thing with any given demo. Usually, I’d rather try the full game before I buy it, often from a friend or something. Or I just go on word of mouth from my friends and colleagues here at EGMR.
What about you? How important are game demos to you?