Should All New Games Have Demos?
We're so used to seeing demos for just about every major release these days, so when one doesn't get a free trial, we feel a little miffed.
Well, maybe we're just spoiled. Max Payne 3 is due out on May 15 so many assumed we'd be seeing a demo within the next month or so. But according to developer Rockstar's Twitter page, that won't be happening.
"There are no plans for a demo of Max Payne 3."
Demos are almost starting to feel mandatory, though. Many gamers these days use such trials to decide on a purchase, and it's likely that great demos lead to better sales of the game. Of course, there's the flip side to that coin- Bad demos can hurt a game instantly, especially because the demo typically comes out before the actual title hits store shelves. So maybe developers and publishers don't always want to make a free trial available early.
Another point of interest involves the "completeness" of a game before producing a demo. Most demos arrive close to the game's release so that demo is a good indicator of the final product. But that has not always been the case, leaving some gamers leery of trials that release long before the actual game. What do you think about demos?
Related Game(s): Max Payne 3
4/9/2012 9:44:14 AM Ben Dutka