I regret that video game publishers are no longer releasing demos of their games. I wonder why they stopped doing that. It was a great way to discover games, and see if it was worth buying them.
For example, at the early age of the PlayStation 3, I liked trying all demos available. This is how I discovered the Infamous series. Honestly, I knew the title, but I had not much interest in it, and didn't think it was "my" kind of game. But once, I downloaded the demo of the first episode, and immediately, I loved it! As a result, I bought the game, as well as the following episodes (Infamous 2, and Second Son).
I think this is too bad that there is barely no more demos released. Nowadays, games can cost up to $70, that is a significant expense so I think we should have the right to a "try before you buy".
July 17, 2016
True. I don't have an opinion about the reason of that. May it's to force people to pay the whole price to get their hand on the game? It's true that, personally, when I was younger, I was downloading a lot of demos, and I was fine with playing just the first level, or one or two hours. This was just to sneak a peek without real goal to buy the game. It's possible that this is no longer fine with developers.
ps: still there is a fairly good amount of demos available, or, some developers are offering a free week-end, things like that. This is already not bad.
February 07, 2019