To All Game Developers: Please Take Demos More Seriously

DamnLag: Have you played the Rayman Origins demo? Blimey, it’s good. I’ve played through the demo about five or six times now, and I can’t get over just how much fun it is. It takes the framework of New Super Mario Bros. Wii and applies it brilliantly to the formula laid out by the original Rayman back in 1995. It’s beautiful to look at, too: lush, living 2D worlds that are stunningly animated. Lava bubbles, winds blow, and creatures live. As a gamer and an animation fan, it’s easy to feel a little giddy about it.

I’d read next to nothing about the game before playing the demo. I knew it was in development, and I’d seen Ubisoft promoting it at this year’s E3, but beyond that I hadn’t really been able to muster up the enthusiasm to really look into how development of the game was progressing. The excitement and anticipation I feel for this game has been generated almost entirely by the game’s demo, and that’s a rare experience.

Most developers these days consider demos to be something of an after-thought, if they even bother to think of them at all. One of the major drawbacks of the demo is that the play is generally limited to the first few levels. As these beginning levels tend to feature mostly tedious, tutorial gameplay or plot-driving narrative, the player finds themselves spending ten minutes learning to play a game they’ll only be playing for, at best, another five before they’re presented with a video reel of how brilliant the final product is, and a listing all of the reasons why they should buy it.

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NukaCola2419d ago

I like it when demos give you a good taste of a game but don't ruing the experience. Two great examples are God of War III and Arkham Asylum. Both demos give you a custom setup that gives you a bit of variety and hooks you. Then when you play that psrt it's differnt from the demo in reality and it never feels like you played the same thing twice and the enhancements blow you away from the demo to the real deal.

God of War III's demo was insane, but when the actualy game came out I just about crapped my self as my eyes melted out of my head.

TheWolverine2418d ago (Edited 2418d ago )

the god of war 3 demo was epic.

Jio2418d ago

I think every game should have a demo, I hate when there's a game that I'm on the fence about, and I'm not willing to spend $60 before I try, only to find out it has no demo.

eraursls842418d ago

Mandatory demos would be nice.

Relientk772418d ago

The Rayman Origins demo is fantastic. I agree with Jio ^, every game should have a demo, period. It gives the all gamers atleast a chance to try out the game, if they dont have the money to buy it

ironfist922418d ago

Demo's should be compulsory, and have some sort of bonus reward for the full game for trying it out, maybe a skin or weapon, or vehicle or whatever.