Computer game demos offer users a taste of upcoming and released computer games. They can showcase features that a game developer may want to highlight or even provide some surprising replay value outside of the full game itself. We've compiled a list of game demos that we've taken a shine to, ranging from big budget, brand name AAA games to quirky, little indy releases. Give them a shot, and who knows, you might also find a game worth buying.
Diablo 2 clone Torchlight has taken many features of its predecessor and improved upon them. The newly released Torchlight 2 has been touted by some as "What Diablo 3 should have been". A slick dungeon-crawling action game without all the connection hassles that seem to hound Diablo 3, Torchlight 2 hits surprisingly far above its weight. It's not ground breaking or revolutionary, but that's not the point. It's a well polished dungeon crawl experience. The demo gives players a fair taste of the game play, and the option to play any of a number of different character classes gives you an excellent amount of replayability. Grab the demo and give this neat game a shot!
In this Grand Theft Auto-style adventure, you play an undercover cop posing as an up and comer in Hong Kong’s organized crime. You can get a piece of the action through the demo, which familiarizes you with some hardcore hand-to-hand combat, tense cover-based shooting, and the nutritional benefits of Hong Kong’s street cuisine.
World War IIshoot-em-up games come and go, but Sniper Elite v2 sets itself apart with its immersive and detailed sniping mechanics. The demo showcases these mechanics which include managing one’s breath and heart rate and compensating for wind and round drop-off. The reward for a perfect shot? The sickest kill cam in videogame history.
A very conventional cover-based shooter with a compelling and thought provoking story, Spec Ops: The Line focuses on the ugly side of military intervention. You play the leader of a Delta Force recon team in search of a highly decorated commander, and the demo teases you with excerpts of some of the more harrowing experiences in action games.
A remake of the classic X-Com: UFO Defense (aka UFO: Enemy Unknown), X-Com: Enemy Unknown revamps this venerable turn-based squad tactics franchise with modern design and gameplay sensibilities, featuring a more responsive combat system, class-based troop leveling, and a streamlined action system. The demo takes players through a deadly first contact scenario/tutorial and a more freeform dockside shootout against Sectoids (the iconic "Grey" aliens), Floaters, and creepy Thin Men. X-Com: Enemy Unknown looks to be a promising reboot, and we're keeping our eyes peeled for the full release.