When a Great Demo Hides a Bad Game

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In today's Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter Dracosummoner talks about a game that sold him with its demo and then let him down in full release. Has that ever happened to you?

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Have you ever played a demo that you absolutely loved, one that instantly convinced you to go out and play the real game ... which turned out to be a disappointment in comparison?

My poster-child example would definitely have to be Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions. The demo mission was simple in formula — destroy a bunch of Yakuza members' cars by plowing into them with your own car or forcing them into walls — but it was simply a joy to play.

Before I got into the Halo series, this demo was what originally convinced me to want an Xbox at all, since Playstation 2 and GameCube ports hadn't been announced at the time. The actual game, however, suffered from strange, out-of-place objectives, such as having to push someone else's car along a very narrow underground bridge with no side rails, as well as an overall lack of polish in the level and mission design. Now I kind of wish I could have just played that demo over and over.

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miquonranger03: The Quickening

The original Dead Space had a godawful demo, just a random section from the middle of the game. If you'd never played it before, it was difficult since there was no introduction to the controls or the mechanics of the game, and it wasn't that stellar of a section to begin with. Clearly, the game was far better. Dead Space 2's demo was much better.