With demos noticeably absent in the lead up to the launch of some of 2010 biggest titles, EA appears to be one of the last few publishers that believes in using game demos as a part of their advertising campaign for popular PC games.
While Activision may have snubbed the computer crowd, three of the most anticipated titles of the first quarter; Dragon Age 2, Crysis 2 and Bulletstorm, are being published by EA who seems to agree with the “try it before you buy it” philosophy. Here’s a quick rundown of what, when and where PC gamers should look for before their next purchase.
Dragon Age II is the sequel to Dragon Age: Origins, a single-player RPG developed by BioWare. The story puts you in the shoes of Hawke, a refugee who struggles to rise to power through the 10 year span of the narrative. The game features a non-linear framed narrative, allowing gamers to develop their own unique story path. The release date is March 8th, 2011 with the demo available as of February 22nd, 2011 and can be downloaded here
The sequel to the 2008 scifi first person shooter, well known for bringing PC hardware to its knees, Crysis 2, produced by Crytek promises a visual experience like no other with the new CryEngine 3. Crysis 2 takes players out of the tropics and into New York City which has been evacuated due to an alien infestation. Utilizing the futuristic Nanosuit 2 and full a weaponry loadout, you are the exterminator. The release date is March 22nd, 2011 with a playable PC demo offered on March 1st.
Finally, Bulletstorm, another first-person shooter developed by People Can Fly and Epic Games. The game takes a heavy dose of Unreal Tournament fun, with a focus on making absolute chaos stylish. The game awards points for “skill-shots”, encouraging gamers to dispatch of their opponents in creative ways. While originally ignoring a PC game demo, new plans have been revealed to launch a demo shortly after the games release on Febuary 22nd, 2011. Keep an eye on Bulletstorm’s website for more.
This year looks to be a very good year for PC gamers with over 15+ titles scheduled for release. Would you be more inclined to purchase a PC game if there was a demo that you could play before launch/purchase?