Try Before You Buy

One of the great things about the PSN (PlayStation Network) that I feel a lot of people are overlooking is the sheer amount of demos you can get for free.

With every Thursday (or at least 99% of them) bringing new demos to the store I always find it a bit strange that people haven’t been on to download anything.

As well as giving you a chance to try out titles you’re looking forward to (say hi to Alien Vs Predator, Heavy Rain and Battlefield Bad Company 2 last Thursday 😎 ) it’s also an opportunity to try out games in a different style that you wouldn’t normally play/buy.

Sure you might not enjoy those demos but at least then you’ll know to avoid that game. You might even surprise yourself and like something you never though you would.

These demos are completely free and you can keep them on your PS3 hard drive indefinitely (in most cases).

Many of them are up to 15/20 minutes of gameplay and take less than that to download.

The demos stay up on the PSN indefinitely as far as I’m aware and there are plenty of old gems on there.

So anyone reading this that doesn’t currently use the PSN Store for demos get yourself on there and check out some games you’ve heard are great but haven’t played.

EDIT: Since I wrote this piece it’s turned out that we’ve also seen the downside of the demo issue with Alien Vs Predator still unplayable on the PS3. Another demo for Sonic Racing has also apparently thrown up frame rate issues for that title. These sorts of things should’ve been ironed out at Beta stage in my opinion but on the plus side the Battlefield demo is great πŸ™‚

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3 Comments

  1. Yep, had the ‘Aliens Vs Predator’ demo for a week and still haven’t been able to play it. Maybe I’d get a game if I waited longer while it searched for open matches but I don’t believe in waiting any longer than 15-mins to match-up for a frickin’ demo – could’ve started and finished MW2 single-player in that time πŸ˜‰

    I’m still looking forward to ‘Aliens Vs Predator’, but the demo has taken the sheen off it a little.

    On a positive note: the ‘Bad Company 2’ demo kicks some major tail!

  2. I agree – I try out as many demos as I can and usually keep them on my hard drive for those certain occasions when I am looking for something different or only have a brief 15-30 min to play.

    Unfortunately I haven’t been able to try the Battlefield Demo or the Heavy Rain demo but plan to tonight. Great article as usual.

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