I bought Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days a couple of days ago at my local Wal-Mart, it was cheap, and I was looking for something new to play, so I figured why not. Honestly I tried the demo and didn't really care for it, I also heard from many people that it sucked, but I had some money burning a hole in my pocket and I had to do something. I figured it was either the game or more snacks that I (and my waist) didn't need, so I went with the game.
After a couple of days went by and coming to my senses, I considered returning the game based on how I felt about the demo to get my money back. However, I then remembered I was lazy and I didn't want to waste the gas, so I decided I would just try it. Thinking if the game actually sucked as bad as I recalled from the demo, then I would only be out a few dollars. I know that's a stupid thing to say, considering that I'm not really banking or anything, but I'm not really known for making smart decisions with my money, hence buying a KIA back in the day.
Anyway after playing the game I was pleasantly surprised, it really wasn't that bad. I wouldn't say it's worth dropping everything and running out to the store to pick it up, but if you're looking for something new to play and you have a few extra dollars laying around then go for it.
Well, the reason for this post isn't to discuss what kind of game Kane and Lynch 2 is, it's about how a bad demo can really ruin the overall bottom line for a game. I try a lot of demos before I buy a game and depending on how I feel about the demo when all is said and done determines whether I will buy the game new, used or just forego it all together. It's similar to a movie company releasing a bad trailer for a movie, for the most part based on my feelings towards the trailer, determines if I'll see the movie or not.
I started thinking, I've played and liked games even though the demos sucked, two examples come to mind, of course one being Kane and Lynch 2 and the other being F.E.A.R. 2. I wonder how many games I missed out on playing because of bad demos, I know it's probably not many but I'm sure there has been some just like the two aforementioned titles.
Has anyone else experienced this, or am I the only one who plays demos? Granted I got these games for a lot cheaper then regular price, but I feel as if I missed out on their glory days. I know it's not really a big deal, but the type of person I am, I enjoy talking about things when they are still relevant so I can be involved in all the hoopla. Honestly, if this hub was about the launch of the PS2 who would care, I know not that anyone cares now but you get my point?