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Tom's Guide: 15 Killer Game Demos You Have to Try

Game demos offer a us a 'try before you buy' look at upcoming games. They give us a taste of what a game has to offer and offer enough of a sneak peak to make a decision on whether or not we're interested in purchasing the full game. Still, not all game demos are created equal, and some are vastly better than others. The Tom's Guide team has put together a round-up of 15 can't-miss demos for you to get your teeth in over the weekend. Check out '15 Killer Game Demos You Have to Try' for the full list!

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.15 Killer Game Demos You Have to Try

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  • vaughn2k
    My kids plays minecraft all-day... do not have time for demo...
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  • skaz
    Going to try the new x-com out. Looks good. Probably going to wait for it to drop around $30 or so.
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  • guess who
    No, I do not "have to". If I were interested I would.

    "Have to"s and "must have"s offend me. I make my own decisions about what to do/get.
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  • Menigmand
    I played a lot of violent games, and I never thought I would say this, but I must say that having slow-motion killcams of heads exploding is crossing the line for me.

    I find it disturbing that some people seem to wallow in death. Where violence used to be a means to an end, now it has become the very purpose of playing the game. What is it these people feel when they watch people getting killed in gruesome ways? Is it something sexual for them?

    And why is it always the "headshot" being focused on? Is it something about the Kennedy assassination that lingers in the collective subconscious of USA?
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  • rohitbaran
    guess whoNo, I do not "have to". If I were interested I would."Have to"s and "must have"s offend me. I make my own decisions about what to do/get.Your comment is so senseless. The phrases you got offended with are used just to implore the user to play them, they don't mean you are being commanded to do so. If you are offended so easily, then internet isn't for you at all.
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  • Pennanen
    MenigmandI played a lot of violent games, and I never thought I would say this, but I must say that having slow-motion killcams of heads exploding is crossing the line for me.I find it disturbing that some people seem to wallow in death. Where violence used to be a means to an end, now it has become the very purpose of playing the game. What is it these people feel when they watch people getting killed in gruesome ways? Is it something sexual for them?And why is it always the "headshot" being focused on? Is it something about the Kennedy assassination that lingers in the collective subconscious of USA?Its not real, get a grip.
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  • anxiousinfusion
    MenigmandAnd why is it always the "headshot" being focused on? Is it something about the Kennedy assassination that lingers in the collective subconscious of USA?
    Speaking as a gamer, a headshot is the most desired type of shot made in many first person shooters as it usually means a one-hit-kill. This saves ammunition, time and frequency of reloading to gain an advantage.

    I'm sorry to hear that you have trouble separating entertainment media from reality.
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  • beayn
    X-Com demo was extremely disappointing. I've been looking forward to this game for a long time so that sucks.

    5gb download gave two missions, one of which was completely scripted - you had to do what they told you to do. After, it told you what to choose for your character when they leveled.

    The second mission gave you freedom to move around, but when you were done, you had no control over your characters leveling up, no build options in your base, no research, nothing. The demo ended and that was it. So basically, you got to see combat and nothing else, which is 1/4 the total game.
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  • Copyrighted
    Torchlight 2 is pretty much like Diablo 3. But better. And cheaper.
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