Posted on August 7, 2007,

Top 5 Best Demos on Xbox Live


Is it just me? Does anyone else notice that they have a pile of $60 games on the shelf, and yet they are playing the demo version of “Joust”?

I’ll admit it. My name is David, and I’m a demo junkie. From Viva Pinata to Ace Combat, I play them all. I download titles that I have zero interest in ever buying, and then I play that demo for hours.

I have come to the conclusion that I must take my addiction and turn it into something useful. I have scoured the depths of the Xbox Marketplace to give you the Top 5 best demos on Xbox Live.

What you get: 1 multiplayer map, Party Support
Size: 1.1GB
Genre: FPS with RPG elements
Notes: Any online title you can get for free is always a bonus. While Shadowrun was praised for polish and innovation, it was summarily criticized for lack of content worth its $60 price tag. Hardly an issue with a free demo, as this single available Shadowrun map is listed as one of the favorites of players in the full version.

See the rest of the list after the jump:

Lost Planet Online Demo
What you get: 1 multiplayer map, lobby system, deathmatch and team deathmatch
Size: 174MB
Genre: Action/Shooter
Notes: Lost Planet was truly “Lost” (Apologies) during its release. Gears of War completely stole any spotlight reserved for this visually brilliant title, even while reviews for the game were generally positive. Overall, it’s a pretty standard action game, with a few cool innovations thrown in. It makes the list for visual presentation, plus the fact that it somehow weighs in at 174MB. I have MP3s that take up more room than that.

Geometry Wars
What you get: 4 minutes of insanity
Size: 15MB
Genre: Arcade/Shooter
Notes: The single Xbox Live Arcade game to make the list, Geometry Wars is truly something that is hard to explain. It’s basically the classic game Asteroids, remixed with amazing visuals and addictive game play. I personally prefer the demo over the full version of this game, as the 4 minute timer really adds to the intensity of the experience. Give it a shot, I promise you won’t make it through all 4 minutes any time soon.

The Bigs
What you get: Detroit vs. St. Louis, multiplayer available, 3 innings
Size: 900MB
Genre: Arcade Sports
Notes: As one of the more recent additions to the growing library of Xbox Live demos, The Bigs certainly brings the fun. 2K games gets my vote for allowing players to play the game with 2 players, a feature missing from a majority of demo sports titles. The full version of The Bigs defaults at 5 innings, due to the arcade-style of the series, so the included 3 innings gives you plenty of game time.

Dead Rising
What you get: Mall concourse area, lengthy time limit
Size:  1GB
Genre: Action Horror
Notes: The only true single-player experience on the list, Dead Rising makes it on for sheer comedy. The general consensus is that the funnest parts of the full version of Dead Rising were the times you could just goof around and kill zombies. No objectives, no survivors to rescue, just good-old zombie killing hilarity. The mall offers you plenty of places to explore, with a multitude of items you can use to dispatch the living dead. Give it a shot, I guarantee you’ll laugh every time you use the shopping cart.

Honorary Mentions: Joust, Crackdown, GRAW Online Demo, Splinter Cell DA Online Demo, Ace Combat 6, Aegis Wing

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3 Comments on Top 5 Best Demos on Xbox Live

Chris Pereira

On August 7, 2007 at 12:42 am

Do the honorable mentions count as one, and that’s why there are only four? :razz:

I think Geometry Wars is hands-down the best demo you’ve got.. assuming you’re not really good at the game.

Oh, and I cry for your soul after hearing you’re such a fan of Joust.


On August 7, 2007 at 1:00 am

Missed that 5th one first time around, thanks for the catch Chris.

Joust is way more fun than it deserves. Grab a buddy and play versus mode, just ignore the computer and play it deathmatch style. I guarantee a good time.


On August 7, 2007 at 6:29 pm

Joust is the sh*t with us older guys that remember dumping a king’s ransom in quarters into the cabinet at the local arcade.