Demos are lovely as they allow players to try an experience before buying. This lets players get a taste of what's to come in a title, leading to better decision-making when purchasing new titles. Even among these demos, there are many different ways to approach presenting a taste of the game. So, if you enjoy playing game demos and they have helped inform your purchases. Then please enjoy our picks for the 5 Best Demos on Xbox Series X|S in 2023.
5. Resident Evil 4
Today, we start off our list of the best demos on Xbox Series X|S with a bang. The Resident Evil 4 demo does a fantastic job of enticing the player with everything that the full game has to offer. It does this in a few interesting ways. First, it takes an iconic set piece of the game and allows players to play through it. Secondly, the chainsaw enemy in the game and the moments surrounding them have arguably become iconic. This is great to see and only serves as a testament to the legacy of the original game.
This is due to the fact that even a small snippet of the game is able to enthrall players and leave them wanting more. Additionally, it is great that the demo can be played as many times as the player wishes. This allows players to try out different things without any risk. Added to this, is the fact that the demo comes with an exclusive mode for the demo. Dubbed Mad Chainsaw mode, players will have a chance to contend with an amped-up version of this enemy. For its enthralling nature and great gameplay, we consider this demo to be one of the best demos on Xbox Series X|S.
4. Street Fighter 6
Next up on our list of the best game demos on Xbox Series X|S, we have the Street Fighter 6. For fans of fighting games, the Street Fighter series has been an absolute staple. And, with Street Fighter 6 taking a bold direction for the franchise, this has given the game much attention. In the demo, players can experience quite a bit of the base game. While players are locked in in terms of what characters they can use, the amount you can do with those characters is certainly admirable. This allows players to learn the characters in the demo, that being Luke and Ken.
This is great, as it allows players to experience quite a bit of the game's depth, without playing its full hand. Additionally, the demo includes a bit of the game's World Tour mode. Also, players can take part in a selection of Fighting Ground modes. Added to this, is the fact players can create their own avatar in the demo, which is fantastic,m and you have the recipe for a great demo. For these reasons, as well as many others, we consider the Street Fighter 6 demo, to be one of the best demos on Xbox Series X|S.
3. Lies of P
Switching things up considerably for our next entry, we have the Lies of P demo. Lies of P is one of the most visually striking titles to release in quite some time. Draped in a unique aesthetic, this game immerses the player within its world in a way that feels palpable. The demo is no exception to this rule, as players can quickly find themselves wanting to purchase the full experience after getting a taste of what this demo has to offer. For those unaware, Lies of P is a Souls-like title that features action combat with stunning animations.
Inspired by the story of Pinocchio, this game has a distinct identity, which it capitalizes on wonderfully. Aesthetically, the game also does a great job of juxtaposing the posh and dapper, with the grotesque and unsettling. This is wonderful, as it creates a feeling that few games are able to capture. There is a great emphasis on player freedom in regard to the game's combat, and this can even be felt within the demo. So, in conclusion, Lies of P is a title with one of the more interesting, and arguably best demos on Xbox Series X|S.
2. Sea of Stars
Our next entry is a title that is a far cry from our last entry. Sea of Stars is a charming, and retro-inspired turn-based game with a great atmosphere. Players will be whisked away on a grand journey, as they go out and explore the vibrant world. This is wonderful, as it allows players to immerse themselves within the world and its storytelling immediately, without forcing it on the player. Rather, this is a game that wraps around the player like a warm blanket. This is great, as it allows the player to properly soak in the characters and world in this lovingly-crafted title.
It quickly becomes apparent, even when sampling the demo, that the mechanics in this game have been fine-tuned and thought over for quite some time. This is evident in how the game's systems are presented. This overall makes it a great experience for fans of old-school RPGs. So, if this sounds like something that would be up your alley, definitely check it out. After all, Sea of Stars is a beautifully gorgeous world, and gameplay-wise, it has one of the best demos available on Xbox Series X|S.
1. Rain World
Wrapping up our list of the best game demos available on Xbox Series X|S is Rain World. Rain World is a title with a wonderful sense of direction, whether that be art direction or general gameplay. Players will play as a wandering slugcat, which in and of itself is an incredibly charming premise. This feeling of charm is quickly juxtaposed with the cold industrial world that the game takes place in. This creates a natural feeling of unease, that is palpable, even within the demo.
Speaking of unease, the game has a tense feeling surrounding its gameplay. This is due to the fact that players must escape enemies all throughout their playthrough. This makes it so players feel moreso like prey than predators. For fans of the sixteen-bit era of gaming, this game also has something to offer you. Players will have to do their due diligence crawling through ruins in the game, in order to piece together the events of the game. This sense of mystery, coupled with the length of the demo, makes it a great sample of what is in the full game, for that reason, we consider Rain World one of the best demos.
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