'Halo: Reach' demo hits Xbox 360 downloads
Wednesday 25 May 2011
Microsoft appears to have taken note of Activision's policy book on free game trials by bringing a demo of
Halo: Reach to Xbox Live well after the game's retail release.
The first demo for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released ten months after the game's November 2009 debut, Black Ops' trial appeared four months behind its retail relative, while Reach came out in September 2010.
Halo: Reach's demo includes a mission from mid-way through the single-player campaign, Long Night of Solace, which features ship-to-ship space combat as well as the usual UNSC foot-soldier skirmishes.
There's also one multiplayer map, Powerhouse, and one scenario from the co-operative Firefight mode to enjoy.
Microsoft's canny move is a temporary price reduction on the full game's downloadable version - $39/€39/£39 until May 30 via the Xbox 360's Games on Demand service.
While those in the UK could order a boxed copy online for around £18-£25 brand new (with a little help from a price comparison website), $39/€39 is a little closer to the going rate in both the USA and EU.
The demo is also being used as an incentive for Xbox 360 owners to upgrade their membership level to a paid subscription, as Reach's trial is initially exclusive to Gold level members.
It can be queued up for subsequent download via http://marketplace.xbox.com/Product/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024d5389d8.
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