Created By: BearyScary on June 10, 2012 Last Edited By: BearyScary on July 4, 2012

FreeGameWithDemo

A video game that is overshadowed by the demo of another game packaged with it.

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An Audience Reaction where video game publishers promote a highly anticipated title of theirs by releasing a demo of it with another, lesser-known game. Even if the game is good, it is likely to be overshadowed by the sheer star power of the other game's demo. This page lists examples of those kinds of games, and aversions to the trope.

Konami's Zone of the Enders is arguably the Trope Codifier, for while it was well-received, it was still instantly known as "the free game that came with the Metal Gear Solid 2 demo".

Examples:

  • Crackdown was overshadowed somewhat by its inclusion of an invitation for the Halo3 multiplayer beta, albeit not as badly as ZotE.
  • Dragon Quest VIII was a decent game in its own right, but didn't receive too big of a boost in sales from its inclusion of a Final Fantasy XII demo.
  • Dragon's Dogma seems to be an aversion, despite shipping with access to a demo for Resident Evil 6.
  • Back in the original PlayStation days, an obscure fighting game called Tobal No. 1 was shipped with a demo for the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII. Despite innovations to the fighter genre and character designs by Akira Toriyama, the Tobal series never gained much popularity in America while Final Fantasy VII became one of the best selling and well known games of all time.
  • Zone of the Enders shipped with a demo for Metal Gear Solid 2 and was subsequently overshadowed by the game that was hyped up to be the PS2's Killer App. In a possible reprise of this trope, the remastered HD collection of ZotE features a demo for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • June 10, 2012
    KTera
    And the Zone Of The Enders HD collection will include a demo for Metal Gear Rising Revengeance.
  • June 11, 2012
    CosmicRock
    - Back in the original playstation days, an obscure fighting game called Tobal No.1 was shipped with a demo for the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII.

    Despite innovations to the fighter genre and character designs by Akira Toriyama, the Tobal series never gained much popularity in America while Final Fantasy VII became one of the best selling and well known games of all time.
  • June 17, 2012
    BearyScary
    Would other PS 1 Squaresoft games that shipped with demos count as an example/s?
  • June 29, 2012
    planswalker
    Are there really more than a handful of examples of this trope?
  • July 4, 2012
    BearyScary
    ^ I don't know.
  • July 4, 2012
    Hadashi
    I'm not sure ZOE is this since it seems most people only bought it because of the demo and then realised they'd got a damn good game as well.
  • July 4, 2012
    Stratadrake
    But "audience only bought it because of the demo" IS the spirit of the trope. I think the description needs to be rewritten, and this would also be Audience Reaction.
  • July 4, 2012
    Bisected8
    This is still in YKTTW? What happened to it?
  • July 4, 2012
    Generality
    Is there a page for the inverse, when an unknown game is demo'd with something highly anticipated? I can think of several examples of that.
  • July 4, 2012
    BearyScary
    @Stratadrake: How would we improve the description?

    Do video game magazines that offered demo discs count?
  • July 4, 2012
    Bisected8
    I can't think of it, but it might fall under Wolverine Publicity or a related trope.

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