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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:41am 08/09/10 | 5 Comments
Gamasutra points out that within its first week of availability, Capcom's 'prequel' to Dead Rising 2, DR2: Case Zero, which is exclusive to Xbox Live, has attracted more than 300,000 users.

The game pretty much plays exactly like a demo, however, everything you do within the game, to a certain point, transfers across to Dead Rising 2 (carried over PP for example). But there are also Achievements to unlock and multiple ways to play through. It's suggested though, that the strong response to this could be a caveat for other publishers offering paid demos on Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network if they had actual gameplay incentives attached (such as Trophies or Achievements), and while Case Zero really won't set you back that much (400 MS Points - AU$6.60), it presents an interesting case.

Have you checked it out yet? Would you pay for a demo if it offered gameplay incentives or even exclusive features the full game won't?












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groganus
Posted 10:49am 08/9/10
I purchased it, but i dont agree with it being called a demo

It has huge amounts of replayability, and its a prequal story to the game that isnt necessary to enjoy the full game.

to me its just a cheaply priced short arcade title.

Had someone made me pay for the first level of any video game, i would refuse, but if someone offers me up a slice of storyline that wont be featured in the full game and gives me a good taste of whats to come, then f*** yeah! $6 is nothing.

For example, when half life was release they had a demo for the game, the demo itself wasnt featured in the full game.. id gladly pay a few bucks for that, half life was a new ip though and id be slightly hesititant to pay for a demo of a game that i knew very little about in terms of quality.

I really think the only reason Dead Rising: Case Zero was a success was on teh basis that it's fundamentally the same as the original so fans new exactly what to expect, for and for $6 they can play in a new location with new weapons for a month prior to release.

last edited by groganus at 10:49:01 08/Sep/10
Steve Farrelly
Posted 11:00am 08/9/10
yeah, I'm kind of in your court too groganus.

I also landed on the game's Leaderboard at like number 7 or something in the first few days of play (probably last now, I haven't checked in a while) ;)
d^
Posted 11:02am 08/9/10
Looks cool, is it a bridge between the two games?
Steve Farrelly
Posted 11:19am 08/9/10
nah, it serves as a teaser more than anything, like, a gameplay teaser - there's very little in the way of story or anything. At least nothing that will spoil the experience in the full game.

Except for the knowledge of "Zombrex" a zombie suppressing drug :P (I kid you not)
Mordecai
Posted 12:55pm 08/9/10
Played the demo of ths. Wasn't really my thing, didn't really "grabbed" me. Was ok I guess. Would I be pissed if was a paid only demo? Sure. I'd be asking for my money back.
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