I Remember When Demos Were Like 15 Minutes
I used to get demos for the PS2 in PlayStation magazines. They were about 15 minutes long or ended after one life. Now, demos are often less restrictive. The demo for Dragon Quest XI on the Nintendo Switch is less like a demo and more like a free game rental. The game originally released in 2017 in Japan and then in 2018 worldwide, but the Switch port will be released this year. The Nintendo Switch version is preceded by a lengthy Dragon Quest XI demo.
I say “less like a demo and more like a free game rental” for a reason. First of all, the demo is ten hours long. It’s not unheard of to get couple of hours of gameplay out of a demo, but that can usually be done in one sitting. This demo would have to be divided into 3 or 4 *healthy* sittings. Another exceptional feature of this demo is that the progress made can be transferred into the full game. People can easily pour 100 hours into an RPG like Dragon Quest, but 10 hours is no small amount of time. It can mean a big head start for players.
A demo’s primary objective is to win over the player; to see if it is what they’re looking for. If you missed it the first time around on PC or PS4, try it out on the Switch. It may take up a good chunk of your time, but it’s free and you can thoroughly test whether or not you really want it. The demo is currently available on the Nintendo eShop. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age will be available on the Nintendo Switch on September 27th.
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