E3 '07: Xbox 360 gets E3 demos

[UPDATE] Blue Dragon and NCAA 08 trials go up on Xbox Live Marketplace; Ace Combat 6 sampler set for later this week.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--Microsoft is "Bringing it Home" for this week's E3 Media and Business Summit once again, and that means a week full of new content for the Xbox Live Marketplace. Today, news arrived of a pair of demos, one already released and one soon to arrive.

A trial version of Electronic Arts' collegiate pigskin game NCAA Football 08 has arrived on the Xbox Live Marketplace, weighing in at more than 600MB. The demo lets players enjoy a full game as either USC or Michigan on the varsity difficulty level with two-minute quarters. However, it isn't completely representative of the final game, as there is no play-by-play announcing.

Gamers not interested in college sports also have a new demo to look forward to, as Namco Bandai Games today announced that it will release a demo for Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation on the Live Marketplace later this week. The demo will let players jump into the cockpit of one of the game's licensed aircraft and try out some of the game's new features, like calling in support from friendly naval and aerial forces.

[UPDATE]: As Microsoft executives touted the company's upcoming lineup at its E3 press conference tonight, another demo was arriving on the Xbox Live Marketplace. A trial version of Mistwalker Studios' role-playing game Blue Dragon is also now available for download. The full version of the game will go on sale August 28.

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137 comments
PlissandrO
PlissandrO

to the demo i say: "pretty just a japanese RPG"... nothing really new can be saw in the demo, just wait the real game is better...

get-hi-wit-me
get-hi-wit-me

omg halo=sucks xbox=sucks and now namco=backstabbers

Nawras
Nawras

I downloaded the demo and I have to say I was tremendously disappointed. I was fine with the overly simplistic art style and the such, and the dragons and battle system were good actually, but the fights go very slow (especially if you need to power up) and the frame rate is surprisingly slow as well

lamprey263
lamprey263

I really didn't care for the Blue Dragon demo, but that's just me. However, the Ace Combat 6 demo sold me on the game. I can't wait. I hope the flight stick and throttle can be used in Project Slypheed and Fatal Inertia. I also hope Namco Bandai comes out with other demos for stuff like Eternal Sonata and Beautiful Katamari.

xraystar
xraystar

ace combat is just awesome, blue dragon is the jrpg the 360 needed ... we need more demos! bring assassin's creed please please please!

jorranvv
jorranvv

to the guys that have a xbox360 have fun with it (i didn`t have one)

Extreme124
Extreme124

Microsoft can we get a WWE SVR 08 Demo on Marketplace as their is one for playing at E3

NyGin07
NyGin07

oh ncaa is cool but i need to rent the actually game to see how good it is

NyGin07
NyGin07

im not really a rpg gamer aside from final fantasy, but lue dragon is really god. very fun game i thought it was gonna be dumb and kiddie but its actually pretty good

huskerman34
huskerman34

Its about freaking time ive been waiting for these games.

sacatash
sacatash

I'm downloading Blue Dragon now...heck..its sloww!!! This is the only game that gives me a reason why I bought the Xbox 360..

NightRain
NightRain

Wow... screw Ace Combat 6... I played it, it's nice but... PLAY BLUE DRAGON NOW! It's awesome!!! :D

Sonovius
Sonovius

i sure hope Blue Dragon is better than Eternal Sonata. The vid on that game was embarrassing and the demo from OXM was even worse. BD downloading now fingers is cross-ed. 360 needs a cutesy rpg and Sonata sure as heckfire isn't it.

xbxman82
xbxman82

microsoft where is the demo for assassins creed i want that game now and it will be noce to get a demo for gta4 ohhhh yyyyyyeeeeeaaaaahhhhhh giggidy giggidy

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

The Ace Combat 6 demo is out. I have yet to download it.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

Every game shown at the conference will release prior to Christmas, and you know the majority will have demos...Mmmm...gaming goodness.

Antonius86
Antonius86

i'm looking forward to downloading the blue dragon demo after work today, can't wait.

nev70
nev70

ACE COMBAT IS ALSO ON NOW! its awsome

feryl06
feryl06

CANNOT WAIT! Darn this work thing! :)

kitty
kitty moderator

i got the blue dragon demo already :D

Ninjiz
Ninjiz

Actually to let some of you know... if you Download the JP Eternal sonota it will be in the language of whatever your profile is in when you play it. So if you play on JP account it will be in Japanese... but of you play it on a NA account it will all be in english...

rocketman97
rocketman97

thirsty 4907 i really doubt that there will ever be a guitar hero 3 demo, as much as i would like to see one, but since the guitar hero guitar would be required, i doubt they would come out with a demo for such a limited audience since the goal of a demo is to get people to buy the game oh, and there is an eternal sonata demo, but its with Official Xbox magazines latest issue

Dark_Nexus3367
Dark_Nexus3367

Nice once i get my 360 back from repair ill get the demos lol.These games are awesome,can't wait to try them out! :D

adolfobaja
adolfobaja

blue dragon is avainle to download

johnfrusciantex
johnfrusciantex

nice ace combat 6. wish there were also cod 4, but hey thats probably far from ready anyways. but the ace combat 6 is going to be so much fun. i played the ncaa 08 and there still isn't much change from the others. i would give it a 7.8 because it isn't much improvement from the last installments.

Sinars
Sinars

If only there is an Assassin's Creed demo planned for the marketplace this week.

zeroredrum
zeroredrum

the US demo of eteral sonata is in the newest OXM mag, I got it yesteday

darkheart73
darkheart73

cool. an ace combat demo! too bad i don't have an xbox 360 otherwise i'd be totally stoked right now!

fauljosh
fauljosh

YES! Ace Combat demo! I was hoping this would be one of the demo's available. Now if they have an Assassins Creed demo I will truly be happy.

CyphenX
CyphenX

must... have... Ace Combat 6...

pjizzile11
pjizzile11

Come on american eternal sonata demo.

TVR_Fan
TVR_Fan

I wanted to see some better demos in this news, because I don't like American Football (Should be called American Rugby), however I am looking forward to the Ace Combat 6 demo.

Thirsty4907
Thirsty4907

Guitar Hero III demo NOW Pleeaaaaaaaasse

JEEBUS_BOGONDO
JEEBUS_BOGONDO

I'm hyped for ace combat 6. Although I highly doubt it, I hope there is a demo of GTA4 (fingers crossed for online co-op play) and bioshock.

jtparsons54
jtparsons54

gstatus904 "NCAA IS A MUST GET FOR EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS ALL I GOTTA SAY" ________________________________ Yeah... unless you hate football games, in which case no it isnt

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

Could they make a Call of duty 4 demo?

gstatus904
gstatus904

NCAA IS A MUST GET FOR EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS ALL I GOTTA SAY

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Hopefully they'll have Bioshock and Blue Dragon demos. I'm really looking forward to those games.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

eh...there are sooooo many games I would have taken over these two.

dmn_link
dmn_link

Cool, can't wait for the Ace Combat 6 demo. I wonder what other ones will be available.