Modern Warfare 2, Civilization 5 get demoed

Activision releases single-player sampler for blockbuster shooter nine months after debut; Firaxis planning trial for upcoming hexagonal strategy game prior to Sept. 21 release.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released nine months ago and since then has become one of the most lucrative entertainment properties of all time. Almost a year later, Activision is letting gamers try the shooter without paying via a single-player demo, which is now available on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. But the shooter isn't the only game getting a demo. PC strategy fans can look forward to a demo for Sid Meier's Civilization V ahead of the game's release date next month.

Activision sent word today that a demo featuring Modern Warfare 2's "Cliffhanger" level is now available to download on both major high-definition home consoles. The trial mission thrusts players into a snowy, windswept endeavor in the mountains of Kazakhstan. The level kicks off with a harrowing cliff climb, crescendos to a full-on firefight amidst a blinding snowstorm, and caps off with a cinematic snowmobile chase through the trees.

Now you can do this for free.

But for those who'd rather point than shoot, a demo is on the way for Sid Meier's latest foray into the strategy game genre. A post on the Civilization V Web site confirms that a demo for the game will pop up sometime next month before the full game is released on September 21.

According to the Firaxis post, excited gamers can expect more details, including what the trial will be composed of and when exactly it will hit "soon." Whatever the demo specifically consists of, it'll give players a glimpse and feel for the game's new hexagonal board, a departure from the traditional square playing field of the series.

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146 comments
yearof3000
yearof3000

goku2000@ This is Infinity Ward after all... lazy @#$.

goku2000
goku2000

Seen it, played it, was not impressed. At all. Aren't demos supposed to be released BEFORE the full game?

schawnneo
schawnneo

Damn Activision!! Just fix the bugs and stop wasting time on this nonsense!!

thingta42
thingta42

The only thing MW2 taught me is never to buy a COD Cashcow game again from activision.

xViViDly
xViViDly

This article made me LOL.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

A demo of Modern Warfare 2. :roll: I'm still waiting for my Wolfenstein 3D demo before I commit to buying!

PublicNuisance
PublicNuisance

No PC demo ? No problem Activision. I haven't bought it yet and you are not making me want to.

jedi-james
jedi-james

or not.... mw2 demo? hey sure why not.... next month... try out half life 2!

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Hum... MW2 demo. Maybe I will try it. Funny they didn't just demo the Airport level.

jasonlc3221
jasonlc3221

oops, I'm ra-tarded................ Hex is 6 sides, I was thinking of an octagon. Sorry guys, ignore my comment about Civ 5

jasonlc3221
jasonlc3221

My guess is that sales have finally slowed down on the game, so they figured throwing out a demo might boost sales just a bit more. As for Civ 5, I don't understand why the hex-shaped tiles will be any change. Couldn't you already move in 8 difference directions anyway with the old square tiles? It's been so long since I played Civ on the computer, I may be wrong, but I did play A LOT of Civ Rev on Xbox. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

KlepticGrooves
KlepticGrooves

Eh? What's the point? Every man and his dog have either seen or played Mw2 by now.

Gam3freaK13
Gam3freaK13

they put out the wrong demo! its supposed to be black ops! lol i wish!

robayeit
robayeit

@thevgamer the ppl who aint brought this game are ppl who actually know what a PROPER game is, not something thrown together to make money and rip off idiots who know nothing

Donkeyyy
Donkeyyy

They should have had a multiplayer demo for Modern Warfare 2 before the game released. If they did, maybe it wouldn't be so terrible.

juan99692k6
juan99692k6

Battlefield BC2 owns MW2. Mw2 is filled with cheaters,hackers,nuke boosting ,you named it. you can't even blow up a wall with an rpg. in battlefield you can almost destroy everything and bullets suffer from Gravity like the sniper rifles. but if you want and arcade game and have lots of arcade-style killstreaks then go for MW2. Call of duty 4 was the best call of duty.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

So many gamers already have this game...is money scrounging really necessary Activision?...or did I just answer my own question?

nicknicknick333
nicknicknick333

Good choice by Activision releasing the only good part of MW2. Any one who played a multiplayer demo would probably laugh at all the horrible problems and sub-par gameplay and stop playing immediately.

nicknicknick333
nicknicknick333

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icekids
icekids

@johneese....MW2 has sold 9 million copies on the PS3, and the world has 39 million PS3's, still has many people who bought MW2

johneese
johneese

a...demo? who doesnt already own it?

jmcmanj
jmcmanj

I'm Getting this demo RIGHT NOW!!!

shoota28
shoota28

is it just me, or is the demo supposed to be before the release

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

there aren't as many pc exclusives as their were before, but pc gaming isn't dead or dying, loads of people still build rigs to play console ports, because even console ports are still better quality on pc. :)

icekids
icekids

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jpkustra
jpkustra

I haven't tried MW2 yet so I'm happy they are finally releasing a demo. It's nice having so many good shooters out at one time!

Dan21278
Dan21278

What's the point of releasing a a demo for a game everyone has already played?

Tehspartan333
Tehspartan333

@icekids. lol, what are you talking about? 2010 has so far been a great year for PC games. Starcraft 2, Napoleon Total war, Bad Company 2, Mass effect 2, and so on.

DPumbliQ
DPumbliQ

icekids - Obviously you haven't played a PC game this generation.

keyboard-hero
keyboard-hero

They'll only send the demo of MW2 nine months later? It's easily understandable they're trying to raise extra cash but this is not the first time publishers show samples of their games long after their release. That's quite annoying.

bSITE
bSITE

Thats FIFA in the background :P

icekids
icekids

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GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Although Cod: MW 2 is a blockbuster many people didn`t play it, I myself bought a month ago, but before buying it I looked for the demo version so this is good news for people to try it first anyway.

KING_SAVAGE
KING_SAVAGE

I'm confused at both the article and the comments. That demo has been in the Playstation Store for as long as I can remember.

lovea218
lovea218

This is truly hilarious news. That's like releasing a demo for Super Mario...how much more money are they trying to suck out?

Freethinker101
Freethinker101

I'm with the Inception idea, I can't see why else they would release this. You can get it for as little as £20.00 pre-owned! Also in terms of how good the game is, MW1 was still still selling at £35.00 pre-owned 2 years after it was released. MW2 has sold a lot, but judging by the shelves at my local games stores, it's being traded in just as much.

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

Whoever said multiplayer demos are terrible obviously didn't pick up the Bad Company 2 BETA.

the_tosser
the_tosser

I heard they released this cliffhanger demo because of its simularitys to a scene in Inception, If you've seen it you'll know what im talking about. Looking forward to civ5, didnt get into 4 as much as i did 3, but it was still great, they always are!

isshiah
isshiah

cliffhanger was my favourite mission...but i already have the game...so, thanks, but no thanks.

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

make sure you don't blink during MW2 you'll miss the single player campaign...

andalore
andalore

I'm a bit skeptical on this Hexagonal thing for Civ 5 but now I can finally test it out before I buy, not that I'd really need a demo the Civ games are pure gold so I'd get it even if there was no demo.

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

@Tehspartan333 Oh man I totally agree. COD:MW2 was paced so poorly, I remember how disappointed I was after playing the first act. A training mission, an on rail shooter mission, a sneaking mission, a pointless massacre mission then finalllly a fps mission. Stupid game. If only the airport mission took place later in the game, then maybe it would have made me care. And the sneaking mission was oh so pointless.

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

Wait what? Anyone that wants COD:MW2 already owns it surely. What a pointless demo