Saints Row demo hits stores

Trial version of THQ's open-ended Xbox 360 action game to be available at major retailers by the end of the week.

While the full version of THQ's Xbox 360 urban action game Saints Row isn't expected to hit the streets until the end of August, a demo version of it has begun trickling into stores. According to a THQ representative, the demo disc should be available at all major retailers by the end of the week.

However, some Toys R Us locations have been selling the demo disc as a separate game instead of a preorder bonus. A Toys R Us representative told GameSpot this was a mistake, saying THQ sent out the demo disc before the company had started taking preorders on Saints Row, and some stores mistakenly put it out on the shelves early. With no associated preorder program, the discs merely ring up as a $9.99 Xbox 360 game.

People who already purchased the demo aren't completely out of luck. The representative said that once the chain starts taking preorders for the game (currently expected to happen August 1), customers who bring in their receipt and the demo can have the money credited to a preorder of the game.

In addition to the demo, the disc contains a "making of" documentary, which includes music tracks, trailers, and artwork from the game. THQ is attempting to have a downloadable version of the demo ready for the Xbox Live Marketplace around August 1.

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70 comments
sl33py_boy
sl33py_boy

u guys r dumb i played the demo at my friends house and it kicks ass!! p.s. theres ragdoll physics so runnin over the people is so fun and u can launch ur driver outa the car

javimena
javimena

It feels slow for a next-gen console. It's a good game, but not the best... I think is has better graphics than GTA, but essentially, it's the same.. Good: Graphics, sound, game-play, the map Bad: Framerate I would like to test rockets in the demo Score (guess): 8.3

m0K_3
m0K_3

This game is gonna be sweet i will say at first i thought its probably gonna end up like 25 to life but i guessed wrong the demo is fun i playe dthe missions on there then i ran around and shoot people.Im buying this for sho.

STEVESIZE
STEVESIZE

Hello, you don't have to pay for the demo. Stay the hell away fron toy's r us. You can get it at gamestop or best buy when you reserve the game for free!!!! or just wait untill the 1st of aug and get it on xbla. I got the demo yesterday and could not stop playing it!!! Any one who thinks this game sucks needs to have their head examined. This game is way better then GTA. It's smoother, and of course better looking and the whole gang thing is great!!! If you don't love this game then you don't like GTA either.

nbaluvr17
nbaluvr17

so is it worth buying or not? what is the demo about is it a mission or just free roaming?

ocdog45
ocdog45

looking for hte demo on the xbox live market

-Tito-
-Tito-

It sucks that I can't get Saint's row, becouse it will be for over age 18 only. And I can't get games like that, but I still would like to get it! This sucks!!! So how are you guys going to get this game if your not over 18??

scootamaster
scootamaster

yes. the demo is good. i cant stop playing it.

nbaluvr17
nbaluvr17

so is the game demo good or not? cause i wanna kno if i should buy it

shy0309
shy0309

oh mybad i got the demo at toys r us in gastonia nc where i live ........the demo gives u behind the sence an themes for ur xbox 360 they sold it to me but some toys r us say that they was not suppose to sell it till they got the preorder tickets or something like that so i guess i was lucky.....but if u buy the demo for 10 dollars keep ur recipt an they will put that ten dollars on ur preorder like they was suppose 2

shy0309
shy0309

just beat the demo ,,,,,,,,,,,,,this is going 2 be a great game!!!

Gamer46
Gamer46

Don't know if this was mentioned or not since I didn't read all the comments, but the Sept. OXM has the demo as well, so if you're a subscriber you should be getting the mag and the demo soon. Mine just got here today. Seems like it will be a great game, btw.

JimTurner1988
JimTurner1988

shy0309 well i got the demo an i can tell u that this game will bethe one to beat ..........love this demo cant wait for the full version Where did you get the demo at, which store?

shy0309
shy0309

well i got the demo an i can tell u that this game will bethe one to beat ..........love this demo cant wait for the full version

sasuke55
sasuke55

It just plain baffles me how some people just don't read a whole article before posting? They see people paid $9.99 and freak out. How about the last part that says they made a mistake and that anyone who bought one can bring back the rec and get credit towards a preorder. And for those of you whining about it not being on XBL yet just preorder it then if you don't like the demo switch the preorder to another game that you already have money on or to a game you know you want. I hope this helps.

Sociologist
Sociologist

I haven't played the demo yet, but this game looks promising in many ways. However, in some of the gameplay videos, it reminds me of State of Emergency, which is never a good thing. I have high expectations for this game, so I hope that it is well polished.

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

Maybe I can actually get a copy of the demo now. The manager in my local EB gave me a blank look when I mentioned the demo Monday night.

ballashotcalla1
ballashotcalla1

everybody shutup up i love saints row because i can start my own live gang called hezbbollah!

Gamer46
Gamer46

[quote]Well, I don't pre-order games so I won't be picking this up. But I don't think THQ should release a demo like this. The Xbox Live Marketplace is the new place to release demos. So, I'll wait for it to come to there. [/quote] Well, some people don't have Live so I don't think this is a terrible idea. I think it just needs to be a little more organized next time a company does this.

pathogenb
pathogenb

Guys, read the article. TRU messed up and they know they weren't supposed to sell the demo. If you did buy it, you can go back and get credit for the preorder. No one's charging $70 for the game and demo.

Mechakucha
Mechakucha

Think I'll go down to EB, preorder and get the demo, then cancel it the next day and keep the demo. That games just looks like a San Ann rip off with pretty graphcis. Course who knows, maybe the demo will change my mind (but in that case, wouldn't they give you a demo BEFORE you preorder?)

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Well, I don't pre-order games so I won't be picking this up. But I don't think THQ should release a demo like this. The Xbox Live Marketplace is the new place to release demos. So, I'll wait for it to come to there.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

It will be a damn shame if this game sales millions because consumers don't know crap when they see it.

thekey
thekey

I'm copping that piece!!!!

benihya
benihya

the demo is FREEE FREEEEE, the $10 will be credited when you buy the game

OtterX
OtterX

Lol, that's funny because all demo discs say NOT FOR RESALE on the sleeves. Stupid Toys R Us

Darth_Tigris
Darth_Tigris

Nobody reads anymore. Sad commentary on us as a society ...

PringerOtaku
PringerOtaku

You could always pre-order the game for the demo disc, see if you like it, and if not, cancel the pre-order. The manager doesn't mind me doing that because I know him, but I'm sure it's fine for most EBs and GameStops too. It doesn't cost extra, so you've got nothing to lose. I just hope it lives up to the GTA Killer hype.

lownhigh
lownhigh

its going for over 20 dollars on ebay

Corvin
Corvin

First of all it wasn't supposed to be sold seperately it was supposed to come free with a pre-order. Second, even if it weren't, selling demos is nothing new back in the day they called it "shareware" like the Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, Blake Stone and etc. on little floppies that included ordering details for the full version. They don't have to be free. Even the original Quake had a demo disc for $5, the most valuable $5 that one could ever spend on a demo disc.

Ohidjwae
Ohidjwae

Wow. . . I wonder how many people here READ the articles before commenting.

martoon96
martoon96

idiots, you get the demo free with a pre order on aug 1st. read the article toys r us sold the demo by mistake and will credit the $10 towards the game. the demo will be on xbl on or around aug 1st

Gamer46
Gamer46

You're not paying $70 in total. If you were one of the few who paid $10 for the demo you take your receipt back to TRU, and they'll put the $10 towards the game. You're not paying them $70, nobody is ripping you off, not MS, not TRU, and not THQ, you're only being ripped off if you actually paid $10 for the demo and then threw out your receipt. And there will be an Xbox Live demo on August 1, so people asking that they do that just need to hold out a little longer. That still gives you 4 weeks to decide if you like the game enough to buy it on the 29th.

FarKiller
FarKiller

Good, now I don't have to hear, Uhhh yeah I don't think we have that, wanna talk to my manager? SCREW TOYS R US! they should not even sell games, freaking brainless people.....

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

10 bucks for a demo? That is so dumb

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

You know a game is hot when people pay $10 for a demo

tomagreen
tomagreen

lmfao 10 bucks for a demo what kind of joke is that just put it on XBL now not in a week or two

teamparadox2k
teamparadox2k

Talk about gouging consumers... Instead of putting this on XBL so we can see if we like it enough to buy the game they are charging people for it. So you will see some people pay $70 total for the game, and those who dont buy it will still make the company profit if they got the demo. Yes this is great for them but terrible for gamers...even more so if other companies follow suit, since when do we pay for single demos?

Chromez12
Chromez12

Question: I live in Holland ( The Netherlands ) Does anybody know if their is a chance we also get the demo's here in our stores or will it be in the US/UK only? Thanks.

EvanO_O
EvanO_O

I'll try the demo too, just to see what we're dealing with here.

SCARFACELP
SCARFACELP

I dont think they are supposed to be selling those things . I mean dont the retailers get this for free to begin with? Anyways the retail side of the game business is always on the gray side of things like this . I walked into a gamestop not too long ago and they had several copies of the Zelda bonus disc(the ones with the old nes zelda games along with majora's mask and ocarina of time), and it was the display rack with the regular games along with regular games with a price tag of 39.99 usd. I asked the rep about it and pointed out that it clearly stated "bonus disc NOT to be sold separately", the rep told me that the promotion was over and that these bonus discs were being sold for more at ebay. That's true but it still doesn't give the retailers an excuse to sell something that is not meant to be sold. Although I suppose by them breaking the rules like this it ensures that consumers who did not preorder the game get the bonus item as well...I guess. But the example that i pointed out is a full game , four full games in fact plus a demo of the wind waker, so the fact that they are selling it like that is even worse.