Perfect Dark Zero demo live

After six months of release, Rare's Xbox 360 launch game makes its way to Xbox Marketplace.

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Last month, it was announced that Perfect Dark Zero was finally going to have a demo put up on Microsoft's Xbox 360 Marketplace. That sampling has gone live today, according to Major Nelson, the blog of Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb. The demo includes a map from the game, The Outpost, playable alone or with a friend in split-screen mode or over Xbox Live. And to give prospective buyers a taste of the game's deathmatch action, it also includes the new multiplayer map Plaza.

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You people seem to forget that people are still buying Xbox 360's. So sorry if you've had the game before launch. Any Marketplace content is good marketplace content, regardless if it is relevant to you or not. So it gives new 360 owner a chance to play it before they buy it.

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Im pretty sure the couldn't release the demo before the game was released since the game was released on launch day........ Its to boost sales for a good game and their doing the same thing with Kameo which is better than what happened with Full Auto. They bring a demo but nothing else no pictures, no themes, just a demo. I already bought the game but not all Xbox 360 owners own it and not everyone owns a xbox 360.

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It could also just be a way to get feedback on the new map before they actually release it as downloadable content for the full version, kind of a public beta test. Only downside to that is having to sift through message boards, trying to find relevant and useful comments about how the new map plays, rather than people whining about the existence of the demo in the first place. Other than that it does allow people to try most aspects of the game, be it single player, co-op, or multiplayer. Add the fact that 360s are still selling well and about half of 360 owners are getting on LIVE, why wouldn't they release a demo? We also saw a recent new demo for Kameo which gives people a greater variety of gameplay than the previous one, what's the harm in that? I do think that the demos for games that haven't been released yet will start to increase, both to get feedback and generate buzz for the product, especially after how much it helped Fight Night Round 3.

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thats great in all but what about new maps

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MrOpinion229 - Are you serious? A launch game finally has a demo on the Marketplace, and you justify it as this "Any Marketplace content is good marketplace content" Wow...way to excuse poor service from Rare and Microsoft. I believe that the PDZ is dying, so Rare is swinging for the fence in a last ditch effort..

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GEEZ! Enough already, I have had the 360 since day one, and have not played this game yet. Keep complaining and they may not bother with demos period!

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a Demo...of PDZ...after 6 months of the games launch....WHAT IS WRONG WITH RARE??!!

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This game sucks. Who wants a demo for a bad game?

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demo is for ppl who may have not have gotten PDZ when it released and wants to see wut its like..like me

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The demo is out a little late. All Xbox 360 owners already purchased it.

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ummm.... am i the only one to post how s***y this game was? if i had gotten the demo before the game came out, it would have stopped me from buying it. how can all you guys think that this was a good game?! bad graphics, bad AI, bad level design, choppy and confusing multiplayer, bad controls, bad, bad, bad, bad.

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Omg THAT NEW MAP IS THE BEST, I GOT THE DEMO TO PLAY WITH MY FRIENDS THAT DONT HAVE THE GAME, SO MUCH FUN!

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Why on earth are they releasing a demo with a brand new multiplayer map, but not offering it as a downloadable for the main game? Is it just me, or is that absolutely nuts? I mean, the game has been out 6months now, the DLC is LONG overdue... The regular maps are getting o-l-d

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Why could they have not put a Chromehounds or Dead Rising demo out instead. Or even Gears of War.

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This is great for me, i just got a 360 and was thinking bout getting it, now ill be able to see if i like it

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this is awesome

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So, it takes Mircosoft 7 months to get their own game on the Marketplace...=P Of well, I'll probably still download it. =)

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awesome im gonna download it now

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thats cool. didnt the game come out at launch. lets get a Dead Rising demo MS. Come on, please?

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everyone's saying how bad of a game it is...why did gamespot give it a 9.0? haven't played it yet myself so I guess I'll see what the fuss is about now...

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It's rather interesting that this demo has a new multiplayer map, yet those of us who've owned the retail version for months have yet to see a single bit of downloadable content available yet...

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perfect dark zero has THE WORST SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIN EVER!!!!!! but the multiplayer is EXTREMLEY fun especially over xboxlive

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It might be late but i never bought it lol so i get to try it now

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So people can know how terrible the game is? They would probably get more sales keeping that dirty little secret in the dark.

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too late i juse bought the game at circuit city for $50 with Final Fantasy 11 Free

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i own it is way to late

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lol after everyone had to play that terrible game, now this finally comes out.

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Now they can scare all the prospective buyers of this game away. It's terrible! The single-player is atrocious, and the shoddy feel of the gameplay even carries into the online multiplayer portion. "As much fun as Halo 2 online?" Yeah, right. Stick with Halo 2, or go for Battlefield 2: Modern Combat or Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter for your online Xbox 360 needs.

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Way late but I guess for peeps that have yet to play... Cheers! I personal hated the game..LOL

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Why would they release it before they released the full game? It was a release title.

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waiting for PC version :P

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This game on Live is fantastic. As much fun as Halo 2 online imo.

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I've beaten the game alreay. Great game, but the single player and the presentation are very weak. Online play is incredible though.

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nice!

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Seems like the sales must be drying up so they needed to get the game back in peoples eyes

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Heh, now I don't need to buy the game. I can just play the demo over and over for free :)

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Isnt it a lil too late to release a demo for a game that has been out for almost a year?

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ok. great

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Excellent news for me, I dont have this game yet.

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Recliner15 why would you put out a demo 6 months later? Or why would you put out a demo after release.. ---- Because some people havent played the game and dont want to rent/buy it.. Like me, Sounds fun.

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Well they couldn't release the demo before the game came out... lol... They release demos after the release of the game to INCREASE SALES. Wouldn't that make sense? LOL... Just cause the game has been out since November doesn't mean they don't want to see continued sales of the game from prospective buyers who have not purchased it yet. Obviously it doesn't apply to people who bought the game at launch so why waste breath complaining that it's not for you? Demos are designed to entice people into buying the full game, if you bought the game at launch you apparently didn't need to try it out before buying!

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Remember, the demo does have the new maps for those waiting on them.

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Forget the demo, when are the new maps coming out.

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wouldve have been nice to have it before i bought it a month after release

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why would you put out a demo 6 months later? Or why would you put out a demo after release..

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You people seem to forget that people are still buying XBox 360's. So sorry if you've had the game before launch. Any Marketplace content is good marketplace content, regardless if it is relevant to you or not.

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its way to late for that demo people have seen enough of that game already and i dont think this demo will really make people go out and buy it. Rare should put a demo of viva pinate even if it is a kiddy game in a way im sure people wud wanna see that game rather than a game that has been out for ages already.

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cool a Demo of a old game.

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Just a little late to the demo party Rare...

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