Video games are by no means cheap these days, so gamers usually play it safe by copping familiar franchise entries. But what about those titles that are more fun than you could have guessed? You know you've overlooked a release just because it flew under your AAA radar, and we're sure you've also copped your fair share of late passes when catching up on great games that developed cult followings. Thanks to the genius workings of Xbox Live Arcade andPlayStation Network, samples of upcoming and already-released titles are a dime a dozen these days—or, rather, a free a dozen. Before taking the plunge, have a go with a game demo and judge for yourself. It's safer to sample a game's single campaign stage or beta mulitplayer then pay for the full experience without knowing what you're getting beforehand. And over the years, there have been some doozies that pushed us off the fence and into must-buy mode. Join us as we get our 15 minutes of fun in with 10 game demos that convinced us to buy a game we might have missed...
By Elton R. Jones