msbhvn wrote: I tend to prefer gameplay footage to influence my buying choice, as it can be carefully edited to remove spoilers and there are few games with truly terrible controls nowadays. (The late) Matt's legendary Dragon's Dogma videos are a perfect example.
I also seem to watch gameplay footage more often than play a demo, and usually it's been the vids that have influenced my choice, but even that can be misleading at times *glares at ACM*. Still, the Resi 6 demo confirmed my suspicions and knew I could easily wait for DS3 to drop in price after giving the demo a go. I don't think the XCOM demo did it any favours by using the tutorial mission either, being so linear, Jake Solomon's live-streams were much better, but I was going to buy that anyway! I guess I'd rather have a demo than not, but I think I could easily find other sources to make an 'informed' judgement.
Can see the point about a good demo potentially stealing sales as much as a bad one, think it was Cunning who mentioned in an article a few days back playing the Sniper Elite V2 demo to death but never buying the game. Personally though it was well worth £25 despite a few issues.
I also recall playing the G-Police & Abe's Odyssey demos constantly, despite having never owned either