Latest PC Game Demos

Browse the latest demos for popular PC video games

Amicia and Hugo try to survive hordes of rats in A Plague Tale: Innocence

Focus Home Interactive

PC game demos aren't nearly as popular as they used to be, but you can still find some good ones if you're looking to try the latest titles before buying them. Here are some of the best demos you can download right now.

Best for Sports Fans: Football Manager 2020

Players on the field in Football Manager 2020

Sega

  • Release Date: Nov. 18, 2019
  • Genre: Sports, Simulation
  • Developer: Sports Interactive
  • Publisher: Sega

The long-running and popular Football Manager franchise lets you run your very own football club. (We're talking soccer, not American football.) This latest entry in the series boasts 50 countries to base your team in, 2,500 clubs, 500,000 real players and staff, graphical improvements, and more.

Best for MMO Fans: Final Fantasy XIV

Players battle Behemoth in Final Fantasy XIV

 Square Enix

  • Release Date: Feb. 18, 2014
  • Genre: MMORPG
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XIV is a bit older than other games on this list, but it's constantly being updated. Its latest expansion, Shadowbringers, launched on July 2, 2019. This massively multiplayer online role-playing game is set in the fantasy realm of Eorzea and tasks you with battling both the invading Garlean Empire and Primals, deities of the land's Beastmen tribes. The demo lets you create and play characters up to level 35, but with some restrictions.

Best for Creative Types: Dragon Quest Builders 2

The hero gathers materials in Dragon Quest Builders 2

Square Enix

  • Release Date: Dec. 10, 2019
  • Genre: Sandbox Action RPG
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a spinoff of the beloved Japanese role-playing game franchise that mashes action RPG combat with a whimsical story and the crafting and building mechanics made popular in Minecraft. As the game's hero, you gather materials and use your building skills to help the people while combating the evil Children of Hargon. Although it's a sequel, publisher Square Enix says it's a standalone experience featuring new characters and an expansive world.

Best for Those Who Like to Explore: Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Box art from Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Square Enix

  • Release Date: Sept. 12, 2018
  • Genre: Action Adventure
  • Developer: Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Shadow of the Tomb Raider concludes Crystal Dynamics' reboot of the popular franchise and lets players experience the end of Lara Croft's origin story. This time, she travels to the Americas to battle the paramilitary organization Trinity and avert a Mayan apocalypse. Naturally, there are plenty of tombs to discover and plunder along the way.

Best for Dark Souls Fans: Code Vein

A character uses a special ability in Code Vein

 Bandai Namco

  • Release Date: Sept. 27, 2019
  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Developer: Bandai Namco
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco

If you've ever wondered, "What if Dark Souls was anime?" you may like Code Vein. It takes elements of From Software's brutal franchise and combines them with a stylish post-apocalyptic setting filled with vampires, or Revenants, who consume blood to survive.

Best for Strategy Fans: Sid Meier's Civilization VI

Armies stand ready in Sid Meier's Civilization VI

2K Games

  • Release Date: Oct. 20, 2016
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Developer: Firaxis
  • Publisher: 2K

Civilization is one of the strategy genre's most popular franchises. It lets you assume the role of one of history's greatest leaders, and it's up to you to guide your people from the Stone Age to the Information Age. You can wage war, conduct diplomacy, participate in a technological arms race, and more.

The PC demo lets you play as Qin Shi Huang on a fixed map for 60 turns. After that, you have the option to buy the game or play the demo again.

There's no limit to the number of times you can play the demo.

Best for Co-Op Fun: Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Two players take on a Nazis mech in Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Bethesda

  • Release Date: Jul. 25, 2019
  • Genre: Action
  • Developer: Machine Games
  • Publisher: Bethesda

This spinoff of the long-running Wolfenstein franchise lets two players team up as the Blazkowicz twins and wreak havoc on the Nazis in their quest to find their missing father, the infamous BJ Blazkowicz. Unlike other Wolfenstein games, Youngblood combines RPG elements with its brutal first-person shooter combat.

Best for Casual Players: My Time at Portia

A player chops down a tree in My Time in Portia

Pathea Games

 

  • Release Date: Jan. 15, 2019
  • Genre: Life Sim/RPG
  • Developer: Pathea Games
  • Publisher: Team 17

My Time at Portia is a chill life simulation RPG in the vein of Animal Crossing or Stardew Valley. You take over your pa's neglected workshop and use it to grow crops, raise animals, and fulfill commissions from your fellow neighbors. Over time, you'll make friends, go on dates, and build a life in a charming setting inspired by Studio Ghibli.

Best for Adventure Fans: A Plague Tale: Innocence

Amicia and Hugo look over a ruined battlefield in A Plague Tale: Innocence

Focus Home Interactive

  • Release Date: May 14, 2019
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Developer: Asobo Studio
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

A Plague Tale: Innocence is the story of a young woman named Amicia, her little brother Hugo, and their journey through a plague-ravaged France. Hunted by the Inquisition and besieged by massive swarms of vicious rats, they'll have to use stealth and their wits to survive.