Activision Publishing says the game demo will be available for free download on Xbox Live Marketplace. In the demo, virtual rock stars can shred, drum and wail to Metallica’s hits “Sad But True” and “Seek And Destroy,” as well as “No Excuses” from Alice In Chains and “Stone Cold Crazy” from Queen, both hand-picked by Metallica as featured guest acts in the game.

Set in The Forum venue, highlighting the new in-the-round stage designs and custom camera angles, players can begin honing their skills in single-player and band Quickplay, head-to-head, Face-Off, Pro Face-Off and Battle gameplay modes.

Today, game vendors are increasing using online channels to showcase their video games. Square Enix, a  publisher of interactive entertainment products, recently announced that the tower defence simulation game Crystal Defenders previously released for the iPod and iPhone 3G/iPod touch, is now available worldwide for download via Xbox Live Arcade.

Similarly, Electronic Arts (EA) said that Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising is available for PC download at the EA Store and other online digital retailers worldwide. It’s a single-player campaign expansion to last fall’s real-time-strategy game Command & Conquer Red Alert 3.

As the games market is getting hot with the each passing day, companies are also launching creative promotional campaigns to attract the global gamers. Last year, Activision Publishing had roped in popular stars for making TV ads in the run-up to the October 26 release of Guitar Hero World Tour, another installment in this video game franchise. 

“Ride the Lightning” with musical icons Metallica and 21 other rockin’ acts in a new Guitar Hero experience – Guitar Hero Metallica. It includes Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo.

You can shred on the guitar controller, rip on the drum kit controller and wail on the mic to a set list featuring over 45 hits from Metallica’s career and other artists selected by the band, such as Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Alice In Chains, System of A Down, Foo Fighters and Queen. 

Guitar Hero Metallica is being developed by Neversoft Entertainment for Xbox 360 and the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system. The Wii home video game system from Nintendo and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system versions are being developed by Budcat Creations. 

The game is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB.

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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