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Xbox 360 owners have a chance to sample two of the more unique titles set to be released later this year as demos for the action shooter John Woo Presents Stranglehold and the Japanese RPG Eternal Sonata are now available to download on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Stranglehold is based on characters from Woo’s cult classic film “Hard Boiled.” The demo lets gamers tackle the first level of the retail version of the game, set in a Hong Kong marketplace crawling with bad guys. While relatively short (it is a demo, after all), the level shows off what makes Stranglehold worth a look– over-the-top action, destructible environments, slow-motion shootouts and a hefty amount of blood.

If you’re like your games a little less … intense, check out the Eternal Sonata demo. The combat system is turn-based, but not in the traditional sense. And though the story — you’re playing in a fantasy world dreamt up by dying composer Frederic Chopin — is a bit out there, the gorgeous environments and detailed characters are hard to dismiss. After playing through the demo, Eternal Sonata is definitely on my “must-have” list.

You can check out trailers of both games below:


Eternal Sonata