Fall is here, which means it's time for sales, and if you head over to Great Old Games, you can pick up some great deals on games both old and new. I mostly use GOG to pick up old games that have been out of print for years and are hard to get a hold of. I like Great Old Games for a number of reasons, but probably the biggest is their history of including digital copies of all the peripherals that used to come printed in the physical box--manuals, maps, quick-reference guides. I have a weird love for these hard to find documents, so I really appreciate the effort that comes with bundling this digitized media with the game.
The GOG Fall Sale is going on now, and will be around for the next week. New games are added to the sale every 12 hours, and every day new game-bundles will be offered. Sales like these are a good way to fill out your library with games that you may have missed the first time around, or games that you'd like to replay.
There are certainly a number that are on my list, and I'm looking forward to seeing what else is going to show up as the week progresses. So what deals are looking especially tasty?
If you're interested in old-school RPGs along the lines of Baldur's Gate or Icewind Dale, you should really give Pillars of Eternity a try. Though it sports the isometric perspective of the party-based RPGs of the late 90s, it's art is beautifully rendered. I've only put a few hours in so far, but I'm already very impressed by the art, music, and narrative. This week you can pick it up for 50% off over at GOG, which is quite the deal.
Sanctuary RPG is another throw-back to the days where games were programmed using the tools and characters at hand. Any computer can "read" ASCII, and so games were made that utilized them. Well some people are still using the design aesthetic to make games, and Sanctuary RPG offers a rogue-like RPG experience that is funny and the combat systems used within the game are really rewarding balance of offensive combo-building and denying your opponent combos of their own with defensive blocks. The game gets fun once you figure out the pattern to combat, and then when you realize the big bad enemy you're facing throws a wrench in your plans, you've got to learn the dance all over again.
It's a fine game, and is $3.99 in the GOG sale.
Wargame is one of my favorite real-time tactical strategy games that simulates operational-level conflict during the Cold War. In Wargame you can play as The UN or the Warsaw Pact, each with their own campaign across Europe, or go head to head in multiplayer battles. Much of the game relies on scouting, knowing what units work well against other units, giving your unit orders, and then making sure they remain in supply.
If you want a healthy dose of realism in your real-time strategy games, but aren't really looking to dive into the theater-of-operations games that hardcore grognards love, Wargame is a goo place to start.
So what looks good to you in the GOG Fall Sale? Why not head that way, browse the games they're offering, and let me know?