It's the day before Thanksgiving, and I'm probably very involved in making the Worlds Best Cranberry Sauce at the moment, but I've taken some time to pass along a few sweet deals going on over at Good Old Games. Because if there are two things I love, they are old games and saving money, and let me tell you, some of these deals are sweet indeed.
The reason I like occasionally picking up games via GOG is that they routinely bundle in digital copies of the materials that would have come with the game, had you bought it back when it was released. This would be things like fold-out maps, manuals, strategy guides, and other things they used to stuff in game boxes back when games used to come in boxes (kids these days probably don't even know what boxes are. Thanks, Obama).
I'm sure I've shared this before, but I have an unhealthy relationship with old video game manuals. I absolutely love them. They're fascinating artifacts from a time where video game companies found the money to hire writers to not only pack in instructions for the game, but stories, and lore, and all sorts of things that are now usually just incorporated into the game. But that's just me. I don't assume or expect other people to share this pretty obscure fascination. But I'll bet you like saving money. If that made you sit up in your seat a bit, I may have something for you.
GOG is running a number of sales at the moment, and I've picked a handful of games/bundles that are either classics that can be picked up for cheap, or more modern games that have been pretty heavily discounted.
Galactic Civilizations III is currently being discounted by 50% for their sale this week. If you've been waiting for a sale or looking to get into the 4X genre, you could do a lot worse than with the GalCiv series.
If you're looking to get into the 4X genre but aren't quite sold on the price tag of GalCiv III, GalCiv II is just under $5, so 75% off its standard price. It's a much softer entry than the $25 you'd be paying for the third game in the series.
Maybe 4X games aren't your thing. That's cool. I don't really care for them either. But maybe you like dungeons. Or maybe you like dragons. What I'm trying to say is that there's a Dungeons & Dragons bundle that I really think is a great deal. The D&D bundle has been discounted 80% and will set you back a bit over $20, but you're getting ten games based on the D&D license, including the first and second games in the Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Neverwinter Nights series. Those are six turn-based party RPGs that are probably required play for most people who are into the genre, so whether you want to revisit some old classics or play through them for the first time, this is a great time to get them all for very little money.
My final recommendations are The Witcher series. The first two are discounted a whopping 85% (See here and here), bringing their combined total to about what I pay for an espresso and a nice tip. The Witcher III is currently 50% off, and for a game that's going to make a lot of year-end lists, that's not a lot of money to pay.
Those are just the deals that stood out to me. There are plenty of other sales going on at the moment, but these are the ones that were giving the most game value for price, in my opinion. Head on over to GOG to see what looks good, and if there are any essential games that I missed that are significantly discounted, let me know.