GOG is hosting their Summer Sale event which runs until June 27th, with over 3500 deals on all kinds of games! We’ll be doing a series of posts covering games from different categories, carefully selected to provide a fun and varied experience!
You can find the list of links to our handpicked games, as well as their cost, at the bottom!
Warlords Battlecry 3
Warlords Battlecry 3 is and RTS RPG released in 2004 and boy is there a lot to it. In terms of RTS, you can expect the usual: Build a base, defeat enemies, harvest resources – but wait! You harvest resources by converting resource buildings using your hero – that’s right, you don’t need to send your peasants to the mines, unless you want to.
The RPG part is where it gets even more interesting. When you start the campaign, you get to create your hero and choose its race, class and name. As you travel the world, completing missions and progressing the story, you have the opportunity to make allies (or enemies!) of other races. Each ally you have will allow you to play any mission as their race, meaning you’re not locked into playing one way like in Warcraft III.
Additionally, there’s a couple of things that can persist through missions and add a lot more depth to your overarching strategy: Ranked minions (which you get through keeping them alive while they kill enemies) and your hero, of course.
Your hero’s got skills, which depend on the class you choose. There’s also passive stats to allocate – for example, Charisma expands your retinue slots, allowing you to carry more ranked minions from mission to mission. Another key aspect is the inventory, allowing you to gear your hero with powerful items, something becoming so strong you can take down entire bases by yourself.
Here’s a bit of gameplay for your taste buds:
Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri Planetary Pack
Just to get this out of the way, Planetary Pack means it includes the Alien Crossfire expansion.
Alpha Centauri is another classic, once considered a “space sequel” to Civilization (until Civ. had that space-themed expansion I suppose!). Centauri shares the same genre as Civilization, so you can expect much of the same to transpire in terms of gameplay, from interacting with different factions to conducting research and building bases. But there’s aliens in this one.
This game can be regarded as the continuation of your journey should you achieve the space race victory in a Civilization game. You arrive on Alpha Centauri, and the usual Civ. shenanigans commence. Terraforming, secret projects, military action, monoliths and even the ability to design your own units. This game was initially released in 1999, but has the techno-babble from 24 years ago stood the test of time?
System Shock: Enhanced Edition
With the game being remastered, what better time to give the original a go? System Shock is a classic classic, earning major accolades and inspiring huge franchises such as Deus Ex and BioShock.
Released in 1994, System Shock has you playing a hacker aboard a space station, fighting against an evil A.I. called SHODAN through the power of your programming skills and, of course, guns. The game is mostly non-linear and is littered with enemies, puzzles and cool locations to explore.
Cyborgs, mutants, the VR space, energy weapons. If none of these attract you, this game still deserves to be played on its impact alone.
Unreal Tournament GOTY
GOTY stands for Game of the Year, because that’s exactly the award it received from not once, but ten times in 2000 (it originally released in late 1999, this is the version that contains post-launch content).
If you were alive and of an age old enough to be considered sentient at the turn of the millennium, you basically had a single dilemma to solve: Quake, or Unreal Tournament? Going into Quake is neither here or there, so let’s just pretend you chose Unreal Tournament. Good job!
Before Halo and Call of Duty took over as ‘the shooters’, Unreal Tournament was king. The gameplay feels like a cocaine-induced fever dream, navigating amazingly-designed maps to obliterate your opponents with a rocket to the face. The soundtrack is the best that 90s Techno has to offer, the controls are fluid and the environment still holds up today.
This is the game the Unreal Engine is named after. It spawned several sequels, with Unreal Tournament 4 almost becoming a proper game – unfortunately, it was canceled after Epic Games’ Fortnite blew up so much, and so fast, that they had to basically pull their entire company to work on it.
Unreal Tournament is a pure shooter. The campaign is a series of matches against A.I. with a little story sprinkled in-between. Aside from your usual game modes like Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag, you can also play Domination, Assault or Last Man Standing.
Some of these game modes have only recently started coming back in some form or another. Last Man Standing is your reverse Deathmatch, where you win by being the last person with at least one life left. Domination is a control match where holding a control point nets your team points every second (very distinct from more modern ‘zone control’ versions you find in other games).
Assault is truly unique. While other games such as Halo have toyed with the concept of having opposing teams on different objectives (offense/defense), this concept has mostly been relegated to Capture the Flag variants. In Unreal Tournament, Assault is also its own map type.
Probably the most recognizable Assault map in Unreal Tournament is Frigate. One team defends the ship, while another has to do two tasks to win: Destroy a compressor (which opens a door), then go through that door and push a button (which then turns the frigate’s gun to a dam and blows it up).
The time limit for the attacking team to complete their objectives is 6 minutes, after which the teams switch roles. If the first team managed to win the first round in, say, 4 minutes, the second team only has that much time to force a draw. You just don’t see this kind of game mode (with its own maps to boot!) anymore. There’s so much to do in this game. And let’s not forget the iconic announcer.
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition
Ever wondered what these orcs and humans were up to before WoW? Check Warcraft III. But what were they up to before that?
Warcraft II is the last game in the franchise to employ different endings based on the race you played. It’s got two campaigns for each race (only Orcs and Humans in this installment), Tides of Darkness (covering the Second War) and Beyond the Dark Portal (a very hard campaign covering the aftermath of the Second War and what the Alliance Expedition was up to on Draenor).
Canonically, the Human campaigns are the ‘right’ ones, although the current lore does draw from both separate timelines. Don’t let WoW’s retelling of those stories detract from Warcraft II though – they may have retconned the part where you kill Deathwing, but this game serves to show how Warcraft used to be written and it contrasts quite a bit with modern stories.
Aside from the campaign, the game boasts a huge collection of custom maps, including a bunch that are made to emulate “buildless” campaign missions, only giving you a limited amount of units, leaving the rest up to your skill.
Scenarios (their old-timey name for custom games) are also very easy to modify to your taste. You can change starting gold, the amount of AI (or open slots for players) and even the tileset. That’s right, even if a map takes place in the forest, you can choose “Swamp” and the grass becomes mud, the trees become mushrooms and you find yourself on Draenor. What’s not to like?
Discounts & Prices
Prices may ever so slightly vary based on your region.
- Warlords Battlecry 3 ($4.69, 50% off)
- Alpha Centauri ($1.39, 76% off)
- System Shock: Enhanced Edition ($3.29, 65% off)
- Unreal Tournament GOTY ($1.99, 80% off)
- Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition ($7.49, 20% off)
The GOG Summer Sale continues until the 27th! Are you buying any of these games? Have you already played through some? Let us know in the comments below!
Check our other lists of games discounted at the GOG Summer Sale: