We’re officially in the holiday season, gaming-wise, with the first of quite a few Winter sales going live on GOG. Aside from what is clearly a juicy amount of price reductions on a boatload of games, we’ve also got a game that can be claimed for a limited time. Let’s see!
Ghost of a Tale – Claim Now
Ghost of a Tale is a fantasy action-RPG developed by primarily by one person: Lionel Gallat, a DreamWorks and Universal Pictures veteran. The game was funded through Indiegogo and raised 48,700 euros, releasing on the 25th of July, 2016.
You play as Tilo, a minstrel mouse in a medieval world inhabited purely by animals. The game design has you focusing on exploration and immersion, featuring stealth elements (disguises!), quests and fancy conversations with both allies and enemies alike.
Ghost of a Tale is free to claim through the GOG shop for another 43-ish hours since this article’s release. That means there’s a whole two days to get it! Do note that by claiming this gift, you’ll activate e-mail marketing from GOG, as pictured below.
There’s 95 pages of discounted games & DLCs, or roughly four and a half thousand things that are a bargain. Of those, about 3000 are full-fledged games, so if you’re feeling adventurous, you can go ahead and parse through the entire catalog, but we’ve singled out a couple titles we feel are definitely worth picking up.
As always, we’ll have links to the games as well as their price and discount at the bottom of the article for your convenience.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition
In an effort to avoid spoilers for those who only played XCOM: Enemy Unknown (which is a reboot of the series, so there’s even more lore behind it), XCOM 2 takes place twenty years after its predecessor. Released in 2016, the game launched with much-appreciated features such as procedural map generation and mod support, which earned all the critical acclaim it received, being nominated for multiple end-of-year awards. If you’re looking for a turn-based tactics video game, something that doesn’t have the pacing of, say, Starcraft, when XCOM 2 is currently on sale for a ridiculously good price.
A short while after their summer sale came to and end, GOG is back with a new sale for games from Square Enix and JRPG Games that celebrate the Moon Festival!
Square Enix deals go up to 89% off.
There’s 42 items on sale.
Moon Festival deals go up to 80% off.
There’s 384 items on sale, most of which are DLC.
Square Enix Notable Deals
There’s quite a bunch of great games you can grab for a handful of pennies in this deal, like most of the Tomb Raider franchise (the 2013 one being $3.99) or any game from the Deus Ex franchise. The most expensive title in this bundle is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Digital Deluxe Edition, currently valued at a ‘whopping’ $6.79.
Other notable entries include the Thief and Legacy of Kain franchises, the first two Just Cause games and the Dungeon Siege Collection, which includes three games and an expansion, all bundled up for $5.
Moon Festival Notable Deals
This one’s certainly a bit more difficult to unpack, considering the insane amount of DLC that’s on the list! You can grab Metal Gear Solid for $7.49, or get your sludge on with a large selection or METAL SLUG games.
This sale is pricier than Square Enix’s, but there’s still some valuable discounts to be found. Treasure Hunter Claire is available for $8.39 (half-price) while Saya no Uta – The Song of Saya Director’s Cut is up for just $6.29. The creepy Little Nightmares can be claimed in exchange for $11.99.
As always, prices may vary based on your region. Here’s the links to the sales:
Our coverage of the GOG Summer Sale continues with a look at the best Fantasy games currently on sale! The sale runs until the 27th, with over 3500 deals on a gigantic variety of games. For more curated lists, check our other selections at the bottom of this post! There, you’ll also find links to the following games, with their price and discount displayed for your convenience.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of The Year Edition
This game needs no introduction. It’s so well-known and beloved that it’s become a running meme of being labeled everyone’s favorite game ever.
The Witcher 3 is a 150+ hour RPG with a vast open world, where you play as Geralt of Rivia and do the things you’d expect: Hunt, kill, collect gear, some lewd stuff, play GWENT – the game-within-a-game card game – and much more. Even though the last sentence was loaded with selling points, it barely scratches the surface of how absolutely filled to the brim this game is.
If you’re a fan of the Netflix adaption but haven’t played the games yet, it should be noted that the TV show follows the books rather than the games. This shouldn’t be a factor in deciding whether you want to play the game that sold over 40 million copies and won an astronomical amount of awards.
It should be noted the game’s standard edition is also on sale, for $2 less, but does not include the absolute massive amount of concept art and FLAC version of the soundtrack that the Game of The Year Edition will net you.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
You ever wanted to find out what that angry lady, chanting angry words in that 2019 trailer for Hellblade 2 (beautifully shot in Unreal Engine 5) was all about? Why don’t you pick up the first game in the series and find out.
Senua’s Sacrifice is about a Pict warrior on a psychosis-fueled journey to Helheim. It’s best to stop here else we’ll get into spoilers, so let’s talk about how the game plays out. There’s a lot of voiceover, which is great for those story-starved. There’s some pretty trippy visuals, courtesy of Senua’s mental struggles. Combat, puzzles, exploration, it’s all in there.
The game has received great scores upon release and was praised for its artistic direction, production value and novel-like story. It’s won a variety of awards and was successful enough that it received an update in 2021, updating the visuals and adding a variety of accessibility improvements.
Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition
Divinity: Original Sin serves as the prequel to the Divine Divinity trilogy and is the precursor to the widely-acclaimed Divinity: Original Sin II. It’s a well-crafted, turn-based, isometric RPG set in a co-op multiplayer world.
Original Sin has been praised for its depth, freedom, story and meaningful player choice, earning the title of “classic-style RPG”, which is the sort of title that means something different to everyone else, but serves to distinguish it from other recent RPGs.
The Enhanced Edition comes with split-screen cooperative play, includes the Source Hunter DLC and controller support for PC. There’s also the bonus art “juice”: The ability to leave the isometric view and enjoy a 360 degree view of your surroundings and fully-recorded dialogue.
Is that not enough? Well then, you can also enjoy additional quests, a revamped ending (which probably only matters if you played the original release), balance changes and new combat additions such as dual-wielding, grenades and new skills for all classes.
STAR WARS: Knights of the Old Republic
Now, this is a list containing fantasy games, not just high fantasy games, and if we’re being honest, Star Wars is not a franchise you’d associate with the ‘hard sci-fi’ genre.
KOTOR’s combat is unusual. Combatants attack and react simultaneously in rounds, but the rounds take place in real-time (you don’t take 20 minutes to move one unit like Civilization allows you), but after you get the hang of it you can start focusing on why this game’s reviews are basically all in the 90th percentile.
The game lets you control up to two companions and the way that works is you can possess them, leaving the body of your character and immediately being able to control another (in this scenario, you are the camera!). They can act autonomously or you can order them to do your bidding, adding an additional layer of depth when it comes to tackling different situations.
Dialogue is an important part of this RPG. KOTOR uses an ‘alignment system’, which is a fancy way of saying everything you say and do determines whether your character aligns with the light or dark side of the Force. Doing nasty, rude things turns you closer to the dark side, altering your character’s appearance to look more evil and vice-versa.
Remember Game of Thrones, that show everyone was so hyped about? The one that disappeared from our collective consciousness overnight after their disastrous eighth season?
Go back to the show’s good times by picking up a copy of the digital version of the GoT board game. You can pretty much expect it to play out like most board games involving land, resources and politics: Gain territory, forge alliances, bicker with Ultimate Loser Stannis Baratheon and dominate Westeros in a chill turn-based game with a lot of replayability.
Naturally, it wouldn’t be a faithful digitization of the physical board game if you couldn’t play with your buds. The game supports up to 6 players online, but if that’s not your thing, you can turn the other five slots into AI opponents, so this is a perfect game to play if you’re, say, stationed at a research outpost in Antarctica and you’ve had enough of the computer beating you at chess (this scenario may or may not include parasitic alien lifeforms).
The GOG Summer Sale lasts until the 27th. Are you going to dedicate anywhere from 10 to 1000 hours on these awesome fantasy games? Let us know in the comments below!
It’s a busy time of the year for gaming! The GOG Summer Sale is taking place at the same time as the nearly-finished Steam Next Fest and will be coinciding with the Steam Summer Sale. Stay informed by reading our other articles for good game deals, upcoming releases and demo reviews:
GOG is hosting their Summer Sale event which runs until June 27th, with over 3500 deals on all kinds of games! We’re continuing our series of posts covering games from different categories. If Roguelike games aren’t your thing, check out our other selections at the bottom of this post!
You can find the list of links to our handpicked games, as well as their cost, at the bottom!
Darkest Dungeon + DLCs
Darkest Dungeon is one of the older titles on the list. At its heart, it’s a Turn-Based Dungeon Crawler RPG in which your party of four ventures into the depths of the Not-So-Brightly-Lit Dungeons. Every run becomes a weighing of risk versus reward, as you engage in combats that might spell the end for your adventurers.
On top of that, the gloomy art style and narration pair nicely with the unforgiving nature of the game. Just – “Remind yourself that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer.”
Rogue Legacy might’ve been one of the titles to pioneer the sub-genre of Rogue-Lite back in 2014. It’s designed around failure, as every run in this Action-styled Sidescroller earns you the cash to unlock permanent upgrades. Every iteration of runs come with its own twist as your offspring inherits new flaws.
With the recent release of Rogue Legacy 2, the predecessor has sort of turned obsolete. If anything, it’s still worth giving the original a try now that it could be described a “retro” title.
Enter the Gungeon
The Gungeon welcomes you to give it a try! We’ve now come to a Twinstick Shooter that hands you a dodge-roll for you to maneuver around the countless amount of bullets thrown at you throughout. Gungeon puts an emphasis on getting flawless ratings at the bossfights for additional rewards. In a way, that’s the same kind of motivation the Dark Souls series is known for.
In terms of effective in-game improvements, Enter the Gungeon offers many Guns and Passive Abilities chock-full of popculture references that can be added to the pool of random things you can find in a run.
For a more hands-off approach at a Roguelike, Loop Hero is a great fit. Your diligent hero keeps running laps and auto-fights enemies on a map by your creation. Finding a balance of what enemies to throw at them is key, as you try to farm up enough loot for the scripted encounters.
There’s hidden interaction between all the tiles that can be placed, so there’s some value in experimentation as your knowledge over the game’s mechanics expands. Let the min-max-management lead you to the mightiest Hero!
Inscryption celebrated its recent success thanks to the uniquely meta storytelling Daniel Mullins is known for. What may seem like any other Deckbuilding Roguelike unravels into an odyssey as you piece together the circumstances that lead you to this mysterious shack in the woods.
It’s definitely one of the darker games on this list, although that’s also part of the game’s charm. There isn’t much of an escalation compared to what the first hours of the game has to offer, but watching your squirrels shiver in fear in anticipation of their sacrifice is a different kind of eerie to be sure.
Book of Demons
Lastly we’ve got Book of Demons, a paper-craft-style game inspired by Diablo’s Action RPG gameplay. Unlike the other games on the list, this one lets you freely choose the length your runs. Perfect to weave in some fun without going the extra mile.
Notably, Book of Demons also has a Deckbuilding mechanic, turning your equipment and spells into a deck of cards from which you then choose from. Since the game even has a Demo on Steam with a sizable amount of content, you can see for yourself how that plays out!
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
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