Gog Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Gog RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network GOG Spring Sale Brings Back Game Collection Bundles https://www.gameskinny.com/4csh7/gog-spring-sale-brings-back-game-collection-bundles https://www.gameskinny.com/4csh7/gog-spring-sale-brings-back-game-collection-bundles Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:47:12 -0400 Ty Arthur

The 2020 spring game discounts are officially kicking off with Good Old Game's Spring sale. The deals will certainly give you something to play while waiting out the coronavirus. 

Besides the standard discounts to a wide variety of titles, this year's GOG Spring sale sees the long-awaited return of game collection bundles, as well as some freebie extras for anyone to grab at no cost.

Deep discounts are now available on major franchises like Heroes of Might & Magic, Dungeons & Dragons, King's Bounty, Dishonored, Shadowrun, The Witcher, Saint's Row, Warhammer, and Metro through March 30.

Individual game sales can be browsed here, or check out the bundles to finish off your collections:

The sale's freebies cover a wide array of properties. Right now, The Witcher Goodies Collection is up for grabs on the GOG front page. The Goodies Collection includes extras like art books, soundtracks, making-of videos, and more. Here's what's included:

What are you planning on picking up off your GOG wishlist? Sound off below, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on more discounts.

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GOG Increases Refund Period to 30 Days With No Play-Time Restriction https://www.gameskinny.com/q8tu6/gog-increases-refund-period-to-30-days-with-no-play-time-restriction https://www.gameskinny.com/q8tu6/gog-increases-refund-period-to-30-days-with-no-play-time-restriction Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:22:11 -0500 Ty Arthur

GOG just threw down the gauntlet against other PC gaming platforms with a customer-first refund policy.

As of today, buyers have up to 30 days to request a refund on purchased games. While that's notable on its own, the policy includes no restrictions on play time. You can request a refund even if you've played a game for multiple hours.

Here's what the GOG crew had to say about the change:

Everyone at GOG believes in a "gamers-first" approach. It means that every part of our store is designed with gamers in mind and your purchase safety and satisfaction come first for us.

The latest update to our voluntary Refund Policy adds another piece to this customer-friendly experience. And it all sums up in one sentence: starting now, you can get a full refund up to 30 days after purchasing a product, even if you downloaded, launched, and played it. That's it.

That's a major change and a big challenge to Steam's current refund policy, which includes various restrictions, including that games must have been owned for less than 14 days and played less than two total hours in order to qualify.

While Steam users can request refunds be considered past those thresholds on a case-by-case basis, Steam often sticks rigidly to those time frames.

While there's no playtime limit, GOG does still reserves the right to refuse refunds if a customer is abusing the policy to play free games and avoid paying developers for their hard work.

Read the full FAQ on the updated GOG return policy guidelines here

In other news, GOG launched its Galaxy service in December 2019. It stands as a rival to Steam, bringing all of your PC games under one roof. However, the overlay also allows players to connect to all of their platforms to see their available games and achievements in one place.

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Goggle in Wonder at GOG's Winter Sales and Cyberpunk 2077 Deal https://www.gameskinny.com/gwh9r/goggle-in-wonder-at-gogs-winter-sales-and-cyberpunk-2077-deal https://www.gameskinny.com/gwh9r/goggle-in-wonder-at-gogs-winter-sales-and-cyberpunk-2077-deal Tue, 17 Dec 2019 13:21:46 -0500 Josh Broadwell

It's that time of year when sales abound. Instead of a large red man breaking into your home with surprises, though, it's GOG offering some pretty amazing and surprising sales.

The Winter Sale itself includes more than 2,500 games on sale, but there are some enticing bundles to choose from as well. Here's some of what's on offer.

Ultimate RED Collection

First up is the Ultimate RED Collection. This one's priced at $87.77 and includes everything from developer CD Projekt Red:

  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY Edition
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
  • The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings Enhanced Edition
  • The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
  • The Witcher Adventure Game

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. The RED bundle includes the lowest prices on all The Witcher games andCyberpunk 2077 pre-order. Ho ho ho and all that.

Each game except Cyberpunk also has a steep discount (like The Witcher 2 for $2.99) if you're looking to purchase them separately. While the main GOG winter sale runs until January 2, the Ultimate RED Bundle deal is only live until December 27 at 10am EST.

Paradox Strategy Bundle

Another big sale bundle GOG is offering is the Paradox Strategy Bundle. For $70.56, you get:

  • Stellaris
  • Imperator: Rome
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • Surviving Mars
  • Battletech

And like with the Red Bundle, each of these has its own discount should purchasing them individually be your aim.

2019 Indie Gems Bundle

Last on the bundle list is the 2019 Indie Gems Bundle, featuring, unsurprisingly, some of this year's biggest indie hits. What is surprising is that this isn't actually a bundle; instead, it's a curated collection of popular indie games with discounts.

That said, here's some of what you can expect to find:

  • Thea 2: The Shattering — $11.25
  • Heaven's Vault — $13.12
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night — $22.49
  • Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark — $11.25
  • Indivisible — $23.99

The full sale overview can be found here.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more games sales and Cyberpunk 2077 news as it develops.

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PlayStation, Steam, and More: The Hottest Game Winter Sales of 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/d9xx9/playstation-steam-and-more-the-hottest-game-winter-sales-of-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/d9xx9/playstation-steam-and-more-the-hottest-game-winter-sales-of-2017 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:28:32 -0500 Littoface

The holidays are here, and now that you've probably gathered everyone else's gifts, it's time to take care of yours truly. So open your wallet yet again, and embrace the true meaning of the holidays: every winter game sale happening at the same time. Now is the time to snag the hottest games for cheap, try your luck at a game roulette, or even grab some games for free. And as soon as that's over, you can lock away your cash and make a New Year's resolution to never buy that many games at once again ... at least until the Steam Summer Sale begins.

GOG Winter Sale 2017

As we write this, the GOG winter sale is in day eight of its run, scheduled to run all the way through to December 26. Right now you can get all the best new games and indie favorites like Cuphead and Darkest Dungeon for a discount (15% and 60%, respectively), but of course, lots of love goes to the older games as well, with classics like the original Fallout and King's Quest games getting a steep price drop.

Notable info and freebies:
  • As is their custom, GOG is selling "Mystery Games" for $3 a pop, which draw from a pool of over 200 games worth over $3, with a guarantee of no doubles. (Want to get a sense of what's up for grabs? Head over to this forum thread, where users are pooling their info to create a pretty comprehensive list of possibilities.)
  • Spending over $15 during the sale gives you access to tactical Western Hard West, while reaching $40 unlocks the space strategy game Master of Orion.
  • Throughout the sale, GOG is holding game giveaways, which you can grab just by visiting the site and adding the game to your library. Thus far the site has given away Grim Fandango: Remastered and is currently giving away Oxenfree. Keep an eye out on new freebies as the sale continues.

PlayStation Store Winter Sale 2017

This week kicked off the PS Store Holiday Sale, which promises five weeks of savings. Every week will put a different selection of games on sale, from AAA giants to indie darlings. The list for just the first week of sales is massive and includes games for PS4, PS3, and even Vita (sometimes Sony throws Vita a bone). Week one's highlights are Overwatch: GOTY Edition down to $35.99 ($29.99 for PS+ members), TellTale's The Wolf Among Us for $8.74 ($6.24 for PS+), and a handful of anime-inspired games like One Piece: Burning Blood and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, down from $59.99 to $14.99.

Notable info and freebies:
  • The sale boasts up to 50% off -- or up to 60% for PS+ members -- but a few prices have dropped even lower for both. So if you're not a Plus member, now might be a good time to give that free trial a spin.
  • Don't wait to buy a good deal: some offers will only be available for a week. Check the individual title you're interested in to find out when the sale on it is ending.

Steam Winter Sale 2017 

The Steam winter sale is here and as usual the PC gaming giant's put nearly its entire catalog on sale. The steam winter sale of 2017 ends January 4 at 10 AM PST, but the deals will not rotate -- that means you can safely wait until after you get your Christmas money to buy those 50 games off your wishlist at a discount. With games up to 90% off (seriously, you can get games like Portal 2 for $1.99 right now!), you can get both indies and huge games for a pretty steep drop.

Notable info and freebies:

  • As always, Steam is having it's end of the year awards. Come back every day to vote for the best game in categories like "Choices Matter" and "Mom's Spaghetti."
  • The Steam awards provides a few ways to earn event trading cards, which you can sell on the market, turn into gems, or compile into a special 2017 Steam Awards avatar. Ways to earn event trading cards are: voting in the daily award vote, for ever $10 you spend in the store, and for browsing your queue (up to 3 times a day). These cards expire, so make sure you use them before February 4.

Green Man Gaming Christmas Giveaway 2017

While there is no official winter sale up yet at UK-based Green Man Gaming, the site is holding a massive giveaway for Christmas. Purchasing anything for over $2 from their large catalog of PC games automatically enters you to win the 17 best games of the year, as well as an Intel Core i7 Processor. The games include Nier: Automata, Cuphead, XCOM 2, and other heavy hitters, and the entire winning package is worth over $1,000. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced on January 8.

Xbox Winter Sale 2017

There's no word yet on what Microsoft has lined up for their gaming consoles this winter, but we'll include it here as soon as we know.

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Stay tuned to GameSkinny for all the latest news on this season's holiday sales, and let us know in the comments section which sales or games have you most excited.

 

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Absolver Review: Fighting More Bugs Than Enemies https://www.gameskinny.com/5i14m/absolver-review-fighting-more-bugs-than-enemies https://www.gameskinny.com/5i14m/absolver-review-fighting-more-bugs-than-enemies Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:45:03 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Absolver is a game that sounds amazing on paper and sometimes plays amazingly in action. When it works.

However, my time with the game has been filled with disconnects, game crashes, camera bugs, body duplicates, and all sorts of other issues that prevent me from enjoying the amazing work Sloclap has done in terms of gameplay, graphics, and worldbuilding.

Graphics

I have a confession to make -- I'm a sucker for stylish graphics. When games like Jet Set Radio or Katamari Damacy go out of their way to establish their own bold aesthetic and pull it off, it adds something special that makes the game stand out from similar titles with run-of-the-mill graphics.

The graphics team at Sloclap has made Absolver a beautiful game. The character designs are just as striking as the impact from a fast elbow. The graphical style, in tandem with the vague, thin monk bodies and expressionless masks, are pretty iconic. I imagine we'll be seeing a lot of cosplays from this game over the next few years.

The environments in Absolver are absolutely gorgeous. The ruins, the water, the trees, and everything else create an atmosphere that's a mix between whimsical and bleak. Adal feels like an old empire. I haven't finished collecting all the armor sets, but those I have seen so far look great and can be mixed-and-matched to make sure that, despite having the same build as other characters, your character will still look pretty unique.

The animations are very fluid as well. Each attack has its own wonderfully executed animation. The fast attacks are quick, yet they pack a punch (or kick). And the heavier ones make a big impact. The emotes in this game are great, too. You can tell a lot of effort and love was put into designing this aspect of Absolver.

Sound

The music in this game is good -- but compared to the graphics and gameplay, it doesn't stand out quite as much.

There is also very little spoken dialogue in this game, but when there is, it grabs your attention. The developers have made their own language for Absolver and it adds another interesting layer of lore to the world. The combat sounds are fantastic, and there's nothing quite like landing and hearing a big blow on your opponent before defeating them.

Gameplay

Other than the graphics, the gameplay is where Absolver really shines. While I haven't been able to play enough so far to say whether or not the game and its different styles are balanced, what I have played has been fun and simple to learn in terms of basics, but almost too deep in its advanced form.

The combat is mostly bare fist/gloved melee, though you can get gauntlets and a sword to fight with as well. There are four different stances that you can switch between and combo into. Your character's stance changes visually, and this is one of the most important parts for knowing when to attack, when to block, etc., as your and your opponents' attacks depend on the stance. Learning to read stances and knowing which attacks start from where is key to succeeding in fights.

When creating a character, you'll choose one of the three styles to start with. I picked Windfall for the character above, as I'm a fan of fast fighting game characters. This style lets me dodge with my R-stick, whereas one of the other ones will let you absorb attacks, and another one lets you parry. Windfall doesn't have to be played fast, however, as you can equip heavy armor but still dodge with your style's special feature. It's hard to say how viable this is, but it is an interesting premise.

The aspect of the combat system that stands out the most in Absolver, though, is its combat deck editor. You start off with a few base moves you can do, but the further your character levels and fights opponents from different styles, the more moves you learn. Eventually, you can even switch between styles. You can string together these moves you learn in the combat deck editor (see screenshot). There are lots of moves to unlock -- each with its own speed, placement (high, low, etc.), and power. 

The multiplayer/single-player functionality in this game is quite similar to the Souls series. However, instead of needing to summon allies or enemies to drop into your world, you will just run into each other in the game world. Whether another player is your friend, foe, or just a passerby is part of the fun, as you never know until one of you makes a move.

Miscellaneous

While I haven't had a chance to engage with Absolver's lore as much as I want to yet because the game has been constantly disconnecting or crashing, what I have seen has been quite interesting. The game has its own language which is really, really cool. The history of the world is revealed through NPCs and items in-game, quite like Dark Souls. Each new armor piece not only gives you the possibility of improving your character, but also a better understanding of the game's world.

The PvE story in Absolver is less than 10 hours long by most players' accounts -- and most of that is navigating the world, as the only way to view a map is to go to an altar (a safe spot sort of similar to bonfires in the Souls series). You can complete it offline or online, though online is definitely recommended. When the servers were down for a while, I played the game offline and it kind of feels like you're cheating. It also feels super lonely without other players joining you and/or sabotaging you. Some players have also reported their characters disappearing if they play offline only for too long.

As previously mentioned, the map is only accessible in certain locations. This makes the world quite difficult to navigate. For some players, this added difficulty will interest them -- but for me, it was a bit of a turn-off and felt like an artificial way to extend the PvE aspects of the game. That being said, it is fun to find loot that seems inaccessible at first until you explore every nook and cranny to eventually reach it.

Server Issues and Bugs

If you can't tell by the multitude of complaints above, this game is loaded with problems in spite of its good design. Before getting into the complaints, it is worth noting that Sloclap is a small, independent studio. This game is ambitious for any studio, let alone one the size of Sloclap, and they have been doing their best to address the issues that have been happening since Absolver launched a few days ago, like adding an Oceania server for Aussie and NZ players.

I have yet to play this game for more than an hour without it disconnecting, crashing, or some sort of bug happening that forces me to restart the game. When entering new areas, sometimes your character's model will duplicate and you will be unable to move. One time I managed to get unstuck from this position, but I have yet to replicate it in the multiple times it's happened since. In fact, my most recent encounter with this bug created a second duplicate of my character model (see screenshot). Even the bugs have bugs.

The game server was down for most of the time I played last night. I ended up playing in offline mode, but Absolver isn't quite as interesting without other players running around as previously mentioned. After completing the PvE, it's not worth touching without access to other players.

Those aren't the only problems I've experienced with Absolver. Multiple times, I've had the camera get stuck in one place and have been unable to get it back. It felt like I was playing Resident Evil. There's also been a bit of lag in the fights, which steals the joy from any fighting game.

The most frustrating aspect of the game the game can be running smoothly for a while, then it will randomly freeze on a specific frame and crash. I had this happen in my second, lag-free 1v1 match. I was 2-0 and about to win, then it froze on my character performing a kick before kicking me out of the program. 

Absolver's gameplay and graphics are so wonderful that it makes these issues all the more frustrating. If these problems only happened once every few hours, it'd be one thing -- but sometimes you'll encounter error after error or just be plain unable to connect for hours at a time.

Should You Buy It?

This is a tough question for me. Aside from my scrubby butt having a hard time navigating the map and properly building a deck, I really like this game at its core. If the bugs get fixed, it could possibly become one of my favorite games.

If For Honor interested you and you're cool with playing a game that will be mostly PvP, Absolver is for you if you can wait out or handle the bugs. If you only want PvE, I would hold off even if the issues get fixed. Sloclap has discussed their plans for upcoming free updates to the game so there might be more PvE in the future, but as of right now, there's not enough to keep single player fans engaged.

 All things considered, this has been a disappointing experience for me. I have been excited for Absolver for quite some time because of how much of a mess For Honor was. It's such an amazing game at its core -- but when you can't run through the map without risking losing control of your character or camera, it is hard to have fun.

I'm giving this game a 6 because it's a small studio, yet the devs are taking actions to address these issues. Had this been an Ubisoft game, I would have given it a 4 or a 5. If all the bugs are fixed, this game becomes an 8. If there is a more in-depth tutorial and a better map system added, this game becomes a 9 for me. However, things currently stand, I already feel like a 6 is pretty generous.

If you want to check it out for yourself, Absolver is available on GOG for $29.99.

[Note: GOG provided a free code for Absolver to the writer for the purpose of this review.]

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Sundered Release Date Announced with Free Promo https://www.gameskinny.com/x4jv9/sundered-release-date-announced-with-free-promo https://www.gameskinny.com/x4jv9/sundered-release-date-announced-with-free-promo Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:17:07 -0400 Kat De Shields

Developed by Thunder Lotus Games, Sundered is a hand-drawn, Lovecraftian Metroidvania adventure game -- and it's officially been announced that the game will be releasing on Friday, July 28.

To celebrate this launch, Thunder Games' first IP, Jotun: Valhalla Edition, will be available on GOG.com for free until noon on Monday, July 17. No strings attached or previous purchase necessary.

In Sundered you play as Eshe, a wanderer in a ruined world, trapped in ever­-changing caverns teeming with eldritch horrors. According to the game profile page, it's a "horrifying fight for survival and sanity." Pre-orders for Sundered are now available with a 10% discount and a complimentary soundtrack. 

Jotun: Valhalla Edition is a hand-drawn action, RPG game set in Norse mythology. You play as Thora, a Viking warrior who died an inglorious death and now must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla. 

You can check out Sundered on GOG.com, and get your free Jotun:Valhalla Edition on Gog's storefront as well. 

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D The Game now available on GOG.com https://www.gameskinny.com/o0yij/d-the-game-now-available-on-gogcom https://www.gameskinny.com/o0yij/d-the-game-now-available-on-gogcom Fri, 03 Jun 2016 09:09:30 -0400 Engela Snyman

And old horror-classic is lurching its way back into the limelight on GOG.com: D: The Game.

Players can now revisit the Los Angeles hospital filled with head scratching clues and dark mysteries. For those non-horror fans out there, D is a pretty short old-school type horror game designed by Kenji Eno - designer of Enemy Zero -  and released in 1996. 

The game was well received when it first launched, with GameFans calling it "innovative, imaginative and astounding". So it's no surprise GOG.com finally grabbed the title for their site.

The game tells the story of Laura, the daughter of the now insane doctor who is holding a bunch of people hostage in a hospital. You must try and help him not be crazy anymore -- with varying degrees of success. depending on your playthrough. The game has multiple endings, and a nice dark story to go with them. 

But what sets the game apart from other horror games of its kind is the 'no pause no saving' rule. You'll have to play the entire game in one sitting. As a game mechanism, it should both frustrate and fascinate players, because single mistakes are game-over mistakes. This was done to ensure players would experience the game in 'real-time' -- and there is a timer counting down, so don't dawdle.

D has a long history in gaming, even spawning a sequel entitled D2. It has a small cult following, and for any horror fan this should be a good game to pick -- at least for a quick play through and a decent scare.

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GOG meets Steam with new GOG Connect Service https://www.gameskinny.com/jqnod/gog-meets-steam-with-new-gog-connect-service https://www.gameskinny.com/jqnod/gog-meets-steam-with-new-gog-connect-service Fri, 03 Jun 2016 09:05:16 -0400 Engela Snyman

Web-based game retailer GOG.com (Good Old Games) is launching a new service called GOG Connect, which will enable Steam members to get an extra copy of their games on GOG.com. 

On the company page it states:

"Importing your game will get you the complete GOG.com release – just as if you had bought it normally. The specifics may vary from game to game, but you can always check what's included on the game's product page."

It's worth nothing that connecting your Steam and GOG accounts is permanent -- you can only have one Steam account per GOG Connect, and if you delete the game on Steam (or refund it), they have the right to remove it from your GOG account as well.

There are benefits to this. Should you lose your Steam account -- or maybe your games -- you have a sort of fail safe, and you don't need to repurchase all your games. It's a decent system, and should be a welcome addition for most gamers.

However the games are available on the site only for a limited time, which is not exactly promising. But if you're lucky enough to find your game there, then you can get a copy on GOG.com for life.

GOG.com has had an interesting history on the internet thus far, and most gamers have their respect for giving them good old nostalgic games to play without worrying about copyright. But only time will tell if this newest venture will be worth their time.

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Introducing GoG Connect: Access DRM Free games from your Steam library https://www.gameskinny.com/7kqfb/introducing-gog-connect-access-drm-free-games-from-your-steam-library https://www.gameskinny.com/7kqfb/introducing-gog-connect-access-drm-free-games-from-your-steam-library Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:10:19 -0400 Ainyan

GoG.com, home of DRM-free copies of popular software, announced its new service GOG Connect today. This service will allow users to connect their GoG and Steam accounts, allowing them to access titles from their Steam library on GoG. 

This new service does more than simply allow users an additional platform from which to access their favorite Steam games. GoG games are strictly DRM-free, meaning the user never has to verify ownership of their copy or be connected to the internet in order to use offline features.

Currently, the list of connected games is small, but GoG confirms that they plan to continue adding more in the future. Current games include:

  • Bit.Trip Runner
  • Braid
  • Breach & Clear
  • Breach & Clear: Deadline
  • Broken Sword: Directors Cut
  • FTL: Advanced Edition
  • Galactic Civilizations III
  • Mount & Blade
  • Project Zomboid
  • Saints Row 2
  • Shadowrun Returns
  • Sherlock Holmes: Secret Of The Silver Earring
  • The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
  • The Witness
  • To The Moon
  • Trine Enhanced Edition
  • Two Worlds
  • Unreal Gold
  • Unreal Tournament GOTY Edition
  • VVVVVV
  • Xenonauts

It is worth noting that games will not be eligible for Connect indefinitely. The ability to connect a game to GoG from Steam is time-limited, and the time a game is eligible to be connected will vary. However, once a game has been imported to GoG from Steam, it remains permanently in your GoG library, even if it is no longer able to be freshly connected.

To get started, head to the official GoG Connect website and connect your Steam and GoG accounts. Once connected, GoG will pull your Steam library and automatically make any eligible Steam titles available to you. Be sure to check back frequently to see what new titles are available for Connect and to add them to your GoG library.

Notice: As the service is new, it may be running slow as more and more users connect for the first time. As with any new service, patience is key. If the service can't connect, try again later.

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Beamdog President pleads with players to leave positive reviews for Baldur's Gate expansion amid "social justice" controversy https://www.gameskinny.com/4x7i7/beamdog-president-pleads-with-players-to-leave-positive-reviews-for-baldurs-gate-expansion-amid-social-justice-controversy https://www.gameskinny.com/4x7i7/beamdog-president-pleads-with-players-to-leave-positive-reviews-for-baldurs-gate-expansion-amid-social-justice-controversy Mon, 04 Apr 2016 07:34:05 -0400 Scott Simpson

Trent Oster, President of game studio Beamdog, has taken to the company forums to ask players of Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear a "favour", to leave positive reviews to try and cancel out the negative feedback left on Steam, GOG and Metacritic. He hopes fans of the expansion for the enhanced edition of the original Baldur's Gate will help to "balance out the loud minority which is currently painting a dark picture for new players", who he claims are giving the expansion bad scores as the result of "having a transgendered cleric and a joke line by Minsc [which] has greatly offended the sensibilities of some people."

Is that the real reason for the game's poor user reviews though? They say there's two sides to every story, and taking a closer look at this negative feedback paints a different picture.

While there certainly are cases of users of the aforementioned digital distribution platforms posting reviews purely out of malice, especially on Metacritic it seems, the majority of critical feedback appears to be concerned with a number of bugs in the game, broken multiplayer, issues with the UI and visuals, poor writing, and the game's linearity, among other things.

When it comes to the issues specificially mentioned by Oster, players seem to have a lot more valid criticisms than he proposes. Many explicitly explain that their issue is not with having a transgender character, but with the ham-fisted approach with which they are introduced to the game, and the stereotypical way in which they and other characters are depicted.

Others point out that the purpose of playing a game in a medieval fantasy setting is to escape the realities of the modern world, not be beaten over the head by gender politics and 4th wall breaking jokes.

Accusations of unnecessarily shoe-horning in political ideologies aren't really helped when the game's writer, Amber Scott, can herself can be quoted as saying:

"I consciously add as much diversity as I can to my writing and I don't care if people think that's "forced" or fake. I find choosing to write from a straight default just as artificial. I'm happy to be an SJW and I hope to write many Social Justice Games in the future."

In addition, some recurring characters from Baldur's Gate have had their personalities altered to appear less "sexist", or, as Scott puts it in an interview with Kotaku, have been given "a way better personality upgrade", going on to add, "...if people don’t like that, then too bad". It's not hard to see why this would draw considerable ire from fans of the original game.

The whole situation raises questions about Beamdog. Even if there is an active campaign to try and tarnish Siege of Dragonspear's review scores, is it really appropriate for a developer or publisher to plead with fans to actively go out and leave positive reviews for their games? Do they have the right to so freely alter established characters from a much loved game to fit with their own social ideologies? And are the company just trying to capitalize on the controversy by asking gamers to overlook the game's legitimate criticisms and give positive feedback under the guise of trying to balance things out?

What are your thoughts on the situation? Do you have sympathy with Beamdog? Or do you think the criticisms aimed against Siege of Dragonspear and the company's reaction to it are fair? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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11 2K Classic Games Now On GOG https://www.gameskinny.com/lk5n9/11-2k-classic-games-now-on-gog https://www.gameskinny.com/lk5n9/11-2k-classic-games-now-on-gog Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:52:55 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

2K games and GOG have joined forces to add 11 classic 2K games to the site. This includes X-COMSid Meier's Pirates, Railroad Tycoon, and Freedom Force, and can find them for 50-75% off right now.

gog promo sale 2k games

What about bundles?

You can also get a bunch of these games in bundles, saving you more overall.

The X-COM Classic Bundle includes: 

  • X-COM: UFO Defense
  • X-COM: Terror from the Deep
  • X-COM: Apocalypse
  • X-COM: Interceptor
  •  X-COM: Enforcer. 

All of these classics are 73% off.

The Railroad Tycoon Bundle includes:

  • Sid Meier's Railroads
  • Railroad Tycoon 2
  • Railroad Tycoon 3

You can get all this classic railway building for 67% off.

The Freedom Force Pack includes:

  • Freedom Force
  • Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich

You can take turns in playing these classics for 50% off.

Sid Meier's Pirates! is also there for plundering at 50% off.

But why 2K classic games?

"2K is a treasure trove of timeless masterpieces..."

That's according to Oleg Klapovsky, Vice President of Business Development and Operations at GOG. He follows this up by saying:

"We're obviously thrilled about adding these classics to the GOG.com library, and we can't wait to see what this partnership still has in store for everyone."

The launch promotion is available now, and ends April 5th at exactly 1:59 PM BST / 5:59 AM PT / 8:59 AM ET.

It's refreshing to see times there too, so thanks for that GOG.

Will you be picking any of these 2K classics up?

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Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition is now for PC https://www.gameskinny.com/i8ec8/darksiders-ii-deathinitive-edition-is-now-for-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/i8ec8/darksiders-ii-deathinitive-edition-is-now-for-pc Thu, 05 Nov 2015 06:16:27 -0500 Thewritevictor

Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition is officially coming to PC, November 5th. Nordic Games has attached a 3-tiered loyalty payment program for its players who've already purchased the game, both boxed and digitally.

Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition isn't just a pack of DLC to add more hours of gameplay. It's been improved, reworked, and fine-tuned, and it comes with all DLCs integrated into the game already. 

Deliver death in glorious 1080p

The game will be available at three different prices during its release week. What tier a player falls into will decides what they pay for the game, if anything.

Tier 1: If you've purchased the Darksiders 2 franchise pack either from Steam or with a Steam key before November 5th, then you get the Deathinitive Edition free. That means on November 5th the game will automatically show up in your Steam library!

Tier 2: If you own the original Darksiders 2 game through Steam before November 5th, you'll receive a code for 80% off the Deathinitive Edition for the first week of its release. 

Tier 3: And for everyone else who doesn't own the game at all, there is a 20% off promo running for the edition's first week.

More info about the 3-tiered system can be found on the Steam forum here.

But the deal isn't just exclusive to Steam. Players who own the game on gog.com can access all the same deals, and can see their specific information here.

Darksiders II Deathinitve Edition features include:
  • Darksiders II with all DLC included and integrated into the game, offering a total playtime of more than 30 hours.
  • Improved Graphic Render Engine for higher visual quality especially in terms of lighting and shadows, optimised for PC.
  • Improved and reworked level, character and environment graphics.
  • Running in native 1080p resolution.
  • Reworked and tuned game balancing and loot distribution.

The Deathinitive Edition looks like a step up from the original release of the game and worth the deal. 

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Killers, vampires, and ghosts - oh my! GOG is having a Halloween Monster Hunt Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/8slyb/killers-vampires-and-ghosts-oh-my-gog-is-having-a-halloween-monster-hunt-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/8slyb/killers-vampires-and-ghosts-oh-my-gog-is-having-a-halloween-monster-hunt-sale Fri, 30 Oct 2015 04:39:11 -0400 Gabriella Graham

GOG.com celebrates Halloween the right way, launching a sales promotion that revolves around big, bad monsters. This includes two varieties of beasties: the sort you battle head-on and the kind you flee from, bravely and wisely, so that you may fight another day. (All fleeing can be done bravely with a bit of imagination; don't fight me on this.)

If you haven't peeked at the five-day sale yet, you still have time to get up to 85% off on 38 different titles. The promotion started on the 28th and will last until 10:59 a.m. GMT Monday, November 2nd. For those without a time converter on hand, that means the sale ends 6:59 a.m ET and 3:59 a.m. PT on Monday.

Look, a beastie fit for hunting. Now kill it, please.

An overwhelming majority of the games included in the sale have a 75% off clearance price, putting the average savings pretty high. GOG took a look at some of the creepiest and most frightening titles they had to offer them and stuck them in the savings bin. If you're on the fence about any of the games, the site also includes user reviews and average ratings.

The sale specifically promotes monster-hunting with Geralt in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, vampire assault in the aRPG Victor Vran with bonus Halloween DLC, the psychotic tale of Sanitarium for the exploration of the disturbing monsters within the human mind, and its spiritual successor STASIS so you can curl up under the covers to fend off licks of insanity.

If you haven't frolicked off to GOG just yet, I've complied a quick list of the savings you'll find:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 30% off [Drops to $41.99]
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Hearts of Stone expansion - 10% off [Drops to $8.99]
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Enhanced Edition - 85% off [Drops to $2.99]
  • The Witcher: Enhanced Edition - 85% off [Drops to $1.49]
  • The Witcher Adventure Game - 60% off [Drops to $3.99]
  • STASIS - 40% off [Drops to $14.99]
  • Victor Vran - 35% off [Drops to $12.99]
  • Kholat - 50% off [Drops to $9.99]

  • Outlast - 75% off [Drops to $4.99]
  • Outlast: Whistleblower - 75$ off [Drops to $2.24]
  • Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut - 80% off [Drops to $4.99]
  • Gabriel Knight: Sine of the Fathers, 20th Anniversary Edition - 60% off [Drops to $7.99]
  • Among the Sleep - 70% off [Drops to $5.99]
  • A Fistful of Gun - 50% off [Drops to $6.49]
  • The Penumbra Collection - 75% off [Drops to $2.49]
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent - 75% off [Drops to $4.99]
  • Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs - 75% off [Drops to $4.99]

Running seems about appropriate now.

  • The Last Door: Collector's Edition - 75% off [Drops to $2.49]
  • Sanitarium - 75% off [Drops to $2.49]
  • Costume Quest - 67% off [Drops to $3.33]
  • Alan Wake - 75% off [Drops to $7.49]
  • Alan Wake's American Nightmare - 75% off [Drops to $2.49]
  • The Cat Lady - 75% off [Drops to $2.49]
  • Devil's Dare 悪魔の挑戦 - 60% off [Drops to $5.19]
  • The 7th Guest - 75% off [Drops to $1.49]
  • The 11th Hour - 75% off [Drops to $1.49]

  • POSTAL: Classic and Uncut - 80% off [Drops to $1.19]
  • POSTAL 2 - 80% off [Drops to $1.99]
  • Harvester - 75% off [Drops to $1.49]
  • Nosferatu: Wrath of Malachi - 75% off [Drops to $1.49]
  • Dracula Trilogy - 75% off [Drops to $2.49]
  • Dracula 4+5 - 75% off [Drops to $4.99]
  • Shadow Man - 75% off [Drops to $1.49]
  • Bad Mojo Redux - 75% off [Drops to $1.49]
  • Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut - 35% off [Drops to $9.74]
  • Knock-Knock - 75% off [Drops to $2.49]
  • Lucius - 80% off [Drops to $3.99]
  • Neverending Nightmares - 70% off [Drops to $4.49] 

This trick-or-treat event may not be as free as your neighbor's candy, but a fun and spooky title is perfect to set the Halloween mood. Which game would you recommend for the weekend? 

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Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition released https://www.gameskinny.com/ggxl8/divinity-original-sin-enhanced-edition-released https://www.gameskinny.com/ggxl8/divinity-original-sin-enhanced-edition-released Tue, 27 Oct 2015 15:29:30 -0400 John Adamczyk

If you haven't had a chance to pick up Divinity: Original Sin, the hit RPG from 2014, now is definitely the time. With the Enhanced Edition coming out today, the game also makes its debut on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you already owned the original game on Steam, check your library. Because you've already been given the enhanced edition for free.

And this isn't just your everyday Enhanced Edition, with some minor changes. This is a beautiful transformation for an already great game, complete with new gameplay modes (including a challenging "Tactician Mode" for RPG veterans), voice acting for every character in the game (and this is a game with a metric ton of dialogue), new skills and abilities, and a rewritten story. 

For console fans, this is the perfect opportunity to try the game out with a friend and experience Divinity's dynamic co-op mode, as a split-screen system has been introduced to allow for two friends to experience the game together, in-person.

You can find the changelog here, though be warned, it's around ten thousand words worth of changes, with the added disclaimer that this isn't everything Larian Studios changed.

Pick up your copy of Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition on Steam, GOG.com, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One

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Kickstarter Spotlight: Battle Chasers: Night War https://www.gameskinny.com/ic08n/kickstarter-spotlight-battle-chasers-night-war https://www.gameskinny.com/ic08n/kickstarter-spotlight-battle-chasers-night-war Tue, 08 Sep 2015 12:10:24 -0400 mrivera269

Fans of the Darksiders series will be excited to hear former Vigil Studio veterans and co-founders, Joe Madureira and Ryan Stefanelli, at work making a new game under a new name: Airship Syndicate. Battle Chasers: Nigh War will be inspired by classic JRPGs, such as Final Fantasy, mixed with randomly generated dungeon exploring, and compelling storytelling. 

The game will be set to release for PC and Mac via Steam or GoG. However, there are stretch goals to bring the title to consoles such as Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Also in light of Darksiders all backers will receive an exclusive item by the name of Chaoseater, the very weapon of War. 

About the Game

Inspired by JRPG greats such as Final Fantasy, Suikoden, Chrono Trigger, and Phantasy Star. The game will feature a management hub, called Harm's Way, where you will choose three heroes, from the many you collect, while equipping items and equipment to prepare for your journey ahead.

There will also be an overworld similar to many classic JRPGs, where you will explore hidden dungeons, rare bosses, and randomly appearing friends and foes. 

Battle Chaser's classic combat screen

The combat will feature classic turn-based battles with a unique two-tier mana system. Battle Screens look very dynamic and should play out as a great experience. Airship Syndicate is hitting every classic JRPG trope while giving some western flair. They are also featuring randomly generated dungeons loaded with Traps, puzzles, and other exciting secrets. You'll also be able to harness your unique heroes abilities. Making proper party management a must. 

The game will feature slick and vibrant story cutscenes, while also offering story driven lore from items, locations, and characters. The game will feature the following characters shown below (as featured on the Kickstarter page):

Battle Chasers looks like one great game, the Kickstarter goal is $500,000, that will hopefully breath new life into the classic JRPGs. All while also inspiring more western developers to make more classics like so. If you would like to learn more about the game visit the Kickstarter page here: http://kck.st/1VKMk84

How do you feel about this game? Sound off on the comments below. 

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GOG Galaxy's next update will include a patch rollback option https://www.gameskinny.com/neagy/gog-galaxys-next-update-will-include-a-patch-rollback-option https://www.gameskinny.com/neagy/gog-galaxys-next-update-will-include-a-patch-rollback-option Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:05:48 -0400 Jessa Rittenhouse

Now and again, a game update doesn't go quite how you (or even the developer) intended. Sometimes you just don't want to update because the latest patch isn't compatible with your favorite mod. Whatever your reason, sometimes you want that new patch to just go away.

With GOG Galaxy's next update, you can make that patch go away if it doesn't work out. With the rollback option, you can undo a game update at your convenience.

Other features also included in update 1.1:

  • the ability to pause and resume downloads without losing progress
  • friend search - find friends via e-mail or GOG username
  • new installation options
  • a compact sidebar
  • decrease in RAM and CPU usage, so client loads faster, performs better
  • HiDPI support

The gaming platform created by Valve competitor GOG, Galaxy is currently in beta, with update 1.1 available to those who are signed up for preview updates, but it rolls out "soon" for everyone else.

Galaxy has been billed as the "optional client" for GOG, and while it shares a lot of the same features with Steam, its games are all DRM free, giving users the option to play offline without having to enter activation codes.

Have you used GOG Galaxy before? How do you think it measures up to Steam? Let us know in the comments!

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Yooka-Laylee is Available DRM-Free via GOG https://www.gameskinny.com/nfhgs/yooka-laylee-is-available-drm-free-via-gog https://www.gameskinny.com/nfhgs/yooka-laylee-is-available-drm-free-via-gog Sun, 14 Jun 2015 21:45:58 -0400 Pip Simon

The creative minds behind beloved game Banjo-Kazooie have come together as Playtonic Games to create Yooka-Laylee, a highly anticipated 3D platformer. 

With only 3 days to go on their highly successful Kickstarter for Yooka-Laylee, Playtonic Games has announced that backers now have the option to receive a DRM-free copy of the game via GOG

Yooka Laylee Screenshot

Yooka-Laylee will be available on GOG at the time of release for PC, Mac, and Linux.

Backers should not worry if they have already committed to a PC, Mac, or Linux code on the Kickstarter, as Platonic Games has stated that at the time of release, backers will have the option to switch their code to a GOG version if they wish. Yooka-Laylee will also launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and Steam.

Yooka Laylee Screenshot

Other updates for the Kickstarter have included an extra 200 units of the 64-bit version of the game.

The Retro-themed reward comes with a physical N64 cartridge, complete with a classic case and signed manual, and built-in 64GB flash drive. The reward also includes a digital copy of the game, a CD soundtrack, and artbook. The retro-themed reward sells out quickly, so if you would like to own one, then you should back their project soon.

There are only 3 days left in funding. Should Yooka-Laylee receive £2m at their Kickstarter's conclusion, all backers will also receive free DLC.

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How to Preload the Witcher 3 on GOG and Solve PC Install Issues https://www.gameskinny.com/s97ny/how-to-preload-the-witcher-3-on-gog-and-solve-pc-install-issues https://www.gameskinny.com/s97ny/how-to-preload-the-witcher-3-on-gog-and-solve-pc-install-issues Mon, 18 May 2015 09:08:15 -0400 Amanda Wallace

If you purchased the Witcher 3 on GOG, you can preload the game before it officially launches so you can immediately start in on the gaming experience. The game is available for pre-order for interested users right up until launch, and if you've already purchased the game you can start the download now. 

The process is fairly straightforward. You'll want to download the GOG Galaxy Client or access the game through your account. The following instructions will help you through download with the Galaxy client. 

Go to your library:

Now that you've got your client open, click the button on the bottom right-hand side and choose "install." 

 Accept the EULA and the game should start downloading immediately. It'll appear in the left hand bar and begin the process of downloading: 

The game should be activated as soon as the game goes live per the CD PROJEKT RED schedule. 

As Rock Paper Shotgun reported, the Witcher 3 preload activates at May 19th 1AM CET. For other time zones, that translates to: 

May 18th, 4.00 pm PT (Los Angeles)
May 18th, 7.00 pm ET (New York)
May 19th, 00.00 am BT (London)
May 19th, 2.00 am UT (Moscow)
May 19th, 8.00 am JT (Tokyo)

The Witcher 3 already has a Day One patch in the works that will be fixing some minor issues discussed in pre-launch reviews such as frame-rate and which will be available to download as soon as the game activates on Day 1. The patch will include "overall performance improvements." 

The PC download size is quite large at 40GB, so if you're wanting to play quickly I'd highly suggest taking the time to pre-load the game. 

Witcher 3 Won't Let Me Click Play in the GOG Client. What Gives? 

I exited the game from in-game menu, went back to the client and now I can't press the "play" button again to get back into my game. Here's the fix: 

The Witcher 3 is still running as a process, even though it's not showing up in the bottom task bar. Therefore the GOG Galaxy client is still registering the game as being open, even if you can't see it from the menu. 

Simply use Task Manager (on PC) to shut down the process, and you should get the green Play bar back from Galaxy. 

PC Crash Fixes

I haven't tried this out yet (as I haven't had the game crash), but Gamepur has a couple of suggestions for what to do if your copy of the Witcher 3 is crashing. 

First things first, make sure your graphics drivers are up to date. Double check things like autodetection to make sure that the game is on the right settings for your computer. 

If that doesn't correct the problem, try out this PC crash fix: 

Fix For CRASH on 32-bit SYSTEM

You will need to allow your 32-bit system to recognize 3GB of RAM. This is how you do it:

For Windows 7 & 8

Go to start → run and type: cmd
Type: bcdedit /set IncreaseUserVa 3072
Restart your PC
If you want to reverse it: bcdedit /deletevalue IncreaseUserVa


For other systems, check out these the directions for the other fixes from Gamepur

Have you had any issues downloading or preloading the game? Let me know in the comments below. 

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GOG's New Game Client, GOG Galaxy, is Now in Beta https://www.gameskinny.com/83tuy/gogs-new-game-client-gog-galaxy-is-now-in-beta https://www.gameskinny.com/83tuy/gogs-new-game-client-gog-galaxy-is-now-in-beta Tue, 05 May 2015 18:17:29 -0400 Victor Ren

It looks like you'll soon have another icon stuck to your taskbar, as GOG, the popular marketplace for games, will be creating a new client of its own. GOG Galaxy is live for beta now, and soon will be joining Steam, uPlay, and Origins, as some of the daily drivers used for your games. The difference is GOG Galaxy will remain completely optional, while delivering some unique features that you'll only see on GOG.

Library Features

One particular components of GOG Galaxy is the ability to rollback updates. 

"Sometimes game updates break things. Thanks to the built-in Rollback feature, you can restore your game to prior states with just a single click."

Along with that, GOG bring the ability of having the option to not update a game if you choose not to. GOG brings the user optional auto-updates which allows the gamer to still play the game if they so choose to without new updates. With that said, how it would effect the live multiplayer aspect of a game is still in question.

GOG Galaxy also gives you a second copy as a backup if anything happens to the first one. For every game you buy you can download a backup installer that will let you store it on the cloud, or any external disk.

Continuing with its own features, GOG bring you the ability to play offline, as well as simplicity when installing new games. Its one-click install allows for your video games to stay updated without the user having to fuss over any technical issues.

In-Game Functionality

GOG offers its players many of the in-game features that make the other game clients so successful. GOG Galaxy brings with it achievements for the players to earn, and online multiplayer matchmaking. The client will also be able to track your game time, and soon an overlay will be added to make everything accessible in-game.

A new feature that GOG is adding to their client is Crossplay. This aspect will allow you to play your games online with anyone that is on Steam. GOG states that they do not want to limit you just because you bought your game from somewhere else and that friends should be able to still play with each other no matter the client. Any Support with Origins or uPlay has not been mentioned.

What GOG Brings to the Table

GOG Galaxy is still in beta but it does offer a lot of different components to it when compared to other clients. The first major game release for the new piece of software will be The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

How do you guys think this new client will turn out? If you have any opinions, leave it in the comments.

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The Best (and Worst) Star Wars Games on GOG.com https://www.gameskinny.com/0cdtf/the-best-and-worst-star-wars-games-on-gogcom https://www.gameskinny.com/0cdtf/the-best-and-worst-star-wars-games-on-gogcom Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:15:11 -0500 Elijah Beahm

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(Worst) Star Wars: Empire at War

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This was the response to people not liking Rebellion. To put it bluntly, the original release for this game was a farce, with a bungled ground battle system full of awkwardly balanced units, and space combat that favored the Rebels far too often. (Also, the Rebels were favored in nearly every other way as well.) The AI would either rush you endlessly, or do absolutely nothing.

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The sequel, Forces of Corruption, fixed a number of the original game's issues, but also introduced further imbalances, and had an odd issue with frame rate decreases, despite minimal graphical improvements. Even on a modern machine, it can struggle to push a consistent 60 on the lowest settings, whereas the original runs at upwards of 100 near max.

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There is one upside though, and that is that developer Petroglyph made the game HIGHLY moddable. So even if the multiplayer maps were terrible at times, fans could make some of the finest RTS maps you've ever seen (or the most absurd, in many cases). With an integrated chat lobby and friend system, the multiplayer remained the highlight here, and it's worth looking into Hamachi or Game Ranger to play it with a few friends. Other than that though, this game is 100% ignorable.

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(Best) Star Wars: Battlefront 2

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This is the little game that could. It was only given a year for development, had to rush in a campaign at the last minute, nearly had as many tactical features as Battlefield 2, and tried to restore cut ideas from the original game. Yet, even though it had so much going against its core development, Pandemic pulled it off and sold millions of copies.

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I cannot even begin to level with you how active the community base is, nor how much moreso it was back in the day. There's a ton of fan-created content: an unofficial 1.3 patch, a new KotOR era, additional campaigns, and more maps than I can count. I speak from personal experience when I say that all were made with some of the  most damn frustrating mod tools on the planet.

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Game Ranger, Open Spy, and Hamachi support Battlefront II. Until EA/DICE's reboot hits store shelves, enjoy your time with this fine game from Pandemic's twilight years.

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(Best) Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds

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This game almost looks like a total conversion mod for Age of Empires II, packaged as a new game. But the power of the level editor and the new ranged-focused combat brought fresh life to the gameplay.

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Additionally, every faction had varied attributes. For example, Gungans could build underwater structures and were the Zerg-like faction, making the species actually useful for once. Every campaign had unique ideas to offer, and the expansion pack tossed in a fair number of hard-as-nails battles to complete.

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Really though, praise must be given to the community. I've lost the link ages ago, but I once played a custom scenario in this game that functioned more like an action game than a strategy game. The creator even made navigation hazards and moving "blades" to navigate around. Others have made old-school RPG inspired levels. Some maps were made for live role-playing with friends. Others tested every ounce of strategy.

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Then there's the ongoing Expanding Fronts mod that aims to make several sub-faction variants to further specialize your preferred means of conquest. Despite being, for all intents and purposes, abandonware, the fanbase has not given up on it yet. Once again, multiplayer is possible through Hamachi and Game Ranger.

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(Best) Star Wars: Tie Fighter

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This game is without a doubt one of the most highly praised Star Wars flight sims in existence. While it's been ages since I last played it, Tie Fighter remains an impressive game. There were hidden objectives, solid (at the time) cutscenes, and a fair amount of story context to tie everything together.

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If the age of Tie Fighter worries you though, X-Wing Alliance is a more modern entry point into the series. While lacking the more unique aspects that Tie Fighter touted, it features a scenario editor, and boasts the best graphics in the series. It also had some civilian missions, a rare perspective in a Star Wars game.

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(Best) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and The Sith Lords

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This game and it's sequel, The Sith Lords, are two of the best RPGs in existence, let alone two of the best Star Wars games in existence. The original introduced us to a new form of action-RPG we'd never seen before, all while weaving a Star Wars tale that was equal parts traditional and new style. It gave us HK-47, the Dance Dance Malak cheat, and an epic story of redemption (or revenge). There's also a fan expansion pack that adds a new companion, and over seven hours of new content, with voice-overs and everything.

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Then The Sith Lords rolls up and offers a dark, introspective, and almost gothic Star Wars universe. Your master, Kreia, stands starkly in the gray, while most Jedi and Sith argue absolutes. As a whole, the game is the exact opposite of the Star Wars prequels. Instead of impressive graphics or famous locations, The Sith Lords is heavily grounded in criticizing both sides of the force. The discussions on cause and effect, and how no matter what we do, something good and bad can come from our decisions, are some of the deepest topics any Star Wars game has covered.

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Unfortunately, the sequel was marred by a rushed development, but modders have seen fit to fix the vast majority of that, in addition to new planets for you to explore. There's even a full, total conversion mod, with a brand new storyline that follows up the first two games.

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(Best) Rebellion

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This is a fairly forgotten 4X strategy sim that Crusader Kings fans will enjoy. Make no mistake, this game is obtuse and vague, requiring you to learn its systems on your own. Once you have it under your control though, it's arguably the most sandbox-like Star Wars game in existence.

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Have Luke duel Palpatine first and leave Vader to rule the Empire? Sure. Or maybe Luke discovers Han has a force sensitivity and trains him the in the ways of the Jedi. Perhaps the Rebels turn to terror tactics and a firm grip equal to the Empire to win the war. Maybe even have the Empire finally becomes a benevolent peace force and favors diplomacy over suppression.

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The amount of stuff you can do through just a few menus and a limited space battle simulator is astounding. Getting to the good stuff will bore those who want an action-packed adventure, but the most patient gamers will find this game to be a treat.

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Niche as the game may be, there's not only a community still playing the game online through Game Ranger and Hamachi, but it's also got modding support too, which you can find here.

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(Best) X-Wing: Rogue Squadron

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This is one of those games I wish hadn't become an exclusive, because it felt so at home on PC with its relaxed, arcade-style shooting and awesome mission design. The campaign primarily stretched from A New Hope up to The Battle of Hoth, but also features a mission set in the New Republic Era of the now defunct Expanded Universe.

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The graphics have aged as much as any other N64 game, but it still holds a lot of charm. Missions are varied, from all-out assaults to interceptions, and even a tense breakout/escort mission. Until now, it hasn't been available on any system beyond Windows XP, but fans with a modern PC can finally play it.

There are also several small utility mods, all the game's cheat codes, the soundtrack, and the original demo, available on ModDB.

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For those of you who don't know, I'm a bit of a Star Wars gaming nerd. Between LEGO and Lucas Arts, my childhood had lots of lightsabers and X-Wings, so I know exactly which Lucas Arts games are stinkers, and which ones are hidden (or not so hidden) gems. If there's mod support available for any of these games, I'll link to it in the descriptions so you can get all your money's worth.

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