Monthly Archives: February 2017

What can change the nature of role-playing?

on GOG.com for the next 48h and score a FREE copy of Lords of Xulima!

Combining isometric exploration with first-person turn-based combat, Lords of Xulima is a rare gem, whose old-school sensibilities are bound to strike a chord with all fans of party-based role-playing. Called a “beautiful homage to the oldest of PC RPGs” by GOG.com players and a game that’s “great for serious RPGers”, it is the perfect companion to your Tides of Numenera adventures.
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Eschalon: Book Ι now FREE & seminal RPGs up to 80% off!

In many ways, the arrival of Torment: Tides of Numenera feels like the culmination of the isometric RPGs resurgence which started in recent years. With their impressive comeback still in full force, what better time to remind ourselves of their brilliance than an awesome RPG Sale?

Kicking things off with a bang, Eschalon: Book I is now totally FREE! GOG.com has a 24h head-start on this giveaway so fans of hardcore RPGs can already go ahead and treat themselves to this hidden gem. The other two entries in the series, Eschalon: Book II and III, also received a permanent price drop – on top of that, they are 60% off for the duration of this sale.

This is also the perfect opportunity to discover or perhaps revisit several paragons of the isometric-RPG genre, like Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and its recent expansion Siege of Dragonspear, the revitalized Shadowrun series, and Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut, among others.

Celebrate your love for RPGs with a free copy of Eschalon: Book I and a grand Sale featuring a selection of celebrated games, going for up to -80%.

The RPG Sale will last until March 5, 8AM UTC.

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Crank the mystery up to eleven.

Stories Untold, a spooky adventure about things that are stranger than interactive fiction, is now available, DRM-free on GOG.com with a 15% launch discount!

Game series get cancelled all the time. But something surrounding the cancellation of Stories Untold makes you uneasy. It’s not just the remastered original episode, “The House Abandon”. It’s also the other stuff you found in that mysterious tape, which claims to be a compilation of scenes from the ill-fated text adventure series.

The 15% discount lasts until March 7, 4PM UTC.

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A grand collection of legendary classics up to 75% off!

Voodoo dolls, neon-lit speedbikes, sunken-faced desperados, intrepid archaeologists, a kooky cast of talking animals – the Disney catalog just has it all! Whether you’ve been gaming since your salad days or recently picked up the bestest of habits, this Weekly Sale is carefully engineered to bring back memories or help build awesome new ones!

Losing yourself in the world of TRON 2.0 is as easy and satisfying as riding a light-cycle. A fine-tuned fusion of FPS, intense racing sequences, and an intriguing story set inside this immersive digital universe that still captivates anyone who makes the jump.

It’s hard for an understated gem like Loom to shine, while standing among such beloved point & click classics as the Monkey Islands or Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. And yet once you enter its solemn world, deftly woven with music and wondrous acts of magic, you will never truly escape it again.

As always, there’s more – including up to 75% off Outlaws, Sam & Max Hit the Road, Afterlife, The Lion King, and many others! Plus, stay tuned for a second batch of deals this Friday!

The Weekly Sale: Disney will last until March 6, 5PM UTC.

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It definitely takes more than just a long flight over the ocean.

Japanese games are largely governed by a unique aesthetic approach, while at the same time offering a unique perspective in storytelling and gameplay mechanics. It’s what makes them instantly distinguishable from their western counterparts, why we’re so fond of them, and why we gathered them together for our current Kawaii Sale.

But some of these differences can also make their transition to the global market challenging. Ken Barry, executive Vice President of XSEED, is one of the people whose mission is to overcome those obstacles and bring some of the most popular Japanese games to the rest of the world.

What are the main challenges of bringing Japanese games to the Western market?

I would say cultural issues as they pertain to text are still a major challenge, though to varying degrees for each project. As a recent example, our parent company Marvelous put out a game called NetHigh for Vita in Japan not too long ago where the gameplay focused on solving puzzles a la the Ace Attorney games, but instead of solving cases in a courtroom you’re trying to reveal the true identity of people on the internet. Our hopes of being able to localize it were quickly dashed once we realized that most of the puzzles were based on Japanese puns and wordplay using written kanji characters which often have multiple meanings. Seeing that it also had a lot of text displaying from top to bottom rather than our way of reading from left to right sealed its fate of definitely not coming to the West.

The rest of the world seems much more receptive to everything Japanese these days but there are still things keeping the markets apart. What are those differences, in your experience? …read more

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Raid perilous ruins or stem the tide of evil to reach your queen.

Another batch of wonderfully idiosyncratic games join our Kawaii Sale. Let’s brew them some tea and sit around the cherry trees!

What awaits you in the fabled La-Mulana ruins? Untold riches and precariously placed weapons? Devious traps and gigantic monsters? Or forbidden ancient knowledge that mankind is not supposed to obtain? It’s all of that and more, as long as you’re able to sidestep the challenges of this spectacular, free-roaming platformer.

Everything looks different Under the Moonlight: aloof, eerie, magical. But the monsters that roam the land do not get fazed by such lyrical conventions – they’re out to stop you from meeting your all-powerful queen and restoring this accursed land.

That’s not all, though! The Sakura season continues with: D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die Season One, The Silver Case, Astebreed and more, up to -75%! Don’t forget – there are just a few days left to grab what you want!

Did you miss Monday’s launch of our Kawaii Sale? Check it out – it’s full of grand adventures and the unrelenting challenges of dating.

The Kawaii Sale will last until February 27, 5:00 PM GMT.

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Are you keeping count?

Hey watchers, we’re celebrating! Our Twitch channel recently reached 40,000 followers and we want to say “thank you” in the most appropriate way. So get yourselves comfortable and brew a cauldron of your favorite hot beverage, because we’re taking you with us: it’s a 40-hour streaming marathon, with 40 games, plenty of streamers, and 40 giveaways.

The marathon is already underway but don’t worry if you’ve missed some games – it will keep going until Saturday, 5PM UTC.
Tune in now for another round of Planescape: Torment streaming with developer Colin McComb, starting today, at 5PM UTC.
Also keep an eye out for a multiplayer stream of Project Zomboid, on Friday, 9AM and Dear Esther: Landmark Edition on Friday, 5PM.

40 games in total will participate in our celebratory marathon, including Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Doom, Thief II, System Shock 2, Theme Hospital, Turok, and FTL.
Each game will have a copy given out by its streamer so make sure to drop by for a chance to try them out yourself.

So stock up on snacks and eye-drops, and join us in our special Twitch stream!

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Plus: all other 2K Games are now up to -75%!

Hidden & Dangerous Action Pack and Hidden & Dangerous 2, the tactical WWII shooters where every bullet counts, are now available as digital exclusives on GOG.com.
For a proper welcome, we’re holding a 2K Games Sale, where the entire catalog is up to 75% off!

More often than not, strength or numbers are not the deciding factors of victory; tactics are. A squad of fine British Special Air Service lads with co-ordinated moves, smart shooting, and carefully chosen loadout can disrupt the most dense enemy forces as long as they stay Hidden & Dangerous.

The sequel, Hidden & Dangerous 2, expands on the gameplay mechanics that let you switch between a third-person and first-person view, while also adding more stealth and subterfuge options. This time, our team is assassinating targets, sabotaging equipment, and rescuing prisoners in even more diverse locations across Europe, Africa, and Asia.

In order to welcome the two H&D games in our 2K Games squad, the rest of their catalog is now on sale, with titles like X-Com: Terror from the Deep, Army Men, and Freedom Force going for up to 75% off.
The 2K Games sale lasts until February 27, 5PM UTC.

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One great game, two quite different editions.

Hidden & Dangerous Action Pack, the classic WWII tactical shooter that just arrived on GOG.com, contains the original game plus its expansion – all carefully tweaked and tested to work on modern systems. However, there’s another version of that game known as Hidden & Dangerous Deluxe and we’ve also included that as a free bonus goodie with the original!

This Deluxe edition was released for free as a commercial promotion for the game’s sequel back in 2003, the year that Hidden & Dangerous 2 first came out. Despite having essentially the same content, the original and the Deluxe edition are quite different from each other, and deciding on which one is the “best” comes down mostly to a matter of preference. Some users appreciated the higher resolution textures and map editor available in Deluxe. Others criticized the questionable changes made in certain maps and the noticeable repetition in your squad mates’ faces.

Hidden & Dangerous Deluxe is still available as freeware in certain places but now also included as a free bonus with the Action Pack. More importantly, though, the original Hidden & Dangerous is now available as a digital download for the first time, so if you’re looking to experience the game in its most faithful and functional reincarnation yet, this is the time to strike!

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Through a sea of secrets.

Herald: An Interactive Period Drama – Book I & II, a choice-driven adventure set in the 19th century, is now available, DRM-free on GOG.com!

It’s no secret that the colonial times were a period of inequality and deep-seated prejudice. But the purpose of the Herald’s fateful voyage? Now that’s a very well-kept secret, one which Devan, a steward of mixed heritage, will have to uncover by chatting with the passengers and carefully exploring the ship.

Book I & II form the basis of the story. The two remaining Books will arrive as purchasable DLC and conclude Devan’s journey.

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