Good Old Games’ Decent New Sale

By Alec Meer on December 6th, 2011 at 2:13 pm.

Geralt isn't happy to be worth so little all of a sudden
As I believe Jim wryly observed the other day, increasingly blogging about non-mainstream games entails blogging about non-mainstream games’ business strategies. It’s bundles, sales and more bundles as far as the eye can see at the moment, and latest to join the ranks of those appealing to the light-walleted is retromancery central Good Old Games.

Come Thursday, they’re knocking 40% off the price of The Witcher 2 (thus dropping it to £14.99/$23.99) and lobbing in a free copy of the Witcher 1:EE to boot. I believe this is about the best price there’s been for Witcher 2 so far right, at least for digital versions? Then come next Monday (12 Dec), they’re making olden strategy epic Empire Earth Gold Edition free for 48 hours, and slicing 50% off almost all the retro games in their catalogue. So you’ll want to go and lurk like a bargain-crazed pervert on GoG.com round about then. Full details here.

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  1. Brumisator says:

    Noice! I’ll be sure to use this as an argument to get my pitiful friends who haven’t played this wonderful game yet to buy it.

  2. sinister agent says:

    Aargh. Damn it, why can’t we go back to the days when games were extortionate across the board? It was so much easier to not buy them then.

    Must not buy. Great deal, but not necessary. Must save money. Must..nnyyarargh

    • mouton says:

      Whenever I see a great deal on Steam or wherever, I ask myself a question “Will I play this game now or within a few days?”. If the answer is “No” or “No, but surely sometime/during holidays/when I retire” then I do not purchase it – there will be another sale in half a year anyway.

      Does miracles to my backlog.

    • sinister agent says:

      I’ve taken to converting game prices to sausage rolls. Okay, I could buy that game… or I could have eighteen sausage rolls.

      The downside is that it’s far less effective if you’ve just eaten.

    • kyrieee says:

      I do exactly the same. If I’m not going to play it right away then I’m probably not going to play it until it goes on sale again.

    • bill says:

      Yeah. I bought Baldur’s gate 30% off from gog a few months back, haven’t had a chance to play it yet, and now it’s likely to be 50% off.

      Bought The Witcher 1 in the direct2drive sale last yesr for a good price, and haven’t had a chance to play it yet, and it’s now been cheaper on steam and gog and i almost bought it again there for convenience.

      I actually resisted the whole steam autumn sale for the first time ever, on the basis that i wouldn’t play any of those games in the next month.

  3. Marucla says:

    Nope, Amazon had the digital edition for $19 awhile back. But this is still a fantastic deal.

    • Max.I.Candy says:

      but not with W1:EE included, so in that sense it is cheaper (sorry for being pedantic).

      edit
      actually your right you would have been $2.50 better off with amazon at the time lol.

  4. Anthile says:

    >bargain-crazed pervert

    RPS knows me too well. :(

  5. mouton says:

    Why are they announcing the details and schedule now, instead of in gradual reveals? To grab the attention now, before Steam sales gobble up everyone’s attention, perhaps?

    • Suits says:

      Because GOG wanted to prevent people from complaining that they bought games at full price right before the sales. This way they gave enough warning, to their estimation.

    • mouton says:

      Well, they can just as well complain they bought them yesterday and feel cheated or something. Heh.

    • Suits says:

      True some are just ungrateful like that, anyway the message from GOG marketing was “Part of why we announced it so far out in advance is so that no one would say, “I just bought this game yesterday!” when we begin the giveaway. ” Referred to the giveaways and not the sales.. but yeah i think it goes for both.

    • Mopo says:

      Yes, if Steam would have done something similar I would still be their customer. I purchased the deluxe version of a game for $60 and less than 12 hours later it went down to like $20. I was not able to get a refund… Not a very happy camper and it is not really the money, since $40 is not a big deal for me (I make that in less than an hour).

  6. mmalove says:

    Technically, yes. Steam had Witcher at 40% off (24 dollars) at one point during it’s Black Friday sale, but they did not throw in the added bonus of free Witcher 1 (which at that time was discounted to 2.50 dollars.) Depending on whether you credit any value to throwing in Witcher 1, this is probably the best deal pricewise.

    Sadly, GoG can’t accept money directly me in the US, which creates an extra barrier to casually spilling my wallet all over the nostalgic goodies.

    • Juan Carlo says:

      Nah, Amazon had it cheaper over their Thanksgiving week sale.

  7. inertia says:

    I have so many fond memories of Empire Earth. It is (or at least, was — I haven’t played it in years) an incredible game. If people don’t download it when it’s free, I will be sorely disappointed in them.

    • Kaira- says:

      Yeah, I totally loved it even though my computer back then usually hanged to a crawl if I played all the way through from the stone age to the laser-time. And the Russian campaign was nigh impossible. But I still loved it. Definetly going to download it. How are the sequels, does anyone have any opinions?

    • Tams80 says:

      It was the one where you could play the Romans up to the future right? I think I remember their special futuristic unit being a really powerful tank.

      If so, that is what made it more appealing than Rise of Nations.

    • Vandelay says:

      How is Empire Earth? I remember considering getting the most recent a year or two ago, as I fancied some old school RTS, but reviews were mostly negative. Are the older ones good? How do they compare to Rise of Nations, which I loved?

    • Daddy Fat Sax says:

      The Empire Earth games get worse with each sequel. The first is a far better game than the 3rd.

  8. Baka says:

    “Since the EU price is almost $16 more than the price in USD, we’re giving you a $16 USD credit to spend on GOG.com.”

    If this weird GOG policy persists into the thursday sale, it won’t be such a great deal after all. Let’s wait and see.

    • marach says:

      You can blame their EU and australasian publishers for this they charge the lowest their publishers allow in those territories and make up for it with the store credit

    • Triblitz says:

      You could of course switch your Location to the United States in GoG’s Account Settings and you won’t have this problem at all.

    • Kismet says:

      Last time it was on sale it was priced in USD for everyone.

  9. db1331 says:

    I’ll probably get Planescape: Torment and Baldur’s Gate to play one rainy day. If you are somehow still holding out for TW2, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it for 60%-75% off in Steam’s holiday sale. If you haven’t played the original, I highly recommend picking it up, especially if you can get it for free. I actually like it more than TW2. It’s one of my favorites.

  10. Conrad B Hart says:

    Still haven’t finished Witcher 2. Stuck in Act 1, the combat is frustratingly hard and after being trounced by wraiths a few too many times I can’t even bring myself to fire the game up anymore. Which is a shame, because everyone says the it’s awesome?

    • db1331 says:

      You just need to learn to use everything at your disposal. I know the exact fight you are talking about. You can easily beat them without even swinging your sword. Cast your shield at the start of the fight, then mind control one of the wraiths to turn it friendly (your shield will allow you to absorb the first hit that would otherwise interrupt your mind control cast). Then the wraiths will start beating on each other. Just keep MCing them until one is dead and the other near-death, then finish off the remaining wraith with a quick blast of fire. If you do it that way, you shouldn’t even get hit.

      Also, there’s no shame in bumping the difficulty down to easy if you just want to experience the story.

    • Max.I.Candy says:

      dont worry by the time you get to middle of act2 even hard difficulty is easy. also when did you play it, because since its been patched the difficulty has been lowered i think?

  11. WingNutZA says:

    Nooooo….
    I have no money, and I must spend

  12. Rao Dao Zao says:

    I want The Witcher 2, but I’m waiting for the equivalent physical box to The Witcher EE Platinum so I can have a real box with no DRM and all patches installed.

    Stuff bargains, give me more expensive stuff to buy!

    • glocks4interns says:

      If DRM is your concern it is DRM-free on GoG. If you want a box to take up shelf space, well then you’ll have to get a box.

  13. unless says:

    So we’re just not talking about the new indie bundle, then?

  14. Suits says:

    Any recommendations for the GOG sale? Excluding Ubisoft and TW2 that is.

    • marach says:

      all games on GOG are DRM free so it’s ok to buy ubi stuff there as your showing them you will get UBI stuff if it’s DRM free :P

  15. Dominic White says:

    For those who either have, or will be getting The Witcher 1 in this deal, you’ll want this mod – yes, even on your first playthrough:

    http://www.moddb.com/mods/full-combat-rebalance1

    It’s by a CD Projekt developer. One of the guys who worked on the combat engine for the sequel, in fact. Basically, it makes the first game more like the second – fewer enemies, more deadly combat, less grindy, more monster ecosystem stuff going on. It’s all good.

    • SirKicksalot says:

      “It’s by a CD Projekt developer. One of the guys who worked on the combat engine for the sequel, in fact. Basically, it makes the first game more like the second”

      Aaaaand that’s why I’m going to avoid it like the plague.

    • Dominic White says:

      So you’d rather combat involve standing in front of an enemy, clicking once every couple of seconds until health bars run out? No dodging, bombs, potion use, etc?

      Oh yeah. And killing thousands of enemies in the swamps. That was so fun.

    • SirKicksalot says:

      I liked the rhythm and I dodged, used potions and bombs. It was very fun IMO. I guess I made it fun by playing with all the toys – maybe CDP thought their players are smart enough to do that instead of choosing an effective but boring strategy. I don’t need the cancer that is TW2′s shitty design to infect The Witcher.

    • Snargelfargen says:

      If this makes the swamps less boring, I’m in. That’s the only reason I haven’t finished Witcher 1.

      It was a lot of fun at first, but I ended up traversing the swamps for different quests until I couldn’t bear to see them again.

  16. deadly.by.design says:

    Sounds like I should’ve bought it during its $16 Amazon sale.

  17. Zarunil says:

    Dear God, give me strength.

  18. something says:

    Half price! I can finally afford to get Beneath A Steel Sky.

  19. TODD says:

    The price has been better than this on Intkeys for quite a while, if you don’t mind grey market Russian sites. I myself do not mind one bit. I preordered Battlefield 3 Limited Edition from them for $36 and received my keys within four hours of release; better yet, the version they sold apparently came with every possible retailer bonus (SPECACT camo, dog tags, physical warfare pack). I’ll be buying Arkham City from Intkeys the next time I feel like shelling out more than 10 bucks for a game.

    • gritz says:

      Yes, giving my credit card information to a “grey market Russian site” sounds like a capital idea.

  20. Syra says:

    d2d had wotcha2 for 15 quid a while back, and you could use a voucher available to all that took a further 20% off, i recall thinking about buying it for 12 quid then thinking, nah I’ll wait for skyrim for my fantasy rpg fix, then getting the gf to get it for herself so i can play it on her d2d some day lawl.

  21. Thants says:

    I’ve tried playing the first Witcher several times but the story and the combat are both so dull I can’t make it very far. I should probably give it another try.