GoG Summer Sale Begins, Torchlight Currently Free

By Adam Smith on June 18th, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

Let there be Torchlight. The ARPG’s sequel thoroughly impressed John and the original is free until June 20th as part of Good Old Games’ summer sale. There will be new deals every day until July 5th and the first day’s offerings include Alan Wake and American Nightmare for $4.48, and a massive Dungeons and Dragons pack for $21.10. That one includes Torment, Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2, Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2, and Icewind Dale 1 & 2. Whatever happened to every series at least reaching a lacklustre third part? It’s probably Valve’s fault. Remember, Torchlight is only free until the 20th, so best to download it right away.

Also of note is the addition of several new Mac games today, including System Shock 2, which is worming its way into the apple for the first time.

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  1. Snids says:

    System Shock 2 on Mac is a pretty big deal. It took 13 years but it finally got ported!

    • deadpan says:

      I’ve noticed GoG has been adding Mac versions steadily over the last few months, even if they are just simple Cider ports like The Witcher or the Wadjet Eye adventure games. Now if they could just have a nice Wineskinned version of Torment with all the patches applied I’d be set.

  2. aguamoose says:

    I hope they put Riddick up for free at some point, everybody should play that game at least once in their lives.

    • Zorn says:

      I was surprised by how well I liked the game. There were points were I think it should have disappointed, or stopped me from playing on. I can’t even tell what it is, but yes, play the Riddick!

    • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

      Good luck with that, I have Riddick on Steam and it won’t play on my system(used to before motherboard/GPU update) and there is ZERO support now AVOID!!

      • Sic says:

        Why do you think Steam and GOG are even remotely similar?

      • RProxyOnly says:

        “and there is ZERO support now AVOID…. on Steam!!”

        Fixed.

        • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

          No there is ZERO support from Atari, and the developers this is why it was taken from the Steam Store. The game is no longer supported so GPU drivers will not be fixed if they break the game. Current ATI OpenGL drivers will not run the game!

          • Hmm-Hmm. says:

            And since GOG tends to make sure old games work on modern machines this means.. what, exactly?

  3. misterT0AST says:

    I’m interested to hear what other promotions anyone might have found over the years that offer games for free. Just out of curiosity.
    I got Metro 2033 for free when they gave it away in exchange for a “like” on facebook, Ninja Blade, that didn’t cost anything but required you to install Capsule, Peggle Deluxe was free a couple of months ago, Duke Nukem 3D gratis, again from GoG I think, and Shadow Warrior Classic since they’re currently giving it out on Steam.
    Did I miss anything else that interesting?

    • Moni says:

      Burnout Paradise I think was free a couple of times on Origin.

    • Luringen says:

      ARMA 2 was free on GoG, as well as Men of War.

      • Grey Poupon says:

        MoW for free? Damn, would have wanted a few friends to get it for some multiplayer mayhem. Sad that I missed it.

      • Dangd says:

        Wasn’t it on GMG?

        • sabrage says:

          Yeah, they also gave away MoW: Red Tide, UFO: Aftermath, Superstar V8 Racing, Unstoppable Gorg, Ninja Blade, Commandos 3, Beyond Divinity and Age of Fear: The Undead King. I have yet to play any of them. IGN gave away King Arthur and Rochard about a year ago. Rockstar has given away GTA 1 and 2, Midnight Club 2, and Wild Metal. I’ve gotten Steam keys for Penny Arcade: OTRSPOD3, Sol Survivor, Defender’s Quest, and Faerie Solitaire direct from the developers. Those usually start on reddit and seep out from there.

          I think that’s about everything in the last year or two (along with the ones that have already been mentioned.)

    • aguamoose says:

      I got Bioshock free off gamefly and splinter cell double agent of MCgamer

      • aguamoose says:

        I did do a game giveaway myself on PCgamer website for a few weeks and gave away about 40 games, but the racists banned me so I stopped.

    • Leb says:

      Rawbots was 1 cent with the promotion code “SIMCITY”

      which was hilarious because the traffic to their site cause it to crash

    • dr4gz0r says:

      If I am not mistaken GOG also gave away for free Fallout, Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars and Empire Earth Gold.

      I think I snatched the whole Realms of Arkania trilogy just by completing some of their surveys too.

      There’s also the free games you get upon signing up (Ultima 4 and Beneath a Steel Sky among them), but I suppose those fall into the abandonware category.

      • Dangd says:

        Gog has also given away Jagged Alliance Deadly Games for whatever reason. Closing joke when ending beta, maybe.

        • jamesgecko says:

          GOG also gave away Duke Nukum 3D and Tex Murphy 1+2. Additionally, they did a ton of contests early on. I got Fallout 2 and Heroes of Might and Magic III for free out of those.

          Oh, and I’d like to note that Abandonware isn’t really a thing in the US. No software has fallen out of copyright and landed in the public domain yet because software hasn’t existed that long. Beneath a Steel Sky was re-licensed as freeware. IIRC, Ultima IV was only re-licensed to be distributed for free by certain sites. GOG certainly made an agreement with the copyright owners for each free game they’ve added.

    • RaveTurned says:

      Portal was free for a time after the OSX version of Steam was released.

    • Dangd says:

      Popcap used to do this sometimes. They also gave away Peggle Nights, Zuma and Bejeweled 2.

    • Zwebbie says:

      @T0AST: Paradox has, in the past, given away the original Crusader Kings + Deus Vult expansion and Europe Universalis III Chronicles (which is the complete one with all expansions) through their forum newsletter. That little freebie CK ended up being one of the cleverest games I’ve ever played.

  4. portchd says:

    I think i own torchlight on about 3 different systems, and now i have it on gog too, yay!

  5. seamoss says:

    By their own admission, they are no longer “Good Old Games”, they’re just “GOG”.

    • DrScuttles says:

      Similar to how KFC is no longer Kentucky Fried Chicken, I suspect that the chickens GOG uses to power their servers have been… changed to the point that they no longer resemble chickens. Just wings and legs and good old games.

      • The Random One says:

        They’ve never really been all good. And of late they haven’t all been old. But the important thing is that they are all DRM free.

        ADRMFG doesn’t roll of the tongue, though.

  6. Capt. Raven says:

    I love GoG and this free game giveaway is awesome and all but I wish they would not tie the large discounts to complete game bundles. I don’t want to get ALL the D&D games, all the rest of my life wouldn’t be enough to play through all of them, I would, however, be interested in the Neverwinter games…

    • belgand says:

      It’s not even a very good deal. That’s basically two bundles: D&D Anthology: Master Collection (normally $20) and Neverwinter Nights Complete (normally $30). Both of which have been on sale at GamersGate (and likely other shops) for 75% off or so. The prices on GOG are higher for the games piecemeal so even with a larger discount you pay more. Otherwise all of them could be had for closer to $10 or so.

      But yeah, the bundles are often a bad idea for them. A large portion of their dedicated userbase bought these games when they were new and still own them so you often run into problems where you’re theoretically interested, but you already have half of the bundle. At least they count games you already own on the site for various bundles and such and typically don’t make you buy it twice.

    • Kefren says:

      If you just pick the games you want you still get 50% off each.

    • shadowdeku says:

      I was able to get Neverwinter Nights 2 for $4 by just adding it manually from the game page. I already had most of the bundle, though, so that may be related.

  7. Kefren says:

    There are other free games on GOG today, mainly adventures e.g. Lure of The Temptress, Beneath a Steel Sky etc.

  8. 23YearOldBedWetr says:

    No longer free ? ? ?

  9. bit.bat says:

    Good for them to get their sale in before the inevitable Steam summer sale.

  10. Shepardus says:

    I just picked up Torchlight from this, and I’m wondering, how does it compare to Torchlight II? I haven’t played either, but I’ve heard that Torchlight II is pretty good. I don’t remember what people said about the first game, though.

    • Sleepymatt says:

      Yep, the first game was pretty good too. Certainly worth none of your Great British Pounds, at any rate.

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      Torchlight is good, but it doesn’t hold a candle to Torchlight II. Part Deux is a massive improvement over the original in almost every way. Better quests, better monsters, better balance, better items, with the addition of co-op. And a hell of a lot less bugs — there are several literal game-breaking bugs in Torchlight that never got fixed.

  11. illway says:

    Wait, so how WAS Neverwinter Nights 2?

  12. The Random One says:

    Alan Wake: American Nightmare for a buck and a bit of a buck… I liked the first and kind of want to know where it goes, but it’s apparently just running around across the same place several times while licenced music I should know plays. HELP ME HIVEMIND

  13. Frank says:

    GOG still won’t cut prices to where it’s competitors go, eh. I got almost that D&D bundle for $6.44 not long ago on gamersgate: http://www.gamersgate.com/DDB-DBAMC/dungeons-and-dragons-anthology-the-master-collection

  14. Jupiah says:

    What is this trickery? Torchlight isn’t free for me, it’s one cent!

  15. Jupiah says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of games on sale. I already bought all the D&D games in their last big D&D sale, what other hidden gems are being discounted? Anything exclusive GOG, not available on steam or just a good game I might not have heard about?

  16. Shooop says:

    Just about everything’s on sale there now. It’s amazing.

    I don’t know if there’s even anything that’s more than 9 USD. Grab whatever you can now before they come back to their senses!

  17. lomaxgnome says:

    Unlike the previous version of that D&D pack, you can’t remove a few games and still get a big discount, it’s either buy the whole pack at 80% off or it drops straight to 50%. Kinda screws over anyone who already has some of the games. Still a phenomenal deal for anyone who doesn’t though.

  18. Shadowcat says:

    The GOG Summer sale is awesome. Last year I bought a heap of games (and then I proceeded to ignore Steam’s sale entirely, and felt pretty happy about it!).

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