Posts Tagged ‘Good old games’

Tyrian 2000 Free On Good Old Games

Ho ho ho! Tis’ the season to be jesus christ it’s the 14th already and I haven’t started my Christmas shopping. Doomed.

Anyway, Good Old Games are having a dirty great Holiday sale and perhaps as a means of driving further interest they’ve (1) Added scrolling shooter Tyrian 2000 to their catalogue, and (2) Made it available for free. You can get it here. Tyrian 2000 was only an update of the original Tyrian which went freeware in 2004 (EDIT: Apparently Tyrian 2000 is also freeware!), so this isn’t exactly the world’s most generous offer, but it’s still a pleasant surprise. Want to see what you’re in for? Well! Have a gander at the following archive footage.
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Good Old Games Adds Baldur’s Gate II

The untweaked version looks a tad dated. But can be improved.

As expected, Good Old Games have added to their catalogue Baldur’s Gate II. Which means they’ve now got a pretty definitive collection of BioWare and their spin-off’s RPGs from the turn of the century. It’s the Complete version, which comes with the main game, Shadows of Amn, and the add-on pack, Throne of Baal. At over 200 hours long, it’s probably the best ratio of game for money you’ll find, even though GoG have put it at their higher price of $10. There’s a bunch of goodies in there too, art work and the soundtrack, along with the manuals and the map. So, there it is. Baldur’s Gate I and II, Icewind Dale I and II, Neverwinter Nights, and PlaneScape: Torment, all in one place, preserved. Phew.

(Don’t forget to check out the Gibberlings BG2 fixpack, the BG2 Tweakpack and their widescreen mod, along with a bunch of other extras including new characters, before playing.)

Alive Again! Planescape: Torment On GoG

He's back!

They said it couldn’t be done. We’re still not sure how it was done, but we called it. One of the most infamously impossible to release games of all time is now available to play on modern PCs. Good Old Games are probably forgiven all their recent naughty doings by securing one of the finest RPGs of all time, Planescape: Torment. It’s $9.95, and just over a GB to download from their re-launched website. Unless you managed to get the mysteriously released boxed copy from Amazon last year (which was a completely unpatched version), this is the first chance to get the classic RPG in many years. We’re chasing GoG for more details about how they secured this, and check out Kieron’s superb retrospective of the game. Also, take a look at Alec’s guide for getting the game to run in enormous widescreen-o-vision. Planescape’s back!

Re-Retrospective: Planescape: Torment

A corpse with irresistable sexual magnetisim, indeed.

This retrospective post was originally published on RPS in 2007, and we repost it here to celebrate the arrival of Planescape: Torment on Good Old Games. It was first written by Kieron for PC Gamer. Some spoilers follow, but nothing absolutely critical.

Ignored by the gaming press upon release, only receiving warmish reviews that stopped well short of open adulation and the victim of one of the most ill-judged marketing campaigns (“A corpse with irresistible sexual charisma”) in history, Planescape Torment is the classic Underdog. Inevitably, it became the (relatively speaking) commercial runt of the Baldur’s Gate litter. In the years since, the coin of its critical worth has accumulated to the point where aficionados regularly cite it as the greatest of the PC RPGs. In fact, it’s rehabilitation has gone too far, with its name being a simple byword for narrative excellence without anyone really feeling the need to say why. There’s more here than dogmatic romantic myth.

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Only So Many Good Old Games?

This excerpt from a hefty interview with Good Old Game’s Guillaume Rambourg caught my eye…

“The thing is, I believe we are running after roughly 200 good old games, and then I think the PC catalogue will be pretty much packed. There are only so many good old games. 450, 500 and then I think we’ll be done.”

Which does make sense, as long as the GoG wanted to keep its vaguely curatorial bent. He says their current aim is to add one key publisher per quarter and speculates it’ll take another year or two to get the full array of what they’d like to have. That said, if they’ve already included bloody Blood Rayne 2 in there may make you raise an eyebrow at what GoG considers both good and old.

Monkeying Around: Those GoG Videos

'Are you sure this is a good idea?' 'Yeah, definitely.'

While the actual video for the – er- somewhat memorable press conference hasn’t actually found its way online yet, GoG have released a series of videos explaining what’s going on with the site, including one where they dress as monks and beg for forgiveness. In case you want to share the experience. Yes.
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Good Old Games Gets New, Relaunches


So what is going on at Good Old Games? The press conference is in full flow, and the company has announced… it was a hoax. Quite possibly one of the most ill-advised hoaxes imaginable. The site will continue on, completely rewritten and no longer in beta, with a few new features and some new games. There’s all the details below. More details will be added, so refresh until I say not to. It’s finished. The site relaunches tomorrow at 1pm, UK time.

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Outcast, Master Of Orion Arrive On GoG


Good Old Games has a page where you can nominate classic games you’d love to see appear on their site. Then if others agree, they can vote to support this game. The theory being, the more votes, the more interest GoG realises there is in procuring the rights to a particular game. There’s some naive voting going on, with people asking for games that are actively on sale, like The Secret of Monkey Island or Planescape: Torment. However, appearing on the list with 4603 votes is Outcast. It’s available now.

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Valve Announce 25 Million Users For Steam

His head swells with money.

Valve have announced the latest stats about Steam’s performance in 2009. If I were to plot them on a graph they would go off the top of the paper and I’d have to draw on the desk. Which would leave no room for a title. And my graph would be marked down. Steam now has over 25 million users. Which is a 25% increase over the year. Which means Gabe Newell’s throne made of diamonds is now 25% sparklier. And all in the week when founder, Marcin Iwiński, called Steam “malware”.

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First Two Tex Murphy Games Free On GoG

You can't argue with a brown mac like that.

You know what some people are wrong about? The Tex Murphy games. Some people are way wrong about them, because they incorrectly think that the inclusion of FMV and old fashioned adventure gaming means something is automatically bad. In fairness it’s not a poor rule to live by – it’s pretty much true otherwise. But not for Tex. The Tex Murphy games managed to both mock the corniness of the genre, while carrying a surprising emotional weight. However, what I always forget is that the series began before them. It began with Mean Streets and Martians Memorandum. I admit I’ve never played them, so in light of the news that both games are completely free on Good Old Games until 24th December I turned to adventure games uber-expert Mr Richard Cobbett to ask about them. “They’re rubbish.” So there we go. But they’re also free. And more importantly, you can get the later games, Overseer, Pandora Directive and Under A Killing Moon from GoG too.