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GoG Gets X-Wing Alliance, Galactic Battlegrounds & More

Galactic Battlegrounds somehow looks both better and worse than it did at the time

Here is a question: do you like Star Wars? My mate Ian says it’s really good, so I should probably watch it sometime. Then again he also said Mad Men was good and that was just people in old suits frowning at each other. Apparently there are some videogames based on this ‘Star Wars’ too. Given it’s such an obscure movie I guess they’re boring art games in which all you can do is like walk and think and rubbish stuff like that? I bet there are no laser guns or evil cyborgs at all, so I won’t bother playing them. I mean, listen to the names: ‘X-Wing Versus TIE Fighter’, ‘The Old Republic II’. The first one sounds like it’s something to with equations, the second one sounds like it’s an Antiques Roadshow spin-off. Honestly, why do they even bother making these not-games for people who don’t like fun?

Anyway, like six of these old hipster indie games have just been re-released on ‘Good Old Games.’ I guess that’s an ironic title or something? They are old though – in fact, three of them are so old that they’ve never been released for download before. I guess the hipsters won’t like them now they’ve gone mainstream.
These are the games:

  • Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter
  • Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance
  • Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Saga
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars: Dark Forces
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.

This is the first time anyone’s been able to legally buy the first three of those on anything except a plastic disc. The last thee have been on Steam and stuff for ages though, so I guess this is a slow news day and shame on me for even mentioning them.

Some people seem to really like those X-Wing things though. I guess this is a big deal for them. Apparently old men who still own joysticks think they’re especially great. All six of these games are available on GoG now, which means they should work on modern PCs and not just your granddad’s IBM compatible.

Another six old Star Wars games are due for release on GoG.com over the coming days. God, why did they make so many of them?

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