As you can see in the above screencap, if you spend above a certain amount in the GOG sale you get access to three bonus ‘free’ games. 70p spent will get you classic city management Sim City 2000, £13.10 nets you Chernobyl FPS horror STALKER Clear Sky and £32.70 gets you classic XCOM-alike Xenonauts.
Loads of Telltale Stuff
Various% off: Store page
Whether you’re an fatigueless veteran, returning fan or newly arrived to the Telltale sphere of decision-branching adventure games, there’s almost certainly something here for you. Tales from the Borderlands, trailered above, is the cool kid on the currently-unfinished-block, managing to appeal to fans of the series and those that just like to laugh. Here’s Adam on the first episode.
You can get the three released Walking Dead games (two full series and one spinoff minisode) as a bundle deal for around a tenner. There’s a reason that first season shot Telltale to stardom and jumpstarted their particular style of the genre and it’s worth it for that alone. John considers it the 19th best adventure game ever. The followup never seemed to get the same watercooler traction, but still reviewed well.
And since this is my post and I can do what I like and you aren’t my real dad anyway so stop pretending you are, I’m going to recommend Tales of Monkey Island for less than the price of a reasonably sized pizza. I like it a lot more than my peers, though agree middle sections can drag. I also think it has a better final episode than TWD season 1 did, surprisingly dark, easily funny and genuinely excellent.
74% off: £16.27*, Store page
A personal favourite series of mine which I was sad to see go down with the fall of THQ. Some company or other did buy up the license, but it won’t be the same developers if and when its time comes around again. It’s about two of the four horsemen (War in the first game, Death in the second) battling through a post-apocalyptic Earth to find out what caused Heaven and Hell to descend upon each other. It has an incredibly bulky art style to its characters and world which I absolutely love, plus it’s fast, action-packed and just enough like Zelda to tickle parts of my brain developed by the N64 and GBA. John was a big fan of the sequel particularly.
*My method for finding US/EU prices on GOG wasn’t working, but due to their price parity clause you should end up paying about this for it in whatever your local currency is. Worst comes to the worst, you’ll pay a bit more but get some store credit, as described in their FAQ.
75% off: £3.29, Store page
Frozen Synapse meets Rainbow Six in this turn-based tactics game of, uh, kicking down doors, rescuing hostages and killing drug dealers. You play a SWAT team sent on various missions and equipped with modern-day tech for scouting out buildings – cameras to see under doors, flashbangs to storm rooms, that sort of thing. We named it the Bestest Best Tactics of 2014, letting The Two Smiths wax on about their love of top-down SWATting. Simulation master Tim Stone wrote our review, managing to fit a pun into even the title. Well done, Tim.
The Banner Saga
75% off: £3.29, Store page
The astonishingly beautiful strategy game from Stoic about a tribe of viking-likes trekking across their ice age world in search of a new home. Battles play out on a turn-based board of moving heroes and troops around. When characters die, that’s it for them, Fire Emblem style. These can be influenced by decisions made in the RPG world map. Adam found it difficult to love, despite how much he liked the scenary. Him and Alec had a
fight well-mannered discussion on its pros and cons. John was also there, kind of.
33% off: £6.59, Store page
Graham’s game of the year 2014 is a survival game about waking up in a wasteland you neither understand nor are equipped to deal with. Character creation has a heavy influence on how you interact with the world as a whole host of special abilities let you live off plants, navigate easier or fight better. It’s difficult to put it in terms better than Graham did when he and Adam awarded it Bestest Best Combat, so I’ll just link to that and quote this bit:
NEO Scavenger’s fights are what would happen if the staff of RPS got drunk, took off their shoes, and decided to fight to death in a muddy field.
Fantastic. If you want more, Adam did a three part diary. If you’re part of our supporter program (as always, thanks so much), Graham’s written quite a bit about the game in his posts. Find them, and all the rest of our coverage on the game, here.
Do let others know below if you’ve spotted any hot deals on either platform today. Tomorrow’s the final day of the sale so hold your wallets tight folks, we’re nearly through. It’s been a pleasure.