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Star Wars: Rebel Assault Blasts On GOG

Zapbeams.

Star Wars: Rebel Assault is the series that made a younger me realise fancy technology doesn’t make a game fun or good. It looked like a movie! It had fancy pre-rendered 3D graphics! You sometimes controlled an actual real actor how could that even be! And it was a boring and janky rail shooter and yes I will fight you COME ON THEN.

You don’t need me to stomp all over nostalgia, mind. The two Rebel Assault games are now on GOG in a $9.99 (£6.50-ish) bundle, so you can see for yourself.

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Bundle Me Up: GOG Sale Starts With RPGs & Adventures

If you’re one for ye olde RPGs, I imagine you’re neck-deep in Pillars of Eternity at the moment. But maybe you don’t have £35 spare, or you don’t consider dozens of hours of RPG good value for money (or who knows what else?). In either case, hey, look: GOG have a bundle of olde RPGs on sale for £14.80, including Planescape: Torment, Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2, both Baldur’s Gate games, the Icewind Dales, Temple of Elemental Evil. I calculate that to be one squillion hours of retro role-playing.

It’s part of a week-long bundleorama at GOG, with new games discounted each day. Today’s initial lot also include LucasArts games, a wad of Divinity, and a whole rack of Broken Swords.

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Good Ol’ Lucas: GoG Add Outlaws, Zak McKracken & Indy

GoG.com has just added six Lucasarts(films) games, three of which are enjoying their digital debut. The debutantes are 2.5 wild west shooter Outlaws, Zak McKracken And The Alien Mindbenders, and Indiana Jones And The Emperor’s Tomb. All three will make a smattering of people very excited until those same people actually take the time to revisit the games, at which point they’ll either loudly deny the trickery of nostalgia while pulling a face like a kid pretending to enjoy a Liquorice Allsort, or they’ll quietly mutter something about the “shuddering, shifting, deceitful veil that is memory” while weeping into a pint glass. As for me – thoughts below.

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Old Hopes: Star Wars Rogue Squadron & Rebellion On GoG

Did anyone ever work out why they're called X-Wings?

Earlier this week, GoG exhumed the last remaining X-Wing games from Lucasarts; grave, and as promised they’ve now added more long time ago games to their good ol’ shelves. Most of them have been available from other download stores for quite some time, but it’s the first time on the digi-block for ponderous 4X Star Wars: Rebellion and spaceship shooter Rogue Squadron 3D.
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Seasonal Lies: GOG Launch “Winter” Sale

What a frosty DECEMBER scene! Yes, AUTUMN is often snowy in places.

Now look here, GOG. I like what you do in the gameosphere, what with getting the old retro re-release ball rolling and that DRM-free jazz you’ve got going on and all, but let’s not get carried away. You’ve gone too far and I won’t let you do this. Yes, I’m calling you out: it’s not winter round here until December 21, and you don’t get to decide that it is. I don’t care if you do have 800-odd games on sale and flash sales and free games, you can’t launch a “BIG Winter Sale“. Grow up.

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The Witcher 2 And Mount & Blade Free In GOG Sale

We said 'Prices so low they're practically free', witcher. PRACTICALLY. Put the sword back.

You know those games GOG sell, yeah? Mostly old ones but a fair number of new things too, right? Those games. Most of them are on sale. GOG launched their autumn sale, with discounts on over 700 of their 860 games. Most seem to be half-price, while bigger discounts come in flash sales and daily deals and bundles and those other sorts of things. They’re also throwing a few freebies out, giving the original Mount & Blade to all and sundry for the next two days, and offering the splendid Witcher 2 free if you visit the site on seven days over the sale. Video games!

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Gratuit: Little Big Adventure Free On GOG

Bon voyage!

I struggle to give firm opinions on games I played in the early-mid nineties, back when I’d only just started playing video games. I remember thinking Little Big Adventure was rubbish, but was that because I didn’t like it or because I was terrible at all video games then? Mysteries. It’s a game many people seem to remember very fondly, so perhaps I was a petulant child? (I can hear Pip crying “WAS?” from the other side of London as she reads this.)

Perhaps I’ll go back and check, as GOG are offering the adventure-platformer free for a day to celebrate launching a storefront en français. Lots of other French games are on sale too.

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Sam & Max & X-Wing & TIE Fighter: GOG Get LucasArts

It's just luck, the Sam & Max promo board game, you know.

GOG weren’t the first joint in cyberspace slinging vintage video games, but they did get publishers digging a lot deeper into their archives (Good Old Games, they called themselves back in the day). Most publishers came to realise that hey, maybe it’s good for everyone if folks can buy our old games, but some were tangled in knots or lost in mysteries for yonks. It took almost five years for a group to free System Shock 2, and we’re still waiting for the best parts of the LucasArts catalogue.

Or we were, anyway. Here, they’re coming! Sam & Max Hit the Road, X-Wing, and TIE Fighter are now on GOG – the first time they’ve been on sale in years – as heralds of a re-release-o-rama.

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Game On, Man: Aliens Versus Predator Free On GOG

Only forgot their 'FREE HUGS' sign, didn't they?

Years of pining for a decent Alien game have been ended by Alien: Isolation, a right little stonker, which probably means it’s time to start hoping for another good Aliens game. That little extra s makes a huge difference, calling for space marines with big guns yelling “Let’s rock!” then melting in sprays of acid blood. If you fancy a fun interspecies rumble on PC, you’ll need to look back a good decade.

As luck would have it (or a convenient marketing opportunity), you can now grab one of the last good Aliens games for free. GOG are giving away Rebellion’s Aliens Versus Predator (the nice one from 1999, not 2010’s so-so Aliens vs. Predator) to get folks testing the infrastructure for the upcoming Galaxy service.

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Birthdays And Holidays: GOG And Humble Sales

Not on sale: actual cars.

It’s been a long game-summer. We’ve met loads of new games and formed new game-friendships that’ll surely last forever–I’ll call every weekend–but now it’s time to settle down for a long game-autumn, foraging for game-nuts to stash. Rather than be down about this, GOG and the Humble Store are seeing summer off with big sales. GOG are celebrating their sixth birthday, while Humble just want to party. Cram their game-berries into your cheeks and bury them to play over game-winter.

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