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Jagged Alliance 2, Sacred Gold, Flatout and more Strategy First Games 60% off.

How do you call a promo that features about 20 awesome games? As any other given week, we've put all the sale parameters in our Artificially Creative Marketing Enhancer 5000 so it would generate a nice promo name for us, but to our surprise the only output it gave us was: ~20 Awsome Games (yes, with a typo). We tried rebooting it, updating the drivers, adding some additional cooling to the creative chip, and even threatening the damn AI with early retirement in the junk pile behind the GOG.com bunker. All in vain. ~20 Awsome Games is all we could get out of it. Strange glitch. But, what the hell, we decided to go with it. So, let's see what set of games made such an impression on our Marketing Enhancer, shall we?

If you are a strategy fan with a significant turn-based combat inclination, Jagged Alliance 2 is a title you just can't miss. Leading a squadron of mercenaries and micro-managing all the details of their missions is both fun and challenging. The Enigmatic T considers this title to be one of the best games of all times. Find out why!

More of a fantasy fan? Here's a treat for you. Sacred Gold is a brilliant hack-and-slash title with an open world, varied player classes, legions of nasties to slay, and a pretty original and interesting story-line, told from the perspective of different characters. The game comes complete with all the updates and the Underground expansion pack.

Or maybe you need to satisfy your lust for adrenaline? Check Flatout, an amazingly diverse racing game sporting a realistic physics engine, powerful cars, and many different play modes. This is the game you want to play when you just need to feel that racing rush!

But that's only the tip of the iceberg, as the uninspired but accurate name suggests you can get almost 20 games with a nice 60% off discount this weekend. Head out to the promo page, and check out the fantastic selection of Strategy First games yourself.

Below, you'll find a new episode of This Week on GOG, a short video guide to recent events, promos, and other happenings on the site. By the way, if you haven't already, you might want to follow the GOG.com channel on Youtube, so you won't miss our shows, specials, and exclusive trailers.
Post edited February 01, 2013 by G-Doc
Anyone ever play Ghost Master? I find it hard to believe that game would fun beyond 10 or 15 miutes but it seems to be pretty popular.
Hm, lot of games I have on Steam, but don't often play (Jagged Alliance, Sacred). I wonder if I care enough to pay for a DRM free backup?
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tinyE: Anyone ever play Ghost Master? I find it hard to believe that game would fun beyond 10 or 15 miutes but it seems to be pretty popular.
I have it. Couldn't understand how to play it. It seemed very basic in what you were able to do, but the interface and to do what you need to do seemed a bit complicated.

Still, if it's cheap, it's something different. Think the sims, but with ghosts and missions, and it's not far off.
Seems like it's always the same games in the weekend sale.
Post edited February 01, 2013 by PaladinHeart
Hoo-ray! I've wanted to pick up the Pro Pinball titles for a while but I wanted more than 1 table for $6. Granted, I've probably spent more at an actual pinball table but hey, I'm only human.

Love TBS so I picked up Disciples too, already owned the Jagged Alliance titles.Threw in Flatout, Combat Chess and Ghost Master and called it a day.

I may come back for Combat Mission but only if someone can tell me if it's worth it, same with Strategic Command.
Something just ate my post! Bon appétit! Let me try once again

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tinyE: Anyone ever play Ghost Master? I find it hard to believe that game would fun beyond 10 or 15 miutes but it seems to be pretty popular.
I wrote a bit about this game here

Gameon is, however, absolutely right. At the beginning it is a bit hard to figure out how to play the game even though it seems pretty straight forward. Well, it's not. In 3rd mission I realized that I had no idea how I was even able to reach THAT far! So I replayed the tutorial, but I paid attention this time and experimented a lot with UI. Then I replayed this mission again but with the advisor switched off and with different ghosts. I succeeded admirably so I figured out I knew how to play the game. And I was right - I was able to complete it without a single problem. Conclusion: the game is flawed, sure, but very entertaining and possible to learn nonetheless.
Finally have all Strategic Command games on my computer!

Thank you GOG. I basically bought all the Strategic Command games after the first one for my birthday yesterday and SC1 on sale completed my collection.

I wish they return to hexes in their future games
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tinyE: Anyone ever play Ghost Master? I find it hard to believe that game would fun beyond 10 or 15 miutes but it seems to be pretty popular.
It's terribly flawed and I like it a lot (almost finished my second playthrough a few weeks ago !). It's similar to Evil Genius : I love them both as wonderful toys, more than serious gameplay challenges. Full of great ideas, but the authors weren't very sure how to make them "work". In Evil Genius the traps are useless (a million traps available but your minions are simpler, cheaper, safer, more efficient ways to deal with intruders), in Ghost Master the currency is points you get by "solving" each level as fast as you could, which defeats the purpose of the game. Slowly, cinematically building up anxiety, investigating secret phobias and exploiting them, is what is fun with that toy, and the game offers the required depth for that (with conscious and unconscious fears), but brute force speed runs are more rewarded. The interest of levels replays is also limited in the vanilla game, as it doesn't allow you to bring in the ghosts that you've unlocked later, but fortunately there is a patch solving this (on the forums).

Anyway, it's a game I advise. It's up to you to use it as you enjoy it most, but I find it very amusing and original. It plays on all the genre's clichés, it flatters light-hearted sadism, it provides fun puzzles (to unlock ghosts). And it's a "wreck havoc" game, which is always delightful, if you're the kind of person who laughs with Mars Attacks or always unleashed monsters on Sim City.

But, again, I adore ghosts. So it's a game I keep going back to. I sure got more than 15 minutes out of it. But it may be quite dependant on personal tastes and interests.
Post edited February 01, 2013 by Telika
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ShaolinsKunk: I may come back for Combat Mission but only if someone can tell me if it's worth it, same with Strategic Command.
Yes, it is worth it. It's ugly, clunky and slow but it is packed full of gameplay, depth and majesty. It helps that it's set in WWII as it gives you an excellent insight into what those men faced. No remote-controlled drones, no satellites, just your wits and a whole heap of good luck.

The level of detail is astounding and the "we go" mechanic works particularly well for this time of game as it adds the level of chaos you'd expect from a battle.

Take some time to learn how the game actually works and you can then the real fun of tactics kicks in. It'll take a little while to get there but it's absolutely worth it.

I can't comment on Strategic Command as I've never played it, sorry.
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Mccy_McFlinn: *snip*
Hey that's good enough for me, really helps that it's turn-based too.
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Roman5: T, I know you are trying hard but that line during the Balls of Steel bit when you changed voice was pretty lame, please don't try to do toughguy voices, I dont think you are able to do them well
C'mon, he's just being goofy. :P

Edit: T, you also forgot to mention that the Bard's tale game includes the original 3 games as a free bonus
I do agree with this, though. Should have mentioned the originals, and maybe show a little gameplay of them (as "meh" as they may be).

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As for Daikatana, I do think that it has a place here as an important part of gaming history. (I mean, it does play without crashing every 5 minutes, right?) I just hope that it's not 10 bucks like on GamersGate. (Well, then again, Unreal Gold is on GOG for 10 bucks, and I think that was worth it.)

I think Fred_DM's review is pretty good:

"Daikatana is possibly the most famous PC game of all time. Not due to its questionable quality but because of its troubled production history. Planned as the most ambitious first-person shooter of its time, developer legend John Romero (ex id Software, inventor of the deathmatch) promised way more than he could deliver. Daikatana was shipped unfinished, notoriously buggy and amidst a marketing disaster. The game turned out to be a huge flop and pretty much cost Romero his career.

For such a huge commercial fail, the game is surprisingly good, though. It helps if you don't expect too much but there are some genuinely good ideas in the game such as the different time periods you play in and the fact that each period features different enemies and weapons. Gameplay is solid and the Quake II engine guarantees that the game sill runs fine on modern systems (tested on W7x64).

Don't hesitate to pick up this piece of PC gaming history and see for yourself what the controversy was all about."
Post edited February 01, 2013 by tfishell
20 games on sale is great, but how about any game that was not on sale before.
So is Jagged Alliance worth getting even if I already own JA2 (though I've yet to play the latter)?
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Jakov: 20 games on sale is great, but how about any game that was not on sale before.
Agreed, it could even be the theme for a future promo, "Underrated and forgotten stuff that has never been on sale before!" or something like that :)
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mistermumbles: So is Jagged Alliance worth getting even if I already own JA2 (though I've yet to play the latter)?
Deadly Games certainly is. I've never played the original, but since DG is basically a full-sized stand-alone expansion with the same gameplay and more stuff, you might consider going for it instead.
Post edited February 01, 2013 by NotJabba