The Geneforge Saga is an epic RPG that gives you tremendous freedom and non-linear gameplay as you determine the fate of a world. Take on the role of either a Shaper, who commands an army of powerful creations, or a Rebel fighting against everything the Shapers stand for. If you prefer to sling magic at your enemies, the Sorceress will be a perfect choice with her vast array of debilitating spells and hexes. Play a free-willed Servile, regain your freedom, and fight the Shapers’ hegemony with your own army. Engage in diplomacy as you work for various factions that rule the world of Geneforge or grind the factions under your heel and take power for yourself.
Each game in the Geneforge Saga offers, a vast isometric world to explore, plenty of turn-based combat, a bevy of choices and consequences, and unique NPCs to interact with. This is one of the most epic RPG series ever made, and you can pick it up on GOG.com for under $3 per game!
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 1.6 GHz Processor, 256MB RAM (512 MBB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 300 MB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Compatibility notice: Geneforge 4 and Geneforge 5 require a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 and are incompatible with netbook resolutions.
Minimum system requirements (Mac):Macbook (early 2009), Macbook Pro (mid 2007), IMac (early 2009), MacMini (early 2009), Mac Pro (early 2009), MacBook Air (late 2008). Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled. Compatibility notice(Mac): Geneforge 1-5 is NOT supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).
Posted on 2012-06-28 08:20:37 byredraven:
Now this is a deal you don't see every day. Geneforge is one of the most original RPG series I know.
The setting? A fictional world ruled by the Shapers. A caste of mages able to create life from the world's "essence", a secret they guard jealously. So jealously that their rule becomes somewhat paranoid and despotic, something that ordinary people don't like and start rebelling.
Theread more appeal? Shaping. The ability to create various creatures that fight along your side. Some you might like, so you will keep them for the whole game. Some you might not, so you will discard them in favor of more powerful ones. Don't like shaping? Choose from several other character classes with various expertise in battle or magic. Each class has a different play style with varying levels of difficulty.
The RPG? Each class can improve a set of skills, with each class being able to improve their favourite skills easier than a different class - a Shaper needs much less skill points for shaping skills than, say a Sorceress. But the Sorceress can in turn learn magic easier. Also, your creations gain experience with you and you can develop their skills if you feel like it.
The story? During the course of the pentalogy, you will live the whole story of the rebellion, from the cause, through the start to the ultimate conclusion. Each story is non linear, there are anywhere between 3 to 5 factions you can join in each game and each has their own philosophy. Each is in a morally gray area, some are better, some worse, but there is no absolute good or evil.
The graphics? Look at the pretty pictures:) The graphic style is isometric, ranging from the dated engine of Geneforge 1 to the very smooth and polished feel of G5. You won't find fancy 3d Mass Effect effects or a beautiful art style like in Baldur's Gate, but the art style is somewhat unique and won't insult. The biggest downside is the presence of ever recycled creature and item models from other Spiderweb games.
The sound? Not much beyond some general ambience and character grunts. But the little sound the game has is presented well.
The conclusion? A very original series, somewhat lacking in presentation in comparison to modern titles. A price paid because of the size of the Spiderweb team - exactly one man:) But underneath the simplistic presentation there is a vast world with unique lore and an epic story. Definitely a must for any oldschool RPG player, definitely a recommendation for any other RPG lovers.
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Posted on 2012-06-28 08:25:11 byrampancy:
For people looking for a truly "hard core" RPG experience, look no further. Unlike the party-based, more black-and-white style of morality, choice and consequences seen in the Avernum series, Jeff Vogel's single-player centric Geneforge series presents a world where the player is the only one left to judge what is right and what is wrong, and both the Shapers and the Rebels alikeread more are equally guilty and equally innocent. Multiple solutions to many areas and situations also means that this game has plenty of replay value. For sheer value in RPG gaming, this collection of all of the Geneforge series is awesome even without being discounted to $9.99.
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Posted on 2012-06-28 08:25:15 byNutter4Ever:
Most of the features of modern games, without all the non-sense.
Only recently bought this series on another on-line platform, and it's got more play time than many modern RPG.
Turn-based, so you can think about what you're doing.
Group-based, but more than choosing your group, you actually create them on the fly.
Good-solid story though text and mood, rather than flashy graphicsread more and short voice overs.
I've clocked over 40 hours playing just the first game, 5 games for $15 on gog as steal when comparing modern games play time against their prices.
Hope to see more spiderweb on GoG soon.
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