TL;DR wherein a new user coming over full time from Steam finds the Galaxy client clunky AF and points out annoyances in it including how bad the store filters are.
I've had a GOG account since 2013, but I recently came over full time from 10 years and 550+ games on Steam because Valve had literally open the gates to garbage, and sorting through shovelware to find the one good game I want to buy isn't how I want to spend my limited game playing time.
For people complaining about CD Projekt Red getting big, yeah. But they are still worlds better than the garbage heap that is Steam. That being said, the Galaxy client is clunky and annoying AF - especially to a new full-time user like me.
On my purchased games page, I want to be able to craft a review easily (still havent figured out where that is). I want to go to the forum and be able to search forum posts for a specific game (NOT a series) by keywords easily ie "CTD char creation". Also, the recommendations suck. Every single RPG (RPGs of all flavors, strategy sims and FP non-shooters are my mainstay), it just shows me the Witcher series. Which are great games don't get me wrong - I have hundreds of hours in each. But come on, CD Projekt. Isnt that kind of tooting your own horn?
And dont even get me started on how much a cluster the store is. I wanted to buy an RPG metroidvania today. I go to the filters, and what options are there? Real real basic ones. Price, basic genre, basic playstyles (controller, SP, etc) and language. Great. They really need better filters, including xrefs between game types.
And I want to see a basic review score in the thumbnail, or at least genre type, insteda of some video that may or may not show any real gameplay footage and I have to sit and watch for a few seconds to get an idea of the game. If I'm in the mood to buy a specific type of game, I want to be able to immediately ignore a game type I'm not interested in without having to click on a video.
Its gotten so I search games on Steam and buy them here, and I check Steam's forums too, just because they are way easier to navigate for the specific game.This is totally defeating the purpose of having a GOG client in the first place and not having to wade through piles of freemuim garbage and shovelware to find good games - which is why I decided to come over in the first place.
Even though you've been here a while, they don't make it clear, so I have to ask Morpheus-style...
What if I told you that you don't need to use the Galaxy client to play your games?
There are multiple topics about curation. I happen to agree with you, but it sounds like we are in a minority given other topics on this board. People want to just let everything in. No one wants to admit that this will further bury good games where people can't see them, as, no one has yet given a satisfactory response (or any response for that matter, irrc) when I bring it up.. The new layout makes it difficult enough for people to blind buy. Imagine if it was flooded, Steam/Itch style...the good games would become even more buried. This isn't really a problem for big games like Fallout (people would know to search for it) but in trying to discover lesser-known gems, it makes it harder to wade through a sea of indies.