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Keep your soldiers close, keep your enemies closer.

The Close Combat series has arrived, DRM-free and up to 65% off on GOG.com.
Bridge Too Far, The Russian Front, and The Battle of the Bulge, three legendary top-down RTS classics chronicling the gruesome battles of WWII are finally back, exclusively on GOG.com. Known for their snappy AI, realistic sound design and well-researched scenarios, Close Combat games let you side with either the Germans or the Allies as you pull off smart tactical maneuvers and desperate acts of heroism.

Additionally, two of the recent entries in the series, Gateway to Caen and Panthers in the Fog, bring a modern touch to your real-time WWII battles. Relive or change history as you experience the British assault on the aftermath of the Normandy landings and the ruthlessness of the desperate German counterattack at Mortain.

The discounts last until February 13, 2PM UTC.
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jozinho: And I have to say, GOG impresses with its (usually) impeccable taste in titles to add.
I believe the wishlist helps in this regard. Generally well-made critically-acclaimed games rise to the top of the wishlist (with exceptions like Arabian Nights :P), and that helps GOG know what to research, what could sell well, and what is worth trying to bring. Of course its also possible one or more of the GOG staff already knew about these games.
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EndlessWaves: "Based on Operation Garden, Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far challenges you to take control of five strategic bridges"

I suspect something gotten lost in translation there, shouldn't that be Operation: Market Garden?
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animalmother2105: Not necessarily so, Operation Market was the code name for the action of the airborne troops while Garden was the code name for the ground forces. So technically, it is correct.
The blurb probably ought to be Market Garden rather than just Garden still- while the progress of Market proper is mostly abstracted you do get non airborne UK units (Fireflys, Churchills including funnies etc) from XXX corp as the game progresses which defend against counterattacks/ help with attacks along with the paratroops. Not really a big deal in any case.
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keeveek: Great releases!

Now I hope you're going to pursue Combat Mission games as well, because it's a real shame only the first one is avaible.
^^^ This
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jozinho: And I have to say, GOG impresses with its (usually) impeccable taste in titles to add.
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tfishell: I believe the wishlist helps in this regard. Generally well-made critically-acclaimed games rise to the top of the wishlist (with exceptions like Arabian Nights :P), and that helps GOG know what to research, what could sell well, and what is worth trying to bring. Of course its also possible one or more of the GOG staff already knew about these games.
Aww what? Arabian Nights is a tour-de-force. :p
Or a force of something.
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tfishell: Generally well-made critically-acclaimed games rise to the top of the wishlist... and that helps GOG know what to research, what could sell well, and what is worth trying to bring.
Speaking of which, and for those folks like me who also long for some turn-based tactical wargame goodness of the days of yore:

https://www.gog.com/wishlist/games#search=steel%20panthers

Edit: as requested, some info links on the titles.

http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/steel-panthers
http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/steel-panthers-world-at-war
http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/steel-panthers-ii-modern-battles
Post edited February 07, 2018 by HereForTheBeer
Anyone know how any of these run on Linux via WINE?
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Kingpuddycat: Yes...yes...yes....Thank you GOG!

I hated dealing with Matrix games. Plus their prices are horrible.

I'm going to go ahead and assume they are also part of the reason why CC5 isn't here.
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IainMcNeil: Sorry you had problems. What exactly was the issue dealing with Matrix? The prices on Matrix are identical to all other sites like GoG, Steam etc unless there is a promotion running.
Do you plan on releasing CC Cross of Iron, Last Stand Arnhem, Modern Tactics, The Longest Day and Wacht am Rhein (the ones you sell on Matrix) on GOG?
Post edited February 07, 2018 by Crosmando
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cosmicdolphin: Haven't these been available at matrix games for some years, certainly Gateway to Caen and Panthers in the Fog remain available there, along with a 'remaster/remake of Bridge Too Far titled 'Close Combat: Last Stand Arnhem' and indeed others in the series.

Is the exclusivity only relating to some of the games?

I would like to see other wargames like the Battleground Series games, and Eastern Front/West Front (all from Talonsoft) get a gog release.

Rich
All the Talonsoft games (east, west, rising sun) are incorporated now in the JOHN TILLERS CAMPAIGN SERIES game which has attained the status of a CLASSIC. You can buy it from matrix games when it is on sale for $10 and is DRM free. I have the game and I play it on a weekly basis. It is a tremendous value with a Battle generator, OOB editor, scenario etitor. I also have 2 of the close combat remakes, and I may get a couple of the originals from GOG now. I just can't decide which one is better: Batle of the Bulge or Panthers in the Fog?
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Kingpuddycat: Yes...yes...yes....Thank you GOG!

I hated dealing with Matrix games. Plus their prices are horrible.

I'm going to go ahead and assume they are also part of the reason why CC5 isn't here.
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IainMcNeil: Sorry you had problems. What exactly was the issue dealing with Matrix? The prices on Matrix are identical to all other sites like GoG, Steam etc unless there is a promotion running.
Are you planning to release other titles such as Steel Panthers World At War General Edition to buy at GOG in the near future? I want to buy it but it is $50 at Matrix games because of the mega campaigns. For an old game $50 is pretty steep.
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tfishell: Generally well-made critically-acclaimed games rise to the top of the wishlist... and that helps GOG know what to research, what could sell well, and what is worth trying to bring.
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HereForTheBeer: Speaking of which, and for those folks like me who also long for some turn-based tactical wargame goodness of the days of yore:

https://www.gog.com/wishlist/games#search=steel%20panthers
Could you edit in a YouTube search for these games or gameplay videos please? Or Mobygames link(s), something to let people see the gameplay.
On one hand I love seeing more Slitherine games show up on GOG.

On the other there are three I'm waiting on, practically doing a little dance hoping they'll show up soon, and none of these are one of my anticipated titles so...

Yay! and Boo! at the same time XD
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Ikarugamesh: I remember playing the hell out of the demo of A Bridge Too Far when I was a kid. IIRC it was bundled with Windows 98 or an Age of Empires game.

It's an instabuy! :D
I remember that same experience (along with the AoE demo!)
My memory of the Close Combat demo was just the men seemingly ignoring all tactical commands in favour of slowly crawling around and dying. XD
I has a somewhat similar problem, at one time it definitely stated on the Matrix site that the game would only be available for download for a period of time, but you could pay an extra charge to 'keep it available'. Which I didn't want to do, so I downloaded, and backed up the file (subsequently lost in a drive crash) This is a long time ago prior to the merger with Slitherine. However after seeing your comments I re-logged in to my matrix account, and found that access to the game has been restored in the period since.

But again, I felt this was a bit poor so I never purchased from the site again.

Rich


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Kingpuddycat: Thanks for the reply!

This was sometime ago and I haven't made a purchase from them as a result of this, but I made a download purchase from them for one of the close combat series. I purchased a new computer and wanted to re-download the game but as it turned out, I had to re-purchase the game. The e-mail I kept confirming that I made the purchase wasn't good enough. Again some time ago so I can't recall exactly, either there was a time limit in which you were able to download the game or it was only good for a one time download only.

I will take part blame as I probably should have read the agreement from their site but left a very bitter taste to say the least. I will buy via GOG with no question though being DRM free and all of course, so if more Matrix titles come through here, I'll be more than happy to buy.

The prices seemed high at the time, the title I bought with them last time was around +$40 for just one game. Seems steep considering the age, and if I recall, there was some moans over at steam about it too.

Anyway, I'm just happy to see them here at GOG. Thanks again for your time and getting these here! It was an insta buy. :)
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IainMcNeil: I suspect you may have contacted the payment provider and not us as we never charge to redownload. Any game you have registered with us can be downloaded as often as you want and like GOG, we never use any DRM. Either through the members area or by contacting support. If you contact PayPal or Bluesnap by mistake they may tell you you incorrect info as they deal with thousands of accounts and we tell people never to talk to them but they see a payment invoice and respond to that address and not us.

So if you have any issues please do contact support and they'll sort you out.

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HereForTheBeer: I did not know that. Interesting bit of news and of course I hope it shows up here, coinciding with a release of the classics.

Best of luck on the project.
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IainMcNeil: We'll have more games on GoG soon but they need to be selective to avoid overloading you! We have 300 strategy and wargames in our line up and release ~3 new releases a month.
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cosmicdolphin: I has a somewhat similar problem, at one time it definitely stated on the Matrix site that the game would only be available for download for a period of time, but you could pay an extra charge to 'keep it available'. Which I didn't want to do, so I downloaded, and backed up the file (subsequently lost in a drive crash) This is a long time ago prior to the merger with Slitherine. However after seeing your comments I re-logged in to my matrix account, and found that access to the game has been restored in the period since.

But again, I felt this was a bit poor so I never purchased from the site again.

Rich

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IainMcNeil: I suspect you may have contacted the payment provider and not us as we never charge to redownload. Any game you have registered with us can be downloaded as often as you want and like GOG, we never use any DRM. Either through the members area or by contacting support. If you contact PayPal or Bluesnap by mistake they may tell you you incorrect info as they deal with thousands of accounts and we tell people never to talk to them but they see a payment invoice and respond to that address and not us.

So if you have any issues please do contact support and they'll sort you out.

We'll have more games on GoG soon but they need to be selective to avoid overloading you! We have 300 strategy and wargames in our line up and release ~3 new releases a month.
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cosmicdolphin:
I have bought several games from Matrix site the last couple of years and I have never had any problem. It is a great site just like GOG and DRM free. However, I do wait for a sale before I buy a game from them just like I do at GOG.There is one site I will neverr buy anything from and that's STEAM. Now these guys try to have the monopoly on as many games as they can. I detest that.
Post edited February 07, 2018 by athineos
Awesome GOG! You just can't bring too many computer wargames to the site for me, so keep them coming.