GOG celebrates its 14th anniversary with a free Video Game History Foundation goodie pack

GOG and the Video Game History Foundation celebrate the DRM-free company’s 14th birthday with a special goodies pack.

After GOG already gave away the classic fantasy strategy title Master of Magic at the beginning of their anniversary sale, the next surprise reveal is the collaborative effort with the non-profit organization to preserve videogame history.

The TVGHF Goodie Pack 2022 doesn’t include any games, but bonus material in the form of promotional and concept art, including a development diary and wallpapers from cinematic sci-fi platformer Another World, a recipe book from business simulation Pizza Connection, and a special music medley from medieval action-adventure Enclave that has been prepared exclusively for GOG.

Anyone who wants to grab some classic games and support the foundation, can do so by buying the TVGHF Supporter Pack 2022 which has pirate adventure/strategy game Corsairs Gold and fantasy action-RPG Daemonsgate.

The freebies collection as well as the supporter pack can be added to the DRM-free library until October 9, 2022, at 10 PM UTC, while the anniversary sale runs until the same date.

So Happy Birthday, GOG and keep the classics coming and alive!

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GOG release: “Hover Ace”

GSC Game World‘s classic futuristic combat racer Hover Ace makes its exclusive digital debut on GOG.

Yesterday I covered Midnight Legends, a game that uses the hovering mechanic, in this GOG release news, but Hover Ace is a bit different, because it hasn’t received a Steam release yet and it’s not a recent title. Being over 20 years old, the closest comparison is probably POD Gold from 1997 which also featured a first-person perspective that emphasized the breakneck speed at which one races around.

Driving a hovercraft on Venus, Mars, and the Planet of Glaciers, in addition to Earth, at 500 km/h in a post-apocalyptic world might not have materialized just yet, but who knows when this exhilarating and rather scary experience will become reality? With 10 opponents, it’s clear that one also has to have enough firepower to get them off the track, which means 12 types of weapons. It’s all guilty pleasure sci-fi, but this escapism might just be what one needs in a pandemic that simply won’t go away.

Hover Ace was originally released in December 2001 and is now available DRM-free on GOG with a 50% launch discount that lasts until October 10, 2022, at 1 PM UTC.

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GOG release: “Midnight Legends”

Mihanikus Games and Meridian4‘s top-down arcade racer Midnight Legends hovers over the DRM-free city of GOG.

Midnight Legends‘ influences are obvious the first time one takes a look at it: Luc Besson’s sci-fi movie The Fifth Element and DMA Design’s action-adventure Grand Theft Auto, the former because of its futuristic city with flying cars and the latter with its crime vibe and viewpoint.

Maybe there’s also a bit of Need For Speed Underground thrown in, because one participates in illegal street racing, which ultimately results in being chased by the police. With the aim to become the best racer and be part of the Midnight Legends, one tries to win every race while buying and upgrading the cars to stay on top of the game.

Midnight Legends was originally released in January 2022 and is now available DRM-free on GOG with a 30% launch discount that lasts until October 7, 2022, at 1 PM UTC.

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Game release: “UNDETECTED” (PC)

Antonio Freyre and Digerati‘s sci-fi stealth-action game UNDETECTED silently treads on familiar ground.

It’s been quite some time since the 1998 release of the original Metal Gear Solid, and while many stealth titles have come and gone, there’s something to be said about the simple joy of evading, fighting, and trapping soldiers. Here one plays as Tenoch Kaan, a Desplazados rebel who has to find the same organization and their leader Gloria in Yucatan, Mexico, as they disappeared during a mission in the vicinity of the Chicxulub Perpetual Energy Station.

Taking place in the future of 2063, it’s clear that both story and gameplay have a sci-fi vibe, not least because of the hero being a cyber-augmented agent. Anyone who has played Metal Gear Solid will feel right at home with the game mechanics, as staying hidden is essential, which is also true for making noise only if one wants to lure enemies into traps. Violence isn’t allowed, so one either tries to avoid confrontation or incapacitate the opposing forces with hand-to-hand (or feet) combat and weapons that put them to sleep for a while.

The game is out now on PC with a 20% launch discount that lasts until October 7, 2022, at 5 PM UTC.

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Epic Games Store free games: “Runbow” and “The Drone Racing League Simulator”

Epic Games Store‘s new freebies are 13AM Games‘ chaotic multiplayer platformer Runbow and Drone Champions League/Climax Studios/THQ Nordic‘s racing simulation The Drone Racing League Simulator.

Runbow‘s biggest selling point is its 9-player competitive mode, which again highlights the fact that indie titles excel in local multiplayer fun, but this is obviously the highest number of people who find themselves battling it out on a single screen yet.

The game has a single-player adventure mode, but it’s the multiplayer component that truly shines, tasking players to not only be good with their platforming skills, but also with what they can actually see, because platforms and obstancles can constantly disappear. This could be tough for color-blind people for sure, as the constant changes of colors are an integral part of the game.

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The Drone Racing League Simulator was already discussed in the Past gaming events: gamescom 2019, Day 2 article and it’s certainly an acquired taste, especially for those with a weak stomach, seeing various drones speed through parkours with all sorts of twists and turns.

It’s another competitive game that requires fast reflexes as well as hand-eye coordination. It goes without saying that the flight models are rather realistic and it will take some time before one can handle both the various drones and the speed at which they fly.

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Both games can now be added to the Epic Games Store account for free until October 6, 2022, at 5:00 PM.

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