There has been a busy week for GOG, to say the least, but it’s not over, with some classic and rather excellent recent releases.
It’s Star Wars time again, and what these titles have on offer is again a lot of variety, and one is a particular favorite of mine, i.e. Jedi Knight. I still remember getting this when it was released, and despite my general motion sickness, this FPS was so awesome, because it captured the Star Wars-atmosphere perfectly. Of course the live-action scenes can’t compete with bigger productions these days, and the acting wasn’t that great, but immersion was amazing, as one really felt being a part of the Star Wars universe, and for once, fighting with a laser sword was possible.
What’s also cool about this release is that it includes the add-on, Mysteries of the Sith, and I found this even better with more varied level design, despite never having completed it. It will also be interesting to see if the sequels will make it on GOG as well.
The other new two entries are also worth mentioning with more FPS action and an arcade space shooter:
There’s also some more sci-fi action in the form of Cyberia, another game I fondly remember, but also with frustrated nostalgic eyes because of its difficulty. It’s an on-rails shooter with puzzle elements, and even if it looks pretty outdated, it should be a lot of fun, to die again and again and again… Just kidding. You can actually choose the difficulty of both action and puzzle sequences, which makes playing through it worthwhile.
I hope that the sequel I never played will be released as well, and speaking of interactive movies (of which this belongs to with its cinematic presentation), Wetlands would also be quite awesome with its cellshaded look.
With all the shooting going on, let’s not forget that another point-and-click adventure has been released by Phoenix Online Studios and is now available on GOG (and of course Steam in addition to their own store): Supreme League of Patriots. It’s a refreshingly satirical approach to the superhero tropes, and the story with an actor auditioning for a superhero reality show fighting evil hippies sounds just as bonkers as it looks.
Of course it remains to be seen if the engine used has been improved, compared to the Cognition series and Moebius, but it’s commendable that the company tries something more comedic (where the strange-looking characters might actually profit from some subpar animation). It looks colorful, it sounds fun, and if the episodic format works, this might just be what the adventure genre needs in a time when Sam & Max are sorely missed with their politically incorrect behavior and commentary.
Good thing though: One doesn’t have to wait for the episodes to show up, as they’re all playable right from the start. Another welcome move, considering how long it took for the Cognition series to be finished.
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