I already wrote about the GOG release of System Shock, but the sequel was restored by Night Dive Studios way before the original made a digital appearance. Being as much an intelligent survival horror adventure game with action and RPG elements, it was unique back in the days and influenced many other modern shooters like Bioshock (mostly because some of the designers did that one, too). It might look outdated, but its storytelling and sound design should still impress and scare. The only thing you have to do is create a GOG account and claim the game in the next 24 hours via the Galaxy client. Unlike Steam, you’ll also be able to play the DRM-free version without it and keep it in the library for later downloads.
Now if this wasn’t a great deal, the Summer Sale 2016 does the bargain hunting a bit more interesting than previous ones. It’s basically an RPG-like experience with earning XP and badges. This is done not only by buying games, but also by adding 10 games to your wishlist, visiting the Galaxy website, sharing the sale on Facebook/Twitter or simply checking in multiple times during the day. Creating an account already provides 1000 points and a badge. After a specific XP level is reached, free games will be unlocked, namely Spelunky (already reviewed here), Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father – 20th Anniversary Edition (also reviewed here) and Dreamfall Chapters – Season Pass.
With so many games and bundles on offer and changing every 24 hours, grinding for experience points might not be so hard after all, and earning badges without spending any money is a nice touch as well. The sale will last until Wednesday, June 22, 12:59 PM UTC (14:59 CEST, 5:59 AM PDT, 8:59 AM EDT), but be sure to at least get the critically acclaimed System Shock 2 (I still have to review with the first one) and help GOG with their stress test of the Galaxy client before the free offer expires.
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Using the GOG links and buying the products also helps ;).