GOG brings back some good old sci-fi action-adventure fun with Shiny Entertainment’s MDK as a limited-time offer freebie and some more in their Black Friday sale.
MDK was originally released in 1997, and I still remember it fondly, as I bought it pretty close to release date due to some raving good reviews (almost 100 % in PC Games). I didn’t regret it, as it was so much fun blasting aliens as janitor Kurt Hectic clad in a leatherskin-tight armor who has to save the world from Minecrawlers that want to deprive Earth of its natural resources. With the help of Dr. Fluke Hawkins and the robotic two-legged/four-armed dog Bones, he has to infiltrate these huge installations and destroy them from within. At its heart, this is a third-person run-and-gun game, but with all kinds of gadgets and silly weapons, it requires more than just a trigger-happy finger. The most interesting tool of destruction is a sniper rifle that helps target enemy forces from a distance, while using a parachute makes traversing the levels easier and more open than in standard shooters. There are just so many cool ideas and funny scenes in this game that it would take away many of the surprises every player should experience him-or herself. Suffice it to say that each level is full of creativity and humor seldom seen in the action genre. Where else does one get the World’s Most Interesting Bomb that draws enemies in before it explodes, The Very Large Hamster Hammer that causes earthquakes and The World’s Smallest Nuclear Explosion that is necessary to open locked doors?
The game is only available for free until tomorrow, November 23, 2PM UTC, so be quick to grab it while you can.
If you want to have another free game, then head over to GOG and spend more than 15 Dollars in order to unlock StarCrawlers, a sci-fi dungeon crawler that combines real-time first-person exploration and turn-based battles. I already discussed this in the game release news, so if you want to learn more about it, feel free to read the article.
As the MDK offer expires soon, I’ll just give a few recommendations of games everyone should play, so it’s quite easy to reach the 15 Dollars to unlock the game: epic RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition, emotional action-adventure ride Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, classic action-RPG Nox, sci-fi survival horror Dead Space, classic building sims Theme Park and Dungeon Keeper 2, and cyberpunk FPS/RPG/adventure hybrid Deus Ex. Of course there are many other titles to choose from, but these were the ones I’ve found on the front page and that I either already played or wrote some articles about.
The Black Friday sale ends on November 28, 11PM UTC, so there’s enough time to browse through the DRM-free catalogue and of course read my news and review articles.
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