GOG free game “Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee” + BIG DEAL Sale

Being provided with a free code of Stories: The Path of Destinies when pre-ordering Hob is all well and good, but it’s even better to receive classic platformer Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee for free without purchasing anything on GOG, although the BIG DEAL Sale has enough on offer.

It has been a while since I wrote about Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee and Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, but despite being originally released in 1998, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is still as charming and as difficult today. The sociopolitical message of workers being quite literally worked to death and put into food cans has lost none of its weirdness, either. Being part platformer and puzzler, there’s enough hardcore gameplay revolving around worker Abe trying to escape a factory and rescue his fellow Mudokons to last for a long playtime.

The game is only available for free until tomorrow, September 21, 1PM UTC, so be quick to grab it while you can. This offer is also valid on Humble Bundle and even Steam itself, but of course this is only the DRM version and it’s missing the awesome soundtrack.

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While you’re at it, make sure to check out the BIG DEAL sale on the GOG main page that will run until September 25, 10 PM UTC. It offers 200+ games with a discount of up to 90%. Many of these are at their highest-ever discounts, and some have never been discounted before. Just to give you some recommendations with the historically low prices: first-person adventure Obduction (already previewed here), Diablo-clone Throne of Darkness (also previewed here), sci-fi exploration game TACOMA (see preview here), old-school FPS with roguelike elements Strafe (again here), remade platformer Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (also here), space sim EVERSPACE (same here), and twin-stick arcade shooter Nex Machina (see here).

Of course this list isn’t complete, with more titles added during the week. So make sure to pay GOG a visit once in a while before the offers expire.

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PC game “Stories: The Path of Destinies” free with GOG pre-order of “Hob”

After having a look at the GOG Weekly Sale: Get 3 games for free by spending $15, GOG has another offer, this time a free copy of Stories: The Path of Destinies with pre-ordering Runic Games‘ upcoming action-adventure Hob.

I already covered Stories: The Path of Destinies in this release news, so if you want to learn more, you’re welcome to read it. In short, it’s a really cool twist on oral storytelling and action-RPG mechanics with a branching narrative and animals as lead characters. Although it wasn’t developed by the same company, the cel-shaded art style is quite similar, so this might explain why it’s given away as a free bonus when buying Hob.

Hob might be called an action-adventure, but there appears to be quite a lot of puzzle solving and platforming. The story is vague, although being presented as a wordless narrative, it adds to the intrigue to traverse an open world that is falling apart and has to be mended. The landscape literally changes and opens up new areas to explore. Using mechanical glove-arm abilities, the gameplay revolves around grappling, punching, and warping, so there should be enough puzzles to make it a varied experience.

Hob is due for release on Sep 26, 2017 on PC and PS4. Pre-ordering it now with 10% off and receiving Stories: The Path of Destinies for free is one way, but it’s also possible to pick up the developer’s former action-RPGs Torchlight and Torchlight II and get a 55% discount on all three games. The offers will last throughout the pre-order period and the free code of Stories: The Path of Destinies will be available when purchasing Hob until October 10, 2017.

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Gamescom 2017, Part 1: Public Area, Hall 8

It’s been almost a month since the Gamescom opened its doors in Cologne, Germany, so it’s about time to visit the first public area, Hall 8.

One can easily get carried away, quite literally when it’s as crowded as on the Koelnmesse venue. Unlike some years ago when I went to the business areas (see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and the Sony press screenings from 2013), I’ve only been in the public areas for one day, and it has become even more difficult to play any of the games with such long queues (and this was during the week).

As always, the Koelnmesse wasn’t really prepared for so many people, making you wait before you could actually enter the premises. Security was obviously a joke, as the personnel was just as badly trained, but at least one got through quickly despite them checking bags in a less professional and quite leisure and disorganized way. Anyway, after finally being inside, the first stop was Hall 8 which had products of THQ Nordic, Kalypso Media, Techland, Microsoft, Team17, CD Projekt, Wargaming, and Astragon/Giants among others. Of course it was impossible to see everything, so this is just a short run-through (which was more like a crawl through the crowded and loud area).

Starting with THQ Nordic (a company with the most exciting portfolio and also known for their lovely boxes), I played BattleChasers: NightWar and Spellforce III, both titles I was looking forward to and that had actually free seats to play the PC versions.

BattleChasers: NightWar is from action-adventure series Darksiders creator and comic artist Joe Madureira. The demo I played featured some really cool art design, although it took some time to finally get into a fight. It had some annoying evading-traps scenes, but this didn’t prevent me from still being optimistic about the final version, as I was sold alone on the atmospheric music, colorful graphics, and comic-book aesthetics alone.

Staying in the fantasy genre, it was great to finally see Spellforce III in action. Having already put hours into the original RTS/RPG hybrid, with the sequel and add-on put on hold at the moment, this simply looked and sounded awesome. Again there wasn’t much time, except for some wolf slaying, but my best bet is that one should play this at home instead of in a loud area for the fantasy atmosphere to seek in. This is definitely a title to look forward to when it’s finally released this year.

There were still so many cool titles I wanted to have a look at, but unfortunately waiting queues were too long. Among these were Aquanox: Deep Descent, the follow-up to a great underwater action-sim I used to play back in the days, and Black Mirror, the reboot of the classic point-and-clicker horror series that went from strength to strength to weakness (see my reviews of Black Mirror, Black Mirror II, and Black Mirror III) I’m looking forward to without the general consensus of adventure gamers that it’s bad because of its lack of puzzles.

Elex is an open-world RPG I’ve been keeping my eyes on as well, while Wreckfest looked like a lot of arcade Destruction Derby-style racing, and The Guild 3 was a title I played the year before (which had a nice card game that was given away for free). The biggest announcement I only saw glimpses of was action-adventure Biomutant that already had two very impressive life-like figurines I could make a picture of.

A quick stop at CD Projekt Red showed that Gwent: The Witcher Card Game was their current focus, especially since a competition with money prizes was held over the next few days. I still haven’t played the game yet, but as more and more updates, the most interesting being the single-player campaign, have materialized, it’s only a matter of time before I’ll write about it again.

Wargaming was present with quite a huge area, and even if I haven’t played any of their games, the way how their booths were shown with a tank breaking through a wall was impressive, even if a bit unsettling. World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, and World of Warships were the titles to look out for, and maybe next year, we’ll have a ship breaking through that wall…

Techland had another Gamescom exclusive on their hands. The company known for their Dead Island series (which has been especially problematic in Germany due to censorship) presented God’s Trigger. Those who’ve played Hotline Miami or Hotline Miami 2 (the one I reviewed and the other I previewed) will instantly see the graphical and gameplay connections, i.e. bloodshed and hardcore difficulty. However, this time one can play in multiplayer and there’s a slow-down function which is activated when killing as many people as possible in a short amount of time. It’s surprising that the game got a 16+ age rating, but that’s probably because of the comic-style presentation. It was tough as nails, picking up the right weapons and trying to be as fast possible to dispense of enemies, even with two people playing. Hopefully, there will be an easier mode, as this is a very fun co-op game that needs a bigger audience.

Techland certainly knew how to present their game, with a bar-like atmosphere, if it weren’t for the bloodstains on the wall…

Kalypso Media had Tropico 6, Railway Empire, and Dungeons III. I only played the latter which was just a good continuation of the Dungeon Keeper formula. Mining for gold, training creatures, building one’s dungeon in order to keep do-gooders away hasn’t changed, and the voice acting was just as fun as I remember back in the old Bullfrog gaming days.

Astragon presented Landwirtschafts-Simulator 2018 Platinum and Landwirtschafts-Simulator for the Nintendo Switch, so there weren’t any surprises. Walking by the ever-present agricultural machine and man cow was maybe the best way to get through.

Much more interesting was the output of Team 17 with Genesis: Alpha One, Sword Legacy: Omen, The Escapists 2, and Yoku’s Island Express. I gave the latter title a try and it became one of my instant favorites. A mixture of platforming and pinball, the concept actually worked. It’s difficult to describe, but the colorful world in which one makes the titular bug jump like in a standard platformer was more of a puzzle for quick reflexes when one had to use the flippers to propel it towards certain level segments. Collecting shiny fruits to please the island inhabitants also added an adventure-like element. All in all, this was a joy to play and belongs to everyone’s must-play list.

The final station was Microsoft and while it had its obvious AAA productions like Forza Motorsport 7, Halo Wars 2: Awakening – The Nightmare, Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, and Destiny 2, with the emphasis on promoting the Xbox One S and X, there were still many interesting indie titles to play, even though Age of Empires: Definitive Edition showed that Microsoft still knew where it came from with this new update.

Cuphead has been in development for a very long time, but it has lost none of its amazing graphics wonder. Looking like something out of an old Disney cartoon, this is my most anticipated co-op platformer of the year and I hope it plays just as good as it looks.

Platformers and action-adventures can still surprise if they’re different, as could be seen with Away: Journey to the Unexpected. I played this first-person title for a bit, and while it looked colorful, it was the weird world that had me hooked. Every dialogue seemed to be clearly focused on the absurd nature of things, be it a frog that took a bath in the toilet or someone having a deformed hand-head. Definitely something to keep on the radar, although it might infuse motion sickness after a while.

Looking from afar, Disneyland Adventures might only be a collection of mini-games, but the idea to build them around the theme park might be enough for people to play them (me included). Then there were two Sonic games, Sonic Mania and Sonic Rush, the one being very similar in style to the 16-bit classics and the other with a more modern 3D attitude. I’d probably go for the retro version, but the fast and furious speed section certainly looked impressive in 3D (speaking of which, when is the first Sonic game ready for VR? Probably too much to stomach…). Not being about SEGA’s fast hedgehog, but still rather impressive for a Pixar Disney tie-in, Rush seemed to be somehow engaging as well.

Super Lucky’s Tale fit right in with other 16-bit inspired platformers, while Playerunknown’s Battleground, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and Middle Earth: Shadows of War pleased those with a taste for violence. Even if the queues were too long, I was really interested in the newest Assassin’s Creed, especially since it had an 18+ rating. These were obviously titles with courtesy of Ubisoft, but as Microsoft’s new console should take the spotlight, one would find them here and in Halle 6, but this is for another time.

To be continued…

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Game release: “Tooth and Tail” (PC,PS4)

RTS games usually have a realistic human background, but Pocketwatch GamesTooth and Tail puts animals on the battlefield.

The story twist of the game is quite ingenious, as it’s about a Civil War between animals that decides who eats and who gets eaten. Being a humorous take on riots and revolutions, the comparisons to human beings are obvious with The Longcoats, the Commonfolk, the KSR, and the Civilized behaving in ways that are all too human. The gameplay revolves around the standard RTS template of base and unit building and sending armies against enemies to destroy/eat them.

If the whole concept wasn’t already original enough, it’s great to see that the gameplay that is usually reserved for hardcore stategists is made much more accessible with matches lasting from 5-12 minutes, controls designed for gamepads, and split-screen couch play. The developer calls it a popcorn RTS for veterans and newcomers alike, and by the first looks of it, it seems to work quite well. Voice acting is also pretty good, music fits the war theme, and the pixel graphics offer enough fun animations to make this even more interesting for those who’ve missed the good old Command & Conquer and Starcraft days.

The game is out now for PC as well as on PS4. While the GOG version doesn’t support Crossplay between GOG Galaxy and Steam yet, this feature should hopefully be included soon. For the moment, using the split-screen couch-play (or sitting-in-front-of-the-PC play) option sounds a lot of fun already. And if you want to pass the time, you can also read the QA with the developers.

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GOG Weekly Sale: Get 3 games for free by spending $15

Receiving free games is always a good thing, and the newest GOG Weekly Sale offers them when spending 5, 10 or 15 Dollars.

As there’s too much gaming news going on and I’m hard at work getting through review copies and the Gamescom coverage, let’s keep this brief. Buying games from the sale for 5 Dollars unlocks one, 10 Dollars two, and 15 Dollars three of the following titles: Kyn, an indie fantasy strategy RPG, tongue-in-cheek dictator simulation Tropico Reloaded, and RTS/RPG hybrid Breach & Clear: DEADline Rebirth. These might not be AAA or must-have titles (although Tropico seems to be especially good), but as one gets them for free when purchasing titles one wanted anyway, that’s no great loss.

Here’s the full list of discounted games and goodies:

Antihero Book Club
Antihero Deluxe Edition
Armikrog – Deluxe Edition
Banner Saga
Banner Saga – Soundtrack
Banner Saga 2
Banner Saga 2 – Deluxe Edition
Banner Saga 2 – Soundtrack
Breach & Clear
Breach & Clear: DEADline Rebirth
Crookz – The Big Heist
Cultures 1+2
Cultures: Northland + 8th Wonder of the World
Diluvion Fleet Edition Upgrade
Dungeons 2
Dungeons 2: A Chance of Dragons
Dungeons 2: A Game of Winter
Dungeons 2: A Song of Sand and Fire
Grand Ages: Medieval
Guild of Dungeoneering
Guild of Dungeoneering Deluxe Ice Cream Edition
Guild of Dungeoneering Soundtrack
Guild of Dungeoneering: Ice Cream Headaches
Guild of Dungeoneering: Pirates Cove Adventure Pack
Hard Reset Redux
Hard West
Hard West Collector’s Edition
Hard West Collector’s Pack
Hard West: Scars of Freedom
Kyn – Deluxe Edition
Oh…Sir!! The Insult Simulator
Omerta: City of Gangsters (4 DLCs included)
Omerta: City of Gangsters Gold Edition
Omerta: The Japanese Incentive
Pathologic Classic HD
Patrician 1+2
Port Royale
Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms
Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms Soundtrack
Skyshine’s BEDLAM Deluxe Edition
Skyshine’s BEDLAM Redux!
Skyshine’s BEDLAM Soundtrack
Toren Deluxe Edition
Train Fever
Transport Fever
Tropico 3 Gold Edition
Tropico 4
Tropico 4 – Complete DLC Pack
Tropico 5
Tropico 5: Complete Collection
Tropico 5: Complete Collection Upgrade
Tropico Reloaded
Urban Empire
Vikings – Wolves of Midgard
Wings! Remastered Edition
Zombie Night Terror
Zombie Night Terror Special Edition Upgrade

As always, it’s difficult to give recommendations with so many titles, but if you read my preview of Antihero, preview of Armikrog, preview of Banner Saga 2, preview of Dungeons 2: A Game of Winter, preview of Hard West, preview of Hard West: Scars of Freedom, and preview of Vikings – Wolves of Midgard, you’ll hopefully have a good idea of what to expect.

The sale and unlockables offer will last until September 18, 4 PM UTC, so be quick to grab what you can!

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