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Space Sector’s Bargain List: GOG’s 2014 Fall Sale is Up

By on November 13th, 2014 1:58 pm

GoG's 2014 Fall Sale

A new GOG sale is up. As usual, they’re selling almost everything with a 50% discount, including a few daily deals which can go up to 90% off.

As always, our intro on GOG and what makes DRM-free games special.

GOG (previously known as Good Old Games) sells DRM-free games, which means that these games are really yours and there are no limits to how or where you play them. And, usually, you don’t need a third-party tool to run them. DRM-free games are more flexible and give you more freedom. No need for serials, installation activation, online verification or other enforced restrictions. Of course, copyright rules still apply, and it is assumed that you don’t pirate the games.

Next follows SpaceSector’s GOG list. What GOG has to offer on the realm of space-based, science-fiction themed and great strategy gaming.

The “must-buy” ones are the first four :) Unfortunately, we don’t have reviews for all. So, at least check GOG’s ratings before you buy. Warning: Some of these titles are quite retro. Enjoy!

Highly Recommended:

Other Space and Sci-Fi strategy deals (most at 50% off):

Other Space and Sci-Fi non-strategy deals (all at 50% off):

Other great strategy (all at 50% off):

These deals are included in GOG’s “2014 DRM-Free Fall Sale”, which has almost all of GOG’s games catalog at 50% off. The prices listed above were the ones set when the article was posted.

Note also that GOG is offering special deals each day in which they discount games even further (up to 90%) in bundles and flash deals. To make sure you receive the maximum discount, you might want to wait a bit until a particular game you’re interested in becomes available on such flash deal, or bundle deal. The sale should be up for the next couple of weeks or so.

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  1. t1it says:

    Alpha Centauri looks appropriate now that BE is becoming boring. I might strike if the game plays at a tolerable resolution and other smaller petitesses.

  2. SQW says:

    Starpoint Gemini 2 is 50% off at gamersgate if anyone’s interested.

    Also, Farcry 3 is only $10 on steam. Seems to be much better value compare to a lot of titles on special at GOG.

    Maybe I’m more of a graphic snob than I think I am but I prefer to live the classics through my memory rather than pixels. Too many gamers are bitches to nostalgia. =P

    • Jeff P says:

      “Maybe I’m more of a graphic snob than I think I am but I prefer to live the classics through my memory rather than pixels. Too many gamers are bitches to nostalgia. =P”

      Amen. I have many of these classics, and I’m sorry to say when I re-load them on my more modern computer, the low-res graphics and esoteric UIs make them unpleasant to play. I’d rather not spoil the memory of the good times with these games by exposing their obsolescence.

    • Happy Corner says:

      I’m with you guys on this one. I have great memories of games (4X or otherwise) I played when I was younger, but it hasn’t always paid to revisit them.

      Hell, the last time I fired up fricking Master of Orion 2, the holy grail of space 4X games… I just couldn’t get into it.

      Maybe it was that I’ve already spent approximately a zillion hours playing it at other points in my life, but I also found myself missing things from newer 4X games. I wished MOO2 had intricate galaxies where it felt like SOMETHING is always happening, like Distant Worlds. I wished it had an AI with some teeth, like Galactic Civilizations. I wished it had graphical polish and myriads of specials on every other planet, like Endless Space. I wished it had different resource types and unique techs for each race, like a lot of games now. I wished it had inter-faction politics/issues and votes that you could manipulate, like Alpha Centauri. I wished that races could even have drastically different standards for which planets were habitable, like Space Empires.

      MOO2 was a fantastic game when I first found it. But I’m done with it. It’s okay with me if 4X developers stop trying to ape it.

  3. Smoking Robot says:

    I couldn’t get a GOG game to run and asked for a refund because of the ’30 day money back guarantee’.

    They said no – the guarantee was only for if you bought the game but didn’t download it. That makes NO SENSE AT ALL.

    I got my money back from paypal but I learned that I’ll never do business with GOG again.

    • Njordin says:

      let me explain…

      you could download about 100+ games DRM-Free and own them forever, then ask for refund and get all the money back. That makes “NO SENSE AT ALL”, too.

      if you can´t get a GOG game to run then its 99% an fault on the user-end. (hardware,software,human)

      i´ll happily do business with GOG forever, because of the modern-machine compatible DRM-Free good old and new games. It´s the best alternative to steam so far.

      • Smoking Robot says:

        You are full of sh*t.

        • Zero says:

          Guys I’m gonna need some help on this one. What does sh*t mean? Because I’m having a real hard time figuring it out.

          Which is obviously sarcasm. And leads me to wonder: if you’re going to tell someone they are full of shit, then why pull the punch? Just tell them they are full of shit.

      • csebal says:

        Let me explain…

        When a company like this sells you something that is NOT GUARANTEED TO RUN on your computer, AND offers you a money back guarantee for your purchase, then it is implied that the purpose of that is to ensure you can get your money’s worth, or your money back.

        That is the implied promise. The reason why they make it in the first place, to build trust.

        If then later they say: oh but sorry, we only do refunds for sales that were never downloaded, then WTF are we talking about?

        It is a plain case of false advertising, where the message is sent in a way, that its implied meaning differs from its contractual meaning.

        Let’s not even go into the discussion about the ethics of selling the work of the community, because the way of running quite a few of these games on today’s computers was in many cases made possible by the community.

        So GOG is taking an old game, taking some community made patch for it (or method previously researched by the community) that makes them viable on today’s computers and sells the package for money.

        Ethical? I don’t care as long as they are fair to their customers. Generally speaking though, I dislike GOG for the above mentioned reason. Its just a pathetic attempt of skinning a long dead cat. Those who wanted to play good old games have found a way before GOG to do so already, which is where many of the solutions GOG is now selling come from.

    • BlueTemplar says:

      Hmm, that did sound a bit too good to be true. But considering how much this feature was hyped in the media, this is really disappointing.

    • Frankenchokey says:

      As I understand the 30 day guarantee, you have to give GOG support a chance to help you get he game working, and if they are unable, a refund is issued within the appropriate time frame.

      I’ve heard that it may be possible to get a refund, without a particular reason, for games that have not been downloaded.

      The no download stipulation should not be required in cases where, after contacting support, one still cannot get a game to work. It would make sense in the latter situation, though.

      Granted, I’ve never had to avail myself of these options, so I can’t be sure.

  4. Personally I love GoG. If a game can be purchased at GoG, that is my only option. DRM free is the way to go.

  5. Enares says:
    these guys have Eador:Master of the broken world cheaper price $3.49 and several other games.
    much cheaper than the $9.99 listed above.

    Downside is that you are given steam keys….

  6. Keith Turner says:

    Sid Meier’s Colonization was really fun back in the day. It is hard to come by a highly strategic game set in that time period. We’ve had of course many war games, Empire Total War, and the Civ IV Colonization game. Compared to all the medieval, fantasy, and sci-fi strategy games we see though, this period is largely untapped.

  7. JohnR says:

    I hear you guys about nostalgia. It’s no less relevant in gaming as it is in other forms of entertainment. For my part, in the last couple years I revisited the original StarCraft/Brood Wars, Age of Wonders 2, and the original Deus Ex, and still enjoyed them greatly. I was especially amazed how well the gameplay and story of the original Deus Ex holds up, dated graphics and all, and this is coming from someone who usually doesn’t like shooters. BTW, I still maintain that the only thing StarCraft 2 did better than the original was the graphics. Everything else about SC2 was far inferior to the original SC/BW.

    A recommendation I have on this list is the original Star Wolves. A definite steal at three bucks. It definitely gave me a Homeworld ‘fix’, with heavy rpg elements. I especially liked the third person mode where I could just sit back and enjoy the roller coaster ride. FYI, the second Star Wolves game gave you a nice mothership with a babe crew ;), but the game is very buggy. :( The final game in the series was mostly good with some interesting changes, if still maybe not quite as good as the original.

    BTW, I finally got around to trying Star Wars: The Old Republic, and am pleasantly surprised how much I’m enjoying it. The writing, atmosphere/ambiance, and music are all pure unadulterated Star Wars, and I think it’s safe to say that we will never again see an mmo with such elaborate storytelling, and where player choice can make a big difference.

    Speaking of Star Wars, didn’t you guys review the Star Wars: Empires at War strategy game? I really wanted to love that game, but I got so annoyed with constantly having to retake planets that I had taken and then lost when the AI did an end run on me. Incidentally, that kind of thing happens a lot in the Age of Wonders series as well.

  8. Happy Corner says:

    A warning to anyone eyeing the UFO games: they will not work with integrated graphics chips, like the one my laptop has. I learned this the hard way when I wanted to play UFO Afterlight again. No joy!

    Luckily (to touch on another issue these comments have raised), the GOG people were willing to offer me a replacement game of equal/lesser value. Which I thought was very nice of them. But still, it’s better not to end up in that situation to start with. Heed this post!

    • JohnR says:

      I am truly bummed to hear that. I was going to say that UFO: Afterlight was another on this list that I highly recommend. I loved the art style with the pastel colors, and the mix of real-time grand strategy with turned-based combat and heavy rpg elements made this game a lot of fun. The only negatives I would say are that you can’t afford too many losses, and the ending was maybe a bit anticlimactic.

      • Happy Corner says:

        I would agree with you there… the UFO series as a whole never earned much love from reviewers, but Afterlight (the last one) had its charms. Years before the Firaxis XCOM remake, it had scientists and engineers with actual personalities and stats.

        That said, fleshing out the characters ended up hurting the game in a way, too. Even the soldiers were individual characters, and you couldn’t just hire some generic soldiers if they got whacked. Yeah, even one botched mission could make it impossible to continue. Afterlight would have done well to follow the original X-COM’s a little more closely in that area.

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