Good Old Games’ summer sale includes a few multiplayer gems

    
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Good Old Games may not get the attention of Steam’s big sales, but then Steam’s sales aren’t what they used to be either, which might just make the GOG sale going on right now worth a look. The site has never had much in the way of MMORPGs, but there are good bits for our multiplayer online RPG readers:

GOG is also giving out a freebie copy of Rebel Galaxy to peeps who are making their first purchase with the platform.

Anybody spy more that’d be of interest to our community?

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Andrew Ross
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Andrew Ross

Wish I’d played more Rebel Galaxy. It was fun enough, but damn, what I really loved was how much the soundtrack enhanced the mood of the game.

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Darthbawl

When I click on the link for the NWN Diamond, the price goes from $4.99 down to $2.49 on my screen.

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mysecretid

The angels of gaming have smiled upon you? As the old song goes, “Go on, take the money and run”. :-D

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Armsbend

I’ll assume the steam one starts next week then. Thats usually how this works.

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Cyclone Jack

Though I have not played it co-op, Arcanum for $1 is a steal. Yeah, its a bit dated, but it has a very interesting open world and open character progression with a ton of options. It also has the best character creation feature out there: Backgrounds. Choices like Beat with an Ugly Stick, Bride of Frankenstein, Foppish Elf, Hydrophobic, Idiot Savant, Raised by Snake Handlers, Super Model, etc. (50+ choices iirc). I’d love to see something like this added to an MMO.

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camren_rooke

Get Titan Quest and Grim Dawn.

Play Titan Quest and if you like the gameplay but notice there are a few areas where you think they could have done better, THEN play Grim Dawn and say ‘Oh yeah. They fixed that.’

Also Stardew Valley and Starbound, although arguable Terraria is better.

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Mewmew

Terraria wasn’t better when it was Starbound’s age though :D It got better through many patches and updates over time. I *really* enjoyed Starbound a lot, though I stopped playing now I had a lot of fun going through the story and the whole thing about visiting all these different worlds.

Grim Dawn is definitely one of the best ARPGs for sure.

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Alex Willis

I am loving Starbound. It feels huge, without feeling *too* huge. (Although I never really know when to stay on a planet or go to a new one.)

My worry with games like Grim Dawn and Titan Quest is that I become completely consumed by them and then get overwhelmed by the gear grind then push them aside, never to look at them again. Games like Torchlight were like that for me: I played them for 50 hours to the exclusion of everything else, then thought, “I am just mashing buttons for a [Purple Widget]”, and then ran away screaming.

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mysecretid

As for when to leave a planet — unless you’re just there to seek a specific quest-related object, I’d say leave whenever you’ve decided you’ve had enough of that world. The joys of having your own starship and crew: “C’mon crew, we are out of here! Last one aboard does the dishes!”

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mysecretid

My recommendation? Starbound. I usually don’t gravitate toward cute-ish eight-bit style games, but wow, this one pulled me in for a long time.

Be advised that parts of the game require quick-ish finger reflexes for jumping and such during some battles (but then, I tend to have the reflexes of a drunken wombat), and certain in-game mysteries will have you running to the internet to Google what you should do next … but overall, it’s a huge lot of fun … and you can even invite a friend to come over into your game for some “guest-star” style co-op play.

Also, there are a ton of mods for the game on Steam, some good and some dubious. The only mod I ever used was the “Job Offers” mod, which allows you to recruit any NPC you meet (who isn’t a “special plot character”) into your starship crew after crafting a hiring slip for them.

Last bit — be sure to copy your latest savegame to another part of your hard drive every so often as an emergency back-up. You won’t need it unless you need it, but IF you ever need it, it will rescue your game progress.

Cheers,

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Alex Willis

Good advice about Job Offers. I using Frackin’ Universe, which I am enjoying a lot. Great game.

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mysecretid

I’m like you — I have a “run away screaming” reflex, but it’s typically triggered when I’m confronted by eighteen bazillion mods for a particular game.

I really wanted to recruit a couple of the game’s NPC races to my starship and my colonies (e.g. I like the fox-looking aliens who tend to live on Savannah worlds), so I took a chance on Job Offers, and it’s served me very well.

Enjoy the universe, captain!

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star dew valley isn’t mp yet. but will be before too long. clearly the dev has the intention and the means to do so. hopefully it lives up to his vision. (as it is being contracted out)

nwn 1 and 2 are often on sale and worthwhile just to have in the collection. tho niether stand up anymore in terms of gamplay imo.(it’s a tough one)

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Buy them just for the tears for Aribeth.