GOG Summer Sale 2018 – top 5 games you’ve (probably) never heard of

Ah, it’s on again.  The last time I wrote about the GOG Summer Sale I wrote about the games that were on sale that I had.  This time I’m going to write about the games that I don’t have but want, despite the chances of being able to play them being about zero.

So with that, my top 5 wishlisted games.  And to make it interestined, they’re the unusual ones.  Enjoy.

5.  Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Comet

Being a nerd in the mid-90s, I was a big fan of HP Lovecraft, partially because I enjoyed his works, and partially because no-one else at school had ever heard of him.

So when in 1995 I stumbled across a Call of Cthulhu videogame, from the makers of Alone in the Dark no less, nothing short of R’lyeh rising from the sea could keep me away.  Call of Cthulhu: Prisoner of Ice was the game I found, and it was a mid-90s adventure game by Infogrames.  I quite enjoyed it because it was about Cthulhu and not awful.

Imagine my surprise when, quite recently, I discovered that Prisoner of Ice was a sequel of sorts to Call of Cthulhu: Shadw of the Comet, which appears to be a video game adaptation of The Shadow over Innsmouth.

So – yes, I want it.  Although I don’t expect it to be that good.

4. Anachronox

Ion Storm made 6 games.  Of those games everyone knows the Deus Ex and Thief games, because they were (mostly) brilliant, and everyone knows Daikatana because it was supposedly awful.

But no-one ever talks about Anachronox, a sci-fi RPG, despite it allegedly making some “best PC games of all time” lists.  Apparently it’s a story-heavy JRPG-style, with a healthy dose of commentarty, plot and humour.  And Errant Signal rates it, so it’s got to be worth a try.

Apparently its ending is anti-climacic because the makers expected that there would be more games in the series, but that’s Ion Storm all over, isn’t it?

3. The Longest Journey

The Longest Journey is a game I know very little about.  I first came across it in the early 2000s on an abandonware website called Home of the Underdogs (HOTU), which incidentally I had assumed was long-dead but have now realised is still alive and looking very dated.

The Longest Journey an early 2000s adventure game, and HOTU gave it a “top dog” award and described it as “one of the best games she’d played for years”.  That was enough for me – say what you will about HOTU but she/they were fantastic gaming curators.  I’ve since seen a sequel around in game stores, and recently there was a second kickstarter-backed sequel.  So the original can’t have been too bad.  One day, I’ll give it a shot.

2. Necropolis

From game I know little about, to a game I know nothing about.

The only thing I know about Necropolis is that it was made by Harebrained Schemes, a copy which has two important things going for it:

  • it was co-founded by Jordan Weisman, who designed Shadowrun, being one of the best pen+paper RPG worlds I’ve ever come across; and
  • every game of theirs that I’ve played has been brilliant.  Specifically I’m talking the three Shadowrun games (which I talked about in my last GOG summer sale post) and the 2018 Battletech game which I’m playing a bit right now and loving.

Necropolis looks like a dungeon-delve 3rd-person action game, probably with some rogue-like elements.  But if it’s from Harebrained, that’s enough for me to try it out.

1. Vampire the Masquerade – Bloodlines

Probably the most well-known of the games on this list, but the one I’m keenest to try.

Vampire: The Masquerade  was (like Shadowrun)  a pen+paper RPG from the 90s.  I wasn’t that much into Vampire itself but I was a big fan of the other games set in that world.  So it’s another game that I will play for the licence alone, except that Bloodlines has one big plus going for it:

It’s made by Troika Games.

Troika, founded by 3 ex-Interplay developers from the Interplay RPG heydays, made three games in total and they were all reputedly brilliant (if buggy).  I have only played one of those three games, Temple of Elemental Evil.  And while it won’t make any of my top games lists, I can see why it has such a fan base.

And so, Bloodlines, I’m keen to see what you have to offer.

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