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