So. EA on GoG.
Now, some people will say that the dam has broken, but please note that GoG is (rightfully in my opinion) pointing out that this 25-game deal does not include either the Syndicate games or the System Shock games.
Still, this is entirely good news, and judging from the fact that I could barely get the site to work long enough to buy the games they currently have on offer, I think the Syndicates and the System Shockses will pop up eventually.
But still, what are we getting? What are these 25 games included in the deal?
Well, we’ve already got Dungeon Keeper, Privateer, and Ultima Underworld 1 and 2. We’ll also be getting Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, Magic Carpet and Crusader: No Remorse.
Back when I was working at Origin, a lot of these games were already old. Rather than letting them go out of print, EA was putting them as “CD-ROM Classics” (which I must grudgingly give them credit for). You could get one or two good (but older) games for $15. Since I was an EA employee I could get them for $10, and I did. Oh, did I ever. I bought nearly every one of those suckers. And I’d be willing to bet that EA’s deal with GoG consists of “Okay, you have all these old ‘CD-ROM Classic’ games.”
Which would mean that we’re in for…
Crusader: No Remorse
Crusader: No Regret
Cybermage: Darklight Awakening
Ultima 7 Complete
Wing Commander 1
Wing Commander 2
Wing Commander: Armada
Wing Commander: Privateer
US Navy Fighters
Advanced Tactical Fighter
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire
Worlds of Ultima: Martian Dreams
Magic Carpet 2
From EA itself:
Need For Speed II
Sig Meier’s Alpha Centauri
The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes
Fade to Black
Noctropolis (please for God’s sake nobody buy this game)
I also think Wing Commander 3, 4 and Prophecy are strong contenders; as is the complete Ultima Collection (which included Ultimas 1-8). We could also get SimCity 3000. Dungeon Keeper 2 is also a strong possibility and is one of the games I’d most like to see (its sound/crash problems would be trivial to fix if we just had access to the unprotected game).
In all, a good thing, which I will be supporting, and there are some real gems in that list (The Savage Empire is one of my all-time favorite RPGs. In it you make flintlock rifles and use them to hunt dinosaurs. It doesn’t get any more awesome than that.)