Every year, gaming platforms carve their own pumpkins and put up their own homemade decorations. In the month of October, they ignite their candles and press play on the scariest of music tracks. My favourite of these is always the GOG Halloween sale.
GOG has always been for the player. All codes bought on the site are region-free and free of digital rights management (DRM). As such, I have always been a big advocate of the company. They may not sell all of the big hitters that Steam, Origin, and Ubisoft do, but they sure as heck have a number of memorable titles in their library.
As you can imagine, shuffling through deals can be tiring, and it is possible to miss some good stuff. As such, I have sourced some of my personal favourites from the GOG Halloween sale. Games that I think you absolutely need to check out. I have also put together a must-have list of some of the newer titles that the company has put on sale for the month of October.
The GOG Halloween sale is on from the 26 October through to the 3 November, 2017.
Top Five Games you Absolutely Must Check Out
Dead Space – $3.99 USD
Dead Space is a science fiction horror classic. It is a single-player adventure where you take on the role of Isaac Clarke, an engineer on the USG Ishimura. You are not a warrior. You are not a soldier. You are, however, the last line of defence between the remaining living crew and deadly reanimated corpses. You can choose to redeem Dead Space on Electronic Arts’ Origin or play it as standalone.
Hotline Miami – $1.99 USD (Entire bundle for just $5.80 USD)
Hotline Miami is a high-octane action game overflowing with raw brutality, hard-boiled gunplay and skull crushing close combat. Set in an alternative 1989 Miami, you will assume the role of a mysterious antihero on a murderous rampage against the shady underworld at the behest of voices on your answering machine. The Bundle option includes Hotline Miami 2 and its DLC.
Serious Sam: The First Encounter – $1.20 USD (Bundle for just $2.40 USD)
In a world where cyberpunk meets fantasy and hi-tech devices are mixed with black magic and psychic powers, Sam travels from the beautiful world of ancient Egypt through many diverse planets. He does this whilst confronting hordes of hideous minions on his way to the final showdown at Notorious Mental’s lair. You can get the second game as a bundle for just $1.20 USD more.
DOOM II + FINAL DOOM – $3.40 USD (Entire collection for just $12.20 USD) [includes Elder Scrolls: Arena, Elder Scrolls II: Dagerfall free]
The highly anticipated sequel to DOOM, this GOG release brings not only DOOM II but the expansions, “Master Levels of DOOM” and “Final DOOM”. With more vast and polished levels, more enemies and more weapons, DOOM II expands the DOOM universe and provides an even more thrilling experience for fans of the series. The game and expansions were ported to multiple systems over the years and, like its predecessor, it continues to have a thriving modding and multiplayer community to this day. The entire bundle nets you every DOOM game up to 2012 at 66% off.
Darkest Dungeon – $9.99 USD (Bundle for just $22 USD)
Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes through twisted forests, forgotten warrens, ruined crypts, and beyond. You will battle not only unimaginable foes, but stress, famine, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark. Uncover strange mysteries, and pit the heroes against an array of fearsome monsters with an innovative strategic turn-based combat system. The bundle purchase includes the expansion (that just released), and the game’s eerie soundtrack.
Personal Picks From the GOG Halloween Sale
The Walking Dead – $7.50 USD (Entire Collection for $31 USD)
One of my absolute favourite narrative games is The Walking Dead, a five-part game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series. Play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. While I personally would only buy Season 2 and stop there, you can net the entire collection, including the third and final season, for just $31 USD.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Bundle – $13 USD
The Entire S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Bundle is well worth the price for anyone who loves a post-apocalyptic adventure. The story takes place in post-nuclear disaster Chernobyl. Each game is played from the perspective of a different protagonist embroiled in the same drama: catching a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. called Strelok. If the entire bundle is not your forte, I highly recommend the first game: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, which is just $7.99 USD.
QUAKE 4 – $5.10 USD (Entire Bundle for $17 USD) [includes Elder Scrolls: Arena, and Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall free]
Quake 4 is one of my favourite military-style squad-based shooters. It is a first-person shooter so over the top that it absolutely must be played. You play as one of Earth’s finest in the ongoing war against the Strogg. It is the official sequel to Quake 2’s storyline… too bad everyone opted to think of Quake as an Unreal Tournament type murder fest instead. You can get the entire series for just $17 USD during the GOG Halloween sale.
Outlast – $3 USD
Possibly the best indie horror title ever. You play as Miles Upshur, acting on a tip from an anonymous source. You infiltrate an insane asylum, but what you find walks a terrifying line between science and religion, nature and something else entirely. I would absolutely recommend this horror fest to anyone. Its sequel, however, not so much.
Don’t Starve – $3.80 USD
Don’t Starve is an uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic. You play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home.
Did you find any other games that you think are totally worth getting during the GOG Halloween sale? If so, be sure to share them in the comments.