So, rather sooner than I expected given the “more in 2015” statement, GOG.com have announced another six titles coming to the digital distribution platform. Some for a re-release and two titles for their digital purchase premiere!
Following on from the releases the other day, we have the brilliant land and space RTS Star Wars: Empire at War – if I remember correctly, it had an awesome rock version of the Imperial March as its menu music. It also, uniquely, brought the fleet based antics of the Star Wars world to a slightly different format, as it was normally found in arcade-style space titles such as Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D which is also available today! What are the chances! I remember playing this classic over and over with my friends back in the day, and chasing those elusive gold medals became an obsession – I’d say a gamepad of some sort is almost a necessity though.
Lapping hot on the heels of these releases, on the 27th of January we see three more titles, all a bit more action based.
Star Wars: Republic Commando, a well-received tactical FPS that allowed you to take command of an elite squad of Clone Troopers each with their own specialty is coming to the service to bring us one of the few great games of the prequel era. Speaking of the prequel era, we also have Star Wars: Starfighter – a sort of successor to the rogue squadron series that mixed things up a bit by locking you into a first person view. Unfortunately part of the fun, for me at least, is seeing these iconic ships duke it out and whilst I love the Rogue Squadron games (and books!) this title rather passed me by – If you really like your arcade style flight games then this could be for you however.
And last but not least is the game that I wished for at the end of the last flurry of games, the one, the only Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2! (or Star Wars Dark Forces 2 Jedi Knight depending on how you read the box…). This game was an absolute classic at the time of its release, a tour de force of FPS gaming that allowed us to run around with a lightsaber for, really the first time. Couple that excitement with some great levels, enemies, story – portrayed through the aforementioned live action cut scenes (and some element of choice in the story through whether you go for light or dark side powers!) and it was really was the total package. If you only buy one game out of this bunch then this has to be it IMHO.