GOG's Summer Gaming Sale (opens in new tab)—or #SummerGaming Sale as it's stylised on-site—is live now through June 18. To mark the occasion, the digital storefront is giving away sci-fi strategy game Xenonauts free-of-charge from today through Wednesday, June 6 at 6am PST / 2pm BST.
First, let's talk deals. I like D-Pad Studio's retro-styled platformer Owlboy (opens in new tab), which, at 40 percent off, costs £10.69/$14.99. I'm also fond of Fallout: New Vegas (opens in new tab), the best of the post-apocalyptic role-playing series, whose Ultimate Edition comes in at £7.49/$10.59, 50 percent less its recommended retail value.
Subset Games' FTL follow-up, Into the Breach (opens in new tab) is another great pickup for £8.49/$11.99—as is Larian's all-consuming CRPG Divinity: Original Sin 2 (opens in new tab) for £23.99/$33.89. If you're after something less bloodthirsty, I'd recommend Campo Santo's gorgeous and often eerie Firewatch (opens in new tab) at £6.09/$8.49, or Jonathan Blow's 2016 Myst-inspired puzzler The Witness (opens in new tab) at £12.09/$16.99.
Spending £3.59/$5 or more in GOG's Summer Sale also nets you a free copy of Failbetter's narrative adventure Sunless Sea, while spending £14.19/$20 unlocks Rime too. Swing by the PC Gamer Collection (opens in new tab) for more shoutouts from the PCG team, and, as always, share your own picks in the comments below.
Onto Xenonauts. Ian Birnbaum's 85-scoring review (opens in new tab) is well worth reading, but I'm going to quote Phil here instead.
If Xenonauts were receiving a proper award, it would be X-Com of the Year. It is, in its design, structure, depth and challenge, utterly X-Com. It's blatant in its similarities, almost flagrant. Not even XCOM, the Firaxis reboot, was this much like X-Com. That's why Xenonauts could never hold a place in our Game of the Year Awards proper. It's intentionally derivative. It's not forging a bright, new future for PC gaming. It's not even proving that new design innovations can fit snugly into older templates, a la Divinity: Original Sin or Endless Legend. It is, pretty much, just X-Com again.
That's a good thing, to be clear—or, at least, a thing that I'm happy has happened.
Phil goes into more detail from there in his 2014 Personal Pick (opens in new tab), however the above captures the essence of Xenonauts and why it's worth your time. Besides being, you know, free till Wednesday.
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