Genesis Alpha One, a roguelike FPS about building, maintaining, and navigating a ship through a galaxy that's very eager to kill you, did not blow our doors off when it came out in 2019. It had some interesting ideas, we said in our 59% review, but failed to pull them together in an interesting or compelling way. It's been through a number of updates since then, and while I can't say how much it's improved, now would be a great time to find out because it's free in GOG's Halloween Sale.
The underlying premise certainly sounds like fun, in the way that so many "fun" things in videogames would be absolutely horrific if you had to deal with them in real life: "In a near future ravaged by wars, corrupt regimes and devastating pollution, influential corporations have created the Genesis program in a last-ditch attempt to save humanity. As the Captain of a Genesis starship, you journey into uncharted space on the ultimate mission. Build and manage a space vessel, farm resources, deal with terrifying alien infestations, clone creatures and explore a vast, randomly generated universe."
This is the deluxe edition of Genesis Alpha One, by the way, which along with the base game includes the art book, soundtrack, and Rocket Star Corporation DLC. And very generally, people seem to dig it: It's got a 3.8/5 overall rating on GOG, and "mostly positive" user reviews on Steam—not universally beloved, but interesting enough to be worth a look, especially when it's free.
The Genesis Alpha One freebie isn't the only thing going on at GOG: There's also the whole Halloween Sale itself, which has some pretty sweet deals including Cyberpunk 2077 at half price, Disco Elysium at 75% off, Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition at 60% off, and Prey Digital Deluxe for a tenner, which is a stupidly good deal.
My favorite part of GOG sales, though, is always the really cheap stuff, which in this case can be found in the Sweet Treats category, which has a minimum discount of 89%: Memoria for $2, Styx: Master of Shadows that's also $2, Edna and Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes for $2, Leisure Suit Larry in Wet Dreams Don't Dry for $3, Ken Follet's The Pillars of the Earth for $2, Candle for $1, and on it goes. GOG may be aiming to become a more mainstream digital storefront, but this is the kind of stuff that I come out for.
Genesis Alpha One is free on GOG until 10 am ET on October 30. GOG's Halloween Sale is live until November 3.
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Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.