Rule the World With New Strategy Classics at GOG.com

Rule the World With New Strategy Classics at GOG.com

GOG.com has joined with award-winning developer Rebellion to add four more PC classics to its stable in a deal that GOG Vice President Tom Ohle says is "awesome for strategy fans."

Sporting an intense single-player campaign and online multiplayer action, Ground Control comes to GOG packaged with the Dark Conspiracy expansion, while the second game, Evil Genius, is a 2004 release that let players indulge their inner Blofelds as they design and maintain a hidden compound, battle the forces of good and plot to rule the world. Also coming from Rebellion are the turn-based fantasy game Lords of Magic: Special Edition, which includes the Legends of Urak Quest Pack, Lord Editor and other new content, and Empire Earth: Gold Edition, the 2001 Game of the Year-winning RTS that takes players from the prehistoric era to the dark reaches of space.

"This deal with Rebellion is awesome for strategy fans," said Tom Ohle, vice president of marketing at GOG.com. "If you've been big into PC strategy games in the past ten years you'll remember a lot of these games fondly - Ground Control was an incredible game from Massive, who went on to develop World in Conflict; Evil Genius is just a ton of fun; Lords of Magic is like some sort of awesome cousin of Heroes of Might and Magic... it's just a lot of variety and quality within the strategy genre."

The new additions boost GOG's catalog to almost 130 games from more than 20 different partners, Ohle said, including many well-known hits that are enjoying resurgent popularity with a new audience. "Obviously a lot of people have bought the Fallout games, but Duke Nukem 3D, Freespace 2, Beyond Good and Evil, Giants: Citizen Kabuto and Sacred have all done really well," he said. "And for some strange reason people like free games, so Beneath a Steel Sky and the other free titles we have are kicking ass too."

"We have a 'Wanted List' where our users can vote on games they'd like to see on the site, and we take that list into account when we can," he continued, explaining the process by which new games are chosen for the site. He said he's been pestering Ken Levine at 2K Boston about System Shock 2 and that he'd "kill" to get Planescape: Torment and Baldur's Gate.

"That being said, we really want to give people all the classic PC games they can get, so we're reaching out to a lot of publishers and going after titles that we feel would really interest our users," Ohle added. "We have some personal dream games we're close to bringing on board, and... uhh... yeah, I probably shouldn't say much more than that. I fear the wrath of our team in Poland."

Like all GOG releases, the Rebellion games will be available entirely DRM-free and Ohle expressed hope that other publishers would also give up on the idea of intrusive and ultimately futile copy protection schemes in the future. "Gamers are constantly expressing their displeasure with intrusive DRM - or really any protection that gets in the way of them enjoying their games however they want," he said. "A lot of publishers are taking note of that and easing up on DRM, but there's still a long way to go."

Ground Control ($5.99) and Evil Genius ($9.99) are available now, while Lords of Magic and Empire Earth will follow in the coming weeks. Have a look at GOG's Rebellion catalog, and get ready to rule the world!

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Real gamers bought Evil Genius on CD back in 2004, like me. ;3

Also, didn't Evil Genius get released on Steam a couple of days ago? Talk about being late to the party! Lol.

Psychosocial:
Real gamers bought Evil Genius on CD back in 2004, like me. ;3

I forgot. It looks good, I might buy it.

I plan on buying it. I've wanted to buy it for quite a while, but I haven't got around to it.

I remember Evil Genius...I should dig it out, I never finished it because my old computer lagged so much on the second island.

Cpt_Oblivious:

Psychosocial:
Real gamers bought Evil Genius on CD back in 2004, like me. ;3

I forgot. It looks good, I might buy it.

I promise you, it's awesome.

What other game has a brain washing machine, where the brain is literally washed?

Psychosocial:

Cpt_Oblivious:

Psychosocial:
Real gamers bought Evil Genius on CD back in 2004, like me. ;3

I forgot. It looks good, I might buy it.

I promise you, it's awesome.

What other game has a brain washing machine, where the brain is literally washed?

That sounds AWESOME!

Psychosocial:
Real gamers bought Evil Genius on CD back in 2004, like me. ;3

Also, didn't Evil Genius get released on Steam a couple of days ago? Talk about being late to the party! Lol.

Does buying it in 2006 in a back alley second hand game shop count? And yeah, they did release it on Steam a few days ago.

Beltom1066:

Psychosocial:
Real gamers bought Evil Genius on CD back in 2004, like me. ;3

Also, didn't Evil Genius get released on Steam a couple of days ago? Talk about being late to the party! Lol.

Does buying it in 2006 in a back alley second hand game shop count? And yeah, they did release it on Steam a few days ago.

Okay, I guess so. But just this one time! :p

Psychosocial:
Real gamers bought Evil Genius on CD back in 2004, like me. ;3

I downloaded the demo and enjoyed the heck out of it, but for some reason or other never got around to seriously looking to buy it until a couple of years later... and no one had it in stock, even used.

I've found my next purchase from GoG, right after I finish Beyond Good & Evil.

-- Steve

Evil Genius has to be one of my all time faves. And not just because I get to gloat over my victims.

Because I get to use the "laser" on them as well.

Mwhahahaahahah

MWAHAHHAHHAHAHAHA!

Evil genius looks awesome. What are the system requirements like? I have a lap top and use my 360 for gaming.

Ground Control was released as freeware a while ago.

I bought it when it was released, but one of the disks went missing, so the Steam release was a great thing.

That's true. If you buy Ground Control from GOG.com, you are pretty much paying for the expansion, which was not released as freeware.

Talk about dashing my hopes like an infant's head on the rocks below...

I come into this thread, with the title "NEW strategy classics", fully expecting some sequel titles. Then I see this video player on the side sayin "Exclusive Evil Genius Trailer", and I think to myself, Mechwarrior 5 and Evil Genius 2 in the same week, dreams do come true.

Sadly, baby brains cover the rocks, my hopes and dreams die, there is no Evil Genius 2.

bjj hero:
Evil genius looks awesome. What are the system requirements like? I have a lap top and use my 360 for gaming.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 4GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard. So as long as your laptop isn't ancient you should be ok.

Psychosocial:

Beltom1066:

Psychosocial:
Real gamers bought Evil Genius on CD back in 2004, like me. ;3

Also, didn't Evil Genius get released on Steam a couple of days ago? Talk about being late to the party! Lol.

Does buying it in 2006 in a back alley second hand game shop count? And yeah, they did release it on Steam a few days ago.

Okay, I guess so. But just this one time! :p

Yipee! And to everyone who hasn't got the game: Buy it, it's amazing.

bjj hero:
Evil genius looks awesome. What are the system requirements like? I have a lap top and use my 360 for gaming.

Here's the requirements for you:

System Requirements
Supported OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista
Processor: Pentium® III 800MHz processor
Memory: 128MB RAM
Graphics: GeForce2 16Mb or equivalent
Hard Drive: 1.4 GB of free hard drive space
Sound Card: Windows compatible sound card
DirectX9®: DirectX 9.0c

Psychosocial:
Real gamers bought Evil Genius on CD back in 2004, like me. ;3

Also, didn't Evil Genius get released on Steam a couple of days ago? Talk about being late to the party! Lol.

Sorry, I was busy buying Beyond Good and Evil back then.

But I'm more and more tempted to buy that game... I would of course install it on my laptop, as it will run it nicely ;p

Also, while the game is also on the Steam, it's still cheaper by 33% or so buying in USD than in EUR.

Evil Genius was one of the greatest games ever made. I wish they would make a second one (they won't)

was just playing eg a few weeks ago and never loses it's charms especialy when destroy the super agents Like to point out I called the secret ending before game came out been able to send agents back via airmail :D with Damien rarely need to make a sequel hopefully if rise in sales will mean will happen.

 

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