Good Old Games has launched a weekend sale of Dungeons & Dragons classics to celebrate the addition to their catalogue of some even older Dungeons & Dragons games:
Of the four bundles that are available, three are very old and dated games, with the remaining sale bundle being slightly more modern. This sale is PC only, because who actually cares about consoles? I mean, really, why gimp your own experience?
Archives Collection 1 (Link)
The first collection consists of Eye of the Beholder I, II and III. These are a trio of classic dungeon crawl games that allow you to build a diverse party which can actually be transferred from game to game so you can have one seamless experience through the three titles. Some very early nineties goodness here! The game also lacks mapping features, so it encourages you to sketch your own map of the dungeons you explore to help you navigate. This may be frustrating for the modern game, but actually injects some verisimilitude into the proceedings.
Archives Collection 2 (Link)
This bundle is quite large, with many of the classic Gold Box adventures included. The contents are Pool of Radiance, Curse of the Azure Bonds, Hillsfar, Secret of the Silver Blades, Pools of Darkness, Gateway to the Savage Frontier, Treasures of the Savage Frontier, Forgotten Realms Unlimited Adventures. This is the classic Pool of Radiance by the way, not the later remake. Again, diverse parties are encouraged and there is a lot of variety in this pack. Of particular interest is the final title, Unlimited Adventures, which lets you create your own D&D adventure modules.
Archives Collection 3 (Link)
The smallest of the three bundles, this one contains Dungeon Hack and Menzoberranzan. Dungeon Hack is an interesting title, providing randomly generated dungeons, much like Diablo and Torchlight do today. This instantly adds a ton of replayability, and the roguelike option, wherein your first death is final, certainly ups the ante in terms of challenge – there is real threat here. Menzoberranzan, meanwhile, lets you explore the Underdark and interact with legendary Drow, Drizzt Do’Urden. Whereas Dungeon Hack provides the breadth of experience and replayability, Menzoberranzan provides a deep story-driven experience. The bundle is well balanced in that way.
Weekend Promo: 10 Hasbro D&D Classics (Link)
The above link will probably go dead once the promo has ended. Just a heads-up there.
This bundle is the only one actually on sale. The others are just cheap as they are very old game. This one is on sale to celebrate the release of the others. It’s also the one that matters to me, as it contains the games that I grew up playing. Specifically, it contains Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate 2, Planescape: Torment, Neverwinter Nights, Neverwinter Nights 2, Icewind Dale and Icewind Dale 2. I loved these games and sank a lot of time into them, especially BG2 and NWN. The bundle also contains three games that I just do not care about. These are Dragonshard, The Temple of Elemental Evil and Demon Stone. Don’t care about those three at all, but if you try to remove the bundle, you end up paying more, so think of them as necessary evils in this situation. I like to think of it as GoG paying me to take them! Here are some pictures of the worthwhile games in this bundle:
This bundle also contains the various expansions and DLC for each game, adding hour and hours and hour of gameplay. It’s a great deal.
This is why GoG is awesome.