I already know how I'm going to spend every free moment of the next few weeks. I just downloaded the classic games Crusader: No Remorse and Crusader: No Regret for only $2.39 each from Gog.com. It took me all of 10 seconds to make them mine.
So what’s the big deal, other than the astoundingly low price? Well, in 1995 when the first of these games came out, computers held less memory than a modern day toaster. My first customized pc was not really up to the task of playing graphic intensive games, but I had to have Crusader: No Remorse! There’s something about the isometric view games that I love. It’s probably why I’m an RTS gamer more than anything. The crazy thing about this game though, is that while it has a level of strategy to it, it’s really about blowing the hell out of anything that gets in your way, including the highly destructible environments.
Back in the late 90s, both Crusader: No Remorse and Crusader: No Regret had top of the line graphics and, more often than not, my computer couldn’t handle them when more than a few enemies showed up on screen. This often led to an all-too-frequent, disheartening CRASH! I’m pretty sure I never got to finish either game. But now thanks to Gog.com and EA’s 60% off deal, I’m going to finally check off those items on my gamer geek bucket list. To be honest, I would have paid full price for both of these games without a second’s hesitation, but thank god I caught Gog and EA at a generous moment.
But what’s it all about? Well, imagine this was set in the Star Wars universe. And imagine that a Stormtrooper finally figured out that the Empire is corrupt and turns on them. Not only does he join the rebel alliance, but he keeps the high tech suit of armor the Empire gave him (if Stormtroopers ever had high tech suits of armor that did jack squat). Try to imagine the soldier and his armor as something of a cross between Boba Fett and Iron Man if it was worn by the Punisher. Throw in cut scenes that were ahead of their time, including some live action video with piles of bad acting and poorly synced audio, but a surprisingly great soundtrack, and you’ve got yourself a 90s gaming classic!
Of course, there’s more than just the Crusader games available. IF you’re interest is in high-res-for-the-90s games like Sim City 2000, the Ultima series, the Wing Commander series, or the Dungeon Keeper series, this sale is for you. Even if you’re not sure if these games are even worth playing in a world full of Assassin’s Creeds and Call of Duties, what have you really got to lose beyond two dollars and thirty-nine cents? You spend more than that on a cup of coffee and you know where that ends up sixty minutes later.
Again, I recommend the Crusader series, but go with your gut. You only have this weekend to decide. You can actually own all 26 of the titles they have on sale for less than you’d pay for one of the hot brand new console game in store. The deal ends Sunday, November 4th, 2012.