Today, Good Old Games announced that they will starting their holiday sales on Thursday, December 8. Leading the way for this sale is The Witcher 2, which will be discounted at 40% off for two days. Anyone that purchases The Witcher 2 within the 48-hour window will also receive a free copy of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition.
The weekend will also give customers a chance to win a copy of Master of Orion I + II; and thanks to Atari, Realms of Arkania I + II will also be given away. GOG.com plans to provide many more codes for $5.99 and $9.99 games through Facebook, Twitter, and their official forums.
The deals won’t end when the weekend is over: starting December 12 at 11:00 GMT, anyone will be able to pick up a copy of Empire Earth: Gold Edition for free until December 14, at 10:59 GMT.
GOG.com will also be reducing virtually their entire catalogue of games by 50% starting Monday, December 12, at 11:00 GMT all the way until January 2, 2012. All of the games on GOG.com are DRM-free, which means there is absolutely no copy protection. The bulk of their games were primarily made for Windows 95, 98, and XP. Despite this, they have updated these games to work with Windows Vista and Windows 7 in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. They also provide a list of games that work under Linux with Wine, DOSbox, or Native support. Lastly, community members can tell you where to go for it to work.
Analysis: I have personally wanted to play The Witcher 2 for sometime, but I have not had the motivation to just go out and buy it. I played the original Witcher, and even though I thought it was a good game, I thought there were many flaws so I didn’t get it right away. Now that it will be 40% off and it’s already $40, there is no reason why I can’t and shouldn’t pick this up and give it a try.
I also have a lot of classic games in my CD folders and have been wanting to go back and play a few for some time. The catch is that many of them do not work with 64-bit Windows 7. GOG.com fixes that, and even though I will have to repurchase them, the 50%-off part is a deal I don’t think I can pass up, nor do I think anyone else should. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be putting together my wish list now.