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GOG.com's Winter Sale Kicks Off with Free Fallout

Never explored the roots of the classic Fallout series? Now's your chance to do so for free.

By Pete Davison. Published 4 months ago

One of the best things about being a PC gamer that console platform holders don't quite seem to have latched onto yet is the concept of the seasonal sale.

Steam offers by far the most well-known seasonal sales throughout the year, with even big-name games enjoying up to 75% off their usual price over the course of each promotion. But just recently, the CD Projekt-owned GOG.com has been spreading its wings somewhat with regard to sales -- and it looks like its latest promotion, scheduled to celebrate the onset of winter, will be one of its best yet.

The new sale offers daily deals with up to 80% off many titles -- including the newer offerings that GOG.com added to its catalog when it changed its remit from being purely a retro specialist -- as well as themed promotions and certain titles available for a limited time for free.

New deals each day, it seems.

At the time of writing, the sale's daily deals include a special "Deep in the Dungeons" pack that includes Origin's classic Ultima Underworld series and the more recent Legend of Grimrock for $6.48 -- a massive saving on these titles' usual combined price of $20.98. Meanwhile, modern titles such as Rise of the Triad, Omerta, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Divinity: Dragon Commander and more are all on offer for up to 80% off.

And if you just want some new games without actually having to pay for them, for the next 48 hours you can get Fallout 1, 2 and spinoff Tactics for precisely no dollars whatsoever. These early installments in the Fallout series have aged pretty horrendously graphically -- not that they were particularly good-looking on their original release -- but they're some of the best RPGs of their era, and some fans of the series prefer them to Bethesda and Obsidian's Elder Scrolls-style interpretations of the series we've had more recently. With rumors of Fallout 4 on the horizon and the beta release of Wasteland 2 -- whose predecessor inspired the Fallout series -- it's a good time to be a fan of post-apocalyptic settings.

One interesting promotion that GOG.com is offering is allowing visitors to pick one of three "gift boxes" to reveal another special offer within. At the time of writing, the boxes offer a choice of "timeless classics" (older games), "brave new worlds" (newer games) or "random magic" (a mixture, presumably).

GOG.com's servers appear to be getting hammered pretty hard as I type this, presumably with the hordes of people claiming their free copies of Fallout, so you may want to leave it an hour or two before you try and claim any offers or download any new purchases.

Let us know if you score any bargains!

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