I’ll just dump my entire purchase here, at least the ones I’ve been playing.
Spend $10 and get that for free. I played it years ago on Xbox 360 and once more on PC about three years ago. It’s not nearly as good as Alan Wake, but still worth a look as Remedy’s first real stab at time-travel storylines and with the overhauled combat. The survival mode is also quite a bit of fun, and the visuals are incredible for a last gen game.
Normally I’m not a huge fan of 4X’s, but this one’s different. The camera is manageable, the mechanics aren’t too overbearing, it feels like a game you can really learn more or less after a few false starts. It’s even better with friends, and thankfully you can save in the middle of multiplayer matches to continue your 29 hour power struggle without losing too much sleep.
I’ve also been playing this a bit, there’s not much in terms of guidance but I’m having quite a bit of fun. I hear x3 is better, so I bought Terran War Pack for once I finish.
I blindly purchased this because Lazy Game Reviews recommended it in his curation, who’s 100% objectively correct in everything old-school. Moto Racer is awesome, and feels surprisingly great for an old racer. I also got POD, but its physics seem very… wrong. I’m guessing it’s compatibilty errors.
Tex Murphy Overseer is a remake of the original Tex Murphy game, which is far beyond the point of no return in old games (typing out verbs). The games from Under a Killing Moon onwards were all FMV-based adventure games, first person through an extremely janky but manageable interface. It follows an extremely incompetent and weird detective in a cyberpunk universe… and that’s all I can really do to put it into words, really.
Here’s one I bought a few years back, which still happens to be one of my favorite games of all time-- a lonely list next to Metroid Prime 3, Gears of War 3, Halo 2/3/ODST (don’t make me decide), Sid Meier’s Pirates!, and Psychonauts. It’s a first person shooter with horror elements, a plot bordering on supernatural but mostly within reason, an awesome high contrast aesthetic with some of the finest ballistic effects I’ve ever seen, and a ridiculous slow-motion mechanic that simply never gets old. Have you ever seen what it’s like to throw a grenade, pop slow-motion, shoot that grenade in mid-air, and watch a wave of distortion and light warping ripple out, knocking guards off their feet and evaporating an unfortunate few near the epiccenter? Yes, shooting your own grenade, or landmine, depending on your ammo situation. Between that and the fact that it can use a bag of legally safe Cheetos to build tension, I’d say the recommendation is obvious.
Speaking of which, two of my other all-time favorites are also available on GOG:
I have a few other recommendations as well: