Alpha Centauri, Crusader: No Remorse hit GOG

Digital distributor Good Old Games has rolled out the second round of releases from to release to the Electronic Arts back-catalogue, launching the wonderful, wonderful Crusader: No Remorse and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri at $5.99 each.


Crusader: No Remorse, available here, is Origin Systems' splendid sci-fi third-person shooter from 1995. Creaky crone that I am, I have only a blurry mish-mash of memories involving shooting men, rolling sideways, playing with gas pipes, hacking into giant combat robots, and exploding much of the environment--fun video games.

Alpha Centauri, ici, is the venerated 1999 spin-off of Sid Meier's Civilization series. Blasting off into outer space, you get to colonise a new world, dealing with rival factions and xenoforms in the usual Civ tools--construction, research, diplomacy, and just plain killing.

Bullfrog classic Magic Carpet is also due this month, then the new releases are going on hiatus for a while. However, another twenty-odd vintage EA games are still coming to GOG. Unfortunately there are legal issues with the seminal System Shock series, so we might never see them re-released, but GOG is hoping to work it all out.