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GOG signs up Square Enix

Square Enix has signed up with Good Old Games, kicking the partnership off by releasing PC classics Hitman: Codename 47 and Deus Ex on the digital distribution platform.

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Virtual vendor of vintage video games Good Old Games has enlisted another big publisher in its missions to stop PC classics from vanishing into obscurity, announcing today that it's signed up Square Enix. The pair are starting slowly, though, with two games available almost everywhere under the Sun--Hitman: Codename 47 and Deus Ex

More Square Enix GOG re-releases are to be announced "in coming weeks." We'll most likely see more of the fruits it picked up through acquiring Eidos, such as the Thief, Tomb Raider, Legacy of Kain, and Championship Manager series. Let's not forget that Final Fantasy VII and VIII both hit PC too, back in the day.

Deus Ex sounds something of a lark, some manner of cyberpunk FPS-RPG going by GOG's description. Apparently it boasts "expansive environments, ambitious and non-linear storyline, varied gameplay, and great replayability," but it seems every game claims that, don't they? Still, for $9.99, it could be worth a try.

Then there's Hitman, where for $5.99 you can pretend to be a hitman. If you've missed IO's classic series, you're given a target then turned loose into open levels to take them out as you please, adopting disguises, causing distractions, going in guns blazing, sniping from afar, or even staging accidents. Fun stuff. A new one's coming out soon, y'know.

Both Deus Ex and Hitman have been on heaps of digital distribution platforms for years now, but if you've been holding out for the DRM-free GOG treatment, here you go.

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    January 26, 2012 6:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, GOG signs up Square Enix.

    Square Enix has signed up with Good Old Games, kicking the partnership off by releasing PC classics Hitman: Codename 47 and Deus Ex on the digital distribution platform.

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      January 26, 2012 7:25 AM

      FF7 PC, where is that, Sqeenix?!

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        January 26, 2012 7:27 AM

        Why? I mean really, just get it on the PSN or emulate the original. I mean unless they patch in the music it's going to be midi-style

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          January 26, 2012 7:41 AM

          Shouldn't be too hard to fix if they get the source code. Last I tried it was on my XP rig and it worked well after some fan fixes, PS1 music included. If mods can fix the game, code fixes shouldn't take many lines.

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            January 26, 2012 7:55 AM

            Square doesn't even fix their own ports. GOG does not have the source code, they will just add a wrapper to the exe to make it work in x64/w7.

            So no, it's going to be the original buggy midi version. Worse is the fan hacks won't work if the exe is different

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          January 26, 2012 7:52 AM

          Because it's largely considered one of the best FF games. It'd be an easy cashgrab for Squeenix to put it on GOG.

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            January 26, 2012 7:56 AM

            Of course, but why a fan of FF7 would want it is confusing to me. One of the main draws to these games is the music, and if that is fucked up then the port is worthless. (See PSX snes ports, gba ports, etc)

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              January 26, 2012 9:12 AM

              I'm pretty sure there's mods out there that add in the music in mp3 form.

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            January 26, 2012 5:46 PM

            I could say the exact same thing and replace "GOG" with "Steam," hasn't happened yet.

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          January 27, 2012 6:36 AM

          Because I don't own a PS3 and I want to legitimately buy it.

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        January 26, 2012 7:56 AM

        I have it! Bought it way back when, I still have the CDs and the guide book. *wark*