Genesis Alpha One, a rogue-like FPS about building, maintaining and navigating a ship across a galaxy that’s hell-bent on killing you, didn’t blow our doors off when it came out in 2019. It had some interesting ideas, we said in our 59.% review (opens in a new tab), but failed to bring them together in an interesting or compelling way. It’s gone through a few updates since then, and while I can’t say how much it’s improved, now would be a great time to find out, since it’s free on GOG’s Hallo. (opens in a new tab)w (opens in a new tab)a sale (opens in a new tab).
The underlying premise sure sounds like fun, so much so that so many “fun” things in video games would be absolutely terrifying if you had to deal with them in real life: “In a near future ravaged by wars, corrupt regimes and devastating pollution, influential corporations have created the Genesis program in a last ditch effort to save humanity. As the Captain of a Genesis starship, you travel to unexplored space in the ultimate mission. Build and manage a spaceship, farm resources, deal with terrifying alien infestations. , clone creatures and explore a vast, randomly generated universe.”
This is the deluxe edition (opens in a new tab) of Genesis Alpha One, by the way, which along with the base game includes the art book, music and Rocket Star Corporation DLC. And very generally, people seem to dig it: It has a 3.8/5 overall rating on GOG, and “mostly positive” user reviews on Steam—not universally beloved, but interesting enough to be looked at, especially when it’s free.
The Genesis Alpha One giveaway isn’t the only thing on GOG: There’s also the entire Halloween Sale itself, which has some pretty sweet deals including Cyberpunk 2077. (opens in a new tab) at half price, Disco Elysium (opens in a new tab) at 75% off, Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition (opens in a new tab) at 60% off, and Prey Digital Deluxe (opens in a new tab) for a tenner, which is a stupidly good deal.
My favorite part of GOG sales, though, are always the really cheap items, which in this case are in the Sweet Sweets category, which has a minimum discount of 89%: Memory. (opens in a new tab) for $2, Styx: Master of Shadows (opens in a new tab) that’s also $2, Edna and Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes (opens in a new tab) for $2, Leisure Suit Larry in Wet Dreams Don’t Dry (opens in a new tab) for $3, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet (opens in a new tab) for $2, Candle (opens in a new tab) for $1, and on it goes. GOG may be aiming to become more of a generic digital storefront, but this is the kind of stuff I go out for.
Genesis Alpha One is free on GOG until 10am ET on October 30th. GOG’s Halloween Sale is live until November 3rd.