GOG, that different gaming platform, created a brand new launcher particularly to assist everybody get all their video games in a single place. I lastly tried it, and it’s a surprisingly gratifying expertise.
The Retailer Wars of 2019 proceed to bubble beneath the crust of the gaming business — without end brewing into the following massive shitstorm ought to somebody dare to declare platform exclusivity. Being upfront, I solely care about it on a philosophical degree, in that I like to look at the arguments, nevertheless it has no bearing on my day-to-day gaming.
That being stated, there’s one annoying aspect impact of stated Retailer Wars, and that’s launcher fatigue. Having a number of launchers on your video games can get fairly tiresome, and a frequent instance of anti-consumerism in these platform exclusives. And it’d look like a petty criticism within the grand scheme, however Discord has already tried its hand at it with the Common Library, so clearly it’s a criticism many are wanting to resolve.
It’s attending to the purpose the place I’m genuinely shedding observe of what I personal and the place it’s. I simply found at this time I personal three copies of Rime as a result of I hadn’t realized I already owned it. I virtually purchased Darksiders once more over the past Steam sale with out realizing I’d gotten it at no cost with Twitch Prime — it was simply by happenstance I checked my Twitch launcher and realized it was already there
Yeah yeah, first world issues. Don’t @ me.
Having stated that, it took me some time to set apart time to actually fiddle with Galaxy 2.0, which launched again in Could. I assumed consolidating my video games would have required me to take a break from my Fireplace Emblem: Three Homes playthrough (Blue Lions symbolize). It really took subsequent to no time, and the power to customise your library makes it a dream to somebody for whom good group is as stress-free as ASMR.
Connecting the platforms is surprisingly simple. GOG’s group has already constructed integrations with among the hottest platforms, together with Steam, Origin, the Epic Retailer, and the PlayStation Community (Xbox Reside is obtainable as an “official integration” however works a lot the identical manner). You need to enter your login credentials, however every library built-in in seconds.
Every recreation’s metadata is routinely crammed in, together with paintings, time performed (not less than within the case of Steam video games), and achievements if there are any. You possibly can even kind the video games by any of those — or give every recreation a star score or a customized tag and kind by that. It’s the group system of my desires.
It’s not an ideal integration. For instance, Uplay detects its personal video games on different PC platforms reminiscent of Steam, so most of my Ubisoft video games had been displayed within the library twice over, regardless of them being the identical set up. Fortunately it offers you the choice to cover these — and I did, as a result of darn it, my shelf of Murderer’s Creed video games doesn’t must be larger.
Additionally, in case your platform isn’t included within the listing of standard integrations, it’s essential to add it manually with assist from the GOG group’s Github web page — however that requires precise work and all of us already understand how I really feel about that.
Nonetheless, in the event you’re in any respect a fan of digital group and revel in seeing your entire library specified by order, the brand new Galaxy will scratch your itch.