While everyone seemed mad for a WoW Classic beta key last month, the only key I really wanted this summer was the one I got last week — access to GOG Galaxy 2.0.
GOG Galaxy is the digital platform for GOG.com, my preferred site for games (some modern, tons retro). Over the past several years, I’ve built up a library of two hundred or so games, and the Galaxy client has become more useful installing and uninstalling them rather than using the website itself.
But then I heard about Galaxy 2.0 and the seemingly wonderful promise of being able to funnel ALL of my digital game platforms into one place, and I saw rainbows and unicorns (that’s my wallpaper motif, but I was also pretty excited). Gamers these days know how annoying it is to have to deal with multiple platform clients and try to remember what game is on what and have to struggle with them clogging up memory while they’re all loaded at the same time.
So believe me when I say that I was incredibly excited to try out Galaxy 2.0, just to see if it, you know, actually worked. And the crazy thing is that, yes, it does. Within minutes of booting it up, I had my Steam and Epic Games Store linked to GOG, throwing all of these games under the same umbrella. I could scan through them, see achievements, played time, the works.
Yeah. How cool is that? Pretty cool.
For me, I think that this will be the most useful for browsing through my complete library when I’m on the prowl for something to try or play next. I don’t do that as often on Steam, and I only touch the Epic Games Store when they give away something free.
The client is very straight-forward, with the option to make the landing page your library, the store, or your recently played titles. There’s a friends list and some other bells and whistles, but really, the only thing I cared about was just having everything in one spot.
I ran a quick test to boot up and play a Steam title through Galaxy 2.0. And yes, once again, it just worked. I mean, any installed games on my computer are going to be accessed via icons on my desktop, but I’m all for multiple options to do the same thing.
Anyway, I’m going to hang on to this for the future, and while it doesn’t really touch on MMOs (I don’t tend to go through Steam for those), it’s useful for everything else in my digital games collection.