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Mathew B.

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With the exception of the larger catalogue of old games, GOG is no different to Steam in this area. Unfortunately, you're typically going to have to mess around getting games to work, or work well. These fixes typically involve downloading third party software or editing config files.

Here's a few examples of issues you can expect:
- Star Wars Jedi Outcast (I do not recommend the game itself, by the way!) works on Windows 10 but requires a few simple changes in a config file for decent visuals. This is absurd since it is so easy for GOG to include these changes with the installation!
- Dungeon Keeper runs in DOSBox (GOG supplied and configured) but the CPU core speed is set too low, so I increased it.
- Dungeon Keeper 2 runs at a lower resolution with a GOG supplied fix. Being unsatisfied with this, I ran the original game executable using compatibility settings and found that the GOG supplied fix was unnecessary! I managed to get DK2 to run at 1080p, but the camera was too zoomed in (the zoom limit is hard-coded apparently). Looking around on the Internet, there appears to be a fix for the zoom but I haven't tried it.
- Titles such as Quake, Quake 2 and Doom will require third party enthusiast-made software to play (i.e. Doomsday engine for Doom - it's great and free!).
- Blood 2 does not run at all on Windows 10 and I can't find a fix for it.

Needless to say, these issues are totally unacceptable for a site that, as its name implies, specialises in old games (GOG is short for Good Old Games). Put simply, GOG.com is a missed opportunity to innovate with old games, and you don't know what you're buying will work well or work at all.

One more piece of advice: ALWAYS check a few pages of negative reviews out when deciding whether to buy a game (or anything, actually). Certain games will not be as good as you remember as a kid and, as I've mentioned, there could be various technical issues with a game.

Tip for consumers: Always look at a few pages of negative reviews when deciding to purchase. Same with anything.

Unfortunately, the quality of payware addons for flight simulators really varies, and not all payware is up to scratch. I found this out with the Comet Jetliner payware from JustFlight.
Avoid. It is not up to scratch. The engine sounds are terribly implemented, the optimisation terrible (on a Ryzen 2nd gen, Vega 56, 8GB 3200MHz RAM PC, the Comet Jetliner struggles to maintain 30fps on the ground, with a 30fps cap set in FSX), and it freezes (crashes) the flight simulator after a few seconds on the takeoff roll. This is entirely the fault of the addon, as:
- The default FSX planes work great.
- It obviously has nothing to do with the hardware
- The software I used with the addon (Windows 10, FSX SP2) meets the stated requirements.

I did receive a refund after complaining, but only after a week-long support thread attempting to solve the problems, even though it was blatantly obvious it was the addon that was the problem. The support member was kind, but I did not feel as though he knew what he was talking about. One piece of advice he offered - installing an older Visual C++ redistributable package - was completely irrelevant to my problem and also reckless. Not only did it not fix the problems with the addon, it also caused problems launching other software on my PC. I followed the support in good faith, even though I did wonder what installing redistributable packs had to do with the addon before following the advice.

If it were not for that terrible advice which caused problems with other software on my PC, I would not have posted this review. If you've ever had problems with software not starting due to Visual C++ redistributable issues, you'll know how frustrating it is.

Two stars because I received a refund.

Tip for consumers: Proceed with caution with flight simulator addons - like most things, payware does not necessarily mean premium.

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