Blade Runner Returns on GOG.com

GOG.com now offers the rerelease of Blade Runner, offering a way to play this third-person adventure from 1997 based on the classic sci-fi film set in the distant future of 2019. This is updated to work on modern PCs running Windows, macOS, or Linux, and like all their offerings, is devoid of DRM. So finish eating your noodles and folding your origami and read on for the details:
In 1997 Westwood Studios released a title that won universal praise from gamers and critics all around the world, along with accolades like AIAS’s Adventure Game of the Year award. Set in the same time and universe as the 1982 classic science fiction film by Ridley Scott, Blade Runner video game is now making a big comeback on modern computers.

In the game, you take the role of detective Ray McCoy. Armed with your investigative skills and tools of the Blade Runner trade, you must roam the dark, rainy streets of Los Angeles A.D. 2019 in pursuit of androids gone rogue. Searching for those so-called replicants is a tough nut to crack because they look and behave almost exactly like real people. Faced with growing moral dilemmas, McCoy will soon have to answer questions about his own humanity.

Features:

  • Immerse yourself in the dark, gritty world of Los Angeles 2019, where you become both the hunter and the hunted.
  • Explore over 100 interactive environments including sets from the Ridley Scott’s 1982 movie.
  • Take part in a non-linear story that creates a unique experience every time you play.
  • Interact with over 70 motion-captured characters, all with their own AI and agendas.
  • Witness the climatic noir-style visuals, engulfed in smoke and rain.
  • Recognize the Hollywood cast from the original film including Sean Young, James Hong, Joe Turkel, Brion James, and William Sanderson.
  • Listen to the ambient, multi-track audio and hear the music which includes specially recreated cuts from the original Blade Runner soundtrack.
  • Step into the role of detective Ray McCoy and utilize Blade Runner tools you know from the movie. Use ESPER photo analysis machine to distinguish replicants from humans, and analyze all case clues with the Knowledge Integration Assistant.

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Thanks to all the folks that responded to my query about the non-linearity / replayability.
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Ravenus wrote on Dec 18, 2019, 03:21:
How true is the non-linear story and unique experience? Is it just small detours leading back to the same road or is there a marked degree of difference achieved?

I"d say minor. The story is about 90% the same, and different characters are rolled up as replicants or not at the beginning of the story.

It's still worth a go though. Lot of fun.
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Drayth wrote on Dec 18, 2019, 10:45:
Kxmode wrote on Dec 18, 2019, 07:47:
Ravenus wrote on Dec 18, 2019, 03:21:
How true is the non-linear story and unique experience? Is it just small detours leading back to the same road or is there a marked degree of difference achieved?

It's a story that runs parallel to the film's time frame. For example, Captain Bryant is out sick, with Lieutenant Guzza stepping in to command to Blade Runner unit in his absence. The story is about Ray McCoy's investigation into a murder at a rare animal shop. Like the film, there's an unfolding plot. The nonlinear experience comes in the way of destinations you investigate in any manner you chose (you also have access to all of the Blade Runner's equipment like the Voight-Kampff and magnifier). Results reveal new locations to investigate. The video game is more like the Police Quest adventure games with a Blade Runner exterior. All said it's a terrific game with great performances by the cast. Vangelis's original score was painstakingly recreated by Frank Klepacki after Westwood couldn't secure access to the master recordings. Overall the themes and settings match the film flawlessly. It's absolutely worth the price.

He's asking about the game mechanics, not the story.

His first question literally asks "How true is the non-linear story?" I answered that with "the nonlinear experience [aka the gameplay] comes in the way of destinations you investigate in any manner you chose (you also have access to all of the Blade Runner's equipment like the Voight-Kampff and magnifier)."
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CJ_Parker wrote on Dec 18, 2019, 09:55:
Task wrote on Dec 17, 2019, 20:02:
I wasn't aware there ever was a Blade Runner game, the more you know.

Not too surprising. It received fairly mediocre reviews (77% Gamerankings score back then). At the time it came out, most people were tired of the endless flood of "multimedia" interactive movie adventures that shipped with "dozens" of CDs that had you play fucking disk jockey.

I don't think I ever played it either, even though I liked some of these games like the Tex Murphy games but when Blade Runner came out I was probably tired of this style of game, too.
I surely would have played it if it had received more praise because back then there were actually larger gaps between games worth buying. I didn't have a real backlog yet. The whole building up a massive backlog shit started circa 2002 for me.

Anyway, 1997 was a pretty good gaming year. Like most people, I was prolly too busy playing one of the following instead of Blade Runner: Age of Empires, Jedi Knight Dark Forces II, Tomb Raider II, Quake II, Blood, Riven, GTA, Total Annihilation, MDK, Wing Commander Prophecy, Fallout, The Curse of Monkey Island, Final Fantasy VII, Carmageddon etc. etc.
IIRC, the unique video engine ran poorly on most hardware of that time, which also earned it some detractions. Obviously not a problem today.
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Kxmode wrote on Dec 18, 2019, 07:47:
Ravenus wrote on Dec 18, 2019, 03:21:
How true is the non-linear story and unique experience? Is it just small detours leading back to the same road or is there a marked degree of difference achieved?

It's a story that runs parallel to the film's time frame. For example, Captain Bryant is out sick, with Lieutenant Guzza stepping in to command to Blade Runner unit in his absence. The story is about Ray McCoy's investigation into a murder at a rare animal shop. Like the film, there's an unfolding plot. The nonlinear experience comes in the way of destinations you investigate in any manner you chose (you also have access to all of the Blade Runner's equipment like the Voight-Kampff and magnifier). Results reveal new locations to investigate. The video game is more like the Police Quest adventure games with a Blade Runner exterior. All said it's a terrific game with great performances by the cast. Vangelis's original score was painstakingly recreated by Frank Klepacki after Westwood couldn't secure access to the master recordings. Overall the themes and settings match the film flawlessly. It's absolutely worth the price.

He's asking about the game mechanics, not the story.

The game randomizes a certain plot element, the hunting down of replicants. The game still has a specific set of endings. It doesn't completely re-write the script, but it adds an air of mystery as to who you need to be hunting. For instance there's a particular comedian character who may or may not be a replicant on each play through, etc..
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Task wrote on Dec 17, 2019, 20:02:
I wasn't aware there ever was a Blade Runner game, the more you know.

Not too surprising. It received fairly mediocre reviews (77% Gamerankings score back then). At the time it came out, most people were tired of the endless flood of "multimedia" interactive movie adventures that shipped with "dozens" of CDs that had you play fucking disk jockey.

I don't think I ever played it either, even though I liked some of these games like the Tex Murphy games but when Blade Runner came out I was probably tired of this style of game, too.
I surely would have played it if it had received more praise because back then there were actually larger gaps between games worth buying. I didn't have a real backlog yet. The whole building up a massive backlog shit started circa 2002 for me.

Anyway, 1997 was a pretty good gaming year. Like most people, I was prolly too busy playing one of the following instead of Blade Runner: Age of Empires, Jedi Knight Dark Forces II, Tomb Raider II, Quake II, Blood, Riven, GTA, Total Annihilation, MDK, Wing Commander Prophecy, Fallout, The Curse of Monkey Island, Final Fantasy VII, Carmageddon etc. etc.
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Ravenus wrote on Dec 18, 2019, 03:21:
How true is the non-linear story and unique experience? Is it just small detours leading back to the same road or is there a marked degree of difference achieved?

It's a story that runs parallel to the film's time frame. For example, Captain Bryant is out sick, with Lieutenant Guzza stepping in to command to Blade Runner unit in his absence. The story is about Ray McCoy's investigation into a murder at a rare animal shop. Like the film, there's an unfolding plot. The nonlinear experience comes in the way of destinations you investigate in any manner you chose (you also have access to all of the Blade Runner's equipment like the Voight-Kampff and magnifier). Results reveal new locations to investigate. The video game is more like the Police Quest adventure games with a Blade Runner exterior. All said it's a terrific game with great performances by the cast. Vangelis's original score was painstakingly recreated by Frank Klepacki after Westwood couldn't secure access to the master recordings. Overall the themes and settings match the film flawlessly. It's absolutely worth the price.
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This is what happens when you don't think your replies through.
Not sure he thought his username through either.

Well the problem is that Kxmode don't play old games and can't accept that I think it's a problem that Microsoft brake old games.

Now he's gone full rampage mode and deleted my comments. Good on you sir!
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christheshitter wrote on Dec 17, 2019, 21:27:
Well the problem is that Kxmode don't play old games and can't accept that I think it's a problem that Microsoft brake old games.

Also, did you mean to write "Microsoft breaks old game?" If so, they don't go out of their way to do that. That's just the side effect of old code becoming obsolete. It is sometimes called software atrophy. Dos Box and other emulators were created to help fix this.
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christheshitter wrote on Dec 17, 2019, 21:27:
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Kxmode wrote on Dec 17, 2019, 19:41:
christheshitter wrote on Dec 17, 2019, 18:21:
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This is what happens when you don't think your replies through.
Not sure he thought his username through either.

Well the problem is that Kxmode don't play old games and can't accept that I think it's a problem that Microsoft brake old games.

Now he's gone full rampage mode and deleted my comments. Good on you sir!

Wow. You caught me...
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christheshitter wrote on Dec 17, 2019, 18:21:
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This is what happens when you don't think your replies through.
Not sure he thought his username through either.

Well the problem is that Kxmode don't play old games and can't accept that I think it's a problem that Microsoft brake old games.

Now he's gone full rampage mode and deleted my comments. Good on you sir!
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I wasn't aware there ever was a Blade Runner game, the more you know.
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christheshitter wrote on Dec 17, 2019, 17:54:
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Great news but unfortunately there are older games that stopped being supported on the Windows 10 platform. Microsoft need to get their shit together!

It's not Microsoft's job to ensure older, obsolete software works. That's why GOG was created in the first place.

Are you for real? Go and play your Fortine you enjoy so much.

Fortine? Do you mean Fortnite? If so, your point is unclear. For one, I don't play Fortnite and secondly, it is a modern game that runs on Windows 10. If fact, it was released two years after Windows 10's release.
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Kxmode wrote on Dec 17, 2019, 16:00:
christheshitter wrote on Dec 17, 2019, 15:32:
Great news but unfortunately there are older games that stopped being supported on the Windows 10 platform. Microsoft need to get their shit together!

It's not Microsoft's job to ensure older, obsolete software works. That's why GOG was created in the first place.

Are you for real? Go and play your Fortine you enjoy so much.
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christheshitter wrote on Dec 17, 2019, 15:32:
Great news but unfortunately there are older games that stopped being supported on the Windows 10 platform. Microsoft need to get their shit together!

It's not Microsoft's job to ensure older, obsolete software works. That's why GOG was created in the first place.
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Great news but unfortunately there are older games that stopped being supported on the Windows 10 platform. Microsoft need to get their shit together!
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