What is GOG Galaxy 2.0? Here’s What You Should Know [Review]

A review that highlights every aspect of GOG Galaxy

by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
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  • When it comes to PC gaming, there are various distribution platforms to choose from, and picking the best one isn’t an easy task.
  • GOG offers some unique features as a distribution platform, making it the preferred choice for many.
  • To make an informed decision, users need to understand every aspect of it, and that's where this guide will help.
review of GOG Galaxy
Supports console games
Supports games from other distribution platforms
Unified gaming library
Supports offline install for GOG games
No DRM for games from GOG store
Less available titles in the store

GOG is a gaming distribution platform with hundreds of titles to choose from. The service has a gaming client, and recently a new version of the client was released.

GOG Galaxy client allows you to organize your games as you wish, but you can also download or purchase games from the GOG store.

Unlike Steam and other distribution platforms, GOG doesn’t use DRM protection, so you can freely back up your games and play them without an Internet connection.

In today’s article, we’ll take a closer look at GOG Galaxy 2.0 and see what features it offers its users.

How does GOG Galaxy 2.0 work?

GOG Galaxy 2.0 works as a hub for all your games. The application works with local games and games from other distribution platforms.

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Of course, console games are also supported so that you can organize your gaming library regardless of your gaming platform.

GOG Galaxy 2.0 also works as an online store, therefore you can purchase and download games directly from GOG.

What are GOG Galaxy 2.0 features?

Unified gaming library

GOG Galaxy 2.0 allows you to organize all your games into a single collection with ease. This goes for both PC and console games.

Of course, you can add games from other digital distribution platforms such as Steam, UPlay, Origin, Epic Games Store, etc.

In addition to organizing your gaming collection, you can use GOG Galaxy to launch PC games with ease. Also, you can fully organize your library, sort, and filter your games as you want.

Of course, you can directly buy and download games from the GOG Galaxy 2.0 client.

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Unified friends list

The client also allows you to have friends from multiple gaming platforms on GOG Galaxy.

You can see your friend’s online status and activity feed and their stats. The chat feature isn’t available at the moment, but it should be added in the near future.

Cloud storage for saving game files

GOG Galaxy 2.0 will also keep your games up to date, and it will even store your saves in the cloud and sync them between multiple PCs.

Special matchmaking for GOG games

Special multiplayer and matchmaking are also available for GOG Galaxy-powered games, which will surely come in handy.

Ability to roll back problematic updates

The client also can roll back your game to the previous version in you encounter any issues with a game after an update.

Simple and friendly user interface

The interface is sleek and simple, and you should be able to find the desired game with ease while using GOG Galaxy 2.0.

To see how to download and install GOG Galaxy 2.0, visit our dedicated GOG Galaxy installation guide.

GOG Galaxy 2.0

GOG Galaxy 2.0

GOG Galaxy 2.0 is a gaming client that lets you organize games from multiple platforms in a single library.

Is GOG better than Steam?

GOG Galaxy 2.0 review steam vs gog

Steam is the largest distribution platform for games, and it’s significantly larger than GOG.

Steam has more than 90 million users and over 9000 titles to choose from, which is constantly growing.

GOG has a smaller user base and fewer games to choose from, but it has several advantages, and the first one is the lack of DRM.

GOG games don’t have DRM protection, meaning you completely own the game once you purchase it.

DRM can cause compatibility issues with many older games, and this is where GOG shines since none of its games, even the older ones, have DRM protection.

Besides, GOG supports offline installation, so you can download your games and create backups. You can even install games without the GOG Galaxy client.

For that, head to your GOG web account, download the offline installer for the game, and run the setup to install it.

Steam requires you to use the Steam client to download and purchase the games, which is not the case with GOG, thanks to the offline install feature.

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It’s worth mentioning that you can play both GOG and Steam games offline. While the latter has a dedicated built-in offline mode for it, with GOG, users can directly run the game launcher instead of accessing it via the game client.

GOG also works with games from other platforms, and you can easily add games from consoles to your library.

The same goes for your friend list; friends from all platforms will appear in the GOG Galaxy client.

To recap, here’s a quick comparison of Steam and GOG.

Steam pros:

  • Larger user base and number of titles
  • Developed and maintained by Valve Software
  • Optimized and easy to use

Steam cons:

  • Many games use DRM
  • No support for the offline installation of games
  • Requires constant Internet connection for games to work
  • No support for older games

GOG pros:

  • Ability to add games from both PC and consoles to your library
  • Unified friend list for all platforms
  • Games don’t use DRM
  • Ability to download offline installers without the GOG Galaxy client
  • Offers older games without the DRM protection

GOG cons:

  • Fewer titles to choose from

How safe is GOG?

GOG Galaxy 2.0 takes special care of your privacy and won’t monitor your data or share it with third parties.

Your data is your own, and you can easily remove any data imported from GOG servers.

Final thoughts on GOG Galaxy 2.0

GOG offers some much-needed features that other distribution platforms lack, such as the ability to play games without DRM protection and offline installation for games.

GOG Galaxy 2.0 also works with other distribution platforms, so you can have games from Steam, UPlay, Origin, and Epic Store in one gaming client.

The ability to organize games across multiple platforms is also a major plus, and if you’re a PC or console gamer, GOG Galaxy 2.0 is a must-have application for you.

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