Geneforge 5: Overthrow is an Indie fantasy role-playing adventure, the final chapter of the epic Geneforge Saga. Return to the world of the Shapers one final time. Explore a vast, war-torn world, create and mold your own army of strange, powerful monsters, and choose a side to help lead to final victory.
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Release Date: Nov 1, 2008

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Includes 5 items: Geneforge 1, Geneforge 2, Geneforge 3, Geneforge 4: Rebellion, Geneforge 5: Overthrow


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Geneforge 5: Overthrow is an Indie fantasy role-playing adventure, the final chapter of the epic Geneforge Saga. Return to the world of the Shapers one final time. Explore a vast, war-torn world, create and mold your own army of strange, powerful monsters, and choose a side to help lead to final victory.

Geneforge 5: Overthrow features nine character classes and an enormous world with over 80 areas to explore. Choose among five different factions, each with its own beliefs, cities, and quests. Help the rebels or fight them. Slay your enemies or use stealth and diplomacy to outwit them. Your choices will shape the world, and there are dozens of different endings. Choose for yourself how the saga will finally end.

System Requirements

    • Operating system:Windows® XP / Vista™ / Windows® 7
    • Processor:1.6 GHz CPU
    • Memory:512 MB
    • Hard disk space:300MB
    • Video: OpenGL compliant graphics card
    • Sound:Sound card
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71 of 88 people (81%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
45.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2014
Just go get the $20 "Geneforge Saga" bundle with all 5 games, then go on a massive 200+ hour gameplay marathon of all 5 games. Thank me later.
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47 of 53 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2013
The very first game I played was geneforge 1 and once I did I knew I wanted to keep playing video games. The series as a whole Is wonderfully amazing, almost endless possiabilties, its own lore, challenging bosses, limitless followers if you spend points in shapping. Eahc game seperatly however is quite a diffrent story. Like any gamer I have ones I like and ones I wouldn't be to upset If I never got to play again. Lets start with the first 1; Very involving, you can get attached to your first creature if your not careful, the story is awesome, I recomend reading anything you find for back story, and always avoid anything you don't think you can take. The second on; It's not the best geneforge game but its not the worst in my opinion, didn't play much of it but what I did play I didn't care too much for. The third, By far my second favorite one, I could go on and on about everything I loved in it. The 4th could care less if I was unable to play, Its good and leads you up to the 5th but its tedious and irrating at the best. The 5th is the best in my opinion. Great graphics, new montsers, new creature to shap, wide ammount of areas to explore, many differnt paths to chose, my only probelm with it are the plants that stun you and the white beasts in the middle of the map. Back to the series as a whole, my only 3 issues with it are 1.) Turn based combat annoys me now adays hard for a game to impress me with turn based combat. 2.) Oppenets having laser sight and can see you even behind them quite annoying had to redo missions a lot. 3.) While albeit an old game I would love voice acting. It would just add so much more to the games. In all the geneforge saga is one of if not the best game series' I have ever played in my life.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
41.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
Great storyline, old school combat/graphics style. Difficulty in torment is legit and with 5 main factions and a myriad of choices, lots of replay value.

Gameplay is not simply just about slaughtering everything in your path - stealth and non-combat skills will be needed to clear the game.

Monsters don't respawn which means that your experience is limited (in particular, your minions get xp when you get xp); but this is only an important factor (getting minions early means they can level up more by the end game and are thus stronger than 'fresher' ones) in the harder difficulties.

Two minor complaints:
1.) I can't move the screen easily (arrow keys only) since you're usually clicking with your mouse to move the party and its awkward to have the left hand on the arrow keys to move the screen around
2.) A 'solo' style is virtually impossible on the harder difficulties (even with all your points in solo stuff like spells and stats rather than creations)

Awesome game, and great bang for the buck!
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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
94.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2012
One of the best RPGs I've ever played. It's every bit as good as the late 1990s infinity engine classics from which it draws its inspiration (in fact, it even rivals my beloved "Fallout 2" on many levels).

The gameplay, plot, and writing are all top notch, but its biggest success is how it handles choice and consequences. There are 5 separate factions, each with their own political and moral opinions, quests, storylines, and endings. Every choice you make in the game affects how these factions view you, which makes political maneuvering a dimension of gameplay every bit as important as outright combat. Playing the various factions off of each other, allying with them, or betraying them, is endlessly entertaining and there are very few games which balance open world freedom of choice with complexity of plot as well as this one.

An awesome end to one of the best RPG series ever. If you only play one game in the Geneforge series it should be this one.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
36.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
this is a great rpg. I love spiderweb's games. It is a turn based rpg, multiple endings and quests are pretty much up to you which ones you take or refuse. You also get a choice of which group to help or even leave one -once you join. It might seem simple but its actually very chalanging. You cant just hack and slash you way throught the battles. You need to use stratigy. Also alot of choices of what class to play and skills to invest in and stats also. The world is huge. The story line is well thought out but not confusing. The game plays well. No glitches, lag, crashes or freezes. The graphics are spiderweb's classic style and I love them.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2013
All 5 parts are very enjoyable and you can get the saga for the price of each game so you may as well get all 5 and play them in order to get a feel to the story, the only drawback to this is 4 and espcially 5 go back to the issue of balance of power you can have up to that point, since stuff generally doesn't respawn, you can only get so powerful by a certain point and be stuck. It's still a worthwhile series and collectively should take about 80-100 hours to beat the entire thing, double that if you want to explore the splitting plotlines.

From best to worst (mainly in terms of difficulty) 3, 2, 1, 4, 5.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 22, 2011
The 90s never ended for Spiderweb Software. Who wanted to move to third person morality-by-the-numbers when we could have stuck with isometric many-shades-of-♥♥♥♥♥♥♥? Geneforge 5 knows which is best and ends up making one of the finest RPGs released in years.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
73.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
previous Geneforge 4 review

Geneforge 5

Graphics: Better graphics and lighting effects than the previous four Geneforge.
Control: Nice and not-so-clear dramatic tutorial, fixed key binding.
Replayability: Somewhat High.

The cliche of this game is... you are amnesic! hurray! But most of the important characters know who you are... and none of them will tell you out of the kindness of their hearts. All of them will exploit you and profit of the actions of the 'mysterious stranger'. You can be an obedient Shaper tool and happily slaughter Rebel scum and Unbound, the Mad Lizard's mad glowing lizards. I killed about 20 Unbound, if I missed some I will appreciate information on their whereabouts to clean Terrestria for good.
Of course you can be Rebel scum as well but... Why?

The narrative is good, the freedom is back. I enjoyed playing Geneforge 5 almost as much as Geneforge 1.
The Geneforge Saga is a perfect cycle: You know who you are but not where you are to you don't know/remember who you are but you know where you are.

Things I learned:
-Serviles smell bad.
-Uss is Drakon speech for 'Fort'.
-Drakons become duller every next game.

-Wingbolts are OP
-I got the 'pleasure' of killing Greta and Ghaldring... again.

The end
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2012
A great addition to the Geneforge series with upgraded graphics, and an easier interface. Not better than the fourth game, but far superior to the others.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
This game and in general the entire series is highly intruiging because it has a great and quite fluid story. It has certian setbacks though, the general quality of graphics is noticably not great but the game makes up for this in the quality of the story. The general feeling of making gigantic monsters tofight other monsters and then you make even more monsters, just feels good in away. I would recomend this game hily for anyone who enjoys a good storyline rpg game.
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33.8 hrs
Posted: September 28
Like a Single Player Dungeons and Dragons.

In Geneforge 5, the progression is slow, and balanced, but in the end, you can achieve power equal to some faction leaders. In general, the story is great, and emersive. If you're not that skilled, I recommend playing on casual so you can experience the story without having to reload often. Also, experience with the previous games is not required at all, but after playing every game in order, it's cool seeing important characters grow and change.

To conclude this review, I recommend this game to anyone who likes turn based Dungeons and Dragons style RPGs, and anyone who enjoys a good story.
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25.2 hrs
Posted: August 11
Absolutely Fantastic game. I remember Geneforge 1 and 2 as a little boy, and coming back all those years to play 3,4, and 5 was just incredible. Great Series, and great developer.
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Wild Salmon
24.1 hrs
Posted: August 3
The best in the series, I think this is one of the best tactical RPGs I've ever played. It has a great mix of oldschool RPG style and modern features.

For those unfamiliar with the series: There are shapers and rebels (and some other factions I won't spoil). Shapers create life and bend creatures to their will. They have great power through their wealth, armies, and special shaping knowledge. They're pretty much gangsters though, ruthlessly ruling their lands with an iron fist. Side with them and they will bend you to their will, but offer riches and powerful knowlege as rewards. The rebels, on the other hand, are sick of the shapers and more equalitarian in their rule - granting rights to shaped creations. They don't have the resources of the shapers but offer freedom and a sort of morally enabled good nights sleep. there are a bunch of other forces in play too.

Tread the world of geneforge carefully, forming alliances, gaining skills, creating an army of followers, and generally becoming a badass. Great replayability.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: June 19
Not only the faction system in this game give it a great replayability, it's a world of opportunity for treason and double crossing. I'm so happy it's on Steam, There is a lot of play style with spying, magic, fighting, having armies of monsters.

I just got the bundle for all spiderweb software games. It mean less than 5$ each and they are all good.
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17.0 hrs
Posted: May 8
I like all the Geneforge games.
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23.1 hrs
Posted: May 1
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0.1 hrs
Posted: April 25
Why do so many games have such obscure things that you MUST do to proceed!
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0.2 hrs
Posted: February 10
Before you read this, NO I didnt play it for 20 minutes, I was offline because of shatfeck M’gee internet.
I am hesitant to say no, it really is ok, but I had a difficult time getting the grasp of it. Complicated concepts are generally very difficult to convey with simple graphics. It just feels like a slightly updated version of the previous 4. This would be spectacular if it was released in 2002 or before perhaps. I would like to point out that 4 years before this, Half-life 2 was released, which by today's standards has acceptable graphics. I understand that graphics aren't everything, but some people will find this not making sense if they have an IQ of 100-. I don't personally, but I am just trying to point this out. Also the UI was very glitch-filled for me. Movement seemed clunky, and objects were difficult to tell apart. Also generic plot pls. This game in its nature is like Counter-strike Condition zero. It was difficult to tell friend from foe, and where you were supposed to go and what you were supposed to do there. More on, I couldn't tell how to do what I was supposed to do. Idk man this game sort of feels like a fetish, most people wouldn't like it, but the few people who actually really look into it appreciate it more. Btw I mentioned I didn't have 20 minutes, it was something along the lines of 7 or 8 hours. Maybe you have to completely play the previous 4? Maybe you have to put in 100 hours? I don’t know but, it seemed too boring and illogical, so I stopped playing and went back to Duck game and CSGO (until r8 pls.) Feel free to object in comments. It just occurred to me that I wrote a small essay reviewing a game when I have an actual essay due tomorrow. At this point I wrote more in this review than I have on my essay I've been working on for days now. Lol, and this took me like 3 min. This review is approaching 400 words, it has specifically three-hundred, eighty-five words in it including all of the words in this sentence, which yes, it took way for me long to figure out how to do.
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82.1 hrs
Posted: December 27, 2015
Many improvements from previous version. It's good oldschool Turn based RPG with nice story.
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12.3 hrs
Posted: December 25, 2015
One of my all time favorite games. Geneforge looks fairly simple but it has a very in depth story behind it and following it from the 1st to last game is fun although not necesary.
You are able to choose your quests and actions and whether you want to be good or evil. It's definitely a classic game that should be on everyones list.
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