Geneforge 5: Overthrow is the fifth and final video game in the Geneforge series of role-playing games created by Spiderweb Software. It was released as demoware for the Macintosh and Windows on February 18, 2009.
Unlike the first four Geneforge games, the player can choose between the original three classes (Shaper, Guardian, and Agent), as well as six rebel classes (Warrior, Infiltrator, Servile, Lifecrafter, Shock Trooper and Sorceress).
The screen in Geneforge 5 is considerably larger, with a bigger map, and smaller icons, leaving much more room for viewing. The graphics were improved in numerous aspects, with better animations and cut-scenes than the first three games. The plot is more akin to that of Geneforge 2 in that there are multiple factions which the player can join, whereas in the third and fourth games, there are only two major factions available to the player.
In the beginning of the game, the player wakes up from an amnesiac trance, with no memory of his former life. The player is in the service of Shaper Rawal, a powerful Shaper who seeks to use the player to increase his own political power. After performing a few tasks for him, he releases the player from his mountains, letting the player travel the world.
At first the player enters the domain of Councillor Astoria, who wishes to have peace with the rebellion. She is the leader of one of the factions the player may join.
In a far eastern area of Astoria's domain, the player meets the former Shaper Litalia (previously encountered in both Geneforge 3 and Geneforge 4), who wishes him to join the Trakovites, a radical sect that supports the complete abandonment of all Shaping whatsoever.
Upon traveling further south the player encounters General Alwan, who has previously been met in both Geneforge 3 and Geneforge 4. He has been badly wounded following the events in Geneforge 4, and is confined to a life-support device. He is the main front of the war with the rebels, and opposes any peace whatsoever. The player may also join his faction.
In a very far south area of the world the player meets Sage Taygen, a mad, yet powerful Shaper who wishes to attain peace by creating a strain of bacteria that will wipe out all creation, giving the Shapers a blank slate to start anew. The player may join his faction as well.
The final area of the game is to the east of Alwan's lands – the Rebel domain. As the player travels through them, he meets Ghaldring, the leader of the final faction. He wishes the player to kill the leaders of the other 4 sects in order to complete his rebellion.
As with the other Geneforge games, the player has complete freedom to join whichever sect he wishes, and this, along with a few other factors (such as canister use), determines the ending that you receive.
- Jeff Vogel, creator of the series
- Spiderweb Software, Jeff Vogel's company
- Exile series by Spiderweb Software
- Avernum series by Spiderweb Software
Other installments in the series
- Geneforge, first installment of the series
- Geneforge 2, second installment of the series
- Geneforge 3, third installment of the series
- Geneforge 4: Rebellion, fourth installment of the series