The RPS Bargain Bucket: Deadly Gambles

By RPS on May 9th, 2009 at 12:36 pm.

This week’s round-up of agreeably-priced electric videogames constitutes a heady mix of long-time RPS favourites and a few titles we’ve curled our knowing lips at. Both the Clever and the Stupid, in other words. Your ringmaster of revenue is, as always, Savygamer‘s LewieP.

Stalin vs. Martians – £4.99/€5.68/$7.61
Kieron basically said that you shouldn’t buy this game for full price. Maybe he’d feel a bit different about it now that it has been heavily discounted. I can’t seem to find a demo for it anywhere, which is a bit of a bad sign. Basically any positivity I felt towards it pre-release has fizzled and popped since it came out. If any of you like it, fee free to try and convince me otherwise.

Dark Sector – £9.99/€19.99/$13.33
I’m in the middle of playing this on the 360, and it is kind of fun. I guess genre-wise, it’s a Gears of war clone, but with a twist. You get a fun toy, in the form of a spinning lathe which you can cut guys up with. A not too bad throwaway action-shooty experience, with set pieces and AI that is not quite good enough. Brilliant melee kills though.

Age of Booty – £3.27/€3.72/$4.99
Capcom made a PC game! Not even a late port of a big console game, but a small downloadable game. I guess that’s something Capcom are trying to be better about these days, what with Bionic Commando Rearmed and Flock too. This one is an arcade RTS about pirate ships, with single and mulitplayer. Sounds alright to me.

On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Bundle Pack – £13.09/€14.88/$19.95
This pack contains Episode 1 + 2 of Penny Arcade Adventures. A great price if you’re after both of these, and if you are a fan of the comic it’s worth trying out. They are point and click adventures with fairly traditional turn based RPG combat. I enjoyed the first one, not got around to the second yet though. Demos are here and here.

Men of War – £12.50/$14.95
RPS talk about this game at any given opportunity. Unless I am mistaken, this is the cheapest it has been since release too. Check out the demo here.

Mount and Blade – £6.50/$7.50
This has been included in previous bargain buckets, and now it’s going for even less! It’s a massive scale action RPG, with excellent combat and controls. It’s not the prettiest game out there, but if you see past it’s slightly abrasive exterior, you’ll find a real gem of a game here. Try the demo here.

Deal of the Week
Defense Grid: The Awakening – £3.50/€4.75/$5
Alec posted this earlier in the week, but it is certainly worth reiterating. Defense Grid for £3.50 is an utter steal. Even if you are playing Pants VS. Zombies now, eventually you’ll be done with it, and you may as well get another excellent tower defence game now when it costs literally next to nothing. It’s a classy game, with great level design, and a nicely put together narrative. Check out the demo here.

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43 Comments »

  1. Flint says:

    I’m having a hard time deciding whether “Pants vs Zombies” is a typo or a humourous quip.

  2. Simon says:

    Stalin vs. Martians isn’t worth the it’s weight in bandwidth, so for $5 it’s still $10 overpriced.

  3. LewieP says:

    I would love to be able to say it was an intentional misspelling, but it was indeed accidental.

    It’s the same reason SavyGamer has only one “v”, I typed it wrong when I first set up the site.

  4. Solar says:

    Can I just mention Universe at War: Earth assault for £4.99.(http://store.steampowered.com/app/10430/) Also if you visit HMV it’s a bigger steal at £2. The campaign is ponderous and drawn out but the multiplayer is good, reasonably balanced and has a nice variety in faction play. Shame there is hardly anyone around online to actually play it.

    EDIT: Defence Grid is fun, especially at that price.

  5. Markoff Chaney says:

    Thank you so much for these weekly posts. I look forward to seeing how I can get the most out of my gaming budget with LewieP and the usually excellent additions from the rest of the hiveminds’ help each weekend. Thank You!

    As an aside, I’d like to see 42 types of pants taking on zombies. You could have spandex that makes them bounce back, dirty jeans that keep them away with odor (assuming Zombies can smell, that is). The possibilities are endless.

  6. LewieP says:

    I was tempted to include Universe at War, but it was already a jam packed bucket.

    There was also GOGs Ascaron promo that I missed out.

  7. Professor says:

    Buy Defense Grid! It’s worth the buy and a lot more!

  8. Oak says:

    Anno 1701/1701 AD is half off at Gamersgate. Enjoyable citybuildery.

  9. bigredrock says:

    “an arcade RTS about pirate ships, with single and MULITplayer”

    Excellent – pirates with really bad haircuts.

  10. bansama says:

    Here’s a fairly complete rundown of everything that is on sale this weekend:
    http://www.coldbluesun.com/wishlist/en/onsale

  11. Sp4rkR4t says:

    Stalin Vs Martians is one of the worst games I have ever played, Age Of Booty is great fun.

  12. MrBejeebus says:

    haha, some good typos in this

    im annoyed about men of war’s price reduction, wish it had come a week earlier so i wouldnt have paid full price, nvm tho, it was worth it.

  13. darth_careful says:

    Age of Booty for £3.27 would be great. If it were available outside North America, that is :(

  14. bartleby says:

    I haven’t played much of Stalin Vs Martians, but it’s fairly amusing. The gameplay is a bit basic, to be polite, but it’s caused a couple chuckles. So. If you wish.

  15. MA6200 says:

    Some great prices on great games. Thanks for posting these. Mount and Blade is good and I picked up Men of War and Defense Grid the other day and they’ve been giving me that lovely bloodshot-eyes-at-4a.m-but-just-one-more-round feeling.

    I need some coffee.

  16. Radiant says:

    I thought Age Of Booty was about seeing Rihanna and Cassie naked pics.

    I was wrong.

  17. Fenchurch says:

    I’m so glad I waited a couple of weeks to buy Defence Grid, I couldn’t have asked for a better deal. x-)

    I’m on level 8 at the minute, it’s a lot less forgiving than plants vs. zombies.

    Also, argh, I /HATE/ the fog levels.

  18. Vinraith says:

    1701 Gold for $15 at Gamersgate should really be one here, it’s the best city builder to come along in ages.

    I’d buy Men of War at that price happily if it wasn’t on D2D.

  19. MikeBiggs says:

    I’m thinking of getting Anno1701 but which is the better platform D2D or GamersGate?
    The reason I ask is that I don’t wanna join one that’s so rubbish customer service wise that I regret spending my money there!

  20. Erlend M says:

    Also, GOG have Sacred Gold (a fantasy RPG) and Darkstar One (a space shooter) on 25% discount, meaning $7.49 each. I’ve bought Darkstar One (8/10 from Kieron at Eurogamer), but I haven’t tried it yet.

  21. Vinraith says:

    @MikeBiggs

    RYG has reviews of both that I pretty much agree with:

    http://reclaimyourgame.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=259&Itemid=98

    http://reclaimyourgame.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=263&Itemid=100

    Short version: Gamersgate’s pretty good, D2D has had enough problems that skepticism is warranted. If you’re only going to use one of the two, I think GG is the way to go. I’ve had good customer support experiences with them and I like how “lightweight” their system is. I buy most of my digital games from them and Steam these days (though I pick up the occasional title from GOG and Impulse as well).

  22. LewieP says:

    @darth_careful

    Wow, that is awful. They display a price in GBP, but then won’t let us pay them it.

  23. damien says:

    http://www.impulsedriven.com/products/ESD-IMP-W214

    am i the only one that actually liked “chosen – well of souls”? its a no frills diablo-clone, action rpg with lacklustre customization options and a strange attempt at pacing. its also gorgeous. the colours and light effects rebelmind has crammed into their tiny 420mb game are just wonderful.

    whatever engine rebelmind is using for their games is quite impressive. (i have similar feelings for whatever engine frozenbyte has used in their shadowgrounds series).

  24. damien says:

    @ vinraith. in 15 transactions with d2d, i’ve never had a problem with games from there. if there is any caveat, i’d say stick to games that are older for d2d, as their patch release schedule has been slower in my experience than steam’s. i might also hesitate to buy something like mount and blade there, as the developers are so busy updating their game.

    i probably judge all of these digital distro places on a curve, tho. because they sell a product i want (no boxes or discs).

  25. Heliocentric says:

    Mount and blade wouldn’t be a problem actually as any mount and blade key is viable for direct download. Got m&b off steam but i can use the key on the non steam version.

  26. Matzerath says:

    I stayed up way too late last night playing Defense Grid. I like the narrator just fine, though I understand the complaints — I got pretty sick of him talking about tasting raspberries over and over at the beginning of a late level that was repeatedly kicking my ass.
    Someone should make a plants vs zombies mod for it.

  27. rocketman71 says:

    I’ve heard that Age of Booty’s network code is horrible and that you can’t even play LAN without going through GameSpy. Anyone that has the game can confirm or deny it?

  28. Tonic says:

    Dark Sector for the PC was hammered out by some russian outfit. It genuinely broken for me. Changing the resolution crashed the game, some sounds didn’t play, etc.

  29. Ginger Yellow says:

    Frankly, the Soviet national anthem is worth £4.99 on its own. Not as worth it as Defence Grid at £3.50, but still. It’s the most amazing national anthem ever.

  30. MD says:

    It’s the same reason SavyGamer has only one “v”, I typed it wrong when I first set up the site.

    Man, all this time I had assumed it was a pun on save (save-y) and savvy. I wondered why you chose savy rather than savey, though.

  31. cm7 says:

    No love for Universe at War?

    Never played it. Is it any good?

  32. Vinraith says:

    @damien Thanks for the input re: D2D. I’m going entirely by word of mouth and things I’ve read, so I’m happy to take your experiences into account. Honestly, I’d like to have D2D as an option, they run some great sales and it’s always a good thing to have additional options. Given the patch issue I think I’ll take your advice and give them a shot if they have an older game I’m interested in for cheap.

  33. damien says:

    somewhat on-topic:

    this feature of RPS is fantastic. since i got hooked on buying things that dont physically exist, i always get home from work on fridays and load up firefox with six tabs: steam / gamersgate / gog / d2d / impulsedriven / ageod.

    its a really great thing that RPS does with this weekly round-up so that everyone can get a taste of the beautiful smiling-smugness that comes from getting good swag for cheap.

  34. Vinraith says:

    @damien

    Wait, are you saying ageod has weekend sales sometimes?

  35. damien says:

    no. i just keep hoping world war one will come on-sale at some point. ;)

  36. Little Green Man says:

    I’ve just bought Defense Grid, and I’m looking forward to playing it as it’s the only game I’ve allowed myself to buy for the next two months (Gotta revise for exams).

  37. Dan Harris says:

    @Ginger Yellow:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLi_m656tQQ

    Free whenever you want it, and sung by the Red Army Choir, no less.

  38. Nutterguy says:

    “Pants VS. Zombies ” – lol, good one.
    Defence grid is awesome for less than €5….
    After showing this game to 6 people 100% of them went straight to Steam and bought it and one of them was my girlfriend! :-D

  39. TonyB says:

    In a similar vein to the Pants vs. Zombies thing, I believe lathe doesn’t mean what you think it means.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lathe

  40. LewieP says:

    I think I meant glaive didn’t I.

    I will try to do more proofreading next week.

    XxX

  41. Hank says:

    “SavyGamer” is a convenient typo; thanks to your efforts, we get to “save” money!

    Edit: I read through the comments on Saturday, and only checked now to see if someone else posted along these lines. I’ll keep the comment, for the irony.

  42. RogB says:

    curses, missed the ‘men of war’ bargain, it seems to be 24.95 now.

  43. Marty Dodge says:

    I made the mistake of buying Dark Sector. What a truly rubbish game it is. Its a bad console port to the PC. V. linear, not that great looking, lots of annoying quirks designed to make it harder for no reason. The designers got too cute with the glaive and forgot about the rest of the gameplay.