What Shall We Do For A Bargain?

By Jim Rossignol on October 2nd, 2010 at 12:27 pm.


Ooh, looks like everyone, including Mr P, is at the Expo. It’s just me at the controls. Hmm. What to do? We’ll need some kind of bargain-collating effort from everyone to fix the aching gap in our spending. Okay, let’s start with this: controversial classics site GoG has 50% off a load of games, including the Rossignol-pleasing Psychonauts, but sadly excluding Outcast, which is the 57th best game of all time, according to the objective reality of the universe.

Post other purchase suggestions below! (Indies, you could totally pimp your wares.)

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  1. autogunner says:

    Anyone who went to the eurogamer expo has got a load of coupons for get games…

  2. Po0py says:

    Syberia and Troika’s Arcanum is also going cheapo on GoG as well. I nabbed ‘em both.

    • Snall says:

      Just grabbed Arcanum too, Syberia is good? That’s like some chick adventure game? Think I played the demo looong ago.

    • Risingson says:

      Syberia is, in the long term, good. I consider it as an evil game, as it has barely no puzzles and its pace is unnecesarily slow (slow engine, slow walks through large landscapes), and it applied all the 1st person adventure mechanics into a 3rd person one with people praising it for being a “reflexive” kind of thing and…

      But whatever. The emotional trip works. I really cried at the end of it. And after the 1st Syberia, you can always play its second part. Just be prepared for long walks, irritating phone dialogue, irritating robot, irritating repetitive puzzle mechanics, a bit of a pedantic musical part, some pixel hunting, some dead scenaries, and you will be rewarded with an ending that really rounds the circle. And the second part is much better in its gameplay and engine.

    • Po0py says:

      I’ve not played Syberia but have always heard very good things about it. It’s got solid reviews and is considered a modern classic adventure game. I believe they are actually working on a third Syberia.

    • Birdman Tribe Leader says:

      To the person who was asking about Syberia (in case Reply fails as usual) Syberia is good, but get The Longest Journey first if you haven’t played that. Better “chick adventure.”

    • Ozzie says:

      I couldn’t disagree with Risingson more. I thought Syberia 2 ruined the whole story with its contrived puzzles and cliched villains and tribal villagers. The ending is predictable. while this isn’t necessarily bad, you can see it coming from the first half of Syberia. It didn’t move me at all, contrary to the one of the first part.
      I thought the puzzles of Syberia 1 tied well into the narrative. I’d say with most of the mechanical puzzles you solved, with every invention you saw, you got to know Hans a bit better, which makes the ending so wonderful.

  3. Skoul says:

    Shouldn´t that be EXcluding Outcast since it´s not in the deal ;). Most of the rest is great though :)

  4. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    Empire & Napoleon DLC is 50% off to coincide with the combined GOTY edition.

    • AlexW says:

      Also worth mentioning is that the full games are cheaper elsewhere. GOTY is £18 on play and probably cheaper at other stores. Plug and play with steam, so kind of defeats buying it direct unless you need it NOW.

  5. Unaco says:

    AI War: Fleet Command. It’s maybe not on offer, but £12 for the base game and £7 for the expansion is a bargain in my books! After having owned this game for ~9 months, I finally got round to playing it this week. It’s fantastic. I started a campaign around 11pm last night, thinking I would play for 2 minutes, just start the campaign… scout out the planets surrounding my home, see what threats were out there, see what AI types I got from Random, that sort of thing… then go to my bed. Next thing I knew it was about 1:30am and I was deciding if I had enough ships to risk striking a mobile fortress, or if I should secure more Crystal before striking the planet with it on to keep my reinforcements coming. Lots of people here will recommend this game, and I am now included in those people… and maybe some people who haven’t tried it will be tempted to give it a shot if Officially Unintelligent returns with a fresh new instalment. Also, never hurts to help a deserving Indie Dev.

  6. Dominic White says:

    Arcanum, just like all of Troikas other games, has a near-mandatory fan-patch that everyone should get.

    Find it here: http://www.terra-arcanum.com/downloads/section/arcanum

    You’ll also want the high-res patch, which’ll let you run it at modern resolutions. Widescreen, even! Troika might have made buggy games, but they had one of the most dedicated fanbases ever to patch the holes and make things right.

    Even Temple of Elemental Evil (which was not only rushed, but censored and content-slashed at the last minute by the publisher) is a great game nowadays.

    • Gurrah says:

      Mind telling me about that temple of elemental evil patch and where to get it? I loved the game as it was, but if it actually got better I’d give it another go!

    • Dominic White says:

      ‘Better’ is an understatement.

      http://www.moddb.com/mods/circle-of-eight-modpack – The NC version has a mix of restored ‘lost’ content and some new stuff. Unless you’re a crazy purist who thinks the game released exactly as Troika intended, go for the NC version. Most notably, the NC version adds a whole new city/quest-hub, too, which becomes available later in the story.

      It’s also constantly being updated. Currently weighs in at 224mb zipped.

    • Dominic White says:

      Seriously, the changelog on the Co8 pack is a 100kb raw text file. That is novella length.

    • Paul B says:

      Thanks for the Arcanum link Dominic. Just bought it on GOG, and was looking for something like this for it. If I could mod you up I would ;)

    • DrGonzo says:

      Same here, thanks for the info. How does Arcanum compare to Planescape and Baldur’s Gate? I’m loving Torment at the moment and looking for something similar to play through after. Found Baldur’s Gate to be very generic and the story seems quite dull compared to Planescape. I have vague memories of trying my brothers copy of Arcanum as a kid and it seemed more than just a Lord of the Rings-alike.

    • Dominic White says:

      Best summary of Arcanum would be ‘Poor combat engine, fantastic everything else’. The setting is victorian-era society meets classic fantasy with a dash of steampunk, and the underlying mechanics of everything are brilliant. It’s a game where people will actually treat you differently if you dress up in a smart suit and top-hat. Stomping around in plate-mail is good for combat, but lousy for social situations.

      The story is clever and understated, and the dialogue is often very clever. Worth a play for sure.

    • Tacroy says:

      I bought Arcanum forever ago, but I couldn’t get past the first part – for some reason (at least when I played it, I certainly hope they’ve fixed this) how far you could scroll the map was governed by one of your character’s attributes. I guess that’s kind of neat, but it meant that when I wanted to tell my dudes to walk all the way over to the other side of the map, I couldn’t just click there and say “go”; I had to herd them along, clicking as far as they could see, waiting for them to walk over there, and then clicking again. It was a gigantic pain in the ass, to the point where I stopped playing.

      I also remember the combat being really dumb, so there’s that. It was just really unpolished in every way. If the patches Dominic has pointed out fix that stuff up, it’s almost certainly worth a look again; even from the little I played it was quite intriguing, like a good novel that smells like vomit so you can’t finish reading it.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Well I’m loving Torment so far and the combat in that seems pretty pants. So hopefully that won’t bother me about it. It’s the dialogue and story I care about most in those games, I’m actually playing Torment through on easy, I think it’s more fun to play it as a Choose Your Own Adventure than an actual game.

      Is Arcanum particularly combat focused?

    • jeremypeel says:

      Arcanum is quite combat-focused, in that there are at least a couple of lengthy, horribly, un-get-aroundable dungeons. But they’re definitely worth getting through.

      The combat situation’s kinda weird; the system’s close enough to Fallout’s that it really should be great. I found it bearable, and it at least allows me different tactical approaches (the role stamina plays and xp being delivered per hit rather than per death means, I suspect, that you don’t even have to kill your enemies to make it through the game, just knock ‘em unconscious).

      Also, something that no one mentions is the crafting. Arcanum is the first game I ever played where I was in the least bit compelled by crafting; otherwise useless stuff found in bins and on bodies can end up being key components in building your arsenal. Being a tech-focused character is hard but really rewarding, and really lets you delve deep into the setting.

    • MD says:

      Would you recommend ticking the ‘extra content’ box in the unofficial patch installer? (‘Restored cut-out content and additional fixes.’) I ask because it’s deselected by default.

    • Dominic White says:

      Yeah, go ahead and click it. All the big Troika fan-patches have that stuff unticked by default ever since there a bit of a dramasplosion (see ‘one really obnoxious whiny person’) who was freaking over them changing anything in these games which were obviously finished, polished and intact at launch

    • MD says:

      Will do, thanks for the reply.

  7. Quark says:

    On the flip side Fallout New Vegas is now available at the new low low price of $89.95 USD on Steam for Australian customers.

    Good thing I preordered it over a month ago at the “normal” price of $49.95 USD.

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      luminosity says:

      Great, yet another publisher succumbs to anti Australian price bastardry. Well, guess it’ll be a lot longer till I play New Vegas than I’d thought. Idiots.

  8. Ian says:

    Outcast is my greatest miss opportunity, given how well-respected it is. I bought it for our first PC before I understood how system specs worked and it wouldn’t run.

    Question: Does it hold up well to somebody going back to it for the first time?

    • Flint says:

      Yes, it’s still unbelievably amazing, one of the greatest things ever and a stand-out game with a unique feel. About the only thing that time has done to it is making the graphics look less awesome.

    • Rich says:

      Is the twon-ha refusing to walk bug fixed in the GOG version?

    • Waltorious says:

      @Rich:

      According to the forums on GOG, the GOG version has indeed fixed the Twon-ha bug. I have not tried the GOG version myself (I had just finished playing it on original disc when it came to GOG) so I can’t confirm personally. However, I was able to fix that bug when I played the original disc version by using a program to slow down my CPU (I think I used CPUGrabber). It worked perfectly once I found the “sweet spot” setting. That was with a single-core CPU though so multi-cores may cause more issues.

      Bottom line: Get it from GOG! The Twon-ha will probably work straight up, and if it doesn’t, you can solve it with a CPU-slowing program. The game is totally worth it; as Flint mentioned it’s still amazing to play today, and I actually found the graphics to be quite beautiful, despite the low resolution.

  9. Navagon says:

    I would point out the quite full Gamersgate sales page, but the site seems deader than GOG’s was during their PR stunt.

    • Rayner says:

      GOG community favorites 50% off. GOG company management 200% a-holes.

    • Navagon says:

      People are still sore about that, I see.

    • Chris says:

      Well it did have the emmotional impact of telling all of their customers that they were going to take away what was rightfully their’s (download access to their games). Little wonder that they felt very hard done by.

    • Mudface says:

      Er, no it didn’t. They stated quite explicitly that game owners would be able to (re-)download their games on the Thursday following the ‘shut down’. Whoever dreamed up the stunt was a complete bellend, and I’d have been exceptionally annoyed if I was mid-download or about to download something I’d just bought, but don’t overstate things.

    • sinister agent says:

      MUST YOU ALWAYS BRING FACTS INTO IT

    • Warduke says:

      Ultimately the customers will have to decide. That’s what we are.. not just “gamers” but customers. Any marketing beginner will tell you that you don’t mess with your customer base just for some temporary publicity. What a stupid stupid thing to do. Simple truth is I really don’t play most of the games I buy from them anyway and I don’t mind going back to the retail disc copies that I already own. In the past I always viewed my purchases on GOG as supporting a good cause but now I’d rather deal with DRM I don’t notice on discs I already own (or can get easily/cheaply on ebay, etc..) than a company that fucks with their customers just to get a few website hits.

    • Saiko Kila says:

      I find the whiny reactions to GOG’s stunt amusing and funny, and for that opportunity I have to thank them :)

    • Warduke says:

      @Saiko – Well I know you’re just trolling but the point is they did lose customers as a result of this.

    • Urael says:

      @Warduke. They only lost the whiny customers: the rest of us are still buying from them. Question: how many new customers did they gain from the exposure, and from releasing two of the biggest and most requested RPGs back to back?

  10. Ricc says:

    Everyday Genius: Square Logic – $2.5
    http://store.steampowered.com/app/32150/

    It’s a Sudoku-like puzzle game, but don’t let the first impression fool you. This game has lots of depth. I put about 50 hours into it after reading about this game on the Braid blog. Great for doing just one or two puzzles, but also very “addictive”, as the kids say.

    • terry says:

      Seconding this, it’s deceptively twee-looking but hides a ferocious addictiveness.

      It’s been drowned by Magic the Gathering DLC, but realMYST (http://store.steampowered.com/app/63600/) and Riven (http://store.steampowered.com/app/63610/) are also both on a slight reduction and are well worth the bucks if you’re into puzzling and don’t have them already. Riven does work on XP despite the store page’s warning – check the steam forums for the fix.

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      Fede says:

      Thirded!

    • jeremypeel says:

      Thanks for the realMyst nod, purchased that now. If only they’d 3D up the sequels for me…

    • sacred_flame101 says:

      i highly recommend Everyday Genius: SquareLogic. If you are going to play all the easy levels i also recommend that you turn off any hints as it makes it much harder and more enjoyable

  11. LewieP says:

    Go Go Gadget Wi-Fi

    TF2 is half price on Steam.

    Charlie’s Games Scoregasm is 50% off for the duration of the expo, just £3.15.

    A Ubisoft game is on sale, but I’m not telling you which one which one or where, because fuck Ubisoft,

    • Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

      YEP…Fuck UBIcrap! Those are the same sale prices anyway…for like…second year?
      Blah

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      The Ubisoft game I saw on sale recently was going for the low price of “Sorry, this item is not available in your region”. So there’s that, too.

    • Urael says:

      I wonder how many people will maintain their ‘Fuck Ubisoft’ stance when Beyond Good and Evil HD launches…

      Oh, wait, not on PC. Answered my own question.

    • Unaco says:

      I’ll be nice and let the curious know… give them the information and let the people make their own minds up.

      It’s Settlers! Seems like UbiShop has a 50%-off-anything-Settlers-related deal on this week, even Settlers T-Shirts! £4 instead of £8! Settlers 7 is £10 (£12 for Collectors Edition)… DLC is £3.50 each, or £5 for the bundle (both DLC packs). Having not played Settlers since the mid-to-late 90′s, I can’t say much about the actual game though. Oh yeah… and Settlers 7 has that Draconian UbiSoft DRM remember. Also… I don’t really like games that have DLC.

    • LionsPhil says:

      Garry’s Mod: 50% off, £2.99
      Team Fortress 2: 50% off, £6.99

      Garry’s Mod + TF2 package: £14.99

      Hmm.

    • blargh says:

      I take it you mean it’s a Ubi-DRM game? Then it’s probably either Silent Hunter 5, Assassin’s Creed 2, The Settlers 7 or the Forgotten Sands.

      I honestly wouldn’t mind buying a Ubisoft game when they don’t royally fuck up, though. Until they wake up, ditch that stupid system and maybe manage to produce a halfway decent game that doesn’t bore me to tears and perhaps go back to making quality games like BG&E or the PoP Sands trilogy, I’m not spending a dime on them.

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    Carra says:

    Gog.com has a great offer this weekend with lots of good games.

    If you have to buy one game this weekend, let it be The Longest Journey. I played it two years ago, about 8 years after its release and it’s a classic compared to most of the modern games. Great story telling, pretty graphics and fun puzzles make for an excellent game well worth anyones time.

  13. iLag says:

    If anyone here doesn’t own Arcen Games’ brilliant puzzler Tidalis yet, then please take a look here:

    http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-TID/tidalis-bundle

    50% off! The next thing you’ll want to do is click on that green “Buy” button. Really, you’ll want to. Trust me.

    • RQH says:

      @iLag: Seconded. I’m not a puzzle gamer generally but I picked it up when I saw Arcen were in trouble (and I didn’t have the cash for AI War (getting married this month & on a tight budget)) and I fell in love. The “adventure” part of adventure mode is trifling, but the number of wrinkles they throw into the base play-style leads to some real white-knuckle, heart-racing moments, trying to set up your streams on time/so that they don’t destroy too many blocks/so that they destroy the right blocks, etc. Have no regrets buying it for $10; $5 is a steal.

    • sacred_flame101 says:

      It also registers on steam

  14. Zapatapon says:

    @Carra

    This brings back some memories. 8 years ago, browsing without particular aim into my local games shop before christmas, I found a bargain bundle featuring the Longest Journey and Planescape:Torment for the price of 1 game. I hadn’t heard of any of those, shrugged and bought the bundle thinking ‘oh, what the hell’. To this day I still consider it one the most amazing moments of serendipity in my life.

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      Carra says:

      Interesting. Had a small retro session playing both these games two years ago. Both Planescape Torment & The longest journey excel in story telling. And both games hold up very well after eight years.

      I should play more retro games but still got to play some more Civ 5, SC2, minecraft…

  15. Brian says:

    I bought Interstate ’76 and its Nitro Pack expansion from GOG yesterday for a measly $3, but the game hardly works at all for me on Windows 7 x64. Your mileage my vary. (see what I did there?)

    http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/interstate_%E2%80%9976_arsenal

    • Giant, fussy whingebag says:

      They don’t list 7 as compatible for that, currently, so you shouldn’t expect it to be easy. They should patch 7 support in at some point in the future, though.

      Anyway, this is a good way for them to reclaim some goodwill. I am less upset with them every day (Planescape: Torment helps with this).

    • Radiant says:

      interstate 76 is god awful!
      Outside snes mario kart no good car combat games have ever been made.
      Chase HQ aside.

    • Brian says:

      @fussbag

      According to the GOG forums the problem isn’t so much Windows 7 as it is modern multicore quick-as-a-bunny CPUs. Apparently the game calculates timing for many features by the number of frames drawn, and apparently a quad core i7 can use an abacus faster than a 486 (if you’ll pardon my jargon).

    • DrGonzo says:

      Interstate 76 is one of my favourite games! I still think it’s a classic. For your information Mario Kart sucks, yet they still release the same game year after year and people carry on buying it.

      I bought it on GOG though and it doesn’t work on Vista as the wheels on the cars are falling off and people drive like drunks. It kind of works in XP, the gameplay is fine, but the cutscenes don’t work. It’s a properly screwed up release and GOG should either refund people for it, or go back to it and make it actually compatable.

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      Carra says:

      @Radiant Carmaggedon!

    • Fumarole says:

      +1 for Carmageddon.

  16. blargh says:

    @Urael:

    The PC version of BG&E is already “HD” what with it supporting high resolutions and all. And depending on what Ubisoft will actually do to make it “HD” on console, it might be meaningless to have on PC. That is, if they just bump up the resolution on the console version and nothing more (in which case, completely meaningless for PC players), or if they also add higher quality assets, higher polygon models, higher res textures, etc (in which case, it’d actually be a worthwhile purchase on PC for the right price).

    • Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

      BGE with always-on DRM? No thx :))

    • Nova says:

      They add this:
      “The character models and textures will receive a makeover, and the sountrack is being re-mastered.

      As you’d expect, Achievements and Trophies and online leaderboards are added.”

      (From the Eurogamer news.)

    • blargh says:

      @Frankie:

      I have a feeling they wouldn’t go that route should they release a PC version. It just doesn’t seem likely for what is essentially nothing more than a remastered version of an older game. Then again, I wouldn’t put it past them… It IS Ubisoft we’re talking about, after all.

      @Nova:

      Ah, I hadn’t seen that. Good to know it’s more than just a res bump. Any idea on price?

    • Urael says:

      It’s an interesting thing to do, isn’t it? Take a game that didn’t sell very well but got heaps of critical acclaim and a subsequent cult following then re-release it into the largest gaming markets with the lightest application of polish possible – no real development costs and next-to-no distribution costs…

      I wonder if this is being done to guage/build interest in the sequel that’s supposed to be coming?

    • Nova says:

      @blargh

      Nope, no price and no exact date (apart from 2011) yet.

    • DrGonzo says:

      I don’t think we’re missing out on that much to be honest. The game is good fun, but I don’t think it is a classic, it’s full of lame combat bits and the ending is totally shit. But I guess it does have it’s moments.

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      Gap Gen says:

      “As you’d expect, Achievements and Trophies and online leaderboards are added”

      Is it just me, or are Achievements worthless, and added to games purely to fuck with our psychology and make us play the game compulsively? Because nothing breaks immersion like a little pop-up saying “YOU ARE PLAYING A VIDEOGAME. OH AND YOU GOT SOME POINTS YAY.”

    • sfox says:

      http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11624
      According Widescreen Gaming Forum, BG&E stretches in high resolutions so it isn’t true HD support.

    • Ozzie says:

      Lots of people might disagree with you. ;)

      Personally, I liked the game, but didn’t quite love it. I thought the gameplay was too shallow, too superficial.

    • EvaUnit02 says:

      @Gap Gen. You’re blowing the subject way out of proportion. Just turn off in-game alerts and you won’t be bothered by “achievement unlocked” pop-ups. I can confirm that you do this with 360 and Steam (disable the overlay for that particular game), not sure about PS3, but you most likely can disable pop-up alerts.

  17. Kismet says:

    To celebrate the two awards won at the hóPLAY International Video Game Festival in Bilbao (Best Design and Best Sound) for the Path, Tale of Tales is selling the title for half price ($4.99 instead of $9.99) until October 3rd.

  18. TCM says:

    Impulse has Supreme Commander Gold half off, at $15 here in America — never played it, have some friends who swear by it, some who despise it. They’re also selling a bunch of Unreal games for some dollars off, so who knows.

  19. Graham says:

    Spiderweb Software (Geneforge, Avernum) is offering 25% off their “game collections” for the whole of October:

    http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/

    • Pemptus says:

      Avernum 2 was one of the most enjoyable rpgs I’ve ever played. Lovely stuff. 1, 3 and 6 (for many the best one, but I disagree) are also solid. I’d skip 4 and 5, they were a bit experimental (new engine) and wonky in terms of mechanics.

    • Kits says:

      Loved the Avernum games I’ve played (4-6, I think), but sadly can’t get the older ones to work on Win7

    • Pemptus says:

      That’s really too bad. One of the reasons I like the old Avernum trilogy better was how huge it felt – they removed the world map in the newer ones and the supposedly sprawling cave system feels positively tiny.

    • Tacroy says:

      I could never get in to Avernum, because the first three games were literally just a rehash of the Exile trilogy except with slightly different mechanics (IIRC four characters instead of six, some other changes…) and apparently some sort of fixes or expandings or something.

      I ended up feeling ripped off because the Exile “everything” CD was the second game I ever bought (the first being Dink Smallwood).

  20. Rond says:

    I wonder who gets the money from sold copies of Arcanum (and other old games). To my shame, I wasn’t able to obtain a retail copy in my country, therefore I’m using a pirated one. But if I’d by a digital-delivery copy now, it would be, like, paying for the publisher’s servers? Kinda strange. All this copyright stuff always gets me confused.

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      Carra says:

      Interesting question.

      The developer Troika sure won’t get a penny as they’ve gone bankrupt five years ago.

      At least a part of our money will go to gog.com so they can add more games to their catalog. And a part to the publishers so they can finance new games.

    • jeremypeel says:

      I’m pretty sure Arcanum was released (early) by Activision, which should raise plenty of derisive smirks.

  21. Horatius says:

    I got an email the other day from Stardock advertising Medal of Honor: Airborne was 50% off.
    http://www.stardock.com/media/mailers/mohairborne_mailer.jpg

    Within an hour of that mail the sale price had disappeared from the Impulse store, even though the sale was in effect until Oct 4. The next day I noticed they had added a tag onto the game’s store page stating it was “… out of stock. You can lock-in the sale price by pre-ordering and will be charged when the game becomes available next week.” Except they still aren’t listing it at the sale price.

    I sent an email to the sales department a couple days ago asking to clarify this, but have yet to receive an answer.

    How do you run out of stock on a digitally downloaded game?

    • Heliocentric says:

      Limited keys, happened on steam a few times.

    • Horatius says:

      It still leaves me confused as to what price I would actually pay. Impulse tells me to pre-order now to “lock in the sale price”, yet it’s not showing a sale price at all, it’s showing the regular price.

      Also, the sale ends at the beginning of next week. They expect to be able to provide the game AFTER that time…

    • suibhne says:

      MoH: Airborne uses SecuROM, so this is almost certainly an issue of Impulse not getting enough keys. Pretty amazing that they’d run out within hours, but I observed this as well – I kept going back and forth about getting the game (mostly because I have so many other already-purchased games on deck), and then it was gone less than a day after I’d received the email (and days before the sale was supposed to end). Bad call on Impulse’s part.

    • Horatius says:

      Yeah, it grinds my gears a little. Mostly because it’s unclear what price they’re really asking. Also I was in a mood for some mindless shooty-bang and normally I would scoff at yet another WW2 shooter… but for five bucks… that made me perk up my ears for once.

    • Blather Blob says:

      @Horatius: It’s listed as $4.99, which is 50% off, when I go to the game’s page. Also it looks like they’ve added Supreme Commander Gold for 50% off to their sales to make up for the lack of airborne keys. And I have to say that’s pretty cool of them to treat it as a pre-order and not charge customers until they can make the keys available.

      Still, with Securom on the Impulse copy I’d rather wait for a Steam sale if I were going to pick it up. I assume it follows the usual (but not absolute) EA practice of removing Securom on Steam copies.

    • Horatius says:

      Okay, this confuses me even more. You’re seeing the sale price, but I click the link you posted and I still see this:
      http://scutanddestroy.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/moh-full-price-confusion.png

      Is this because I live in Canada?

  22. Ben says:

    Horrendous lag aside, I quite enjoyed Cryostasis for what it was. Can’t say the same for necrovision, sadly (@ Javier-de-Ass if reply doesn’t work)

  23. Stu says:

    Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers is down to half-price (£3.49), as is all its DLC (both expansions are £1.99 each and there are umpteen deck unlock/foil conversion packs for 49p each). You can buy a bundle of all the deck DLC for £4.49, or you can buy the whole lot (core game, expansions and decks) for £12.49.

    The Unreal Bundle (Unreal 1 & 2, Unreal Tournament + 2004 + 3) is half price (£12.64) on Impulse.

    Gratuitous Space Battles CE (GSB + Order / Swarm / Tribes DLC) is £15.80 on Impulse — is that a decent price?

    Also, APB is only £15 at http://www.thegamecollection.net — bargain!

    • Heliocentric says:

      An excellent item for my museum of games which are actually dead… Not like anything else really, even the oldest of systems have nothing that features.

    • Boldoran says:

      I am looking for an opinion on the “Duels of the Planeswalker” game. I never played Magic the Gathering but I am vaguely interested in this. Is it any good and if so should I buy the pack or just the base game for 5€?

    • Stu says:

      Personally (not having bought the game yet) I’m going for the core game and the two expansions but not bothering with the rest of the DLC; as far as I can tell, the deck unlock DLC just unlocks stuff you could otherwise get through playing the game, and the foil conversion DLC just makes the decks look shiny (with no actual effect on the game).

      As far as the game goes, I hear it’s pretty good and is supposed to be very accessible to MtG newcomers.

  24. Deoden says:

    Can I be cheeky and ask if Myst is worth the $3 GoG are asking for? I know it’s divisive, to say the least, but I feel like I’ve neglected a part of PC gaming history by never playing it.

    • TCM says:

      I would personally say yes.

    • Simon says:

      For $3 you can’t really go wrong. I enjoyed it back in the day as a nipper. It’s a little slow-paced and can be frustrating, but for that price tag I’d say grab it just to give it a try. Working out the puzzles now is fairly satisfying.

    • Urael says:

      Another firm ‘yes’. The original is still my favourite of the series – the 3D version even more so.

    • Deoden says:

      Ah, there’s a point I hadn’t considered. Is Real Myst worth the extra $3, Urael?

    • Urael says:

      Absolutely! The rendered screen-by-screen approach may be more beautiful in later iterations but navigating them can still be annoying. A fluid, 3D environment is like dancing on air by comparison.

    • Urael says:

      Also, the designers got to add one or two improvements to some of the puzzles, and threw in some extras, too. There’s actually a brand new Age to find as well, one that ties the game more closely to it’s illustrious sequel…

      It’s an astonishingly good remake that means you see more of the worlds they originally envisionsed.

    • DrGonzo says:

      I would argue Myst is possibly the worst game ever created.

    • TCM says:

      Big Rigs exists.

      Any arguement for worst game created is a failure, unless it is that game.

    • DrGonzo says:

      For however shit Big Rigs is, you still have fun when you play it, it’s hilariously bad you see. Whereas Myst is just the dullest thing I’ve ever encountered.

    • Rich says:

      Used to work in an equestrian supplies warehouse. They actually stocked some horse related games, which surely must be worse than Myst.

    • Vinraith says:

      I enjoyed Myst at the time, mostly because of the unusual and well-rendered atmosphere. I have no idea how well it’s aged, though, and the puzzles weren’t that great. For $3, though, it’s probably worth a try just to see what you think of it.

    • malkav11 says:

      Eh. Not really. It’s a very basic Hypercard stack with minimal interactivity and graphics that are not even remotely impressive anymore. I don’t mean to slag off Myst as a franchise or a game style – if you’re interested, there are things to be gained from trying later Myst games like Riven or, my personal favorite, Exile. But the original game is not much of a much these days.

    • Ozzie says:

      Well, all those Myst clones must be surely worse than Myst?

    • Deoden says:

      Thank you all for your advice. I decided to bit the bullet and spend my $3. I decided not to go for Real Myst as, if I do end up liking the game, I don’t want to be frustrated by later additions to the series for their lack of 3D movement. Also, I’m cheap ;)

      Thanks once again!

  25. Stu says:

    Just spotted that Dead Rising 2 is £17.89 at sendit.com — that’s phenomenal value for a brand-new game. The PC version is slightly flawed (limited graphical tweaking options, can’t redefine controls without hacking about with ini files, doesn’t support wireless 360 pads without jumping through hoops) but nothing that makes it worth ignoring (unless you’ve got a 360, in which case the additional DLC probably makes that the more attractive option)

  26. Alaric says:

    Not exactly a game, but related:

    Last night I found the i7-950 Bloomfield (LGA-1366) 3.06 GHz at Chicago Microcenter for a mere $229, as opposed to $298 over at NewEgg.com. Not sure if this is a regional or a local deal, or if all Microcenters do that. Either way it was a nice discount so I grabbed it.

  27. Gremmi says:

    Voucher codes or one-time redemption? Anyone care to share?

  28. Gremmi says:

    Err, that was supposed to be in reply to the first post about Get Games.

  29. suibhne says:

    Fyi, their site now lists the proper sale price of $4.99 and makes it clear that it’s a rain check for sometime next week.

    • suibhne says:

      RPS comment system fail. That was a reply re. MoH: Airborne, on sale for $4.99 USD via Impulse.

  30. The Tupper says:

    Pardon my newbieness, but why is GoG considered controversial? No libellous replies,please, natch.

    • Dominic White says:

      Some people are quite upset with them, as they faked their own closure to drum up publicity recently. The whole site was gone without warning (naturally leaving people unable to download anything they’d bought), replaced by a plain white text screen with a ‘goodbye and thanks’ message.

    • MD says:

      Also they shot my dog.

    • The Tupper says:

      Oh the little scamps. As for MD’s dog, sorry, that was my commission: the little bastard was shitting in my garden. AGAIN!

  31. Premium User Badge

    john_silence says:

    I found Mafia II for £20 here:
    http://uk.gamesplanet.com/buy-download-pc-games/Mafia-II-1992-13.html
    They state the price will stay the same until mid-December, but beware: recently they claimed a round of rebates would last for several weeks but the prices went back up to normal within days.
    There’s also this link for the Collector’s Edition, with all the DLC – not much interest I guess, but hey:
    http://uk.gamesplanet.com/buy-download-pc-games/Mafia-II-Complete-2119-13.html
    Note that this is exactly like buying through Steam (you’ll actually download the game through Steam), but at a substantially lower price point.

    Get Games also has the Ubisoft sale still going – you should compare prices between Euros and Pounds as some of the games are marginally cheaper depending on the currency. Was interested in Silent Hunter 5 myself, but I asked customer service and it seems their version is unpatched.

  32. Lukasz says:

    “RVZT-53CC-58ZZ-VZL7″

    a gift code for arcanum.

    Go to:
    https://www.gog.com/en/gift/

    and remember to install fanpatch posted by dominic.

  33. Jamison Dance says:

    You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. Nicest internet-thing anyone has ever done for me. Thank you!

  34. John Peat says:

    Heads-up for the Charlies Games offers (Scoregasm etc.) – bought em yesterday and so far, no codes or replies to emails.

    I realise he may be at the Eurogamer thing but it shouldn’t take someone to manually send a code surely???

    If you’re keen to shoot something now-ish – erm – might not be the best choice…

  35. TheTallMan says:

    Arcanum gift key for anyone that wants it.

    5DZV-4SD9-6LMY-HVC4

    https://www.gog.com/en/gift/

  36. LewieP says:

    I’m back from E2, had a blast.

    You guys all did an admirable job in my absence, and it’ll be back to usual bargain business next weekend.

  37. Lukasz says:

    one more from me
    44VV-BRW9-LPO3-LSRL

    Arcanum is epic and more people should play it.

  38. Scandalon says:

    I too would like to subscribe to your newsletter “Arcanum”. (Or any other Good Old Game you’d like to gift to me. ;)