The RPS Bargain Bucket: What the s***stack?

By Lewie Procter on October 30th, 2010 at 10:54 am.


Have I got time to fill the bargain bucket to the brim with its usual selection of lovely cheap computer games? I hope so, I’m heading off to the frozen Northerly land of Carlisle as soon as I’m done, for a huge family party thing, so I’m a little rushed for time. It comes at a week when Valve have gone a bit mental, with a million billion games on sale. A sign of things to come in the Christmas sale no doubt. Remember to head to SavyGamer.co.uk for cheap games throughout the week.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl & Call of Pripyat, PC – £6.24/€7.49/$9.99
Again, THQ insist on punishing people for having purchased their games previously. Even if you already own Shadow of Chernobyl, this is a great price for Call of Pripyat, it’s just a little disappointing that you don’t get a giftable license, or the option to buy just the game you don’t own at 75% off, if you already own one of them. At least the currency exchange rate they’ve used is pretty fair. Jim just can not ever stop writing about S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Does that make him a stalker stalker?

Plants vs. Zombies – £3.49/€4.99/$4.99
I think I’m going to go out on a limb and say I like PVZ even more than Peggle. The pretty garden designs you can come up with just get under my skin, and I end up making decisions which I know are sub-optimal from a strategic viewpoint, but result in having a nice symmetrical garden. I only finished it recently, and the ending was a bit special, and unexpected. They’re calling this the “GOTY” edition, but from what I can tell that just means “patched with some extra stuff and references to Michael Jackson removed” edition.

The Graveyard, The Path and Fatale – Pay what you want
Minimum of £1.87/€2.15/$3, but upwards of a fiver seems like a fair amount to spend to me. John and Kieron both shared their thoughts on The Path, and although I my tastes tend towards high scores, shooting dudes and matching coloured blobs over anything narrative centric in games, I’m intrigued enough that I’ve plonked down what I wanted for this bundle.

Activision bundle – £14.93/€17.17/$23.94
For Halloween, GOG have got a promo on Activision games, which is a perfect match for my Bobby Kottick costume I’ll be wearing when I go trick or treating.
Includes (and individual pricing):
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers – £2.99/€3.43/$4.79
Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within – £2.99/€3.43/$4.79
Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, blood of the Damned – £2.99/€3.43/$4.79
Phantasmagoria – £4.98/€5.73/$7.99
Phantasmagoria 2 – £2.99/€3.43/$4.79
Vampire the Masquerade: Redemption – £2.99/€3.43/$4.79
No sale on Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines anywhere so far this year, which is usually the highlight of any Halloween. Maybe next year.

Deal of the week
Amnesia: The Dark Descent – £7/€8.01/$11.17
Last month’s run away and hide ‘em up from those twisted individuals behind the Penumbra series is now available for just shy of half price. It was so frightening that it made John get a bit sweary:

And did I mention it’s scary? I was inventing new swears by the end of it. “Fucking cocksticks, what the shitstack was that?!” And I confess I yelped on more that one occasion. One of them might be considered, by some, to be a squeal. But more often I’d find myself rigid with fear, my stomach pressed against my desk as I leaned into the monitor trying to reach the next illusion of safety more quickly. I think it is safe to say that Amnesia is the most successfully frightening game to have been made. It feels perhaps a slightly over-obvious observation, but the compliment is utterly valid: It’s Thief III’s Cradle as a full game. Unrelenting in its scares and jumps.

Also of note:
The first Episode of Telltale’s Back to the Future for free.
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin – £2.49/$4.99. Despite this game registering on Steam whenever else you get it from anywhere else, this version from Microsoft does not. I think that means that you’ll not be able to get the DLC either. Remember, if you double down on nothing, you still get nothing.
Nation Red – £2.71/€3.05/$3.39. Also available as a 4-pack for £2.04/€2.29/$2.55 each.
You’ve still got time to get Dogfighter for £1.05/€1.35/$1.50. Play together here.
Puzzle Dimension – £3.49/€4.99/$4.99
Tidalis – £3.99/€$4.99/$4.99
Complete Steam and GamersGate Halloween sales.

Remember to visit SavyGamer.co.uk for cheap games on all formats.

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107 Comments »

  1. billyboob says:

    ’tis indeed one awesome logo

  2. FunnyB says:

    What about the Dawn of War series that is on sale on steam?

    • Lewie Procter says:

      I didn’t include it because it’s been discounted to that price loads of times before, and the retail version (which registers on Steam) is cheaper than that too.

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      Vandelay says:

      I bought it myself about a week ago from Amazon for £14-15. Unfortunately, I had to get it from one of their market place sellers, rather than Amazon directly, and had to pay an extra £4 delivery, but it was still a little cheaper then the Steam deal.

      Besides that though, I couldn’t find it cheaper then Steam anywhere else.

    • Mac says:

      DoW2 Gold (includes expansion) – £13.95 (out of stock) or £14.95 (in stock)
      http://www.gamestracker.com/buy-dawn-of-war-2-gold-compare-prices-pc.htm

      DoW2 Chaos Rising – £9.91
      http://www.gamestracker.com/buy-dawn-of-war-2-chaos-rising-compare-prices-pc.htm

      DoW2 Original Game – £8.95
      http://www.gamestracker.com/buy-warhammer-40000-dawn-of-war-2-compare-prices-pc.htm

      All prices before vouchers, etc too …

      Just shows how bad the Steam pricing is …

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      oceanclub says:

      “I didn’t include it because it’s been discounted to that price loads of times before, and the retail version (which registers on Steam) is cheaper than that too.”

      I hadn’t noticed the Gold edition with everyone for five euros before, oops. Finally decided to buy it to add to the long list of strategy games of which I play a few chapters…

    • Demiath says:

      As always with Steam, whether it’s a good deal or not depends on where you’re coming from, literally. Mainland eurogamers get DoWII+expansion for 15 €, and that’s at least as good as the best retail price (shpping excluded) I’ve seen online. Of course, DoWI+2 out of 3 expansions is an even better deal at 5 €, and as far as I understand it unlike DoW2 there’s some actual RTS gaming in there as well…

  3. sacred_flame says:

    Is the overlord bundle worth it? i have only played the demo for the first one and am thinking of buying it, so what i need to know is are any of the other ones worth getting, and if so which.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      The Overlord games are kind of middling. Not terrible, but I wouldn’t recommend them.

    • sacred_flame says:

      what is wrong with them?

    • mlaskus says:

      They are disappointing. The idea of being an evil overlord with an army of minions at your command is cool, but the game doesn’t let you be evil or control an army. A bunch of minions follows you, and you can give them a few orders, but it just feels impotent and unsatisfying.

    • BaronWR says:

      For 89p, or whatever ludicrous price the first one is, it’s worth a punt. The original Overlord has a certain charm to it, even if it is quite repetitive in places. I haven’t played the second one, but apparently it’s more of the same.

    • sacred_flame says:

      Ok thanks i think i will steer clear of them.

    • OldRat says:

      I liked the Overlord games, but I can very well agree that they’re very far from perfect. Let’s just say that the gameplay isn’t exactly exhilarating. Overlord 2 did do it better, but it’s still pretty… stiff. You’re supposed to be controlling (more or less) Sauron, who directs his minions and smashes trough all feeble opposition with a giant piece of steel. An yet in practice, it doesn’t work as well as intended. I didn’t feel like I was stomping all the annoying, happy fantasy cliches in the face with a spiked steel boot of evil. More often it felt like, literally sometimes, kicking them in the shins.
      Other than that, the humor’s hit or miss and sometimes the game slows down (in tempo and pacing, not because of bugs).

      In short, even though I did like them, the Overlord games don’t always feel like your mighty epic quest to spread death, destruction and all things Evil as Sauron the Great, but like the considerably less epic quest of Bob the Drunken Asshole to smash his neighborhood’s every flower pot and mailbox because he figured that it was the best way to make everyone think that his genitals are, indeed, large. Or, as it were, because his friend told that everyone would admire his mighty manhood afterwards, seeing as you’re literally a faceless protagonist who just grunts and generally does what his advisor and mistresses tell him to.

      So yes, they’re far from perfect. I did have some good times playing them, and they definately have their moments. It’s just sad that they also have their non-moments. But if you’re intrested, I say get them. I’ve seen far worse go for that price.

    • Dominic White says:

      You CAN be evil in Overlord. Kill anyone you want, pillage the towns and leave houses burning. You just need to hit the ‘force targeting’ button. Outright villainy is an opt-in thing, not the default selection.

      The main problem people seem to have with the Overlord games is that it isn’t Dungeon Keeper. Despite even the very first previews saying outright that it’s a Pikmin clone ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa4lj83_h-o ), almost everyone seems to have been surprised that… well, it’s much more like Pikmin than anything else.

      Did I mention that it’s a fancier-looking Pikmin clone? BECAUSE IT IS.

      On a tangent, Little King’s Story on the Wii is the best Pikmin-like game, by far. Blows Overlord out of the water.

    • Urael says:

      I’ve only played the first game and don’t be put off entirely by the comments above – it’s not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination. The most frustrating thing about Overlord is that it’s just…average. There are some neat ideas, competently put together. The visuals are nice but somewhat functional, same with the sound, but overall it seems to lack that spark of brilliance it’s developers were so clearly aiming for.

      Tonally the game is something of a miss-step, I think it would have benefited much more from a sprinkling of genuine darkness, rather then the Fable/Black-and-White-esque pantomie evil they’ve ended up with. Perhaps the young would enjoy it more.

      By mid-game, the game itself has opened up quite nicely, making loads of options available to you as a player but also by then a fatigue has set in, borne of repetition. And once the difficulty is haigh enough it can start to feel a little like actual work…

      But hey, at that price you’re still getting several hours of reasonably good entertainment.

    • Larington says:

      I’ve liked the two Overlord games I’ve bought, but I’ve never got close to completing them. Like I get bored of the gameplay and the next thing I know I haven’t revisited the game in months despite intending to.

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      The biggest problem with the Overlord games is that they’re not an Age of Wonders sequel.

    • malkav11 says:

      You can aimlessly slaughter and pillage in Overlord, true. But it has no meaningful impact on the actual storyline as such and you’re still limited to being outright helpful (in a game where you’re supposedly evil!) or merely kind of a petty jerk in the major decision paths. Hell, I’d be happier with the game if it removed the choice from the game and simply involved being a jerk to everyone you come across. At least then the “evil overlord” shtick would kind of fit.

    • bleeters says:

      Situations in Overlord 2 tended to involve deciding whether you wanted to butcher a town full of defenceless villagers or press them into slavery, whilst burning down their homes either way. Maybe I have a lax definition, but that doesn’t say ‘good guy/slightly less good guy’ to me.

    • Xocrates says:

      I wouldn’t outright recommend the first overlord game, but I would recommend the bundle. Mostly because I greatly prefer 2 but some plot points make more sense if you played the original.

      I found the first game to be very slow paced, repetitive, and the plot terribly generic. It can be fun, but I doubt you’ll be enjoying yourself by the end of the game. Overlord 2 fixes these issues greatly and so I felt it was a way more satisfying game.

      The good guy/kind of a dick choice is also mostly a problem of the first game. 2 makes it more of a kind of a dick/real dick thing, though the problem (with both games) is that your evilness feels diluted because you’re always up against someone evil-er.

    • Kieron Gillen says:

      Disagreeing with Jim, I thought the first Overlord was quite charming. Don’t come to it expecting some kind of proper sadist sim, but it’s playful and pantomine and I liked it enough to 8/10 it. It’s basically Pikmin with stabbing.

      KG

  4. pakoito says:

    http://store.steampowered.com/sale/dawnofwar

    Dawn of War Complete minus Soulstorm: 5€
    DOW2+1stExpansion: 15€

  5. Bioptic says:

    Puzzle Dimension is really, really good – but is about as pure a puzzler as you could hope for. By the later stages you’ll either spend a lot of time in frustrating trial-and-error, or not move an inch from your starting spot for 5 minutes as you plot out every possible route you could take and then feel hugely smug when it all works. It’s a game of cold logic, suprisingly shiny graphics and excellent music that will nonetheless grate when you hear it for the nth time on a particularly frustrating level.

    These are UK-only, but all RPS readers will hopefully be happy that Ubisoft’s DRM dumped their premier titles in the bargain bin a little sooner than they might have otherwise:

    Splinter Cell Conviction – £7-95
    http://www.shopto.net/PC/VIDEO%20GAMES/PCTO31-Tom%20Clancys%20Splinter%20Cell%20Conviction.html

    PoP: Fogotten Sands – £7.95
    http://www.shopto.net/PC/VIDEO%20GAMES/PCPR22-Prince%20of%20Persia%20The%20Forgotten%20Sands.html

    Assassin’s Creed 2 – £11.86
    http://www.shopto.net/PC/VIDEO%20GAMES/PCAS06-Assassins%20Creed%202.html

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      oceanclub says:

      Oddly enough, AC2 is still more expensive on the PC than on the XBox at the moment (GOTY edition is now £9.95). Not sure does that mean the DRM was a success or failure, or if it means anything at all.

      P.

    • Bioptic says:

      But the PC version of AC2 is 4 months newer, and indeed has only been out for a bit under 8 months. But I agree that you can’t infer too much – Ubi’s games like PoP 2008 and Far Cry 2 had either no or much better DRM and still plunged to the £5 range a little while after release as well.

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      Lambchops says:

      Bought Puzzle Dimension based on your reccommendation. I tend to be playing a lot more of this sort of game now my time is limited.

    • Heliocentric says:

      I’ll happily buy any always on drm game, once its price reflects the rental it is.

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      Lambchops says:

      While I’m quite enjoying Puzzle Dimensions I can’t help but feel it’s a bad design move in this type of game not to include an undo move button. I understand some people might enjoy having to redo large swathes of puzzle because they mostly figured it out but made a slight mistake at the end, slightly mistimed a jump or accidentally rolled of the edge when they meant to actually just shift the camera (that’s another small gripe I have – why not just use different keys or the mouse for camera control to remove that sort of frustration) but I’m not one of them. Having to repeat a load of manipulations quickly becomes tedious and I can see me losing patience with this when the difficulty starts to ramp up. The Professor Fizzwizzle series learned from the mistake in the second game in the series and it’s definitely something that I wish puzzle game devs would take more notice of.

      It’s a completely optional aid and isn’t dumbing down in the slightest; those weirdos who want to punish themselves for failure could simply not use it but for the rest of us it should be an option. Anyway, this common peeve aside it’s a nicely crafted puzzler and while not as charming as some of its competitor’s it has some good mechanics and is worth the money.

    • Saiko Kila says:

      Maybe it’s because AC2 on PC is better than AC2 on xbox, like it was with AC1. Though I’m not happy with that pricing, considering they still have that outrageous DRM, bastards.

  6. Jock says:

    For the record, Amnesia is $9.99 at Gamersgate too. (well, $9.50 if you count the blue coins you receive)

    http://www.gamersgate.com/DDB-ATDD/amnesia-the-dark-descent-bundle

  7. Alexander Norris says:

    It’s not technically a deal because it’s only 10% off, but Bloody Good Time, the new game by they-who-made-The-Ship Outerlight, is out and super duper cheap. It’s also pretty good fun, and for anyone wondering, plays a lot like a polished-up version of The Ship, sadly lacking the NPCs and awesome 1920s atmosphere.

    Ubi are cunts and dissolved Outerlight pretty much the second BGT went gold, and BGT royalties might be the last chance Outerlight gets to not just disappear. :(

    • vanarbulax says:

      :(

      That causes me much sadness.

      As does the swap of 20s cruise for B-movie.

      I hope outerlight arise again from the ashes.

    • LionsPhil says:

      …wow.

      They might do better if their trailer didn’t look like “the more of the same old deathmatch, badly polished, and with added zanyness”. There’s absolutely no subtlety shown in the gameplay there.

    • Gnoupi says:

      Actually, the trailers are badly directed.

      The game really has nice hunt/elimination modes. Like The Ship, but a bit more colorful and fast.
      Apparently people who made the trailers (from Ubi, I guess?) chose to focus only on “look, it’s mindless colorful killing spree!”.

      From what I tried, very nice game, lot of traps and weapons, and security is more effective than in The Ship

    • Oak says:

      Throwing in a strong recommendation. It is indeed like a faster, more colorful spin on The Ship.

    • Bhazor says:

      God that second to last answer in the interview is depressing.

    • GoldenNugget says:

      I got this game last night and it’s good fun (not overly complex but just fun). It’s well worth the 5 bucks (or 4.50 sale price) and the sales will hopefully keep this developer alive.

    • Matzerath says:

      Definitely worth the price and more! Keeps all the best aspects of The Ship, but not quite so tedious (young actors aren’t plagued with guilt for murdering rivals, obviously), while adding new systems that I’m still wrapping my head around, including humiliation and taunting points, pick-pocketing, and jumping through the bathroom mirrors into a parallel bathroom. I think RPS needs some game events for this one!

    • DrGonzo says:

      I’ve been playing some more of this game and I think it’s still a bit poo. It would be fun if I could find people to play with who obey the rules. But it’s just not fun when you keep getting murdered for no reason just before your about to kill your prey. Also, your about to kill your prey when someone randomly kills them for no reason.

    • mwoody says:

      Wait, this actually came out? A month ago!? Yeesh, where was I?

      Y’know… I’ve yet to play this or The Ship, so what I know of the game comes from pre/reviews. But… Is it just me, or does the multiplayer here look a lot like Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, another Ubisoft game? Perhaps the complete lack of competent advertising is on purpose: let the devs tank while the ideas are used in a wholly-owned property.

      On a side note: PC game, Ubisoft publishing. The obvious question: does it have UbiDRM?

    • Alexander Norris says:

      @mwoody — it came out yesterday, and AC Brotherhood’s MP used some of the ideas and people from Outerlight, the people who made The Ship and then Bloody Good Time.

      So basically, you have it the wrong way around; Brotherhood is the game based on what these guys have done (except with freerunning).

    • Alexander Norris says:

      Oh and no, no UbiDRM, and I think you’re probably right that their plan was to just cannibalise Outerlight and let them sink, but then I’m a major cynic.

    • mwoody says:

      Aye, that was more my thinking, than that they might have copied AC:B – Ubi sees a game with a good multiplayer mode, buys the company, quickly shuffles out their product with little fanfare, dumps the company as a “failure,” and goes on to use their gameplay concepts in their flagship title, free from having to pay royalties to anyone.

  8. Hematite says:

    Telltale Games also have Sam and Max episode 2.03: Night of the Raving Dead for the low, low, price of free until 1 November.

    http://www.telltalegames.com/samandmax/nightoftheravingdead

  9. mcnubbins says:

    Amnesia is not €8.01 for me, but €10.04 :(

  10. Dave says:

    What’s with the STALKER deal? Is it gone? Did you post this during the last five minutes it was available? How dare you!

    • Daves 1.1 says:

      No original Dave, it’s still there. I, (Dave 1.1) is downloading it righhhhhtttt now.

      Scroll down and the option for the bundle is there

  11. Nighthood says:

    Interestingly, the Amnesia deal lets you pay for the game using phone credit by texting the developers, which is probably worth mentioning for all the credit-cardless who may want it.

    • Nighthood says:

      Should’ve really added the link: http://mobile.frictionalgames.com/

    • Nighthood says:

      One other thing, it seems to be £5 that way, which is the cheapest I’ve seen it anywhere.

      Remember to set your country first though.

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      Carra says:

      4 euros?

      That’s super cheap! And for once cheaper then you UK’ers :)

    • patstew says:

      It is the cheapest place to buy it, but it told me that the transaction failed with my operator, I tried it on a different phone and it worked fine. Later the transaction went through with my original operator. I am now the proud owner of two copies of amnesia. Would anyone like one?

    • Dashiva says:

      If your just giving it away I’ll take it =D

    • smiggs says:

      Deal! If you sign up for an account with the mobile payment provider Zong and associate your credit card they give £5 credit which enough to get Penumbra as well.

  12. Decimae says:

    AI war is on sale too:
    http://www.impulsedriven.com/aiwar
    http://store.steampowered.com/app/40400/
    Not at the original developers though.

    • Rich says:

      I’m sorely tempted, but I know I don’t have the time.
      It’d also be a shame to abandon Sword of the Stars only 2 weeks in.

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      It’s worth the purchase while it’s cheap at 50% off the base game & first expansion. It’s different enough from Sword of the Stars in the way that Galactic Civilizations 2 is different from them both but if you enjoy one, you’ll likely enjoy the others (I got Sins of a Solar Empire too when it was cheap on Impulse a while back but have still not broken the seal on it thanks to AI War, SotS & GalCiv2 scratching the space 4X itch sufficiently).

  13. Shadowcat says:

    I’m sure everyone is capable of figuring it out, but the Tidalis link is broken.

    It should of course be
    http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-TID/tidalis-bundle

  14. Tei says:

    I will be amazing is Planetside become free to play, and the userbase raise to 90.000 players.

    • MadMatty says:

      that game was great, and still is.
      I dont like the big robots in the last expansion, because they are so vastly overpowered.
      This game begs for a sequel- 200 guys fighting for one stronghold, with low-latency, and an arsenal of sci-fi guns- think thats my favourite point in “MMO” history sofar!

  15. Po0py says:

    Fear 2 is on GFW Live for £2.50.

    I tried to download it but it stopped and wouldn’t continue about half way through. Yay for GFW Live.

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      oceanclub says:

      GFWL the shop blows even more than GFWL. For some reason, it thinks I live in California, and won’t let me add my credit card details. It says “Ireland” when I check the details of my related mail account. Bah.

      P.

    • Optimaximal says:

      GFW:Live the Shop!

      GFW:Live the Colouring Book!

      GFW:Live the T-Shirt!

      GFW:LIVE THE FLAMETHROWER!!!1!

  16. Tei says:

    Is resident evil 5 any good?

    Judging from this video seems the most retarded game ever (retarded as the original meaning of “slow”, not has stupid)

    • AlexW says:

      Don’t worry, Tei, that’s just the first level, and generally regarded as the most annoying one. It’s usually more active than just waiting for a timer to run out and not dying. The plot is insane, but the production values are good, the PC port’s quality is great, and it’s apparently great fun in co-op (though I’m a no-mates, so I’ve never tried). I’d say it’s worth your time.

    • Jake says:

      I loved the co-op mode, not sure I would play it single player. The plot was a bit iffy but the gameplay is really good fun, especially when it calls for teamwork, and the graphics are pretty great.

    • Nick says:

      Its quite fun. Not as good as Resi 4 though and has a few too many press X not to die moments.

    • mwoody says:

      I’ve not watched the whole video to see if there’s something special about that player, but the scene it depicts was pretty awesome, actually. ‘Not sure how frantically trying to survive long enough for the chopper to arrive in a village overrun by zombies is “slow.”

    • Alexander Norris says:

      RE5 is one of my favouritest games ever for how gratuitously silly it is and how fun it ends up being.

      COMPLETE. GLOBAL. SATURATION.

    • mwoody says:

      Damn fine co-op, too. Though it sort of sucked that one player had to be the girl.

      My brother and I, watching the announcement trailer:

      “DIBS ON THE PENIS!”

      “God DAMN it.”

    • DrGonzo says:

      I actually think Resident Evil 4 is waaaay overrated. This is a more polished version of that, the plot is silly but no more so than 4, it is Resident Evil after all. I found that the co-op mode meant I enjoyed this one, the 4th one I just kinda plowed through because everyone was bugging me to play it.

  17. Ziv says:

    The stalker deal seems odd to me, it’s the first game and the third w/o the second one? From what I understood clear sky was very similar to shadow of Chernobyl but it was better and fixed some gameplay bugs, is it still worn it?
    I’m considering either this and bioshock or DoW II gold edition, what do you lot say?

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      You understood wrong. Clear Sky is inferior to Shadow even in its patched up state.

    • Ziv says:

      ahaaaa, there are just too many and they are so similar… well, I already put my last dollar on DoW II, it’s a bit pricey but I really wanted to try. next time then!

  18. xeno says:

    That picture is from Mythbusters, The Game, isn’t it?

  19. espy says:

    Fucksticks, the Stalker deal isn’t available in Germany :/ At least I can’t find it anywhere and the link doesn’t work. So I’ll just blame it on my location.

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      If it doesn’t show up on Steam at all you can bet they’re not allowed to sell it in your region. It could be worse, at least they don’t try & advertise it to you in the first place for the princely sum of “Not available in your region” like 75% of Impulse’s sales.

      You could try the RPS data smuggling ring in the forums but I don’t know if it’s possible to gift games which are region blocked. It’s well worth it for STALKER (especially with the Stalker Complete Mod which has been discussed around these parts a few times).

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      c-Row says:

      Yup, has an FSK 18 rating, so that’s probably the reason. If only COP would be a bit cheaper at least…

    • Mana_Garmr says:

      “It could be worse, at least they don’t try & advertise it to you in the first place for the princely sum of “Not available in your region” like 75% of Impulse’s sales.”

      Gods above do I hate that! Especially when they email me offers I’m not eligible for. It’s like they’re teasing me or something. “Hey, come see how cheap we’re selling this game. Oh, you want to actually buy it? Sorry, no. But look how cheap it is for other people.”

    • CWalker00 says:

      RPS Data Smuggling Ring sounds like the place for you regarding this matter. Just pop into the forum, and somebody will help you out.

  20. FupDuk says:

    I’m tempted by the stalker deal although I already have the first stalker. A giftable copy would clinch it for me. Bought FEAR2, just over the 12gb of 14gb download. £2.49 not bad as I enjoyed the gibs in the demo, that’s all I’m buying it for: gibs and slowmo death like the original (i hope). Not so keen on monsters scurrying around, but hey I’ll try and ignore the fuckers. Not intersted in the fear2 dlc.

    • Blather Bob says:

      @FupDuk: Could you report back if it offers the ability to play the “Reborn” campaign? I understand that GFWLGOD apparently doesn’t offer the DLC for sale because it’s already included.

    • FupDuk says:

      I can confirm that the FEAR2 I bought from GFWLGOD for 249 pence does indeed contain the Reborn DLC, which is nice.
      Got some weirdness going on though with windows 7 switching to a basic colour scheme when I launch the game… there’s always something gnawing away and pissing me off, nothing is ever easy and straightforward.
      Now for the captcha, what the fuck does that say?

  21. Luomu says:

    Frictional Games is having a 50% Halloween sale, so if you want to buy Amnesia straight from the developers go there! This way all the money goes to the devs.

    http://www.frictionalgames.com/site/

    You get mac/linux/win versions in the same package.

  22. Blather Bob says:

    The Puppy Games Ultra Bundle (Ultratron, Titan Attacks, Droid Assault) is still on sale for $4.97 over at the developer’s site.

    Fun little classic arcade-style games for anyone whose “tastes tend towards high scores, shooting dudes and matching coloured blobs driving cute little retro-style robots over anything narrative centric”.

  23. Alonzo says:

    The Halloween sale on Steam has Burn, Zombie Burn for £3.49 – http://store.steampowered.com/app/50510/

    Tom Chick wrote about it last year . I’ve been playing it today and yeah, its pretty good.

    • Lucas says:

      I love this game, and $5 for Burn Zombie Burn is a steal. BZB is criminally underrated and RPS should give it some real coverage.

  24. Vinraith says:

    AI War and Zenith Remnant are half off virtually everywhere, a copy bought from anywhere registers on Steam, Impulse, and with the direct download version, so buy it where you want to buy it. Extra points for buying it direct from it’s lovely developer, Arcen, but at half off most places no one’s going to blame you for getting it cheaper.

  25. zachanima says:

    They’re calling this the “GOTY” edition, but from what I can tell that just means “patched with some extra stuff and references to Michael Jackson removed” edition.

    Isn’t this more or less the definition of Game of the Year Edition?

    • malkav11 says:

      Especially the “removing Michael Jackson” bit. God, how many games have I had to wait for the GOTY edition to play in hopes of avoiding moonwalking.

    • Jake says:

      I can’t even play the non-GOTY version of Batman Arkham Asylum anymore for that exact reason, totally ruined the atmosphere.

      Actually Michael Jackson was well on the way to being a Batman villain.

  26. disperse says:

    If anyone is interested in OnLive and has a brawny enough Internet connection for it, they’re having a weekend sale:

    $9.99 for Borderlands
    $9.99 for Red Faction Guerilla
    $24.99 for Mafia II

    Unfortunately, Just Cause II (probably the only game I’d consider buying through OnLive) is still $35 which is close enough to full price for me to hesitate.

    I’m lucky to live in a place with really good Internet and have been very impressed by the OnLive service. Somewhat underwhelmed by their variety of games though. You get 30 minutes with the full versions of every game with a free trial account though, so it can’t hurt to try.

  27. Mac says:

    I’ve just noticed – DoW 2 Chaos Rising is $9.99 on the US page – http://www.shopto.net/XBOX%20360/VIDEO%20GAMES/XB2FI19-FIFA%2011%202011.html and £15 on the UK page – anyone mind explaining what currency conversion this is using ?

  28. DerShcraa says:

    Are people still playing DoW1 online?
    My SteamAcc is now working again, and i am on the fence for this one.

  29. Lord Huggington says:

    As tempting as some of these are, I’m gonna stay in a holding pattern until Black Friday rolls around (it’s only a few weeks away, folks!). Last year, just looking at Steam there were some insane sales for games, and ditto for after Christmas. If things play out like they did last year, it may be well worth the wait to see what kind of holiday sales come down the line.

    • Magius Paulus says:

      At the risk of sounding extremely stupid, but what is black friday and what is so typical ‘sales’ about them? And more practical, when is it?

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      Arathain says:

      @ Magius Paulus: I’m going to hazard a guess that you’re not American- it’s a US thing. It’s the day after Thanksgiving (which is always a Thursday). It’s one of (if not the) major sales in the US commercial calendar, and officially starts the run up to Christmas.

      It’s called Black Friday because it’s the point in the year when retailers (hopefully) start to see a yearly profit, turning the books from red to black, as it were.

    • Lord Huggington says:

      Arathain covered most of it, but to give you an idea of some of the deals that come about, it’s not uncommon to see recently released AAA titles going for anywhere up to 75% off on that day, or ridiculous bundles of games for dirt cheap. The nice thing about Black Friday sales, at least in terms of games, is that you can get some very good games for very, very cheap. It’s not just retailers trying to unload the crap that’s been gathering dust all year (that’s what Boxing Day sales in Canada are for! :p ).

  30. geldonyetich says:

    If this continues to go like it did last year, Steam will continue to put more and more games on sale all the way up until New Year’s.