The RPS Bargain Bucket: Hooked Up

By Lewie Procter on November 20th, 2010 at 3:09 pm.

Bit of a rubbish week this week, sorry about that. Still, in a few weeks time you’ll be wishing for some respite from the constant wave after wave of gaming discounts flying in your face from all angles. The Steam Thanksgiving sale should start next week, which was pretty epic last year, and after that it’s going to be Christmas sales all round. For your constantly updated guide cheap games, head to SavyGamer.co.uk.

BioShock 2 – £7.49/€9.99/$9.99/920 MS Points
The phenomenal relaunch of MSGFWLGOD continues it’s run of success with this 10 month old game being discounted to slightly cheaper than it has ever been anywhere else. Stop the presses. I seem to recall that Bioshock 2 uses SecuROM DRM, but can’t find any mention of what DRM any games from MSGFWLGOD include, there is just a generic DRM statement for all games. Honestly, to convince me that MS have any real interested in pushing the PC platform forwards, I’d have needed to see a much bigger commitment than this. Considering that Microsoft haven’t published a PC game since they have had DirectX 10, and by extention Vista to push, but in the same time they have paid dozens upon dozens of developers to not make PC games, this feeble effort seems token at best. If you’re quick, you can also get Bioshock the first for £1.49/€1.99/$1.99/180 MS points (today only).

And Yet It Moves – Pay What You Want (or is it?)
Recently launched indie centric digital distributor “Yawma” were having a pay what you want sale for And Yet It Moves, even letting you set the price at zero if you wanted to be super penny pinching. Seemingly the bump in traffic caused a server meltdown, and the web site has been down since I checked last night. They’re giving updates over twitter, and saying that if you want to get the game, you can try emailing them at “games@yawma.net”, and they should be able to “get you hooked up”, which presumably means give you a copy of the game for what you want.
Update: They have said that they’ll be back up later today, and have extended the PWYW sale. Check the homepage and twitter for updates.

Ubisoft bundle – £53.07/€61.98/$84.83
Just what I’ve been waiting for, a bundle on these exact 17 games. Wait, that’s not true at all! I’m not sure exactly who GOG is aiming at with these mega bundles of 10+ games. It seems to me that some kind of scaling discount would make more sense, since I would have thought very few people would actually want every single game. At current pricing, buying 13 games costs more than getting all 17. Still, it’s not a bad bundle, from the days when Ubisoft didn’t mind you playing your games without having a constant connection from your pc to their MEGASERVERS. Simpler times. The selection includes:
Beyond Good and Evil
Chessmaster 9000
Driver: Parallel Lines
Far Cry
Heritage of Kings: The Settlers
Heroes of Might and Magic
Heroes of Might and Magic 2: Gold Edition
Heroes of Might and Magic 3: Complete Edition
IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946
Might and Magic 6-PACK: Limited Edition
Panzer General 2
Panzer General 3D Assault
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Settlers 2: Gold Edition
Silent Hunter 2
Ghost Recon
Rainbow Six
And each game can also be had individually for £4.37/€5.11/$6.99. Get Games also have BG&E for just £2/2/$4, but I gather that GOG has applied fixes to make it play nice with modern systems.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadows of Chernobyl & Call of Pripyat – £6.25/€7.30/$9.99
The same pair and price that has been offer elsewhere previously, but it was such a good deal that it’s worth posting again. Here you get what are generally considered to be the best two stalker titles in one cheap bundle. We’ve already established that Jim loves the stalker games lots and lots, and you can find a bunch of text that confirms that here, and I certainly enjoyed what I’ve played of Shadows of Chernobyl, but am yet to dip my toe into Pripyat.

Deal of the week
Grand Theft Auto IV [Complete Edition] – £6.25/€7.30/$9.99
This is the mega open city shooting driving cut scene game, plus both chapters of DLC, for a very reasonable price. It’s actually cheaper to buy this than the DLC on its own has ever been, so if you already have the base game, but are eager to try out the extra downloadable episodes, then this is still worth your attention. Watch out for the massive download size though, it’s roughly 16Gb to download. This deal is available right now, but ends at some point in the next 24 hours, so be quick.

Also of note:
Sword of the Stars: Complete Collection – £12.49/€14.58/$14.99
Sniper: Ghost Warrior – £14.99/€14.99/$14.99

Remember to click on SavyGamer.co.uk and look at all the lovely cheap games.

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  1. Archonsod says:

    D2D also has Assassin’s Creed II for £7.95, and the Gamer’s Gate loyalty deal is for Gothic III gold; £5.99 if you qualify for the 70% off.

    • Mac says:

      You can also get Assassin’s Creed Director’s Cut Edition PC Digital Download £3.13 from UbiShop Ubisoft Online Store.

      This is a deal of the week on the Ubisoft North America store, and is priced at the usual £9.99 on the UK store.

      To get this deal in the UK you just need to do the following:

      1. Go to http://proxify.co.uk
      2. Enter the following URL: http://emailus.ubi.com/cgi-bin11/DM/t/n8e60UyshY0FZp0uSS0Ep
      3. Search for ‘Assassin’s Creed’ on the UbiShop homepage and select ‘Assassin’s Creed’ ‘PC Download’ which is about halfway down the page.
      4. Should display price of $5. Just check out as normal from there.

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      Carra says:

      Last time I tried to proxy a webshop (steam?) it just told me that my credit card wasn’t an american one :(

    • Archonsod says:

      AC1 Director’s Cut is also cheap on D2D, £4.95

      Also, Impulse has the excellent Tropico 3 for a mere £3.25, Hearts of Iron 3 for £4.49 and Grand Ages Rome complete for £4.99. You can also get the complete Gal Civ 1 and Lightweight Ninja for 62p each.

    • Kid A says:

      Apparently Wales isn’t part of the United Kingdom. Just tried to buy AC1 and got refused.

    • Mac says:

      @Kid A – Excellent, things are looking up :)

    • TheTingler says:

      You have to pay a subscription fee now for Proxify it seems.

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    Arathain says:

    I really do like Sword of the Stars. It’s an excellent space 4X with less focus on economics and more focus on using the lovely huge tech tree to build your own space ships to command in big dramatic battles. Lots of events and subtleties to keep things interesting. Surprisingly excellent background fluff.

    • Rich says:

      Totally agree. Lovely game. Still finding new techs I like.
      Really looking forward to telling my ships to go under, not over, enemies though, which I hear is going to be in SOTS 2. Human ships always seem to go over, which is stupid as their bellies have no bloody guns on them.

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      Arathain says:

      Oo, that’ll be nice. I’m playing as Morrigi right now, and with their unusually shaped ships over/under really can matter in a brawl.

    • Archonsod says:

      You can use the square brackets (“[“) to order the ship to spin, which lets it bring it’s guns to bear above or below (humans tend to have most of their firepower on their broadsides). Only thing to note is while performing the rotation the ship won’t make any other manoeuvres, so it’ll plow into anything in front of it. Although you can use this to force ram enemy ships if you time it right; always fun to watch a dreadnought smash through a destroyer swarm.

    • mcnubbins says:

      Do you think someone (me) who didn’t get on too well with GalCiv II will like this? I like what I hear about Sword of the Stars being more about space combat than economics, is it af fair comparison to say it is to GalCiv what Total War is to Civ?

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      Arathain says:

      mcnubbins: “…is it a fair comparison to say it is to GalCiv what Total War is to Civ?”

      I think that’s perfectly fair. Turn based 4X star conquering with detailed real time space battles. Economics is mostly a couple of simple sliders and building trade ships. The real meat is designing clever ships using well directed research and then getting to watch them blowing things up in lovely detail. Or getting blown up, as the AI is actually rather good and understands the tech tree quite well.

      The ship design interface deserves a special mention for being easy to use but giving lots of powerful options. Using the right techs for the right tasks is a satisfying and tricky challenge.

    • outoffeelinsobad says:

      Can’t say enough good things about SotS. Everyone should own a copy.

    • Dominic White says:

      Echoing that Sword of The Stars is pretty great, and well worth owning if you like 4x games at all. If you remember how it felt/played when it first launched, just go bash your head against a wall until you forget, because its really is a whole different game now, and old grudges will only taint what is otherwise a very, very enjoyable experience.

      It’s just a pity that the developers behind it seem to be one of the most bizarrely egotistical and hard-headed teams in existance.

    • Muzman says:

      This is something that consistently blows by me and I always forget to ask about it.

      What is a 4X game? (it’s always a space game, I’ve worked out that much. Or have I?)

    • Martha Stuart says:

      4x games =explore, expand, exploit, exterminate. basically any game like Civilization, Galactic Civilizations, Space Empires, Sword of the Stars, ect. is a 4X game. they are not all space strategy games but most are.

    • Vinraith says:

      @Dominic

      Huh? I’ve generally found Kerberos to be very friendly, open, and engaged with their community.

      Regardless though, SotS is a brilliant game, anyone that remotely enjoys turn based strategy should own it at that price.

    • Muzman says:

      Oh ok. Cheers Martha. I guess I usually call those CIv games. The strategy world is like a foreign country to me.

    • MasterOfAllmyporn says:

      I don’t know what SotS people have been playing, but mine had the worst combat control and camera in the whole galaxy and the clunkiest galaxy map control to match it.
      (Is there any kind of fix/mod around for this? Both for combat and the map. It makes my head explode in frustration every other minute. Non-2D scrollable galaxy maps just do not work very well..even if it’s 3D you should give it an option to stick angles.. And combat should have some measure of overview and control.)

      SotS also stripped everything that was pure OCD geek joy out of the 4X genre.
      Yet oddly people seem to think this is a good thing (3 sliders instead of researching/building stuff removes around 80% of what 4X was/is).

      I peeked into Armada 2526 compared to SotS and liked that better.
      Still have to try Distant Worlds, of which I read many great things.

      From what I remember of SE IV it beat the pants off of SotS imho, and MOO and MOO2 via GoG will still give all of these such a run for your money, it’s not even funny.

    • mcnubbins says:

      That reminds me. I bought MOO1+2 from GOG last month and still haven’t played them :(

      I think I’ll skip SotS anyway, because I can’t just leave MOO unplayed and don’t have time for all the TBS games on my hd anyway!

  3. Brumisator says:

    I get a 404 error on that And yet it moves link.
    Seems they got a server overload, and it went down. that doesn’t bode well.

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      Joshua says:

      It does. It means an impressive amount of viewers.

    • Scott YAWMA says:

      Luckily it bodes very well. It means the sale is going to be extended!

      We’re in the process of upgrading our servers a substantial amount, and we’re going to redeploy the site on Wednesday to make sure we can handle the load. The PWYW sale will be extended another day so that no one is left behind.

      I’ll be sure to post here when we’re live. Also, like Lewie said, my email is free game for anyone with any questions. games@yawma.net.

      Thanks all for being patient!

  4. patricij says:

    I don’t want to support UBISOFT and the rest is boring, so I’ll pass this week…Bought me Zombie Driver already, so I’m happy enough

  5. Graham says:

    Fallout: New Vegas, Digital Collector’s Edition (which as far as I can tell mean it includes an e-novel), is $35 at the US Direct2Drive. I really dug the game, and the recent patch has fixed some of face-to-keyboard problems. And there are already some good mods.

    http://www.direct2drive.com/9815/product/Buy-Fallout-New-Vegas-Digital-Collector%27s-Edition-Download

    • Blather Blob says:

      @Graham: Apparently you can use the coupon “Load15″ to get 15% off any title over $30, so it’s actually $29.71 for Fallout: New Vegas.

      Also worth noting that it should register on Steam — you’re only getting the serial number off of Direct2Drive, really. Though I imagine that “D2D Exclusive” novel will have to be downloaded from D2D if you want it. The game also seems to only be available to the Americas from the US site, which is where the coupon works.

    • Lewie Procter says:

      I knew about the discount, but not the coupon. Is that cheaper than the retail version is in the state? The UK retail version has already been discounted pretty heavily (it’s available for £14-16).

    • Graham says:

      I can confirm that the coupon code works. That’s a pretty nice deal.

    • Blather Blob says:

      @Lewie: I haven’t been paying too much attention (I haven’t finished Oblivion yet, and the GOTY will be out by the time I do), but I don’t think anywhere has had much of a sale on boxed copies yet. Best Buy is scheduled to have a Black Friday sale price of $39.99 for it, which suggests it hasn’t been too cheap lately. On the other hand, everyone’s kind of given up on PC games at retail; last year Best Buy’s Black Friday PC games were duplicates of the year-before’s, with an extra $2 taken off. This year I think Fallout: New Vegas is the only PC game they’re offering and it’s the same sale price as the console versions. Online, Amazon has it for $46 and I don’t think GoGamer has had a sale on it yet; that’s about it for online sources with good prices, as far as I know.

    • malkav11 says:

      My experience has been that US retail rarely has bargain pricing for PC titles anymore. I’ve certainly not seen New Vegas for less than MSRP of $50. Even Amazon, who I’ve begun relying on for bargains on console games, almost never even acknowledges the existence of the PC when it comes to sales (sometimes they’ll discount something from 8 years ago, but that’s about it) and rarely includes the PC version in preorder credits, release date shipping promotions, or similar. There’s a reason the digital distributors are taking over.

    • invisiblejesus says:

      Yeah, it’s still full price at US retail. PC game prices don’t drop nearly as quickly here as they do in the UK, hence the frequent confusion on our part when UK posters here talk about how much cheaper retail games are than on Steam.

  6. Heliocentric says:

    To really make the most of the christmas sales i have 2 rules, no sequels/expansions to games i still mean to play and £5 (but really £7.50) limit per title,

  7. Fumarole says:

    Sword of the Stars on Impulse is $14.95 in the US, not $19.96.

  8. Skull says:

    Can I buy the Episodes for GTAIV from D2D and then use it with my version of GTAIV I bought from Steam. Or do I need to d/l the entire 16Gb to be able to play these episodes?

    • Lewie Procter says:

      Sorry, I don’t know. Anyone else?

    • Leper says:

      As far as I remember the GTA4 episodes are standalone games or at least the collection of the 2 is.

      I’m very tempted to get it myself but have Rockstar sorted all the problems the game had when it was first released on PC?

    • Heliocentric says:

      This kind of cross compatibility almost never happens, i’d bet my fortune on a no.

    • Malawi Frontier Guard says:

      You need to download the 16gb either way.

    • Blather Blob says:

      @Skull: Well, the D2D page does list it as being a bundle of two separate products, GTA4 and Episodes, rather than one single product. Except if you click through to their pages, you won’t be saving much even if it turns out to be separable. GTA4 is a 13.8 GB download by itself, and Episodes is a 14.96 GB download by itself. Which would make sense since it would have to be the standalone version if it was separate.

      If it is all one big download, at least you can console yourself with the knowledge that all the GTA4 radio stations will be available in Episodes, which isn’t the case with the standalone Episodes and is otherwise only possible with the GFWL DLC versions of the episodes.

    • Mac says:

      Episodes is definately standalone … i’m just d/l’ing it myself.

      I have GTA 4 on the 360, so i’m not bothering to d/l that for my PC.

      Unlike the 360, on the PC Episodes doesn’t look to see if you have GTA 4 installed at all – it is completely stand alone.

    • Skull says:

      Thanks for the response guys, Mac does seem to be right and you can download the Episodes seprately. GameSpy Comrade recognises that GTA IV is indeed installed on my PC. This is such a large downlaod though and with my internet connection it will be a week before I get these episodes. Hopefully they are worth waiting for!

  9. Caleb367 says:

    Maybe I’ve got something wrong, but it seems the GTA IV offer doesn’t come up on EU D2D. Also, no option to buy either one on its own.

  10. goatmonkey says:

    Hoping for a cheap xbox in the amazon sale keep me occupied till my fixed graphics card comes back. Well I could play my PS3 games

  11. Sigh says:

    Hi Lewie,

    Just wanted to say thanks for all of your hard work here. I have bought a number of games based on this column.

    Last week I was excited to see that CoD:BlOps was discounted on the UK D2D site…a great find this early after release! I didn’t even know that I could buy keys from the UK site (I am a US resident).

    I look forward to your column every week, great job. :-)

  12. Justin says:

    You haven’t tried Stalker: Call of Pripyat yet? You oughta. It’s great. Not amazing like Shadow of Chernobyl, but also reliably not broken, unlike Shadow of Chernobyl.

  13. Heliosicle says:

    tempted by the gta iv offer, but the 16gb dl tells me no..

    Need to download all 15gb of the witcher sometime, and i’ve got 12gb for frontlines: fow to dl

    WHY ARE GAMES SO BIG?

    • Lewie Procter says:

      I did only base that on the install requirement. The download may actually be somewhat smaller than that.

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      phuzz says:

      Well, for £30 you can get a 500Gb drive, or £40 for a 1Tb drive.

    • terry says:

      You could save some space by just not installing Frontlines (it’s bad)

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      Carra says:

      It’s not a harddisk problem. It’s an isp problem.

      Damn our isps and their 50gb download limits.

    • DrGonzo says:

      I think it might be half of that to download. As in, it downloads the files, then installs it, so at one point you need that space on your hard drive. At least the EA Downloader works that way.

    • Heliosicle says:

      yea what carra said, 16gb is 1/5 of my house’s monthly bandwidth allowance, my parents watch a lot of video on iPlayer, and my brother is a big downloader too, so its all too easy to go over the 80gb limit.

  14. SirKicksalot says:

    The Witcher Enhanced, 6 dollars download from Amazon :

    http://www.amazon.com/Witcher-Enhanced-Game-Download/dp/B0044DEQ2C/ref=dsvrt_myd_asin_block

    • iLag says:

      do those Amazon deals also work for Europeans? anyone tried that already?

    • Quasar says:

      I want to know this too.

    • Quasar says:

      Just tried it:

      “Game Downloads are only available to US customers
      We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Please continue shopping on the Amazon.com home page. ”

      Why would this be? How silly.

    • Donkeyfumbler says:

      I’d also like to know if this works for us Europeans (or more specifically, here in the UK). (ah beaten to it – thanks for letting us know)

  15. Oak says:

    My memory is awful: wan’t the Steam sale at the end of December?

    • Jan says:

      Steam has both a Thanksgiving sale (next week) and a Christmas sale (starting the week before Christmas.)

    • Ziv says:

      Do you know when exactly the thanksgiving sale is coming? I need to make a new single use credit card and don’t know when in the week I should do that.

    • Blather Blob says:

      @Ziv: If I recall correctly, last year (I think the first time they had a thanksgiving sale) Steam’s sale started on a Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving) and ran through Sunday / ended Monday morning (5 days of 24-hour specials). Except I think they started it Tuesday evening and so had Wednesday’s special deals up for 36 hours or so.

      So if it follows last year’s schedule it will run from the 24th (though actually start on the 23rd, with no change in specials until the 25th) and run through to the morning of the 29th. But I might be misremembering some things or confusing some details with the Christmas sale.

  16. Sir Derpicus says:

    hey, HEY!
    Have a question.
    how does GTA4 run? Is it still the bug-ridden, broken-as-can-be-on-the-technical-front piece of frame-killer-for-no-good-reason that it was when it launched? Or have they patched it up nice and propah?
    And do I need to sign up for all of the following: rockstah club, GFWL and steam?

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      drewski says:

      It’s weird when it comes to GTA4. I ran it with admitedly low frame rates but almost no technical issues fine, unpatched, from release. On a notebook. A notebook with 4GB of RAM, sure, but still a notebook.

      I think the fuss around it was never justified. It wasn’t the most optimised game ever, but it ran fine on all three of the machines I tried it on – ranging from fairly new gaming machine, to 18 month old gaming machine, to the notebook.

      The patches apparently fixed it to run better, but I was already bored of it by the time they brought the patch out. Worth taking the risk though, IMO. You’ll have to at least make a dummy GFWL and Rockstar Social Club accounts, from memory.

    • mwoody says:

      I played GTAIV on console, so I can’t comment there, but I did try the second DLC on PC a few months back when it was cheap. It ran extremely poorly even after extensive tweaking, and crashed frequently. I can’t recommend it. You can get it to run, but doing so is such a pain that, if you’re like me, you inevitably find you’ve lost the will to play it by the time it’s actually working.

    • DrGonzo says:

      To be fair the 360 version ran pretty poorly, and crashed a lot for a console game.

    • Wahngrok says:

      The Rockstar Social Club account is only needed for online play. You can play “offline” with the GFWL account only.

    • malkav11 says:

      Ah, the “GTA IV PC is a terrible port that runs like crap” nonsense again. It did have major problems at release, but those are long gone for most people. Runs smooth as butter for me, looks much better than on 360, and plays better to boot.

  17. noobnob says:

    On a somewhat unrelated note, the Steam top 10 sellers isn’t a top 10 anymore, it’s a top 20 now. When did this happen?

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    drewski says:

    It’s hard to get excited about online sales right now knowing Steam will no doubt be selling the farm for peanuts in a month or so.

  19. Simon says:

    BioShock 2 is $1.99 (USD) at Microsoft Store
    http://www.gamesforwindows.com/en-US/Resources/Age-Gate/?ReturnUrl=%2fen-US%2fgames%2fbioshock%2f&cookies=detecting

    It does require Games for Windows Live though :(
    Does anyone know if you can add it to Steam instead?

  20. Javier-de-Ass says:

    some good games here http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/offers

    the amazing avernum 6, both eschalon books, gothic 2, spellforce 2 and an awesome variable percentage on theatre of war 2 kursk 1943 (I get 80% off on this, not sure where it starts at the lower end though, maybe 50%. 80% is £3.40 which is just an awesome deal for this game)

  21. BarneyL says:

    The GTA4 deal is now gone sadly.

    • Perkelnik says:

      Well you can get it for 18 pounds at zavvi.co.uk which is still a pretty good price I think.
      Anyway, I bought it there, installed the latest patch and its running great, no bugs or anything like that.

  22. mwoody says:

    I wish a deal would pop up on Recettear or Academagia. Ah well, hopefully we’ll see one for black Friday or the annual December Steam Walletacolypse.

    • booling says:

      fyi…there’s a thanksgiving weekend deal on Academagia for ~$15 (on the developer’s website)

  23. LostSoviet says:

    Direct2Drive has a “price match guarantee” until December 31. If you buy something from D2D but spot a cheaper price at a “qualified competitor” (only Steam, Gamersgate, and Gamestop.com), D2D will refund you the difference as store credit.

    Anyone who likes Steam prices but would rather shop at D2D (and doesn’t mind mucking around with Support tickets) should keep this in mind.

    http://support.direct2drive.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=3091&task=knowledge&questionID=2890

  24. Hardtarget says:

    well for 9.99 i’ll give this Bioshock 2 thing a whirl. See how GFWL treats me, it has never been a problem for me in the past.

    I have friends who say 2 is way better than 1 so I guess we’ll see.

    • Hunam says:

      The end of 2 is far better than the end of 1. It’s got better gameplay at the reduction of not being nearly as pretty or novel. Still a great game with a good story, but it doesn’t have that flair the original had, not until the closing act anyway.

  25. DrugCrazed says:

    You can get Beyond Good & Evil on its own for £2: https://www.getgamesgo.com/catalogue/game/beyond-good-and-evil

    Not sure when it finishes.

    • John Peat says:

      BEWARE – the DRM on Beyond Good and Evil is NOT Vista/W7 friendly (you’ll have to crack the game to make it work).

      The GoG version has no DRM and so you won’t have the issue – it’s a moral choice I guess – and it’s on sale this weekend tho it’s slightly more at $5.99 (usually $9.99)

      You’ll still have to faff about to get widescreen and controllers etc. working so you may not worry about the extra step of having to crack a game you’ve ACTUALLY BOUGHT! :)

  26. Catshade says:

    Today’s GFWL deal is Age of Empires 3 Complete for 10 cents or 10 MS points. Probably worth it to endure GFWL client alone.

    • Vinraith says:

      Whoa. Thanks for the heads-up, that’s one deal that will actually get me to buy something through the GfWL client. Surely, however, that’s an error? Better grab it while it’s still there…

    • malkav11 says:

      And for once I’m glad to be able to pay with MS points, as my debit card has a minimum transaction amount of $1.

    • LostSoviet says:

      No error, Vinraith. This is the last day of progressively higher discounts for GFW’s relaunch week.
      http://www.gamesforwindows.com/en-US/dailydeal/day7/

      (Sorry for the US link, it’s where I live.)

    • dc says:

      Woah, quite incredibly, this is 10 euro cents for me :-D Guess it’s 10 cents for the Americans as well, making it some 30% more expensive for the euros? ;-)

      Edit: Oh … Credit Card only? Well, that sucks. Cancelled.

    • John Peat says:

      Not credit-card only at all – you can pay with MS Points – just choose that ‘tab’ in the checkout…

      I had 20pts lying around anyway – now I need something to do with just 10 :)

    • mwoody says:

      Wow, great deal, but if I go to gamesforwindowslive.com I just get an error. “Could not log you out.” I don’t mean it’s in the corner of the site or anything; it’s all I see. That’s astounding. The third iteration of this store, and they still manage to fuck things up so bad they produce something I’ve never even seen before: a site that just flat out tells me I can’t use it, with no option to log out. Amazing.

      I know I can probably screw with cookies or lower security settings or something, but frankly, even 10 cents isn’t a good enough price to make me want to deal with this mess.

    • Vinraith says:

      @mwoody

      Forget the website, just use the client itself to buy it.

    • Xanadu says:

      AoE III. Worth it for 10p
      Bought. Downloaded client. Run

      Games for windows (R) Marketplace has stopped working
      A problem has caused the program to stop working correctly.

      Not exactly the best way to encourage me to buy from them in future.

    • dc says:

      @John Peat:

      Soo … how do I get MS-Points? Not an Xbox-User :) And how do I delete my account there, that’s useless now? This is pretty shitty.

  27. Javier-de-Ass says:

    never had a problem with the gfwl client. awesome deal. aoe3 is superb

  28. Vinraith says:

    Does anyone know how one goes about backing up a game purchased through GFW? Is there even a mechanism for it?

    I have to say, this AoE3 experience has impressed me, as it was presumably designed to. Easy purchase, fast download, and no client required to run the game itself. Give me a good backup option G4W, and I might have to start buying things from you. Hell, do that and you’ll be well ahead of Steam in my book.

  29. iLag says:

    X3 Gold has just been heavily discounted on Impulse… worth getting?