The (Crowd-Gamer) Bargain Bucket

By Jim Rossignol on August 27th, 2011 at 1:39 pm.


Right, I do believe Lewie and his henchmen are all away this weekend, so we’re all going to have to come up with our own deals! I know, what a mess. But we can probably muddle through. Right so how does this work… Well, GamersGate Summer Sale is on, and Precursors is only £5.99. Open-world sci-fi thing. I wrote about it here. That’s probably my deal of the week or suchlike. Oh, Dungeon Keeper 2 popped up on GoG – that is a minor classic for cheap. Borderlands GOTY edition is 75% off on Steam, but I can’t recommend it unless you have a chum to play co-op with. UPDATE: Good call from the comments on cheap copies of The Witcher 2.

Anyone got any other suggestions? Gosh, I bet you are all playing DXHR this weekend, anyway.

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101 Comments »

  1. SpinalJack says:

    “Gosh, I bet you are all playing DXHR this weekend, anyway.”

    You got that right!

    • Evil Otto says:

      right indeed.

    • Kadayi says:

      Sadly not as Royal Mail managed to screw that up…

    • LionsPhil says:

      I am playing Invisible War.

    • Theoban says:

      MINE HASN’T TURNED UP YET

      I AM UPSET

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      Man Raised by Puffins says:

      Yup.

      (otherwise I might have been tempted by the Borderlands Steam sale)

    • McChes says:

      Would be playing DX:HR, but friend decided that not only would he have his wedding on a Bank Holiday, but also that it would be the Bank Holiday immediately following the release of the year. Thanks, mate.

    • man-eater chimp says:

      I’m too poor.

      He says on the bargain bucket comment thread.

    • Jhoosier says:

      No, as I didn’t decide I wanted it until the very last moment and missed the last chance at a pre-order discount because I was out getting pissed. And I’m too cheap to pay the extra $5.

      Besides, I’ve still got Witcher 2 and just bought Borderlands, so I can wait til it goes on sale this fall.

    • jon_hill987 says:

      No, I’m waiting for a patch to fix the shoddy mouse control. Both this and Far Cry 2 are unplayable to me because of [mouse lag]/[acceleration]/[basically being shit].

    • Vinraith says:

      Nope, what’s the hurry?

    • Avish says:

      Have plenty of games waiting to be played (New Vegas DLCs, Divinity 2 and more) and little time to play them, so there is no rush to buy DXHR at the moment.
      Will wait for a sale in the future….

    • Dozer says:

      I was playing a new physics puzzle game called ‘get the sofa-bed frame up the narrow staircase’.

    • StingingVelvet says:

      @Jon_Hill

      They already patched the laggy mouse, it works fine now. Has for days.

    • Vinraith says:

      @Dozer

      Hey, I’ve played that game! Be careful, I almost broke a hand once playing that one…

    • FakeAssName says:

      nope, not me!

      Steamworks = no sale, so I’m gonna wait till I can get it cheap for the 360. yes I can still feel the peer pressure quite clearly, but a man has to have his principles and when I say no to steam I mean no to steam.

      Gabe can give me a call when the Steam client becomes optional, till then I can live just fine without the pop culture.

    • GT3000 says:

      Out of curiosity, did anyone get a OnLive code in their copy they didn’t want? I wanted to give the game a spin before I bought it. Damn them for no demos.

    • amorpheous says:

      I would be if I wasn’t ~250 miles from from my gaming box. Instead I’ve been stuck with my poxy non-Windows laptop for over 2 weeks and there is a raging gamer inside me wanting to get back to my flat so I can play decent games again >_<

    • caicaiaa says:

      Fashion brand products, low prices and reliable quality. Welcome to:

      http://tinyurl.com/3wvabn3

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      Thermal Ions says:

      Most definitely playing DX:HR and quite enjoying it. It’s not perfect mind you but is engaging.

      @FakeAssName
      While I disagree with your viewpoint, thumbs up for sticking to your principles.

    • DrBomb says:

      Nope, playin’ Bastion.

  2. Icarus says:

    Wing Commander 1 & 2 is also on GoG for cheaps.

    But yes. DXHR for me.

  3. JackShandy says:

    Woah, what’s the headline picture from? I need it.

    EDIT: And SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS yeah, I’m up to the last level and desperately hoping the game ends with a fistfight with hugh darrow on the ocean floor.

  4. Azhrarn says:

    DXHR here as well, once that darn delivery truck arrives with my package from Amazon. :P

  5. DeathHamsterDude says:

    ‘I bet you are all playing DXHR this weekend, anyway.’

    I suspect that you are right. I myself have accessed this site from a computer in the game. It won’t let me go Jim, it won’t let me go!

    On Steam:
    Tidalis is 85% off
    Serious Sam HD, both the First and Second Encounters, are 66% off
    Day Of Defeat: Source at 75% off
    Counter Strike at 75% off
    Hearts Of Iron 3 Collection is 75% off too.
    And finally the Borderlands DLC: Claptrap’s Robot Revolution is yet again 75% off.

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      Lambchops says:

      If you like your suprisingly deep matching puzzle games and haven’t yet bought Tidalis then you owe it to yourself to do so. Utterly charming and doesn’t get stupidly unfair until about 3 quarters of the way through the adventure, by which time you’ll have had your money’s worth several times over. Oh and the “puzzle” modes are pretty good too,

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      Sinomatic says:

      I saw Tidalis on a daily sale a few days back, but it certainly isn’t showing up as reduced now. At least not here (UK).

  6. KingCathcart says:

    Edit: stupid knobing reply fail.

  7. Fragman says:

    Just got my DXHR, even though amazon reckoned it would be here on the 31st. Yay!

    …also, staring eyes

    • Dozer says:

      +1 Staring Eyes. Come on Jim, I know you’re short-staffed and all, but failing to tag posts correctly is tantamount to dereliction of duty!

      [ ;-) Godwin's Smiley ]

  8. Creeping Death says:

    Speaking of DXHR, for those NOT currently playing it you can grab it from getgamesgo.com for £21.59

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      monkehhh says:

      Worked fine for me, instant Steam code appeared and it’s the folks behind Eurogamer so they’re not a ‘dodgy key’ site.

    • Soon says:

      May go for that, thanks.

    • Gnoupi says:

      The only problem with GetGames is that they enforce the region price. Typically, if I want to buy it from France, it will be 35 euros (around £31).

      For people who want to get DXHR for a cheaper price (though less good than GetGames) who are not from UK, you have D2D UK. with the SAVE15D2D coupon, it will be £25.46 (so around 28 euros)

    • savagerose says:

      Similarly, Amazon has the digital download of DXHR for $35. Not sure if they sell the download outside the US, but it nets you a nice shiny Steam key. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005HRZ29K/ref=dsvrt_review_asin_detail

    • Jhoosier says:

      Thank you! Downloading it now :D

    • dc says:

      @Gnoupi: Just tell them that you’re not from France but from the US. Or if that doesn’t work, Korea. Worked for me. I’m not paying stupid exchange fees just because some strange people believe that $ = €.

  9. MrThingy says:

    Word of warning about DK2.

    Seems a lot of people are having problems on Windows 7 (which is to be expected, I guess), and they removed it from the Requirements on GOG.com

    Check the forums over there before buying. I’d love to play DK2 again… but I’m going to wait a little while to see how it pans out.

    [EDIT - oh, and Deus Ex: HR arrived this morning... so I can wait anyway. :P ]

    • LionsPhil says:

      I suspect it’s a real pain in the arse for GOG. DK2 (original CD release!) is a game that started getting flickers-to-black on my XP machine after a graphics driver update at some point. And that machine hasn’t seen such an update for over five years.

      They really need some kind of DOSBox-alike for Win9X 3D games, but unfortunately there are many reasons why that is very, very complicated and difficult, especially for something that demands performance.

    • MrThingy says:

      Oh absolutely agreed! I think GOG are awesome, but many old games are a nightmare to get working (ancient versions of DirectX, strange Win32 GDI calls, etc.) and many users I think perhaps don’t fully understand the grand task that GOG face sometimes in bringing these old games back.

      I had an idea to try it via WINE on Mac or even in VirtualBox with an XP install to see how it would run.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      They really need some kind of DOSBox-alike for Win9X 3D games

      Wine works fine for a ton of older games, especially if the copy protection has been patched out. Booting into Linux to play Windows games, tee hee.

      Seems a lot of people are having problems on Windows 7 (which is to be expected, I guess), and they removed it from the Requirements on GOG.com

      But they still list Vista as supported. I find that difficult to believe, considering the architecture of Win7 is more or less identical to Vista’s. Guess nobody’s complained about it yet?

    • Archonsod says:

      DK II runs fine on Vista as is, still play it off the original CD and everything :P

    • MrThingy says:

      Following the announcement of a patch for ATI cards (which seem to be the main issue for 64bit Win 7 users) which also enables bi-linear filtering, I decided to go for it.

      http://www.gog.com/en/forum/dungeon_keeper/dungeon_keeper_2_stability_issues

      So far, it runs great here (if anything, a little too fast!). Haven’t got round to playing DE:HR yet… ;-P

  10. Donkeyfumbler says:

    Witcher 2 is £13.95 at D2D UK. Get an extra 15% off that with code SAVE15D2D, taking it to £11.85, which is the best I’ve seen by quite a way. It’s the Digital Premium Edition (is there a version that isn’t?) so you get all the soundtrack, making of video and guides.

    http://www.direct2drive.co.uk/2/1008…m-Download?hph

    • Paul B says:

      Big thanks – if I could vote for your post I would. I’ve been waiting for the Witcher 2 to drop below £12, and nearly bought just the key to activate on Steam, when it dropped under this price on another site. So I’m glad I waited a bit longer. Again thanks ;)

    • Donkeyfumbler says:

      No problem. Been waiting for a deal like this for it too. Knowing that it’s helped someone else means I know it was worthwhile taking the time to make the post :)

    • arboreal says:

      My ‘wait for a sale’ resolve just crumbled…

    • mechabuddha says:

      RETAIL15 for the American crowd.

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      Thermal Ions says:

      “This product is available for purchase worldwide excluding Australia and New Zealand.”

      Damn

    • taalas says:

      great find, thanks alot :)

    • Bantros says:

      Even better is G2Play where if you buy 5 copies the price is dropped down to £8.85 and it registers on Steam!

      Learned of this through bit-tech forums and apparently it is legit as a few of the members have been buying 5 and splitting the keys/money

    • Donkeyfumbler says:

      Heard that G2Play can be a bit dodgy sometimes and that Valve have blocked access to some games where G2Play keys have been used. From what I understand, they are Russian keys and should only strictly be used on Russian-based accounts.

  11. CMaster says:

    The Borderlands GOTY 4 pack is a great buy if you have some friends who enjoy coop FPS.

    • Jhoosier says:

      Unfortunately, I don’t. But I figured the extra for the GOTY is worth it since I don’t have to coordinate people paying me back.

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    Rinox says:

    Jagged Alliance 2 gold is 2 € on Getgames
    Painkiller Black 1.75 $ on Beamdog (3 € on Greenmangaming)
    GoG has all the Myst games on sale

    But yeah the Gamersgate sale dwarfs everything else…oh well, back to DX

  13. mangrove says:

    I really enjoyed Precursors. It’s sort of what I expect Rage to be, albeit less polished.

    • Stromko says:

      But even the Gamersgate version comes with Starforce copy protection. I could probably find a crack to disable it, but I’d rather not risk installing nasty rootkits in the first place.

    • Vinraith says:

      Son of a bitch, I bought this last night and (like an idiot) didn’t notice the DRM. At least I haven’t installed it yet. Sadly I *did* already download it, so I probably can’t get a refund. Dammit, dammit, dammit.

      Ah well, thanks for the heads up Stromko, even if it was too late to save me $9. At least I saw this before that crap installed itself on my system.

      Edit: Well, they seem to be out of serial keys anyway, maybe I can get them to give me blue coins for it at least. Worth a try, I guess.

      Edit 2: And as further testament to how great Gamersgate service is, they did indeed take the return and give me store credit for it. Huzzah!

  14. lostrootpass says:

    Frontlines: Fuel of War is a mere 44p on Amazon right now, but there are only seven copies left at time of writing.

  15. Advanced Assault Hippo says:

    Don’t worry if you don’t have a chum to play Borderlands co-op with. singleplayer is excellent fun. Still buy it.

  16. nootron says:

    I definitely CAN recommend Borderlands solo. It’s definitely great fun in co-op, but if you’re like me, and gaming is something you do by yourself, Borderlands will not let you down.

    • johnpeat says:

      This is true BUT 2 bits of advice

      1 – don’t be too ‘completist’ – leave some quests alone
      2 – LEAVE THE DLC ALONE until you’ve completed the game.

      The reason for those is that it’s terrible at scaling enemies and if you do too many missions or do DLC before you’ve completed the game, you’ll find yourself playing a game which is effortlessly easy and pretty boring.

      Also – you’re going to be playing the game twice – that’s what it takes to level-up enough to play the endgame DLC – so leaving some stuff first-time-around means you get a bit of a change of scene 2nd-time through.

      That 2nd time can be co-op or online ofc. – just to grind-out the levels – but again, the level balancing is shit so beware of this and DON’T mix online and offline play on your first playthrough.

    • d32 says:

      And also, you can be a weirdo and run two (or more!) instances of the game locally and join each other in “LAN” play, so you get stronger enemies and better loot :)

  17. Flappybat says:

    Thanks to Lewie I am playing an Augmented Edition I got from Amazon for £25!

  18. RauTheLegendary says:

    I’m never going to get rid of my backlog… Still have two Stalker games, two Tomb Raider games, two King’s Bounty games, Thief: Deadly Shadows, Sniper Elite, both Serious Sam HD games, barely touched Race 07 and all its DLC, the old Indiana Jones adventure games, all the Hitman games and loads more. I’ve also just started on Deus Ex. I’ve already preordered Red Orchestra 2 and Battlefield 3. I’m currently at the transfer page for buying Xenus 2 White Gold and Precursors. I hate myself.

    • smeghead1988 says:

      oh god i understand this, my steam library is just over 200 now and i swear 150 of them are incomplete.

  19. Mac says:

    Lewie seems to be away more weekends than he is here at the moment … I guess he doesn’t need anymore referal cash?

    • Heliocentric says:

      Until the referal yacht needs waxing.

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      jrodman says:

      I’m gonna be super obnoxious here for a moment:

      The correct spelling is referral. Even though the HTTP standard got it wrong with “referer” doesn’t excuse the rest of nerd-dom!

      Okay, done being awful. For now.

    • Lewie Procter says:

      It has been festival season, but aside from Eurogamer Expo next month, normal service should be resuming now.

      I don’t know about not needing any more cash though! I was volunteering for Oxfam at Shambala festival this weekend.

  20. Pointy says:

    ‘I bet you are all playing DXHR this weekend, anyway.’

    I’m enjoying DXHR.

    I have to admit that I’m playing it at 1080P on the couch, in the front room, through the theatre setup and its awesome. Even better because the wife and kids are spending the weekend at her parents
    (in Albany, 4hrs drive away) tho’ she does keep ringing me up… attemping to spoil my fun.
    Another admission is that I’m playin it with a xbox360 wireless pad…. =)~

    I keep falling into the same quicksave-reload trap as I did when playing the original.
    Which means I spend too much time mucking about when I should just be excepting how certain situations play out.

    This game needs a permadeath mode.

    I have given up using the cover system as when I come out of it I’m always pointing in a different direction. Which is annoying!

    I also bought the Borderlands GOTY edition of steam, couldnt resist it for that price…

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      Vandelay says:

      Not sure whether it is less or more sacrilegious, but I’m playing it on my Razer Hydra.

      DON’T JUDGE ME!

  21. Tonamel says:

    For anyone NOT playing DX:HR, it’s currently on sale at GetGamesGo for $35.99.

  22. Orvidos says:

    Dungeon Keeper 2, “a minor classic”? For shame.

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    Deepo says:

    Is the comic in the headline picture written by Gillen?

  24. aamosnyc says:

    Freespace 2 on Impulse!

    • iLag says:

      as in “Freespace, terribly overpriced, on Impulse”? nah, thanks, I’ll stick with GOG then…

  25. ABearWithAGun says:

    DK2 a minor classic? A MINOR classic? I’M CALLING YOU OUT JIM. I WILL FIGHT YOU. NAME THE TIME AND PLACE OF YOUR IMMINENT ASS BEATING.

  26. Demiath says:

    Bollocks, I must say Borderlands is an exceptionally fun Diablo-esque singleplayer experience, provided that you don’t mind the repetition (I certainly didn’t, and it’s par for the course in a game with this particular structure).

  27. Thutman says:

    Just bought precursors off Gamersgate. Great game, fun as hell, but if you don’t speak russian you NEED the Unofficial patch

  28. Zenicetus says:

    Just noticed the Kohan RTS series is now on Steam at $9.00 each. Probably a bit overpriced for all three together (why didn’t they bundle them?), but I’d recommend getting at least one if you’re a strategy fan and never tried a Kohan game. Probably the last one — Kohan II: Kings of War — where they went from 2D to 3D, and improved the gameplay a bit.

    It’s a fast moving, hero-based RTS with minimal emphasis on micro. The back story and writing is cheesy, even for a fantasy game, but I was able to ignore that and enjoy the game mechanics.

  29. 20thCB says:

    Metro 2033 is today’s Steam Daily deal – 5 pounds in the UK, and 2.50 Euros elsewhere in Europe. Would anyone on the mainland be willing to gift me a copy ? Of course I’d reimburse or else be willing to trade a copy of Dogfighter/Plain Sight. Just post a comment here if you’re interested

    • taalas says:

      Sure, I can gift this to you…send me a pm and we will figure it out…

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    Chaz says:

    I loved Boiling Point so Precursors might just end up being a must buy, despite having a list of games as long as my arm to get through. Also I notice that White Gold is also £5.99 on there, is that more or less Boiling Point 2? Is it any good?

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    Vandelay says:

    Borderlands deal on Steam is very weird.

    Borderlands – £4.99
    Borderlands: Game of the Year – £4.99

    Why do they even bother selling the non-GOTY version if it is the same price?

    The DLC pack is £4.74, so surely that means Borderlands by itself is only worth 25p.

    Ignore the confusing pricing though, just buy the game. Great fun.

  32. jay35 says:

    GMG have Red Orchestra 2 at 15% off plus there’s an additional 20% off coupon that stacks: 20SUM-MERSA-VINGS (if that doesn’t work, try this one SUNNY-SAVER-20PEC).

    Deluxe Edition: $42.45 + 20% off w/ coupon, so ~$34.
    Regular Edition: $33.95 + 20% off w/ coupon, so ~$27.

    Game activates on Steam. I bought Deluxe and they sent me the key to activate it in about 2 minutes. It’s already sitting in my Steam games list now, awaiting the pre-load date (and the final beta).

    And they have 15% off a number of other pre-orders that can stack with the 20% off coupon as well: Renegade Ops, HOMM VI, Tropico 4, Stronghold 3.

    I’d post more links but it seems to cause my post to sit in a moderation queue, preventing you from hearing about this deal asap.

    • SpiderJerusalem says:

      A thousand times this. I’ve already got the RO2 DD and DXHR from GMG with those codes (there are three or four that will work with separate orders). Dead Island, AC: Revelations, and Arkham City are also highlights (although only Dead Island is a Steamworks game, if you’re into that sort of thing).

      Two more codes:
      20PEC-TWEET-SAVER
      HAPPY-PAYDA-YSITE

      Also: if you use someone’s referral link to sign up (and spend at least $5), you’ll get $5 credit after the transaction (and they will also get $5). So if you’re planning on buying more than one game, I would use that to get an extra $5 off.

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      Vandelay says:

      Awesome, just got Arkham City for £19.67, with the pay day code and a trade-in of a free copy of Painkiller. The other code said that it wasn’t applicable to this product though, so guess it can only be used on specific games.

      Just hope I have a better experience with them then I did with that copy of Painkiller, which wouldn’t work and had a terrible time with their client. I ended up getting it from GoG instead. A lot of people on here seem to like them though, so I assume the client must have improved.

    • jay35 says:

      Here are a few more links, with the referral code included for new subscribers so they can get the extra $5 credit, too:

      Game name : Price with 20% coupon
      HOMM VI Deluxe Edition $40.76
      Stronghold 3 $33.96
      Tropico 4 $27.20

      One more 20% code is 20PEC-FACEB-SAVER

    • jay35 says:

      Last three:

      Game : Price w/ 20% coupon
      From Dust $11.95
      Renegade Ops $10.20
      Batman: Arkham City $33.96

    • jay35 says:

      Looks like they’ve added Assassin’s Creed: Revelations pre-order at 15% off also. With 20% stackable coupon, that’s $33.96.

  33. Zepharial says:

    RIFT is 50% off until the end of the month via their site. Apparently they are celebrating their half birthday.

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    liceham says:

    “Staring Eyes”?

    And I am totally playing DXHR. Gameplay is just like playing Deus Ex again, plot isn’t so good so far.