The RPS Bargain Bucket: Missed The Mark

By Lewie Procter on January 21st, 2012 at 10:06 am.


Games! Not those pricey, expensive ones though. Fabulous cheap ones, all conveniently listed in a big list for your appraisal. When you’re done contemplating these potential purchases, there’s more discounted digital fun to be had over at SavyGamer.co.uk, where I keep an always updated record of all the best gaming deals across all format. Here’s you’re Bargain Bucket, have at:

All the Sonics for cheap (ish)
Let’s talk about Sonic. I bloody loved these games when I was younger. In retrospect, gun to my head, today I’d probably say the SNES was the superior 16-bit console toy, but back in the 90s you’d have struggled to prise my Mega Drive controller out of my hands. The classic Sonic games (Sonic 1, 2, 3, & Knuckles and CD) are platformers all about conservation of momentum, learning the level layouts, experimenting with multiple routes through levels and precision controls. Fun stuff all round.

Something went wrong after 1994 though, and ever since then, I’d go as far to say that Sega haven’t managed to make a Sonic game that’s anything better than mediocre ever since. Whether it’s the 3D platformers with universally rubbish controls and camera, massive sections that are either literally or figuratively on rails, and an increasingly distressing cast of talking animals (I shit you not, this Sonic wiki contains 82 entries in the “Anthropomorphic animals” category, everyone remembers Bark the Polar Bear right?), or the likes of Sonic 4: Episode 1 and Sonic Generations, that were supposed to be throwbacks to the glory days of the Mega Drive, but in the end Sega used today’s high powered gaming hardware to have vastly inferior (and more importantly less fun) physics. They also missed the mark on the presentation, the camera is zoomed in a bit too much, and Sonic 4 especially doesn’t even have any particularly original levels (there’s tonnes of recurring themes in the levels throughout the Sonic games, but the previous 2D ones also all have stand-out unique levels).

Plenty of people seem to like the new ones though, and by all means give them a try to find out yourself, but I couldn’t post a link to new Sonic games without fair warning: Even the games that are purporting to be like the old Mega Drive ones really are nothing like them in any meaningful way, and the 3D ones are basically all terrible. Don’t get me started on the recent Character design changes.

I imagine Sonic Kart is OK, not a clue about Sonic Spinball.

The AGS Bake Sale Bundle – Pay What You Want
Minimum of $1.50.
I’ve not had a change to try any of these, and all I know about them is what comrade Cobbett said the other day. For your pennies, you get 14 assorted games, all from different creators, all made using Adventure Game Studio, and all made specifically for this bundle. Anyone got his yet? Are there any particular stand out titles?

Feral Weekend promo at GamersGate
Excellently highlighting how foul the policy of separating licenses for Windows and Mac versions of the same game is, here’s one of the few chances you might get to nab some of Feral Interactive’s Mac ports of PC games for slightly cheaper than full price. Sure, it’s true that they can get away with charging more to Mac users because it’s a market with a far smaller supply of games, but I suspect far many more Mac users would want to play their games if they offered both platform versions in one purchase, or at the very least at the same damn price. I know Feral Interactive need to get paid, but I’m not sure if their arrangement of selling 8 year old PC ports for £16, and selling Arkham Asylum (Mac) for more than Arkham City (PC) costs to buy now, is really all that sensible.

Gaming Greats Promo at GOG
Bit of a weird name for a promotion there GOG, I’d have called it the “ArmA/Empire Earth/Little Big Adventure Promo”, but what do I know. Here all the ArmA, Empire Earth and LBA games on GOG are 50% off, and typically for GOG promotions I’ve not played any of them. They gave away Empire Earth for free a while back, which was nice of them, but you can get the full set at a discounted price now if you like.

Deal of the week
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – £7.99
Registers on Steam.
Not too sure about regional availability on this one, it’s a Steamworks game, and they’re just going to give you a serial to stick into Steam, so in theory if it’s not available to all regions, it should be data smuggle friendly. They’re also offering “Click & Collect”, so if you want you can order it from their website, and then get your download delivered to your local GAME branch. Not quite sure how that’s supposed to work. Here’s Wot John thought:

What you have here is a compellingly entertaining game, with some of the most rewarding stealth I’ve encountered. And most of all, you have choice. Choice about whether you mow down enemies with a machine gun, or tap them on the shoulders and punch them in the face. Choice about whether you sneak in via the roof, through the sewers, or march boldly in through the front door. Choice about whether you hack, smash or learn passwords through information retrieval. Choice about whether people live or die. So in those tiny moments when the game robs you of choice, it rather offends. But mostly it does not, and it’s a fantastic, elaborate, and so rarely today, long game.

Yep, DXHR is definitely quite good. Shouldn’t be missed for under a tenner, says I.

Also of note:
Medal of Honor – £4.99/€7.49/$4.99

For more cheap games, please be visiting the SavyGamer.co.uk website.

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105 Comments »

  1. rustybroomhandle says:

    “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?”

    “I think so, Brain, but where will we find sticky tape and a cat this time of night?”

  2. Eclipse says:

    I’m here to underline the fact that Little Big Adventure 2 is the best game ever created and LBA 1 is the second best game ever created.

    • rustybroomhandle says:

      Agreed, had the boxed retail version many years ago, played a not-so-retail version of it a few years ago when I had a hankering, and about to buy a retail non-boxed version again. :)

      So… piracy debate in 3… 2… 1…. go!

    • lhzr says:

      no, you’re very wrong!

      it’s obviously the other way around.

    • HexagonalBolts says:

      LBA2 did astound me when I played it… however many years ago that was.

      Now I’m replaying it again, it still has all the charm – but BY GOD is it a finnicky bastard. a nanosecond of turning can make you jump in a completely different direction and there are frequently points where you have to time your space to the second – if not then you die and lose one of your very few lives. It still is a brilliant game though.

    • Ninja Dodo says:

      Yes! Though I’m torn between 1 and 2.

    • SiHy_ says:

      I loved LBA 1 (still have the CD in the stack) but never got to try the second one. I tried a demo back in the day but my PC could barely play it. Looks like it’s finally time to try it! :D

    • Shadowcat says:

      Lewie: Do yourself a favour and play the LBAs. They’re wonderful!

      I would recommend using LbaWin (see the GOG forums) to play the first game.

  3. Prime says:

    Drat. DX:HR at that price is too good to ignore. Sorry, Yet Another New Year’s Resolution. Looks like I’m buying a game in January. :)

    [edit] Resolution saved. It’s from GAME. After some thought about the horrible way they’ve marginalised PC gaming I’ve decided I can wait a bit longer to play it.

    • LionsPhil says:

      It’s not the whole game, either, since it omits the launch DLC.

    • Duffin says:

      Don’t cut your ear off to spite your chin. Or whatever the phrase is.

    • zapatapon says:

      It might be interesting to signal at this point that Get Games pre-announced a 75% discount for Deus Ex:HR (so, that would mean about 10 EUR) for one day from 27th January 6pm to 28th January 6pm. So it might be worth waiting another week if you want to spite GAME (caveat — I have no idea about the regional pricing policy of GG, continental european speaking here)

    • Stompywitch says:

      With points, I just got it for two quid.

    • Prime says:

      @LionsPhil. That actually does bother me. Cheers for pointing that out.

      @Duffin: It’s hardly cutting off my cheek to spite my skull by waiting for a similar deal on something I really didn’t want to buy right now anyway. It’s not like it’ll never be on sale again either, is it?

  4. Flint says:

    the 3D ones are basically all terrible

    Nonsense/I respectfully disagree, good sir. I personally enjoy them far more than the 2D titles these days despite growing up with the old ones. There’s been a few dips along the way but every series gets that during its history.

    Plus even if you are the sort of person who dislikes 3D Sonic, Generations is still absolutely amazing and well worth all the money you can chuck at it. It missing out on RPS’ 24 games of Christmas was a great oversight.

    • lhzr says:

      yes, that was nonsense.

      also why lump together sonic 4 and generations? generations is amazing. all this sounds like it came from someone who didn’t play them/doesn’t know sonic.

    • Buttless Boy says:

      Generations and Colo(u)rs are amazing. Everything between those and Sonic and Knuckles was pretty awful, but those are two genuinely excellent games.

      And didn’t Sonic Spinball come out in the early 90s? You’d think a hardcore fan of old-school Sonic would have at least heard of that game.

    • siegarettes says:

      Sonic 4 I hear is a mess of a game. Colors seemed quite good, but I have not played it.

      Generations, however, is disappointing rubbish. It started out all well and good, but I didn’t enjoy most of the challenges, the bosses slowly got worse, and the later stages were disappointing. Mostly Crisis City.

      That and the final boss has to be one of the worst in recent memory. Including those DX:HR ones.

    • AndrewC says:

      Is the Bargain Bucket entirely the right place for such editorial? Especially another ranty, perspectiveless editorial about how rubbish everything new is and how great everything old is.

      Perhaps the hivemind might wish to take the writer gently into a corner and speak to him about elevating the discourse in articles to slightly above the level of angry comments.

    • Xocrates says:

      In my experience with dabbling on Sonic 4, that game has two problems: The physics simply don’t feel right and the game looks really really cheap. If I didn’t know better I would honestly believe it to be an amateur fan game. This doesn’t necessarily make the game bad, but it certainly makes it very disapointing.

      Sonic Generations however is pretty good. I wouldn’t call it amazing, but aside from a few missteps (most of them inherited from the new games) it’s a pretty fun game.

    • ThinkAndGrowWitcher says:

      @AndrewC:

      “Perhaps the hivemind might wish to take the writer gently into a corner and speak to him about elevating the discourse in articles to slightly above the level of angry comments.”

      Awww, give the guy a break: he’s just trying to be hip, funny and edgy to secure his YTS place here…and unsucceeding spectacularly in the process.

      I totally agree with you though – except maybe to take him gently into a corner…and simply leave him there. Maybe it’ll be the corner where all the excellent Steam-based GreenManGaming.com deals have been hidden?

      And yes – Sonic Adventure (especially back in the Dreamcast days) was a great, fun little game. And it didn’t require exploding somebody’s face off or lead to infinite discussions about the word ‘bitch’ in videogames. Bonus!

    • siegarettes says:

      I’m not gonna say Generations is total crap, or that all the old games are super fantastic awesome. I’ll admit I actually enjoyed the 3D levels of Generations a lot more, and it was worth what I paid for it. It just has annoyances and really let me down as I got closer to the end.

      I was really excited for the Super Sonic level, but that was a real low point.

      @Urthman

      Sonic 3 and Knuckles is the largest and most detailed classic sonic, and highly recommended. Sonic 2 is pretty good as well. If you don’t have a gamepad skip Sonic Adventure, as there are levels that you cannot complete without one because they didn’t bother fixing the rotation movements for pc keyboards.

      Actually, just don’t buy Sonic Adventure. It doesn’t hold up and really shows its age.

    • Vandelay says:

      Nothing wrong with Lewie passing judgement on a game as I see it. The slight problem here is that he seems to be making judgements about Sonic 4 and applying them to Sonic Generations, namely the issue with the physics. There are no issues with the physics in Sonic Generations as far as I can see and it is a pretty great game all round. If you are going to comment, then make sure you have at least played the game; if not, just defer to a review from other RPS writers, as is normally done.

      I did find Sonic Generations made a few missteps though. The later levels were far less interesting than the first half and had many more instant death drops that got pretty frustrating. The Act 2 levels were also significantly less interesting than the Act 1 levels and also suffered from the odd camera issue that made some navigating of platforms a little awkward. There are also some very strange choices of challenges (knocking music notes at a big crocodile for a few minutes?), that perhaps made more sense to those that were familiar with the franchise, but not so much for anyone, like me, that only played early Sonics.

      Definitely a great game though and should have been included in the Advent Calendar.

    • djbriandamage says:

      I come to RPS for opinions on games from columnists and commenters alike. I welcome Lewie’s editorialized column every week.

    • Unaco says:

      Lewie also says that DXHR shouldn’t be missed for under a tenner. Blatant editorialising! Should he not have said that as well? Seems to me you’re complaining about ‘editorial’ that you don’t agree with, but you seem happy to let other ‘editorial’ slide.

    • DrGonzo says:

      The physics were completely borked in generations. I would say as badly as sonic 4. Completely ruined the game for me. Especially combined with the often way over zoomed camera.

      But I agree that Lewie really shouldn’t be judging games in here. I’ve always argued that.

    • Urthman says:

      I got Generations at the Christmas sale and am playing it right now. This is the first Sonic game I’ve ever really played (if you don’t count messing around with the first couple levels of Sonic 1 a long time ago on an emulator), and I’m having a great time with it. (And I don’t even have a gamepad.)

      Both the 2D and 3D levels are lots of fun, with tons of difficult / hidden alternate routes. I really like that mechanic in Sonic where if you miss a jump you often don’t just die, but rather fall down to a lower, slower path through the level. I can keep going through the level (instead of just restarting because I missed a jump and died), but have lots of reasons to come back and try again.

      Also, the cutesy mascot cutscenes are kept to a bare minimum. Every time you beat a pair of levels, you rescue a character who says a couple silly perfunctory lines “in character.” And the best part is that Sonic will usually respond by rolling his eyes even harder than I just did. Or better yet, give a sarcastic-looking thumbs-up.

      Makes me want to go back and try some of the earlier games, like maybe Sonic Adventures DX (it’s really cheap right now, but my time isn’t and there’s lots of other stuff to play…)

    • AgainstYourThought says:

      I don’t get all the Sonic 4 haters. I bought it on Steam on release day (my first chance to play it), and I think Sonic 4 is a lot of fun. Yes, the physics are different from the old-school games. Yes, the level themes are unoriginal. And yes, the graphics look cheap. But the same could be said about New Super Mario Bros. Doesn’t mean it’s bad.

      12 (short) stages, 7 “special” stages, and 5 boss stages for $10 though? Maybe a little overpriced. I finished the entire game in only 3 hours.

      I also got the new Steam release of Sonic CD. At first I was skeptical about paying $5 for a 20 year old game, but this new version is a true port and not just emulated nonsense like the other classic Sonic games on Steam. This new version offers 16:9 support, has both soundtracks, implements a Sonic 2 style spindash, and a bunch of other features. A great buy for any Sonic fan.

      Too bad neither of these titles were included in the Sonic sale ;_;

  5. dangermouse76 says:

    Dark Messiah might and magic is £5.99 and great fun to play. On steam !

  6. MuscleHorse says:

    The two LBA games were my obsession when I was younger. I must have played the first one, quite literally, 478, 986, 531 times and enjoyed every moment. Still have the disk around here somewhere. LBA2 is not quite so great (only having played it 532, 809 times) but a worthy and surprisingly still good looking game. It’s also worth mentioning the stirring music – does anyone know if the GoG releases have the cd audio?

  7. Buttless Boy says:

    The Deus Ex page worked for this USAian. I had to figure out how to put my phone number in, which was incredibly difficult because it’s 5:40 AM right now and I’m very tired.

    (The format is “00 1 [area code] [phone number]“, if there are any other Americans hoping to pick this up for $12.40)

    EDIT: I must be really spoiled by Steam and Amazon, because it’s been an hour and I still don’t have my download code and I’m getting vaguely dissatisfied.

    • Axyl says:

      Ditto! Waiting for about an hour and a half so far and still no code.
      They were nice enough to send me an email saying they’d received the order.. and would send me another one with my code in it..

      I don’t even…

      It’s a string of alpha-numeric characters.. Why couldn’t they have sent that in the first email?!?

      Still.. if it gets me DXHR for 8 quid then I guess it’s worth it..
      Still f’kin hate GAME tho (UK resident)

  8. Heliocentric says:

    Sonic Spinball isn’t really a sonic title, but it’s a pretty good pinball game with aftertouch because you are the ball.

    I recommend it, its art style holds up more than many megadrive titles.

    But the only megadrive game worth returning to is ‘Toejam & Earl’.

    • siegarettes says:

      I agree with you on the Spinball, but disagree with you about the MegaDrive games. You seem to have forgotten about the cache of Treasure on the MegaDrive.

      Gunstar Heroes?

    • Mitchk says:

      Streets of Rage?

    • Eclipse says:

      Best megadrive games are:

      - Soleil (aka Crusaders of Centy)
      - Beyond Oasis (aka Story of Thor)
      - Gunstar Heroes
      - Comix Zone
      - Dynamite Headdy
      - Ranger-X (aka Ex-Ranza)
      - Atomic Robo Kid
      - Blaster Master 2
      - Alien Soldier
      - Golden Axe I, II, III
      - Herzog Zwei
      - Sub-Terrania

      I know the whole console library and believe me, those games are real masterpieces.

    • Urthman says:

      How are you gentlemen !!

      Don’t forget Thunderforce 3 / 4
      MUSHA Aleste
      Vectorman
      Maybe the Ecco games, but I think there was also a PC version of those

      For great justice.

    • welka says:

      My favorites that I still return to:
      Kid Chameleon
      Shadowrun
      Zombies Ate My Neighbors (though it’s better on the SNES)
      and (though I haven’t found anyone to play with in years) General Chaos

    • emertonom says:

      I feel compelled to add that the Megadrive versions of “Star Control” and “Starflight” were my favorite versions of those games, and they’re pretty classic. I admit a lot of things on the system haven’t aged well, though. (I loved Phantasy Star II dearly, but I wouldn’t want to replay it again. Same with Road Rash II. I might replay Ys III, though, because I found its grinding strangely soothing. Oh, and Zany Golf was awesome, but I liked it much better on my Apple IIgs than on the Megadrive, same as Marble Madness and The Immortal.)

  9. Mattressi says:

    Has GamersGate suddenly started regional pricing for Australia, or do Rome Total War and Sid Meier’s Pirates normally cost $30?? Even in EB and Game over here, Rome and Medieval Total War are only $20!

    • Delusibeta says:

      Considering the list price over here for the (Mac!) versions of Rome Total War and Sid Meier’s Pirates is both £20, probably not.

      Incidentally, the RRP for the Windows version is £10 for Rome Total War and £5 for Pirates. I blame the company that’s doing the porting.

    • bill says:

      reply fail… down one.

  10. bill says:

    How does Deus Ex HR scale to lower hardware?

    I’m on a slightly old laptop and according to what I can find out my PC is basically just on the Basic Requirements line.

    Don’t mind turning off some whizzy bits…

    • qizarate says:

      I think the general consensus is that Deus Ex HR is tremendously well optimised. I’m running it on a year-old laptop with an Nvidia 540m and it runs like a charm on high, as long as i turn the v-sync and AA off. Notebookcheck.net uses it as a benchmark, so search for your video card on there and see what they say, if you’re really worried.

    • bill says:

      Thanks. I’ll check it out when I get home as I can’t remember what random combination of numbers and letters was given to my laptop card. I suspect it had a higher number than yours, but was slower. Logically.

      Cheers a lot for the info!

    • Buttless Boy says:

      @Bill: Watch out though, at least a couple of us haven’t received our copies of DE: HR.

    • bill says:

      Hmm… the (wonderful) notebookcheck is inconclusive on my slightly slower graphics card (3650) and doesn’t have any direct benchmarks… given it’s Game, and I’m overseas, and it’ll probably be cheaper on steam soon enough… i guess i’ll skip it for now.

  11. Tony M says:

    Mac users are used to paying more for less. :)

    • Paul B says:

      Yes, as Mac computers are often smaller & slimmer then their PC counterparts – is that what you meant ;)

    • FunkyBadger3 says:

      And massively more expensive.

    • SiHy_ says:

      This is why I came back to good old reliable PC after I was left to rot when Apple moved to Intel chips a mere year after I bought a brand new PowerPC iMac. No new software was compatible and it would’ve cost £stupid to get a new Mac system. Best decision I ever made, which probably says something about my sad, lonely life. :’(

    • johnpeat says:

      “pay more for less – but shinier” should be their corporate slogan…

    • vivlo says:

      Don’t buy a mac for gaming… that’s common sense. I bought one for other purposes, and since i eventually came to willing playing games, i bought Windows… to install it on an other partition. It works wonderfully, but, you need to purchase Windows. But if you want some gaming, that’s the only real way. Passion requires sacrifice sometimes.

      (i won’t talk about other, illegal possibilities.)

    • Tony M says:

      Nice one Paul B. :) I’m glad you understood I was only teasing. My son is a disciple of the Steve Jobs Cult so we have an eternal rivalry going on in the house.

  12. Joshua says:

    Arma: Cold War Assault (also known as Operation Flashpoint) is very good, and as a bonus, probably actually runs on your PC.

  13. Juxtapox says:

    Any idea where I can find Age of Empires 3 cheap as possible?
    Digital version that is.

  14. Velvetmeds says:

    “Medal of Honor – £4.99/€7.49/$4.99″

    What kind of pricing is THAT? Seriously.. 5 bucks = 3.9€

  15. Axyl says:

    Seeing all this Sonic stuff on Steam etc really makes me wish that Nintendo would release the old school Mario games on Steam in the same way.

    I still have my SNES, it’s under my TV and gets used weekly if not more. My DVD player gathers dust underneath it..

    But being able to buy all those classics, perfectly emulated on my PC and my Steam account no less would be awesome.

    Maybe everything up to and including Super Mario World 2 : Yoshi’s Island from the SNES era?

    Ah well, I can dream… or just play the original cartridges. :D

    • Urthman says:

      Nintendo already has several ways to (re)sell you those games. If Sega still had their own consoles or handhelds, they wouldn’t be selling these games on Steam.

    • Raiyan 1.0 says:

      Just run an emulator.

    • InternetBatman says:

      Quite honestly, I think the fan genesis emulators are better than the ones Sega made to release the games. I prefer SNES9x to playing the exact same games on a Super Nintendo we have. But, no sadly Nintendo’s games will not come to the computer market since they can resell them every generation in the worst digital platform ever designed.

      Cheer up though, it’s possible that they’ll be kicked out of the market in three generations (devices are swallowing each other up, and when it comes down to it they might not have the resources to compete against smartphones and home media platforms), then their games will appear pretty much everywhere.

    • Axyl says:

      Grr.. reply fail.

  16. Avish says:

    My Steam says the price for MOH is 15$ (75% discount).
    Is there an error in the bargain bucket or is it some regional thing?

    • Tyraa Rane says:

      It’s a regional thing. Here in the US I see it as 75% off $19.99, or $4.99.

    • Avish says:

      Thanks . I was willing to buy this game for 5$, but 15$ is a bit too much for it, I believe…
      Oh well.

  17. Axyl says:

    Just a heads up to anyone considering the Deal of the Week. DXHR for £7.99 from GAME digital..

    I placed my order for the game around 11am today. It’s is now 6pm and am yet to receive my Steam code for it. I got an email confirming receipt of the order which stated I would receive another email containing my code.

    That second email has yet to arrive.

    I’m not saying I’ve been conned.. just a heads up to RPS readers that shipping of the game is RIDICULOUSLY slow.

    I’ll edit this post as and when it finally arrives.

    • Buttless Boy says:

      Same thing here. Ordered early this morning, it’s now been 9 hours and nothing but an email telling me to wait for another email. How hard is it to send a Steam code?

    • Axyl says:

      Update

      It’s now 8:15pm and still no code.
      Starting to get a bad feeling about this..

    • Buttless Boy says:

      I sent ‘em a message using the “Online Contact Form” linked in the first email on the off-chance it’ll get them off their butts, but I’m getting the same feeling.

    • Axyl says:

      There was a disclaimer that said “delivery is usually right away, but can take up to 24 hours”..
      so they’ve got another 14 ish hours until they’re in breach.

      Even if it arrives just before 11am tomorrow so they’re covered legally, I’m still far from impressed with this.

    • Stompywitch says:

      Wierd – my code was on the “purchase confirmation” screen, ready for copy-and-paste into Steam.

    • Stompywitch says:

      My Steam code was on the “purchase confirmation” screen, not in an email.

    • Axyl says:

      I didn’t see a code on the Purchase Confirmation screen.. and I got that email saying my code would arrive in another email.

      Update : 11pm and still no code.
      I’m officially narked.

    • Axyl says:

      “Dear xxxxx

      Thank you for shopping at GAME.co.uk. This email acknowledges that your order has been placed and will be processed soon.

      When your order is ready to be despatched we will email you again to let you know. In the meantime, if you have any concerns about your order, please contact our Customer Services team using the Online Contact Form or by phone on 0871 200 1221.

      Order Number:xxxxxxxxx
      Order Date:21 January 2012

      Delivery Address:
      xxxxxxxxx
      xxxxxxxxx
      xxxxxxxxx
      Delivery Method: UK FREE Delivery

      Contact number: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      Items Qty Unit Price Total
      `/PC DEUS EX HUMAN REVOLUTION (PC Games and Downloads)
      In stock
      1 £7.99 £7.99
      Total cost of products: £7.99
      Delivery charge: £0.00
      VAT included: £1.33
      Order Total: £7.99″

      That’s most of the email i got. The rest is just standard T&Cs

      “Separate Terms and Conditions apply for products ordered in-store or online. You can view these on http://www.GAME.co.uk, or ask for a copy in-store.

      Online Purchases:

      Thank you for your purchase, any Reward Points earned will appear on your account shortly

      Your preferred payment method will be charged prior to despatch of your order.

      Please note: This email does not constitute confirmation of contract. Acceptance of your order and the formation of a contract between you and Us will take place when We send you an email confirming that the products you have ordered are being despatched to you, unless We have notified you that We do not accept your order or you have already cancelled it.

      In-store Orders:

      Thank you for your in-store purchase, any Reward Points earned will appear on your account shortly.

      This email is confirmation of your order following your in-store payment.

      Once your order leaves our warehouse, we will send a despatch note to your specified email address.”

      Honestly.. I’m starting to worry they’re sending me a boxed copy from all the talk of dispatching and warehouses.. ><

    • Buttless Boy says:

      Yeah, I got the same email. Even checked the order confirmation page in my browser history, which just has this:

      “All done! Thanks for your order.

      Your order number is ********* and confirmation has been emailed to *****.

      An email with a product activation code will be sent to you. This is usually quite quick, but please allow up to 24 hours for delivery before contacting customer services.”

    • Axyl says:

      Yeah. Exactly the same here.

      Update. It’s now 1:45 am. Less than 10 hours until the 24 hour period is over.

      Someone is going to be getting an angry phone call if my code isn’t waiting for me when i wake up.
      Honestly.. this has actually kinda spoilt what was otherwise a rather nice and unexpected addition to my Saturday. :(

      I shouldn’t be surprised.. This is GAME all over. God I HATE that damn company.

    • Axyl says:

      Update- Just woken up. It’s Midday here. 25 hours since I ordered it.
      Still no code.
      Now they are in breach and I’m about to unload on whichever customer service rep is unlucky enough to answer the phone.

      !!AVOID THE DEAL OF THE WEEK – GAME PURCHASED BUT NOT RECEIVED!!

      Would be really cool if someone from RPS noticed this. It’s utterly disgraceful for a company to have one of their deals featured on such a prominent website such as this only to NOT send out the games ordered. Even if it’s just one.
      /furious

      Edit – Oh Wonderful. Their customer services are closed on Sundays. So it’ll be tomorrow before I get my game now. 2 days after ordering a Fucking Digital Download code.

    • Axyl says:

      A copy of the complaint I’ve just filed with GAME..

      “I ordered Deus Ex Human Revolution (DXHR) yesterday for £7.99. It is now midday the following day and I have yet to receive my code for the game.
      You are in breach of Trading Standards and your own company policy of game codes being sent within 24 hours. I demand an acceptable reply AND my code for the game IMMEDIATELY or I will be taking legal action as well as informing my rather large Gaming Community that frequent my groups Facebook Like Pages, Our Twitter Feeds, Our 3 Youtube Channels and our 2 Websites, totalling over 1000 viewers and gamers.

      This delay is utterly unacceptable, especially as it is simply a string of alpha-numeric characters that I’m waiting for.

      Your company has the worst track record that I’ve experienced and this is par for the course as far as I’m concerned. This will be the last order I place from GAME and will be strongly recommending to my community that they avoid you as well.

      I found your Special Offer for DXHR via the RockPaperShotgun.com Deals Article, in which your offer was the “Deal of the Week”.

      I will be contacting the RPS Staff to inform them of this matter as I’m sure they’d wish for their readers to be taken better care of than your customers are.

      Furious, xxxxx. ”

      I really hope no further RPS readers fall foul to this pathetic excuse for a company.

    • Lewie Procter says:

      Cheers for the info Axyl, I’ve heard this from quite a few people now, will bear it in mind in the future, mention it if I’m including them in future bargain buckets, and might email them next week to see if I can get them to explain the delay.

    • Buttless Boy says:

      Thanks Lewie, you’re a gentleman.

    • agemyth says:

      Another person who got conned here. If you guys would keep posting and updating on whether or not you get your codes it would be appreciated. I’ll keep an eye in these comments to see if anything changes I’ll update you if I get anything too.

    • afrorome says:

      im victim of this too. i hope ill get the game, looked like such a sweet deal…

    • Axyl says:

      No problems. I’ll be on the phone to them first thing tomorrow (on my schedule.. that’ll be around 1pm ish). and will update this post right away with the results.
      Just checked my email before replying here, 1:50am, and still no code.

      Thank you for replying, Lewie. Just knowing someone from RPS noticed makes me feel more comfortable dealing with this. :D

    • Axyl says:

      Update – 10:30am Monday Morning.
      Got an email from GAME saying “The store has encountered a problem processing the last request. Try again later. If the problem persists, contact your site administrator.”

      Grrrr. I want the game for that price.. I guess I’m gonna have to try again then. This time tho.. I’m avoiding the website altogether and am just going to ring their sales line and get the code directly.

      Will update again asap ofc. The game is still listed for £7.99 on the website fyi.

    • afrorome says:

      i received my activation code now, after ~46 hours, and writing them the angry letter above to their costumer support… anyway, took longer than you would expect. so lets see if it works…

    • Axyl says:

      Update – Finally.. Success!
      Had the email i mentioned above this morning, so rang my bank to check the order had actually been cancelled and I wasn’t going to be charged. Once that was confirmed, i rang GAME customer services and explained the situation, and asked to order it again.
      This order was put through and immediately failed, much to the surprise of both myself and the CSR.
      So, another call to the bank and i was told the transaction was sucessful, and that GAME simply needed to claim payment and I should ring them back and ask what the delay is.
      So.. exasperated by this point, I ring GAME customer services again (at 10p per minute, and with an average “in queue” time of 5mins, the “special offer was looking less like a bargain) and explained the situation. She said something about an address mismatch which was very odd because I know my address…
      So.. i rang the bank back… again, and explained what she’d said to me. He then read out, word for word, case sensitive etc etc my entire address as it was listed on THEIR systems, stating that maybe GAME was using an “overly paranoid” online transaction system which could have caused the issue.
      So… for the 3rd time in 2 hours.. I rang GAME again, explained the new info and tried the order again.
      SUCCESS!
      Also confirmed that the previous orders WOULD NOT be charged and all will be well.
      Once i confirm the money is indeed where it should be later this week.. i can relax.

      After placing the final order over the phone, the confirmation email arrived 10 minutes later, and the email containing the Steam code just over an hour after that.

      Total time since original order – 53 hours
      3 Phone calls @ 10p per minute of approx 15mins each to GAME.
      3 Calls to the Bank approx 10 mins each (free afaik)

      I will never buy from that company again, no matter how good their deals are.

      /exhausted.

    • Buttless Boy says:

      Just got an email saying my order was cancelled. No idea why, but I don’t have the patience to deal with it. I’ll just avoid this company in the future.

    • KRVeale says:

      9 am on a Monday in the UK would have been in the middle of the night here, and sure enough my Steam code was waiting for me this morning, mannnny more than 24 hours after the order was placed.

      So it worked, but I’m not likely to return to these guys.

    • agemyth says:

      My order was cancelled and refunded even though the charge never actually went through. Glad to hear some people are getting their game. Has anyone in the US gotten their code yet? That could be my issue here.

    • KRVeale says:

      I’m in New Zealand, but I’m not sure if that matters.

  18. Suits says:

    Sonic Generations is great.

  19. Nerocyne says:

    Hey. Hey RPS. Thanks for the tip concerning SR:3 a month ago. A lot.

  20. yourgrandma says:

    I grabbed sonic cd for $5 on steam. I a huge emulator guy but this version is the best. It has widescreen support and the american/japanese soundtrack. A bunch of other features as well like graphic filters and 360 controller support.

  21. Clovis says:

    Crysis 2 download is $10 at Amazon.

    • malkav11 says:

      $5 if you use one of the “best sellers of 2011″ codes they were giving out back in December. But it’s a one day deal that started this morning, so get moving.

    • MD says:

      Get PILLS against my orders!