Have you been good boys and girls this week? Do you think you deserve a treat? Why not use your pocket money to purchase some of the many varied and delightful cheap bits of digital entertainment software that have been put on sale across the internet’s digital distribution retail outlets this fine weekend? As usual, in addition to my regular duties charting the best prices for games across all formats over at SavyGamer.co.uk, I’ve been sorting through the special offers on PC games to see which offers are the specialist, and thus deserve your attention. And look, here they are now:
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition – £6.40/€7.94/$9.99
This is from Amazon US, so you’ll need to use a US billing address to buy this.
I think Capcom might be just about done tinkering with Street Fighter 4 now, so it’s probably safe to buy it. SF4 was so successful that it kicked off the great fighting game renaissance of 2010-2012, where all the publishers raided the broom closet for their best fisticuffs IP to reboot or bring back from obscurity. I reckon Capcom have not done themselves any favours by releasing multiple iterations of the same game, since they’ve essentially trained people to wait for the Ultimate Tournament Turbo edition of all their games. They did the same back in the 90s, of course, but my Mega Drive didn’t support downloadable expansions like modern platforms do, so they had an excuse back then. SF4: Arcade Edition is quite good, by all accounts.
Avernum: The Second Trilogy, Hamilton’s Great Adventure, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus & Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 – Pay What You Want (Minimum $4)
All of these register on Steam.
Not a bad little bundle here. Both the Oddworld games are a treat if you like beautiful sidescrolling cinematic platformers where you have a button to say hello and a button to do a naughty trump. I certainly do. There’s also Jeff Vogel’s latter three Avernum games, the first Red Orchestra and Hamilton’s Great Adventure. They’ll also chuck in a copy of Garshasp: The Monster Slayer if what you want to pay is $6 or more.
The Last Express – £1.53/€1.90/$2.39
Jordan Mechner’s rotoscoped adventure game is a bit of an oddity. Comrade Cobbett said this of it:
In case you never played it – and you didn’t – TLE was a really cool real-time adventure set on the Orient Express just before WW1. It had about six actual puzzles, but phenomenal attention to detail, and some really nice bits of design. For instance, if you had to avoid someone, you could just lock yourself in your room and wait for them to leave. It sold about four copies.
It doesn’t go on sale very often at all, I think I’ve only seen it for cheap once before, so snap it up now if you’re at all interested.
From Dust – £4.80/€5.99/$7.49
RPS coverage for this game is here. You’ll have to scroll down past lots of articles about all the bollocks surrounding the DRM nonsense Ubisoft included with the game, but that’s Ubisoft’s fault for including lots of DRM nonsense with the game. Probably their worst handled PC release in a long time. Still, now that the dust has settled, it’s totally worth checking out. Here’s Alec’s impressions from the version of it he played on a toy that he plugged into his television.
Deal of the week
Deus Ex. All of them.
You can either get the Deus Ex Collection for £9.99/€14.99/$14.99, or you can get any of the contents of said collection for individually discounted prices. Here’s me on why the original Deus Ex was one of the games that made me:
I had empathy for images generated on a computer screen, and was morally compelled to do ‘the right thing’. The beauty of it is that the game even forces you to question your idea of what ‘the right thing’ is. For me, it massively evolved throughout my first playthrough. At first I was happy to kill badies because A) the game told me to, and B) they were terrorists. That perspective is simply not good enough for Deus Ex, and it forces you to have a more mature understanding of the themes and topics present in the game.
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