I’ve just got home after spending a lovely week or so partying in Brighton, meeting a bunch of you lot at Rezzed, and then other games industry folk during develop conference. The downside is that I know how a post-conference flu. Which is why it’s taken me this long to bucket up these bargains today. Better late and existent than never at all. For more of the cheap games, you can rely on SavyGamer.co.uk for updates throughout the week.
Darksiders, Metro 2033, Nexuiz, Red Faction: Armageddon & DLC & Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance – £9.62/€12.24/$14.99
This is from Amazon.com, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address. All of these activate on Steam.
I wasn’t too keen on Darksiders, and Red Faction Armageddon was not the Red Faction sequel anyone really wanted, but I can vouch for Metro 2033 & Supreme Commander being solid. RPS opinions for each game can be located here: Darksiders, Metro 2033, Red Faction: Armageddon & Supreme Commander. Stinking good value for the lot of them.
Bulletstorm – £3.20/€4.07/$4.99
Another Amazon US deal, so same rules as above apply. Here’s what John said about this in the RPS verdict:
DICKS! I’m definitely enjoying it. I’m constantly shouting at it for being so idiotically needy and controlly. But then it gives me another battle and I forget what I was saying. I think I wish it were more of an arcade, or more of a shooter, because it frustrates me by not being quite enough of either, but too much of the other. But I’m still having a tremendous time. Summarise, dicks.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – £9.99
That link probably only works for people in the UK, because EA still have region specific store pages. They’re also one of the worst offenders for regional pricing bollocks, and region specific promotions, so this may not be of any use to you if you live somewhere else. Jim said this:
Ultimately, Kingdoms Of Amalur is generous but uninspired. This is a game that has been carved out of the bedrock of action RPGs by a team of well-paid professionals. Their work is fine, even nuanced, but their vision is not one that will leave you feel enriched or changed by the experience it produced. You can sense of the results of committee conclusions in almost all areas of the game.
EA have got a few other games at an IP-protecting 50% off too, including:
Syndicate: The New One – £7.49
I thought that this was basically a waste of everyone involved’s time. I’d have preferred another Riddick remake. It’s a vaguely stylish FPS with nothing interested of any substance. It’s also got the worst doors in any game ever. Let me tell you about the doors in Syndicate. Sometimes they shut behind you for no discernible reason, and seal you in an room to fight some baddies. Worse still, sometimes they require you to mash buttons for several seconds whilst a cinematic cutscene showing the bloke you are playing as put his hands on the door, then pull it open. It’s a cynical mess of a game, resurrecting a bit of IP in a way that no one really every wanted. I hear the multiplayer is a bit better, though. RPS opinions here for the single player, and here for the coop.
Deal of the week
The Steam Summer Sale.
Steam’s big mid-year mega reduction festival is go. I’ll be doing my best to keep track of the best short-term reductions on this page on SavyGamer, but in their quest to stop me ever being able to sleep at night, Steam have introduced flash sales, discounts that last less than 24 hours. Right now you should be getting Plants vs Zombies, Frozen Synapse & The Binding of Isaac.
Get over to SavyGamer.co.uk for gaming discounts across all platforms throughout the week.