The RPS Bargain Bucket: Several At A Time

By Lewie Procter on November 17th, 2012 at 3:00 pm.

We’re entering silly season for cheap games. There’s Black Friday/Thanksgiving sales kicking off next week, and then there will be various different promotions and sales all in the run up to Christmas, and then January is usually a pretty busy time too. But don’t worry, you can rely on the Bargain Bucket for a digest of the best PC download deals every weekend, and for everything else throughout the week, SavyGamer.co.uk has you covered. Here’s this week’s selection:

Pride of Nations, Rise of Prussia & Sengoku – £4.01/€5/$6.37
Three of Paradox’s historical strategy games from the last couple of years. Here’s Adam sharing wot he though of Sengoku:

I’ve never studied a map of Japan in such detail and I’ve certainly never explored a 3d one quite as beautiful as this. It can be stunning, the way that the sea seems to stretch impossibly in every direction, making it clear that the struggle is not for a nation or a people, but for an entire world. I’m used to conquering entire planets, sometimes several at a time, but Defender of the Crown taught me at an early age that any area can be worthy of my attention, provided it is divided into sufficient and well-organised component parts.

The rest is here, and RPS coverage of Pride of Nations here and Rise Of Prussia here.

The Bagfull Of Wrong – 63p/€0.79/$1
Rob Fearon’s collection of colourful games about shooting the baddies is available for next to nothing because it’s his birthday next week. Happy birthday Rob. You want to buy this because it features games like DRM: The Videogame, a game about shooting all the baddies whilst all the colours in the world are exploding around you. It also features various different versions of Squid Yes, Not So Octopus!, which is a game about shooting all the baddies whilst everything is obscured by beautiful flashing lights when baddies die. It also features War Twar, which is a game about shooting all the baddies whilst you are a tiny little dot that is easy to lose track of in a chaotic sea of explosions. SHOOT THE BADDIES.

Awesomenauts – £3.32/€4.75/$4.75.
Apply coupon “G2PO”. Registers on Steam.
There’s also a three pack for a slightly greater discount.
I’ve not really played this. I had a quick blast of a prerelease demo of the console version, and concluded that it was very much not my sort of thing™, but lots of people seem to like it. It’s like a platformer but with no real platforming, and lots of waiting for things to happen. It’s also got a free weekend running on Steam now, so you can play it yourself rather than relying on my snap judgement.

Prototype + Prototype 2 – £6.29/€7.85/$9.99
I really enjoyed the first Prototype, for all it’s flaws. It gave you a big city to run and jump around, and then made the running and jumping around really fun. The missions were often utter bollocks, but you could always stop and climb some skyscrapers if you got bored of going to location X to trigger cutscene Y then kill Z enemies. For me, the sequel didn’t really address any of the major problems with the first game in a satisfying way. The original city felt like it was filled with just the same buildings over and over again, in the sequel many more of the buildings have unique design elements bolted on to them, and the different districts have much more distinctly stylized architecture. But everything now has this drab, dreary look to it. Everything is grim and grey, it could have really done with an injection of colour. Similarly, the missions are just as heavily scripted and pedestrian as in the first, and the stealth missions are still a bit of a joke. The combat is a bit more slick and cinematic than in the original, but it’s also a bit more automated, with a slightly heavier reliance on quick time events. After a couple of hours, I was ready to dismiss Prototype 2 as a rubbish sequel, but I did gradually warm to it as I unlocked some of the more interesting new powers, and once I’d upgraded my jumping stat to be higher possible in the original game. Whichever way you slice it, if you’ve not played either of these games, this is a great price for both that I’d certainly recommend, but not unreservedly.

Deal of the week
Homefront, Metro 2033, Red Faction Armageddon, Red Faction Gorilla, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl & Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine – £6.29/€7.85/$9.99
Registers on Steam.
THQ’s latest car boot sale. Here’s a bunch of their games about men with guns from the last few years, of varying quality, for about a quid each. And here’s words from the RPS archives to go with them: Homefront, Metro 2033, Red Faction Armageddon, Red Faction Gorilla, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl & Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (Single Player/Multiplayer). Since this is from Amazon US, you’ll need to enter a US billing address, and some payment providers may charge you a bit of money.

Also of note:
Space Pirates and Zombies – £1.75
Condemned: Criminal Origins – £2.49/€2.49/$3.73
King’s Bounty: The Legend – £2.51/€3.14/$3.99
Serious Sam 3: BFE – £6.31/€7.86/$10. Registers on Steam.
Saints Row: The Third – £6.31/€7.86/$10. Registers on Steam.
Orcs Must Die! – £1.66/€2.38/$2.38. Apply coupon “G2PO”.
Orcs Must Die! 2 – £5.68/€7.10/$7.10. Apply coupon “G2PO”.
Syder Arcade – Pay What You Want

You can find more cheap games catalogued throughout the week over at SavyGamer.co.uk

Cheers Andrew for the new header image.

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  1. james.hancox says:

    BUCKETFA- oh wait, damn.

  2. Jamesworkshop says:

    You don’t need a story to facilitate the enjoyment of karate kicking helicopters

  3. Linfosoma says:

    Great tip about the Prototype pack, can’t complain with that price.

    Also, “Red Faction Gorilla”, is that intentional?

    • brulleks says:

      Ye’re not from rahnd these parts, are ye pardner? ; )

    • Papageno says:

      I was wondering the same thing. I noticed a distinct lack of large African jungle apes when I played that game.

      • phelix says:

        I’d have loved a special co-op multiplayer mode where you and 3 other players play as massive gorillas that have to wreck a certain amount of buildings in the shortest time possible.

  4. IncredibleBulk92 says:

    I can never get those US delivery addresses to work for Amazon deals. The address seems to get accepted just fine. Do I have to use a proxy or something?

    • stiffkittin says:

      No, it’s got nothing to do with Geo locating. It’s just Amazon’s payment system. I switch to the address of a public library in Atlanta as my primary billing address while using a french credit card. I’ve never used a proxy or vpn and it works fine. Check it’s the billing address you’ve changed or try another address in a different state. Amazon could also have an issue with your bank, so trying a different card might help.

    • rareh says:

      Set your “american” address to 1 click payment.
      That is how i got mine to work.

    • njursten says:

      I only got it working when I switched card from my Visa to my Mastercard.

    • Moraven says:

      Did the same for buying an EU copy of Starcraft 2 from Blizzard store. Just put in some random UK address.

  5. tmw says:

    Crusader Kings II and DLC are 75% off at Gamersgate.

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      Malibu Stacey says:

      Also on Green Man Gaming which sell Steam keys if you’re that way inclined -> http://www.greenmangaming.com/crusader-kings-deals/
      And you can get a further 20% off using the code on their Hot Deals page.

      I picked up the Legacy of Rome expansion for a whopping £0.75 a couple of days ago (normally £3.99) along with 3 of the cosmetic DLCs released with it for £0.24 each.

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        Colonel J says:

        Legacy of Rome has been out of stock at GMG since Friday, I went to grab it for trade-in of one of their free games but no luck.
        Haven’t played CKII in over 6 months so wasn’t going to bother with new DLC for a bit but looks like this is partly one of those Paradox ‘paid patches’ that adds a bunch of updates to core game mechanics alongside the new content, so fairly necessary it would seem. May wait for the next Steam sale if GMG don’t get it back.

        And caveat emptor: if your CKII is on Steam you can’t use DLC from Gamersgate and vice versa. CKII from GMG is Steam codes.

        • pertusaria says:

          The opinion on the RPS forums (fora?) seems to be that the core updates that were added in the DLC were also released as free patches for the base game, and the big DLC packages are only needed if you really want to play as Muslims or Byzantines. Your mileage may vary and all that.

          • Unaco says:

            Indeed. It’s not a ‘paid patch’ at all. All of the fixes and changes to existing systems are patched into the base CKII game when one of these expansions is released (I always know when one is released, because my CKII on Steam gets an update). The new systems etc. are available through the DLC.

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            Colonel J says:

            Ah, good to know that, I stand corrected, I hadn’t been keeping up with the patch notes since back when the game was released. Doesn’t help that they list the core game changes in the store description of the DLC though.

        • Avish says:

          Gamersgate is DRM free, if it matters.

  6. MondSemmel says:

    Currently running bundles:
    Humble Indie Bundle
    Indie Royale
    (perhaps more?)

    And, especially:
    Game Music Bundle (highly, highly recommended – I’ve bought, and loved all of them thus far – although I haven’t yet listened to the current one)

  7. Uthred says:

    Warlock Master of the Arcane (and add-ons) are 75% off over on GMG – http://www.greenmangaming.com/warlock-deals/

    Edit: Weird, a number of the add-ons show as “Out of Stock”

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      JoeyJungle says:

      That usually means they ran out of the keys they had. Same thing happened with the Crusader Kings 2 dlcs

      • bVork says:

        Gamestreamer.com is running a nearly identical deal on Paradox games, including Crusader Kings II and Warlock and all of their DLC – and has it all in stock. Their site isn’t the best. It barfed up technical error messages when I tried to pay via credit card (and I eventually gave up and just paid via Paypal). But it is legit, as I found the site through a link on the official “buy now” page for Warlock.

  8. Creeping Death says:

    So if I buy that oh so tempting paradox bundle from GameStop what kind of horrible client can I be expected to wrestle with to play them?

    • whatisvalis says:

      You will need their horrible client to get at your downloads, but you can uninstall once your games are down. I purchased Batman AC with them, still regret it now.

    • rareh says:

      Don’t worry their client is much better then steam.

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      Aside from being forced to use it to download games and grab key numbers, it’s otherwise unobtrusive.

    • Gnoupi says:

      They bought impulse from stardock, a while ago. So that’s the client you would be using, and it’s a nice one. You choose where to install your games, it warns you about updates if you want, but you can also just install and never launch it again, it’s not required to play the games.

  9. malkav11 says:

    Groupees.com has started Build-a-Bundle 4.

    Pay what you want but the minimum goes up 75 cents per game you select from the bundle.

    Steam keys:
    Stellar Impact
    Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood
    Men of War (recommended)
    Fantasy Wars (recommended)
    Velvet Assassin

    Desura/DRM free:
    Zombies (“zombie” game about shooting one’s way through soulless corporate bureaucracy in lo-fi pixel art)
    Orczz (some sort of tower defense game)
    Vitrum (first-person puzzle platformer)
    Qasir al-Wasat: A Night In-Between (stealth game where you are a frail invisible spirit summoned for the purposes of assassination – this one looks really cool.)

    Also includes some music and will include a steam key for Insecticide with a few more bundles sold. RPS has coverage of at least Zombies and Qasir al-Wasat, of the indie games, and I think had some things to say about Vitrum also.

  10. MegaAndy says:

    Hurrah my image, I did wonder if I would be the only one to find that funny

  11. gwai says:

    oh.. awesomenauts!

  12. Shinan says:

    If you are cheap and in a euro-zone then Awesomenauts seems to be the cheapest from the official homepage where it’s 4.99$ which translates to about 4.10€ and you probably support the developer the most too!

    (though the last part is just justification for being a cheap bastard)

  13. Nate says:

    Any opinions on Sengoku? RPS verdict + comments aren’t very positive about it, but I heard a lot of “Maybe if I actually liked the feudal Japanese setting,” whereas that’s one of my favorite settings. Super poor over here, so every buck counts :)

    • bVork says:

      It’s okay but really empty. It doesn’t really do anything interesting with the setting, the plot system is very basic, and the (historically accurate) focus on war doesn’t really work with the simplicity of the combat. All in all, it just feels like a beta for Crusader Kings II – everything Sengoku does, CK2 does better. And since that game is $10 right now, I don’t see any reason why you’d want to buy Sengoku instead of it.

      • Nate says:

        Thanks for the reply!

        I played CKII, loved it, but used it up (it started out feeling full of beautifully emergent gameplay, then, as I understood the mechanics better, felt awfully deterministic), so I guess I won’t bother with Sengoku. Appreciate the response.

  14. DanielSF says:

    For those using Amazon US for the ‘Black Friday week’ sales, plan your purchases here:

    What’s available & when
    Feel free to whimper at the list of stuff up on the Thursday.

    • d32 says:

      Almost no PC games there?
      But Dishonored for $25 should be interesting for many.

      • ShineyBlueShoes says:

        I suspect there may be more as the digital game downloads seems to be an almost separate store, category too, in many ways and runs its sales on its own. Just a hunch but since dishonored is probably a box copy I’m hoping we’ll still see digital sales too.

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      There’s a “Pre-Black Friday” PC sale going on at Amazon right now, but the selection is pretty low-tier.

      For anyone considering buying Binary Domain from that sale, I have some advice: don’t. It may be the one of the most incompetent AAA games ever made — truly mediocre in absolutely every aspect.

      • ShineyBlueShoes says:

        Interesting because I’ve heard that it’s supposed to be a sleeper at the right price. Suppose I’ll wait until it’s $5 and find out.

        • SkittleDiddler says:

          It’s got its hardcore defenders, but it has serious issues. Wonky cover system, grey-on-grey graphics, subpar shooting mechanics, an overabundance of monotonous boss battles, a voice command/squad system that does not work as intended, and a massive amount of QTEs and cinematics with very little actual gameplay inbetween.

          Save your cash and buy a latte or something.

    • MacTheGeek says:

      That “Lightning Deals” calendar is for physical game purchases.

      For a list of digital-download PC games coming up this week, check the first two posts in this thread. Standard Amazon USA disclaimers (billing address, etc.) apply.

  15. leadmagnet says:

    The quite-good-really Silent Storm is on special over at GOG this weekend:
    Silent Storm Gold

    Destructible scenery never gets old.

    • ShineyBlueShoes says:

      The really important question though is whether their version is updated to work with win 7+ and newer GeForce cards. I tried a boxed copy with win 7 and a 560ti and there was no workaround at that point.

      • WrenBoy says:

        I have Win7 and a GTX 570 and GOG’s version worked without fuss or muss.

        • ShineyBlueShoes says:

          Awesome, I thought I remember reading that they fixed it when it came out of GoG not that long ago but it’s hard to keep those things straight.

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  17. The First Door says:

    I just picked up Tropico 4 and the Modern Times expansion for 75% off on a Steam Weekend Deal, and have been rather enjoying it!