The RPS Bargain Bucket: Wasted Elegance

By Lewie Procter on January 19th, 2013 at 3:00 pm.


Have you been saving your pennies recently? I hope so, because right here is RPS’s weekly dose of download discounts, where you could turn a little bit of money into lots of games. There’s discounts from all across the internet compiled into on convenient place, so you can spend less time running around looking for games you want to buy, and more time playing them. Get over to SavyGamer.co.uk if this lot isn’t enough for you.

Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition – £5/€5.99/$8
Apply coupon “GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK”. Registers on Steam.
With modern computer simulation technology, it’s possible to engage in competitive fisticuffs with another human being, without risking getting a beating and a bruising. SF4 is one such way of achieving this. Simply by looking at the screen and then pressing buttons you can make some combat made out of pixels happen. Whether your choosing to fight against another person in the same room as you, send punches and kicks along the information superhighway, or fighting against one of the automatons that live inside the game, it’s a fun time for all.

Football Manager 2013 – £11.38
Apply coupon “elder-geek.com”. Registers on Steam.
I don’t know very much about football, and even less about databases, so I’m not in a very good position to tell you about what’s new in the latest football manager. Luckily Adam doesn’t share by abject fear of the outside world, so he knows a thing or two about kicking a ball around a field. Here he is talking about the all new classic mode:

Classic mode is strong though. It cuts out the nonsense without damaging the simulation and I don’t feel like I’ve given up a huge amount of control. Although I’ll probably switch to the full version after the January update, it’s a relief to be more fixated on the actual results of a football match than the results of a press conference. I’d be ecstatic if the actual Premier League had a Classic mode as well. I expect someone will comment that I’d find such a thing in the lower leagues, where men talk with their feet instead of their agents. I won’t argue.

More here.

Dead Space & Dead Space 2 – £4.99
I liked both Dead Spaces. They’re sort of scary, have decent controls, and you get to stomp on lots of nasties. There’s lots of tense moments, lots of monsters jumping out of wardrobes, and some stunning environments. At times it feels just like you’re actually on the Nostromo. Dead Space started out life as a planned System Shock threequel, and although the end product is hugely different to the Looking Glass games, once you’re aware of it, you’ll notice enough common elements to trace the lineage. The second one went in a slightly more cinematic direction, which means it has more graphics, but also quick time events.

Homefront, Metro 2033, Red Faction Armageddon, Red Faction Guerilla, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl & Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine – £7.44/€9/$11.99
Registers on Steam.
The great THQ car boot sale continues. Here’s wot some guy called Kieron said about the delightful Red Faction Guerilla:

Its approach to destruction is very Bruckheimer, for want of a better word. You’re playing in a terrorist organisation whose first and best line of offense is to just drive at high speed into the building they’re trying to destroy, then pile out. They crumble with wasted elegance. The occasional time when you question whether a building really should still be standing is the cost for the arguably unprecedented accuracy of centre-cannot-hold-and-things-fall-apart-ism.

More here.

Deal of the week
Dead Rising 2 – £2.80/€4/$4
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record – £4/€6/$6
Apply coupon “GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK”. Registers on Steam.
A game about being in a shopping mall full of zombies. Can’t be too different to normal shopping malls can it? Lets see what Alec says:

The other truth behind it is that, well, almost everyone in Dead Rising 2 is near-psychotic. A dude in a flannel boob-tube is nothing compared to cannibal chefs, zombie rights maniacs and genocidal TV presenters. It’s a horrible, crazy, deadly world. Why worry about clothes? If the guy feels better when he’s wearing bottom leather chaps, let him wear bottomless leather chaps.

More here. Off the record is a weird expanalone thing, where you play as the character from the previous entry in the series. Hmm. Odd.

Also of note:
Brink, Doom 3: BFG Edition, Fallout 3 [Goatee Edition], Fallout: New Vegas [Ultimate Edition] & Rage – £23.49. Registers on Steam.
Hinterland, Project Aftermath, Resonance, RoboBlitz, RobotRiot & StarDrone – £3.39 at time of writing.
Dead Horde, Future Wars, Greed: Black Border, Grotesque Tactics, Stellar Impact, Trapped Dead, Twin Sector & Unstoppable Gorg – £3.90
Resident Evil 5 – £4. Apply coupon “GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK”. Registers on Steam.
LEGO Lord of the Rings – £6.80. Apply coupon “GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK”. Registers on Steam.
Mid-winter Promo at GOG

All the cheap games for all platforms can be found on SavyGamer.co.uk throughout the week.

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59 Comments »

  1. djbriandamage says:

    Anno 2070 is 60% off on Steam this weekend but beware Ubisoft’s stingy 3 machine activation limit!

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/48240

    • Kamos says:

      Ubisoft? Pass.

    • ScottTFrazer says:

      I think the activation limit information on Steam is out-of-date. Anno 2070 got switched over the their UPlay system for DRM.

      http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/177092/Can_Ubisoft_shed_its_DRM_bad_guy_image.php#.UPrVpaGlru9

      “Even though Early said Ubisoft listened to customers and dropped always-on activation back in 2011, this year there was the controversy around strict hardware activation limitations in Ubisoft’s strategy game Anno 2070, and just this summer, there was a security hole in Ubisoft’s Uplay platform (Uplay’s an attempt at friendlier, more transparent DRM). Early said the Anno 2070 issue was a “very specific case” that was remedied by having activation limits removed, and that the Uplay problem was a “coding error” that was addressed and fixed promptly.”

      Obviously I prefer no-DRM over any-DRM, but I personally haven’t had any issues with Anno 2070′s DRM and I’ve logged quite a bit of time in that game. If you like that style of game, it’s very good.

      • Shivoa says:

        DRM: it blocks sales even once you’ve patched it to be less objectionable due to people not having easy access to the current information and a wealth of Google hits for articles written when the DRM was unacceptable.

        I have passed on an Anno deal a few times since that interview was posted seemingly claiming the 3 activation limit was history (didn’t it ship with always on DRM at least in the first few months? With 3 different DRM levels for a single product I feel Ubi should have a website dedicated to informing customers of the current state of DRM on their offered products once patched have been applied at the storefront) because I thought the limit was still there (as the Steam store clearly advertises it as such).

      • ShineyBlueShoes says:

        Isn’t that supposed to be a better but still awful sucky system?

      • Navagon says:

        So it definitely doesn’t have the stupid hardware change limit it had before?

        Although to be honest with you this game has stirred up so much bad blood and distrust that it would have to be practically free for me to give it a chance now.

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          jrodman says:

          I was pretty sure they just changed the definitino of “machine” so swapping your videocard didn’t permanently exhaust an activation, but swapping your mothboard still would. So the game still will eventually refuse to work for you, unless you can keep your computers working forever.

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      Malibu Stacey says:

      Been tempted by this game many a time but I won’t change from my original stance.

      If a publisher sells a game through Steam and then adds additional DRM on top, they can fuck right off.

  2. Buemba says:

    Doesn’t DR2:OTR make DR2 redundant? I’ve been reading some reviews and most say it has all the content of the original plus some new additions.

    • Mokinokaro says:

      Off the Record contains most of the same content (it lacks a disappointing side mode from DR2, but replaced it with a full sandbox.)

      DR2 has the “canon” story that will affect the next game in the series, but otherwise OTR is the better game in every way.

    • PsychoWedge says:

      It seems Capcom is fucking us Germans even harder by now. We are accustomed to censor-wise heavily butchered games or games not released in Germany at all. But this is something new. The steam store page of Dead Rising: Off the Record features the following warning:

      Notice: Capcom requires that this game will not install or update when connecting from an IP address attributed to Germany.

      I have never seen this warning before. ^^ But that’s not all. There is no such warning for the normal Dead Rising 2. Btw. neither game is available in the german steam store to begin with.

      So I don’t know what to make of this. There are games we cannot buy in germany but work and register fine (the Fallouts). There are games we cannot activate on steam from a german IP (e.g. Dead Island, Saints Row 2 and 3). And now there are games we cannot download from a german IP but judging by the warning can activate perfectly fine.This is getting exhausting… xD

      • Trelow says:

        Don’t blame Capcom for trying abide by your asinine laws.

      • Saarlaender39 says:

        [PsychoWedge]“So I don’t know what to make of this. There are games we cannot buy in germany but work and register fine (the Fallouts).”

        - I’m German, too…Steam-Account with german IP…and to me, all the Fallout Games are available for purchase (FO1; FO2; FO:T; FO3, FO3 GotY; FO:NV and FO:NV Ultimate Edition).

        [PsychoWedge]“There are games we cannot activate on steam from a german IP (e.g. Dead Island, Saints Row 2 and 3).”

        - Cannot comment on SR:2, since I don’t own that one, but regarding SR:3 and Dead Island – I could activate both games on my german Steam-Account without any hassle.

        So, maybe the problem lies on your side – not on Steam’s side.

        • PsychoWedge says:

          I am obviously talking about the uncut versions. And those versions of Fallout 3, the original Fallout New Vegas (NOT the Ultimate Edition), Saints Row 2 and 3 are not available on steam.

          Regarding activating Saints Row 3: There was this big hassle with THQ where people could activate there UK/whatever retail versions for one week. And then they couldn’t anymore. It was all over their forums. I don’t know how it is now though. Maybe they allowed it again. SR2 on the other hand could never be activated with a german IP.

      • RegisteredUser says:

        This kind of shit annoys the crap out of me, and I can’t believe that we can show horror movies and softporn at night and access the madness that is the internet freely, but god stop us if we might actually want to BUY a game.

        One google image search gone wrong is worse than 8000 “violent” games. Idiot government, idiot censorship. We need to get moving on to the 21st century already.

        Insitute proper age check, link to account, restrict adult game trading to adult2adult. Sorted.

  3. ThinkAndGrowWitcher says:

    Retro-gaming spree weekend for me via the Gog deal:

    Realms of the Haunting, Hostile Waters, and Guilty Gear X2 #Reloaded with a couple of dirty great beers.

    Good old low-fidelity, scary-as-hell, kick-ass strategic gamery with change from a fiver. Yee-ha!

  4. Hunter says:

    You can also get the new DMC for about $37 or the Cave for about $11.25 at GMG with this code:
    GMG25-XTYYZ-POSL1

    Anyone have any comments on DR2/DR2OTR? I played the original and didn’t care for the frustrating bosses and awful controls, myself, and am hoping that these two things have been fixed in the sequels.

    • Mokinokaro says:

      The controls are a bit better, but bosses can still get annoying (you do have a lot more options for dealing with them thanks to the weapon crafting system.)

      Just get OTR if you just want zombie slaying and don’t care too much about plot.

      Oh, and one warning, they do use GFWL.

    • Radiant says:

      Due to the coverage on here I was expecting more.
      It’s so so; not as ludicrous as it should be and not as fun as it could have been.

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    Rinox says:

    The GoG sale features Realms of the Haunting, one of my fetish games.

    Well worth a try if you want to try an ambitious genre mix with strong horror/metaphysical elements and am atmosphere tjat is just right. Very underrated.

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      Cardinal says:

      Loved that game – quite scary and ambitious as you say.
      Think it may have aged a bit, but £1.50 seems reasonable for a historical curio.

  6. Dr. Shenanigans says:

    GMG’s Lego LotR deal doesn’t work at all for me. The game’s page has no “buy” button, and when I try to buy it directly through the “Hot Deals” page, I get a 404. Anyone else getting this?

    • Uglycat says:

      I can buy, but after selecting the card type, it goes to an error and ‘an Administrator has been notified’.

      Edit: worked now.

    • MrLebanon says:

      worked for me with no problems

    • suibhne says:

      I get that problem with nearly all GMG sales that interest me. I presume it’s due to region restrictions – I’m in the US rather than the UK – but there’s never any indication of why the “Buy” button doesn’t appear. I’ve given up dealing with GMG because of this, combined with the flakiness of its payment system.

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    zapatapon says:

    Gateways in on sale (-66%) on Steam for 2 more hours.

  8. neolith says:

    “I liked both Dead Spaces. They’re sort of scary, have decent controls [...]”

    Last time I checked Dead Space 1 had a deadzone on the mouse movements carried over from the gamepad controls. I don’t call that decent, I call that an atrocity.

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      drewski says:

      Yeah, you’ll want a controller for DS1 unless you really, really love watching Isaac die. Although if you’re a bit broader with your mouse-strokes, so to speak, you can probably get away with it if you can bump the sensitivity up pretty high, which is what I did the first time I played it.

      • tobecooper says:

        Very strange. I couldn’t stop dying when I played with a controller, but when I changed to m&k, oooh, momentarily I became a king-god monster-exploder.

        Edit: Maybe you had the v-sync problem. The in-game implementation of it is atrocious.

    • MattM says:

      There was some ini fix for that. After messing about and googling the problem I was able to play with a mouse. Yeah it is dumb that they had that problem at all. How does that get through testing?

      • neolith says:

        Beats me – I’d say noone ever really tested the game for PCs. There is a truckload of bugs in it, it’s hard to think of conversions that were worse.

        Have the controlls been officially fixed? If so I might give the game another try…

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          Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

          I kinda thought that the syrupy movement the mouse made was intentional – it adds to the horror to know you’re a ham-fisted engineer, not a gunslinger.

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      Matt_W says:

      I played DS1 on the PC with k&m and don’t remember this at all. I remember loving every second of it. I seem to recall that aiming was a little slow, but it fit with the deliberate pacing of the game, Isaac’s plodding pace, and the general sense of tension that the game is so good at evoking.

  9. LintMan says:

    Offtopic question, but does anyone know what happened to the Kickstarter Katchup? I haven’t seen one in a while now.

    • Hoaxfish says:

      I only know there was the new year/holiday period, then last week’s one didn’t happen because of illness… not sure what’s going on now.

      • Baines says:

        I’d also like to see the return of the occasional coverage of progress on Kickstarter success stories. It is interesting to see which successful Kickstarters are actually meeting their obligations, which are asking for more time, and which have fallen into chaos and/or abandonment.

        Plus, I wonder if it would cover Anita Sarkeesian… She apparently hasn’t made a public progress update since August 1st of last year, where she showed off the stacks of games she had bought and promised the first video would see release in late Fall or early Winter. Updates on Kickstarter were made backer-only around mid-July. Her Facebook page doesn’t mention Kickstarter progress, though it mentions the speeches and interviews she has been giving.

  10. Cytrom says:

    Decent controls is probably the last thing I’d say about dead space.

    • Stromko says:

      I had read reviews before I played DeadSpace that suggested maybe Isaac was just supposed to be slow, clunky and weighty. In that context, it felt about right. It’s like a new take on tank controls.. to avoid confusion, maybe call it Station Wagon controls.

      Slow, clunky, unwieldy, but with standard FPS controls.

  11. Delixe says:

    Gamesplanet have Hitman: Absolution for £10.20 http://uk.gamesplanet.com/buy-download-pc-games/Hitman(TM):-Absolution-3275-13.html activates on Steam

  12. ShineyBlueShoes says:

    Borderlands 2 for $39.99, $34.99 with the $5 credit, on Amazon currently. Not sure how much longer, today may be the last day but they randomly started it mid-week so who knows.

  13. jon_hill987 says:

    SSFIV:AE2012 is well worth that money. I have played over 70 hours on it (and near 40 on vanilla). It’s one of those easy to learn, hard to master games that you can just keep coming back to.

    Also, fisticuffs with another human being, without risking getting a beating and a bruising. Epic.

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    • RegisteredUser says:

      I can imagine what kind of work nets that hourly income for your sister without clicking the link, mate.

    • One Pigeon says:

      181 hours is not “a few hours of work”. I call shenanigans on you spam bot sir!

  15. Questorian says:

    Annoyingly seems that Lego LOTR is unavailable from Greenman here in NZ

    • Wedge says:

      HA HA HA… haaa.. haaaaaaaaa. Oh that made me laugh a lot for some reason. Poor Kiwis.

  16. MeestaNob says:

    Space Bastard Deluxe is a daily deal on Steam today, $5.

    • suibhne says:

      If you mean Stealth Bastard Deluxe, then $5 is the regular price.

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      Martel says:

      You mean Stealth Bastard Deluxe?

      • MeestaNob says:

        That too! I think I got it mixed up reading about GPG and Space Siege.

        Anyway, $5!

  17. InternetBatman says:

    Has anyone played Hinterland? It looks really interesting.

  18. JackMultiple says:

    No love for Larry Laffer? GOG.COM just added the (almost) complete adventures of Leisure Suit Larry. LSL #1 – #6 (never was a #4) and Softporn Adventure. All for $10.

  19. Saarlaender39 says:

    January, 20th:

    “Dungeons Gold Edition” (incl. Dungeons + Dungeons: the dark Lord) is the daily deal on McGame.com for € 7,49
    But be aware: Store Page shows only german as language…don’t know, whether other languages are supported.
    http://www.mcgame.com/de/store/game/99990018-dungeons-gold-edition
    Deal ends tonight at 24:00.

    And “Lucius” is on GamersGate for € 6,-
    http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-LUCIUS/lucius
    Deal ends at 09:00 tomorrow morning.

    Oh, and GetGamesgo.com has over the weekend a nifty 75% off, on all their THQ-Titles (CoH, CoH:OF, Darksiders 1+2, Nexuiz, Saints Row:3 and Warhammer 40k Space Marine).
    http://getgamesgo.com/category/thq-weekend
    So, if you’re still missing some of these titles…go ahead, loot the corpse while it’s still warm.

  20. TechnicalBen says:

    If anyone wants, I’m still up to swap Bastion for any gift on Steam as a trade… well, any good trade! :P
    So if you have something you wish to get rid of, look for my post in the social section of the forums. :)