And I’m back. Welcome to the Year of the Horse, the one creature in the Chinese Zodiac cycle Rats like me are supposed to inexplicably, viciously hate. Sorry about the lack of a Bargain Bucket last week. I thought I could type around fireworks, nosy aunts and people trying to shovel sea cucumber into my face. I was wrong. So, very wrong. (Does anyone else celebrate the Lunar New Year around here?) But before I get unceremoniously dragged back into a heap of curious, personal space-blind relatives, let me just chuck this big bucket of discounted goodies. (Send help.) Also, this week’s plushie is from one Yuya Fukuda. According to the e-mail I received, the answer is: yes. Yes, he’s floating that octopus in an aquarium.
The Batman Sale
75% off on everything except Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman Arkham Origins: Season Pass which are 66%
Tell me the Batman theme song didn’t immediately start playing somewhere in the back of your head too. Seriously, I dare you. The good people in Get Games look determined to make it a batty weekend for anyone with even the slightest bit of interest in the Caped Crusader. As far as I can tell, the only kind of Batman missing from their massive sales is the one you can find in the newest Scribblenauts game but we don’t talk about that side of the family. (Too bloody cute.)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R Series Launch Promo
70% if you purchase everything in a bundle, 50% off for individual items
So, the first game that ever clued me in on the concept of NPCs operating independent of their relationship with the protagonist was S.T.A.L.K.E.R. I remember drinking in all the previews, pureed and seasoned with a few hyper-cherries. The whole thing blew my mind. The actual game? A little less so. But the series was fascinating for a whole bunch of reasons. It had Ideas. Big ones. And since the entire franchise is going for rather cheap right now, this might be a good time to pick up any missing pieces in your collection.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit to it but I tend to have a soft spot for anything that is not immediately set in the West. I love all you people with the strange hair colors and the weird eyes, but there’s simply not enough Asian people in my video games. Sleeping Dogs is a sprawling, open world sandbox which has you taking on the role of an undercover cop in the underbelly of beautiful Hong Kong. Also, martial arts stuff and refrigerator doors.
Company of Heroes
I can’t remember who brought it up a few weeks ago but there was talk about how there isn’t anything terribly different between Company of Heroes and Company of Heroes II. Except, I suppose, pricing. Older games are always going to be cheaper. If you’re feeling leery about picking up the sequel, Get Games Go has the original Company of Heroes going for awfully cheap right now. Great time to indulge in some of World War II-related action.
75% off on everything
And over at Green Man Gaming, it looks like it’s RockStar Games is king of the discount pen this weekend. There’s a veritable deluge of Grand Theft Auto-related titles on sale right now, a handful of LA Noire-related goodness and a random outlier in the shape of Max Payne 2. Why Max Payne 2? Why not, I suppose, is the better question. Hopefully, these games will help tide you over until RockStar finally decides to grace the PC with their latest smash hit. P.S: I think they like Yogscast a fair bit. Check out the code for the voucher: YOGCST-BESTYT-EVERRR
Amnesia Fortnight 2014 Jam
Contribute what you will for different levels of access
Guess what time is it? Yes, it’s that time of the year when Double Fine opens their game jam process to the general public and we all get to chip in with our many, many opinions. Depending on how much you contribute to the whole endeavour, you’ll be able to get everything from eventual access to the prototypes that Double Fine employees are working on to the right to vote on which prototype Pendleton Ward of Adventure Time will lead the charge on.
Also of note:
Alien vs Predator – $4.09/£2.49/€3.00
Because nothing says a good weekend like one spent engaged in orbital murder sprees and engineering massive gouts of acidic blood.
Indie Royale’s The Mixer Bundle-$4.96/£3.02/€3.64
I haven’t heard much about some of the games in this bundle but I loved The Journey Down: Episode One and Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, which more people should really play, goshdarnit it all.
The Humble Sid Meier’s Bundle – Pay at least $9.01/£5.49/€6.61 for 7 games
A quick reminder for fans of Sid Meier’s: the Humble Bundle is offering an impressive spread of titles right now. Get ‘em while they’re hot. If you’re willing to fork out $15, you’ll be able to go home with a copy of the Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World DLC dlc too. (Thanks for the nudge, Noburu!)
Groupees’ Be Mine 11 Bundle – $1/£0.61/€0.73
I don’t know why I keep missing the damn Groupees bundles, but I do. I apologize for that. Hat tip to effervescent for reminding me of its existence. I’m ambivalent about the rest of the games in the package $1 for Redshirt is amazing, guys.
As always, feel free to send tips, tricks, leads and plushie photos. E-mail works swimmingly, smoke signals a little less so.