The RPS Bargain Bucket: Ole Ole

By Cassandra Khaw on July 12th, 2014 at 1:00 pm.

Buckets of fun.

Being on the road is bad for Bargain Buckets. I can’t write and ride. If I do, I’d have to use the bucket for unpleasant purposes. (This is, I suppose, a roundabout way of explaining why I was missing last week.) Has everyone been playing Divinity: Original Sin? If not, you should. It’s absolutely amazing, and it made Adam go on and on about it for ages. I’m completely hooked too, and am already looking forward to mods from the public. No extensive ramble from me this week; I’m writing this as I prepare to bolt out of a thick, wooden door. Enjoy this week’s bucket, and since dosbox’s plushie is themed as such: tell me how YOUR World Cup experience was?

Total War: Shogun 2 Collection
$12.49/£9.99/€12.57
Pick up your swords and prepare the terracotta warriors, it’s time for total war. While Get Games has different variations of nation-wide carnage on sale, the Total War: Shogun 2 Collection might well be the pick of the litter. That is, of course, if you’re the type who wants-slash-needs DLCs for an optimal experience. Otherwise, this might not be quite as entertaining.

Magicka Bundle
$4.98/£4.39/€4.39
If there’s anything that can be said about the Magicka series, it’s that it is prolific at producing DLCs as bunnies are at breeding. 21 DLCs? Madness or genius, I swear. On the off-chance you’ve never heard of this Swedish delight, Magicka’s an action game that features cowled wizards, cheeky writing, and … death-by-friend. The combat system is amazing: an amorphous series of elemental options that you can combine every which way to create everything from anti-magic fields to apocalyptic situations. While friendly fire is abhorrent in so many other games, it’s practically a way of life here. There are a million ways to “accidentally” turn your pals into corpses. And for them to return the favor.

Weightless Books
$1.00/£0.58/€0.73
I’ve only just discovered Weightless Books, but I’m thrilled already. This digital store carries a variety of intriguing indie titles and magazines. More relevantly, however, it also has $1 ebooks and a giddy affection for sales. The range is comprehensive, varying from lesbian-themed speculative fiction to editions of Clarkesworld to unusual takes on women in Greek mythology. Go take a browse!

Humble DRM Freedom Sale
Long live America? I can’t read the word “freedom” these days without envisioning bald eagles and a profusion of primary colors. But, that’s besides the point. The point is the Humble Store is having a not-so-humble sale. As of the time of writing, Project Zomboid is on sale, along with the bleak Always Something Monster, and Risk of Rain. The deals have a limited life span, however, and will change from day to day so consider this your public service announcement: Humble Store items are going for cheap.

Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall
$5.99/£3.50/€4.40
Given the state of the industry today, it’s pretty much a guarantee that Dragonfall will become ludicrously affordable at some distant point in the future. However, if you’re impatient, and would like to get the DLC right the heck now, this might be an awesome opportunity to snag the cyberpunk adventure. I haven’t played it myself, but plenty of people, including Alec Meer, were deeply impressed with Harebrained Schemes’ second outing. (P.S: Lots of great, great indie RPGs are also on sale on GOG.com right now. .)

Also of note:

PSN 99c Weekend Flash Sale – $0.99/£0.58/€0.73
Psst. I know we’re a PC-only site but I’m going to make an exception just this once. (Pray that the editorial gods don’t visit doom on my soul.) Here’s an anxious little nod to the console goers who occasionally visit the kingdoms of the master race; PSN is offering some filthily cheap games. Dyad for 99 cents is almost highway robbery.

Groupees Chiptunes + Charity 5 – $1.00/£0.58/€0.73
Depending on who you ask, chiptune music is either glorious or awful – which is, I suppose, unsurprising. For those of who you enjoy indie soundtracks flavored with a hefty dose of video games, this bundle’s most definitely for you.

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  1. kwyjibo says:

    “ludicurously”

  2. BarryAllen says:

    Shame the PSN sale is US only. I regret having a EU account on my Vita.

    PS: If the Big in Japan sale is till on Touch my Katamari is a fiver on the UK PSN

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      welverin says:

      The EU gets the better of things quite often, particularly with PS+. So, don’t be too regretful.

      • BarryAllen says:

        Yeah but when games are £16 in Canada it makes me wish I didn’t have to miss out on DLC when I import a game

    • robotjox says:

      Make a US account. It’s not hard. I did it – and I just bought 4 games in this sale. I use a PS3 though – dunno about vita.

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        thekeats1999 says:

        Unfortunately on the Vita you need to do a system reset to switch to a different local.

      • BarryAllen says:

        I have a US account but VIta’s can only have one PSN account per memory card

  3. LionsPhil says:

    Obelix is looking pretty skinny, relatively speaking.

  4. pertusaria says:

    My World Cup has largely been spent catching ‘em all on the 2DS while using my laptop to stream matches and football podcasts. I like football, but often find it hard to concentrate for the full 90-plus minutes.

    • Paul B says:

      Glad I’m not the only one – the most I can manage is about 45 minutes, then I follow the rest of the match online. I will watch the final in full though.

  5. gulag says:

    Worth noting that “Sir, You are being Hunted” is 75% off on Steam today:

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/242880/

    • DarkFenix says:

      Indeed, I just snapped it up. Fence-sitter on it I may have been, but at that price who cares?

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    Vandelay says:

    I already own Shogun 2, without DLC and, as ever, getting the DLC means you end up paying quite a lot (although, not as ludicrous as other sales I’ve seen.) The Fall of the Samurai collection is £7.49 and you are still not getting the unit packs that come with the Shogun 2 collection. As you can get everything for £9.99, they are only valuing the main game and those unit packs at £2.50!

    Also a little surprising that there is no discount on the latest Total War. The fact that it was quite maligned, I would have thought they would be discounting it by now in order to shift some copies. What state is the game in now?

    In that Sega sale, there is also the latest Sonic kart racing game. Not sure if it is the lowest price it has been, but I can highly recommend it. Not to anger Nintendo fans, but I would say it easily surpasses the latest Mario Kart (which is also excellent, but no where near as imaginative or offering the same level of variety.)

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    VelvetFistIronGlove says:

    I picked up Shadowrun Returns and Dragonfall during the GOG summer sale and had a blast playing both the main campaign and Dragonfall (which is both deeper and richer). I recommend both.

    • InternetBatman says:

      I backed it on Kickstarter and was quite impressed with the way they handled almost everything; but I still would recommend playing Dragonfall first and the original campaign only if you want more.

      That said, it looks like they could be doing another expansion, so I’d love to see the capabilities (and art assets) of this game grow.

  8. Cooper says:

    I wish Dragonfall was an ‘expand-alone’.

    I like the idea of Shadowrun, but as I’ll only play it for the singleplayer, was put off by the reviews which rated it of low quality. Dragonfall seems much better in this regards, so I wish I could just buy that…

    • Dominic White says:

      The original campaign was perfectly decent, just not great. Some people went in it expecting a wide-open retro CRPG though, rather than what it actually was – a followup to the SNES Shadowrun, and an introduction to the setting in general. Don’t forget that Dragonfall uses a lot of content (and there’s an editor in there and plenty of user-made campaigns now) from the original release as well.

    • Xocrates says:

      I got the base game on the Humble Store sale a few days ago, and had fairly low expectations, but I ended up utterly loving it.

      Granted, it is hands down the most linear RPG I’ve ever played, but is wonderfully atmospheric and solidly written.

      It actually got me to buy Dragonfall at full price yesterday, even though the GoG sale had already started (and I was aware of it).

      Besides, GoG also has the base game on sale, so you can get both for less than the base cost of Dragonfall.

    • bill says:

      I wish it was an expandalone too. Even if the first one is decent, I don’t have enough time to play 2 RPGs so I’d be buying it just to access Dragonfall.. and then it’d sit there in my unplayed list bugging me.

  9. Stardreamer says:

    Thank Sweet Muppet Christ I didn’t spend £17 on all those Magicka DLCs in the Steam sale! Thank you, Bundle Stars!

  10. Wytefang says:

    My World Cup experience has been just average. The games have been marred by my own US sports media coverage and social media opinions which have been various types of whining about the sport rather than just enjoying it for what it is and isn’t. Every 4 years we get a crap-load of people coming out of the woodwork who are temporarily interested and while that’s a good thing for the sport, in general, it also leads to a majority of discussions that are mostly uninformed and ignorant, which gets old after a while.

    My US MNT did okay but not great. We escaped one of the Groups of Death but we played terribly in the Belgium match (despite uninformed media articles to the contrary) and looked like a US team from several World Cups ago (1998 perhaps) in that game – missing passes, screwing up simple traps, conceding vast sections of the pitch to our opponents and letting them shell our keeper. Just a very disappointing performance at the most important moment of our World Cup. Hopefully we can continue to improve, however, and eventually we won’t revert to our old, less talented days.

    As for the overall results, it was fun to watch Costa Rica go so far as a huge underdog but I was saddened to see Germany, once again, near the top. While they play technically sound, they just almost always feel like a soulless mechanical futbol machine. I’d rather watch a flawed but creatively interesting and more organic team do well.

    • Cockles says:

      I’m something of an anomaly as an English football fan in that I like both the USA (Sorry, USMNT, I shall be correct from now on) and Germany, these countries aren’t really liked for stupid reasons by stereotypical England fans.

      USMNT did have a good world cup, and as an Everton fan it’s been good to see “10 things Tim Howard could save” and such malarkey, he’s a great keeper and now a national hero – good on the lad. I’m not sure I agree with the general assessment that Germany are footballing soul-less machines though (some pundits have alluded to this stereotype), they’re just good at football and play as a team better than most nations rather than relying on superstars. They have a good passing style that is nice to watch, a bit of pace, passion and intelligence – stuff that England could really do with. They seem to particularly understand that the achievement of the collective unit can be far greater than that of a bunch of individuals, something the USMNT showed as well.

      In my opinion, the Bundesliga is THE best league for football fans (from the major footballing powers) in terms of the sports relationship with the fans, pricing of tickets, club ownership, focus on national team and German football philosiphy. Subsequently, it’s good to see the individualistic nature of club football come together to align with the national team. Plus they just beat Brazil 7-1 in a world cup semi-final in Brazil, that’s absolute insanity!

      Anyway, back on topic. Erm, cheap computer games are about. Some games are about foot-to-ball. And also other stuff.

      • JFS says:

        I absolutely agree with you. The “German machine” is a thing invented by the media, because you need stuff and drama, coverage just doesn’t cut it.

    • fish99 says:

      I find the German (the national team) way of playing quite dull. They’re big, athletic, powerful, effective, well organized…but they have no flare and they lack individual skill, and they’re not particularly pleasing on the eye.

      I think the best team of the tournament was actually Holland but they played too cautious against Argentina. Robben could have murdered that slow German defence.

  11. sirdavies says:

    Would be nice to have some links in those Weightless books examples, the websiter is pretty clunky to navigate

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      Peptidix says:

      Quite clunky indeed. It is easiest to use when you know what you are looking for.

      The unusual takes on women in roman mythology is probably “Women and Monsters” by J.M. McDermott.
      The Clarkesworld issues (which runs a very nice podcast of its fiction) are easiest found by searching for the name or by going to the “Wyrm Publishing” section.
      The lesbian themed spec fic, not generally my field, but it probably easiest found in the LGBT subcategory , I belief -but might be wrong- Lethe press is one of the publishers in the store specializing in the field.

  12. jalf says:

    Risk of Rain is absolutely wonderful (at least as a coop game, if you have a friend to play it with)

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    DrScuttles says:

    How is Magicka for single player? Most of the praise seems to centre around it’s multiplayer? And so much DLC, how to even process it.

    • trjp says:

      Not much cop really – Magicka’s cleverness is a casting system which is designed to go wrong on your mates with ‘hilarious effect’

      You’ll get bored solo pretty quickly.

      • Vinraith says:

        It’s also much, much harder solo, to the point where a handful of borderline exploitative spell combos are basically your only hope.

        • LionsPhil says:

          Especially after they nerfed self-healing, a balance change that should have been restricted to multiplayer, but wasn’t.

          • Vinraith says:

            Yikes, I didn’t even know about that (haven’t played in ages). I can see how that might be reasonable in MP, but in SP it’s just taking a bastard-hard game and making it completely unplayable.

          • InternetBatman says:

            They tried to balance out the healing thing by putting navi in the game and letting him resurrect you once. It is not an equal tradeoff. Combine it with random crashes on bosses, horrendously cheap instakill enemies, and a terrible, terrible save system, and I was never able to beat it.

            They never cared about single player, but at the very least they could have done no harm.

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            DrScuttles says:

            Well that’s 4 quid that can go on…. um. I dunno. Is GOG selling WIlliam Shatner’s Tekwar yet?

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      SuddenSight says:

      I played magica SP for about six hours (no DLC at all) and quite enjoyed myself.

      The lack of self healing isn’t too bad because with the rate enemies spawn you need to be constantly killing them anyway. The variety in enemy types and environments means you need to figure out at least four or so different brokenly good combos (and playing with all the possible spell combos is really fun).

      However, at some point I hit a boss with an instant kill attack. If I had a friend to resurrect me it would have been easy, but by myself with only one free respawn per level, it was just an excersize in frustration.

      Still, the magic system is fantastic and the game was great fun while it lasted. My GF has the game now, so I might revisit it in co op at some point.

      • LionsPhil says:

        Unfortunately, in my experience, while co-op should be awesome, and is when it works, it’s plagued with technical problems like crashes and refusals for everyone to connect into the same session.

  14. Risingson says:

    The Groupees Microids “bundle” has, actually, many of the better things that Cryo released back in the day: Dracula 1-3, Atlantis 2 and 3 (the first was in the previous Microids one) and Dragon Lore. I still find them unique and, yes, fun up to this day. Though some pixel hunting is present, and pixel hunting in the OMNI3D engine can be really annoying.

    • Frank says:

      Hm, too bad there’s nothing from the Sokal years (his games plus Still Life). I haven’t heard of any you’re listing.

      • Risingson says:

        Yeah, I think those are better, but they were Microids :) This bundle is more “Cryo”.

        Just to make short descriptions: the Atlantis series is the first myst-like games Cryo published, with a story with many similarities, beautiful music and beautiful graphics. The first one had some problems with some of the mechanics,, the second one is kind of more balanced and the third one is supposed to be the easy one. Cons? Pixel hunting and a very weird way to tell the story.

        Dracula games are beautiful. The first two were edited very close one to the other as they are short games. They tell what happened after the “official” Dracula ending with many gothic touches and really good art. Again, some pixel hunting and the strange flow of the story are the worst part of these games. I didn’t try the third one but I assume, reading the reviews, that it is decent enough.

        Dragon Lore was an attempt of rpg and adventure, done more or less when Cryo released Lost Eden. People that played it told me that it was very unique, but the main point of interest, for me, is the soundtrack by Stephane Picq.

  15. Mundius says:

    I know I’m late to the party, but here’s a free casual game by some Ukrainian devs. Their other titles are on sale, they seem kinda interesting.

  16. Gilead says:

    Not PC game related, but if a chiptunes bundle is covered in the original post then I’m mentioning this: The Bundle of Holding’s latest bundle contains interesting paper RPGs like Dogs in the Vineyard and The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, although you would need to pay over $21.56 to get those; I haven’t bought it yet but I keep coming back to the page so I probably will.

  17. aergistal says:

    What does the plushie have to do with the World Cup?

    • Gilead says:

      Maybe it’s because Brazil found their defeat a little Gaul-ing?

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      Malibu Stacey says:

      It’s a screen capture from during a World Cup game (with a badly pasted in bucket). I’m assuming it was probably France vs Germany on Friday last week as I can’t imagine an Obelix plushie turning up in many other countries fans.

  18. Axyl says:

    ebooks and PSN deals?

    Really?

    Bargain Bucket has gone from my most-read RPS feature to my least-read in only a couple of short months.

    • bill says:

      Yeah! I mean, those like, cancel out 2 of the PC related deals!

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        Malibu Stacey says:

        To be fair to him it is pretty poor considering stuff like Out of the Park Baseball 15 has been 50% off on Steam since Friday 11th until Thursday 17th (a game which hasn’t even been out for 3 full months yet) & as someone else earlier in the comments mentioned, Sir, You Are Being Hunted was 75% off during Saturday & Sunday (which I bought & will be playing on the 3 days there’s no Dota 2 International games to be watched this week).
        Also Meridian: New World was 50% off on Steam all last week until 18:00 BST today.

        The words “Phoning it in” come to mind.