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Spinoza
03-06-2011, 11:39 AM
credit goes to Vinraith

Spinoza
03-06-2011, 11:44 AM
http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/DD-PON/pride-of-nations 15£,bargain if you ask me

venn177
03-06-2011, 12:00 PM
Seems unnecessary to mention, but every Steam sale pretty much... ever.

Red Faction 1, 2, and Guerilla 75% off, this weekend.

Anthile
03-06-2011, 12:05 PM
Academagia is currently on sale on both Beamdog and, a bit more expensive, Impulse (the 'survey2010' coupon still works).
See also: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/08/24/pottering-about-academagia-impressions/

Oh! There is also one of these things that allows you to play a game for a certain amount of time in order to figure out whether you want to buy it: http://www.academagia.com/admissions.html You know, like in the olden days from even before the days of the first RPS forum.

dyst
03-06-2011, 12:08 PM
It's not on sale, but I picked up Shogun 2 for £12.99 on Amazon. Activates on Steam and what not. I can't imagine it being this cheap forever, so you might want to get it now while it's still this much.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shogun-Total-War-PC-DVD/dp/B003PJ6C96/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307099295&sr=8-1

Yodith
03-06-2011, 12:11 PM
Shogun 2 is currently £14.99 in-store at HMv in the UK - only bigger branches seem to stock PC games these days though.

Ice-Fyre
03-06-2011, 12:44 PM
Unreal 2004 £2.99 (online shop not a download)

http://www.blockbuster.co.uk/product/pc/pc_games/unreal_tournament_2004/255299.htm

I was gonna get it, but want to get the gog.com one

Ice-Fyre
03-06-2011, 12:48 PM
It's not on sale, but I picked up Shogun 2 for £12.99 on Amazon. Activates on Steam and what not. I can't imagine it being this cheap forever, so you might want to get it now while it's still this much.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shogun-Total-War-PC-DVD/dp/B003PJ6C96/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307099295&sr=8-1

GAME is doing it at the same price
http://www.game.co.uk/PC-Games-and-Downloads/Strategy/~r349987/Total-War-Shogun-2/

jackspade
03-06-2011, 12:51 PM
Brink £14.99 - http://shop.gameplay.co.uk/pc/brink-special-edition/_/RM10423/productpage.html

I paid a full pre-order price for this :(. Doh.

Berlin
03-06-2011, 12:51 PM
Red Faction 1, 2, and Guerilla 75% off, this weekend.

Are these any good?

[UW]
03-06-2011, 12:55 PM
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2009/09/24/wot-i-think-red-faction-guerrilla/

There's RPS's take on it.

1 and 2 are dated, but were/are good games for the time.

venn177
03-06-2011, 12:55 PM
Are these any good?

For me personally, I rank them in the order they came out, best to worst.

Let me do a short review of each:

RF1: Lots of fun, destruction is great, especially for 2001. A can't-miss for $2.50
RF2: Has nothing to do with the first, is pretty horrible compared to the first one, but for $2.50 it's a fun timewaster with bots in multiplayer.
RFG: The destruction is fun for a bit, but within 3-4 hours I was bored of it and had no inclination to continue. The shooting is bad, the weapon variety is worse, and the challenge modes are pretty limited.

Berlin
03-06-2011, 01:07 PM
Thanks guys! And thanks for pointin' to this Kieron's article, cleared the topic out for me. Bought Gorilla (yeah, 2,5 Euro's not a problem).

But I think I'll pass on RF1, I won't play this one... and buying only for the sake of having it on Steam kinda misses the point. Wonder what they're gonna give us today in the daily deals, though.

G915
03-06-2011, 01:09 PM
Are these any good?
I can recommend Guerilla, it's a lot of game for 2e (or GBP), also destroying buildings with hammer and explosives = fun.

tssk
03-06-2011, 01:14 PM
RF:G is awesome. All you need to know is this. Grand Theft Auto meets Total Recall. If that makes you jump up and down at the thought then it's well worth it. I got 26 very fun hours out of it.

I mean what's not to like about rescueing hostages by running a semi tralier through a gate and then chopping through walls with a hammer?

robh
03-06-2011, 01:47 PM
Impulse (http://impulsedriven.com/impulsebuys) have Crysis 2 Limited Edition on sale for 50% off this weekend, at least in the US. Not bad given that most places it's still listed at full price.

Berlin
03-06-2011, 01:52 PM
Impulse (http://impulsedriven.com/impulsebuys) have Crysis 2 Limited Edition on sale for 50% off this weekend, at least in the US. Not bad given that most places it's still listed at full price.

How's this thing with registering Impulse games on Steam working? I've recently bought Magicka there for pennies and it did register without problems yet there wasn't any notice there (read about it on RPS). All games out there work that way?

lhzr
03-06-2011, 02:55 PM
@berlin: not all impulse games can be activated on steam, just those that need steam. also on magicka's page from impulse there's this:
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This game requires a 3rd party client to download, install and play.

The JG Man
03-06-2011, 03:27 PM
Another in support of Guerilla. Suffers from open-world/sandbox fatigue, wherein a few hours you may get a bit bored, but it's otherwise very enjoyable.

To remind from the last thread, Shift 2: Unleashed is £13 both in-store and online at HMV. New game, come down in price...possibly as a counter to Dirt 3? Who knows, but it's there and got some decent reviews.

While we're on it, would it be worth making a separate thread for all Steam sales? They happen so often that others are bound to get lost in between other posts?

SMiD
03-06-2011, 03:30 PM
Are these any good?

RF1 is disappointing. You get all excited for the destructible environments, and they're truly not used in many places. That, and the rest of the gameplay is only meh. Play if you're curious, but don't expect great things. Also, the ending sucks.

cpugeek13
03-06-2011, 04:22 PM
So, the age of wonder games are half off this weekend on gog.com. I played the first one a long time ago, and I've heard that the others are also very good. Which one do you think is the most worth getting? Also, how do the graphics look on a modern monitor?

vinraith
03-06-2011, 04:47 PM
So, the age of wonder games are half off this weekend on gog.com. I played the first one a long time ago, and I've heard that the others are also very good. Which one do you think is the most worth getting? Also, how do the graphics look on a modern monitor?

There's really no reason to get Wizard's Throne, since Shadow Magic (which was technically an expandalone) essentially contains everything it does and then some. I think Shadow Magic still looks pretty good (though to be honest, I think the first one looks best, because the hand-painted art is just fantastic) and it certainly still plays quite well. I play the first one and SM to this day (they each have different strengths, and Shadow Magic has one of the more powerful random scenario generators I've ever seen in a game like this). For $5 you really can't go wrong.

mbp
03-06-2011, 05:07 PM
For me personally, I rank them in the order they came out, best to worst.

Let me do a short review of each:

RF1: Lots of fun, destruction is great, especially for 2001. A can't-miss for $2.50
RF2: Has nothing to do with the first, is pretty horrible compared to the first one, but for $2.50 it's a fun timewaster with bots in multiplayer.
RFG: The destruction is fun for a bit, but within 3-4 hours I was bored of it and had no inclination to continue. The shooting is bad, the weapon variety is worse, and the challenge modes are pretty limited.

The trick to enjoying Red Faction Guerilla is to play it on the easiest difficulty setting and just run amok blowing stuff up.

lhzr
03-06-2011, 05:17 PM
The trick to enjoying Red Faction Guerilla is to play it on the easiest difficulty setting and just run amok blowing stuff up.
yeah, that's how i played it and i still got bored after a couple of hours. it's just too.. samey.

Colonel J
03-06-2011, 07:20 PM
Witcher 2 is £19.99 at Dixons download service (http://www.dixonsdownloads.co.uk/product/lp26560/the-witcher-2-the-uk-digital-premium-edition/) best price so far for download?. Only noticed because I went back there to log in to get some of the free games from the launch offer.

Downloaded a few of the free games and the service seems OK, no client to play the game, just a downloader. Download rate was pretty poor a week ago though.
{edit: and that part is still shit. Now downloading The Club at a mighty 120kbit/s}

Tempting to get Witcher 2 at this price but holding off for few months until I upgrade to a PC that will do it justice.

thegooseking
03-06-2011, 10:53 PM
Downloaded a few of the free games and the service seems OK, no client to play the game, just a downloader. Download rate was pretty poor a week ago though.
{edit: and that part is still shit. Now downloading The Club at a mighty 120kbit/s}

The downloader is a poor P2P service. There seem to be generally a few peers (though not, like, a lot), but none of them are terribly fast. Dixons doesn't seem to have been able to grasp the idea that pirates put up with the foibles of BitTorrent only because they're not paying for the thing, and has adopted it wholesale (only worse) into its paid model. Which is kind of silly.

Berlin
04-06-2011, 09:24 AM
http://indiegamespack.com/ - I've no idea whether the games are any good but 5$'s not a fortune. Sent them an e-mail whether this things register on Steam but they didn't write me back yet.

Heliocentric
04-06-2011, 09:46 AM
http://indiegamespack.com/ - I've no idea whether the games are any good but 5$'s not a fortune. Send them an e-mail whether this things register on Steam but they didn't write me back yet.

city rain and bob came in pieces would be worth that $5 each.
I guess the others are worth a look see, it won't be steamworks so you'll need to back up installers for added security.

Scott
04-06-2011, 03:19 PM
Telltale games have 75% off almost everything in their store.

J-snukk
04-06-2011, 05:29 PM
Witcher 2 is £19.99 at Dixons download service (http://www.dixonsdownloads.co.uk/product/lp26560/the-witcher-2-the-uk-digital-premium-edition/) best price so far for download?. Only noticed because I went back there to log in to get some of the free games from the launch offer.

Downloaded a few of the free games and the service seems OK, no client to play the game, just a downloader. Download rate was pretty poor a week ago though.
{edit: and that part is still shit. Now downloading The Club at a mighty 120kbit/s}

Tempting to get Witcher 2 at this price but holding off for few months until I upgrade to a PC that will do it justice.


The downloader is a poor P2P service. There seem to be generally a few peers (though not, like, a lot), but none of them are terribly fast. Dixons doesn't seem to have been able to grasp the idea that pirates put up with the foibles of BitTorrent only because they're not paying for the thing, and has adopted it wholesale (only worse) into its paid model. Which is kind of silly.

Dixons pulled a massive troll when they supposedly offered several good Sega games for free to get people to sign up, it was all bollocks though, whenever anyone tried to download those games the site would insist that they weren't 18 and then, a couple of days later the option became greyed out with a big red 'sold out!' sign across it. That sort of crap really pisses me off.

Vague-rant
04-06-2011, 05:32 PM
Telltale games have 75% off almost everything in their store.

Thanks! I've been looking to complete the Wallace and Gromit series and oddly enough considered it a few days ago. I thought the free one I got was only 'alright' but its worth it for 3.75 just for Gromit's animations.

Note, the deals are a bit hard to see at first on the Telltale site. The price listed still looks the same as before the 75% off, but theres some small(ish) print below the title mentioning the actual deal price.

GraveyardJimmy
04-06-2011, 05:38 PM
Dixons pulled a massive troll when they supposedly offered several good Sega games for free to get people to sign up, it was all bollocks though, whenever anyone tried to download those games the site would insist that they weren't 18 and then, a couple of days later the option became greyed out with a big red 'sold out!' sign across it. That sort of crap really pisses me off.

That wasn't Dixons fault- they used 192.com as a check to tell if you were 18. If your name wasnt matching what was on the 192 records, you wouldn't be able to verify you were 18 and couldnt download. I signed up with my current address and had no problems (I'm listed as 22-25, so there is some range in the age it seems)

J-snukk
04-06-2011, 05:41 PM
That wasn't Dixons fault- they used 192.com as a check to tell if you were 18. If your name wasnt matching what was on the 192 records, you wouldn't be able to verify you were 18 and couldnt download. I signed up with my current address and had no problems (I'm listed as 22-25, so there is some range in the age it seems)

I wasn't on there so I registered as my Dad, who was, still had the same problem, Even if, in the unlikely event that Dixons weren't deliberately being assholes, still their fault for using that crappy piece of shit 192.com.

GraveyardJimmy
04-06-2011, 05:43 PM
Even if, in the unlikely event that Dixons weren't deliberately being assholes, still their fault for using that crappy piece of shit 192.com.

This may be a stupid question, but how were they deliberately being "assholes"? Why did it work for me and not you- do they have a vendetta against you?

There was a problem, sure, but I cant think of a good reason why they would anger prospective customers for a new download service on purpose.

J-snukk
04-06-2011, 05:49 PM
This may be a stupid question, but how were they deliberately being "assholes"? Why did it work for me and not you- do they have a vendetta against you?

There was a problem, sure, but I cant think of a good reason why they would anger prospective customers for a new download service on purpose.

Maybe just to get people to sign up, I mean, seriously who was signed up to Dixons before then? and you're the only person I've seen who actually managed to get it to work, besides I always had bad experiences with Dixons back in the day when people still went to brick and mortar shops; mark my words, they are not to be trusted.

GraveyardJimmy
04-06-2011, 06:21 PM
Maybe just to get people to sign up, I mean, seriously who was signed up to Dixons before then? and you're the only person I've seen who actually managed to get it to work,.

So- after those problems will you use the service? I'm guessing not- annoying potential customers clearly wasn't what they intended. The problem was in the execution, but the idea behind it wasn't too bad.

J-snukk
04-06-2011, 06:43 PM
So- after those problems will you use the service? I'm guessing not- annoying potential customers clearly wasn't what they intended. The problem was in the execution, but the idea behind it wasn't too bad.

Maybe beings with less ability to hold a grudge may see an email from them in the future and forget about their past woes, I know not. But, no I won't be having anything to do with them, their customer support didn't want to help either.

As for PC bargains the £12.99 shogun 2 is a good one, and, on an unrelated note, I expected LA Noire in the post this morning and instead recieved and application form for a job in the local fish factory.

Berlin
04-06-2011, 07:38 PM
There's Dirt -75% on Steam today, it's something like 2,5e but it doesn't support Win7 so who cares?

vinraith
04-06-2011, 07:41 PM
There's Dirt -75% on Steam today, it's something like 2,5e but it doesn't support Win7 so who cares?

People that read forums and see that there's an easy fix?

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1053329

GraveyardJimmy
04-06-2011, 07:41 PM
Pretty sure I played DIRT on windows 7.

Heliocentric
04-06-2011, 07:52 PM
I expected LA Noire in the post this morning and instead recieved and application form for a job in the local fish factory.
That's the beginning of the ARG. Wait until they dump a dead hookers in your bed, the police kick in your door and as long as you don't resist arrest they hand you a copy of LA Noire.. And a roll of bin bags, a shovel and a hack saw for disposing of the bodies.

Berlin
04-06-2011, 08:19 PM
People that read forums and see that there's an easy fix?

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1053329

thank you kind sir

vinraith
04-06-2011, 08:23 PM
thank you kind sir

Happy to help. Much as the Steam forums are a wretched hive of scum and villainy, they do sometimes contain useful solutions to problems like this.

slick_101
04-06-2011, 08:30 PM
Brink £14.99 - http://shop.gameplay.co.uk/pc/brink-special-edition/_/RM10423/productpage.html

I paid a full pre-order price for this :(. Doh.

I know. I am disgusted about how much that game has lost value. Its a shame really. To much hype not even bang. Like most games these days

Berlin
04-06-2011, 08:50 PM
Happy to help. Much as the Steam forums are a wretched hive of scum and villainy, they do sometimes contain useful solutions to problems like this.

and that's a shame 'cause that's really the last place that I'd really try to get any help from, but nonetheless: is this Dirt any good? I don't like racing games, have no wheel in home and I just wonder whether it's better to buy this thing or to save this money for whatever comes tomorrow.

sinomatic
04-06-2011, 08:53 PM
I know. I am disgusted about how much that game has lost value. Its a shame really. To much hype not even bang. Like most games these days

To be fair you can get Portal 2 for £15 retail so I'm not sure it really says anything about the quality vs post-release price. Seeing how quickly prices drop these days, and given the game backlog I've yet to clear, after Deus Ex its going to take something pretty phenomenal to get me to preorder again, when you can just wait a few weeks/months and get them at a fraction of the price. Patience is a virtue. And also, cheaper.

Basilicus
04-06-2011, 09:56 PM
Yes, I've played DiRT on Windows 7. Never noticed any problems with it.

I will endorse it by saying that I am TERRIBLE at 'realistic' racing games, and DiRT is a game that I really, really enjoy (on easy). Other racers in the niche (ToCA; GRID) I can put on easy and they're still incredibly difficult to me, so I'm fond of DiRT. That said, those who are good at racing games can pump DiRT up to ridiculously hard levels. Pretty good looking game for its time, too.

The JG Man
04-06-2011, 11:29 PM
Man, that's cheap for an awesome game. That being said, I think I may wait till 3 comes down in price. For those who do get DiRT, it is a hard game, but ever so rewarding.

Edit: Just saw Dirt 3 on offer through savygamer. £21 quid? Not gonna argue with that!

SilverSilence
05-06-2011, 06:49 AM
Telltale games have 75% off almost everything in their store.

If you buy Poker Night at the Inventory you can go to this page (http://www.telltalegames.com/tf2unlocks) and get a key that registers on Steam.

Giaddon
06-06-2011, 01:53 PM
Dead Space 2 is $12 on GamersGate.
http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-DS2/dead-space-2

JohnnyK
06-06-2011, 03:20 PM
20% off of preorders of E3-Games at bee.com with code "PREORDER20"
eg. BF3 LE for about £23
also good for CoD:MW3, AssBro:Rev, Dead Island etc.

Link: http://www.bee.com/e3-games-2011/
German article: http://www.preisjaeger.at/40650/alle-must-have-spieletitel-fur-2011-bei-bee-com-gunstig-vorbestellen-assassins-creed-revelations-batman-arkham-city-mass-effect-3/

Heliocentric
06-06-2011, 03:24 PM
Dead Space 2 is $12 on GamersGate.
http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-DS2/dead-space-2

or £20 in the uk.... WTF


If you buy Poker Night at the Inventory you can go to this page (http://www.telltalegames.com/tf2unlocks) and get a key that registers on Steam.
but don't because its terrible.

The JG Man
06-06-2011, 11:01 PM
20% off of preorders of E3-Games at bee.com with code "PREORDER20"
eg. BF3 LE for about £23

So very tempting, but I've never heard of bee.com before. Not much chance of it going cheaper though, is there?

EDIT: As a point of reference, you can pick up Space Marine at the same place for under £28, as well as getting the limited edition which would be £63, which is also the cheapest I've seen them available for.

I'm just so damn hesitant about pre-ordering, 1, from a place I've never heard of before and 2, so far in advance. I dunno.

The JG Man
07-06-2011, 07:39 PM
Steam sales hooooo!

Daily - Wings of Prey - 75% off, down to £5. (There is a demo so you can try before you buy!)

Mid-week:

50% off Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. CoD4 (£10), Modern Warfare 2 (£15) and two of its map packs; Resurgence Pack and Stimulus Package (both £5.50).

85% off the Frozenbyte Complete Collection. This includes Shadowgrounds (£6), Shadowgrounds Survivor (£8) and Trine (£17) for the complete price of £3.30. (The pack cost is £22, which is what the discount is off, amazingly.) All 3 have demos and are Steam Play.

(As an aside, I'd appreciate if anyone has any experience using bee.com, re. my questioning in the previous post. Feel free to PM me. Ta!)

ColOfNature
07-06-2011, 07:44 PM
That's the beginning of the ARG. Wait until they dump a dead hookers in your bed, the police kick in your door and as long as you don't resist arrest they hand you a copy of LA Noire.. And a roll of bin bags, a shovel and a hack saw for disposing of the bodies.

And if you do resist?

cowthief skank
07-06-2011, 07:48 PM
For anybody who had been interested in Wings of Prey but had been put off by the DRM, it would seem that they have finally patched it out. Still have to create an account for multiplayer, though, or something.

raddevon
08-06-2011, 02:30 AM
Dead Space 2 is no longer on sale at GG but is now $12 at D2D.
http://www.direct2drive.com/10210/product/Buy-Dead-Space-2-Download

OMG!

Heliocentric
08-06-2011, 09:00 AM
And if you are not usa/canada?
£29.99

ColdSpiral
08-06-2011, 10:16 AM
I'm just so damn hesitant about pre-ordering, 1, from a place I've never heard of before and 2, so far in advance. I dunno.

I agree. Preordering in advance these days is too risky. For example, I cancelled my Red Faction Armageddon pre-order just last week, deciding it'd be a bargain bin/steam sale pickup instead, and shifted my deposit onto another preorder. Unfortunately, that other preorder was for Dungeon Siege 3, and judging by the bizarre controls and lazy voice acting (for a primary character!) evident in the demo, I'm not sure I want to pay full price for it either. I may end up just taking my money back and waiting for November releases.

deano2099
08-06-2011, 10:36 AM
Preordering in advance

*Head explodes at how broken videogame words are*

Not your fault, it's just pre-order is already redundant (what's wrong with 'order'? ) so pre-order in advance amused me...

ColdSpiral
08-06-2011, 11:59 AM
*Head explodes at how broken videogame words are*

Not your fault, it's just pre-order is already redundant (what's wrong with 'order'? ) so pre-order in advance amused me...

Hah, I didn't even notice. Yes, that's really embarrassing. Sorry, English language, I have disgraced thee.

The JG Man
08-06-2011, 06:54 PM
Steam daily - Hacker Evolution: Untold. 66% off to £3.74. Has demo. Will game.

ColOfNature
08-06-2011, 07:03 PM
Ooh, I quite enjoyed the demo - a bit like Uplink but with an actual story. But not as good.

mlaskus
08-06-2011, 10:43 PM
Uplink had a story, quite a good one too.

JayTee
08-06-2011, 10:47 PM
Not your fault, it's just pre-order is already redundant (what's wrong with 'order'? ) so pre-order in advance amused me...I always figured pre-order was short for pre-release order.

ColOfNature
08-06-2011, 11:03 PM
Uplink had a story, quite a good one too.

Only if you went looking for it - the first time I played Uplink I just amassed a huge fortune and bought all the shiny gear. I meant that the story in Hacker Evolution was the driving force for the player from the start, while in Uplink if you never got round to following the breadcrumb trail the game laid for you you could still have a perfectly enjoyable experience. (I never did get to the end of the story in Uplink, maybe I'll go back and finish it one of these days.)

Edit: while we're on the subject of hacking games, anyone interested in that kind of thing should try Telehack (http://telehack.com/) - it's free (you don't get much more of a bargain than that), and it's a mine of interesting stuff from ye olde days of the internet.

mlaskus
08-06-2011, 11:40 PM
Oh you should definitely do that! The ending is incredibly frantic, I loved it.

amandachen
09-06-2011, 02:13 AM
If you're after hacking games, then you've got the whole internet to play with.

Good Old Games has Rise of the Triad for $3. Not sure what that is in real money. It's pretty much nothing, I guess. Game looks as ugly as my Uncle Billy. Well, he's a triad boss, so maybe there's some connection there.

http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/rise_of_the_triad__dark_war

The JG Man
09-06-2011, 06:17 PM
Steam daily - Civilisation 4, 75% off - £2.49. This also includes the 'Complete Edition' on the same page as C4 which includes "Warlords", "Beyond the Sword" and "Colonisation" for £3.74.

I take it, based on what I've heard about this game, that this is a shoe-in?

Weekend - The following 50% off; DC Universe Online to £15, Dead Rising 2 to £15 and Resident Evil 5 to £10.

ColOfNature
10-06-2011, 06:56 PM
Also Steam weekend deal - Resident Evil 5 for a tenner. Should I? I haven't played a Resi since the PlayStation days. Or Dead Rising 2 for £15? Are either worth my pennies?

thegooseking
10-06-2011, 07:00 PM
Also Steam weekend deal - Resident Evil 5 for a tenner. Should I? I haven't played a Resi since the PlayStation days. Or Dead Rising 2 for £15? Are either worth my pennies?

No. You can get Dead Rising 2 cheaper than that (unless you really, really want it on Steam). Possibly likewise for Resident Evil 5; at least, the prices I found (not on special) were not much more than £10.

Although where I saw Dead Rising 2 cheaper, it wasn't much cheaper... and I can't actually remember where that was.

vinraith
10-06-2011, 07:07 PM
No. You can get Dead Rising 2 cheaper than that (unless you really, really want it on Steam). Possibly likewise for Resident Evil 5; at least, the prices I found (not on special) were not much more than £10.

Although where I saw Dead Rising 2 cheaper, it wasn't much cheaper... and I can't actually remember where that was.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Dead Rising 2 a Steamworks game anyway? That is, it's going to end up on Steam no matter what you do (and indeed whether you want it to or not) so you might as well buy the cheaper retail copy.

ColOfNature
10-06-2011, 07:08 PM
I meant are the games worth playing? I'd rather have them on Steam, if I'm honest, and a quick goggle reveals they're not that much cheaper elsewhere.

Edit: and Dead Rising 2 isn't on the list of games that activate on Steam (https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7480-WUSF-3601#which).

vinraith
10-06-2011, 07:14 PM
I meant are the games worth playing? I'd rather have them on Steam, if I'm honest, and a quick goggle reveals they're not that much cheaper elsewhere.

Edit: and Dead Rising 2 isn't on the list of games that activate on Steam (https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7480-WUSF-3601#which).

Ah, on further inspection it's a GfWL game. My bad, I knew it was locked to something annoying but I misremembered which one.

The JG Man
10-06-2011, 07:35 PM
Steam daily - Zuma's Revenge, 50% off - £3.50. Go and get revenge on a related note to Zuma.

By the way, regarding that bee.com 20% E3 games discount, I used it for BF3. I don't see any reason to doubt it, so if you're not aware, while E3 is on, if you pre-order any game shown at E3 and use the discount code PREORDER20, you get 20% off.

airtekh
10-06-2011, 07:42 PM
@ColOfNature

I enjoyed Resident Evil 5. The series has got a bit more action-oriented since the early games but that's no drawback. Capcom did a sterling job with the PC version too: it looks great, and controls perfectly with mouse and keyboard.

Bad points include a few crappy quicktime events and the (completely stupid) fact that your character can't move while shooting. It also has GFWL, as mentioned (if that's the kind of thing that would put you off a purchase).

It's Resident Evil, so don't go in expecting Deus Ex. It's got big guns, hammy acting, huge boss monsters and a few scares. Apparently it excels when played in coop mode, I only played it single player though. If the price seems reasonable to you then I'd say go for it.

Vague-rant
10-06-2011, 08:02 PM
GOG Strategy First games sale- 50% off.

Ghost Master's the only one I've played and it's decent, but from what I hear Jagged Aliance 2 seems the star pick.

http://www.gog.com/en/promo/strategy_first_games_06_2011

Heliocentric
10-06-2011, 08:24 PM
My CoD 4 disc got scratched, cod4 on www.direct2drive.co.uk for £9.99 certainly has my attention, but do i care about it enough to buy it again, on the bright side still having my cd key would mean I could lan it with the copies.

Tikey
10-06-2011, 08:28 PM
Isn't cod 4 one of the games you can activate on steam with the cd-key?

vinraith
10-06-2011, 08:33 PM
Isn't cod 4 one of the games you can activate on steam with the cd-key?

Unfortunately that didn't start until MW2, in fact the Steam CD-key list explicitly says: "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is not accepted on Steam" (in bold, no less)

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7480-WUSF-3601

Jockie
11-06-2011, 12:07 AM
Strategy First games 50% off this weekend on GoG, which includes the Disciples series and the Jagged Alliance series amongst others.

The JG Man
11-06-2011, 06:12 PM
Steam daily - Nimbus, 50% off to £3. Has demo (700mb).

Gave the demo a quick d/l and go. Not too many graphics options, but it's not really the game to need it. Full controller support, which is nice and seems to work pretty well. I played the first 10 or so levels. Starts off simple and then I got stuck on a level where you had to navigate yourself and a ball around. Couldn't work out how to do it in a short amount of time and stopped playing. Seems like you could definitely get some fun out of it and could get really quite challenging later on.

thegooseking
11-06-2011, 07:50 PM
I had a lot of fun with the Nimbus demo, but I still can't decide whether I want the full game, even at £2.99.

The JG Man
11-06-2011, 08:15 PM
I know exactly what you mean. Maybe if it was at 2? 1.50?

Pulsar
12-06-2011, 01:08 AM
Hello, does anyone fancy splitting a Frozen Synapse purchase?

Edit: In other news, I am impatient, and bought it anyway. Does anyone fancy buying the second copy of Frozen Synapse on Gamersgate? It's £7.50. I will even put a digital ribbon on it.

vinraith
12-06-2011, 02:44 AM
I really enjoyed Nimbus, the "conservation of energy" aspect of the game is very directly appealing to the physicist in me. It does get devlishly hard as you go along, but there are a ton of levels (doled out non-linearly, so you can choose easier or harder paths through them) and it keeps introducing new mechanics to spice things up. I got well more than my $5 worth out of it before surrendering to the difficulty of the latter levels, and I could definitely see going back at some point.

The JG Man
12-06-2011, 11:07 PM
And after a long car journey in the rain, I finally return home to bring you the Steam daily sale...and no, I'm not Jenson Button.

Foreign Legion: Buckets of Blood, 50% off to £2.49. No demo, but extremely low system requirements. This could run on the crappy PC I gave up a few years ago that was struggling at that point to run WoW.

The JG Man
13-06-2011, 06:32 PM
Steam daily - Shadow Harvest, 75% off to £6.25. 3rd person manshoot with a 36/100 meta. Ouch.

amandachen
13-06-2011, 07:01 PM
Gamersgate has Miasma: Citizens of Free Thought for 3 quid something. Is that as good as it looks? It was on the XBOX thingy too. Anyone played it? http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/DD-MCFT/miasma-citizens-of-free-thought

Dirt Cheap Games
13-06-2011, 10:30 PM
Pretty amazing price on Portal 2 at the moment, only £12.99 at Play.com -

http://www.play.com/Games/PC/4-/18287185/Portal-2/Product.html

That's if anyone hasn't played it yet, I know it's just what I've been waiting for though

Heliocentric
13-06-2011, 10:34 PM
Pretty amazing price on Portal 2 at the moment, only £12.99 at Play.com -

http://www.play.com/Games/PC/4-/18287185/Portal-2/Product.html

That's if anyone hasn't played it yet, I know it's just what I've been waiting for thoughHonestly... Its a valve game, and its single player (mainly) I'm honestly going to keep to my £5 (£7.50 really) rule.

wait... was that useful spam?

Dirt Cheap Games
13-06-2011, 10:57 PM
Hope it was useful, not so keen on the spam though :P

Stellar Duck
14-06-2011, 12:56 PM
GamersGate has Sword of the Stars at 60% off at the moment. Any thoughts on the game? Worth buying. I'm looking at the Complete Pack or whatever it's called.

Tikey
14-06-2011, 01:32 PM
I love that game. It's an interesting (and somewhat light)4x with Real time combat. It's very focused on combat. There are six races and they all travel differently turning that into differents ways of playing.
Add the randomness of some alien stuff that pops up and you have an amazing game.

If you like 4x games you have to try it.

The JG Man
14-06-2011, 06:16 PM
Steam daily - Secret of the Magic Crystals, 50% off to £2. There's a demo. This is one of the few occasions where I think copying the description is reasonable.

"In this game you manage a horse-breeding farm set in a fantasy surrounding. The game enables you to breed legendary horses such as Pegasus, Unicorn, Fire-steed, Ice-steed and Demon-steed. You can buy over 700 objects during the game. Make all kinds of horseshoes as well as lots of magical potions for your horses."

So there's that.

Mid-week madness - Darkspore, 40% off to £18. (The 40% extends to the 4 pack as well).

Now this is an interesting one. Diablo clone with a cool sci-fi style, I'm not too sure if this is worth getting, if only because for £13 you can get Torchlight, which is very good. If anyone has an opinion Darkspore, love to hear it, otherwise I'm eagerly waiting for when Torchlight goes on sale and inevitably, T2.

Mac
14-06-2011, 06:32 PM
I enjoy Darkspore, although the faffing upgrading 9 characters and swapping chars out requiring you to take the the equip off the one you take out and rebuild the new one is annoying.

Good ARPG in its own right. I pre-ordered with an EA Store glitch for £17, and I think that is about the right price!

Add Macdory if you pick it up.

The JG Man
14-06-2011, 06:36 PM
Separate post for a separate deal: 5 games gone F2P on Steam.

Champions Online: Free For All , Global Agenda: Free Agent (weird 3rd person shooting arena based thing), Spiral Knights (this one visually looks interesting at least and appears to be an en masse hack'n'slash), Forsaken World (which looks a bit like WoW, although WoW looks like lots of other things so there you go) and Alliance of Valiant Arms (the only non-MMO, 3rd person shooting of men from the looks of things).

I'll be downloading Spiral Knights because it looks interesting, but if you've ever wanted to try any of these out, apart from AVA which has the blandest name I've seen for a long time, now's your chance!

@Mac - Fair enough. I'll likely leave it. This mini-megaton of F2P games has got me interested.

// Edit 2:

I've given Spiral Knights a whirl for about two hours and what can I say? It's pretty decent. Very simple, with access to one ranged and one melee weapon. Dungeons seem pretty decently balanced and so long as you're not an idiot, you can go for a long time.

The F2P part seems to restrict how much you can play for a day, but to be honest you may get bored/not wish to play to any longer before that point anyhow. Seems like quite a decent dip-in-every-so-often game. I won't be deleting it after this little trial, but I don't know when I'll next play it. I suppose with some chum-like people, you could quite easily have a fun time. I'll probably try the remaining 4 on different days, and try and mix up the order of excitement I have for them because I don't desire playing the crappest ones last.

Mac
14-06-2011, 08:29 PM
Nice post @The JG Man ... downloading Spiral Knights, and I have Champ Online and Global Agenda - other two look a bit meh ...

SilverSilence
14-06-2011, 08:55 PM
It's interesting how they integrated the account creation and in game transactions with Steam, you don't even need to 'create' an account for Spiral Knights as it uses your Steam account from the start. It also uses the Steam Wallet feature to pay for items in game, so that feature actually has a use now :)

Heliocentric
14-06-2011, 09:00 PM
Secret of the Magic Crystals, I need to ask about it.

I have a 4 year old daughter who obviously thinks unicorns and flying ponies(pegasus I guess, but kids toys play fast and loose with mythology) are awesome.

The steam forum discussion brought to mind chocobo racing in final fantasy 7.

What's the RPS community opinion?

vinraith
14-06-2011, 09:09 PM
Secret of the Magic Crystals, I need to ask about it.

I have a 4 year old daughter who obviously thinks unicorns and flying ponies(pegasus I guess, but kids toys play fast and loose with mythology) are awesome.

The steam forum discussion brought to mind chocobo racing in final fantasy 7.

What's the RPS community opinion?

This is one of those times when I wish Steam followed the Gamersgate model of letting you gift any game you haven't downloaded. I haven't played it, but I apparently have that one in the list thanks to a crazed friend gifting me basically every $5 indie pack last Christmas. It's a shame I can't just give it to you.

Kelron
14-06-2011, 09:53 PM
I actually bought it ages ago. For myself.

Unfortunately it's not as cool as it looks, but it might be enjoyable for a 4 year old girl. It boils down to pressing the arrow keys when they appear on screen to train horses, but it's dressed up fairly nicely in a simple management game. You can buy, breed and sell horses, train up their stats and upgrade the various buildings of your stables. After training the horses you can send them on races and adventures to earn money, but this is a completely non-interactive process - you press go and wait for the result.

There's a lot to do in the game, but it depends on your daughter firstly being interested in amassing a large collection of horses and understanding how breeding works (in terms of horse quality, it doesn't go into biological detail!), and secondly on her not realising that all the different activities are essentially the same thing: timed arrow pressing.

The JG Man
15-06-2011, 12:17 AM
So I've just played a few rounds of Alliance of Valiant Arms - it's as mediocre as its title is generic. It's a progression-based MP that plays an awful lot like Counterstrike. You can customise your man, your weapon, but the game lacks soul. Where does the paying come into it?

You can buy customisation stuff, ie. weapons, armour etc. with actual money and that, as far as I can tell, ignores the rank requirement which you'd otherwise get. It plays acceptably, but there's nothing inspiring about it whatsoever. Visually, it's dull, but it works and the sounds are just irritating and loud. Perhaps I'm too used to Bad Company 2's delicious sounds, but this game just sounds horrible. My advice - no.

icupnimpn2
15-06-2011, 05:38 AM
Best deal yet for Avadon the Black Fortress, the latest from Jeff Vogel. Use code "AVADON" at check-out to take 50% off at the USA D2D store. Expires June 21. $9.97 is a fair price for the game. They don't usually drop that low. Maybe the game has been demonstrating some mass appeal that lends itself well to discounts.

Kelron
15-06-2011, 11:08 AM
Best deal yet for Avadon the Black Fortress, the latest from Jeff Vogel. Use code "AVADON" at check-out to take 50% off at the USA D2D store. Expires June 21. $9.97 is a fair price for the game. They don't usually drop that low. Maybe the game has been demonstrating some mass appeal that lends itself well to discounts.

Is it still possible to access the US D2D site without messing around with proxies? The code doesn't work on the UK site but direct2drive.com just redirects me back there.

Heliocentric
15-06-2011, 12:43 PM
http://www.direct2drive.com/?no-redir=1 Try that on for size

Ignorant Texan
15-06-2011, 01:34 PM
Torchlight 66%(5.08USD) off on GamersGate for the the next ~18 hours, for the few that don't have it.

http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-TL/torchlight

icupnimpn2
15-06-2011, 02:09 PM
Torchlight 66%(5.08USD) off on GamersGate for the the next ~18 hours, for the few that don't have it.

http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-TL/torchlight

Torchlight is easily worth that price. Let me just caution that Steam Cloud makes buying on Steam possibly preferable, depending on whether you intend to play between multiple machines. Torchlight runs nicely on low end pcs and netbooks, so it's a great on-the-go game. When I was travelling I appreciated that Steam Cloud kept my save synced between machines.

S'up to you.

vinraith
15-06-2011, 03:48 PM
The save files are so tiny you can email them, so Steam cloud is only really important in this case if you're 1) really lazy (not that there's anything wrong with that :)) or 2) going to be playing it on a LOT of different computers. I played it half on my desktop and half on my laptop just sending myself the occasional save and it worked quite easily, for what that's worth.

icupnimpn2
15-06-2011, 04:21 PM
I suppose you could dropbox it, too, but yes, really lazy

Icarus
15-06-2011, 04:47 PM
Torchlight is well worth the price of admission, especially in a sale. Anyone who doesn't have it yet and likes Diablo-esque ARPGs is definitely missing out.

Kablooie
15-06-2011, 05:20 PM
Agree++. Torchlight is a great game, particularly if you liked Diablo2's loot system. I'm looking forward to Torchlght2 also, supposedly it's going MP co-op.

SMiD
15-06-2011, 05:41 PM
Arrrrgh... DAMMIT, FINE I'll buy Torchlight. I've been on the fence for this one forever, and despite my bank account I'll grab it with this sale. Well played RPS forums... well played.

The JG Man
15-06-2011, 06:01 PM
What are the perks of getting something from GamersGate? Do you need to sign up or anything? I want TL and that's a fantastic price, but I also want it on Steam because I'm a sucker apparently.

Steam stuff:
Darkspore has a demo, which I didn't notice last time I looked. Bearing in mind TL is on sale and critically seems to be rated higher, that may be a bit of a moot point.
Playing Spiral Knights today doubles your energy and you receive a damn TF2 hat.
Daily - Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days, 66% off to £5.10. There is a demo. Trivia - 66 is the same score it has on metacritic.

Rinox
15-06-2011, 06:15 PM
K&L2 is a horrible wreck of a game, but if you play the campaign in co-op with a friend and take the piss out of everything it becomes an absolutely hilarious 4-5 hours.

SirKicksalot
15-06-2011, 06:16 PM
NFS Hot Pursuit is £4.85 on The Hut (http://www.thehut.com/games/platforms/pc/need-for-speed-hot-pursuit/10215178.html) and Zavvi (http://www.zavvi.com/games/platforms/pc/need-for-speed-hot-pursuit/10215178.html).

Kane and Lynch 2 is one of the most brutal and beautiful games I ever played. Four hours of non-stop nihilistic violence.

Kablooie
15-06-2011, 06:21 PM
Darkspore: definitely try the demo first, for me it got old, fast.
(I'm surprised the demo is still available, was supposed to end some time ago)

Grind grind grind through the same environments, co-op or solo.
Loot, PvP.
You can't create your own champions.

Not surprised it's on sale, but at 40% off (Steam) it's still not worth it, IMO.

Mana_Garmr
15-06-2011, 06:24 PM
What are the perks of getting something from GamersGate? Do you need to sign up or anything? I want TL and that's a fantastic price, but I also want it on Steam because I'm a sucker apparently.
You need an account to make the purchase, but not to play. Once you've downloaded and installed there is, as far as I can tell, no difference from if you had installed it from a DVD.

I don't know if you can add games from there to Steam, I've never added any non-Steam games from any source.

Ignorant Texan
15-06-2011, 06:41 PM
I don't know if you can add games from there to Steam, I've never added any non-Steam games from any source.

Taken from the DoW2:Retribution(a Steamworks game, btw) page from GamersGate....

Note: This product requires a 3rd party download and account

The copies I bought of DoW2 and DoW2:Chaos Rising from the THQ store during their summer sale last year registered on Steam, as well.

So, SteamWorks' games purchased elsewhere do register with Steam.

The JG Man
15-06-2011, 06:53 PM
So bought. I wonder if this'll conflict with my enjoyment of Spiral Knights which of the 3 FTP games I've tried so far (Alliance of Valiant Arms and Champions Online the others) I've actually enjoyed playing.

Ignorant Texan, you are a cool guy.

Ignorant Texan
15-06-2011, 06:58 PM
The JG Man, thank you. I also feel the same of you, considering your yeoman's work keeping us updated on Steam dailies.

Speaking of PC bargains, this just popped on the Steam new games page.

The Cat and the Coup

http://store.steampowered.com/app/95700/

It's free, small(69mb), and the art looks really cool in the screenshots. I just finished down-loading, and will report back when I finish.

SirKicksalot
15-06-2011, 07:05 PM
Fallout: New Vegas is 75% off at D2D.
I tried to buy it from the UK store. The store page says it's available in my country, the checkout pahe says it's IP restricted in my country. What the shit?

The JG Man
15-06-2011, 07:15 PM
Damn you SirKicksalot! Beat me to the punch.

That being said, I got to the checkout without any problem, but I have no account. It recognises I'm in the UK though, so perhaps a refresh? I haven't gone any further because I have no intention of buying, so maybe it'd come up later. Also worth noting that FO:NV is a Steamworks title. The digital collector's edition, which I'm means it is a thing, is £8.75. D2D also seem to have a sale on Neverwinter Nights 2 (seems like a version with expansion packs included) for 50% off.

@Ignorant Texan - Appreciated. As it stands, I'm happy to look around for any deals, so if people can inform me of the most popular/used sites, I'll try and keep an eye on and make tabs on what deals are going on. I'm used to the looking around as I do that with every purchase, but I have no idea where to look in this case, so suggestions are welcomed and I'll try and keep it up as much as possible.

SirKicksalot
15-06-2011, 07:28 PM
Nope, doesn't work. I bought lolModern Warfare2lol from D2D US last week because the UK store gave me the same error, but I didn't pay attention to it then.
Are they really that stupid to keep the outdated list of supported countries up?

Ignorant Texan
15-06-2011, 07:28 PM
Ok, the Cat and the Coup is an inter-active history movie, with really nice 'cut-out'-style graphics and a good and appropriate soundtrack. To any of my fellow countrymen who wonder why the people of Iran have such deep and long-standing suspicions as to the motivations of the United States government, and, to a lesser extent, Her Majesty's Government, might want to give it a spin.

Oak
16-06-2011, 02:19 AM
Kane & Lynch 2 is the daily deal for another 16 hours. A lot of people, for valid reasons, didn't like it, but I think it's worth your time for being so unusual.

DarkNoghri
16-06-2011, 02:44 AM
Fallout: New Vegas is 75% off at D2D.
I tried to buy it from the UK store. The store page says it's available in my country, the checkout pahe says it's IP restricted in my country. What the shit?

Just noticed: you can get a coupon for 15% off here (http://direct2drive.tellapal.com/offers/615051861/interstitial/p62cQ) that should stack, bringing it to $10.63.

outoffeelinsobad
16-06-2011, 04:03 AM
This is meant to be constructive and to prevent clutter in the thread -- I apologize if I come off as a meanie.

Am I the only one who thinks posting Steam daily deals is silly? Am I wrong in assuming that we all use Steam on a regular basis? Is there anyone who checks this thread before they open Steam?

sinomatic
16-06-2011, 04:24 AM
Never hurts to draw attention to them....there might be the odd time where someone hasn't fired up Steam yet and a post in here reminds them before the deal disappears.

sockeatsock
16-06-2011, 04:32 AM
I like people to post daily Steam sales if they're actually good. I don't bother to check everyday since most of the deals are for Unicorn MotorX Adventure Land 10 Deluxe Addition Remastered.

In fact, the whole daily deal thing is a bit much. I think this might turn out to be a bad move on Steams behalf. If deals are put up once a week people are likely to buy regardless of the length of their backlog. Then they feel something akin to guilt - which they forget well before the next weekend and the next sale. It probably takes more than a day for this to wear off. The specials just don't feel special anymore.

DarkNoghri
16-06-2011, 04:39 AM
This is meant to be constructive and to prevent clutter in the thread -- I apologize if I come off as a meanie.

Am I the only one who thinks posting Steam daily deals is silly? Am I wrong in assuming that we all use Steam on a regular basis? Is there anyone who checks this thread before they open Steam?

I have Steam open all the time, but I don't usually check the store page. It's always on the library page. For me to know about Steam deals, I have to manually check the Steam page. Alternatively, I check hot deals pages/sites which collect everything for me. I choose the latter.

vinraith
16-06-2011, 05:10 AM
This is meant to be constructive and to prevent clutter in the thread -- I apologize if I come off as a meanie.

Am I the only one who thinks posting Steam daily deals is silly? Am I wrong in assuming that we all use Steam on a regular basis? Is there anyone who checks this thread before they open Steam?

I had the same thought. Posting every Steam daily deal, especially when most of them are trash, doesn't seem like a good use of the thread to me. It'd be like posting every game that's on sale on Gamersgate or D2D or wherever. A bargain isn't just a cheap game, after all, it's a GOOD cheap game.

The JG Man
16-06-2011, 12:14 PM
Yeah but people's opinion of what a good game is obviously varies. I think a point that hasn't been raised though is the mini-discussion that can be raised. A game can look bad, but still be great fun and only because of the look of it are people put off, believing it's just another random piece of crap put on sale to fill the void. These games obviously wouldn't be taken seriously by anyone else unless someone who has played them or read up about them has any idea. Hence I've tried to note if there's a demo available for any titles because unless you really don't like the look of it, you can at least try before you buy.

I've been tempted to start a Steam sale thread, which perhaps would be more relevant, but for the time being thought it made sense to keep things on here. I do get what you're saying though, I have been wondering if it was a bit much.

As for the actual implications of the sales, it's really devalued games for me now. I can't look at a standard non-sale price and think it's worth it unless it's really low. Perhaps this is good, but that holding out for cheapness could be a long wait...

Tikey
16-06-2011, 02:17 PM
I'm interested in people posting about the daily deal if it's something they'd recommend.

airtekh
16-06-2011, 02:37 PM
Just a tip for anyone wanting to follow the Steam daily deals: The 'Steam News' RSS feed will give you information on all the daily (and weekly) deals that occur in Steam.

It just saves you time checking over and over again.

http://store.steampowered.com/feeds/news.xml

vinraith
16-06-2011, 03:28 PM
I'm interested in people posting about the daily deal if it's something they'd recommend.

Exactly. If you see a good deal on something you like, or something your interested in, by all means post it no matter where said deal is.

Conversely, posting every singe Steam sale, again, would be like posting every single Gamersgate sale, D2D sale, or Impulse sale.... it's just noise. There are 60 some-odd games on sale on GG right now, I could post about every single one but as far as I know most of them aren't interesting.

What IS interesting is that two of my all-time favorite strategy games, Sword of the Stars Complete and Europa Universalis 3 Chronicles, are in that batch for about $8 each. That's one ridiculously good bargain, for two games that have given me hundreds of hours of entertainment apiece.

8-bit
16-06-2011, 03:31 PM
I don't know about the daily deals but it wouldn't hurt to focus on other services once a week since deals seem to last longer on other sites than they do on steam. I am not saying to post every sale, but doing a round up of games which seem interesting or have a good reputation would be an idea.

Green man gaming has apparently launched forums and is giving away very limited numbers of codes for free games. Not much activity right now but another thread in the forums says there are over a hundred games left to give out (I have no idea how accurate that is). I think they wont announce ahead of time which games are bring given away so if you want one you will have to sit at your desk hitting refresh until you get lucky.

Since there has been a bit of interest in the game lately and for anyone who was reading the Bloodlines thread and didn't catch it the game is currently £7.50 on D2D.

deano2099
16-06-2011, 04:11 PM
I don't know about the daily deals but it wouldn't hurt to focus on other services once a week since deals seem to last longer on other sites than they do on steam. I am not saying to post every sale, but doing a round up of games which seem interesting or have a good reputation would be an idea.

Like the Bargain Bucket?

Lilliput King
16-06-2011, 06:02 PM
Tikey: Agreed.

8-bit
16-06-2011, 07:32 PM
Like the Bargain Bucket?

Not really what I was getting at but I see your point. I just thought it would be easier for people to search the thread if there were one or two big posts for the major services each week.

Giaddon
16-06-2011, 07:52 PM
This thread is at its best when people use it to hype one of their favorites that is on sale. Like: here's why this game you maybe never thought about is great and best of all, it's 50% off today!

Heliocentric
16-06-2011, 08:57 PM
I'd prefer passionate suggestions over reheated press releases too... Oh, you were being sarcastic?

8-bit
16-06-2011, 09:27 PM
I only suggested it because I sometimes feel these kinds of threads eventually become cluttered and easily miss games I might be interested in. its not like I want people to be prevented from talking about games they feel strongly about.

allanschnorr
16-06-2011, 11:56 PM
Any thoughts on the Indie Variety Pack available on steam? I already own Machinarium and Swords and Soldiers and I'm interested in Capsized, but I'm not sure if Atom Zombie Smasher or A.R.E.S. are worth it. So, what do you guys think?

Heliocentric
17-06-2011, 12:42 AM
I only suggested it because I sometimes feel these kinds of threads eventually become cluttered and easily miss games I might be interested in. its not like I want people to be prevented from talking about games they feel strongly about.



Due to the nature of linear forums (as opposed to say, the threaded comments) is that new is at the end. Go back just 1 page and you can ensure you have all recent deals. Not every daily deal gets posted, but what if such a daily deal, that you would like to capitalise on, is not posted due to "no stream daily deals" rules?

I for one do not launch steam every day, or even every week and when I do I don't always check the store (my default start page is the games list). i come here, http://savygamer.co.uk/ and http://pcdddeals.com/ to get my sales info, redundancy? Sure, but I'm a hoarder.

KarpaDyem
17-06-2011, 12:53 AM
I use this thread, and RPS in general, to sift through the daily sales to find the gems. So I'm all for people posting the Steam deals...if they think they're worth buying.

Speaking of which, I'm with allanschnorr. I've been wanting Atom Zombie Smasher for a while, but I'm not too familiar with the others in the Indie deal. I've got 10 bucks burning a hole in my pocket, and it's this bundle or Terraria. Who wins in a cage match?!

Oak
17-06-2011, 12:55 AM
Any thoughts on the Indie Variety Pack available on steam? I already own Machinarium and Swords and Soldiers and I'm interested in Capsized, but I'm not sure if Atom Zombie Smasher or A.R.E.S. are worth it. So, what do you guys think?

Atom Zombie Smasher is very neat. It's about zombie killing as a means of containment and rescue rather than an end in itself. That and its (surprising) difficulty inspire a potent feeling of desperation during even slightly hectic missions. It's also got all the personality and bizarre naming conventions of Flotilla, Blendo's previous game. I liked it a lot.

The JG Man
17-06-2011, 02:31 AM
Funnily enough, I didn't end up posting today's daily deal because I got suckered in by Tochlight, which I may have spent at least 6 hours on...maybe. Possibly. Ok, definitely. But it's my summer holiday, I'm allowed.

From tomorrow, I'll look out for daily deals of 'better' games only. Can always trial it for a week and if it's better/worse, can work around that. I agree though, there were certainly times where I questioned putting them up myself, such as the horse breeding game. Then again, you are never quite sure who likes those types of things.

Anthile
17-06-2011, 02:59 AM
There is a demo for ARES available, which I enjoyed. It's probably the closest thing you will get to a proper shooty platformer on the PC. You know, games like Megaman or Contra. Actually, some of the Megaman games were ported to the PC but that's not something people want to discuss. There's also the crazy hard but awesome (well, it is a Treasure game after all) Alien Soldier from the Sega Mega Drive compilations.

Ignorant Texan
17-06-2011, 04:01 AM
FWIW, There's the F.E.A.R. Collection as one of STEAM's weekend deals. 9.99USD for F.E.A.R. plus the two expansions, Extraction Point and Proteus Rising (STEAM is calling them DLCs), F.E.A.R. 2 and it's DLC, Reborn. I only played the original F.E.A.R. and part of Extraction Point. From what I remember of F.E.A.R., the first and last thirds were pretty gripping(that fucking Alma*shudders*), while the middle with that endless corporate campus was, well, um, yeah. I know a lot of people were disappointed by F.E.A.R. 2, but that's all I know about it. The STEAM forums have a work-around for the resolution/aspect ratio issues(I believe the original aspect ratio was 4:3, and max resolution was relatively low).

Muscle Horse
17-06-2011, 11:12 AM
Any thoughts on the Indie Variety Pack available on steam? I already own Machinarium and Swords and Soldiers and I'm interested in Capsized, but I'm not sure if Atom Zombie Smasher or A.R.E.S. are worth it. So, what do you guys think?

Atom Zombie Smasher is quite honestly my favourite release of this year. Very replayable, tense, quick-fire strategy with a fantastic soundtrack and helicopters. Get it.

Speaking of other Steam deals, I note that the Fear games are going for a tenner this weekend. I haven't actually played any so are they any good? I'm quite willing to drop £10 for above average shoot-shoots.

Edit: ah, Texan answered my question for me - I believe I will get it.

icupnimpn2
17-06-2011, 12:51 PM
There is a demo for ARES available, which I enjoyed. It's probably the closest thing you will get to a proper shooty platformer on the PC. You know, games like Megaman or Contra. Actually, some of the Megaman games were ported to the PC but that's not something people want to discuss. There's also the crazy hard but awesome (well, it is a Treasure game after all) Alien Soldier from the Sega Mega Drive compilations.

ARES does look like fun, but there are free alternatives with this style of play. Cave Story is arguably Mega Mannish. Also the Noitu Love games and Iconoclasts developed by Konjak. Some specific Mega Man fangames are fun, too, like the Hard Hat series where you play as a disgruntled Metool. (http://www.damagedgames.com/games.html)
My impression of Caster on steam is that it badly wants to be a 3D Mega Man game. It succeeds in some aspects. Anyway, don't mean to get too off topic. Peace out.

amandachen
17-06-2011, 04:23 PM
Anyone played Two Worlds II Castle Defense (http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/DD-TW2CD/two-worlds-ii-castle-defense). I mean, what's going on with that. I love those tower defense games. Currently 20% off (it's £6.40)

Any thoughts?

And I'm liking Miasma: Citizens of Free Thought (http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/DD-MCFT/miasma-citizens-of-free-thought) but I've only seen the first couple of levels so far. Smooth little turn-based game. Currently 33% off (it's £3.32). Any thoughts on this? Maybe someone played it on the XBOX thing.

Ninjafoodstuff
17-06-2011, 05:23 PM
Anyone played Two Worlds II Castle Defense (http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/DD-TW2CD/two-worlds-ii-castle-defense). I mean, what's going on with that. I love those tower defense games. Currently 20% off (it's £6.40)

Any thoughts?

I played the demo (http://www.twoworlds2.com/cd/about-en.html). It's ok, a bit different from other CD games, and certainly a lot harder. If there isn't a lot more to the game than what's in the demo I suspect I would get bored fairly quick.

airtekh
17-06-2011, 06:24 PM
The daily Steam deal today is Valve's own Left 4 Dead 2, at 66% off.

That's £5.10, $6.80, €6.80 respectively, I think.

EDIT: That discount also applies to the four pack, so you can save even more if you group up to buy it.

Ice-Fyre
17-06-2011, 06:43 PM
Gog.com has a big sale starting Monday, so keep an eye out as they have some great games on there

thegooseking
17-06-2011, 08:15 PM
Blade Kitten is £3.50 on direct2drive.

http://www.direct2drive.co.uk/9850/product/Buy-Blade-Kitten-Download

I do like this game. Sadly it was only ever meant to be episode 1, and with Krome having shut down, it's uncertain if episode 2 will ever come out, much less when. But don't let that put you off.

Giaddon
17-06-2011, 08:34 PM
As is swiftly becoming the norm, Amazon has their download of Red Faction: Armageddon marked down 20%, to $40.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052YFO2S/ref=s9_hps_bw_ir04?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=0J4NKX76XT06X8T81P09&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1300191482&pf_rd_i=2445220011

Also, Dead Space 2 is $15 there.

http://www.amazon.com/Electronic-Arts-40560ead-Space-21/dp/B004JHYZKQ/ref=pd_sim_vg_2

vinraith
17-06-2011, 08:41 PM
Funnily enough, I didn't end up posting today's daily deal because I got suckered in by Tochlight, which I may have spent at least 6 hours on...maybe. Possibly. Ok, definitely. But it's my summer holiday, I'm allowed.

From tomorrow, I'll look out for daily deals of 'better' games only. Can always trial it for a week and if it's better/worse, can work around that. I agree though, there were certainly times where I questioned putting them up myself, such as the horse breeding game. Then again, you are never quite sure who likes those types of things.

I certainly have no business telling people what to post and what not to post, but if it's of any use I'll tell you what I do. I post two types of sales in this thread:

1. Sales on games I like, to bring them to the attention of others who may not have tried them.

2. Sales on games I'm interested in but don't know much about, in the hopes of finding out if others think it's a good deal.

The JG Man
17-06-2011, 10:31 PM
As is swiftly becoming the norm, Amazon has their download of Red Faction: Armageddon marked down 20%, to $40.

I've just checked .uk and there seems to be similar reductions. Armageddon is £21 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Faction-Armageddon-Commando-Limited/dp/B004VQFH5C/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1308346073&sr=8-3) and Dead Space 2 is £13. (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electronic-Arts-Dead-Space-PC/dp/B003NSBM7Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1308346225&sr=8-2) These are however both boxed copies.

Tempted by Armageddon, but I have so many other games to run through, I think I'll wait till later/cheaper.



1. Sales on games I like, to bring them to the attention of others who may not have tried them.
2. Sales on games I'm interested in but don't know much about, in the hopes of finding out if others think it's a good deal.

Oh I don't disagree. These make sense. My point is simply that you never know who is interested in what. That being said, I find it amusing that the deals since then on Steam have actually been pretty good. A bit of cosmic alignment/mockery in action!

Oak
17-06-2011, 10:57 PM
Europa Universalis III Chronicles (EU3 + all 4 expansions) for $7.49 (http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-EU3C/europa-universalis-iii-chronicles) or £6.24 (http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/DD-EU3C/europa-universalis-iii-chronicles) at GamersGate. That is ridiculous value for your money.

vinraith
17-06-2011, 11:03 PM
Europa Universalis III Chronicles (EU3 + all 4 expansions) for $7.49 (http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-EU3C/europa-universalis-iii-chronicles) or £6.24 (http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/DD-EU3C/europa-universalis-iii-chronicles) at GamersGate. That is ridiculous value for your money.

Seconded. As is Sword of the Stars Complete for $8.

amishmonster
17-06-2011, 11:56 PM
Seconded. As is Sword of the Stars Complete for $8.

The latter is only $6 on Impulse for this weekend, but with the caveat that Impulse is owned by Gamestop now, for good or ill.

Anthile
18-06-2011, 04:11 AM
You young whippernappers want to hear about the FEAR pack? Fine. I played through the whole pack a couple of weeks ago.

First, if you play games primarily to experience stories - don't bother. While there is an actual plot, it's never really interesting and the characters are all forgettable. Second, sometimes people describe the FEAR games as horror games and while this is not untrue, they're really just shooters for the most part.
When you play FEAR, you're doing it for the gunplay. It's the best there is. These games have the best and most intense gunfights I've ever experienced and I think I've played quite a few shooters. They also have the best enemy AI of any FPS I've played. Your enemies actively flank you, cover each other and flush you out of your cover with grenades.
Oh, and you also have the trademark bullet time in all the games, which helps you dealing with the lightning fast combat.

FEAR: The first and arguably best game in the series. The first act in the waterworks is also the scariest part in all the FEAR games and after that it's only scary in places and it becomes rather predictable (shooty section, scary section, shooty section etc.). It's obviously inspired by Half-Life 2 as your main character doesn't say a single line you never leave the first person perspective. While this already stretched the willing suspension of disbelief in HL2, it feels really out of place in FEAR as you'll uncover all kinds of dark secrets™ and find out that all your life is a lie™ - without any reaction. It feels very weird. It's also set in the same universe as Shogo (if you don't know what Shogo is, buy it now - twice) so expect some mild sci-fi aspects, as well as prototype energy weapons and mechas.
While overall very enjoyable, the second act set in the enormous bureau complex is not only dull but also drags on forever. Apparently, the level designers really hate cubicles.
I should probably add that it doesn't look very good.

FEAR - Extraction Point: After Monolith finished FEAR 1, they lost the franchise rights to the publisher Vivendi (now Activision-Blizzard) and this expansion was made by Timegate Studios (who would later make Section 8). Monolith claims the two expansions are non-canonical but it's weird because they never outright contradict each other and Monolith used some of the ideas in FEAR 2, including the laser carbine. So yeah, essentially this is more of the same, which might be a problem for you because most of FEAR 1 is already more of the same. There is a couple of new enemies, which you will rarely see, and a couple of new weapons, which you wouldn't have missed. Except the laser carbine. It allows you to cut enemies into pieces but there is barely any ammo for it.
There are more places you visit this time but they don't look much different from the ones in the original game and often I felt they're just too boring. It seems that the level designers went over this with a "places people think are scary in the dark" check list and it feels oddly formulaic.
The combat is where Extraction Point shines, though. The AI is even better now and the fights are tougher and longer now.

FEAR - Perseus Mandate: I could just copy-paste what I said about Extraction Point because there isn't much of a difference. Whereas the first expansion was a direct continuation of the main game, you control an entirely different character now and the plot is set during the events of the first game and sometimes they overlap. This is also one of the most unnecessary expansion ever made. It adds absolutely nothing to the story and focuses action over horror even more than Extraction Point. If you didn't like the first expansion, don't bother. At all.
However, there is one reason why this is awesome: while the gunfights in FEAR and EP are amazing, the ones in Perseus Mandate are godly. The game just throws one ludicrous combat after another at you and introduces a new type of enemy called Nightcrawlers, who are even tougher, smarter and faster than the regular replica soldiers. Then there are the Nightcrawler Elites who are even nastier and can cancel out your bullet time and fights with them are the best.
Depending on your tastes, it's either extremely dull or the best thing ever.

I also advise you to play all the above games in the highest or second-highest difficulty.

FEAR 2: Monolith got the name rights back - hurray! FEAR 2 was originally planned to be a console-exclusive title and only got ported to the PC in the last minute - uhh...
Okay, FEAR 2 is not a bad game. If it wasn't for the consol-y interface and menus, you probably would have never guessed it had a console past. Most of what made the first FEAR a good game is in here as well but unfortunately, most weak points are back, too. Again, you play a silent character who doesn't say anything and you discover once more all kinds of dark secrets™ and find out that all your life is a lie™. It's weird, because it feels you've played all of this before. Like Perseus Mandate, the events of this game are set parallel to the events of the first game. The story itself is not too interesting but it could be worse. The actual dialogues are superb and it feels like someone read over it twice before inserting it into the game - contrary to 98% of all video games. There are also some sections where you control a mecha and beat up other mecha, it's really a lot less exciting than it sounds. Oh, there's some fairly scary moments again but not too many.
All in all, it's a solid game and a competent FPS. Just don't expect too much.

FEAR 2 - Reborn: It's just a DLC but it's not much shorter than the expansions for the first game. On the other hand, it brings absolutely nothing new to the table. I really liked the idea of this DLC but overall, it's not special and doesn't answer any important questions. This is really just more of the same.

I do not recommend to play FEAR 2 on hard difficulty. While the FEAR 1 difficulty mechanic only gave the enemies the same weapon damage you do and in turn you get the durability of an average enemy, FEAR 2 gives the enemies a hefty +300% damage bonus as well as the chance as one-shotting you with any weapon, as long as you don't wear any armor. Some parts of the game become almost unplayable due to this and the DLC was obviously never playtested on hard difficulty. I cursed a lot.
Also, there is a lot of blood and gore. People explode, shotgun blasts turn enemies into red clouds, limbs flying everywhere and other nonsense. I guess it's supposed to be horrifying but often it's so over the top, it becomes outright hilarious and I had a couple of moments where I laughed out loud.

Some screenshots I made while I played, all with maximum settings:
FEAR 1: Nailed it (http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/541771335626527628/C36546F6D91D6D89A7C87C947C59334F3D747279/)
FEAR 2: Mecha cockpit (http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/541767472344733914/314C5F8D33F1530884812B239CF4B3DC82E1D3DC/)
FEAR 2: Desolated (http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/541771335626556487/FF32CD3D2B5C078139156AA69D4BCFC25BF44A31/)
FEAR 2: Sir, I think you lost something here... (http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/541767472320506282/88EB1CF3FA7F2B84D7AA51E33ED3175DF40A0D4B/)

Matzerath
18-06-2011, 04:57 AM
@Anthile

Thank you for your very in-depth opinions of the FEAR series. When these sales come around I'm always sorely tempted, but thankfully a helpful fellow like yourself jars my memory as to why I don't own these games in the first place.

They just aren't very good. And the best one is the oldest. And the best parts are at the beginning of the oldest game. Just hearing this gives me bittersweet memories of the Tomb Raider series.

Wolfdust
18-06-2011, 06:43 AM
When you play FEAR, you're doing it for the gunplay. It's the best there is. These games have the best and most intense gunfights I've ever experienced and I think I've played quite a few shooters. They also have the best enemy AI of any FPS I've played. Your enemies actively flank you, cover each other and flush you out of your cover with grenades.
Oh, and you also have the trademark bullet time in all the games, which helps you dealing with the lightning fast combat.


I got the FEAR pack the other day and I cannot agree with this statement more. I've almost come to loathe the "spooky" segments for their lack of Replicant (or was it just Replica?) soldiers! These guys are not only challenging, they're a grand time to fight due to how incredibly agile the Point Man is. You lean, you can vault over most obstacles easily, you can not only melee, you can do a flying kick into a clone-soldier's face. It's awesome.

There is no greater argument for inclusion of the protagonist's lower body in a FPS than the ability to leap across a room and bury your boot in some mook's face (or faceless helmet, rather).

amandachen
18-06-2011, 07:23 AM
http://www.impulsedriven.com/publisher/stardock_entertainment

Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity is good value for £6. So is Galactic Civ II. Demigod, maybe not so much - perhaps if you have a friend to play it with?

Caveat: those are kinda Amazon or play.com prices, aren't they.

vinraith
18-06-2011, 07:26 AM
Hmm. I found Sins painfully shallow, does the DLC fix it? In a world with Sword of the Stars and AI War, is there even any reason to give Sins another look?

amandachen
18-06-2011, 08:38 AM
Well, there's interesting stuff happening with diplomacy and piracy. I prefer AI War too (but prefer Sins to Sword). These 4X games all feel kinda samey.

Oak
18-06-2011, 07:20 PM
Sins seems like a game that needs multiplayer to come alive. I enjoyed it to a degree, but my own games always paled next to the stories I'd read and heard of epic multiplayer struggles.

The JG Man
18-06-2011, 08:41 PM
Whilst I can't argue the savings in the pack for FEAR, I don't know if I want to play that much that is written as 'more of the same'. Would you say it was worth waiting till just 1, by itself, was on sale or do you think the gunplay is good enough to make it through ALL the content? If so, about how long is all of it put together to play through?

amishmonster
19-06-2011, 05:04 AM
Fate of the World is half price on Steam for about 13 more hours; I noticed this one late. It's a very interesting game I bought at full price - I'd say worth giving a shot for $5. You might learn something.

The JG Man
19-06-2011, 06:15 PM
Steam daily - Monday Night Combat, 75% off to £2.50 (Includes 4 pack deal as well). Does this still have an active community? Worth it for someone who already has TF2?

ComradePenguin
19-06-2011, 08:38 PM
Steam daily - Monday Night Combat, 75% off to £2.50 (Includes 4 pack deal as well). Does this still have an active community? Worth it for someone who already has TF2?

Last time I was on when the new map had come out the community had dwindled a bit. You can still find a game without lag as long as you aren't picky about the map you play on.

As for it vs TF2, people tend to know the game less well so the standard is lower which is ideal if you're rubbish at manshoots like me but possibly not great if you're looking for a challenge. The addition of the waves of creeps and turrets do add a light DOTA-like element and make playing support classes fun. The new map where you can choose which of the variety of creep you send only enhances this. Sadly most ignore it and too often it just becomes a round of team deathmatch with everyone quickly leveling up their own abilities at the expense of turrets and creeps.

In summary, different enough from other multiplayer manshoots to give a go at £2.50 but don't expect to get hundreds of hours out of it.

Lightbulb
19-06-2011, 10:44 PM
Seconded. As is Sword of the Stars Complete for $8.

Sold!

So many games...

...so so many games...

Ah well I'm sure I'll get around to installing them on day. :)

Giaddon
20-06-2011, 12:56 AM
For United States-ers:

Amazon is selling the Dungeon Siege 3 download for $40.00. It registers on Steam.

http://www.amazon.com/Dungeon-Siege-III-Pc/dp/B002I0JJAW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1308527667&sr=8-2-spell

oceanclub
20-06-2011, 01:28 AM
Steam daily - Monday Night Combat, 75% off to £2.50 (Includes 4 pack deal as well). Does this still have an active community? Worth it for someone who already has TF2?

I decided to spent the 2,87 EUR on it and got my value for money. It's basically CTF-type play, with in-game skilling purchasing and turret building. Fairly frenetic, and I don't think I've quite figured out the gameplay, but well worth the price and there seems to be a fair amount of people playing it.

P.

The JG Man
20-06-2011, 02:06 AM
Dear Anthile and others.

I've just given Steam £10.

I hope you're happy. I really do.

(I'm eagerly looking forward to it, it was merely a matter of time till I bought it after that great write-up)

Giaddon
20-06-2011, 12:39 PM
Bulletstorm is $12 on gamersgate (that's a good price for the game - I really enjoyed it):

http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-BSUS/bulletstorm

Daikatana is $5 there! ... Wait, sorry.

http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-DAI/daikatana

Low prices on the Tomb Raider games too! ($3-$5)

raddevon
20-06-2011, 02:26 PM
Interplay stuff is 50% off (http://www.gog.com/en/news/save_50_on_all_interplay_destinations_with_gog_com s_summer) at GOG through July 4th.
Fallout 1, 2, Tactics, Freespace 1 & 2, Giants: Citizen Kabuto- $2.99 each

amandachen
20-06-2011, 02:31 PM
Didn't realise Gamersgate had Abomination: The Nemesis Project (http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/DD-ABO/abomination-the-nemesis-project). Half price right now, at £4.50. Great game. A bit old and clunky. I'd describe it as a psychedelic Jagged Alliance.

(Maybe you can pick it up digitally someplace else. Anyone know? I certainly imagine you could find a real life disc and box for that price on Amazon or somewhere.)

http://www.mobygames.com/images/shots/l/13445-abomination-windows-screenshot-in-games.jpg

vinraith
20-06-2011, 04:43 PM
Taking the Descents, Fallouts, Freespaces, Sacrifice, and Giants as givens, is there anything else in that GOG promo I should be paying attention to? It's certainly a good moment to grab fiddle-free digital copies of some of my favorite old classics, but I wouldn't mind finding something I missed back in the day as well.

Flint
20-06-2011, 04:59 PM
Taking the Descents, Fallouts, Freespaces, Sacrifice, and Giants as givens, is there anything else in that GOG promo I should be paying attention to? It's certainly a good moment to grab fiddle-free digital copies of some of my favorite old classics, but I wouldn't mind finding something I missed back in the day as well.
You didn't mention MDK games, so I'm mentioning them just in case. Bizarre action games from the makers of Sacrifice and Giants. Definitely very unique. Not played them much myself but they've always been quite loved.

Die by the Sword is, or at least was back in the day, quite very fun. The whole gimmick of the game is that your weapon has free movement that, via mouse and certain button combinations, allows you to swing or thrust it in every way possible. To go with this, the game models limbs chopping up etc instead of a traditional health system, so fights can sometimes finish in a matter of seconds as you lob someone's head off (or they lob off yours) or last ages as your enemy channels Monty Python's Black Knight and just won't give up. The story mode is rather short and there's not much plot or anything, but there's also a separate battle mode which allows you to choose your character (each with their own behaviour and weapons) and pits you against others in different types of arenas. I don't know what the expansion that the GOG version comes with contains. I'm not sure how well it's aged but it's certainly $3 worth.

Shattered Steel is an enjoyable-enough mech romp, more focused on action and wrecking damage rather than simulating a giant robot. The graphics were fairly crude even back then (one games magazine described the enemies as frozen turkeys come to life) but the action is done rather well. Not a masterpiece and not really a lost cult classic either, but if you enjoy shooting things down with a mech then it's not a bad choice.

SHOGO: Mobile Armor Division is an anime FPS. A lot of people love it and it's a cult classic; I never got into it massively myself. It is, however, a very unique FPS because its overall style is so far away from your usual FPS fare. And if you're going to stick vehicle sections in your games, a humongous mecha with a big sword isn't a bad choice.

cowthief skank
20-06-2011, 05:23 PM
Please somebody persuade me to buy Sacrifice? It sounds interesting, but I have this problem where I find old-ish games really hard to get into if their interfaces are frustrating - I seem to have been spoiled by modern interfaces. How old does Sacrifice feel when playing? Graphically, will it hurt my eyes?

Lightbulb
20-06-2011, 05:34 PM
I bought it about 3 years ago and couldn't get into it then. So maybe give the demo a try...

amandachen
20-06-2011, 05:48 PM
How old does Sacrifice feel when playing? Graphically, will it hurt my eyes?
It was a thing of great beauty when released. Remember guys, you needed a huge chunk of VRAM in order to use the ultra-high quality textures (or whatever the game calls them)? 256 Megs or something. I remember a lot of people complaining that they needed better cards. Check the screenshots, cowthief. The game looks a bit muddy and old nowadays. I tried playing it again a couple of months ago and just felt queasy from the graphics (and you really notice those texture seams).

Flint
20-06-2011, 05:50 PM
Please somebody persuade me to buy Sacrifice? It sounds interesting, but I have this problem where I find old-ish games really hard to get into if their interfaces are frustrating - I seem to have been spoiled by modern interfaces. How old does Sacrifice feel when playing? Graphically, will it hurt my eyes?
Eh, by 2000 interfaces were already something you'd see today. Sacrifice isn't graphically terrible at all and it doesn't feel old - hell, you could release it today as-is and it would feel completely new.

I never formed a massive attachment to it but that's because I've never been much of a RTS man and in its heart Sacrifice will always be a RTS, even if a very different one. I did enjoy it quite a bit though (just never got even near completing it) and the overall design, from visuals to writing to gameplay, is still utterly wonderful.

amandachen
20-06-2011, 05:52 PM
Sacrifice has great gameplay, but it feels kinda ripped off from Julian Gollop's Magic & Mayhem.

Ignorant Texan
20-06-2011, 06:05 PM
Overlord II and Overlord Complete Pack are the daily deals on Steam.

http://store.steampowered.com/sub/2464/

Are any of these worth getting?

amandachen
20-06-2011, 06:06 PM
Lionheart is one of the games on sale at gog.com right now. The first half of the game (or maybe 80%) is really excellent. Certainly worth getting at that price if you're an RPG fan. It starts out looking the sort of game to rival Planescape Torment, but eventually you reach a point where you quit the game and weep.

http://www.mobygames.com/images/shots/l/47412-lionheart-legacy-of-the-crusader-windows-screenshot-your-spirit.jpg

And Overlord? If it was me, I'd get Overlord II. The game's massive and a bit more polished than the first game.

vinraith
20-06-2011, 06:21 PM
@amandachen

Umm, why will it ultimately make me break into manly, manly tears?

amandachen
20-06-2011, 06:25 PM
Well, Lionheart starts out like Baldur's Gate or Planescape Torment, but then becomes more of an Icewind Dale.

Flint
20-06-2011, 06:27 PM
From what I remember, around halfway through the game gets more and more action-heavy; however, the game's combat system is too wonky to really support so much fighting and the game becomes really tedious.

squareking
20-06-2011, 06:37 PM
Didn't realise Gamersgate had Abomination: The Nemesis Project (http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/DD-ABO/abomination-the-nemesis-project). Half price right now, at £4.50. Great game. A bit old and clunky. I'd describe it as a psychedelic Jagged Alliance.


There needs to be a modern remake of this, immediately.

I just bought FO:T, Sacrifice and Freespace 2 thanks to the GOG sale. Haven't played any of them, but I think I'm in for a treat.

Kelron
20-06-2011, 06:55 PM
Lionheart was partly developed by Black Isle, and starts out as a quality RPG in an inventive and interesting setting. You spend a good few hours at the start of the game exploring an alternate reality 16th century Barcelona, with all the sidequests and conversations you'd expect from a Black Isle game. Once you leave Barcelona it becomes a linear hack & slash and the quality goes downhill fast, as amandachen says you eventually reach a point where enough is enough. For $3 I'd recommend it to fans of the old Interplay RPGs, if you don't mind buying a game that's only half good.

cowthief skank
20-06-2011, 07:59 PM
Thanks for the replies regarding Sacrifice. I think I will give it a miss for the time being - it is not exactly expensive even at full price, and I have such a backlog, including a whole host of RTS games I have yet to sink any time into...

vinraith
20-06-2011, 09:09 PM
Any opinions on Conquest of the New World? I seem to recall having heard good things, but I'd be curious to know how it holds up now.

Cable
20-06-2011, 10:40 PM
Also just wondering if it's necessary to play freespace to fully enjoy freespace 2, any opinions?

Oak
20-06-2011, 11:10 PM
Everyone needs to buy Kingpin from GOG so we can have an RPS Bagman game. Hop to it.

Icarus
20-06-2011, 11:16 PM
Also just wondering if it's necessary to play freespace to fully enjoy freespace 2, any opinions?

It's not necessary, but they are both excellent games and I certainly recommend playing them both in order. If you enjoy one, it's safe to say you'll probably enjoy them both.

Giaddon
20-06-2011, 11:26 PM
In any case, Freespace 1 and the expansion have been ported to freespace 2, and is available on hardlight. So you only have to buy the one.

http://www.hard-light.net/

ColOfNature
21-06-2011, 12:43 AM
Overlord II and Overlord Complete Pack are the daily deals on Steam.

http://store.steampowered.com/sub/2464/

Are any of these worth getting?

Yeah, I like them: they're fun in a sub-Pratchett fantasy-humour kind of way. The controls can be a wee bit fiddly, but it's a nice sideways take on many of the common fantasy tropes and the minions are endearingly crude. Try the demo if you're in doubt.

somini
21-06-2011, 01:35 AM
http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-DAI/daikatana

Daikatana for €5...
Deal of the Decade...

outoffeelinsobad
21-06-2011, 02:23 PM
AMERICANS: All of Amazon.com's gold box deals are video games today. Maybe check back every so often?

vinraith
21-06-2011, 05:21 PM
AMERICANS: All of Amazon.com's gold box deals are video games today. Maybe check back every so often?

Based on the hints it looks like it's almost certainly all console games.

SirKicksalot
21-06-2011, 06:19 PM
Time Gentlemen, Please! and Ben There, Dan That! Double Pack is the Steam deal of the day.

BUY IT. These are some of the funniest games I've ever played.

ColOfNature
21-06-2011, 06:53 PM
Time Gentlemen, Please! and Ben There, Dan That! Double Pack is the Steam deal of the day.

BUY IT. These are some of the funniest games I've ever played.

Absolutely! Good puerile fun, and for 75p you'd be a fool not to.

Icarus
21-06-2011, 07:12 PM
Yeah, I like them: they're fun in a sub-Pratchett fantasy-humour kind of way.

Weren't they written by his daughter?

ColOfNature
21-06-2011, 07:33 PM
You're right. Well I never.

Gotem
21-06-2011, 08:32 PM
well Overlord II has one of my favorite features in a game
throwing rocks with a catapult to a line of soldiers.
A lot of games would be improved with a catapult
... can't wait for Rock of Ages....

Heliocentric
21-06-2011, 08:52 PM
Time Gentlemen, Please! and Ben There, Dan That! Double Pack
£0.75

edit: its already been posted

icupnimpn2
22-06-2011, 01:10 AM
Tiny Bang Story is $2 on US D2D today. Walker said it's a "buy" order at under £8. (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/05/09/oh-my-goodness-play-the-tiny-bang-story/)

icupnimpn2
22-06-2011, 12:52 PM
Here's something I had no idea was in the works. Beta keys for Hearts of Iron: The Card Game. (http://www.rtsguru.com/giveaway/4/Hearts-of-Iron-The-Card-Game-Beta-Key-Giveaway.html) Looks like an in-browser pay per play game, but the beta key gets you some cards and boosters to try. After nabbing the key, the link to the beta site clicks through to the wrong place. Here is the right place. (http://beta.hoitcg.com/hoi/index.php)

Wolfenswan
22-06-2011, 01:16 PM
Magicka is 3.5€ on green man gaming (http://www.greenmangaming.com/promp/magicka-new/)

DLCs are the same price as they are on steam though.

Gnoupi
22-06-2011, 09:45 PM
5 indie games for 5$: http://www.buygamesnotsocks.com/

Contains:

Delve Deeper
Spring Up Harmony
Mactabilis
Steel Storm: Burning Retribution
Digitanks

vinraith
22-06-2011, 10:18 PM
Still periodically browsing over GOG's Interplay sale. What's the story with Stonekeep? I apparently missed it in its day, is there any reason to give it a look now? I tlooks kind of Ultima Undworld-ish.

amandachen
22-06-2011, 10:35 PM
What's the story with Stonekeep? I apparently missed it in its day, is there any reason to give it a look now?
Only if you have a thing for really really ugly old games. Hasn't aged well (and I thought the same ten years ago). Something like Eye of the Beholder is much more playable nowadays.

vinraith
22-06-2011, 10:38 PM
I've got a pretty high "old graphics" tolerance, the screens look alright to me. The question, really, is about the gameplay.

amandachen
22-06-2011, 11:37 PM
Well, it's been years since I played it. But I seem to remember there was a heck of a lot of mapping (Eye of the Beholder style) and not much actual fighting and adventuring.

There's a game called Menzoberranzan. Similar style (but party based) but much more exciting - more varied locations and lots of fighting. Anyone remember it? Here's some menzo screens:

http://www.mobygames.com/images/shots/l/193468-menzoberranzan-dos-screenshot-killing-the-monsters-s.gif

http://www.mobygames.com/images/shots/l/193479-menzoberranzan-dos-screenshot-a-myconid-king-s.gif

This is the bargain thread, I think, so can anyone find this old game at a good price? That is your quest for the week.

Hocevar
22-06-2011, 11:46 PM
So, summer sales should be going on anytime now(was jun 24th last year). What you guys pretend on getting ?

I've been banging my head for not getting Titan Quest last year so that's a no-brainer in case it get's in, aside from that I probably won't be buying anything else, pretty much all I want now are pre-orders.

http://i.imgur.com/O4bGc.gif

amandachen
22-06-2011, 11:50 PM
Well, maybe R.U.S.E. and the DLC packs will be on sale.

Creeping Death
23-06-2011, 12:04 AM
So, summer sales should be going on anytime now(was jun 24th last year). What you guys pretend on getting ?
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This is going to make me sound really cheap but hey, it's the bargain thread so it's to be expected. I'd really like to see Terrarria and Jamestown discounted (even if its only a pound or two) then I'd snatch them up.

On the more expensive side, I'd like to see Dirt 3 for less than £25 (unlikely) and hopefully some kind of discount of Hearts of Iron III. Cant think of much else...

SirKicksalot
23-06-2011, 12:18 AM
Regarding the GOG sale, how is Conquest of the New World? Looks intriguing!


So, summer sales should be going on anytime now(was jun 24th last year). What you guys pretend on getting ?


Divinity 2, GRID, The King's Crusade, Blade Kitten. Maybe some DLC and Portal 2.

8-bit
23-06-2011, 12:56 AM
I may be missing something completely obvious here but the pick and mix on green man gaming seems like they are a big ripoff. The price doesn't adjust when you get to checkout so it appears as though you can actually spend a lot more than the individual price on items.

Example. magicka dlc pick&mix, any 3 dlc for £4.99

Nippon £0.59
Final Frontier £1.99
Frozen Lake £1.59
individual total £4.17

Nippon £0.59
Survival kit £0.59
Marshlands £1.55
individual total £2.73

Final Frontier £1.99
Frozen Lake £1.59
Party Robes £1.59
individual total £5.17

the last one is the best deal on offer and only results in a few pence saving. I cant think that this is right but the site doesn't try to prevent you from making such a mistake, am I missing something here or have they just completely failed to think this through?

I would also like to ask if anyone knows the situation with the GOG sales, nothing much interested me in the current one but I read that there might be more of these packs in the next few days/week.

On the summer sales, I am hoping to see sanctum on sale, I played the demo a few days ago and liked it but I only have twenty quid so its going to have to drop a long way before I can buy it.

vinraith
23-06-2011, 01:49 AM
Thanks for the feedback amandachen, sounds like I'll probably pass for now.

I wasn't aware they'd made a game set in Menzoberrenzan, I know the setting from playing and DMing PnP Forgotten Realms back in the day. I'll have to look that up.

Icarus
23-06-2011, 09:20 AM
Amazon.co.uk have Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood for £15 instead of the £30 that Steam is demanding.

cwoac
23-06-2011, 10:24 AM
Menzoberranzan, good I remember eyeing that up years ago. Very, purple.

I would have thought the first challenge would be finding somewhere that sold it, let alone cheaply. I'd have expected ebay would be the only reasonable option.

quick check says: no.
amazon.co.uk has a couple of copies for ~£20. amazon.com has some for ~$3+p&p, but you'd have to deal with postage from states.

thegooseking
23-06-2011, 05:02 PM
Squenix week at gamersgate:-

Thursday: Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition & Deus Ex: Invisible War - 75%
Friday: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light - 75%
Saturday: Just Cause & Just Cause 2 - 75%
Sunday: Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition - 80%

I think most of us already have most of these games, though. Those that don't: you're silly.

Ignorant Texan
23-06-2011, 05:29 PM
thegooseking -

Thanks. I've been intrigued by B:AA for a while, I just might buy it. I do have a question for you, and other RPSers - How intrusive is the SecuROM attached to it? I still have nightmares about the reformatting and clean install that PoS Mal-Ware/Root-Kit forced upon me with Mass Effect.

vinraith
23-06-2011, 05:42 PM
thegooseking -

Thanks. I've been intrigued by B:AA for a while, I just might buy it. I do have a question for you, and other RPSers - How intrusive is the SecuROM attached to it? I still have nightmares about the reformatting and clean install that PoS Mal-Ware/Root-Kit forced upon me with Mass Effect.

Honestly I didn't notice the SecuROM, but GfWL certainly makes its presence known in full savegame-encrypting fashion.

Heliocentric
23-06-2011, 06:02 PM
As a survivor of starforce DRM I find the panic surrounding securom confusing.

vinraith
23-06-2011, 06:16 PM
As a survivor of starforce DRM I find the panic surrounding securom confusing.

Some people have apparently had some pretty severe problems with it, I've certainly heard a number of horror stories. Nothing quite on the scale of Starforce tales of hardware damage, but certainly on the level of having to rebuild the operating system. Personally, though, I've never had an issue with it.

Ignorant Texan
23-06-2011, 06:38 PM
Heliocentirc -

SecuROM trashed my audio/video drivers and thoroughly corrupted my registry, while deleting my restore points, leading to my reformat/reinstall. The only 'good' thing I can say about the experience is that SecuROM showed me the value in backing-up my data. Believe me, I am as leery of StarForce and Tages.

Changing the subject, Divinity II:The Dragon Knight Saga is 50% off this weekend on Steam. But, damnit, it has SecuROM(5 machine activation limit).

http://store.steampowered.com/app/58540/

vinraith
23-06-2011, 06:44 PM
That raises an interesting question, does anyone in these parts have experience with Steam regarding a game that's run out of activations? Gamersgate guarantees they'll just give you a new code if you run out of activations, and considering my experiences with their support I take them at their word on that. I've always been curious whether Steam support would be any help in a similar situation, my experiences with them have been... less positive.

SirKicksalot
23-06-2011, 07:01 PM
Homefront is also 50% off.
Two games I want... but I'll wait for better deals.

cowthief skank
23-06-2011, 08:17 PM
Changing the subject, Divinity II:The Dragon Knight Saga is 50% off this weekend on Steam. But, damnit, it has SecuROM(5 machine activation limit).[/URL]

I was here hoping that somebody would have some opinions on whether this was worth £15, but you just saved my money, thanks...

The JG Man
23-06-2011, 08:18 PM
Friday: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light - 75%
Saturday: Just Cause 2 - 75%

GoL was a really great game. Some interesting puzzles, great gun-play and all round fun game. Barely played co-op and it was still worth the money I paid for it. JC2 is...something else. Just find some videos on youtube. If that doesn't convince you, you're wrong.

ColOfNature
23-06-2011, 08:45 PM
JC2 is...something else. Just find some videos on youtube. If that doesn't convince you, you're wrong.

I agree, but be warned that it has a problem with some rigs causing crashes-to-desktop. I average about 30 minutes of play before I get a "display drivers crashed and recovered" message and the game becomes unresponsive or crashes entirely. When it works it's a fantastic game, but I keep getting frustrated and uninstalling it.

Web Cole
24-06-2011, 12:10 AM
Can anyone put me onto a way I can get Starcraft 2 for cheaps? I'm talking <£20 mark. For a game that came out like a year ago its still ridonculously expensive almost everywhere I look. (Also, can't be 2nd hand 'cause of battle.net activation as far as I understand it.)

Miker
24-06-2011, 02:21 AM
Team Fortress 2 is going free to play. Sources: http://www.develop-online.net/news/3...s-free-forever and http://www.develop-online.net/featur...5/Free-at-last

Mac
24-06-2011, 09:24 AM
Can anyone put me onto a way I can get Starcraft 2 for cheaps? I'm talking <£20 mark. For a game that came out like a year ago its still ridonculously expensive almost everywhere I look. (Also, can't be 2nd hand 'cause of battle.net activation as far as I understand it.)

It looks like it is still at a silly price ... http://www.gamestracker.com/buy-starcraft-2-compare-prices-pc.htm

Icarus
24-06-2011, 06:47 PM
Star Ruler is today's Daily Deal on Steam. Back when this game first dropped I heard something about spaceships the size of solar systems capable of firing planets out of their mass drivers. Did I hear correctly?

Nullkigan
24-06-2011, 07:00 PM
Star Ruler is today's Daily Deal on Steam. Back when this game first dropped I heard something about spaceships the size of solar systems capable of firing planets out of their mass drivers. Did I hear correctly?

Yep. Ships can be set to ANY scale you like. The standard fighters are about 0.5, cruisers 12 and battleships 50. Just remember that superhuge ships are vanity projects as they're super expensive and slow to build. Unfortuntaly, there's a limit of about 60 components (guns, engines, life support, command and control) on all designs, and most worthwile designs wil have at most six weapons as component scale is also a factor. Modding your way around this is pretty easy, though.

SirKicksalot
24-06-2011, 07:27 PM
So I googled Star Ruler and saw this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJJEMmzKzR4&feature=player_embedded
WHAT THE FUCK
Sold!

(it has Dyson spehers too!)

raddevon
24-06-2011, 07:49 PM
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam is $6 at D2D. (http://www.direct2drive.com/10121/product/Buy-Battlefield:-Bad-Company-2-Vietnam-Download) If I'm not mistaken, I should be able to just plug the code into my Steam copy. Can anyone confirm?

ColOfNature
24-06-2011, 07:56 PM
So I googled Star Ruler and saw this:
[snip]
WHAT THE FUCK
Sold!

(it has Dyson spehers too!)

Holy frijole! That's a biggun.

imirk
24-06-2011, 08:09 PM
Holy frijole! That's a biggun.

You should see the size of my other "spaceship"

Icarus
24-06-2011, 08:31 PM
Holy hell. Be right back, having Gurren Lagann flashbacks.

DarkNoghri
24-06-2011, 08:41 PM
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam is $6 at D2D. (http://www.direct2drive.com/10121/product/Buy-Battlefield:-Bad-Company-2-Vietnam-Download) If I'm not mistaken, I should be able to just plug the code into my Steam copy. Can anyone confirm?

I'm fairly certain that Vietnam is just a key that you activate in-game. You can check by clicking the Vietnam link in BC2. It should just ask for a keycode.

I got my copy of Vietnam off of EA, and it runs on my Steam copy.

amandachen
24-06-2011, 08:53 PM
The Stronghold Collection is good value for $8 http://www.direct2drive.com/8785/product/Buy-The-Stronghold-Collection-Download

But it's 8 quid if you're in the U.K. So a big BOO! to that.