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The RPS Bargain Bucket

SavyGamer‘s penny-saving troubadour LewieP sniffs out more discount electric videogames to help you while away this temporally-displaced weekend. Apologies for being a little late to the bat with this one – RPS was delayed by a trip to the zoo yesterday. No, really.

Universe at War – £4.64/€4.99/$6.63
Sci-Fi RTS from Petroglyph. I’ve had a copy of this since Christmas, and still not gotten around to opening it, maybe I should do. It’s a decent price, and from all I’ve heard about it, it is at least competent. Jim’s review here, and try the demo here.

Ubisoft Classic Pack – £8.99/€9.99/$9.99
Consists of 4 Ubisoft classics, although admittedly most of you probably already own at least one of them. You get: Beyond Good and Evil, Dark Messiah Might and Magic, Far Cry and IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946.

A pretty great package, and definitely good for anyone with a fairly low spec machine.

Dark Messiah is surprisingly fun too. It’s a bit hit and miss visually, some areas are incredibly drab, but the combat is immersive, brutal and in your face. You get to kick Orcs off of cliffs, and there are a few really neat set pieces. I’ve heard a lot about people encountering some serious glitches with the game, but I had no such problems.

Dead Space – £11.73/€16.87/$22.42
Phenomenal sci-fi horror game. I’m about 3/4 hours in, and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. It looks and plays like a game from the future. The hudless interface works excellently, it might seem like a bit of a gimmick, but it really adds to the atmosphere. The level design is varied, and it wastes very little of your time.

Dead Space also shows that you don’t need to have artificially restricted controls in an action-horror game to create tension. There is no PC demo because EA hates you. There is a demo on the 360 and PS3 though, so you could try it out on them.

Deal of the Week
King’s Bounty: The Legend – £9.29/€9.99/$13.27

Alec’s favourite game of last year. He speculated that a lot of people would simply never play this game, because it was a £40 game by an unknown Russian developer. I guess this is the perfect opportunity to take a gamble.

He said:
“King’s Bounty is the future of PC gaming. Stop staring in horror at all those dying MMOs and mendacious, mercenary big devs fleeing for console shores. They’re no loss whatsoever. What we have here is great ideas supported by solid game-making – a new breed of developers freed from the cheerless, focus group-governed rules and oversights of most Western publishers, but now able to pair that with experience and expertise. The Russian scene is about to become absolutely phenomenal, and this charming, thoughtful hybrid is the herald of that new age.”

Sounds like it might be quite good?

Try the demo here.

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