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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Deadly Gambles

This week’s round-up of agreeably-priced electric videogames constitutes a heady mix of long-time RPS favourites and a few titles we’ve curled our knowing lips at. Both the Clever and the Stupid, in other words. Your ringmaster of revenue is, as always, Savygamer‘s LewieP.

Stalin vs. Martians – £4.99/€5.68/$7.61
Kieron basically said that you shouldn’t buy this game for full price. Maybe he’d feel a bit different about it now that it has been heavily discounted. I can’t seem to find a demo for it anywhere, which is a bit of a bad sign. Basically any positivity I felt towards it pre-release has fizzled and popped since it came out. If any of you like it, fee free to try and convince me otherwise.

Dark Sector – £9.99/€19.99/$13.33
I’m in the middle of playing this on the 360, and it is kind of fun. I guess genre-wise, it’s a Gears of war clone, but with a twist. You get a fun toy, in the form of a spinning lathe which you can cut guys up with. A not too bad throwaway action-shooty experience, with set pieces and AI that is not quite good enough. Brilliant melee kills though.

Age of Booty – £3.27/€3.72/$4.99
Capcom made a PC game! Not even a late port of a big console game, but a small downloadable game. I guess that’s something Capcom are trying to be better about these days, what with Bionic Commando Rearmed and Flock too. This one is an arcade RTS about pirate ships, with single and mulitplayer. Sounds alright to me.

On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Bundle Pack – £13.09/€14.88/$19.95
This pack contains Episode 1 + 2 of Penny Arcade Adventures. A great price if you’re after both of these, and if you are a fan of the comic it’s worth trying out. They are point and click adventures with fairly traditional turn based RPG combat. I enjoyed the first one, not got around to the second yet though. Demos are here and here.

Men of War – £12.50/$14.95
RPS talk about this game at any given opportunity. Unless I am mistaken, this is the cheapest it has been since release too. Check out the demo here.

Mount and Blade – £6.50/$7.50
This has been included in previous bargain buckets, and now it’s going for even less! It’s a massive scale action RPG, with excellent combat and controls. It’s not the prettiest game out there, but if you see past it’s slightly abrasive exterior, you’ll find a real gem of a game here. Try the demo here.

Deal of the Week
Defense Grid: The Awakening – £3.50/€4.75/$5
Alec posted this earlier in the week, but it is certainly worth reiterating. Defense Grid for £3.50 is an utter steal. Even if you are playing Pants VS. Zombies now, eventually you’ll be done with it, and you may as well get another excellent tower defence game now when it costs literally next to nothing. It’s a classy game, with great level design, and a nicely put together narrative. Check out the demo here.

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