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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Robots, Sleep, Swords

Apologies we’re a little late with this weekend’s round-up of agreeably-priced electric videogames: the Hivemind was busy fighting squirrels in the park when bargainmeister LewieP‘s article arrived in our inbox. Damned squirrels ruin everything. But there is yet time to indulge in one of these splendid bargains…
Cryostasis – Sleep of Reason – £7.95/€11.99/$11.99
Billed as a proper mash up of survival horror and first person shooting, with ice, Jim’s Eurogamer review makes me think this is certainly the right price for it:

“Cryostasis is a brave, fascinating, often very beautiful game, but I find it impossible to recommend it – and not least because it runs like an exploded dog on most PCs. It’s not quite creative enough – its environments fall into a monotony of samey rooms and bulkheads – and its combat is too clunky to be delicious. I’m certain that this is a game that some gamers will tuck into heartily, and happily. The ugly truth of the meal, however, is that’s it’s still frozen in the middle.”

RPS Coverage here, and demo here.

NecroVision – £4.99/€7.49/$7.49
This is an FPS set during WWI, except it has Vampires, Demons and Zombies. I feel I should turn your attention towards this screenshot. That is some kind of big walking robot, and a biplane in the background. In 1916. Fictitious robotics aside, could be fun. Demo here.

Positech games: Half price
RPS comment-regular Cliffski’s games are all 50% cheaper on Impulse this weekend:
Democracy 2 – £6.98/€8.20/$11.49
Kudos – £3.01/€3.53/$4.95
Kudos 2 – £6.05/€7.11/$9.95
Kudos: Rock Legend – £3.01/€3.53/$4.95
All Positech games are DRM free, and these should all play great on older systems too. RPS Coverage here, and demos of all the games here.

I’ve never actually played a MMORPG (although I have reviewed one), but Steam have a bunch of them on offer right now. In case any of you are thinking of getting Age of Conan, I just noticed it requires 36GB free hard drive space, so you might have to delete a few Peggles’ worth of stuff to clear space for it.

Deal of the week
Sword of the Stars
Ok, this one is a little complicated, and uses 3 different vendors. Sword of the stars is a Space 4X game, and it recently got a “Ultimate Collection” rerelease, which includes the two expansion packs. It seems to be on offer at 3 of the big digital distribution places:
GamersGate have the Ultimate Edition for a currency proof £7.99/€7.99/$7.99
Impulse have the Ultimate Edition for £6.49/€7.63/$10.68
Direct2Drive have the Ultimate Edition + a preorder for the soon to be released third expansion “Argos Naval Yard” for £10.95/$16.95

So, decide what country you are in, what currency you want to pay in, and whether you want the third expansion pack (at an effective cost of £4.46/$8.96), and pick the best deal for you. RPS Coverage here, and demo here.

Also of note:
1C Company sale at GamersGate
20% off Strategy Games at GOG

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