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The RPS Bargain Bucket: X-Communication

When the aliens abducted LewieP of Savygamer, they were interested in only one thing: probing him for cheap game deals. Fortunately he’d already uploaded them to the RPS mainframe, for your edification and embargainment…

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory – $5
By far my favourite of the Splinter Cell series (so far at least). It’s got all the right ingredients, a decent PC port, fantastic level design, soundtrack by Amon Tobin and long term consequences for decisions you make in missions. It was the first Splinter Cell to really nail how to do open ended levels, going back to the first one feels really primitive to me. I’m cautiously optimistic about the new Splinter Cell, although it does look fairly ‘automatic’ from footage we’ve seen, like it might be playing the game for you, which is something a few Ubisoft games have been guilty of in recent times. Not available outside the USA it seems.

X-Com complete bundle – £5/$5
Too hard. I’m sorry, these games are too hard. I grabbed them in a steam sale for a similar price a while back, upon hearing how fantastic they are, and I believe you, I imagine that there is a fantastic strategy game to be found somewhere in there, but they are far too hard for me. Sorry, I guess I have to relinquish my gamer card or something. In this bundle you get Enforcer, Interceptor, Apocalypse, Terror from the Deep, and UFO Defence, all at one currency each.

Braid – £3.39/€4.49/$4.99
I don’t know if there is anything left to say about braid. The only real major (misplaced) criticism that’s been levelled at it is accusations of pretentiousness. I say forget those, if you really want to you can just ignore everything that’s going on with the narrative, and just play it as a very clever 2D puzzle/platformer, with pretty pictures and music. It would be a shame to do so, because I think there is a lot of value in the narrative of braid. It really is something special, we don’t get games like this very often. The only reason I didn’t pick it for deal of the week was that I bet most of you already have it. It’ll likely never ever be available for less than this. Demo here, RPS coverage here.

Cities XL Limited Edition – $39.99 EDIT: Boo, North America only. Boo!
Heh, Stardock updated the impulse homepage recently, and it seems to have a few kinks in it. This game has been discounted from “£30.69 to $39.99”, I don’t think it is supposed to change currency there. This is pre-order for the online flavoured city building game from Monte Cristo games. You get a bunch of extra bells and whistles in the Limited Edition, extra maps, buildings and megastructures, but you also get A SPECIAL SHIRT FOR YOUR AVATAR! Digital bling! There is a USA flavoured demo here, a Europe flavoured demo here, and RPS coverage here.

Deal of the week
Civilization IV – £5/$5
I’ve been a big fan of Sid Meier’s games since I was old enough to understand them, and Civ4 is no exception. It’s an excellent, modern, update to the classic Civilization formula. It has been on sale a whole bunch of times as a complete bundle with expansions, but this is the first time in a while it has been available in vanilla, and at such a low price of entry. If you have any interest in turn based strategy, check this game out. Whilst the expansions are all worthwhile, a lack of content is not a problem this game has – there is more than enough game in there as is. Demo here and RPS coverage here.

Also of note:
SAY-GAH games for half price
Impulse weekend specials
D2D games for 5 currencies – UK/USA
Postal 1+2, 25% off
Star Assault – £3.97/$4.95
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts – £4.95/$4.95

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