The RPS Bargain Bucket: Multi-Kill

Big news over at SavyGamer folks. I’ve done a complete site redesign, and it is no longer ugly. Hooray! In terms of functionality, there is now categorised RSS feeds, so if you want to just follow the PC bargains, there is a separate feed for that. Enough shameless self promotion though, there’s bargain bucketeering to be done. Here’s your weekly digest of digital diversions.

Painkiller: Black Edition – £4.29/€4.65/$6.99
If you’re in the mood for pressing the wasd keys and clicking on some baddies to make them die, then Painkiller probably will give you your fix. There’s a story about a war between heaven and hell or something or other, but that’s not really why anyone wants to play this, right? It’s a few years old so should run well on most PCs. Never bothered with the Battle out of Hell expansion myself, is there anything particularly remarkable about it? Four, count ’em, different demos here. This is part of the Jowood sale in which Gothic 2 might also grab your attention.

Killing Floor – £11.24/€13.49/$14.99
25%-discounted coop zombie killing from indie ‘mod team turned developer’ Tripwire interactive. RPS wasn’t blown away by it upon release, but they have been working on it a lot post release, so maybe it is better now. Despite not having a demo it is free to play this weekend, so give it a go.

ARMA 2 – £12.49/€19.99/$24.99
I, uh, don’t play these type of games. I’ll hand you over to Jim:
“Arma II game is already divisive: it was always going to be. It’s impossible to examine this game without seeing it as a kind of exemplar of some of the larger issues about what is good and bad about PC gaming: the unfinished code, the performance issues, the difficulty of breaking into established communities – all these things will push people away. But the sheer scope: the raw materials that BIS have forged for gamers to make their own entertainment, their own stories with. I can’t say that’s a bad thing. What PC games are is a wide open landscape, and that monstrous, uneven terrain is only getting larger by the day. Thank fuck for this twisted little peninsula of realism, without it gaming would be a whole lot less interesting.”
Demo here, RPS coverage here.

Light of Altair – £5/$5
This indie offering from developer SaintXi is a game about colonizing space, the final frontier. You’ll have to manage lots of resources, run an industry, and make sure nobody else kills you. One for the strategy heads I think. This discount represents a saving of around 80% off RRP. I think that anyone should be able to get it from the USA store too, as it appears to be available worldwide. Demo here.

Deal of the week
Red Faction Guerilla – £17.50/$19.99
See Steam, this is how you get my attention. RFG is a open world hammer ’em up, and it is rather good. The building destruction system is good enough that is doesn’t really matter than no other one element of the game shines quite so bright. The Martian landscape is pretty kickass, although protip for volition: If you are going to make an open world game with a jetpack in it, you probably shouldn’t populate that open world with invisible walls. The weapons are brilliant, you get a crazy force lightning gun, a rifle that fires nanites which dissolve whatever you shoot and a rocket launcher that causes some of the best explosions I’ve ever seen in a game.. In a lot of ways it is the kind of thing I would have wanted from a sequel to Mercenaries, fun explodey action with lots of toys, and lots of space to play with them in. RPS coverage here.

Also of note:
World of Goo happy birthday sale time extended
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – $28.89 (USA only)
Elven Legacy – 50% off

If that lot isn’t enough for you, head to the all new for more.


  1. leederkrenon says:

    how do you find the categorised RSS feeds on savygamer? i give no shits about anything but the PC.

  2. LewieP says:

    There is a link at the top of the page to “Categorised Feeds”

    or click here:
    link to

  3. Heliocentric says:

    For the deal of the week remember the coupon SURVEY-2009

    Also, with a little extra work UK shoppers can use the USA price. $16=roughly £10

  4. leederkrenon says:

    lewie – i apologies for my blindness. thanks.

  5. Fat says:

    Phew, i was waiting for this post. Thankfully nothing of interest to me this week, good news for my wallet!

  6. Lukasz says:

    no love for GOG? :(

    a great RPG “Septerra core” is available for 4.99 this week. I really recommend it.

  7. Guest089345134076513456 says:

    GamersGate has ArmA 2 for 5$ less and THQ games for 50% less (although they probably lie about DRM free). GoG has other JoWood (beside painkiller) games for 30% less.

  8. Azhrarn says:

    Red Faction Guerilla is also available for the Euro crowd at €24,99 (€19,99 if you use “survey-2009” as the coupon code on check-out) from Impulse. Snapped it up last night, 50% off isn’t bad.

    • Wooly says:

      Sweeeeet, that drops it from $20 to a steal of $16! Glad I didn’t get it last week on Steam.

    • Dave says:

      Works in the US too. $15.99. That overcomes any lingering bitterness I might have about Volition.

      Now I just need to make a lot of hard drive space for this and Borderlands… hmm.

    • Carra says:

      €25 vs $20 (€13.3)?

      Fuck you very much impulse.

    • Lach says:

      It’s $50 AUD for Australians, which is $46 USD. Or, you know, more than Americans are ordinarily asked to pay for it. Why is this so hard for publishers to get right?

    • Carra says:

      I tried to connect to impulse via an American proxy server.

      And that way I got the game for $15.99(€10.6) instead of the €20 asked at the European store.

      Should probably work for the aussies too. Just a shame you have to do these tricks to get your games.

    • Thermal Ions says:

      GamersGate has RFG for US$19.99 also and is purchasable at that price from Australia.

      Not that I’ve ever used GG, does it work similar to Impulse? The help section on their site seems a little lacking in the specific details (but maybe I’m, blind).

  9. malkav11 says:

    AI War: Fleet Command is $15 on both Impulse and Steam, and on Impulse responds to the survey code, knocking it down to $12.

  10. malkav11 says:

    Oh, also, Gamersgate has Europa Universalis III Complete for $10, which sounds like a darn good price to me, if you’re into Paradox grand strategy and don’t already have it for whatever reason.

  11. TCM says:

    Red Faction guerilla for $20 is so tempting.

    But all of my funds are going towards Tropico and Dragon Age…And maybe L4D2.


    • TCM says:

      I am not good at resisting. That survey-2009 code tipped the deal over the top.

    • invisiblejesus says:

      Same, I’d nearly picked it up from Gamersgate for $20 already, and couldn’t resist at this price.

  12. Dominic White says:

    RPS-favourite, 9/10 from PC gamer, and yet still completely unknown RTS gem AI War: Fleet Command is currently 25% off on Steam, bringing it down to about $10. You should get it.

  13. MajorManiac says:

    I’ve been wanting to buy Red Faction Guerilla for a while now. So now I have. Woot!

  14. DarkNoghri says:

    I love how COD4 at 30$ 2 years after release is considered a hot deal. Stupid pricing.

  15. Tei says:

    I am playing Red Faction Guerrilla. At first, I was totally frustrated because is a TPS shotter, continuous “Game Over” screens, Save Points, and other console stuff. You start as a lame guy, continue as a lame guy.. you are supposed to hit and run, but ….the map is very linear, there are “walls” everywhere. I don’t like the game, but is very enteritainment.

    • Dominic White says:

      Are you playing a different Guerilla to me? Because you’re practically an unstoppable god of war in that game, able to level armies and their fortresses alike, and get consistently more powerful over the course of the game. By the end you can soak up machinegun fire like it was spitwads and carry enough ordinance to reduce Mars back to dust and sand.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      That doesn’t sound like RFG. Literally only the first few minutes are linear. From there on in you’re a death-machine in a sandbox.

    • TCM says:

      Maybe he’s playing Red Faction.

    • LewieP says:

      I think that the difficulty level you play at changes the game a lot.

    • Tei says:

      :( :( These missions of “you must destroy stuff for 40 mill” are annoying. You make 39 millions, and you have to repeat, and again, and again, and again… You guys say that is a sandbox, but If can demolish a bridge till 30% health :):), then die :( :( , and wen I return the bridge is again 100%, with not damage. :( :(
      – game over screens :( :( repeating content again and again and again. :( :(
      – enemys repoping and spawning from nowhere. :( :( :( :( … Can’t make bloqueades :( :(
      Is all like my old Commodore 64 games. :-/ :( :( :( :(

      That would be nor a problem :( :( , If there where a clear system to be “invisible”, enter a base, mine it, and make it explode. But you are automatically marked and the alarm trigg, if you walk near. :( :(

      :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

    • KP says:

      Help! I’m trapped in a bad text message!

    • Stromko says:

      I’ve only rented RF:G on console so far (got too many games to play as it is right now), but I found it became much more fun after I changed the difficulty to Easy. Until then I was dying every time things started getting good. I think I expected it to be as easy as Saints Row or Mercenaries. It’s also got some frustrating bits like when random resistance guys join you, they slow you down and get killed if you don’t babysit them. If you want to be a one-man army (as I do), just play it on Easy.

  16. Tom says:

    Good looking site Lewie

  17. Radiant says:

    Windows 7 for 30 quid if you are a student counts as a pc bargain right?
    link to

    Although I got a full priced copy installed last night and it’s a bit shite for touchscreens :/

  18. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    Arma II (ROW) is actually 14.99 EUR for me (the Czech Republic)…and I grabbed it when the price was wrong for a couple of minutes (10 EUR), so that’s a deal of the week for me :)

  19. Morgawr says:

    Red Faction Guerrilla is also on GamersGate for £17:47

  20. h4plo says:

    Really, if you haven’t played Red Faction: Guerilla, go grab it now. It really is a great game and one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in awhile. Sheer, unadulterated building-murder. <3

  21. Vinraith says:

    RFG is tempting, especially at that price. I think I’ll wait for a better price from one of the non-client digital download services though, it’s worth a few extra bucks to me not to have to deal with that nonsense.

    • TCM says:

      I’ve always found the client based Digital Distribution services to be easier than the others, actually.

    • Vinraith says:

      It’s a matter of taste. I’ll take freedom of use over what little convenience is to be found with a client model any day of the week.

    • TCM says:

      Funny thing is that Impulse doesn’t force you to pick one or the other.

      Impulse client does not need to be run for Impulse games…unless something changed very recently.

      Stardock’s big on the whole “No DRM” (or rather, ‘this isn’t actually DRM’, with the advent of GOO) thing.

    • Vinraith says:

      I have Impulse games TCM, I know how Impulse works. I still need it to install, uninstall, patch, and backup. That’s more control than I wish to cede to a totally unnecessary program. It also has the same problem as Steam in that frequently its patches are woefully behind for non-Stardock games. I tolerate it for Stardock titles (oh who am I kidding, I tolerate it for Gal Civ 2, nothing else on my Impulse account ever gets play), but I have no interest in saddling third party software with an unnecessary management program. Granted, it’s a lot better than Steam, but it’s still a pain in the ass.

    • TCM says:

      I guess that you and I will be forever jousting foes of the comments section, as it seems we can never agree.

      MY LOVE

    • Vinraith says:

      As I said at the beginning, it’s a matter of taste. You value ease of use, I value freedom and control, neither one is the “right” answer and as long as the market remains diverse enough that we both have access to our preferred option I don’t see any reason to argue. :)

    • monkehhh says:

      Polite-est-internet-discussion-ever award – goes to you two :)

  22. Vinraith says:

    Grand strategy fans should note that Europa Universalis 3 Complete is currently available on Gamersgate for $10, by the way. If you’re a fan of this type of game (basically a more realistic version of Civilization) you’re extremely well served to grab it at that price.

  23. bhlaab says:

    Go to the Mamba Games website and pick up the localized version of The Void with free shipping, even to the US

  24. Gremmi says:

    Hugely annoyed that I bought RF:G last week off Steam for £26, which I thought was an alright offer.

    Oh well. That’ll learn me for impulse buying.

  25. vader says:

    I just bought Red Faction Guerilla from Impulse and was pleasently surprised by the speed of the downloads. Reaching ~7MB/sec makes it the fastest international digital download store I’ve tried so far, only toppled by the national swedish stores. Steam doesn’t even come close to that. And buying a game at 22.00 speed certainly becomes an issue.

    • Carra says:

      I don’t care much about the speed. If I start it in the evening and it’s downloaded the day after, it’s fine.

      Besides that, the majority of customers won’t have anything near 100 mbit/s. I can easily get my maximum speed (~10 mbit) on

  26. Rane2k says:

    Ah, so THAT is why Killing Floor in my steam account, already thought I had bought it and then succumbed to extremely early Alzheimers disease. :-)

    Also “pressing the wasd keys and clicking on some baddies to make them die” is the best description of FPS games I have read in a long time. (Burn heretic, ESDF is the only true movement layout! ^^)

  27. Andrew Dunn says:

    Good old Tei.

    • Psychopomp says:

      I’m fairly certain english isn’t his first language, so…

  28. Aaron says:

    Red Faction for US$41 just because I’m in Australia. FUCK YOU Impulse. And Steam while we are at it, pricing there is just as bad.

    Really it should be a fuck you to the publishers more than anything, but Impulse/Steam let them get away with it through regional(?!) online stores.

    • Lach says:

      You’d think the publishers would realise that good will is actually worth something. If they treat Australians well, the same as they treat people in the US I’d be willing to buy more of their games, at higher prices. Treat me like this, and I’ll buy less of their games, and only when it’s dirt cheap.

      This stuff really isn’t that hard, why is it that only a few select people understand this? I think I shall dub it ‘Bobby Kotick syndrome’. Greedy, short-term view idiocy.

    • drewski says:

      It has to do with how much they’re prepared (and allowed) to undercut publishers and distributors in Australia. Because the retail price of Australian games is A$90-100 (or around US$80-90!!!) online distributors have limits placed on what price they can sell online for to prop up the Australian retail market.

      It looks a little silly at the moment because the Australian dollar is so strong. The obvious answer is that retail prices for games in Australia should be plummeting as the dollar rises…but why do that when you can blatantly profiteer? It wouldn’t surprise me if Australia was the most expensive games market in the world right now.

  29. Dave says:

    Okay, RFG is seriously, seriously fun. All the meh that I felt about Saints Row 2 is just not there.

    I have to run in windowed mode on my machine though, even though I run Crysis just fine. And Games For Windows Live… is horrible. Why did I have to create an account there just to save in a single player game? Argh.

  30. malkav11 says:

    Red Faction: Gorilla (which is how I prefer to think of it) is indeed a brilliant and engaging game. The difficulty curve’s a bit skewed, though, especially if you trigger a red alert level, at which point prepare to encounter wave after wave of nigh suicidal EDF charging after you in their cars and other vehicles. Ridiculous numbers of them, coming from everywhere. For this reason, among others, I would highly recommend playing on Casual difficulty. If you must play on higher difficulties, keep in mind you can shift difficulty at any time and please please please make use of it if you find yourself getting frustrated.

    • Tony says:

      Screw that.

      If you don’t have enough pent-up anger to drive a fist not only through your monitor, but through the wall behind it and into the bathroom then you aren’t playing on a high enough difficulty.

    • TCM says:

      Real men spend more time on the game over screen than they do playing.

    • Spacewalk says:

      Oh that’s so reassuring. I thought that I was bad at games because I was a girl’s blouse who couldn’t man up enough to get better. Thanks once again RPS.

  31. DethDonald says:

    Wait is Impulse a Steam like software you install to play games or do they ship the game to you?

    • TCM says:

      Impulse is like Steam, but with less restrictions.

    • DethDonald says:

      The “Click here for shipping rates” is very deceiving.

    • TCM says:

      You can get a boxed copy in addition to the normal one, if you wish.

    • Azhrarn says:

      All non-Stardock games are digital, i.e. through Impulse only. (Although Impulse doesn’t need to run to play the games, just to install and update them)
      Stardock games usually have the option of also sending a physical copy to you for a small additional fee ($10 or so I believe).

  32. lePooch says:

    I think its would be wise to mention that Red Faction Guerilla forces you to install Games for Windows Live during install. It wont even start otherwise. I just found out after buying it, and I am NOT happy :(

    • TCM says:

      TBH, it’s not that big a deal. I was forced to install it for Dawn of War II and Batman, but it’s not a particularly bad thing. It’s annoying and stupid, but not restrictive or DRM.

      Windows points are stupid, however.

    • invisiblejesus says:

      Yeah, if you don’t care about multiplayer Games For Windows Live is pretty painless. I’ve only sort of poked around the multiplayer options and wasn’t impressed, but I didn’t get seriously into it.

    • Azhrarn says:

      If integration is as relatively painless as it is for Fallout 3, then there’s no issue.
      Yes it needs to be present, but it’s not really getting in your way unless you want it too.
      And technically, it should be able to run with GfWL inactive, I know Fallout 3 works just fine with GfWL completely disabled. It even saves your games properly, it’s just a bit tricky getting the DLC to work.

  33. Andrew says:

    £34.99 for RFG on steam no bloody thanks. Hah i just made my first ‘impulse’ purchase thanks to you

    • TotalBiscuit says:

      Impulse is a better service anyway, primarily because you don’t have to run it, or worry about ‘server too busy to handle your request’.

  34. disperse says:

    Anyone know of a good deal on Blood Bowl? I want to check it out but can’t bring myself to spend $50 on it. Especially because it is digital distribution but isn’t on Steam…

    • Vinraith says:

      If you’re in North America has boxed copies for $35.

    • malkav11 says:

      $25, at the moment – it’s a favorite to discount for their 48 Hour Madness sales.

    • Vinraith says:

      I hadn’t noticed that, thanks malkav. I’ll pass it on to my friends who, foolishly, haven’t picked it up yet. :)

    • disperse says:

      Thank you Vinrath and malkav11!

  35. Glove says:

    Thanks, Huang!

  36. leederkrenon says:

    i bought a Flyers jersey to go with my winter dress.

  37. Rinox says:

    I went with the manicure set. This keyboard wreaks havoc on my nails. Thanks Huang, you’re a life saver!

  38. Paul S says:

    The pricing on this new DLC is ridiculous. I’m glad I never bought into the Sims franchise.

  39. Electrophotonic says:

    Red Faction Guerilla bought! Oddly enough it was just 113 SEK (€11) with the coupon code here in Sweden. What a steal.


  40. TotalBiscuit says:

    Every action game needs RFG physics, wow, what a revelation.

    Anyone that’s having issues with the game slowing down to a crawl whenever you demolish something, try running it in Windowed mode. For some reason that solved my problem.

  41. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    NFS: Shift EADM key for 14 EUR on …man, that’s fokkin tempting…

    • Thermal Ions says:

      As long as you’re comfortable in the legally grey area they operate within. They even admit as such on their own site: “So when it comes to legality you are probably on the edge but you are definitley not beyond it.”. While I agree with the start of their statement, the later is very open to interpretation, considering how you may have to acquire the actual game itself to go with the code they sell you.

    • monkehhh says:

      The EADM and Steam keys they sell don’t seem so bad because they get plugged in to a download manager service that gives you the game. It’s the games like Call of Duty 4 / WaW where you get a key and nothing else – useful for people who own the original media, dodgy for people who don’t and just want to play for cheap. I am one of these cheap CoD players, and it’s worked fine for me so far *touch wood*.

  42. jalf says:

    Just bought Light of Altair. No clue if it’s any good, but I felt like playing something like that.

    Now I just need to find a bit of time to try it… Tomorrow, maybe?

  43. Heliocentric says:

    Light of altair is good, very good. I would say excellent were it not for the literally rock, paper, scissors combat.

    But the colony founding is all great.

  44. Heliocentric says:

    Light of altair is good, very good. I would say excellent were it not for the literally rock, paper, scissors combat.

  45. sinister agent says:

    I have resisted buying anything for two of these now. YOU ARE WEAK, MISTER P.

    Although I would totally cave if they get round to releasing Car Wot Goes Fast for under a fiver.

  46. Chris R says:

    Man that RFG is great stupid fun. I’ll mirror what TotalBiscuit said above: Every game from here on needs to have RFG physics. Love the way the tall towers collapse and crumble, just like you’d expect them to (mostly).

  47. Tei says:

    After a hour playing RFG, It crashed, eating all progress. Yay for no quicksaves.