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.
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