In the words of the prophet IT’S CHEEEERRR-ISSSSSST-MMMMAASSSSS. As such, it’s time to grab a last handful of bargains from the bucket of commerce. As well as this, expect a whole load of offers to come up next week – last year was mental, and there’s no reason to think this won’t be too. You’ll find news of the offers as they break over at SavyGamer.co.uk. Hurrah! But on with the offers…
There are still daily Advent calender style discounts from EA Store, Gamersgate and Direct2Drive (UK/USA), so make sure you keep an eye on them. SavyGamer.co.uk has everything that I couldn’t quite cram into the (already quite greedy) bucket.
Team Fortress 2 – £6.99/€9.99/$9.99
It looks as though Valve are going to spend as long updating TF2 as we spent waiting for it to come out. One has to speculate that the lovely Xbox flavoured money has something to do with the differing approaches they take to TF2 and L4D, although most people are probably having too much fun to care. It’s half price, and it has pretty low spec requirements, go ahead and gift it to someone, it’s Christmas in just under a week. If you are unsure, it is free to play this weekend, so give it a whirl. RPS coverage here.
Galactic Civilizations 2: Dread Lords – £1.23/€1.39/$1.99
Pocket change for a massive universe of game, this is a great taste of the kind of discounts I’m anticipating for around Christmas. This is a rather nice 4X game, that you could easily lose hours and hours in. RPS coverage here, and demo here.
Might and Magic series – 30/50% off
If you want to buy one of these games, you’ll get 30% off, if you get all four (or own some of them already) you can get 50% off. Oddly enough this makes it more expensive to buy three of them than it does all four. My only experience with the Might and Magic series is Dark Messiah, which is something completely different to these (I don’t think you can kick orcs off cliffs here can you?). Whilst at GOG you should probably grab the Tex Murphy games for free.
Torchlight – £7.49/€7.99/$9.99
I’m about two hours into this game, and it’s not quite grabbed me yet. Is it really just clicking? It’s certainly well made, it looks nice, and has lots of character, I just can’t see myself playing it for much longer. Don’t take that as a criticism though, I think it’s just not aligned with my tastes, and if Diablo clones are up your street then this one will no doubt satisfy your urges to collect loot. It certainly has some nice little interface touches, like a pet dog to play the role of “loot bitch”. They’ve just added support for Steam Cloud, so your game save can follow you wherever you go, and a bunch of Steam achievements. Alec definitely Euroliked it too. RPS coverage here, demo here.
Deal of the week
Amanita Design Christmas pack – £6.01/€6.94/$9.95
Remember last week how I urged you all to buy Samorost 2? I hope you all ignored me, because this is a far better offer. Here you get Samorost 2, Machinarium, and both of their (exquisite) soundtracks. These are utterly beautiful point and click adventure games that basically demand to be played. This makes a pretty fantastic Christmas present for gamers and none gamers alike. Samorost 1 is free to play here, Samorost 2 has a demo here, and Machinarium has a demo here. Wot John thinks of Machinarium here.
ExtrAaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA deal of the week.
Aaaaa! — A Reckless Disregard for Gravity – £6.51/€6.94/$9.95
This was lucky number 13 on the RPS advent calender, and it’s as sweet as any chocolate, but probably a lot better for your teeth. It’s a crazy little game about throwing yourself off buildings, and doings things to get points. Even if there wasn’t any points structure to it, if it was just jumping off buildings, I’d probably still be recommending it. It’s a great example of a game in which the things that you spend most of your time doing are fun enough that the structure and metagame of points and unlocking stuff don’t really matter that much, they are just a garnish to the already successful design. It will make you laugh, it will probably make you scream at the screen, protesting “that wasn’t fair” (although you know deep down it was your own stupid fault you crashed into that building), and it will make you click retry until you succeed. RPS coverage here, and demo here.