The RPS Bargain Bucket: Chrimbleosity!

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 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. 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.

Daily Christmas deals:
EA Store
Direct2Drive UK/USA


  1. triple_a says:

    My best deal this weekend – and propably this year too – was yesterday when the EA Finnish webstore had accidentally priced Dragon Age Collectors Edition at 4,90€ instead of 24,90€.

  2. EvaUnit02 says:

    I’m passing on Amanita bundle. Nothing personal, but the likes of Steam (Valve) or Gamersgate (Paradox) have a far less likelihood of going bust overnight than a tiny indie studio. My own concerns come far ahead than thoughts of which avenue will provide the developer with a bigger slice of the profit.

    • Rinox says:

      I don’t think that really matters in this case since (I think) you get to download the actual installation files and don’t need any third-party software like Steam or Impulse. So while they might go bust and stop supporting it, as long as you have the files stored away somewhere you can play for all eternity.

      Someone correct me if I’m wrong!

    • EvaUnit02 says:

      @ Rinox
      No, I’m not buying the Amanita deal precisely because it’s sold directly through the developer. I was saying that I put more stock in an established mega e-tailer like Steam and Gamersgate, they have a far less likelihood of going bust overnight than a tiny indie studio like Amanita. I want my redownload options to be secure well into the future and the big digital distribution e-tailers are the safest bet. Again, it’s nothing personal against the developer.

    • EvaUnit02 says:

      *than I do

    • Rinox says:

      Oh, I see. Guess I misunderstood your first post, sorry.

    • Clovis says:

      Err.. but there is no DRM right?? Can’t you burn it to a CD or something? All the money goes to the developer if you buy it this way. Even if you don’t do that and the developer goes bust, you can still download it free from your friendly neighborhood pirates. That download was so slow yesterday that I thought about canceling and downloading the torrent just to save the developer the bandwidth.

      I actually bought Samarost 2 the other day from Steam, but went ahead and bought Machinarium yesterday anyway.

    • Matzerath says:

      Forgive me, but this is slightly retarded. You can hang on to the install file forever, and you’ll be helping the studio stay alive by buying direct. Your logic is that wonderful modern kind involving picking low-hanging fruit and not noticing that the ground beneath you is giving way.

    • invisiblejesus says:

      @Matzerath: Maybe we should just be glad people are buying indie games rather than busting their balls over where they buy them, yeah?

    • Matzerath says:

      Oh can’t we have both?

    • Mil says:


      Your logic is that wonderful modern kind involving picking low-hanging fruit and not noticing that the ground beneath you is giving way.

      That’s a great metaphor. Did you come up with it?

    • Alastayr says:

      I really don’t want to be a dick but I have to say it: That is the most retarded argument I’ve heard all day, and I just came here from GameTrailers.
      I can’t even argue it… something… blocking…brain….argh!

    • MastodonFarm says:

      I gotta agree with the others–that is some retarded logic. If you can’t be arsed to burn a backup copy of the installation file, then just open a gmail account and upload a copy there. I presume you feel pretty good about Google’s chances for survival?

    • yutt says:

      Oh, so we’re calling people who have a different opinion than us “retarded now”, eh? I guess I accidentally wandered onto Destructoid instead of RPS.

    • yutt says:

      Oh, so we’re calling people who have a different opinion than us “retarded” now, eh? I guess I accidentally wandered onto Destructoid instead of RPS.

      I also don’t buy directly from developers. The average burnable CDs has a lifespan of 2 years, in ideal conditions. The whole point of a centralized digital distribution system is so I *don’t* have to keep an archive of fragile discs around.

      If you want to don’t to a developer as an act of charity, then do so. Don’t expect others to make sacrifices out of the same bizarre anti-logic.

    • Vinraith says:


      He didn’t call the poster retarded, he called the logic retarded, and it is.

      “The average burnable CDs has a lifespan of 2 years, in ideal conditions.”

      It’s best not to state things like that on a forum like this, in my experience, because too many of us have an archive of burned discs from 10 years ago. We know it’s not true from personal experience, so all it does is undermine your argument.

      You’re welcome to do as you like, of course, but I backup and archive everything, and digital distributors that make that difficult or meaningless (Steam and Impulse being prime culprits) see less of my money than those that make it easy and useful. I’ll take a DRM-free game I have to back up over something that has to check with Steam every time it’s going to be played any day of the week, and reserve the right to be irate with people that drive the market away from that model.

    • Matzerath says:

      Really, it’s false logic to bet on one online distributor over another – anyone can go belly-up, and with the larger guys, the even greater risk is sudden, more restrictive policies at some point in the future. Buying direct, even once in a while (I can’t say that I do it EVERY time, I too am a sinner), is a show of faith to developers that are often just a pair of guys, or JUST ONE guy. We’re looking at one of the last niches were some shmoes like ourselves can actually profit off their creations. Let’s help them.
      As a side note, I’m wondering about you people concerned about having, say, Machinarium FOREVER. You’re really gonna play it forever? I think you actually should be restricted from someday forcing your old games on your grand-kids.
      “Look kids, Machinarium!”
      “Aw grandpa!!! That’s ancient! It doesn’t even interface with my neocortex!”
      Of course, the coming Water Wars will probably make this all moot.

    • yutt says:


      It’s best not to use anecdotes that you fabricate to defend your position. Burned CDs don’t last 10 years, so, you are simply lying. You can “know” whatever you wish from personal experience, but that doesn’t alter reality.

    • Vinraith says:


      Citing easily disproven nonsense to try to make an argument is one thing, accusing people that know better than said nonsense of lying is profoundly arrogant ignorance. As a test, I just whipped out the disc backup I made of Deus Ex back in 2001. Granted, it’s only 8 years old, but the 10 year old discs are fairly well buried in the closet. It works fine. I am unsurprised, there’s no reason it shouldn’t. What has given you the erroneous idea that CD’s magically self destruct after 2 years, exactly?

    • bookwormat says:

      optical disks are really no reliable storage solution, and I think the only reason you argue against this is because yutt was exaggerating so much. (The average DVD lasts longer thant 2 years of course.)

      I find your argument is completely off topic and misleading, since data storage does not need to be done with optical drives. In fact, most people need to solve the data backup problem anyway, no matter if they play games or not.

      The argument presented here against services like steam is that they do not offer secure data storage for games you buy. They offer you membership to a play-this-game-service that you can use as long as they offer the service.

      Which does not mean that such a service is bad. I like steam. It just means that if you sell less, your consumers will expect to pay less.

    • Vinraith says:


      “optical disks are really no reliable storage solution”

      Why? It’s a sincere question, I’m not trying to make a point or something, I want to know why this is such a common notion. I’ve got piles of discs that have, for a decade, lived in stacks on the floor in paper sleeves. They’ve been moved half a dozen times from apartment to apartment and state to state in that time. I’ve yet to have one come up unreadable. Are everyone else’s discs exploding, Mission-Impossible style? Am I just insanely lucky? I’m genuinely curious. I have a lot of data backed up on optical discs. Up until recently it was my primary means of backing stuff up (now I also have an external hard drive, so everything’s backed up twice), but if there’s some fatal flaw in optical storage I’d really like to know about it considering how dependent on it I’ve traditionally been. Should I be frantically porting all these old backups to some new storage medium?

  3. invisiblejesus says:

    While it’s probably not the best deal this weekend, Trine is $10 on both D2D and Gamersgate. I snagged it a few weeks ago when it was on sale on Steam,and it’s well worth it. Beautiful looking game, great controls (on the 360 pad anyway, but I’ve heard no complaints about mouse and keyboard controls either), and fun puzzles that manage not to be frustrating. If you liked old school side scrolling console games, you’ll love it, it’s basically that style of game only much better, and with modern physics puzzling.

  4. Jad says:

    GalCiv deal seems to be expired.

  5. abhishek says:

    I’m very seriously tempted by Torchlight but the Steam mega-holiday sale should start in a few days too, and I’m wondering whether I should save my money for more choices then. In fact, I think it’s quite possible that Torchlight will be discounted again for the same price during that sale.

    Does anyone know if it is possible to ‘gift’ the Amanita pack to someone? I already have both games on Steam but I’d like to give them as Christmas gifts if the system is supported.

    • The Graham says:

      Honestly, I would go for Torchlight as it is now. It’s $10 well spent when compared to other indie titles released this year *hackcoughzenoclashhackcough*

    • invisiblejesus says:

      There’s to be no hate on Zeno Clash. You hear me? NO HATE. Don’t make me come over there.

      That said, Torchlight really is good. Simple, but charming and fun. I never played the Diablo games, but for me it brings out some nostalgia for those great old cheesy DnD dungeons that went on forever. Good times. :)

    • mejobloggs says:

      I enjoyed zeno clash far more than torchlight

  6. LewieP says:

    As a bonus deal, for today only, get Medal of Honor: Airborne for completely free:
    link to

    • HidesHisEyes says:

      This is definately my deal of the week. I get the serial even, so i can just download the installer and use my key legitimately!

    • Starky says:

      What an awesome deal, you can’t beat free.

      Thanks Lewie for all your hard work saving us cheap arse gamers a few quid this Christmas.

      (Note to others, don’t forget to cancel the battleforge points that EA automatically adds).

    • abhishek says:

      Thanks for the great tip. Heard the game wasn’t great but it’s free, so I can now decide for myself :)

    • AndrewC says:

      Sorry for me being dim, but do any of you have experience with the EA downloader? You click ‘start’ and the game downloads, then extracts, then gives you the option to ‘install’ and then…nothing. I clicked it and it’s not installing or, apparently, doing anything. Is this an easily fixable noob mistake? Thank you for your patient help.

      Oh, and great tip, Lewie! xxx’s!

    • Alexander Norris says:

      I just got the order confirmation email for the Battleforge client and MoH:Airborne for a grand total of 0€, so I think this means it’s confirmed to work in France, at least, and possibly the rest of €land.

      I was really surprised it worked, too, since none of the EA Store offers have made it outside the UK before.

    • AndrewC says:

      OK, so it looks like the programme demanded to install Physx, and then got confused when Physx was already installed. So I uninstalled Physx and now the game is installing as normal. Just in case anyone was having the same stupid thing as me.

      PC Games!

    • DMJ says:

      @LewieP: You’re my new hero.

  7. EvaUnit02 says:

    Impulse deal of the day

    Mount and Blade] – $15 USD – 50% off
    link to

  8. Heliocentric says:

    A deal i can get behind.

  9. bowl of snakes says:

    If’n you like Diablo-types, Torchlight will be well worth $10, just remember to play it on Hard, normal is waaaay too easy!

  10. sinister agent says:

    May I just link to the piece that convinced me, from having heard nothing of the game, to buying Galactic Thingfaces 2 outright? I’ll take my lack of inclination to wait for a reply as a ‘yes’, thanks.

    link to

  11. Peace of Eight says:

    The mechanics of Torchlight are perfect. They are, in fact, Diablo’s almost exactly. But the child-like, anime-tard graphics ruin the experience for me. YMMV, of course.

    • Wulf says:

      @Peace of Eight

      Please don’t take this personally, because you’re not the only person I’ve seen say it (not by a long shot) but what about the Torchlight art-style is anime? I’ve watched my share of anime, even subbed-only stuff like Yakitate!! Japan, and I’m familiar with the elements it takes to create an anime look, of which Torchlight has approximately… zero? So I’m not sure where people are getting this.

      Yes, it has a mildly cartoonish appearance, but it has more to share with older Western cartoons than it possibly could have with anime. The Vanquisher doesn’t have massive eyes, for one. The super-stylised look to the environments and equipment is also another trait of Western animation. When I see an archway jut out sharply at odd angles I’m more reminded of Day of the Tentacle than, say, One Piece.

      The Destroyer looks about as far away from an anime look as any character could, as he’s top-heavy (something one rarely sees in anime cartoons), and he has very squinty little eyes, he’s once again more inspired by Western cartoons, which is the look they were going for.

      There’s a lot of my childhood in the look of Torchlight, and a lot of Runic’s too, I would surmise, but I’m guessing that younger people won’t grok that, not having lived through that glorious age of cartoons as a kid, and therefore they’ll equate it with anything that’s colourful and moves, in this case that would be anime. But it’s reallyy nothing like anime, not at all, in the least. These are Western cartoon styles at their finest.

    • Vinraith says:

      @Peace of Eight

      Speaking as someone that can’t stand anime, I can only agree with Wulf. I also rather pity you. If cartoonish graphics are sufficient to turn you off of a fun game then you’re missing out on a LOT of fun games.

  12. Wulf says:

    Torchlight is simply amazing even at its normal price, and for Chrimbo not only did the Runic devs decide to drop the price, but they also got Steam achievements in there (some are good for a giggle, too) and saves can now be backed up via the Steamcloud.

    It just keeps getting better and better, really. As for how much Torchlight can grab a person, that really is just subjective, but I recall Vinraith started off being really harsh on it and ended up completely loving it. It really doesn’t seem like much at first, I suppose, but it has so much charm and fun within that it’s hard for anyone to dislike. Especially with what the modding community has to offer, the highlight for me being that someone is actually working on a steampunk mech. Oh, and puzzle dungeons, too! If I ever figure out TorchED enough, I’m going to create me a Knightmare-like riddle dungeon! (Which is quite possible, from what I’ve seen.)

    • Oddtwang says:

      Oooh, that sounds nifty!

      I’d recommend snagging TorchLeech for mod management – it’s not hard to do manually, but it’s a lovely utility to help keep your mods updated and to sort through the weaker ones to get to the good stuff.

  13. piphil says:

    I’m getting a coupon error when trying to buy Gal Civ 2. Anyone else having this problem or is it just me? :-P

  14. Blather Blob says:

    All those impulse coupon deals deactivate at midnight EST on the day they popped up in the impulse adware thingy. They did, however, activate all of them ahead of time, so here’s some others:

    Spore, coupon SPORE25 – $29.95
    Civilization 4, coupon CIVIV50 – $9.99
    Elven Legacy, coupon EL50 – $14.99
    Machinarium, coupon MACH65 – $7.00
    Prototype, coupon PROTO50 – $24.25
    Assassin’s Creed, coupon ACREED25 – $14.99
    X-Com, coupon UFO199 – $1.99
    Lightweight Ninja, coupon LNINJA99 – $0.99
    Dark Void, coupon DVOID25 – $30.50 (pre-order)
    Mount & Blade, coupon MB50 – $14.99
    Eufloria, coupon EUFL50 – $9.99
    King’s Bounty: Armored Princess, coupon KBAP25 – $29.99

    The Spore and M&B coupons die today, don’t know about when the others are scheduled to appear / deactivate. But they’re all working right now. I can’t post links to the “mailers” (too many links = spam, apparently), but if you want to go to them they’re the same as the GC2 URL, except replace GCII with:

  15. LewieP says:

    Oh hey, Kings Bounty for £6.47 delivered
    link to

  16. RiptoR says:

    Got Torchlight, had a blast with the demo but didn’t find the time to pick up my new creditcard until today.

  17. HexagonalBolts says:

    Galactic Civilisations 2 deal is ‘expired’ for me?

  18. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    Gamesplanet: Borderlands for 24 quids, RF: Guerrila+Saint Rows II (Taaaake on meeeee..ahem) for 19.99

    Game: DA: O for 16 quids

    I’m quite tempted to get RF: Guerrila +SR II….or should I get GTA4 instead? I just want another free-roamer once I finish The Saboteur… I hope GTA4 gonna get discounted…or the whole GTA pack for like the price of GTA4 alone :)

    • Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

      oh and Raptor Safari 1+1 offer @ Blurst…buy one and gift one

    • invisiblejesus says:

      @Frankie: Go with RFG and Saint’s Row 2, for sure. SR2 is as buggy and as fun as everyone says, and RFG is just pure awesome. EVERYTHING. EXPLODES. EVERYTHING.

    • Jakkar says:

      Hells bells man, get the Volition games. SR2 is like GTAIV with the sense of FUN still intact, albeit somewhat buggy on PC.

      Red Faction on the other hand is.. Tech-wise, one of the most important games we’ve seen for years. Beautifully presented mass structural damage fully integrated into gameplay with nary a hitch. It’s amazing, and rewards intelligent play over and over.

    • Krondonian says:

      Borderlands £12.73: link to

    • Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

      Oh golly, I just LOVE blowin’ shit up…that’s what I like about Mercenaries 2 or The Saboteur – lots of things to blow up. What I seem to need is the kind of gameplay like MC2, The Saboteur or Fallout 3; fooling around in an open, persistent world, doing side-missions and dipping into the main story-line when feeling like it.. It’s worked in Pandemic’s games or Fallout 3, but not in GTA’s (except for the first one) or Oblivion – I just got lost in the fooling around part too much…
      Thx for opinions, guys..

      Telltale: W&G for 20 dollars, 10dollar coupon for newsletter subscribers – makes the Strongbad tempting…

  19. bobince says:

    Yes, it’s completely copy-protection-free. Back it up with the rest of your documents. You don’t have to worry about Amanita going bust, or your account getting disabled, or losing your password, or any of the other crazy risks of the third-party download services. I’m staggered that anyone would actually *want* to be locked into one of those platforms.

    • Blather Blob says:

      @bobince: But it still isn’t as good an arrangement as GOG or D2D’s DRM-free, where you aren’t locked in but can also redownload again in the future since those places probably have better back-up strategies than a burned DVD-R (which don’t tend to last long even in storage). If I’m not mistaken, you only have 2 weeks to get it from Amanita post-purchase.

      Still a better deal than Impulse’s $7. I mean, $3 for another game, mac and linux versions, two soundtracks, and a warm fuzzy feeling about where your money is going!

    • Lilliput King says:

      I think I’ll probably get it on Impulse, though. I already own Samorost2, and have no use for mac or linux versions. I feel a pang of regret at the loss of the soundtracks, though.

  20. underproseductor says:

    Right now I realized my gaming days are over. After 4.5 years of gaming I’m unable to even look at a game. Nothing for me then.

    • Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

      4 and half year? Nah, I’m at 13 years so far which is roughly half of my life and still counting…Sure, it will never be as it had been like 5 years ago, but still going strong.
      Too bad for you (good for your wallet and time shedule, I guess]

    • Thermal Ions says:

      Gee, you’re both just babies. Double it and add a bit more Frankie – and still going strong (maybe even stronger). :-)

  21. Heliosicle says:

    deal of the week should be medal of honour airborne for free :P

  22. Risingson says:

    Ok, I feel like a complete stupid buyer. I try to get Medal of Honor:Airborne buying Mirror’s Edge, so I check Mirror’s Edge, add it to the basket, register my purchase… and go back and forth looking for that “add medal of honor:airborne” to the basket. It isn’t there. I purchase the game … and then, once I login, when I try to buy other game, this appears. But I don’t want to buy another game.

    I try to get to the spanish support site, but it is a 404. And the support phone only works from monday to friday. What kind of bullshit of service is EA Store????

    • Lilliput King says:

      You could always just use Lewie’s trick to get it for free anyway.

    • Risingson says:

      and that’s what I did, though it wasn’t easy to find out the game! Thanks :)

  23. jarvoll says:

    Sadface that the GalCiv deal is expired – would have been an instant purchase otherwise.

    Does anyone know if there’s any way to avoid the two-week limit on downloading from Amanita? I’ve just bought the pack without realizing the limit was there, intending to d/l when I get back from my two-month holiday on the other side of the world, and I have neither my own computer nor any kind of portable memory.

    • Thermal Ions says:

      Sign up at a free (or free to try) online storage site, then download it and upload it to there until you get home.

    • qrter says:

      Have you tried e-mailing them and explaining your situation?

  24. Taillefer says:

    Does anybody else share my love of the Might & Magic games?
    They’re certainly a guilty pleasure, as they’re not even that good, but I’d stay awake until the small hours playing through them. They’re party-based, first-person, dungeon-crawlers, essentially. Big worlds, big dungeons, and a massive number of monsters to slay. If you were to argue that the plot’s silly, the dialogue is minimal, the combat is repetitive, that’s it’s just compulsive clicking and loot gathering then …I would agree. Yet, I enjoy them so much.

    Also, number 6 has excellent music.

  25. Pantsman says:

    Aw, the GalCiv deal expired. Would’ve been an instant purchase for me. ;_;

  26. Mulayim says:

    I do! But I’m pretty sure that I won’t go back to M&M. I figured, if I’m going to make all that effort in an old school rpg, I’d just play a better one with actual role playing moments i.e, Wizardry (I’m talking about 5 to 8, a wonderful, torturing journey).
    Heroes of Might and Magic 3, on the other hand, is the first thing I always install after new operating system installation. I’ve played everything, from Age of Wonders to Discipline, and found out that nothing beats a good HOMM 3 hotseat experience.

  27. Jakkar says:

    You utter bastards, you got me excited to finally buy my first 4x, and it seems to have expired by the time you posted it.


  28. Xercies says:

    Hmm strange since it still has the deal up on the front page…

  29. Vinraith says:

    Hmm, nothing this week that I don’t already own aside from the Amanita design pack, which isn’t really my thing (adventure games and I aren’t getting along these days, unfortunately).

    Gal Civ 2 is great, but I always question the wisdom of offering the base game at a discount without the expansions in the case of titles like this. GC2 is absolutely brilliant with both expansions, with just the base game it’s good but not nearly as good. Sword of the Stars sales that only offer the base game are even worse, since honestly the original SotS was pretty mediocre, but with all the expansions it’s competition for GC2 Complete for the best 4X game of all time.

    I do keep going back and forth on HOMM 3, but there’s still a lot of things I want to do in HOMM V and I’m always hesitant to go backwards in strategy series of this type.

    • malkav11 says:

      I would definitely be leery of going back to HOMM 1 or 2, but 3 is commonly argued to be the best of the series, and yes, that includes 4 and 5.

    • Vinraith says:

      @malkav11: I’m aware that people often say 3 is the best, but I’m unsure of exactly how it’s supposed to be superior to 5. Keeping in mind that I quite like 5, I’d be interested in hearing what’s better about 3.

    • malkav11 says:

      I’m not the person to ask, I’m afraid. I’ve gotten to the second mission in every HOMM except IV, and no further.

  30. piphil says:

    Yeah, somewhat annoyed by the expiry of the Gal Civ II offer; however, the offer was just for the game, and tbh the full “gold” version of the game at $33 seems a good offer too. It’s not cheap enough for an impulse purchase, but I will buy it in the next few months, if I remember!

  31. Krendo says:

    re: Galactic Cilivizations II
    Site at Game says £17.99 but I’ve seen it ( Space Unlimited Compilation) instore with the 2 for £25 deal sticker (Glasgow-Sauchiehall St)…

    “The Space Unlimited Compilation is a collection of four great sci-fi games; the award winning strategy game Galactic Civilizations II Ultimate Edition which includes the full version & all add ons, the worldwide blockbuster Sins of a Solar Empire and the sci-fi action games Star Assault and Darkstar One!”

  32. kitchendon says:

    Batman: Arkham Asylum is $24.95 at D2D, today only.

    link to

    Says available for worldwide purchase, but there is also a listing for UK version for £34.95.

  33. Vandelay says: have both Left 4 Dead 2 and Dragon Age at £14.99 each. I was going to wait until a Steam sale for L4D2, but I doubt they will get it down to that price.

    @LewieP – Thanks for the MoH: Airborne tip. Downloading now.

    • Mac says:

      You activate Left4Dead on Steam anyway – so it makes no difference if you get retail or Steam version :)

    • Vandelay says:

      Well, I would always prefer to buy directly from Valve. Although I’m not sure whether EA still take a percentage or not, Valve should get more if I buy through Steam and it is always better to give more to the developer when possible. If there was a chance they would match the price I would probably wait, but I really don’t think they will.

  34. NicePriceBut says:

    Does anyone know if Batman: Arkham Asylum through Direct2Drive has the same SecuROM activation limited DRM as on Steam?

    • Colthor says:

      Most stuff on D2D uses SecuRom with limited activations, so probably.

    • Perry says:

      Its less repugnant on steam because it automagically installs the revoke tool in teh “Tools’ tab.

      Batman is BETTER than the hype. Just buy it and stop depriving yourself. Its like Tomb Raider meets Double Dragon with super heroes.

  35. MastodonFarm says:

    In for Torchlight. Bummed to have missed GalCiv.

  36. TooNu says:

    My missus and I bought Torchlight, having lot’s of fun so far :)

  37. Reason says:

    @Blather Blob:

    Impulse is adware? Really? All advertising-related functions can be disabled quite easily.

    You’re delusional.

    • Vinraith says:

      @Reason: Umm, Impulse with the ads turned on (which is what’s required to see the deals, and are what the poster is referring to) is, of course, adware. I mean, it’s software that advertises to you, what else are you going to call it?

    • Reason says:

      Is Steam therefore adware? Because it also advertises to users.

    • Vinraith says:

      @Reason: Of course. The component of any distribution platform that advertises is obviously adware. Again, I don’t understand the confusion/objection here. Blather was talking specifically about the component of Impulse that advertises, and thus the component that shows deals.

  38. Reason says:

    Also, it doesn’t advertise any more than Steam does with those Steam deals popups that you can disable.

  39. shalrath says:

    How long was that GalCiv deal for? Christ, I checked it the second I saw it posted earlier, and it was already over.

    Damn, my friend and I were going to get that :/

  40. Perry says:

    I have the most insane backlog of games to play – these sales build my backlog up.

    I would have dropped everything to play Gal Civ II at this price – I am kind of sad. Back to RE5 then.

  41. Blather Bob says:

    @Reason: I didn’t say Impulse is adware, I was referring to adware included with Impulse, called “Now”, a separate, standalone program which sits in your system tray and displays ads. Running it is the only way to see the deals (short of hitting the “web” service manually), and this coupon sale is an attempt to get more people to run this optional adware program. If Steam created a separate program for displaying their ads, yes, that program would obviously be adware too. Adware = software for displaying ads.

    • Reason says:

      Steam displays advertisements when you open it in the form of massive popups. Is it adware? By your definition, it is. Steam is software that displays ads.

    • Blather Bob says:

      @Reason: I wouldn’t call the entirety of Steam adware, and I wouldn’t (and didn’t) call the entirety of Impulse adware. I called one optional program, included with Impulse for displaying ads, adware. Of course Steam includes an optional adware component. Yes, I would call that component adware if I had any reason to talk about it. Why do you care what I think of Steam vs. Impulse? It’s not like I attacked Impulse, I referred to one extra program while posting a list of Impulse sales. A post that might, if anything, interest people in giving money to Impulse.

      Anyway, the deadline for Spore and Mount and Blade has passed, and while I’m not personally running the adware apparently it’s now started advertising the Civ 4 deal. So that one’s now set to end tonight at midnight EST. Also they’ve got a whole bunch of new, regular-style sales up. Mostly the standard Meridian4 catalogue sale, but also Trine for $10 (I think that completes every big DD having had a Trine for $10 deal, with GG’s also running right now).

    • Reason says:

      @Blather Bob

      Fair enough.

  42. MindFukr says:

    Thanks for the tip, got this yesterday. EA download manager finished downloading MOH Airborne over night. Now that I’m trying to install it, nothing happens, the setup.exe just shuts down (after PhysX installation). I’ve tried installing from the downloaded directory also. Oh, I’m running Windows 7 x64.

    • Mac says:

      I bet you’re glad you didn’t pay for it aren’t you?

      It installed on Win7 ok for me after some faffing – uninstall PhysX, and let MoH install PhysX for you – should work fine

    • Mac says:

      Doh – just saw your note below – I should have refreshed before posting … glad you sorted it

  43. MindFukr says:

    I guess I have should Googled it first. You’ll have to uninstall latest PhysX from your computer first. Then install MOH Airborne which installs PhysX_7.07.09, and then the installation continues… Nice job, EA.

    • Bioptic says:

      Yeah – I paid £3.50 for it, and not only had that issue (you’ll have to uninstall physx AGAIN and reinstall the latest version to get more recent games that use it to work!), but consistently corrupted one of the data archives on download. I downloaded this 3GB+ game *3 times*, and eventually had to acquire the single file through other means.

      Oh, and the only response I could get out of tech support? “We don’t support Windows 7”. This was a month ago.

    • Mac says:

      I had teh same corrupted files when I d/l’d Dragon Age – had to get a freind to email the 2 files in the archive that were corrupted, and rebuild the RAR. Good old EA !

  44. Skoul says:

    GamersGate has the UFO-trilogy (UFO Aftermath, UFO Aftershock and UFO Afterlight)on sale for 9.95 euros. The latest two games should be somewhat decent if you like x-com type games.

    Is there any essential mods you should install?

  45. Shadowcat says:

    Holy cow! has 25%-40% off everything in their catalogue, save for the December releases. That’s 171 games discounted, and absolutely nothing costing more than US$7.50.

  46. gestalt says:

    Steam has some great deals today:

    Grand Theft Auto IV 7,49€

    Mirror’s Edge 3,74€

    Eidos Collectors Pack für 44,99€ ( Batman Arkham Asylum, Shellshock 2, Tomb Raider Underworld, etc.)

    Ghostbusters für 6,79€

    Riddick: Assault on Athena für 6,79€

  47. gestalt says:

    Steam has some great deals today:

    Grand Theft Auto IV 7,49€

    Mirror’s Edge 3,74€

    Eidos Collectors Pack 44,99€ ( Batman Arkham Asylum, Shellshock 2, Tomb Raider Underworld, etc.)

    Ghostbusters 6,79€

    Riddick: Assault on Athena 6,79€