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The RPS Bargain Bucket: A Few Bob

Another day, another dollar. Another week, another bargain bucket. That’s how it goes. Everything is really cheap this week, nothing for over a tenner. We’ve got one game that just came out, one that was made back in 1991, and one that started nearly 2,300 years ago! For more savings on your games, direct your browser to SavyGamer.

Bob Came In Pieces – £4.89/€7.50/$5.25
I first checked out this game because it has a delightful trailer, and it is also nice and cheap. It comes from Swedish indie studio Ludosity Interactive. I played the demo this morning, and enjoyed it enough that I am planning on giving the full game a go. It’s a 2D puzzle game where you pilot a modular space ship, and have to use different parts that you collect to complete physics based challenges. It looks nice and bright, even if some of the graphics are a little basic. They are apparently planning to add “Metal Gear Solid VR Missions” style time trial challenges, and a level editor for them. It’s discounted pretty much everywhere (except for directly from the developers sadly) so pick your favourite/the cheapest for your region: Steam, Impulse, GamersGate or D2D (UK/USA). Demo here.

1C Racing Megapack – £10/€15/$15
Works out as £2 a game, great value for fans of the video games about the racing of cars. Included in the package is: 4×4 Hummer, A.I.M. Racing, Classic Car Racing, Death Track: Resurrection and Streets of Moscow. Jim and Alec have some thoughts on Death Track: Resurrection, and A.I.M. Racing looks like it is plenty of fun too, if a little garish. This is another offer that is available from several places, so check which is cheapest in your region, or just go for your favourite. Steam, Impulse or GamersGate.

Cyan Inc Games – 25% off
Looking back a how people have played Myst is a good way of getting a slice of PC gaming history. First, people had to upgrade their PCs by buying an expensive compact disc drive. Then, later on when 3D graphics cards were up to the task, they could play Real Myst, in fancy 3D-O-vision. Now, we buy it for a bit of spare change, and download it in half an hour. Or play it on our mobile telephones. Can’t wait for the future where I can play Myst on my hoverboard on the moon. On sale at GOG are three of Cyan’s games: Myst: Masterpiece Edition, Riven: The Sequel to Myst, and The Manhole: Masterpiece Edition (which I hadn’t heard of before, it looks a bit kooky). Sadly missing from the sale is the aforementioned Real Myst, which is probably the version of it to play these days. The Myst games are puzzle centric adventure games, with a surreal sense of place. Definitely worth your time.

Rome: Total War – £5/$5
Of all of the Total War games, this is the one that has absorbed most of my time. I think I lost interested in them because my favourite aspect of them is the campaign game, not so much the battles, and it seems like such a waste if I am going to auto-resolve battles all the time. I never did play the Barbarian Invasion expansion though, how is it? This is a big huge epic massive strategy game, set in the times of Ancient Rome, and it was so good Sega gobbled up the developer. I do wish D2D would stop their £ = $ nonsense, but it’s still a pretty good price on either side of the Atlantic. Kieron Eureviewed it back at release. Demo here.

Deal of the week
Company of Heroes series – 75% off
Now the numbers here are a little complicated, so bear with me.

UK
Company of Heroes – £2.49
Opposing Fronts – £2.49
Tales of Valor – £2.49

Company of Heroes + Opposing Fronts – £3.74

If you want all three, it is cheaper to buy Company of Heroes + Opposing Fronts at £3.74, then Tales of Valor Separately at £2.49, making it £6.23 for the entire series.

Europe
Buying Company of Heroes + Opposing Fronts together is cheaper than buying either one of them separately. Even if you already own one, and just want the other, buy the pack of both for €3.74.

Tales of Valor – €8.74
Company of Heroes + Opposing Fronts + Tales of Valor – €11.49

USA
Company of Heroes – $4.99
Opposing Fronts – $4.99
Tales of Valor – $7.49

Company of Heroes + Opposing Fronts – $7.49
Company of Heroes + Opposing Fronts + Tales of Valor – $12.49

Right, that should get rid of any confusion regarding regional pricing. Now about the games.

Beware, having the Steam version means that if there is ever another patch again, you will have to redownload the entire 9gb game. Although it’s probably unlikely that there will be much patching going on at this stage in the game. If you are only interested in multiplayer, Tales of Valor has everything for multiplayer. The soundtracks are free on Steam. Also, Steam versions will play nice with retail versions if you want to mix and match.

That’s the technical stuff about the games. My copy is still installing, so I refer you to comrade Kieron, Alec and Alec for thoughts on them.

Also of note:
Those of you with the Xbox three hundred and sixty might want to try and win a copy of Bayonetta.

For the constantly updated guide to maximising your Gaming:Spending ratio, head to SavyGamer.co.uk.

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