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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Cuddles

Love is in the air. Or is it Carbon monoxide? I always mix those two up. Valentines day is nearly upon us, that time of year when people with significant others excuse themselves from not being romantic 364 days of the year by getting some flowers and paying for a meal at Pizza Express, and people who are single get all cynical and pretend to be above it, but are really crying on the inside. Looks like it’s also a time when games get discounted more than usual, and the bargain bucket is overflowing this week. For more ways to numb the pain, head to SavyGamer.

Mount & Blade – £3.99/€4.99/$4.99

I think this is the cheapest that this game has ever been. Correct me if I am wrong, but it started out being like £6 when it was in beta, and as it has gotten more polished and had things added to it, the price has crept up to an RRP of £24.99. Certainly the cheapest I can remember seeing it. This is an open world “kill the dudes with your weapons before they kill you with theirs” em up, and now is a pretty great time to get it, since the multiplayer centric expandalone “warband” is out pretty soonish (30th of March). Mods live here, Wiki lives here, demo lives here and bountiful RPS coverage lives here.

Total War Series – 66% off

All of the Total War games on steam have got 66% off, going all the way back to Rome. Empire DLC is also slightly discounted too. I’m somewhat tempted to grab Medieval 2 to give it a try. Possibly Empire instead. What’s your favourite of the discounted Total War games folks?

Hammerfight – £2.50/€2.88/3.92

Fight, with hammers. From the looks of things, this is a rather nifty 2D aerial combat game, where you are a little helicopter, with a big hammer attached to it by a chain, which you have to kill baddies with. There’s a demo right here, so you can make you own mind up!

On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode 1 & Episode 2 – £3.99/€4.99/$4.99 each

The Episodic Penny-Arcadian pointy/clicky adventure come RPG has had a perma-price drop on Steam. I love Penny-Arcade a lot (and am HUGELY excited about going to PAX East next month), but I didn’t particularly feel that their comedy transferred well to game format at all. There are some really nice things about it for sure though, there is a custom character creator which makes both a polygon favoured 3D model of you for in game, and also a 2D version for in cut scenes. Unless there is a big surprise, I don’t think there is ever going to be an episode 3 sadly. People who have completed the 2nd episode, is there a cliffhanger ending, or does it tie things together nicely? Demos here and here.

Deal of the week

The Indie Love Bundle – £12.74/€14.69/$20
There are often fantastic bundle deals here in the bargain bucket, but they usually have the caveat of “only a good deal if you don’t own most of the games already”. Not so here, as each and every one of the games on offer here can be gifted. If you already own some of them, or just want to give one of them away to someone, or indeed want to split the bundle with someone, you can.
You get:
And Yet It Moves,
Auditorium,
Aztaka,
Eufloria,
Machinarium
and Osmos.
I’ve personally played and loved five out of the six games on offer here, and would definitely recommend them (I should probably give Aztaka a go). This offer is straight from the developers too, so no unnecessary middle men are going to be buying a Lexus with your money. No nasty DRM either. <3

Also of note:
D2D instruct you to listen to some MBV
Dynamix Titles – 50% off
Fort Zombie – £1.98/€1.98/$1.98
QuantZ – £2.99/€2.99/$2.99
Prey – £1.50/$2.35 (NA/UK only, but you can register the serial on steam, so you could get a friend to buy it for you, and just send you the serial)
Sword of the Stars: Ultimate – £4.77/€5.50/$7.49
Fallout 3 GOTY – $24.99 (Only in North/South America)
The Void – $5 (Worldwide excluding South Africa, Australia, and Western Europe)
Triptych – £4.43/€5.11/$6.95
THQ Complete pack(s) – £26.49/$49.99/€49.99
THQ have two complete packs, each with varying degrees of completeness, one from Steam, one from Impulse. Both have:
Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor
Full Spectrum Warrior
Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
Red Faction
Red Faction II
Red Faction Guerrilla
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
Titan Quest
Titan Quest: Immortal Throne
Warhammer 40k: Gold
Warhammer 40k: Dark Crusade
Warhammer 40k: Soulstorm

Then the Impulse one also has:
Supreme Commander
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
World of Zoo

And the Steam one also has:
Dawn of War 2
Frontlines: Fuel of War
Saints Row 2

STOP PRESS! LAST MINUTE ADDITION: GetGames send word that they’ve got VVVVVV for £9. More importantly, perhaps, the site now supports Euros and US Dollars as currency, and has AvP on pre-order for £20, for which you get the RTS Universe At War thrown in for free. Blimey.

For more cheap games, go to SavyGamer.co.uk

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