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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Recharged

Much better week that last week, hurrah! You’ve got cars, zombies, jedis and balls, what more could you possibly want? Last week was definitely an anomaly, don’t expect another respite for your wallet any time soon. For more cheap games, direct your browser to Here’s the fully recharged bargain bucket:

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – £9.99/€14.99/$14.99
This is LucasArts’ evidence that piracy is killing PC games. They made a mediocre game about hitting baddies with a foam lightsabre and pressing buttons when it tells you to, then released it on the PC a year after other platforms, and did a terrible job of porting to boot. The reason they did this was to help increase it’s sales on other platforms. I stopped caring half way through the demo, but if you like buying things that have star wars in the name, then you will like buying this because it has star wars in the name. Who was it that asked for this instead of a sequel to Republic Commando?

Madballs in…Babo: Invasion – £1.75/€2.25/$2.50
To coincide with the free weekend that is happening RIGHT NOW, there is a discount available for this game about balls. You can get 75% off buying it individually, or save even more by splitting a 4 pack between some other human beings (£1.37/€1.75/$1.88 each). Alec said it was “far better than I’d ever have expected from a £6 game based on an ugly ball toy from the 1980s.” Multiply that statement by 4 (or 5.102 if you get the 4 pack) to adjust it to current pricing, and that is mega enthusiastic.

Zombie Driver – £3.49/€4.49/$4.99
Broken promises that they never made, missed opportunities that they never saw. That was what Zombie Driver was at launch. It was a game where all I really wanted to do was Drive and interact with Zombies, then interact with their severed body parts. It didn’t seem to want to let me do that, it punished me for not avoiding all the zombies, ammo wasn’t scarce it was just inconveniently placed, and the overhead camera was stylish, but not all that conducive to good driving. Word on the street is that since I last played it they have added new camera settings and a completely new game mode more in tune with what I had hoped the game would be. In short, it looks a bit good.

King’s Bounty: Gold – $14.95/€9.95/£9.95
Get both the original “The Legend” and the expandalone “Armored Princess” for cheaps. If you are just after Armored Princess, you might be able to get it cheaper at GamersGate, but you’ll have to grapple with their rather bewildering reward scheme. I’m a white status member, so I only get 50% off, and a pain in the back of my neck. RPS coverage hither and thither, and demos also hither and thither.

Deal of the week
Dirt 2 – £7.59/€7.39/$9.95
Cheapest I’ve seem this discounted to before was £14.99, so this is a decent discount. It is a DX11 compatible game for all of you with graphics cards that can make pretty DX11 flavoured pixels (and either Vista or Win7), but it will work on DX9 compatible cards/OSs too. I played a car game once. I nearly came off the track, but then I steered my car away from the edge of the track, and managed to stay on. True story. Jim says “Dirt 2 really surprised me. I totally got into it. Definitely worth getting.” and also my mate Kieran (different one) says it is “Awesome.” and “It’s pretty, it feels like what I imagine rally driving feels like (bumpy)”, and he is only wrong some of the time. WARNING: Contains trace amounts of GFWL.

Also of note:
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky – $4.95 (North America only)
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth – £3.50/€3.50/$4.95
Actually the whole of the D2D sale is worth a gander or two UK/EU/USA
Civ 3 + 4 and all expansions – $29.99 (North America only)

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