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The RPS Bargain Bucket: HOT

(Repeated logo, but I think we ran out. What was the plan with these anyway? – Jim)
It’s bloody hot. Far too hot to pay full price for games. This weekend, I prescribe some discounted digital entertainment, and a cool beverage of your choice in the sun whilst they download. Remember to go to SavyGamer.co.uk for more cheap game niceness. Here’s this week’s Bargain Bucket.

First Encounter Assault Recon, First Encounter Assault Recon: Extraction Point & First Encounter Assault Recon: Perseus Mandate – £6.99/€8.99/$9.99
Or “FEAR + both expansions” for short, although perhaps that should be retroactively changed to F1AR. I’m not completely sure what I think of FEAR. I played the Xbox (booo!) version, and it felt like an FPS with mostly nice weapons, a few vaguely creepy bits, and baddies that had noticeably better than average AI. It did have a groundbreaking slo mo feature, where you could press a button, and the whole game would slow down. What’ll they think of next? Seems to me like if you are in the mood for shooting some dudes, you could do much worse that FEAR. Remember that you can get the Multiplayer for FEAR for free. This not a temporary offer, this is going to be available for ever and ever and ever.

Gabriel Knight trilogy – £/€/$12.57
I’ve not played these and don’t know anything about them…Can you lot tell me about them in the comments please?

Company of Heroes – Cheap
Here are the various ways of buying it:
Company of Heroes – £3.98/€3.98/$7.98
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts – £3.98/€7.98/$3.98
Company of Heroes: Gold (Original game + Opposing Fronts) – £5.98/€7.98/$11.98
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor – £7.98/€11.98/$11.98
Company of Heroes: Complete – £19.98/€23.98/$23.98
Gosh someone needs to buy GamersGate a calculator. The “Complete” version there is entirely redundant (hence no link), and apparently €3.98 = $7.98 = £3.98 = $3.98 = €7.98, and the price for Opposing front in Euros is the same as the price for Original game + Opposing Fronts. Direct your complaints towards the comments, or better yet hassle them over twitter. Still, mostly good deals depending on where in the world you are. Demo here.

Puzzlebots, PC – £7.39/€8.42/$9.99
Apply coupon “PUZZLEBYTES” to get this price.
Derek Yu, over at TIGsource says “The consistent humor, the interaction between the humans and the robots, the play on differences not only in physical scale but how humans/robots see the world, and the way the story unfolds as it’s passed between these two groups, is what really makes Puzzle Bots shine. As someone who thinks highly of challenge and mechanical depth, I’m almost loathe to say it, but I think the game’s non-intrusive casualness is actually a selling point for this game, because I was eager to watch the story unfold in a timely manner.” sounds good to me. Demo here.

SAY-GAH complete pack – £49.99/€59.99/$89.99
Includes:
Rome: Total War + Barbarian Invasion + Alexander,
Medieval II: Total War + Kingdoms,
Empire: Total War + Elite Units of America, Elite Units of the East, Elite Units of the West, Special Forces Units & Bonus Content, The Warpath Campaign,
Napoleon: Total War + Coalition Battle Pack,
Aliens vs. Predator + Swarm Map Pack,
Football Manager 2010,
Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast,
SEGA Rally,
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
Space Siege,
Stormrise,
The Club,
Universe at War: Earth Assault,
Vancouver 2010,
Virtua Tennis 2009.

Deal of the week
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat – Ł8.26/€9.54/$11.99 If you already own Shadows of Chernobyl.
Update: Thanks to Sean w/o an H who kindly corrected me in the comments, I saw that this deal doesn’t actually require you to own Shadows of Chernobyl on Impulse, you just have to have it installed on your machine. Presumably Steam, D2D, retail or any other should work. Wot Jim thinks can be found and this here hyperlink.

Hang on a sec. Check this image out. Why on earth do they have a character from Alpha Protocol appearing in the promo artwork for this bundle, when it very clearly doesn’t include Alpha Protocol. Never mind. There’s a lot of great games there, although I would be pretty sad if that was all SEGA were ever remembered for. It’s more of a SEGA incomplete pack. They should package up all their Mega Drive games with an emulator for 89p a pop (or more realistically £2). There’s a few hidden gems there. The Club, which is a brilliantly paced third person shooter where every second counts. Outrun, which is absolutely nothing like the reality of driving a fast car, but every bit like the dream. SEGA Rally too, although that is probably redundant now that we have Dirt 2. You get all of the recent Total War games too. This is a potentially fantastic deal, but only for people who are really interested in most of the games included but have also not bought any of them, further highlighting that Valve really need to sort out a way of offering discounts on bundles when someone already owns individual components of it, or at least issue gift copies when you’ve paid for something twice. Punishing people for having already bought your games seems pretty backwards to me.

Also of note:
Westward 1, 2 & 3 – £5.17/€5.95/$7.48
Altitude – £3.49/€4.49/$4.99, free to play this weekend.
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood – $9.99 (North America only)

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