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The RPS Bargain Bucket: 14 Months

It is a special weekend this weekend. Today is the day I realised that I let the one year anniversary of the Bargain Bucket pass without mention. Just over two months ago I should have mentioned it, but it completely slipped my mind. So this is it, the first anniversary and a bit of the bargain bucket. I’ll secure a bottle of cheap wine, you get the low grade sausage rolls, and we’ll have a party. Remember to go to SavyGamer dot co dot you kay for more constantly updated cheap games.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 + Chaos Rising – £19.99/€27.49/$19.99
A much better deal for those of you residing in North America, there’s a surprise. There is a sneaky trick here that might be of use, since on their own DOW2 costs £9.99/€14.99/$14.99 and Chaos Rising costs £14.99/€14.99/$14.99. If you have one person that want’s DOW2, and one that already has DOW2, but wants Chaos Rising, it is cheaper for the second person to buy DOW2: Gold for £19.99/€27.49/$19.99, gift the spare copy of DOW2 to the first person, and then split the cost. It’s a shame that the ability to gift a spare license here is the exception to the rule. In most bundles the additional license you purchase just dissolves. RPS coverage here, demo here.

The Orange Box – £11.89/€20.99/$20.99
Valve’s super duper collection has always been one of the best deals in PC gaming, even more so when they decide to lop and extra 30% off. This additional discount coincides with Half-life 2, Episode 1 and Episode 2 joining Portal in being released for those white computers that cost lots of money, and them adding silly achievements, extra pretties, and Xbox three hundred and sixty controller support to HL2 and Episode 1 (Episode 2 already had them all). Team Fortress 2 is on the way to Mac soon. I imagine that there is not a single person reading this that hasn’t already played HL2, but if your just interested in the continuing adventures of Gordon Freeman, then HL2, Episode 1 and Episode 2 have been discounted individually too. Considering that they have had a promotion for Portal and now Half-Life 2 when the Mac versions launched, I think we can expect similar promotions for Team Fortress 2, and Left 4 Dead 1 + 2 when they get released for Mac too. RPS coverage here. In case you weren’t sure, it is a good game.

Disciples & Jagged Alliance promo
Over at GOG, for £3.45/€4.07/$4.99 a pop, you can get the following:
Disciples: Sacred Lands,
Disciples 2: Gold,
Jagged Alliance,
Jagged Alliance 2
Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games
Which one is the Goodest Old Game?

Assassin’s Creed – £4.97/€7.48/$7.48 – £2.48/€3.74/$3.74
Another loyalty discount. Depending on how much money you’ve given them in the past, you get somewhere between 50% and 75% off. It comes with Tages DRM, and it’s a fairly stupid game. It’s pretty, no matter what other criticisms are fair to make of it, it is definitely a very good looking game. The wall climbing animation is fantastic, and the huge city is of the “you can go anywhere that you can see” variety. Still, it is shallow as they come. You can disengage your brain for almost the entirety of the game. There’s lots of standing around waiting for people to say a bunch of words, and whilst in terms of performance the game runs well, the menus are very consoley. Don’t forget if you want to finish the story on the PC, you’ll have to grapple with Ubisoft’s horrible horrible broken online services platform DRM, or crack it. The story is a load of bollocks anyway, and I’m not convinced the developers actually know what is actually going on. I suppose I am being a little down on it, that is really cheap, and it is definitely pretty, and you do get to stab people. Maybe give it a whirl, but don’t get your hopes up that it will play like this trailer made me imagine it would.

Deal of the week
Sins of a solar empire – £2.76/€3.25/$3.99
I’ve not played this one yet, but I always thought that the name was phonetically delicious. It just rolls of the tongue. Jim says: “Sins is just simplistic enough for me to play it as a bulky strategic shooter – the way I like my RTS games – but also complex enough for you to feel like an entire afternoon plunged into its abyss isn’t wasted. I’m sure that when the Great Computer In The Sky judges me after my death it will criticise millions of the seconds I spent playing lesser games, but I think he’ll be okay with Sins.” RPS coverage here, demo here.

Also of note:
GamersGate sim promo
Caster – Pay what you want
Wake & Lunnye Devitsy – Pay what you want
Demigod – £6.92/€8.14/$9.99
Trine – £4.23/€4.98/$4.98
Majesty 2 – £6.25/€7.50/$7.50
Global Agenda – £18.74/€22.49/$29.99

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