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The Bargain Bucket: Letting Off Steam

In the wake of the massive Steam sale that was, things may be bit quieter this week, but I’ve still managed to find several interesting discounts on worthwhile games. Strike that, reverse it. For a constantly updated guide to all that is cheap in the world of gaming, hit up SavyGamer.co.uk. Read on to delve head first into this week’s Bargain Bucket.

Rebellion super duper pack – £27.13/€32.34/$40.89
OK, I added the “super duper” to the title, it seemed fitting. This bundle comes with:
Empire Earth: Gold Edition
Empire Earth 2: Gold Edition
Empire Earth 3
Evil Genius
Ground Control + Expansion
Ground Control 2: Operation Exodus [Special Edition]
Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death
Lords of Magic [Special Edition]
Lords of the Realm: Royal Edition
Lords of the Realm 3
Republic: The Revolution
This offer is a saving of 50%, and if you already own some games from this bundle, you can still get 50% off the rest of the bundle. You can also buy each game individually at 30% off.

Plain Sight – £3.95/€4.50/$4.95
Sadly there’s still no demo available for this. The game’s official web site says “A demo of Plain Sight will be available sometime after the launch”, but I guess it is not sometime after launch enough just yet. The game itself is great fun. It’s a fast paced multiplayer death match that is one part Unreal Tournament, one part Mario Galaxy and one part original ideas. The biggest let down about it for me was the lack of any worthwhile single player. With that fantastic control scheme, animation and physics, Plain Sight has most of the right ingredients of an excellent platformer, maybe along the lines of N 3D. Wot Kieron thinks is contained on this internet web page.

Footballing Manager 2010 – £9.99/€9.99/$14.99
This is an RTS with heavy RPG elements, where you have to tell your little dots to score the most goals, so that they can become the goal king. There are hundreds of thousands of different units, each with very slightly different stats, which effect their performance in combat. There is a little bit of resource management, you have to pay salaries for all your troops. The base building has a bit of a unique design to it. You battle in a big arena, where members of the public pay to watch, so to earn the most money you have to increase you arena’s capacity by hiring construction staff. Everything is hidden under layers and layers of spreadsheets, which does make you feel a little disconnect from the action, but there is a solid strategy game to be found here.

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Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter – £8.99/€9.99/$9.99
This is also available as a 4 pack, which brings the cost down to £6.75/€7.48/$7.48 each. There was a bit of a screw up here. To coincide with this discount, there is also a free weekend going on. At first it was just restricted multiplayer, not even the mental 16 player coop. Apparently there was a miscommunication between Croteam and their marketing team. To rectify, the entire game is free to play this weekend. The multiplayer, the coop, and the single player in their entirety are free to play, from beginning to end, until Sunday night (Valve time). If you’re not busy, you could feasibly play the game to completion in that time. RPS coverage here.

Also of note:
Grappling Hook – £5.96/€7.09/$8.97
GEOM – £6.63/€7.89/$9.98
Dawn of Discovery/Anno 1404: Venice – £7.48/€14.98/$9.98

Remember to direct your web browser to SavyGamer.co.uk to find all the cheap games in the world.

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