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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Hideous

The eyes are open. The soul is closed.

Witness my stoney-eyed stare. Perched on the rim of the bargain bucket, I see to the very heart and soul of all the merchants in the digital trading halls of the world wide web. I silently command them to reduce their prices slightly, all for your benefit. Have your payment solutions at the ready, and clear some space on your hard drive, because here’s another bountiful bucket of computer gaming savings. Remember to click on regularly for up to the minute information on what games are being discounted right this very moment. If there is a bargain bucket next weekend, you’ll probably have to get it off me live. Poke me if you see me in or around the Eurogamer Expo, and I’ll probably know what’s cheap on Steam.
Serious Sam. All of them cheap.
There’s a few different options here, so bare with me.
Serious Sam HD: Gold Edition – £7.50/€10/$10
Serious Sam: The First Encounter,
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter,
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter

It’s my understanding that the main reasons that you would want the originals in addition the the shiny High Definition (with the same resolution support as the old ones) versions are that a certain section involving gravity shifting isn’t present in the newer ones, and there is no split screen in the HD versions either. There doesn’t appear to be any way to buy the non-HD versions individually, I think they are only available in this pack.

Serious Sam HD: Double Pack – £5.49/€7.49/$7.49
Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter,
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter

Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter – £2.99/€3.74/$3.74
Also available as a 4-pack for £2.25/€2.81/2.81 each

Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter – £4.49/€4.99/$4.99
Also available as a 4-pack for £3.38/€3.75/$3.75 each

Kieron’s got the complete guide to all things Serious, and all things Sam. Located here.

Global Agenda – £13.13/similarly discounted globally
Apply coupon “LongLiveShooterMMOs”
I can’t get it to tell me the Dollar and Euro prices, but they should be roughly similar to the UK price. What ever happened to the RPS Agency, did you get up to any massively mischievous online shooting? Lovable giant Phill Cameron spent some time with it here. RPS coverage here.

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, PC – £4.99/€7.99
Sorry this one is outlawed in the USA. Clearly American audiences would be put off with this outlandish import game about cowboys. I’ve not played this one, but Alec and Jim and John have brief word thinks here and here and here. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this available for sub-£10 before, and it even stayed rather high when it was in Steam sales, so this is a rather good discount.

Civilization 5 – £25.25/€29.62/$39.96
Apply coupon “D2DTWITTER”
I think the UK price has to pay tax on top of that, but I can’t seem to find out. Should still be the cheapest I’ve seen it as a download, but you might want to double check that Get Games isn’t cheaper. You get a code to plug into Steam. Alec has kindly told us wot he thinks about Civ 5 here, and there was even some natter about it in the RPS MEGA-Electronic Wireless show. I played the demo, and my biggest gripe was that it didn’t let me turn on any AA. Probably a bug, I bet my drivers are out of date or something. Civ is the granddaddy of strategy games, and this one is pretty, and probably will take hold of your time as well as any of the others. Demo here.

Deal of the week
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light & Tomb Raider: Legend – £9.99/€14.99/$14.99
This is a pretty nice offer. It’s been quite a while since Legend has been discounted significantly, and it’s my favourite of the three Crystal Dynamics traditional Raiders. Guardian of Light is certainly worth your attention too. You’ve probably heard how it’s a fun isometric actiony puzzler, a bit like a Zelda dungeon and with good coop and single player, but have you heard about the spears? Let me tell you about the spears. You can throw the spears in three hundred and sixty degrees. When they hit something, they let out a meaty thwish, and stick in whatever they hit (except for a few surfaces). When the baddies run at you and try to kill you, you throw a spear into it, and then another, and you keep doing that until it dies, leaving behinda spear filled corpse and treasure. LC:GoL is a spear ’em up with filler between spears. There’s no online coop yet because Eidos realised they could get money now if they sold it now, and finished it later. Very clever. There is DLC on the way, adding more levels and additional playable characters. Kain and Raziel please. RPS coverage here. Note: Not actually out until the 28th of September, this is a preorder offer, you won’t get Legend for free after it is out.

Also of note:
Gratuitous Space Battles – £7.34/€8.52/$11.49
And all the DLC is down to £1.99/€2.31/$3.12. You can finally get The Nomads for cheap. You can also get Gratuitous Space Battles Complete, with the first three DLCs, for £7.89/€9.26/$12.49
Fallout: New Vegas – $39.96 North and South America only, apply coupon “IGNDEAL”. you will get a code to plug into Steam.

Remember to keep your eyes and ears on

And thanks to Andreas “Hideous” Jörgensen for the image. Thanks a lot.

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