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The RPS Bargain Bucket: This Hollywood Life

Who the hell decided to let me do alt-texts? - Lewie

There was a magical moment last weekend at E2. I spent most of my first day in the Earl’s Court region seeking out the most cost effective services and utilities that me and my fellow expo goers could use in the local vicinity. I found Hollywood Chicken, a delightful foodery with friendly staff, low prices and upward of 2mg of iron in every serving. Perfect for RPS’s needs. By the time a group of seven of us descended upon it, I realised I had spent all of my currency on transport around London the previous night, and there wasn’t a cash machine in sight. Kieron and Quinns came to my rescue. They spotted an item on the menu that would satisfy our need for sustenance. The Bargain Bucket, what else? I contributed the change in my pocket, Kieron dipped into his grant from Professor X, and Quinns shared some of his no doubt ill gotten earnings. We feasted on dead animal and chips, and I survived to give you yet another digest of gaming savings. SavyGamer.co.uk is your hub for savings across all gaming formats. Here’s this week’s selection.Sol Survivor – £3.99/€4.49/$4.99
I planned to include this in the bargain bucket from the moment I saw it. It certainly isn’t a last minute addition that I know nothing about. I remember the first time I played it, I thought to myself “This is certainly a computer game that I have opinions about.” So that’s that. You should probably take my word on it, but Jim had these things to say about it, although I suspect he didn’t even play it! It’s free to play this weekend, so you can extensively try before you buy.

Gobliiins Trilogy – £2.57/€2.94/$4.10
Relive Alec’s childhood for only a few bob, the second of this triiilogy was one of the games that made him. He had this to say about it:
“What did Gobliins 2 teach me? I guess that, like most of the others here, it developed my preference for a well-crafted world over precise mechanics. I’m fearful to revisit its pratfall-based gags now, but I suspect its tale of idiots somehow blundering through danger had some effect on my generally irreverent approach to my own gaming adventures. In hindsight, it also taught me that games can be a force for much more than mere hedonism. Like playing Scorched Earth with those Bigger Boys, it brought me closer to someone I (at the time) had a fairly fractured relationship with.”
Don’t know if this is a permanent offer of not, someone emailed me a link to it and I have literally no information beyond that, so don’t even bother asking.

King’s Bounty: Platinum Bundle – £11.99/€11.99/$20.99
Apply coupon “rpsbounty”
This is the full compilation of all three of 1C Company’s Meer-adored strategy thing. I hope they’ve got a plan for what the collection will be called if they release another expansion (what’s more valuable than platinum?). Alec proto-Wot I thinked the first one here, Euroviewed the second here, and accidentally Wot I thinked the recent third one here.

Atari classics pack – £20.12/€22.91/$31.90
Includes (and individual pricing):
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare – £2.64/€3.01/$4.19
Blood – £2.64/€3.01/$4.19
Blood 2: The Chosen + Expansion – £2.64/€3.01/$4.19
Independence War Deluxe – £2.64/€3.01/$4.19
Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos – £2.64/€3.01/$4.19
Master of Magic – £2.64/€3.01/$4.19
Master of Orion 1 + 2 – £2.64/€3.01/$4.19
Master of Orion 3 – £4.41/€5.02/$6.99
Outcast – £2.64/€3.01/$4.19
Total Annihilation: Commander Pack – £2.64/€3.01/$4.19
I’m drawing a line. What GOG did was in many ways stupid, but I think we’ve had all the discussion needed about it, and everyone has made up their minds about whether they want to continue using GOG or not. You might have thought Jim failed rather fantastically last weekend by picking Outcast for the not-Bargain Bucket, despite it not being on sale. Turns out he’s just ahead of the curve by exactly one week.

Deal of the week
CERTAINLY NOT L4D+L4D2. DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU WOULD HAVE GOT THAT IDEA.

Scoregasm – £3.15/€3.65/$4.99
This was discounted last weekend, but the bucket wasn’t around to collect it’s gooey cheaposity. In exchange for a hi5 at E2, Mr. Knight said he’d extend the offer to make sure that no RPS readers would miss out. What a lovely thing to do. The game is a wonderful twin stick shooter, that is actually more inspired by scrolling shooters, and you can optionally shout “BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!” when you use the area attack to kill lots of baddies at once. If you pay a little bit more you get immediate access to the beta, and a bit more again and you get a thank you in the credits. RPS coverage here.

Also of note:
The Blackwell Legacy, PC – £3.19/€3.99/$3.99
Blackwell Unbound – £3.19/€3.99/$3.99
The Blackwell Convergence – £3.99/€5.99/$5.99
Killing Floor – £7.49/€8.99/$9.99
Activision don’t get a working link for their pathetic discount on MW2. The Steamworks retail version was available for £23.99 at release, and is £17.99 now. They have temporarily discounted the Steam version to £26.79. Since CODBLOPS is out soon, seems like they could drop it to around a tenner.
UK/Europe folk who buy any games from Zavvi or The Hut should probably abuse the hell out of this.
Games for Windows Live is still not very good.

Remember to visit SavyGamer.co.uk for all of your video game discount needs.

This failure’s for you, KG

Thanks to samartriot for providing this screenshot of Car Wot Goes Fast.

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