The RPS Bargain Bucket: Tides of Time

It’s the weekend, and that means one thing: Publishers reduce the prices of their computer entertainment software for promotional purposes. As always, the bargain bucket is here to show you the best of the bunch. Remember to keep checking SavyGamer for all the cheap games, all the time. I’m even helping you save on your Christmas shopping too. Here’s this week’s offerings:

Commandos Complete – £2/€2/$2.59
Includes (based on squinting at the artwork):
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines
Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty
Commandos 2: Men of Courage
Commandos 3: Destination Berlin
Commandos: Strike Force
These games tested my patience far too much. To be fair, I’d have been about 13 when I tried the first one, and my men basically died straight away every time. I’m going to assume that’s not the way they are supposed to be played, and my younger self was just impatient. This is the cheapest this pack has been whilst I’ve been paying attention.

Ground Control + Expansion/Ground Control 2: Operation Exodus – $4.19/€3/£2.62 each
The discount comes off immediately. These are discounted as part of the Rebellion promotion, where you can get a load of games for a total of £25.57/£29.25/$40.89. Jim did a retrospective of the first Ground Control, and left it here for us all to read.

Mega Drive Classics – £5.49/€7.49/$7.49 a series
Series 1
Series 2
Series 3
The regular pricing of these classics collections of roms packaged up with an emulator are a little expensive for my liking, but this discount makes it just over 50p per game. If you’d have told my 10 year old self we could download mega drive games onto a computer for that price, my head probably would have exploded. Really I’d want to be able to pick games À la carte and still get these discounts, but that’s not the SEGA way. Series 3 would be my pick, because Ecco: The Tides of Time is rather grand, Alien Storm is a fun scrolling beat ’em up and Golden Axe 2 is a fun scrolling beat ’em up. It’s a shame that it isn’t the Mega CD version of Ecco, for the superior audio.

Deal of the week
Tales of Monkey Island Complete Pack – £3.49/€4.69/$4.99
Sam and Max: Season 1 – £6.22/€7.12/$9.95
Sam and Max: Season 2 – £6.22/€7.12/$9.95
Sam and Max: Season 3 – £6.22/€7.12/$9.95
Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People – £6.22/€7.12/$9.95
Sam and Max: Season 1, 2 & 3 + Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People – £18.72/€21.43/$29.95
So that’d be most of the recent output from Telltale on sale. Whether you’re after everything they’ve done, or just an individual series or two, this is your chance to fill in the gaps in your episodic adventures. You’ll can apparently get a further discount from Telltale if you’ve already bought any of the individual episodes, but having not bought any of the individual episodes, I couldn’t test that myself. This lot have all been discounted individually at some point, but this is the first time, as far as I can recall, that they’ve all been cheap all at the same time. PC and shiny white computer compatible. This discount is being used to promote Telltale’s poker ’em up Poker Night at the inventory, which features Strong Bad and Max.

Also of note:
UKers can still get Fallout: New Vegas & Fallout 3 [Goatee Edition] for £29.10
RUSE – £20.98/€29.98 (Apply coupon “ruserps”) Registers on Steam. Not available in North America it would seem, but prime for data smuggling.

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  1. Decimae says:

    Rebellion games are 50% off as a pack, and 30% off per game on GOG.

    link to

    • Decimae says:

      Reading fail. Probably then(or update). Anyway, I think the other games deserve some credit too; I had a lot of fun with EE(and I think I’m buying I and II even though I have I on a disc).

    • Thermal Ions says:

      Evil Genius is worth a look, although it’s been cheaper on Steam in the past.

    • Urael says:

      yeah…but I think getting it without SteamDRM is worth the extra pennies/cents.

    • Inglourious Badger says:

      Rebellion as in the good Aliens versus Predator circa 1999 Rebellion? Sweet…oh….wait….AvP isn’t on here. Sad face :(

  2. SquareWheel says:

    “Fallout 3 [Goatse Edition]”

    I thought that sounded wrong.

  3. Unaco says:

    I never did play the original Ground Control, but I did play the sequel… and, I seem to remember, it was quite fun. Was one of those RTS’s that tried to shift away from base-building/resources to pure tactics/strategy with your forces. Also, I seem to remember that the original game was released for free around the time the sequel was released, and there was also some advertising for the sequel being released for free as well… although I’m not sure if it will still be available if GoG are selling it now.

  4. coldwave says:

    Ground Control is free, I remember downloading it and getting a key few months ago.

  5. Carra says:

    I’d go for the first megadrive package.

    Golden Axes is a ton of fun. Ecco the dolphin is a classic. Gain ground was a lot of fun and altered beast a OK game.

  6. FranticMushroom says:

    Just picked up that Commandos bundle at Get Games! This is literally the best weekend of my life!

    Thank-you Lewie!


  7. pupsikaso says:

    Weird that they are selling Ground Control. It’s been a free game for years now.

    • Rich says:

      The only positive in getting it from GOG is that they’ve probably got it working properly with XP. The mission briefings tended to get screwed up.

    • bleeters says:

      They’re also selling the expansion, which is a) good and worth picking up, and b) nigh impossible to otherwise find, based on my own attempts a coupel of years ago. I’d personally pay what they’re asking just for that. I have fond memories of a certain hasty retreat level.

      Skip the second one, though. It ended up being the kind of sequel that tried to mash together what-made-the-original-great with what-at-the-time-of-release-games-are-doing, consequently doing neither particularly well.

    • Rich says:

      I enjoyed the sequel, but GC1 and it’s add-on definitely have a clarity of purpose that it lacks.

      I remember the add-on being pretty difficult to get hold of when it was new. They did offer it for free though (well 50p postage), if you got in early enough and already had proof of purchase. It seems weird now. It’s like they released free DLC, but it also came with a CD case, cardboard box and manual.

  8. Ricc says:

    My problem with the Commandos Complete pack is that you cannot download the game individually. You have to get the whole 7.5GB package.

    The GetGames downloader is functional, but not great. Took me a wile do find out how to change the destination folder, which defaults to somewhere on C:. There is no button or menu, you have to right-click anywhere on the window.

    • Vandelay says:

      Very tempted to buy this, even though I already own the first three of them. I know three was meant to be quite underwhelming (although a mate of mine who has always been a fan of the series really enjoyed it,) but don’t know whether Strike Force has any worth. Anyone got any opinions on it?

    • DrGonzo says:

      Strike Force is just a pretty normal shoot em up. But you can switch between characters. Quite a lot of sniping which I enjoyed. But really it’s just completely average and has nothing to do with the rest of the series.

    • Vandelay says:

      That was kind of my guess. Oh well, gone ahead and bought the pack anyway. For £2 you can’t really complain and it is always nice to have easy access to one of favourite game series.

      On the large download, I’ve also just noticed it downloading a file called “projectedendemo.exe”, which doesn’t exactly sound like an essential file. Slight annoying that it insists on downloading all those extra bits, when the games themselves, particularly the early ones, aren’t very large.

  9. airtekh says:

    Commandos was one of the first PC games I ever purchased (ahhh sweet nostalgia!). It’s a decent game, but there is far too much reliance on trial and error. It’s also very unforgiving if your guys get spotted well before you have completed your mission, and you’ll find yourself quickloading a lot more than you’d like to.

    The second game is much, much better and gives your guys a wider array of abilities as well as ones that overlap. You get a bit more freedom to complete your mission objectives, and there is still room for error if you happen to screw up. What’s not to like about a game that allows you to take out an entire island full of japanese troops armed with just a knife and a packet of cigarettes? :)

    Didn’t play the third, as I heard bad things about it (also the demo was crap) and haven’t touched the series since.

    • Delusibeta says:

      Although for folks without Fallout 3 (such as myself), the Zavvi deal is far better. And anyway, Zavvi’s selling New Vegas on it’s own for 5 pence less if you don’t mind missing out on a DLC pack (which will pretty much be inevitably modded in within a week).

      Also picked up Just Cause 2, which thanks to the Walkers code worked out at just under £9, which is close enough to the Eidos deal a few weeks back for me not to care.

    • OctaneHugo says:

      Oi fuck living in America. Sonuvabitch that’s a good deal.

    • Archonsod says:

      And Amazon have it for a massive 29p less.

    • malkav11 says:

      In USD that’s New Vegas for $40. It’s an okay prerelease deal but nothing that special. It’s relatively good for British people because the MSRP is 34.99 GBP aka ~$56 or so.

  10. DrGonzo says:

    Oh my god. Someone just recommended Ecco. I think I’m going to go and be sick.

    • negativedge says:

      ecco is amazing


    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Here’s where we find out Gonzo is just a complex bot that’s evolved enough sentience to truly hate everything.

  11. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    Please note:
    I’ve just bought Commandos pack off Get Games… be prepared to download all the games (7.4GB) in one volley…oh well :)

  12. theleif says:

    You can buy Mount & Blade: Warband for 14$ on Impulse this weekend.

    Go, spend!

  13. Eclipse says:

    Blacklight: Tango Down 50% on steam for the weekend, it’s a great and very original multiplayer FPS

    • Lewie Procter says:

      Every time I have ever posted that, people have complained about it. Either not being able to get the game to install properly, not being able to update with GFWL or not being able to get in a match once installed.

      Even at half that price when discounted via impulse, most people said they would have preferred to have not spent their money.

    • Malawi Frontier Guard says:

      Every horrible game has its fans.

  14. Lars Westergren says:

    Also just released on Steam, two games that look intriguing – Big Brain Wolf at 50% off.
    link to

    And Grotesque Tactics 20% off which is described as a Fire Emblem/ Final Fantasy Tactics style game.
    link to

    Anyone know anything about them?

  15. Cerebrium says:

    I don’t regret paying for it because it wouldn’t install properly, or because I couldn’t get a game.

    I regret paying for it because it’s just a bit of a crap game.

  16. Johnny deBris says:

    No mention of Settlers 7 for 10 quid on GamersGate UK? Good price, I’d think…

    • Mac says:

      I guess it shows how successful the Ubi DRM was at putting legit customers off – selling at this price – hahahaha

  17. Ravenger says:

    Settlers 7 has UBI drm. That’s a dealbreaker for me even if it were free.

  18. RadioactiveMan says:


    /go to
    /download groundcontrol + expansion
    /weekend over!

    Also, gog seems to have given me some free games along with my purchase. Anyone know if beneath a steel sky is any good?

    • mcwizardry says:

      Beneath a Steel Sky is an excellent point-and-click adventure. Just know that you can die quite easily so remember to save often.

    • Lilliput King says:

      I enjoyed it. Not sure how well respected it is, mind.

    • TonyB says:

      @Lilliput King: Pretty well respected – it’s the predecessor to the Broken Sword games and has artwork by comic artist Dave Gibbons of, amongst other things, Watchmen fame.

    • Eddy9000 says:

      Let’s not beat around the bush, Beneath a Steel Sky is an essential purchase if you’re even vaguely interested in point and click adventures. Better than that monkey island chow-chow.

    • JackShandy says:

      Lovely art, story, puzzles and voice acting. Not much more to say. It’s a classic.

  19. Gremmi says:

    I’m feeling pointlessly generous. First person to reply with a limerick involving John Walker’s lovely face gets a code for RUSE on Steam.

    • theleif says:

      Here you go:

      There once where a man called John Walker
      he accused me of being a stalker
      He sprayed me with mace
      when i licked on his face
      can’t help it, he’s such a good talker.

    • Gremmi says:

      You win, sir.

      Now to figure a way of getting the code to you without publicly displaying it and having some ne’erdowell steal it away.

    • Rich says:

      Private message him on t’forum?

    • Alex Bakke says:

      There was a jolly young man named John Walker,
      Who saw a girl; wanted to pork’er
      She unfortunately had mace,
      But could not use it on such a face,
      But she was a pimp, so sold him her daughter!

    • Alex Bakke says:

      Damn, forgot to refresh the page to check for replies.

    • theleif says:

      What? Did i win? Yay!

      Well, either send me a pm on the forum, or mail me at lupieri at gmail dot com.


  20. gou says:

    as a heads up, the Blood Bowl LE 30% off deal (with hinted early access) has appeared on their site, link to

    • Hardtarget says:

      only if you already own blood bowl though :(

    • invisiblejesus says:

      Is there any info available about BB:LE’s DRM? I’m assuming it’s the same SecuROM the first game used, but if there’s anything confirming otherwise I’d love to hear it.

    • gou says:

      word is the discount offer will never expire and that it will also apply to the steam version, not clear if it stacks with any kind of steam sale though :D

    • invisiblejesus says:

      Well, that’s good. Hopefully they’ll have the good sense to at least remove SecuROM from the Steam version (ideally the other versions too, like that’ll happen).

  21. LostSoviet says:

    The Sega Mega Drive Classics are also on sale at Direct2Drive. Same price too.

    GamersGate is running a “city building week” promo, which includes 50% off 3 settlers games – not just 7 but also 6 (Rise of an Empire) and 5 (Heritage of Kings).

    Impulse has discounted ValuSoft titles by 25% to mark the publisher’s addition to the catalogue. The original Puzzle Quest is about the only thing that stands out, though.

    Oh, and Telltale is still running the original Poker Night promo. Pre-order and you’ll get a 25% off next purchase coupon, which Telltale support confirms can then be used on the Meet the Players bundle. If you want to snatch up the biggest one (all Sam & Max + Strong Bad), that’s like getting Poker Night for free.

  22. Ziv says:

    there’s the three seasons of sam and max for 20$…. but I’ve already bought too many things the past two weeks (mainly games :) I don’t know if to buy it to…..

  23. LostSoviet says:

    Careful with that. The Poker Night 25% discount coupon specifically says it won’t work with the Sam & Max complete collection. So you can’t use it for the $20 Sam & Max 3-season deal, but you can use it for the $30 “everything” (Sam & Max + Strong Bad) one.

  24. LostSoviet says:

    Don’t know if my earlier post went through. The Poker Night promo specifically says its 25% off coupon won’t work with the Sam & Max complete collection (all 3 seasons for $20). Telltale support confirmed that it will work with the biggest Meet the Players bundle – the $30 deal which includes Strong Bad as well.

  25. Graham says:

    Impulse is offering the Sherlock Holmes adventure games for half off — can anyone tell me if they’re worth a look?

    • Tetragrammaton says:

      Ive only played Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened. Its alright, although i expect the only thing that kept me playing was my respective love for ol’ sherlock and the mythos. It features some of the most insanely opaque puzzles ive ever experienced, although there’s plenty of entertaining sleuthing to be had.
      Also Watson: link to

  26. Ravenger says:

    Fallout: New Vegas – £22.99 at

    I was going to wait for the inevitable GOTY version, but at that price I couldn’t resist.

  27. Risingson says:

    The sega bundle is nice. But I wonder how no one is asking for the Windows PC ports which were prettier and nicer. I think they only need some middleware to make them work. Remember: Ecco with high resolution graphics.

  28. TimA says:

    Did anyone else order RUSE from getgamesgo? They sent me an invalid key, pretty annoying, not heard back from support yet.

    • TimA says:

      Oh! Never mind, as soon as I posted this I got a reply from them with a working key, yay.