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The RPS Bargain Bucket: What the s***stack?

Have I got time to fill the bargain bucket to the brim with its usual selection of lovely cheap computer games? I hope so, I’m heading off to the frozen Northerly land of Carlisle as soon as I’m done, for a huge family party thing, so I’m a little rushed for time. It comes at a week when Valve have gone a bit mental, with a million billion games on sale. A sign of things to come in the Christmas sale no doubt. Remember to head to for cheap games throughout the week.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl & Call of Pripyat, PC – £6.24/€7.49/$9.99
Again, THQ insist on punishing people for having purchased their games previously. Even if you already own Shadow of Chernobyl, this is a great price for Call of Pripyat, it’s just a little disappointing that you don’t get a giftable license, or the option to buy just the game you don’t own at 75% off, if you already own one of them. At least the currency exchange rate they’ve used is pretty fair. Jim just can not ever stop writing about S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Does that make him a stalker stalker?

Plants vs. Zombies – £3.49/€4.99/$4.99
I think I’m going to go out on a limb and say I like PVZ even more than Peggle. The pretty garden designs you can come up with just get under my skin, and I end up making decisions which I know are sub-optimal from a strategic viewpoint, but result in having a nice symmetrical garden. I only finished it recently, and the ending was a bit special, and unexpected. They’re calling this the “GOTY” edition, but from what I can tell that just means “patched with some extra stuff and references to Michael Jackson removed” edition.

The Graveyard, The Path and Fatale – Pay what you want
Minimum of £1.87/€2.15/$3, but upwards of a fiver seems like a fair amount to spend to me. John and Kieron both shared their thoughts on The Path, and although I my tastes tend towards high scores, shooting dudes and matching coloured blobs over anything narrative centric in games, I’m intrigued enough that I’ve plonked down what I wanted for this bundle.

Activision bundle – £14.93/€17.17/$23.94
For Halloween, GOG have got a promo on Activision games, which is a perfect match for my Bobby Kottick costume I’ll be wearing when I go trick or treating.
Includes (and individual pricing):
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers – £2.99/€3.43/$4.79
Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within – £2.99/€3.43/$4.79
Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, blood of the Damned – £2.99/€3.43/$4.79
Phantasmagoria – £4.98/€5.73/$7.99
Phantasmagoria 2 – £2.99/€3.43/$4.79
Vampire the Masquerade: Redemption – £2.99/€3.43/$4.79
No sale on Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines anywhere so far this year, which is usually the highlight of any Halloween. Maybe next year.

Deal of the week
Amnesia: The Dark Descent – £7/€8.01/$11.17
Last month’s run away and hide ’em up from those twisted individuals behind the Penumbra series is now available for just shy of half price. It was so frightening that it made John get a bit sweary:

And did I mention it’s scary? I was inventing new swears by the end of it. “Fucking cocksticks, what the shitstack was that?!” And I confess I yelped on more that one occasion. One of them might be considered, by some, to be a squeal. But more often I’d find myself rigid with fear, my stomach pressed against my desk as I leaned into the monitor trying to reach the next illusion of safety more quickly. I think it is safe to say that Amnesia is the most successfully frightening game to have been made. It feels perhaps a slightly over-obvious observation, but the compliment is utterly valid: It’s Thief III’s Cradle as a full game. Unrelenting in its scares and jumps.

Also of note:
The first Episode of Telltale’s Back to the Future for free.
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin – £2.49/$4.99. Despite this game registering on Steam whenever else you get it from anywhere else, this version from Microsoft does not. I think that means that you’ll not be able to get the DLC either. Remember, if you double down on nothing, you still get nothing.
Nation Red – £2.71/€3.05/$3.39. Also available as a 4-pack for £2.04/€2.29/$2.55 each.
You’ve still got time to get Dogfighter for £1.05/€1.35/$1.50. Play together here.
Puzzle Dimension – £3.49/€4.99/$4.99
Tidalis – £3.99/€$4.99/$4.99
Complete Steam and GamersGate Halloween sales.

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