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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Underflowing

For every time of plenty, there must be a time of famine. The digital crops aren’t bearing much fruit this week, so I hope you stored away some games from previous sales, or you’ll not have much to play this weekend. The deal of the week is still very special, but aside from that you’ve got a small discount on an already cheap game, a series of games that have been discounted to less previously, and a game that realistically they couldn’t charge much more for even if they wanted to. For more deals on all formats throughout the week, make sure to regularly check and Soldiers HD – £4.89/€6.99/$6.99
Apply coupon “sinterklaas”.
Here you’re buying direct from the developers, but you’ll get a code to register the game on Steam (not sure if that’s optional or mandatory). Alec told us wot he thinks of this the other day. He said:

It really is a tug of war rather than a battle of wits, though. Or perhaps it’s more like an arm wrestle between two people in funny hats. Key is that it’s very determined to keep its players involved and optimistic for as long as possible, rather than leave anyone feeling overwhelmed and outgunned.

Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People – £6.31/€7.42/$9.95
Hello, my name is John Walker and Lewie has said I’m allowed to write in his column. I like Strong Bad. He is funny. He has boxing gloves for hands! That’s funny! They are funny games and I like them. This is easy. Of all the Telltale games, some are good and some are bad. These ones are good. They make me laugh and have good puzzles. I like them. It is good that they are cheap because then if you have less money you can buy them and play them and they are fun. You should do that. Thanks to Lewie for letting me have a go!

Shadowrun – 75p/$0.99/80 MS Points.
Included purely by virtue of there not being very much on sale this weekend? I’ll let you be the judge of that. I’ve tried to get my head around the regional availability/pricing, but can’t seem to get an answer for how much it costs in Euros, nor whether it is available in Eurozone at all. At release, Shadowrun was lots of different things to lots of different people. A worrying misuse of a treasured license, a new era of Microsoft throwing it’s weight behind crossplatform gaming, a seemingly pointless reason to “upgrade” to Vista, and if you believe Kieron’s review, too expensive. Here we are are, three and a bit years later. The game is a lot cheaper, GFWL is now rubbish and free instead of rubbish and expensive, many more people have DX10 compatible operating systems and Microsoft have become as apathetic about crossplatform multiplayer as everyone else. Now that the dust has settled, is there still a fun PC game to be had here?

Deal of the week
The Longest Journey – £3.16/€3.72/$4.99
GOG have got four Adventure games at 50% off this weekend, the others being: The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time, Sanitarium and Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive. I think Mr Walker likes this one a bit, here he is on protagonist April:

April is not a simple character, a template onto which we may impose ourselves to experience a world. She has issues with her father, trouble letting people get too close, and a propensity to run away rather than face difficulty. She is a complex and broken human being, thrown into a situation too big to understand, and arguably destroyed by it. She’s a person.

Read his full Retrospective here, why it made him here, and Kieron did a Making of here.

In addition to these discounts this weekend, for the entire advent period, GamersGate, Impluse and Telltale games have got a new deal every 24 hours. You can find them here:
GamersGate Advent Calender
30 days of Telltale
25 days of Christmas

Also of note:
The Positech Winter Bundle is still available for £4.81/€4.89/$5.99

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