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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Snowed in

This is the particularly lovely wintery view from my window this morning. Have you got snow?

Winter has got its frosty grip on the UK. I recommend you stay in doors with a cup of hot tea, and play some of these lovely cheap video games. Do not go outside unless it is an absolute emergency. Some Christmas sales have already kicked off, although the big Steam one won’t be with us for a few days. Be sure to keep an eye on SavyGamer.co.uk if you want to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the epic savings this holiday season. Here’s this week’s selection:The Machine – £1.25/$1.94
Remember last week how devs of The Machine, Bumpkin Brothers, showed us how much they loved us by offering us an exclusive 15% discount? Well this week they are showing everyone else how much more they love them than us by offering everyone a 75% discount, so I hope you ignored the previous offer. It’s kind of poor form for them to trick us like that, but I won’t hold it against them too much, because their game looks so fun. Mike “I know all of the indie games in the world” Rose liked this.

Update: Huh, the “RPS-MACHINE15” coupon still works, so you can save a little bit more on this too. Cheers sacred_flame.

Zombie Driver – £1.75/€2.25/$2.50 [For the next 5 and a half hours]
Nothing says Christmas quite like driving a car into zombies, then shooting some more zombies, then driving your car into them again. That’s what Zombie Driver is all about. The overhead camera makes it feel a bit like you’re seeing the action from the perspective of a news camera overhead, although it’s occasionally a little erratic. I must admit, I’ve not played this much since any of the major patches the devs have pushed out, is there much new that makes it worth delving back into?

Bob Came in Pieces – £1.62/€1.75/$2.50 [For the next 5 and a half hours]
John told us wot he thinks of this spaceship platformer:

The difficulty curve also reveals the intelligence behind the design. Anything new is introduced with a tool tip that concisely explains its use, or the nature of the challenge. For the first few levels it gently guides you, and then like the parent running behind the child on the bicycle, reveals that it hadn’t been balancing you for the last few minutes. By the final few levels things go all meta, Bob realising the peculiarity of his having explored areas containing the artificial edifice of puzzles, and from this point things get really tough. It becomes a playground for applying all the tricks and skills you’ve acquired over the previous few hours.

I guess now is an appropriate time to talk about the Steam Treasure Hunt. I’m not entirely comfortable with the idea of paying people with virtual goods and competition entry to play games, and it’s a worrying direction for achievements to go in. When the Treasure Hunt started, I posted one of the discounted games on SavyGamer, and immediately someone asked “How easy is the treasure hunt achievement for this game?”. They were not interested in playing the game, they just wanted to get the achievement to get the token to get the pretend hat for another game. I’d not be the first to argue that achievements are potentially harmful, but this new direction is very clearly altering people’s outlooks on games. I’m not entirely sure if Valve have fully thought through the consequences of the Treasure Hunt.

Speaking of Steam, it looks like some stuff from the upcoming Christmas sale might have leaked.

D2D discount codes
Direct2Drive have ended their 1/5 orders are free promotion early (it was supposed to run until the 31st of December), the stated reason being “we want to be able to extend promotions to EVERYONE, not just 1-in 5-orders”. Now they have a different, arguably better, promotion instead. If you spend £19.95 of more, you can get 10% off your order by applying coupon “mrclause”, if you spend £29.95 of more, you can get 15% off your order by applying coupon “Presents”, and if you spend £39.95 of more, you can get 25% off your order by applying coupon “Blitzen”. These even work on preorders. You’ll note I have only said prices in GBP, I can’t see any mention of this or a similar promotion on the .eu store (although I think you should be able to access the .co.uk site from anywhere in Europe still), and recently for some reason the USA site is not letting me access it. It instantly redirects to the UK site. It’s possible that there is a similar promotion on the USA site, I just can’t see it. Some things to consider using with these coupons:
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – £31.50
Back to the Future: The Game – £13.50
Super Meat Boy – £9.95
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam – £9.95
MX vs. ATV Reflex – £7.50
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth – £5.95
Supreme Commander [Gold] – £4.95
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl – £4.95
These prices are all pre-coupon.

Deal of the week
GOG Christmas Sale
Good Old Games have got a massive sale on for Christmas, with many games at half price. I actually think it’s their biggest sale yet, it’s certainly up there. Highlights include the still hugely playable Duke Nukem 3D [Atomic Edition] for £1.93/€2.27/$2.99, the best version of probably the best game ever: Another World [15th Anniversary Edition] for £3.21/€3.78/$4.99, and much loved Black Isle classic RPG Planescape: Torment for £4.50/€5.30/$6.99. The one constant with GOG games going on sale is my unfamiliarity with most of their library, so I’ve probably missed some real gems. Blame SEGA for making the colours so bright on their Master System adverts. Make sure to have a poke through the whole sale yourself, and moan at the sacrilege of me failing to highlight a specific game of note.

Also of note:
King’s Bounty: Platinum Edition – £7.50/€7.50/$8.75, apply coupon “collybirds”
Paradox sale at GamersGate, lots of these are repeated offers, but still some great deals.
Broken Sword [Director’s Cut] – £2.11/€2.49/$3.28, Note: Comrade Walker was paid in cash money to do some work on the Director’s Cut release.

Remember to head to SavyGamer.co.uk for all your cheap games needs.

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