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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Price Decapitation

Are you ready to kickstart another year of cheap games? I hope so, because the bargain bucket is back, and 2011ier than ever before. In case you’ve forgotten, I also have a website called that tells you about all of the cheap games all of the time. Here’s this weeks, admittedly slightly underwhelming, selection of cut price digital fun.”Best of 2010″ sale
Lets take a moment out of our busy schedule to laugh at the artist formerly known as MSGFWLGOD. Games for Windows have got a not particularly good “Best of 2010” sale on at the minute, featuring four games that came out in 2010, five games that came out in 2009, and one that Microsoft themselves published in 2005. Everything in the sale has been available elsewhere at the same price or less recently too, with the exception of AoE3, which isn’t available digitally anywhere else. You can pay in Microsoft’s fictional points currency if you like, which lets you save a few pennies (but at what cost?).

DC Universe – £23.96/$39.96
Apply coupon “batman” in the UK and “joker” the the USA.
I always have a little trepidation about encouraging people to buy any MMO, at any price. Especially pre release. Who knows what could happen in the digital DC universe over the next few months, and if you decide that it’s not fun enough to justify the (rather expensive) £9.99/$14.99 a month subscription, you’ll have wasted your money. At the very least, it’s always nice to have games with Hamill and Conroy reprising their roles as the voices of Joker and Batman. RPS coverage here.
According to the pixels on the web site, this offer should be available to people in the EU too, but I can’t actually get it to work.

A Man with a Monocle – £2.88/€4/$4
Here’s a top tip for all developers wanting to get their game featured in the Bargain bucket. Some weeks, there aren’t very many games on sale, and I end up a bit stuck for picking which games to fill it up with. On those weeks, I’m generally inclined to pick whichever game has the silliest name. A Man with a Monocle is a platformer with a silly name, and there is a demo here.

ArmA 2 – £4.99/€7.49/$9.99
The expansions and previous game have been similarly discounted. You can see everything here.
Here’s wot Jim thinks of ArmA 2.

What PC games are is a wide open landscape, and that monstrous, uneven terrain is only getting larger by the day. Thank fuck for this twisted little peninsula of realism, without it gaming would be a whole lot less interesting.

He talks about bits of the game having unfinished elements. I take it it’s a bit more finished now? You can find a tankfull of RPS coverage here.

[Jim’s note on Arma 2: The optimisation and such still leave a lot to be desired, but heavy patching has done a lot to remove the issues I encountered on reviewing the single player aspect of this game. Also, I would point out that we generally play standalone Operation Arrowhead for RPS multiplayer sessions, rather than this original vanilla game.]

Deal of the week
Fatale – Free
For today only, so hurry up and grab it if you’re interested. Tale of Tales games seem to be a little love them or hate, indeed sometimes both, so free is probably an ideal price for lots of people. No risk of paying for something you don’t enjoy, but every chance of finding something astounding. In Tale of Tale’s own words:

Salome is a first century Judean princess mentioned in the Christian Bible by Matthew and by Mark. But it is Oscar Wilde’s 19th century play “Salome” that really inspired Fatale. In the Bible, Salome is a child who dances for King Herod and asks the head of John the Baptist as a reward. In Wilde’s version, Salome falls in love with the prophet. He rejects her and she has him executed. The play ends with her kissing the lips of his decapitated head.

Most of Fatale takes place in the aftermath of this event, when all has turned quiet and the moon brings comfort to troubled hearts.

I’m not sure what exactly makes this stand out from all the other Oscar Wilde biblical adaptation inspired interactive vignettes. It’s a pretty crowded marketplace, and I’m not sure this one even has leaning.

Remember to click on to be tricked into buying yet more games you probably don’t even want that much, just because they are cheap.

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