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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Coupon Application

And finally, it’s time for the bargain bucket. Your weekly dose of cheap PC downloads. It’s slim pickings this week, but there’s still deals worth your attention, and a deviation from usual contents of the bucket towards the end. Remember to visit whenever you feel like blowing some cash on some cheap games.Master of Orion Collection – £3.07/€3.59/$4.89
Apply coupon “SURVEY2010″ to get this price.
This includes the first, second and third MoO games, which is all of them. I know very little about these game, so instead I am going to talk about a few other things. The USA and EU prices here are estimates, since it won’t tell me what the Dollar and Euro prices actually are with the coupon applied. Also, the coupon was given out as a thank you for taking part in the stardock survey, but it seems it’s one coupon for universal use. Not sure if it can be used more than once on one account though.

Cyan games bundle – £10.59/€12.44/$16.95
Includes (and individual prices):
The Manhole: Masterpiece Edition – £2.62/€3.08/$4.19
Myst: Masterpiece Edition – £2.62/€3.08/$4.19
Real Myst – £2.62/€3.08/$4.19
Riven – £2.62/€3.08/$4.19
URU: Complete Chronicles – £4.37/€5.13/$6.99
John went into great detail about his feelings for Myst over at Eurogamer.

Dead Space – £5.10/€5.10/$6.80
Not quite as cheap as it should be perhaps, what with the sequel being just around the corner. There is a deal where you save more money on DS1 by buying DS2 at the same time, but EA are playing a joke on everyone and pricing the Steam version of Dead Space 2 at £30 at release, when the shiny plastic disc version is available for £20. Here’s Alec’s retrospective of the first game.

Deal of the week
Love [6 months] – £8.74/€10/$13.62
Quinns gave us a massive update on this the other day, and it sounds a bit fascinating. This is how Eskil describes it:

This is the game we dreamt about 20 years ago. An open world, where the game’s story follows your actions rather than you following the game’s story. The ability to do whatever you want, and the game just responds.

His World of Love presentation is worth watching too, as he shows off some of the more clever bits of how he designed the game.

Also of note:
Save 20% on horror games at D2D.

In addition to the downloads: Shiny plastic discs!
There’s currently a promotion on at Zavvi that allows you to get 15% off any item under £100. This means a lot of their DVD-ROM based preorders are fantastically cheap. The likes of Brink, Rage, Duke Nukem Forver, Test Drive Unlimited 2, Total War: Shogun 2: Total War and Mass Effect 3 are all in the £21-£23/€25-€28 price range. Instructions on how to get the coupons can be found here, and details on the PC retail discounts that are worth your attention are here. It’s worth remembering that Zavvi haven’t got a particularly good track record for delivery times and customer service, you will get your games, but they might be a week or two late, and emailing them might not be much help. It seems the trend of PC games being cheaper than console versions is continuing, probably amplified by competition on PC retail from digital distribution. Most major PC games are available for under £25 at release these days, which wasn’t the case 5 years ago.

Remember to visit for gaming discounts across all platforms.

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