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Have you been paying attention? You must know the drill by now. Here is your weekly serving of the cheapest and best games that the internet has to offer this weekend, click on the following links, and you get to swap not very much money for a lot of game. Check whenever you want to know what games are cheap right now across all formats. Here’s this week’s selection.

Magicka – £4.90/€5.81/$7.96
Apply coupon “hailtothechief”. Registers on Steam.
Why the hell would should you be interested in a game called Magicka? The triple threat of Quinns, Alec & John tell you why here and here. Those wordthinks are nearly a month old now, so perhaps the mega buggy bug bugs have been squished out of the .exe by now? I had a quick whirl of it for the first time this morning, and encountered a couple of minor bugs in the first few minutes.

MX v ATV: Reflex – £2.92/€3.46/$4.74
Apply coupon “vatfree”. Registers on Steam.
I liked the demo of this, although a quick search seems to indicate that THQ never bothered putting out a demo for windows based computer terminals. On the Xbox three hundred and sixty, you use one stick to steer your MX or your ATV and the other stick to balance your dude. Leaning into turns, and getting extra height on jumps by throwing your weight around is several different flavours of fun. Quite a pretty game too.

Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines – £6/$9.49
Apply coupon “vatfree”. UK/North America only.
This used to get discounted somewhere every Halloween, but if memory serves me well, it’s not been been heavily discounted for about 3 years now. Perhaps the ongoing mega-support the utterly brillaint nerds on the internet behind the unofficial patches are directly responsible for it retaining it’s value. Jim tells you why this game is a thing worth caring about here, and Kieron does his thing on it here.

Painkiller: Redemption – £4.04/€4.80/$6.57
Apply coupon “SURVEY2010”.
I remember a few people seemed interested in getting more Painkiller at the already low RRP, but you can save an additional 10% using the survey coupon (which expires next weekend). Alec brought us the skinny on this second mod-turned-expandalone for Painkiller. The previous painkiller product that started off as a mod seemed to be a bit unpopular, but perhaps this one will be better, and the low low price can’t do any harm.

SpaceChem – £9.23/€10.95/$15
Quinns layered a thick sticky ooze of praise all over Zachtronics Industries’ cerebral sciency puzzler when he told us wot he thought.

This is an incredible game, and it absolutely has a place in the PC’s growing catalogue of glorious indie puzzlers. Alongside the shimmering, yet evasive brilliance of Braid, or the charming wit of World of Goo, we now have a straight-up genius. There’s no other word for it- like all geniuses, it can be demanding and even problematic, but there’s no questioning what Zachtronics has achieved here. This is top-of-the-line entertainment. If you’re a puzzle game fan, buy SpaceChem immediately.

If you ignored his sage advice, you can save yourself 25% by buying it now instead of having bought it previously. At least try the demo.

Deal of the week
Men of War: Assault Squad – £12.49/€14.99/$17.49
Apply coupon “50squad”.
It’s not often the new hotness gets discounted so heavily before it’s even available, but here’s a half price preorder of the new Men of War expandalone. Here’s wot Jim thinks:

what Assault Squad does do is transform and reinvigorate Men Of War as a multi-player game, as well as set itself in stone as one of the greatest and grandest co-op games available. It’s precisely this kind of overwrought game that only the PC can do, and I feel thrilled and delighted that it exists. You should too.

Demo here.

Also of note:
Square-Enix Complete Pack – £48.75/€74.99/$74.99
AI War: Fleet Command – £5.99/€6.99/$9.99
Test Drive Unlimited 2 – £19.69/€23.35/$31.99. Apply coupon “hailtothechief”.
Civilization IV [Complete] – £3.75/€6.25/$7.50
Hitman: Codename 47 – £1.49/€2.49/$2.49
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin – £1.49/€2.49/$2.49
Hitman: Blood Money – £1.49/€2.49/$2.49

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