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The RPS Bargain Bucket: No Extra Licenses

I’ve spent this morning searching the internet for the best deals on interactive computer entertainment software, and handily compiled into a bite sized list for you. A price-cut pail. As always, if this weekly digest isn’t enough to info to help you fund your games buying habit, SavyGamer.co.uk is always full to the brim of cheap games on all platforms. Read on for this week’s selection.

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth – £4.76/$7.96
Apply coupon “Monster” in the UK and “burnout” in the USA.
This gets a lot of stick for going sharply downhill as soon as you get guns, but I never actually made it to that point. I seem to remember getting stuck maybe 3/4 hours in, and never going back to it, but the intro and first few hours of this spooky first person horror are worth the price of admission alone. Dark Corners of the Earth is full of neat ideas to create a tense and oppressive atmosphere. Bolting doors to keep baddies away and the wacky healing system are my biggest memories, and there’s a few good scares too.

East India Company Collection – £2.96/€3.44/$4.82
Apply coupon “SURVEY2010”.
As usual, Impulse won’t tell me what the Euro price is, so that’s just a quick conversion. I did think that the survey coupon was supposed to have expired last weekend, but it is still working for me. This collection includes the base game and all the DLCs (Pirate Bay, Privateer and Battle of Trafalgar). RPS coverage here.

BIT.TRIP BEAT – £3.49/€3.99/$4.99
I <3 Bit Trip quite a lot. Sadly, this game breaks my <3 by refusing to launch for me. I searched around, and it might be an issue with Win7 64bit, but I’ve not been able to find a fix at all. Perhaps I should email them about it. I would have suggested trying the demo beforehand, but I can’t seem to find one. I don’t think it’s something that has affected many people, so it probably shouldn’t put you off, but that’s why I can only tell you that I love this game based on the Wii version.

Braid – £2.10/€2.70/$2.99
Not only is Braid full of cerebrum fizzling time manipulation puzzles, it also has baddies that you kill them by jumping on their heads. Works on Apple and Windows flavoured computers. If you’ve still not played Braid, for this tiny amount of spare change it’s a must have. It’s also very important. I bet The Witness is going to be brilliant.

Deal of the week
Assassin’s Creed, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, Far Cry 2 & Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 – £9.99/€12.99/$12.99
Two-fiddy a pop, but if you’ve already got any of these games on Steam you’ll be paying twice for same game with no extra licenses to gift. These are from Ubisoft, but before they went constant internet connection required DRM loopy. Of the four, I’ve only played AC and a bit of Far Cry 2, and I’d have more bad than good to say about both of those games, but at these prices it’s a decent mixed bag. Many assorted RPS coverages here: Assassin’s Creed, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, Far Cry 2 & Rainbow Six: Vegas 2.

Also of note:
Total War: Shogun 2: Total War + Rome: Total War [Gold Edition] – £23.99/€40/$40. Apply coupon “romansamurai”. Shogun 2 registers on Steam.
Men of War: Assault Squad – £19.49/€23.99/$27.99. Registers on Steam.
Kalypso Games Promo
Coupons “Monster” (UK) and “burnout” (USA) get you 20% off any “RPGs” at D2D.
Loads of racing games on sale at GamersGate.

Remember to check out SavyGamer.co.uk for regular updates on what games are cheap.

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