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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Socially Engaged

It’s probably too hot to stay inside playing games today. What am I saying?! I’m no Mother. Games are often more fun than the outside world anyway, you don’t even get a HUD or re-mappable controls going for a walk in the park. If you still want more cheap games, there’s always bargains to be found across all platforms over at SavyGamer. Here’s your deals for this weekend:Red Faction Guerrilla – £3.74/€2.49/$4.99
Get in there Europe, here’s a rare instance of you getting a better deal than the rest of the world. Cherish it. It’s particularly surprising since THQ are normally one of the worst offenders for regional pricing bollocks. Of RFG, some bloke called Kieron said:

In this game – though hopefully not in their private lives – Volition care only about two things: blowing things up and giving you really entertaining reasons to blow things up. With Red Faction Guerrilla, they’ve succeeded admirably at both.

They’re giving you all three of the previous Red Faction games if you preorder the new one too, but that seems like an odd deal to me. If you’ve not played any of the others, surely by the time you’ve finished them all, the new one will have had a decent discount. Perhaps it would be a more attractive offer if there was a demo of the new one to help you make your mind up, but THQ have decided to keep the demo console exclusive.

Gratuitous Space Battles, Castle Vox, Evochron: Mercenary, Fate of The World, Smugglers IV – £22.63/€25.50/$28.50
This is what I wanted to see from Show Me The Games. Here’s a big bundle of nicely discounted games, but 100% of the revenue from the sale (minus transaction costs) is going to the developers. It’s tellingly titled “Bundle #1” too, so I suspect we’ll be seeing more of this type of thing in the future. Watch this space. RPS coverages of GSB here, and Wot Quinns thinks of Fate of the World here.

Men of War – £2/€2/$2
Men of War & Men of War: Red Tide – £7.49/€7.49/$7.49
Men of War: Assault Squad – £6.24/€7.49/$7.49
Multiple different purchasing options here, depending on what you’re after. If you’re new to the Men of War games, and just want to dip your toe in, you can get the original game on it’s own for very cheap. Also discounted is the “Gold Edition”, which includes the original game and the Red Tide expansion. Finally, the most recent co-op centric expandalone, Assault Squad (which I seem to recall registers on Steam, but can’t find indication of the on the Get Games page listing. I know the retail version does. Can anyone clarify? Edit: Inglourious Badger confirmed it does, cheers!) is cheap too. Find out wot Alec, Jim and then Jim again think of these here: Men of War, Red Tide and then Assault Squad.

King’s Bounty: The Legend – £2/€2/$2
King’s Bounty: Platinum Edition – £7.49/€7.49/$8.74
The Platinum Edition includes The Legend, Armored Princess, Orcs on the March and Crossworlds, whereas The Legend just includes The Legend. Simple enough. The Legend was one of Alec’s favourite games of 2008, and here‘s Wot He Thought of Crossworlds:

It’s exactly why I fell in love with King’s Bounty: The Legend in the first place. It’s taking a fairly staid formula – Heroes of Might and Magic’s turn-based battles – and pouring weird chemicals into its brain, creating something comfortably familiar but even more comfortingly unhinged.

You can grab yourself a demo of The Legend here, and this deal is available all week (I think it’s Friday that it will expire on), s you’ve got plenty of time to try before you buy.

Deal of the week
Aztaka, City Rain, Puzzlegeddon, Bob Came in Pieces, Vizati & Lylian: Paranoid Friendship – £6.12/€6.83/$10
Another nice bundle of games, although they’re doing a nasty trick where if you market it at your facebook friends for them, they give you 50% off (making it £3.06/€3.42/$5. Maybe it’s worth having a second facebook account just to engage in promotions like this. I’m not sure encouraging people to make their friends experience of using facebook worse in exchange for discounts is something that should be encouraged, but I suppose money off games is better than a promise to release screenshots. Here’s Johns WIT of Bob Came in Pieces.

Sneaky bonus UK only deal:
If you’ve got access to a PS3, you can get Portal 2 on Steam for effectively free. In fact, you can make a cool £4.75 profit in the process. Details here.

Also of note:
Death to Spies – £2.40/€2.49/$2.49
Death to Spies: Moment of Truth – £3.74/$4.99
BEEP – £3.04/€3.41/$4.99
Crysis 2 – $26.97. Apply coupon “SURVEY2010”. USA only.
15% off all DLC at D2D UK/USA with coupon “EXTRA15″/”EXTRAS”.

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