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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Save Yourself

You ready for some discounted gaming fun? I hope so, because that’s exactly what you’re about to find. It’s the Bargain Bucket, and it’s full to the brim of cut price downloads. As always, if you want to keep abreast of all the cheap games as and when they happen, you should get over to SavyGamer.co.uk.
There’s just under 5 hours left to get these first three deals, so don’t delay.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent – £3.24/€3.74/$4.99
Frictional’s spooky run-away-and-hide-em-up is a bit scary. Here’s wot John thought:

And did I mention it’s scary? I was inventing new swears by the end of it. “Fucking cocksticks, what the shitstack was that?!” And I confess I yelped on more that one occasion. One of them might be considered, by some, to be a squeal. But more often I’d find myself rigid with fear, my stomach pressed against my desk as I leaned into the monitor trying to reach the next illusion of safety more quickly. I think it is safe to say that Amnesia is the most successfully frightening game to have been made. It feels perhaps a slightly over-obvious observation, but the compliment is utterly valid: It’s Thief III’s Cradle as a full game. Unrelenting in its scares and jumps.

Fallout 3 [Goatee Edition] – £6.79/€10.19/$10.19
Bethesda’s ambitious revisitation of the Fallout franchise didn’t please everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in the Capital Wasteland. It carried over many of the problems from The Elder Scrolls series, but in the grand scheme of things, UI niggles, rubbish 3rd person animation and a colourful mix of glitches never got in the way of my quest to find all the caps. Alec appears to have reviewed the Xbox three hundred and sixty version for IGN, but he sneaks in a fair bit of talk about the PC version too. Nice one. The Goatee edition includes all 5 DLCs, and they’ll be installed along with the game, rather than having to faff around with the GFWL maketplace.

Cheap Mass Effects:
Mass Effect – £3.40/€5.10/$6.80
Mass Effect 2 – £6.80/€6.80/$6.80
Mass Effect Pack – £14.99/€19.99/$19.99
The reason that the Mass Effect Pack costs more than buying them separately is that it includes the Digital Deluxe Edition of ME2, which includes a bunch of bonus tat (but is not on daily special on it’s own). I’d personally save yourself a bit of change and not bother with the DDE, just over a tenner for both games is a ridiculously good price, and you really don’t need “Incisor Rifle – Bonus in-game weapon” and the other stuff. That Kieron bloke reviewed the first for Eurogamer, and John and Alec’s thoughts on the second are located here and here.

Magicka – £2.75/€3.10/$4.42
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Some guy call Quinns did the definitive preview of Magicka to get you all excited about how wonderfully silly it is, then Alec & John bring you crashing back down into reality by mentioning bugs. It’s actually in pretty good shape now. It was unplayable at launch for me, but at some point between release and when I played it last month, it got pretty much sorted out. I’ve only started it though, and only been playing single player. How are you lot finding it after the extensive patching?

Deal of the week
Arma II, Men of War, Tower Bloxx Deluxe – Free
Arma II (apply coupon “THESU-NFREE-ARMA2”).
Men of War (apply coupon “THESU-NFREE-MOFW1”).
Tower Bloxx Deluxe (apply coupon “THESU-NFREE-BLOXX”).
Tower Bloxx Deluxe is a bit of an odd one out here isn’t it? I’ve never heard of it, but it looks like a game where you build a tower. Out of Bloxx. The other two are hat thieving sim/RTS Men of War, and obscenely big and high end Manshooter, ARMA 2. Here’s Wot Alec thought of Men of War, and explore the MoW tag to find Jim constantly imploring you to give it a try. Jim tackled thinking about ARMA 2 also, and the results can be accessed here. ARMA 2 has just gotten a free version, which is quite probably why they were happy to do this freebie promotion, but the free version is missing the singleplayer campaign, mod support, “HD textures”, and has a few other limitations. I advise you to not read The Sun.

Also of note:
The Steam Summer Sale
Total War: Empire: Total War & Total War: Napoleon: Total War [Goatee Edition] – £6.70/€10.19/$10.19
Hearts Of Iron III – £3.08/€3.47/$4.95
Earth 2150 Trilogy – £1.49/€1.68/$2.39
Black Mirror 2: Reigning Evil – £9.99/Similar prices in other currencies.
Black Mirror 3: Final Fear – £7.49/Similar prices in other currencies.
Gemini Rue, Date Warp, Bionic Heart & Planet Stronghold – £32.50/Similar prices in Euros/$39.99

For more cheap games, SavyGamer.co.uk has you covered.

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