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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Rolling Stock

Kieron is entering this, because JIm is at his house, and it's the only keyboard around. Sigh! At least I just won Chaos in the Old world, for the first time. PHEW. This also excuses why I missed the more tab. I had to edit all the copy to remove the e-mail formatting too. So let's hope not much else is fucked, eh?

Lewie is at Indietracks this weekend, so hello! We’re Will and Tony, and we’re here to fill in, as we do. We were originally going to make a joke about him cosplaying as Harrison Ford on a train, but then we visited the Indietracks website and evidently it does actually have trains, and now we’re just a little jealous. Luckily we have all these amazing weekend bargains to comfort us. For more throughout the week, don’t forget to chuff on over to SavyGamer.
Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines: Suffix – £3.74/$4.99/€4.99
Don’t have any friends to play the tabletop version with? Play it on your computer and ensure that your imagination doesn’t get tired out! Alec posted the other week about how the community is still keeping this alive (or, possibly, undead, ho ho) and if you’ve no idea what all the fuss is about, I’d recommend reading Jim’s piece on why it’s such a rare accomplishment: “Not many games bother with such wide open scope. Bloodlines does. And it does what a select few videogames have articulated: giving us sudden, direct access to something wonderful and alien. But it’s drama, and pseudo-social, as much as it is videogame action. It is filled with brilliant artificial people. Bloodlines allows us – like a participant in some larger soap opera – to make decisions about what might happen to those individuals. In this case, it’s always something wonderfully dark.”

Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box – £4.99/$4/99/€4.99
Now, this is on Origin, and they’re doing that thing where five dollars is the same as five pounds for some reason, but in this case, I don’t care.Burnout Paradise is one of my favourite games of the past ten years, and one that I still return to even after I’d exhausted all that it had to offer. Nowhere else can you jump online with seven strangers and be chatting amicably within five minutes while barrel-rolling through an airfield. It’s a little sprawling and it has its flaws, but it has the ability to always provide you with something entertaining no matter where you are or what you do. I love this game, and it’s only five currencies. FIVE.

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition: Director’s Cut – £~6.10/$9.99/~€6.95
Isn’t it about time you played The Witcher? You’ve heard so much about it, but never really picked it up, and now the sequel’s out, and don’t you really need to play the first one to enjoy it properly? Didn’t you hear that they’d removed all the DRM and uncensored all the versions, as well as included some community-made mods into the game? Didn’t you think that under a tenner is probably what you’d pick it up for? Don’t you think that someone writing a summary of this deal in rhetorical questions is really lazy? The answer to all of these is yes.

Penumbra: Black Plague Gold – £3.50/$5.00/~€4.00
It’s Humble Indie bundle time right about now, and if you’ve been in since the start you’ll probably have a copy of Penumbra Overture sitting on your hard drive, so this is the ideal follow-up. Of course, this is assuming you weren’t too scared to finish Overture, because I heard that happened to some people who definitely aren’t me. In that case, you’d just end up with another cheap game you’re afraid to open.

Deal of the Week
The Humble Indie Bundle 3 -£Whatever you want
‘Pay-what-you-want’ is a phrase we like to hear in the bargain bucket shed of frugal living, and it would take a mighty discount to topple the return of this incredibargain as deal of the week. As Alec said, an amount of pounds and/or pence will get you Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, Hammerfight, VVVVVV and And Yet It Moves, all of which are available on Windows, Mac and Linux and register on Steam and Desura, as well as some having bonus content that was previously unavailable. Buying it now also gives you free access Minecraft until August 14th for the person who hasn’t played it yet, which probably made their day.

This deal is based on faith in the good nature of you lovely and attractive people. You have the choice of how much to give to charity, the developers and the humble indie bundlers themselves in any configuration. Yes, you could pay a penny – but everyone in this shed would be disappointed in you, and sheds should be happy places.

Also of note:
Heroes of Newerth – Free to play
The community is about as welcoming as fence made from attack dogs that bark obscenities and the learning curve is a wall that will fall on you and your teammates if you don’t climb it fast enough. However, if you can get used to the basics with fellow new players, this is a fine ‘a bit like Defense Of The Ancients’ game with lots of depth, a surprising amount of content and a big angry thunder-ape – for free!

Dino D-Day has a free weekend right now, which is not very good but dinosaurs.

Last week’s Meat Boy deal (£4.98/€6.99/$7.49) is also still available. So get that.

Don’t forget that for all the best bargains throughout the week, you can check out SavyGamer.co.uk. If you’re looking for a deal on a particular game, feel free to let us know!

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