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The Bargain Bucket: Extremely Demanding

Surely you lot know the drill by now? I’ve spent this morning drinking tea and finding all the best download deals from across the web, and compiled them into a convenient list format for you. What’s there going to be to tempt you to hit that download button this week? Read on to find out. As always, is your round the clock hub to cut-price gaming deals. Here’s your bucket:Max Payne 1 + 2 – $3.74 (Not available in the UK, not a clue about anywhere else, possibly USA only).
Despite their homepage telling me this is available for £2.42, it appears (like many games on Impulse) they have restrictions on what countries you can buy this from, and my country isn’t American enough for their liking. The baffling part is that these are games that are happily sold on a worldwide basis from many other digital outlets: Is this a policy of Gamestop/Impulse, rather than something forced on them by the publishers they use? I don’t know, but I sure wish they would get their act together, and stop promoting deals on games that they refuse to sell me at me. If you are allowed to buy this, it’s both of the original Max Payne games for relatively cheap.

Update: Oh, D2D come to the rescue, they’ve got this on sale for £2.50 for UKers too.

Cogs – £2.38
Ah, beautiful, lovely Cogs. It’s just a slide puzzle game, but don’t let that put you off: It’s challenging, clever, and extraordinarily well put together. As John put it:

Everything clicks and clunks with gorgeously animated mechanisms, from the opening menus to the in-game timers. Restarting a puzzle has the counters wind back, while smaller menus rotate and flip around. Changing screen is always pleasurable, and it’s not often you find yourself thinking that about anything. Three dimensional puzzles are elegantly presented, the right mouse button letting you drag to rotate the object on the screen swiftly and accurately – things feel weighty and tangible. The sound is equally impressive (albeit agitating), and the whirring mechanics and metallic clunks are very satisfying to hear. A smart puzzle game like this doesn’t need such a level of detail to work, but it’s a real pleasure when so much effort has been put in.

Not too long left on this deal, it ends at 6pm UK time.

Various Activision strategy and tactical games on promotion at GOG.
The selection on offer this weekend at GOG includes the following:
Caeser 3
Call to Power 2
Dark Reign + Expansion
Dark Reign 2
Police Quest: SWAT 1+2
SWAT 3: Tactical Goatee Edition
No prices, because the discounts are on a sliding scale between 25% and 50%, depending on how many of the games you go for. The total for all 6 is £15.39/€17.90/$23.94, and you get 25% off any individual game. No, I haven’t played any of these. Any of them must-play classics?

Section 8: Prejudice – £3.95/€4.59/$6.15
Here’s Mr Jim’s take on this Robot shooter. Are they robots, or are the blokes in robot suits – I just can’t tell by looking at the pictures.

As in the original, locking down the capture points with assets called in from orbit (turrets, robots etc) is the order of the day, and co-ordinating tight (TIGHT) assaults on enemy positions in the counter-offensives are extremely demanding. This time, however, the loadouts of your character have even more room for customisation, because the game has an entirely new set of weapons and equipment that will have to be unlocked as you play. There’s tonnes of stuff – in a manner reminiscent of BFBC2 – that is intended to keep you playing to get to the goodies.

Deal of the week
King’s Bounty: The Legend – £2.50/€2.50/$2.50
King’s Bounty: Armored Princess – £3.74/€4.99/$4.99
King’s Bounty: Crossworlds – £4.99/€3.74/$4.99
King’s Bounty: Armored Princess & Crossworlds – £8.48/€8.48/$10.18
King’s Bounty: The Legend, Armored Princess, Crossworlds – £10.18/€10.18/$11.88
That’s a bit of a mess of regional pricing bollocks, ain’t it? Everything is pretty cheap for everyone, though. This series is a favourite of Comrade Meer’s, here’s his WIT on Crossworlds, and here’s why The Legend was one of his top games of 2008. Loads more RPS coverage here too.

Also of note:
Fable 3 – £10.19/€13.59/$16.99. DLC discounted too.
25% off at Origin with coupon “e4mjzjpq8”. Quite possibly restricted by region, and it can’t be used on preorders, new releases (last 4 weeks), points packs, timecards, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
DinoRubbish Megabundle – Pay What You Want.
Digitanks – Pay What You Want
The Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle, now with added SpaceChem.

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