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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Here

Here’s the Bargain Bucket: The Bargain Bucket is here. Filled with tonnes of heavily discounted PC games, ready for you to play as soon as you can download them. This week’s selection highlights how much digital distribution has created a lucrative opportunity for PC developers to have an extended long tail on their earnings, by discounting games to impulse-buy prices after the initial full price boom. For always up to date intel on what games are cheap, you can count on SavyGamer.co.uk.Alpha Protocol – £1.85 (probably UK only)
I seem to remember people saying that ShopTo downloads only worked in the UK, but by all means give it a try and report back if you’re trying to buy from elsewhere in the world. Here’s just a slice of what John thought:

The level of customisation is quite remarkable, each of the huge number of guns and pieces of armour able to be tweaked to your satisfaction. Then all the stats previously mentioned, combined with the relationships you choose, and the people you ally with, means that huge amounts have been achieved.

The beginning is just awful, but the three main cities offer a great deal of entertainment. Of course they’re frustrated by the issues above, and it’s inescapable that the core action-shooter mechanics are mostly mediocre. But I still immediately started it again once it was finished. That’s got to count for something.

Full thing is here.

Tomb Raider: Legend – £2.71/€3.39/$5.09
Tomb Raider: Anniversary – £3.39/€3.39/$3.39
Tomb Raider: Underworld – £3.39/€5.09/$6.79
Take your pick of the recent Lara adventures for cheap. Shame to not see Lara & The GOL discounted too, that’s actually my favourite Tomb Raider for a long time. I’d suggest that Legend is the best of this bunch, and handily here is Mr Walker reminiscing about it over at Eurogamer.

Max Payne 1 + 2 – £2.49/€3.74/$3.74
I’m not too sure if this is available to all regions in Europe, I know some Rockstar games aren’t available in some regions, but I’m not sure if that applies to our man Max. If it does, I bet you could data smuggle your way around it anyway. I imagine this pack is going on sale to help hype up the looming sequel.

Sword of the Stars Complete Collection – £3.74/€4.99/$4.99
Another game that’s been heavily reduced to promote an upcoming sequel, here’s Sword of the Stars and all of its expansions for dirt cheap. This is a 4X game that I’ve not tried yet (there are so many games), but it’s always spoken highly of.

Deal of the week
50% off Atari promo at GOG
A pretty wide selection of games at either £1.89/€2.15/$2.99 or £3.15/€3.60/$4.99 a pop. Included is the fabulous voxel alien world of Outcast, CD Projekt’s very own The Witcher, and all the Star Control and Masters of Orion games for just a tiny bit of money. Cracking value, says I.

Also of note:
Democracy 2 – £3.75/€4.28/$5.93
All the Men of Wars for cheap
All THQ games 33% off on Steam
Dawn of War II: Complete Pack – £25/€19.99/$30 (and each thing is individually discounted).

For discounted games pumped directly into your web browser around the clock, get over to SavyGamer.co.uk.

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