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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Discount 2000

It’s Halloween on Monday, so all the scary games are cheap cheap cheap. A lot of the games on sale this week appear to be discounted at a few different places, so if I’ve missed out one that’s cheapest in your region, do pipe up in the comments so I can update it: I can only juggle so many numbers in this brain of mine at once. Head to to hear about all the cheap games, all the time.Six Gun Saga – £6.02/€5.71/$7.49
Solium Infernum – £10.06/€9.53/$12.49
Armageddon Empires – £10.03/€9.51/$12.47
Apply coupon “NEVERONSTEAM”.
Here’s a the triple threat of all three Cryptic Comet games reduced by 50%. Vic Davis explains his thinking behind this sale here. It’s always disappointing to hear of interesting developers who want to sell their games via Steam (and let Valve take a cut of sales) getting rejected, but I suppose it is their platform, and they can do what they want with it. Reading list: That Quinns fella did a writeup of Solium Infernum over at GameSetWatch and Six Gun Saga here, and then there’s the Gameboys From Hell series where you get to see documentation of how one long game of Solium Infernum went from multiple perspectives.

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines – £1.85/2.11/$2.98
This is restricted to certain regions on Direct2Drive, but if it isn’t available to you, it’s also (slightly less) discounted on Steam too, and that should be available internationally. Some guy called Kieron reviewed this for Eurogamer at release, and Jim contemplated why it stands alone as a special game about Vampires:

Bloodlines is something like an action soap-opera. I truly wish I could say that of more games. So few games have attempted to access this most natural of game approaches: analogy of the real world, with conversation and violence intermingled, rather than simply delivering uninterrupted carnage, or endless management. These ‘immersive sim’ games are tough to make, granted, but when you play something like Bloodlines they also feel like they’re the games we deserve.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent ~ £2.60 at both Steam and GamersGate.
Penumbra Collection ~ £4 at Steam, Direct2Drive & GamersGate.
A pair of spooky, immersive, first person adventures from frictional games. Both come highly recommended from me, and these low low prices. Here’s wot John thought of Amnesia:

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.

Cthulhu Saves the World & Breath of Death VII – £1.33/€1.33/$2
The ridiculously cheap comedy RPGs from Zeboyd games just got even cheaper. Full price at £1.99 was a steal, and no you’ve got no excuse. Here’s wot John thought of CSTW:

The level of detail is just remarkable. Not just the enemies, but the way that every bookshelf in every building has a gag written for it. Looking through people’s drawers in their houses always offers a joke. Banter between the characters is often very funny, and Cthulhu’s internal conflict over his goody/baddy confusion is lovely. Arguments between in-game characters and the narrator may not be an original idea, but it’s one likely unfamiliar to anyone who wasn’t playing games in the 1980s, and it’s done very well here. And I’m a sucker for meta gags, so seeing Cthulhu complain, “I can save any time? What is this, a first person shooter?” makes me smile.

Bloody great games. Impulse buy them now, I command it.

Deal of the week
A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda, Gemini Rue, Sanctum & Nimbus – £3.75/€4.27/$6.05 (at time of writing)
As reported earlier this week, freshly launched constant-indie-bundle thing, Indie Royal, has got four games that are all worth your time/money/energy on sale for rather cheap. The price fluctuates over time depending on spending patterns (it’s all explained here), and where possible they will include Steam and Desura keys (all four of these include Steam keys, and all but Sanctum include Desura keys).

Also of note:
GOG halloween promo
BioShock – £3.49/€4.99/$4.99
BioShock 2 – £3.49/€4.99/$4.99
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat & S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl – £5.74/€5.99/$8.74
Atom Zombie Smasher – £2.04/€3.40/$3.40
Dead Space Pack – £11.89/€15.29/$13.59
Terraria – £2.99/€4.99/$4.99
Limbo – £5.24/€7.49/$7.49
Rock of Ages – £5.24/€5.99/$7.49
Space Pirates and Zombies – £7.49/€10.49/$11.24

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