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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Of Elemental Evil

I hope you’re all after some cheap games for your computer boxes, because that’s exactly what I’ve got. Here’s your weekly record of the best value gaming offers from across the world of PC gaming, it can only be the RPS Bargain Bucket. There’s tonnes of variety in this week’s selection, I reckon must be something for everyone here, but if you don’t spy anything that grabs your attention, you can always head over to for a constantly updated digest of gaming deals across all platforms. Read on for this week’s selection.Dead Space 2 – £3.74 (Probably UK only).
My experimentation with a range of proxies all yield the same result: It appears as though Dead Space 2 isn’t available on GamersGate for anywhere in Europe except for the UK, and although it is available on the USA version of the site, it doesn’t appears to be discounted there, so I suspect this is a UK only deal. EA are quite fond of region boundaries on special offers (with most, possibly all, Origin sales having been region specific so far), it makes my job a bit harder when publishers and retailers discriminate between their customers based on geography, but there’s not much I can do about it. This has barely dipped bellow the £10 mark since release, and here is is for under a fiver. It’s a rather good game, if you like your horror games to be full of action, and your action games to be full of scares. You get two flavours of RPS opinions, aren’t you a lucky thing?

Frozen Synapse x2 – £5.98/€7.36/$7.98
That’s two copies of Mode 7’s turn-based brain-strategy man-shooter, a pack ideal for splitting with a friend. This is definitely the cheapest I’ve seen it available for yet, although if you prefer to get it direct from the developers, and you want a code to activate on Steam, it’s also reduced (slightly less so) as part of the Show Me The Games sale. Lots of RPS coverage of this to sink your teeth into here.

Really Big Sky – £2.50/€2.80/$4
Beautiful trippy shmup thing. I didn’t actually totally understand what was going on when I played this at the Indie Games Arcade at Eurogamer Expo this year, but I did enjoy my time with it. There’s a trailer here, but I’ve already told you that it’s a beautiful trippy shmup thing, and that it is only £2.50. I don’t think you need any more information to base you purchasing decision on.

Aquaria, BIT.TRIP BEAT, BIT.TRIP RUNNER, Braid, Gish, Half-Life 2, Machinarium, Super Meat Boy, VVVVVV, World of Goo – £17.89
Happy Birthday Meat Boy. Obviously, it’s not his actual birthday: He’s just a fictional character from a video game, but it is roughly one year since Super Meat Boy released on the PC, and so he’s got together with all of his friends for a big sale. Here you get Super Meat Boy plus all the games that have characters that feature in it that are available through Steam (So no Minecraft or Alien Hominid). Every game there is fabulous, and I’d probably be a lot more excited about this pack if I didn’t think many of you lot that might be interested in this lot probably already own many of these games already. Still, all except Half-Life 2 have been reduced by 50% individually too, so that’s good if you don’t need the full set.

Deal of the week
Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, Icewind Dale, Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter, Icewind Dale: Trials of the Luremaster, Icewind Dale II, Planescape: Torment & The Temple of Elemental Evil – £14.95/€19.95/$19.95
It may be the season for all the massive indie bundles to come out and play, but it’s not just hot new indie games that can get packaged together at a discount. Here’s six classic PC RPGs from the likes of Black Isle Studios/Bioware/Interplay, and they all include all the relevant expansions and such. I wonder if pointing out that I was a mere 11 years old when the first of these came out will make the rest of RPS feel old. UH OH, now I feel old. It’s cracking value for sure, I remember times when people would pay more than the total here just for an original copy of Planescape: Torment, which until it got reprinted and then rereleased digitally, was actually fairly hard to get hold of. Speaking of Planescape, here’s some bloke called Kieron’s retrospective of it.

Also of note:
Magicka – £1.99/€2.49/$2.49
Cogs – £1.59/€1.99/$1.99
Bastion – £5.75/€7/$7.50
Celestial Mechanica – £2/€2.25/$2.50
Defy Gravity Extended – 93p/€1/$1.50
Serious Sam 3: BFE – £20.49/$29.99. Registers on Steam.
Zeno Clash – £3.98/€4.78/$5.98. Registers on Steam.
Avadon: The Black Fortress – £1.75/$2.50
1C Promo at GOG
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