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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Hurling Buffs

There’s some great offers on this week, although many of them have got 24 hours or less left, so you’ll probably want to get a move on. After perusing this weekends finest download deals in the bargain bucket, get yourself over to for regular updates on the cheapest games around for all formats. Here’s this week’s selection:

Gothic Complete Collection – £10/€12.50/$12.50
Gothic II
Gothic II: Night of the Raven
Gothic III
Gothic III Forsaken Gods
ArcaniA: Gothic 4
ArcaniA: Fall of Setarrif
This is a today only deal I believe, so hurry up if you want it. Here’s Alec discussing his early experiences with ArcaniA:

Gothic 4 (the first 7.5 hours of it, at least) is numbing: stiff, cold and mechanical, a RPG wish-list of parts missing whatever divine glue would assemble them into something compelling and magical. I’ve only dabbled in the Gothic games, but that this could be even slightly related to Risen, which I played extensively, is a laughable idea. That was, until its third-act decline into straightforwardness, a game of survival and subterfuge. This is a game of endurance: of pressing on through its humdrum mire for as long as the soft hum of looting and levelling compulsion remains. At least, that’s true of its first 7.5 hours. I can’t tell you what I think of the second 7.5 hours, only the impressions I got from what I played before my brain whispered “No more. Please, no more” into my inner ear. Maybe that second half changes and opens up utterly, grants the player purpose and place, and makes the run to the end a mesmerising joy. Boy, will I be embarrassed if it does.

He doesn’t sell it particularly hard does he? I gather that the earlier entries are generally preferred by fans, and perhaps the Fall of Setarrif expansion improves on the original Gothic 4.

Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, Prince of Persia 2008 & Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Subtitle – £9.99/€13.49/$14.49
This is part of a whole load of bundles Get Games have got on right now, you might want to take a look at that Might & Magic offer too. Here you get three prince of persias, although only one of them is what I would describe as one of the good ones. The Two Thrones has a few dodgy sections, and I think that your health drains a little too fast when you’re the dark prince, but it’s got loads of great platforming too. The other two I’m not too fond of, but for a tenner it’s worth making your own mind up. The Forgotten Subtitle come with always online UbiDRM I think.

Civilization V – £4.99/€7.49/$7.49
Registers on Steam.
Here’s wot Alec thought of the latest Civ:

Civ V’s reliably done what every Civ game has ever done (with the possible exception of III): eat my time as unashamedly as a dog in a pork pie factory. I laugh a little when I look back at my complaints a few paragraphs up. I say those things because they must be noted, but it’s not like they ever put me off playing. It’s not like they stop me from being profoundly glad and satisfied that there’s another Civilization icon winking cheekily at me from the desktop. I want it to be better, I want it to be bolder, I want it to address and improve the very foundations of Civilization, but it’s sure as hell going to sit on my hard drive for months anyway. Yeah, this’ll ultimately be remembered as one of the filler tracks on Civ’s best-of LP, one of the ones you never quite felt had real heart, real soul – but it’s a tune I’m more than happy to hum.

More here.

Breath Of Death VII, Cthulhu Saves The World, Eufloria, Really Big Sky & Runespell Overture – £2.61/€3.04/$4.07 at time of writing
Disclaimer: As of this week, I work for Indie Royale/ I’ll be doing some writing for Indie Games, and I’m doing community/support for Indie Royale.
A fantastic little collection of Indie Games. Here’s John’s thoughts on Zeboyd’s Cthulhu Saves The World, my impressions of Runespell: Overture, Jim’s Eufloria writeup here and trailers & rundown of Really Big Sky here. Also just added to the bundle are soundtracks for Eufloria & Really Big Sky, plus Zeboyd’s previously Xbox exclusive text adventure games.

Deal of the week
Brink – £3.74/€4.99/$4.99
It’s free to play this weekend, and all the DLC is discounted too.
I quite like Brink, there’s a nice balance between needing to work together as a team to win and being able to determine the outcome of a match in a brief moment of solo heroics. It’s not perfect, but it’s a steal for £3.74. Here’s the RPS verdict:

Jim: Quake Wars was a more interesting game, but this is better designed. What I’ve enjoyed most is in those moments when a team coheres, and you’re charging out together, people leaping over barricades, hurling buffs back and forth, laying down fire. That stuff is magic.

Alec: they’ve made a team shooter that doesn’t feel like a mod, doesn’t feel like COD, that includes a bunch of very complicated elements without being overwhelming. They may not have lived up to all the originally talked of, but that they actually made all this stuff work is pretty impressive.

More here.

Also of note:
Divinity II – The Dragon Knight Saga – £7.49/€10/$11.68
Kalypso promo at GOG

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