I’m in a bit of a hurry this morning. The bargain bucket is the last bit of work I’m doing before I get on an aeroplane to San Francisco for GDC, and I’ve still got all my packing to do. As such, I’m not going to be operating the gears and levers behind the scenes of SavyGamer.co.uk this week, but my minions Will & Tony will be filling in when they can. Here’s you bucket:
It looks like my memories. I went back and played some of the original MDK 2 during the weekend, and the difference was genuinely shocking, so easily had this HD remake slotted into my recollection of the game. What were previously giant blank walls and jagged everythings in the original are now detailed illustrations, the massive sci-fi environments completely in keeping with the pulp comic book presentation. The textures are painted on with bright and colourful high resolution detail and the lighting and shadows do their thing in subtle ways. The whole package delivers a familiar playground in a disarmingly non-showoffy way, so the graphics all look natural – really, how I’ve always imagined they’ve looked. Because it’s always looked this good. Right? There must be something corrupted with my old version if it ever looked that blotchy.
It’s only available via Beamdog, so don’t expect a sale anywhere else.
Wheelman – £1.74/€1.24/$2.49
This is pretty good fun, I say. It’s a bit sloppy from time to time, and the on foot bits are a a dull trudge, but you get to jump from one car into another in some cinematic car chases, which is worth the price of admission alone. They were originally planning to do this as a game/film, with the game coming first, and a film taking place after the game coming some time after. I guess that never happened.
PAYDAY: The Heist – £6.31/€7.57/$9.99
Registers on Steam.
If you’re in the USA, go ahead and grab this straight from Steam (where you can try it for free as part of a free weekend), but anyone else it’s worth popping over to Impulse/Gamestop to save a few pennies. Comrade Griliopoulos thought this about PAYDAY: The Heist:
There are only six levels currently, but they’re so varied and so tough that this is really plenty to be going on with. It combines solid FPS team combat with something akin to an adventure game; you’re always sprinting from one spot to another, frantically trying to reset alarms, hack computers, interrogate civilians or plant C4. It has that breathless relentlessness, like a Hollywood action sequence, conveyed through a classic FPS interface; you don’t even question why you can always see your partners’ outlines through the buildings, it’s become so normalised.
Red Faction: Armageddon – £3.99
Apply coupon “pcgamer20”.
I can never remember if this site is for UK customers only, or if this will be available worldwide. But since this registers on Steam, you could always try to rope in a UK friend to buy it on your behalf, then smuggle you the serial number. I’m told that works, anyway, you didn’t hear it from me. This is the game that killed Red Faction (for now at least). I suspect that I am right in thinking no one really wanted a third person shooter with destruction elements, everyone wanted Red Faction Gorilla 2. Here’s John’s opinion in word form. Any fans out there?
Deal of the week
Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines – £3.74/€4.99/$4.99
Far more convenient than tracking down a vampire and tricking them into biting you in the neck, and The Hunger only lasts whilst you’re playing the game. Here’s Jim musing on why VTMB is so special:
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.
It’s been fanpatched up to version 7.9. Amazing.
Also of note:
Sega have got a big bunch of games on sale on Impulse, but it’s a USA only sale. Cheers Sega, love you too!
Cyan promo at GOG.
Still some time left on that mega D&D bundle from GamersGate.
Saint’s Row: The Third is on sale via Steam, but still cheaper here with coupon “pcgamer20”.
50% off Focus games.
Find more cheap games for all platforms over at SavyGamer.