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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Maximum Benefit

This weekend, as every other, I’ve had a poke around the internet to find you the best deals on PC game downloads. Read on to investigate my findings. There’s all sorts of things on sale right now, including some of my absolute all time favourite games. For notification of gaming bargains across all platforms throughout the week, hit up SavyGamer.co.uk.ArmA 2: Combined Operations – £9.48/€11.73/$14.99
Following the buzz surrounding zombie survival mode Day Z, ARMA2 is now hotly in demand. A brilliant example of why robust mod support is a good idea. This includes the Operation Arrowhead expansion, and is the version of the game that you want if you’re intending on trying Day-Z. Since this is from Amazon.com, you’ll need to enter a US billing address, but you should be able to buy it from anywhere in the world.

Just Cause 2, Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Supreme Commander 2 & Tomb Raider: Underworld – £4.74/€5.86/$7.49
A heck of a lot of game for your money here. They all register on Steam except for Tomb Raider. Just Cause 2 is a massive sandbox world with a grappling hook to play with, Kane and Lynch 2 is much better in coop like how basically any game is better in coop, Lara and the GOL is lots of fun (and also better coop), SupCom2 is an absolutely adequate RTS, and Tomb Raider: Underworld is the latest Tomb Raider game. A steal at this price, although again since this is Amazon.com, you need to use a US billing address.

Sim City 2000 – £1.89/€2.34/$2.99
This was a very formative game for me. As I once said:

SimCity 2000 instilled a few qualities in me which I know massively shaped me in my child and then adult life. I learnt the value of ‘gaming a system’, working out the underlying rules, and manipulating and pushing them for maximum personal benefit. I also gained an understanding of the value of iterative learning. I knew after my first failed attempt of creating a huge sprawling metropolis that I could do better next time. And I did.

Super Crossfire – £1.19/similar prices in other currencies.
All the other Radian Games are on sale too, but Super Crossfire is my favourite. It’s Space Invaders with a 21st century lick of paint, and host of new mechanics to boot. Chief amongst the new tricks is the ability to jump from the bottom of the screen to the top, which you’ll need to use to avoid getting shot by lots of bullets. There’s also an intelligently put together upgrade system, that lets you upgrade your ship at regular intervals during play, and you can tune your ships stats to suit your playstyle.

Deal of the week
Alpha Centauri – £1.89/€2.34/$2.99
Typically, after usually putting on sale games that I never played during my youth, GOG have this week gone and put two games that are massively important to me on sale. I did a retrospective of this a while back, where I said:

The setting creates a kind of tension that is missing from a lot of similar strategy games. On the one hand you are motived to act in the interests of the greater good, with the hope of establishing sustainable survival for the human race. On the other hand, you’ve got to be responsible for your faction. No one else is going to keep the mind worm’s from melting all of your civilians brains in the night.

Also of note:
The rest of the GOG promo.
Serious Sam 3: BFE – £6.32/€7.82/$9.99
The Void – £2.49/€2.95
Blueberry Garden, B.U.T.T.O.N., Osmos & The Shivah – £2.54/€3.14/$4.02 at time of writing.
Bioshock 1+2 – £4.74/€5.86/$7.49
Driver: San Francisco – £4.99/€7.49/$7.49
The Whispered World – £1.89/€2.34/$2.99
Rayman Origins – £9.99/€14.99/$14.99
Lunar flight – £1.75/€2.50/$2.50
Something is going on here.

For more cheap games, keep your eye on the regularly updated record of gaming discounts over at SavyGamer.co.uk.

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