The RPS Bargain Bucket: Spectacular Things

Some of the best games from the last few years are on sale this weekend. No matter what your tastes, I reckon you’ll find a deal that’ll grab your attention in this week’s bucket. At these prices I’d say that it’s got to be worth trying something you might not think you’d be interested in, you might be surprised. If nothing takes your fancy here, be sure to check for constant news on the best deals in gaming.

Blackwell Bundle – £6.50/€8.04/$9.99
All four of Dave “Wadjet Eye” Gilbert’s Blackwell adventure games to date, bundled up for cheap. Here’s wot John thought of The Blackwell Convergence:

You could argue the game is too easy. I would not. I think instead the solutions to the puzzles are pleasingly intuitive, and remain satisfying to have worked out, despite not having had to spend time fretting over them. The use of Rosa’s computer, and its primitive search engine, provides solutions for many, and the prompts put in place may not be subtle, but never feel patronising. And the application of Joey’s ghostly ways – being able to walk through walls and doors, but not being able to move anything heavier than a paperclip – is used sparingly and rewardingly.

More here.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution – £5.84
This registers on Steam, but you might struggle to buy this from outside of the UK. At this price, I hope all you holdouts give this a try now. It’s not perfect, there’s a couple of significant missteps, but as a whole this is a highly enjoyable game that is somewhat true to the spirit of the original. John said this:

Despite its obvious visual console shackles, this is a game that remembers what PC games were once all about, and honours them. It’s a refreshing reminder of what games can be in the current swamp of six-hour follow-em-up shooters, and stands shoulders, chest and waist above. When games get close to the glory of Looking Glass, our expectations can rise extremely high. That Deus Ex: Human Revolution meets so many of them is a remarkable feat.

More here.

1000 Amps, AirMech, Dead Pixels, LaserCat, The Ship & The Void – £3.33/€4.12/$5.12 at time of writing.
All except Dead Pixels & LaserCat register on Steam, and all except The Ship register on Desura.
I reckon this is the strongest Indie Royale bundle in a while, although that could be because it’s got a couple of games I was championing while I still worked for them in it. There’s John’s favourite, 1000 Amps. That weirdo Russian game that I love more than I understand, The Void. Then there’s multiplayer murder ’em up The Ship, which hopefully might be getting a sequel depending on what the new owners of the ip, Blazing Griffin, have in mind. AirMech, Dead Pixels & LaserCat I’ve not played, but all look like fun times.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Limbo, Psychonauts, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP – Pay What You Want
Get a code to register on them on Steam if you pay $1 or more.
Humble Bundle five is immense. Four phenomenal games for whatever price you want, and if you beat the average, you’ll get Bastion too. Brilliant stuff. The relevant RPS coverage for each game can be found at these handy links: Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Limbo, Psychonauts, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Bastion, but all you really need to know is that they’re all wonderful in their own ways. I wonder what they’ve got in store for bonuses as the bundle progresses.

Deal of the week
Crusader Kings II, Magicka Collection, Magicka: The Stars Are Left DLC, Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter, Swords of the Star [Complete Collection] & Victoria II – £8.13/€10.05/$12.49
Magicka Collection and DLC, Sword of the Stars II and Crusader Kings II register on Steam. The rest don’t. You’ll need to enter a US billing address to be able to buy this. These are all individually reduced, but at this pricing you might as well go all in. The headline game here is probably Crusader Kings II, which only came out earlier this year, and majorly wowed Adam:

For me, the genius of Paradox’ best grand strategy titles has always been that they don’t tell you what to do or how to win. Instead, they give you the tools to find your own way through history and let you live with the consequences. When the consequences are so human they mean all the much more and this is probably the most human strategy game I’ve ever played. If it doesn’t wind up being among my very favourite games of the year, spectacular things will occur in the next ten months.

There’s that A Game Of Thrones mod too. Hmm.

Also of note:
Precursors – £7.48/€9.98/$9.98
Ultima/Wing Commander promo at GOG
Alien Breed Trilogy – £4.24/€5.24/$5.74
A little while left on the Because We May Steam games.

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  1. Xercies says:

    Ha just bought the paradox pack, bloody good deal that one couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw it. Did have issues putting an american address with my real card but it seemed to have worked well. Well if in three days i go to jail then we know.

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      Malarious says:

      It’s important to note that the Paradox deal on Amazon, once you buy it, comes with a $23 coupon for Europa Universalis 3: Chronicles (which is regularly $30) and another $23 coupon for Hearts of Iron 3: Complete (which is also regularly $30). I already own Victoria 2, Crusader Kings 2, and Magicka, but I’d been looking to pick up EU3 and HoI3, too — and this was the perfect opportunity. Gave my CK2 Steam key out to a friend, and l’ll try Sword of the Stars too, but the $46 savings on EU3 and HoI3 were the real dealbreaker.

      • jjman says:

        Thanks for this message. I didn’t initially see the Europa Universalis 3: Chronicles email coupon from Amazon, only the Hearts of Iron 3: Complete which does not interest me.

        Second question, does anyone know if the Amazon Europa Universalis 3: Chronicles has a Steam code?

        • cptgone says:

          – my promo credits were mailed to me 2 days after i bought the Amazon bundle
          – i couldn’t activate Europa Universalis 3: Chronicles with the key supplied by Amazon (but it did allow me to register with Paradox)

    • jimbobjunior says:

      I spent all last night watching this guy’s brilliant youtube beginner guide for CK2 and was really looking forward to getting stuck in now that I had a clue what to do. Very nearly bought it last night on steam for £30, thankfully I checked savy gamer before the purchase.

      Had to make up a US address, but the game is dling right now. And yes, I got the 2 discount coupons too.

      Fantastic deal, thanks Lewie!

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      bloody good deal that one couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw it.

      Second that.
      Considering CKII is £30 normally, you can’t argue with around £10 for it plus SotS 2 even though I already own SotS Complete, Magicka & The Stars Are Left DLC on Steam.
      Perfect timing for a 4 day weekend too.

    • brecherbernd says:

      Total Individual Price: $125.31
      Bundle Price: $135.94

      Thats really cheap!

  2. Unfair says:

    More weekly bundle videos for anyone who wants a quick look at the games. Two new ones this week (if you want Bundle in a Box, Facekick, Groupees, or Gala from last week they’re on my channel)

    Humble Indie Bundle 5
    Amnesia: The Dark Descent
    Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery
    link to

    Indie Royale Graduation Bundle
    The Void
    Dead Pixels
    The Ship
    1000 Amps
    Ichi (just added today, not in video)

    • Snargelfargen says:

      I thought I bought Bastion ages ago, went to play it today and discovered that I didn’t have it after all. And I’ve been meaning to try Amnesia and Limbo for a long time. Love these bundles so much :3

      (and I certainly don’t mind getting a second copy of psychonauts either)

      • LionsPhil says:

        I know you’re not saying it, but since a lot of people do:

        Steam will not provide extra giftable copies of games you already own.
        All keys are for your personal use only.

        Remember, folks, Humble Bundles don’t technically allow you to give away the extras, just because they come in two formats. But since it’s pay what you want, there’s really no excuse to not just buy the friend you would have given it to a copy for a pittance.

        • Snargelfargen says:

          It’s my buddy’s birthday next week, so that was a timely suggestion! Of course he has to try Bastion as well, so I’ll just pay the suggested minimum.

          Here, have some cats: link to

  3. Unaco says:

    Would love to pick up that Paradox Pack (not just for CK2, but for the Magicka DLC as well), but I’m just not willing to risk the fake address shenanigans. It’s digital download, so I do hope they open it up to non-US people eventually.

    • lordcooper says:

      I’ve done this quite a few times without any trouble.

      • Gasmask Hero says:

        It’s not your past transactions you should be worried about, it’s the future actions of Amazon when they finally decide (or are pushed) to act on this. If they decide to revoke your games you won’t have any comeback on it. This deal has been openly discussed on the Paradox forums, and if Paradox know about this loophole then other publishers do to.

        • Crimsoneer says:

          Amazon COULD revoke your keys on their site, but they’d probably offer a refund. I don’t see them just running off with your cash. They’d be pretty hard put to revoke keys already activated on Steam.

    • Sassenach says:

      Ditto that, which is a shame because it’s the best thing I’ve seen on Bargain bucket for a while.

    • WHS says:

      I mean, it’s not like you’re gambling a lot of money here. Worst case scenario? You’re out 8 quid.

      On an unrelated note, Amazon applied some sort of mysterious promo discount to my order, and so I bought six amazing games for a grand total of $2.49.

      Then I waltzed over to the Humble Bundle and bought five more amazing games for $8.00.

      Today was good.

      • Elmar Bijlsma says:

        If you are talking worst case scenario: You could get charged with fraud.
        Which is what you are committing when you supply a fake address. Possibly putting your Steam account at risk in the process. Sure, it is not very likely to come as far as all that and it is easily worth the risk.
        And yet I still feel too uncomfortable to do it. I ought not have to commit shenanigans to get a good deal that others could get without any of that. The software industry once again fails to reward the good behaviour of its customers while those that do break the rules have it easy.

  4. Didero says:

    Wasn’t Bloody Good Time a sort of successor to The Ship?

  5. lordcooper says:

    This has to be the absolute best humble bundle yet.

    • phlebas says:

      Yes – the games are so good that I’ve already got them all.

  6. iLag says:

    no love for the Bundle in a Box? its minimum price is now $0.99 and even if it does contain your eleventh copy of “Time Gentlemen, Please” and “Gemini Rue”, you can still give those away and be absolutely delighted by the rest of the games. please do.

    (and yes I know, it was in the Bucket last week. but it was three times as expensive then. so there.)

    • Toberoth says:

      I’m sorry, this doesn’t reflect on you as a person–I’m grumpy because it’s sunny and I have to stay inside and mark exam papers–but “No love for..?” has to be one of the most annoying phrases I’ve ever encountered, and if I could, I would enforce some kind of punishment for its use. Lines, perhaps, just to be oldschool.

      Thanks for sharing that bundle though, looks very interesting.

      • iLag says:

        oh well, I should remember that. non-native speakers often make the mistake and pick up random phrases that are floating around the internet. thank you (and sorry), grumpy person!

        • trjp says:

          Nothing wrong with ‘No love for…’ – only a grammatical pedant would pick on it, it makes sense otherwise.

          What drives ME nuts are people who make up words/expressions which make no sense.

          Such as ‘amazeballs’ – if we truly lived in enlightened times, someone saying that would be publically electrocuted via their genitals…

    • Disc0 says:

      Agreed, it is really awfully sad that this wasn’t listed or at least edited into here. Even if Ben/Dan and Time Please have already been whored out too much, you can still scoop Gemini Rue and The Shivah for cheap, and 1893 is a pretty well-polished text adventure, and The Sea Will Claim Everything looks really interesting and lovingly crafted.

      They’ve barely got over 4,000 sales, with two days to go. Friggin’ shame.

  7. Sigh says:

    Could someone indicate what state Sword of the Stars II is in at this point after all of the nearly weekly patches? I know there was some disappointment with the initial release but I have seen a ton of updates in the Steam news feed…is it worth playing at this point? Thanks in advance.

    • lordcooper says:

      It freezes at the loading screen for me.

    • iLag says:

      I cannot answer that directly, since I haven’t dared to play it yet. but the patches still need patches (meta-patching? patchception?), so I guess there’s still something not quite right. still, it’s good to see someone trying to turn this trainwreck around and salvage what can be salvaged.

    • Bostec says:

      I downloaded it too, haven’t play it yet but it must be better now then when it lauched? right? maybe? Anyway its probably the most patched game ever on Steam or yet the most patched game i’v ever seen at any rate.

    • barelyhomosapien says:

      SOTS2 is nearing what the devs have called ‘all clear’ which is when the game is in a state they would have wanted it at launch. ‘

      It has finally reached the point where it’s very playable, the patching is weekly (which can lead to hot fixes the following day) and focusing on polish, the AI, bug squashing and turn/screen transition speeds.

      It’s worth noting that the devs plan to continue patching on a monthly/bi monthly basis post ‘all clear’

      I’m literally just about to load it up to give it a play!

    • caddyB says:

      It’s getting regular updates and very much playable if you’re so inclined.

      I’m waiting for UI improvements that’s going to happen this month or so but it seems to be “working” for many people now and even when you disregard the rabid fanboys the forum seems to be in a hopeful mood.

      Personally I’m not getting anywhere near it until I hear the ui is better, but then again I was burned at the launch so I’m still butthurt about it.

      • barelyhomosapien says:

        Hey Caddy, have you tried with the patches in the last day?

        There has been a fair bit of work done on the UI in those. If you’re wanting it massively overhauled or changed completely, I don’t think that’s ever going to happen from what I’ve seen said, but it’s definitely better then it was!

      • Sigh says:

        Thanks for all of the replies. I bought the bundle and will probably give a try in the next month or so.

    • Durkonkell says:

      It’s actually quite playable now, and I reckon it’s probably worth £6. I’d say that it’s not as well rounded as the first game (also on sale), but strangely, despite all its flaws… I find I don’t want to go back.

      If you don’t own the first one, I’d suggest picking that up – it’s £3.74, it’s a finished game and I think it’s one of the best 4x space strategy games around (particularly if you’re into the turn based strategic / real time tactical thing, which I am). If you’ve played the original one to death and hunger for new options, I’ve actually managed to get quite a bit of enjoyment from the sequel. I don’t appreciate the devs releasing a completely crippled game as a ‘retail release’ (it wasn’t even feature complete until recently), but you can’t really fault their continuing support.

      Additionally: I wouldn’t pay any attention to the metacritic scores. The original scores only 75% because it too was a bit of a shambles on release. In its final, complete state I think it’s one of the finest examples of the genre. The sequel scores an utterly disastrous 44% (!) which it probably deserved at release but certainly doesn’t now.

  8. Gilead says:

    The Paradox Pack is excellent value, and if I didn’t already own Magicka and its DLC and hadn’t picked up Crusader Kings 2 for about £6 when Gamestop Impulse had it on sale a couple of weeks ago, I…well, actually I stil wouldn’t buy it, because I can’t quite believe that using my credit card with a false billing address wouldn’t come back to bite me. Why is that CK2’s been on sale in the US repeatedly, but I haven’t seen a single decent international sale for it yet aside from the Gamestop one, which was limited to 500 copies?

    • Duckee says:

      Clearly the US must think grand strategy games to be rubbish. Only reason I can think of.

      • mmalove says:

        As an American, all video games are rubbish. Bring on the cheap deals!


  9. misterT0AST says:

    I’d like to know your opinion on this collection:
    link to

    I was intrigued by Robinson’s Requiem and Deus, I have no clue about the other ones, I’d like to hear from someone who maybe knows them a bit better.

    • Unaco says:

      Robinson’s Requiem and Deus are/were fantastic games. Well worth a play if you’ve never tried them. That said, they really do suffer from their age, as far as interface and controls. I keep asking, whenever these games come up, why has no-one remade these games or given us a modern equivalent?

    • sinister agent says:

      RR and Deus: They’re unique, and represent a fascinating and terribly under-explored concept. Unfortunately, they’ve aged terribly – Requiem was made in an age of ultra-pixelly blobs and awful mouse-only UIs, while Deus was made in an age of fairly garish and primitive 3D textures/animations etc. that unfortunately is just past the point of being pleasingly minimalist. They’re also very … I can’t think of the word. Not “linear” exactly, but there’s a sort of puzzle game element to them, in that if you want to finish, you’ve got to do exactly what the designers thought of. They’re maddeningly fussy and punishing with it, too – almost everything can and probably will kill you. Although you can keep playing ever after amputating an arm, for a laugh.

      I’d like to recommend them but I can’t without reservation – I first came to them about five years ago, and just couldn’t get much out of them. But if you’re interested in the idea of a realistic and very fussy and demanding survival sim, they’re worth a look for sheer novelty value if nothing else.

      Wind Surf Willy was a budget thing I played on the amiga. The idea was a bit like those old Playstation snowboarding games – race along the water doing elaborate stunts to impress the judges (who gasp entertainingly if you do a really good one). I could never really get anywhere with it, but then I was only a kid at the time.

      Ishar 1 and 3 are old first person squad based RPGs that I saw popping up all the time in old amiga magazines. Amiga Power rated the third as rather dull, if I recall. I never got the impression they were much more than generic 90s goblin touching sims, but never played them myself.

      Never heard of the others.

  10. Heliosicle says:

    Anyone played Precursors? I think Jim wrote about it before and it was fun but broken, wondered if its been fixed or something.

    • Vinraith says:

      One word: Starforce.

      It looks brilliant, but I’m not going to risk my computer to play it.

    • choconutjoe says:

      There’s an unofficial patch here: link to

      It’s a bit wobbly even with the patch, but I’d say it’s still worth a look.

  11. cathode says:

    Grabbed the Paradox pack from Amazon [I live in Canada] no problems. FWIW Crusader Kings registers on Steam too.

    EDIT – Magika Collection and Sword of the Stars II also register on steam.

  12. Zarunil says:

    Saints Row 3 is on sale at Steam for €10,19 for the weekend.

    • RegisteredUser says:

      And the DLC season pass is another 5 EUR, so basically most game content for a total of 15 bucks.

      Went down in price fairly quickly, didn’t it?

      • Mistabashi says:

        I bought it off THQ’s own website over christmas for £15, including the DLC season pass. I would imagine their financial situation at the time had something to do with it.

  13. Bostec says:

    Really tempted to buy Precursors but its got Starforce, something at the back of my mind reminds me thats its not good DRM at all.

    • Vinraith says:

      That’s what’s kept me away from it too. It’s a shame, it looks fantastic.

  14. Vinraith says:

    The Paradox pack is, comfortably, two years worth of gaming for $12.50.

    In other words, the industry is still firmly in the “let’s base our prices on the idea that everyone will horde hundreds of games they’ll never play” sales model. I wonder how much longer it will be until that particular bubble bursts? I suspect the ensuing correction is going to be pretty violent.

    • Koozer says:

      Isn’t every other medium the same though? I’d like to see you read every single book published, or listen to every new album.

      • Vinraith says:

        That’s why 6 month old books don’t cost $1. You simply don’t see the kind of sales we’re seeing right now in games in any other medium. MP3 albums aren’t discounted at 90% off three months after release, but that’s exactly what’s happening with CK2 here.

        • cptgone says:

          “That’s why 6 month old books don’t cost $1.”
          making new software keys is free, printing books isn’t.

          “MP3 albums aren’t discounted at 90% off three months after release, but that’s exactly what’s happening with CK2 here.”
          games and music don’t compare:

          – one can listen to hundreds of mp3s per day, but games have to compete for our attention

          – music doesn’t get outdated as fast as games do:
          — games from the 90s will scare away most younger people for lack of user friendliness.
          — even recent games like Civilization IV: Colonization get obsolete so fast i can’t even run it on my PC.

          – MP3 is a pretty universal standard. whereas your PC games won’t run on a smartphone or console.

          • Durkonkell says:

            The cost of books has nothing to do with any manufacturing costs. This is why e-books often cost as much or even more than their printed versions.

            In the US, paperback books that aren’t sold within a certain period are often destroyed, and their covers returned to the manufacturer for a full refund. The worth of the actual ink and paper is virtually nothing.

            If a publisher WANTED to sell 6-month old books for 75% off, there’s no particular reason they couldn’t do so.

    • Sigh says:

      And if this stated “bubble” bursts then I have hundreds of games in my library waiting to be played.

      • LionsPhil says:

        I’m not sure in what way it would burst, anyway. If everyone wakes up tomorrow and says “OK, no more buying games until I’ve finished the ones I’ve got”, that still doesn’t mean it’s going to make more business sense to devalue them less rapidly.

        The comparison to, say, MP3s is pretty specious, because all that’s happened to music in the last few decades has been stylistic change—if you want to think of it gamewise, any MP3 (or CD) you buy today, even if of a recording from thirty years ago, is a flawless port to modern hardware that will just work and sound quality-wise up to the capability of your hardware*. Games have had technical change too: Outcast isn’t (just) less valuable because styles of what people want to play has changed; it’s straight-up technically inferior and awkward to get working**.

        Maybe one day game technical development will truly bottom out (it’s getting close, graphically), we’ll somehow magically reach a nirvana of perfect backwards compatability, and that will no longer apply. But for now it’s not a reasonable comparison.

        * Pedant’s corner: much beyond that, mind, recording technology of the day starts to hurt it.
        ** If GOG’s copy works for you, great; substitute something else from the post-DOSBox Win9X early-3D era that gets a bit huffy about new cards and drivers and NT-era Windows.

        • Sigh says:

          Yeah I don’t think there is a bubble or that it is going to burst…I was just finding a positive spin on Vinraith’s pessimistic outlook that is based on a spectacular sale.

        • Vinraith says:

          “I’m not sure in what way it would burst, anyway. If everyone wakes up tomorrow and says “OK, no more buying games until I’ve finished the ones I’ve got”, ”

          Then the industry will collapse, full stop. That’s my point, actually. In order to recover, they’ll have to get back to a point where a game’s unit sales can be much smaller than they are now and still turn a profit. Wargame publishers (despite the whining of the hording masses) already know something about this.

          The more nightmarish alternative, of course, is for everyone to just start making games that are actually only worth $5.

          • Shuck says:

            “The more nightmarish alternative, of course, is for everyone to just start making games that are actually only worth $5.”
            I think that’s the direction things are going, if they’re not there already to a substantial degree*. The market is definitely leaning towards cheaply developed mobile/social casual games right now. I think we’re also increasingly moving towards a model of game development where making games doesn’t actually support the developers – the rise of the self-funded indie developer sounds great, but most of those games won’t make enough to pay for their development at current sales prices. After pumping out a few games that lose money, you end up going back to the day job. Game making turns into a hobby done in one’s spare time.

            *Obviously the game industry isn’t monolithic, and whatever happens other elements of the industry will still be there, but greatly diminished.

          • trjp says:

            The ‘burst’ will come when developers realise that only a small number of games are likely to make their development cost back – and that realisation is more than just dawning for many developers.

            We’ve seen MASSIVE growth in the number of people able to create and ‘sell’ games in the last few years – AppStores and other DD systems make it practical for someone to make a game at home and sell it


            The sheer number of people doing this means it’s near impossible to get attention for your games – so it’s not going to make a living for most of those people – and thus they’ll move on and do other things (either working for someone who has the ability to promote their work or something different altogether).

            We’re probably near the peak of this phase of gaming now – there are truly great games coming out and barely being noticed/being deeply discounted (or even underpriced from new) thus ensuring more games won’t come from that source.

            The bubble here isn’t a financial one – it’s in terms of people thinking they can make a living from making games when they can’t – well, unless they get really, really lucky and in most cases they’ll run out of money before that happens.

          • Shuck says:

            “The ‘burst’ will come when developers realise that only a small number of games are likely to make their development cost back ”
            Developers have always known this (or should have, anyways) since it’s always been true (though the number may be smaller these days). The difference now is a combination of pricing deflation and social/viral dynamics that amplify the attention given to popular games exacerbating the difference between a successful and unsuccessful game and more importantly, decreasingly reliance on the publisher model (where publishers bore much of the financial risk). There’s never been a time where game developers were as likely to get burned as right now.

          • cptgone says:

            deep discounts existed in the days before digital distribution (allthough on a lesser scale, as the number of copies for sale was limited). i still have €5 game CDs and DVDs i never even played (e.g. Thief). of course that didn’t stop me from buying new games.

            in his post above, Shuck says:
            “decreasingly reliance on the publisher model (where publishers bore much of the financial risk).”

            i guess brick & mortar shops used to bear some of that risk too.

            i find myself unwilling to pay full price at launch nowadays (from AAA devs anyway, as i have 4 indie games on preorder).
            not because of deep discounts though.
            but because most AAA games are uninspired, unoriginal, buggy,…

      • Jason Moyer says:

        The last time the bubble burst I had tons of Atari 2600 games to play that were bought on the cheap. Of course, most of the companies that made them couldn’t afford to make games or pay their employees anymore by that point, but whatever.

    • Shuck says:

      I’ve certainly hit the wall – I have 100 unplayed games in my collection, and so my game buying has almost completely stopped. I still buy the occasional game, but I don’t spend more than $5 a month, and I’m still buying games faster than I play them. Current pricing practices are not sustainable.

      • KillahMate says:

        I’ve actually reached the point where I’m buying great games on 75%-off sales not just faster than I can play them, but faster than new great games are coming out. I’m clearing out my wishlist faster than I’m filling it, and I’ve dropped below 20 games just today.


    • InternetBatman says:

      The paradox pack probably appeals to a limited group of gamers anyways, so they’re probably trying for more exposure and outside sales. Trying to become less niche I guess. Personally, my employment as well as employment for many is an unstable situation, so I horde games when I have a job and play them when I can’t buy them. It’s weird how stable (relatively) this habit has become. To be fair, most of my games are indie because you get far more bang for your buck.

    • bill says:

      I’ve basically stopped buying games. I really wanted alpha centauri, and really want DE3, Limbo and CK2… (and pathways/gateways or whatever it’s called..) but I have/will skip them even at sub $5 prices. I still haven’t played amnesia that i got at sub $5 prices, or Civ4, BG2, or Bastion, or a number of other games. No games are getting bought even at $1 until I at least finish BG1 and a few other games.

      Heck, i got Bastion free off GMG by trading in some other games that I didn’t have time to play…

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      This so called “bubble” burst for me some time ago. I don’t bother buying games when they’re released (think the last one I did was Left 4 Dead 4 years ago which was a pre-order on Amazon so it was cheaper than buying on Steam at the time anyway).
      Steam sales & the plethora of Indie bundles have changed my buying habits over the last few years to the extent where even though I want to buy Arma 2 Combined Ops (£25 currently on Steam) so I can play Day Z, I’m holding out for the impending Steam summer sale where it’ll be 50% off if not more.

      It probably helps that I don’t have the attention span of a budgie so can restrain the need to play the latest release just because a marketing machine says I need to.

    • Clovis says:

      Nah, I don’t buy this argument. CKII is a really fantastic game. I bought it for $9.99. Should it be “valued” at $9.99? How do you answer that? An individual copy doesn’t cost them anything. If they’ve already recouped their development costs than any amount is almost pure profit. It doesn’t matter how much an individual copy is; it matters how much money they make. Game sales are now based on volume, not value/copy.

      We’ve seen many, many reports that a game priced at 1/5 makes much more than 5 times when sold at the regular price. I wonder how much Spiderweb Software made when he finally switched to super cheap processing. Probably more than he’d ever made before.

      If there’s any “bubble” to burst, it will be on the profitability of mediocre games. In the past I’d pick them up for $5 or $10. Now I only play really high quality games (and I get them for $5 – $15).

      The number of gamers (even those interested in more niche products) keeps going up and up. The logical effect would be that prices on copies go down and down.

      Stop worrying about the future and enjoy yer cheap games ;-)

  15. SiHy_ says:

    I missed the Wing Commander series first time around but I heard they were fantastic. All nostalgia aside are they still worth playing? If so, which ones are the best?
    Give me your knowledge good people of RPS!

    • bill says:

      Personally I never rated them half as good as the x-wing series. But different people have different tastes. I’d imagine the ones with 2D sprites haven’t aged well at all. But sometimes early 3d ages worse.

  16. pixelpusher says:

    If I see one more US-only Deus Ex: HR sale I think I’m going to buy a machete and go on a killing spree. Well, either that or I’ll weep until my tear ducts fail.

    • LionsPhil says:

      I think I’d prefer the sneaking through the vents and programming the computer to purge the toxic gas into the break area option, myself.

    • Gramarye says:

      Don’t know if it’s a typo, but it happens to be UK only. At least, the price is in pounds and this American has been having a merry time trying to register on the site to buy it. Of course, it could just be because their website is shite.

  17. wodin says:

    Woah that Paradox one is amazing..damn the UK…

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      I live in the UK & bought it. Just enter your card details on the Amazon site as a new card but make up a US address for the billing address & it’ll let you buy it. Most of them register on Steam too.

  18. Zenicetus says:

    I believe the 25% off discount on pre-orders for Endless Space will end tomorrow (Sunday), to coincide with the Beta version which comes out Monday. It’s currently $22.49 USD on Steam with the discount.

    link to

    Pre-orders get you access to the Alpha (and Monday, the Beta) game. I’ve been playing the Alpha and it’s amazingly solid for an Alpha build. The Beta on Monday will unlock Multiplayer and finalize the factions. I still have some concerns about there being enough depth for replayability as in MOO2 and GalCiv2 (the closest models to this game), but they’re on the right track.

  19. Urthman says:

    Anyone got a good site like steamgamesales for monitoring Amazon’s digital download PC game sales?

    • eleion says:

      I use link to

      There are tags on the right that you can click on if you want to look at only Amazon’s games.

    • ShineyBlueShoes says:

      Unlike some places it helps that Amazon does a pretty good job of pushing their sales to the top and making sure you notice them and (as far as I’ve seen) stick to rolling over on Sunday in the US so it’s a lot easier to just check than some sites.

    • Urthman says:

      The way Amazon’s site is so cluttered with “we recommend this” and “people who looked at that bought…” I find it hard to tell what’s a weekly special and zero confidence that I’m seeing all of them.

      Deals4Downloads looks like a good site. Thanks.

  20. ShineyBlueShoes says:

    Thinking about Ultima Underwold off GOG for when I finish Grimrock. Have they held up decent enough to scratch that itch further?

    • Malawi Frontier Guard says:


      Just make sure your character has a lot of strength. Trust me on this.

  21. Oryon says:

    You know..Ultima games used to be free on Abandonia, with the exact same features and bonus content.

    The fact that they are now no longer, and GOG is selling them is making me slightly mad, despite the fact that i normally like what GOG is doing.

    • NathanH says:

      It wasn’t really that they “used to be free”; it was that you could just pirate them and nobody cared.

      • cptgone says:

        and now, we get to pay gog to do the pirating for us?
        (jk! what i mean is, i don’t think the original devs get paid by gog, just the companies who own the copyright today)

        • trjp says:

          and your point is?

          The copyright owner is the owner – this idea that ‘devs are good’ and ‘everyone else is evil’ is found only in people who still call their mum to have their arse wiped…

          • alundra says:

            Are you really going to make up the story that those who like to think for themselves are the immature ones and not the sheeople, like, you are for real?

            Like when kids reach 15 and think themselves more mature than everyone else around them? How cute….

          • trjp says:

            Can anyone translate what Alundra said into English – understandable English that is, not just random English words which make no sense? :)

          • NathanH says:

            I think it translates roughly as “devs are good and everyone else is evil!”

          • cptgone says:

            my point is: companies that are legally entitled to revenues from copyright, aren’t necessarily ethically entitled.

            (how many artists have been ripped off by those who held their copyright? also, many masterworks have been kept under lock for decades. sometimes artists aren’t even allowed to finish the job: cf. Terry Gilliam’s “Lost in La Mancha”)

          • trjp says:

            Ehically, there are people who need publically hanging – Legally it’s not allowed.

            The world is just horrible sometimes – but sooner or later, you learn to get around it (bury them DEEP!) :)

        • bill says:

          The owners are the ones who paid for it, one way or another. So they deserve to get the money from selling it.

          • jrodman says:

            As a buyer, I don’t fully accept this situation I’d much more happily spend money that gets split between the seller, the curent owner, and the creator. Yes, I know this is a bit far fetched. But I’d happily pay more for the privilege of spending money on old game creators.

  22. Narzhul says:

    Am I the only person who’s annoyed seeing Notch competing on donating more than the humblebrony?

    I know he’s swimming in cash, but just donate whatever maximum amount he can instead of turning it into some kind of epeen contest :/

    • SanguineAngel says:

      Doesn’t bother me. I gather that there is some communication and banter between some of the higher bidders. No reason not to combine charitable deeds with
      Having fun or competition. Also every penny counts as they say.

  23. Torgen says:

    Now, if I were to buy the Amazon Paradox pack, could I simply email the CK2 key to a friend since I already have it?

  24. anjin says:

    Looks like the Amazon Paradox pack is finished :(, wish I’d checked RPS yesterday, I want me some CK2

  25. ScottHarrigan says:

    Humble Bundle automatically wins for having both Psychonauts and Amnesia which are both spectacular games. They are surprisingly similar too being that they are psychological. Amnesia is downright terrifying and Psychonauts can be downright upsetting when it wants to be. I don’t think I even need to explain the awesomeness that is Bastion.

    link to

    Steam is getting more of my money, I guess.