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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.

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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.

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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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