The RPS Bargain Bucket: Absurd Heights

One of those things that’s much more practical in video games than in real life: Jumping off really tall buildings. There’s three games for bargain prices that let you do just that this weekend. If jumping from great heights isn’t your thing, there’s also a game about a car. A car what goes fast. What ever will they think of next? To keep yourself informed of all the games that are cheap, you can and should rely on Here’s the bargain bucket:

Prototype – £3.75
Plenty of things about Prototype are a bit naff. The story is a haphazard, ham-fisted tale of revenge, conspiracy, and walking between locations to trigger cutscenes. The city, whist grand in scale and fun to move around, is a bit drab and repetitive. Then there’s some seriously misjudged boss fights, wonky AI, and some obviously controller centric UI design that hasn’t been converted to keyboard and mouse inputs particularly elegantly. Still, it comes highly recommended by me, because it’s bloody good fun. It’s fun to jump in a tank and accidentally drive over hundred of pedestrians, it’s fun to wall run up a skyscraper, and see how far you can glide, and its certainly fun to throw cars at incoming helicopters. I’m looking forward to giving the sequel a try when it hits PCs.

Just Cause 2 – £2.49/€3.75/$3.75
Registers on Steam.
Utterly fantastic open world game, with a huge tropical playground full of mountains, vehicles, and things to grapple on to with your handy grappling hook. Here’s wot John thought:

It also needs to be mentioned how incredibly beautiful this game is. Just gasp-inducingly stunning. Watching a sunrise, seeing the clouds roll in and the rain start falling, seeing the snow glistening on the mountains, it’s breathtaking. Flying a small plane to any destination becomes enormously difficult, as I find myself just enjoying the journey, doing some loop-the-loops, flying upside down, soaking in the view. The weather patterns are like nothing I’ve seen before, the cloud layers modelled realistically, the weather not appearing from nowhere.

More here.

TrackMania 2: Canyon – £11.99. Not sure about other region availability here.
I really liked the earlier Trackmania games, but never got around to trying the sequel. Luckilly, I know a man who did. Here’s Jim’s take on TrackMania 2:

it’s an evolution of what the community has made and demanded, but it’s sticking closely both to the spirit of the previous games and, in a way, to our mental conception of what they are/were. If I went back to Trackmania United now, I suspect it’d look weirdly small and low-key. In my mind, though, it looks like Trackmania 2 does: vast, sweeping landscapes, tracks composed of impossible architecture stretching to absurd heights, cars plunging to their incredibly short-lived doom in graceful metal cascades. Earlier Trackmanias only seemed to look like that. Trackmania 2 actually does look like that.

More this way.

Batman: Arkham Asylum [Goatee Edition] – £2.49/€3.07
Batman: Arkham City – £4.99/€6.17
I was pretty shocked to see Arkham City already down to this price. There’s a Goatee Edition including the (on it’s own) £8 DLC on the way, so perhaps if you’re waiting for that you might want to, er, carry on waiting. Otherwise this is a stonking good deal. Then there’s the first game for cheap too: Depending on my mood, I’d probably say the first game is the better of the two, but they’re both more bat-fun than you can shake a bat-stick at. Here’s Alec’s WIT of the former, and Adam’s of the latter.

Deal of the week
Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Braid, Bastion, Limbo, Lone Survivor, Psychonauts, Super Meat Boy, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP – $8.26 at time of writing.
The best humble bundle yet just got better. Recently added into the mix are Super Meat Boy, Lone Survivor and Braid. If you bought the bundle before they added those games, you should already have access to them, and if not you have to beat the average to get all the games. Unless you’ve already got most/all of the games on offer here, this is a must purchase. If you’re interested in finding out a bit more about these humble bundles work, go read John’s interview with a member of the humble team.

Also of note:
Paradox sale at Steam.
Gothic Complete Pack – £10/€12.50/$12.50
The Darkness II – £9.99. Registers on Steam.

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  1. Unfair says:

    The only new bundle this week is the Indie Underdog Pack – which I was a bit disappointed by after playing all the games, but I may post reviews of a couple in the next day or two.

    My “Gaming for FREE” series probably would interest people more – I’ve found a few real gems that are totally free. link to

    Humble added three new games yesterday as well – Lone Survivor, Braid, and Super Meat Boy. I had two of those already reviewed, so they’ve been added to the Humble Bundle playlist. link to If you haven’t purchased that bundle yet, you really should – it’s worth it for Bastion alone, and a number of the other games are good as well.

  2. Radiant says:

    Ignore Walker about the Darkness II it is really fucking terrible.

    I asked this before but never really got an answer.
    If I buy the steam version of Just Cause 2 and I use the cheat trainers [to improve the bungee cord etc] will the Valve anti cheat system ban me from Steam?

    • Donkeyfumbler says:

      There is only the steam version – it’s a steamworks game – so you’ll be fine.

      Oh, and I should also say that the game is so much better with the extended bungee and infinite ammo. I tried to get by without the infinite ammo at first as I thought that would be too much, but it really interrupts the fun when you are hunting down ammo. It would have been much better if they had just had one ammo type that fitted all of the guns.

      • LionsPhil says:

        See Deus Ex 2 for why “just one ammo type” is a terrible idea, though.

        “Out of rockets? Well I guess I’ll just switch to my assault rif—oh. Well, there’s always my pisto—oh.”

        Given the game is already most of the way to hilarious godmode antics with Rico’s grapple and infinite parachutes, just giving him infinite ammo (or at least infinite bullets) wouldn’t really have been going so crazy. Especially when the biggest wreckers—detached miniguns, and vehicles—are completely limitless, not even some kind of overheating mechanic.

        • Unfair says:

          Yeah I never had ammo issues in JC2 – you can pay to airdrop in more if you really get in a bind. Deus Ex2 I invariably ran out of ammo in the arcology areas though – with all the heavily armored guys. (Yeah, I like to shoot everything)

        • Inglourious Badger says:

          See also: the Mass Effects. Pump all your skills into sniping and then discover your max inventory of 13 generic ammo mags = 13 bullets. In ME3 setpieces that throw 10s of enemies at you. Great.

          • Jason Moyer says:

            ME1 doesn’t have ammo and ME2/3 don’t use universal ammo, per se. I mean all of the ammo pickups are the same, but the guns don’t share a common pool of ammo like DXIW. If your sniper rifle is out of ammo it doesn’t mean your assault rifle/shotgun/pistol/whatever are out of ammo.

          • Caleb367 says:

            Exactly – this is the whole point of keeping a sidearm handy, in ME2/3/Multiplayer, as running out of ammo for your super-nasty sniper rifle while three Geth Primes have you in their sights is not leading to a long life.

          • Dreforian says:

            @Jason Moyer, actually in ME2 if I recall correctly, when you picked up thermal clips it prioritized resupplying your equipped weapon first. So if you had spent some handgun ammo and some sniper rifle ammo and you picked up a “universal” clip with your handgun out, it’d get refilled first. It was irritating but they did fix it in ME3 so that picking up clips refills all your weapons’ ammo. All non-heavy weapons don’t have the same ammo pool but do share ammo pickups.

    • baby snot says:

      I didn’t think The Darkness II was so bad. The comic book/cell shading mix gave it a nice edge that suited the set up well enough. Any issues I had with the controls were easily fixed with rebinding. The FOV patch allowed me to play without discomfort. And the game didn’t overstay it’s welcome. Multiplayer is a waste of time. I would probably wait for a different sale though as it has been cheaper before.

    • Galcius says:

      I doubt it, I think VAC/Punkbuster only come into affect when you’re playing multi-player games. If you’re really not sure you could always try contacting Steam support to ask.

      • mmalove says:

        VACs isn’t at all worried about your single player games, mod away :)

    • mwoody says:

      My only problem with The Darkness 2 was that the single-player campaign was too short. Other than that, excellent.

    • CMaster says:

      VAC does not ban you from Steam. Not ever.. Nor does it monitor single player.
      If VAC detects you as cheating on a muliplayer, VAC-enabled server, then you are banned from all VAC-enabled servers (you can still play on non VAC servers) for that game engine (eg a CS ban would also ban you from HLDM, DoD, but you’d still be able to play CoD, or CS:S)

  3. KauhuK says:

    Is the gamefly client any better now than it was in the beginning?

    • Gnoupi says:

      I experienced it for this sale:

      – Only cards, no paypal or other way to pay, and apparently they save it (a bit like Amazon). Talking with their support reveals they can’t remove it, because it is saved anyway as a log of transactions on their side. They assure that this is encrypted, though. Not ideal, but ok.
      – Relatively easy to download and install (though it’s in two steps, so if you let it run while you’re at work, it will only download, installing requires an action afterwards)
      – There will be an activation of the game (a bit like with D2D) on first start.
      – You don’t need to launch the client after that.

      • nearly says:

        logged in with my old account from years ago (because why not?) and was a little surprised to find my old expired card was still on the account. a little more surprised when I clicked collection and saw all the games I had ever previously purchased from them listed alongside the new download.

  4. Binman88 says:

    Anyone know if Alan Wake is worth getting for €15? It’s on sale at GetGamesGo.

    • Caleb367 says:

      I’d say no. It has been for sale on Steam at about 7E a little while ago, and for that price, I’d recommend it. It’s a decent action-adventure, but after little time starts to feel like Tomb Raider meets Stephen King – the action overcomes the adventure and sadly the action ain’t all that good, imho.

      • _PixelNinja says:

        You must be mistaken — it has never been that cheap. The Steam Midweek Madness sale on Alan Wake was also 50% off the game ; approximately the same price as this deal, give or take a Euro or two.


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          zapatapon says:

          I think it was around 7E at some point for a promo at GOG where I bought it.

      • Binman88 says:

        That’s what I was thinking from the gameplay I’ve seen. I’ll give it a miss so, and hold out for a better sale. If Valve does another Summer Camp sale thing at the end of June this year they might have it in there.

  5. Rubyace says:

    Can you buy Darkness 2 outside uk with fake address?

    • _PixelNinja says:

      Yes you can — however I don’t know what the potential risks are ; personnaly I can’t make my mind up if I want to do it or not. Also, keep in mind that on GameFly you cannot remove your credit card information.

    • LTK says:

      I’d hardly call that a bargain. I got it for the same price in December last year. If you want Skyrim it’s best to wait until the release of Dawnguard; there’s bound to be some discounts when that happens.

      • secretdoorinvisiblewall says:

        Really? For $35 US dollars? I did quick search of the slickdeals forums and don’t see any history of it being sold for under $40 (which it was a couple of times, in December and in the Spring as well).

        If a game being sold at a price lower than it’s even been sold at before (in the USA at least) doesn’t count as a bargain, then what does?

        • LTK says:

          Granted, I got it delivered for 22 GBP, though it surprises me that stores in the US are much more stingy with discounts than the UK. (I don’t even bother buying from any place that charges me euros anymore.) I mean, looking at the latest Savygamer postings, 3 out of 5 Skyrim offers are under 20 GBP. I guess it comes down to purchasing power again.

          • secretdoorinvisiblewall says:

            Wow, yeah, over here it’s definitely been the least-discounted PC game in recent memory (comparable to the Modern Warfares, I guess, but I don’t pay much attention to those). I don’t expect it’ll be under $30 (50% off) in the US until the end-of-year sales, if then, so now seems like a good time to buy for Americans. As if anyone other than me still hadn’t bought it…

          • Saiko Kila says:

            I haven’t bought it and I’m not going to – as long as its price in retail is actually climbing. And I live in a country which had one of the lowest initial prices on Skyrim. Now it’s over 15% more.

      • ShineyBlueShoes says:

        That’s as good as it’s been but the only reason I would say to wait at this point, since I really doubt it’ll drop in the near future, is that the Steam summer sale is right around the corner. So if you’ve lived seven months without it and don’t need it right now you may or may not do better.

  6. Petethegoat says:

    Trackmania says £19.99 for me, and I’m in the UK. Apparently it’s £20 in The Netherlands too.

    Anyone else had any luck with it?

    • Goateh says:

      When you click Add to Cart you get a window pop up that lists the discounted price. The front page still says starting at £20 though. What a great bit of store design to hide your sales.

  7. Dozer says:

    Just Cause 2 doesn’t work with Windows XP?


    • Unaco says:

      I think, because it’s DX10 or above only. DX10 doesn’t run on XP.

    • Pointless Puppies says:

      DirectX 10 only. Blame MS for enforcing that.

      Though to be fair, it IS an OS that’s a DECADE old.

      • Dozer says:

        I’m at least a decade old and I still work just fine. [citation needed.]

        • Aedrill says:

          You also are not OS and you don’t need to work in the environment that’s changing with a speed of light. Can any part of your surroundings be described by Moore’s Law? Thought so.

    • YourMessageHere says:

      This. Stupid decision; if frigging Crysis can run and be beautiful without DX10, and the damn thing runs on an XBox 360, what possible reason is there not to support sub-DX10 OS’s? “Hey, most of the world: screw you, we didn’t want your filthy XP money anyway.”

      • wodin says:

        Upgrading the OS over time is all aprt of the PC gaming hobby. it’s something you have to do every few years. Since 95 I have had 95, xp and Win7 so thats three OS upgrades over 17 years..hardly worth crying about.

      • LionsPhil says:

        It is very pretty.

        I guess someone just made a call that the effort to write a DX9 backend wasn’t met by a number of potential DX9-only customers. Probably not a very good call, since Steam’s hardware survey still shows ~20% of its users in that territory.

    • MeestaNob says:

      Just buy Windows 7, XP is over a decade old now.

      Aside from Just Cause 2 being unbelievably cheap you won’t believe how much better 7 is.

      /public service announcement

  8. Thrawny says:

    The Darkness 2 now shows as £39.99 on gamefly :(

    • Unaco says:

      Batman Arkham City has also gone back up to £19.99. I went out to do some shopping, planning to pick it up when I got back and checked with some friends about the Gamefly client etc. Alas, I won’t be doing so now.

    • _PixelNinja says:

      They did this the past week with other deals too. Alan Wake, among other games, was £5.00. When I got home and wanted to purchase it the price was raised up to $12.50. It’s a bit weird…

      • Kuschelwampe says:

        It’s called “Summer Road Trip”. It clearly says “new games on sale every 48 hrs”.

  9. MythArcana says:

    Conquest of Elysium 3 is 50% for $14.98 at GamersGate.
    link to

    Oops! Oh wait, we’re not supposed to mention that game here.

    • Vinraith says:

      Brilliant little game, highly recommended. Those on the fence, or unfamiliar (due to RPS’s peculiar blind spot for this particular gem) would do well to have a look at Tom Chick’s series at QT3, which starts here:

      link to

      and Three Moves Ahead’s coverage here:

      link to

      • Jay says:

        Poor old Illwinter don’t seem to get a lot of love for any of their games here, which is a real shame. I won’t deny the learning curve tends toward the vertical side and they’re a little spartan with their visuals, but CoE3 and Dominions 3 are among the best turn-based strategy games around.

        • wodin says:

          DOM3. It’s Fantasy turn based work of genius. May need a little graphic upgrade in the combat department (though DON’T change the mechanics) and thats all i would change. I have a Warhammer conflict going on at the moment in Dom 3. Great game.

          CoE 3 i was disappointed in due to it feeling like a basic stripped down Dom 3. I want a even more indepth DOm not a stripped down one.

          • Jay says:

            I’m pretty much agreed with you on Dominions 3. Never mind a major combat graphics upgrade, I’d be happy if the battles were just a bit more animated, if they moved a little smoother and everyone had a few attack/hit frames for a little extra colour.

          • NathanH says:

            I’d just want the units to be a bit bigger so that I can tell what equipment my various almost-identical infantry have.

    • Kaira- says:

      Oof, tempting. Somehow missed this when I browsed GamersGate’s offers. Consider it bought!

    • mwoody says:

      Why are we not supposed to mention that game? DRM or something? It did something untoward toward a staff members’ mother?

      • Jay says:

        They just never come up, I don’t think there’s more to it than that. It’s not really peculiar to RPS, they take some dedication to really get into and seem to exist in a strange little niche that doesn’t (or at least didn’t used to) get covered by anyone. Before Three Moves Ahead I was only aware of their games at all by stumbling across a demo purely by accident.

  10. RogB says:

    re: Paradox sale. Is Warlock any good? Ive only seen 10 mins of the demo but the excruciatingly shit Sean Connery-a-like narrating the tutorial made me want to stab things. Is it like that all the way through?

    • LTK says:

      It is, but there is a specific slider for voice volume, so you just turn that all the way down and you’ll never be bothered again. For the rest, it’s a fun and competent game as far as military conquest is concerned, but there’s hardly any depth in it otherwise. For 50% off, definitely buy it.

    • NathanH says:

      It’s a pleasant military-focused 4X that needs better AI.

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      You can turn the tutorial tips off, so the voice only pops up every once in a while. Also, volume slider as LTK pointed out.

      If you think of Warlock as Civ Lite, you’ll enjoy it. Diplomacy options are close to nonexistent, combat is pretty straightforward, and you can spam cities with almost no regard for space or tactics. You can pretty much win the game with one maxed-out über-unit on a rampage. And, as is similar to every TBS game ever made, Warlock’s AI goes into cheat mode once you start to gain an advantage on the field.

      Good game overall and well worth ten bucks. Be warned though: I have a feeling that this game is going to be overloaded with paltry-yet-overpriced DLC packs.

      • LTK says:

        The available DLC is priced at $2 for two optional starting units and $3 for a new playable mage plus a perk and four units. I wouldn’t call that overpriced. I’m not saying it’s worth paying for, but at least they’re not going overboard with it… yet.

        • SkittleDiddler says:

          The minimal amount of content presented in the DLC so far screams “paltry and overpriced” to me.

          Here’s the problem as I see it: vanilla Warlock can get boring pretty quickly, and charging owners for a couple of playable lords and some nondescript units that should have been in the Day One version of the game just smacks of greed to me.

          Apparently the devs have released a statement explaining why they chose to squeeze out content via a regularly scheduled DLC system, but I don’t buy their reasoning and I don’t like it. I’m not sure how much money I’m willing to invest in a game that may take on Magicka-like levels of DLC.

          • malkav11 says:

            Meh. Magicka’s only received like, two pieces of DLC that are much more than cosmetic, so while the sheer amount of it’s a little offputting, most of it is also easily skipped and the good ones aren’t particularly expensive. If that’s how Warlock goes, I’m fine with that.

    • d32 says:

      By the way, depending on your region, it may be cheaper when bought from gamersgate:
      link to
      (Especially with 15% ign discount activated)
      Also, we can hope it will be tommorow’s daily deal on steam paradox sale.

    • cptgone says:

      i hate that idiot narrator so much, the mere mention of the name Ardania makes me cringe – and that’s just from playing Majesty 2.
      why o why hasn’t he been sacked yet?

      • trjp says:

        Because it’s just possible he’ll eventually say “Give me a ping Vassily” or “Some things in here don’t respond to well to bullets” in his more Russian tinged moments – and harmony will be restored to the universe

        Meanwhile, volume him off… :)

    • ShineyBlueShoes says:

      The tacky Majesty trappings ultimately dissuaded me from it, even at $10 when Fallen Enchantress is looking so much better. Wish it had MP at least.

  11. wyrmsine says:

    Three hours after posting, and it looks like Prototype is £14.99 again. Pity.

    • Axyl says:

      yeah, just noticed that myself.
      That’s a damn shame.. I was about to buy that. Been wanting that game for a low price for AGES.

      • LTK says:

        I’d tell you to get it from Gamestation for 5 pounds, but it’s out of stock right now it seems.

  12. stahlwerk says:

    Paradox Sale, Crusader Kings 2, 50% off, Game of Thrones Mod.
    link to

    Thumbs up? Down? Indifferent?

    • ShineyBlueShoes says:

      At least wait until tomorrow and see if it becomes the featured game for the last day. I got it through Amazon last week and only put in about two hours getting through most of the basic tutorials but so far it seems like something I’ll entirely get lost in given more time.

    • frightlever says:

      75% off today, Sunday. I just grabbed it.

  13. ShineyBlueShoes says:

    ANYONE WHO BOUGHT THE PARADOX BUNDLE ON AMAZON: Go use your credit for the Europa Universalis 3 Chronicles now, the game’s on sale right now for $15 and with the $23 credit it’s free. Just got mine, now to watch for that Hearts of Iron bundle to drop to free!

  14. Monkeh says:

    Just Cause 2 just says ‘coming soon’ over here. :(

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  16. ProtoMan says:

    How is dungeons of dredmor for $1.50 not on this list?
    Does everyone already have it? I would certainly hope so.