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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 SavyGamer.co.uk. 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.

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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.

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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.

For a constantly update feed of the best deals in gaming, get yourself over to SavyGamer.co.uk.

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