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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Iterative Process

Do you like getting games for less than full price? You do! Well then have I got a treat for you. Here’s not one, not two, not three, not four, but five (five!) brilliant deals on games that you might be interested in playing. If nothing from this selection tickles your fancy, you can no doubt find something else to play on the constantly updated record of gaming bargains over at SavyGamer.co.uk. Here’s your bargain bucket:

Rayman Forever – £1.90/€2.36/$2.99
Rayman 2: The Great Escape – £1.90/€2.36/$2.99
Rayman 3: Hoolum Havok – £1.90/€2.36/$2.99
AKA Rayman Origins’ origins. These are the original three games featuring Michel Ancel’s limbless wonder. The first Rayman is a sidescroller with beautiful high resolution art (or at least it was high resolution for the mid nineties), and the latter two are 3D platformers with a sprinkling of fisticuffs. They’re all worth a look, but if I were to pick one, I’d say Rayman 2 is the pick of the litter. Just don’t mention those bloody Rabbids.

Beyond Good & Evil – £3.17/€3.95/$4.99
Michel Ancel’s other masterpiece. BG&E is the French Zelda, and it’s very French indeed. Playing as the racially ambiguous photo-journalist, Jade, you have to solve puzzles, collect orbs, and take photos of baddies before killing them. It’s well put together, and has plenty of bombastic set pieces, but what really sets BG&E apart from the competition is the beautiful setting and the cast of interesting characters. It’s charming as hell. Now about that sequel…

Quantum Conundrum – £7.19
Apply coupon “HOTUK0611”. Registers on Steam. Possibly UK only, I can’t check the other regions prices.
What Kim Swift did next. Gamefly have got the best preorder price on this, and you get an extra 10% off with that coupon too. I’ve not played this yet, but I know a man who has. Take it away, John:

It’s very clear as you play that the game has been through the same intensive playtesting iterative process that Swift learned at Valve. At moments when you get stuck, the game acknowledges that and prompts. It doesn’t give the game away, and more often just seems to gently mock, but prevents tiresomely wandering in circles. Sarcastic reactions to my mistakes are something I approve of. And in the game.

More here.

The Darkness II – £7.95/€9.88/$12.49
Registers on Steam.
This is from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address to make this purchase. Here’s wot John thought of Digital Extremes’ messy FPS sequel:

This is a truly gruesome game. Not just with its deliberate shock moments like regularly ripping humans in half, entrails and viscera revealed in perverted detail, but in its extremely adult content too. Especially one sequence upstairs at a dubious club, where you walk past room after room of sobbing, abused and violently fucked prostitutes. It’s dark.

That doesn’t sound very nice, does it? Could be ideal if you’re in the mood for something not very nice.

Deal of the week
Auditorium, Escape Goat, Noitu Love 2: Devolution & PixelJunk Eden – £3.23/€4.01/$5.08 at time of writing
All except Escape Goat register on Steam.
Another fabulous bundle from Indie Royale. There’s the dual audio/visual delights of ambient platformer PixelJunk Eden and musical puzzler Auditorium. Then there’s the delightful, action packed 90’s throwback Noitu Love 2: Devolution, the best 16-bit action game that never was. Rounding off the bundle is the PC debut of retro styled puzzle platformer Escape Goat, which is about a goat that has to escape.

Also of note:
Dead Island – £7.63/€9.48/11.99. Registers on Steam.
Risen – £3.81/€4.74/$5.99
Explodemon – £2.73/€3.37/$4
Football Manager 2012 – £6.78/€16.98/$10.80
Total War: Napoleon: Total War: Imperial Edition – £7.49/€9.99/$9.99
The Void – £2.49/€2.95
Space Quest Collection – £2.24. Apply coupon “HOTUK0611”.
Transformers: War for Cybertron – £3.37. Apply coupon “HOTUK0611”.

For more of the cheap games, get yourself over to SavyGamer.co.uk.

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