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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Know The Course

We’re basically halfway through the year, and the massive Steam Summer sale is looming overhead. Still, there’s some fantastic deals to be had on some great games right now, and if this selection isn’t enough, remember you can always direct your web browser toward the SavyGamer internet website to get clued up as to what are the best deals in gaming across all formats at any time. Here’s your weekly roundup of the best PC download deals around:Mass Effect – £2.49/$4.99
A big fun time in space. In Mass Effect you’ll spend about a third of your time clicking on baddies to make them die, a third of your time clicking on dialogue options to decide whether you want to be a by-the-books intergalactic hero, or a loose cannon that gets results, and the rest of your time split between wanting to punch whoever at Bioware was responsible for the inventory design and Mako controls. Still possibly my favourite of the Mass Effect games, although it’s also quite slow to get started properly. Easily worth a shot at this price. RPS coverage here.

Condemned: Criminal Origins – £2/€2/$2
A nasty, brutal, game about shambling down corridors you don’t really want to shamble down, armed only with a set of competent first person melee combat controls and a bit of pipe you found. Condemned is full of tension and atmosphere, and guys that want to bash you to death with blunt objects. The actual detective stuff is on the lightweight side, but despite being around 7 years old it’s still a bit of a looker. How come no one has tried to make a similar game to this for a while?

Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition & Dragon Age 2 (PC/Mac) – £6.36/€7.89/$9.99
These are from Amazon US, so you’ll need to have a US billing on your Amazon account to buy them. They’re also available individually discounted.
Both of Bioware’s big games about hitting a dragon with a sword. Here’s wot John thought of the Dragon Age 2’s opening, after thoroughly enjoying the first game:

It’s safe to say that for the first chunk of the game, a good eight hours or more, I’ve not enjoyed it at all. Which astonishes me, after Dragon Age: Origins gripped me from the opening moment and became an all-time favourite straight away. It has felt more like playing the beginnings of a tiresome MMO – just walking between quest markers because it will increase XP, barely interested in the story behind why.

Oh dear. More here.

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty & The Void – Pay what you want.
Possibly a bit of a stretch of the term “indie”, indiegala have got a new bundle featuring two games that wikipedia tells me were published by “Eidos Interactive”, who sound a little bit like a major publisher to me, but I’ll let that slide because it’s still a pretty good bundle. You’ll get the aforementioned games for any price, but if you pay $6.24 or more, you also get Commandos 2: Men of Courage, Commandos 3: Destination Berlin, Ion Assault, Air Conflicts: Secret Wars & Cargo: The Quest for Gravity. I’m pretty sure these all register on Steam.

Deal of the week
The Club – £2/€2/$2
A brilliant shooter, from sadly defunct British wonder-studio, Bizarre Creations. Some bloke called Kieron said this in the RPS Verdict:

The game litters the courses with actual targets which keep your combo bonus up – in practice, on the standard difficulty levels, the real soldiers are as little threat as those things pasted to the walls. So, when you know the course, actually trying to maximise your score works really well. Trying to decide when you should shoot that guard – you end up farming them, realising that if you shoot them immediately, by the time you reach the next bad guy, you’ll have lost your combo… so you wait untli you’re nearer to take the shot.

You probably gave this a miss first time around. For £2? Totally worth a try.

Also of note:
Hitman: Codename 47, Hitman 2: Silent & Hitman: Blood Money – £5/€5/$6.25
Warhammer promo at Steam.
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition – £6.24/€7.49/$9.99
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – £4.98/€7.48/$7.48
The Undergarden – £1.75
Yar’s Revenge – £2.99

You can find more games for cheap all the time over at SavyGamer.co.uk.

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