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The RPS Bargain Bucket: What The Hell

It’s all going off this weekend. It seems to me that with quite a few big games on the horizon, we’re right towards the end of the Summer drought. As such, quite a few places are taking the opportunity of this quiet time to slip in one last sale. But how to possibly know which are the best deals? Don’t worry, as always I’ve got your back. Firstly there’s my constant chronicling of the best deals over at SavyGamer.co.uk, and secondly there’s a little thing called the Bargain Bucket. Which looks a little something like this:

Just Cause 2, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Supreme Commander 2 & Tomb Raider: Underworld – £5.99/€7.55/$9.50
All of these register on Steam, except for Tomb Raider: Underworld. This is from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
This would be a decent price for any two of these games, never mind five of them. In terms of scale I think Just Cause 2 is the biggest open world game I’ve played in a long time. Parachuting from one side of the map to the other would take ages. Lara & the GOL is a brilliant arcadey coop game that doesn’t really lose anything when being played single player. Kane & Lynch 2 is a hideous, ugly game. But it’s supposed to be. SupCom2 is a fine RTS, although I’ve not played the first to compare it to. I didn’t much care for Tomb Raider: Underworld, but maybe you will. This is a very cheap bundle of games with no obvious weak link. Give it a shot. If you already own any of the games, each one comes with it’s own code, so you can always split it with a friend.

Various Paradox Bundles
Bear with me, this one is a little complicated. Amazon have got three different bundles of Paradox games for absurdly cheap. Here’s what is available:
Crusader Kings II DLC (but not Crusader Kings 2), Majesty Gold, Majesty 2 Collection, Warlock: Master of the Arcane – £4.72/€5.95/$7.49
Crusader Kings II + DLC, Magicka Collection, Majesty Gold, Majesty 2 Collection, Victoria II & Warlock: Master of the Arcane – £5.99/€7.56/$9.51
Crusader Kings II, Magicka Collection, Sword of the Stars [Complete Collection], Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter & Victoria II – £7.21/€9.10/$11.45
These all register on Steam, and each item has its own code, so these bundles can be split up and shared between friends. Which one is the best deal? Well that really depends on what mood you’re in. Perhaps reading Adam’s thoughts on Crusader Kings II and/or Warlock: Master Of The Arcane might help, or indeed Alec’s opinion on Majesty 2.

Analogue: A Hate Story, Da New Guys, MiniFlake, Shattered Horizon, Super Amazing Wagon Adventure & Waves – £3.16/€3.99/$5.01 at time of writing
Price will fluctuate over time, as explained here. Analogue: A Hate Story, Shattered Horizon & Waves register on Steam.
An excellent and diverse little bundle. Waves was one of my favourite games of last year, it’s a smart twin stick shooter with more particle effects than all the other games put together, a set of brilliant combo/scoring mechanics and controls that are tighter than a really tight metaphor. Shattered Horizon too is a rather shiny multiplayer FPS set in space (SPACE!) where there is no up except relative to your orientation. The HUD is radical, also. Alec opined on Analogue: A Hate Story over here and Adam did the same for Da New Guys over here.

Mass Effect 3 – £7.49
UK only.
Because Origin gives EA a “direct connection to the consumer”, EA are able to charge totally different prices to different regions, and even run region specific promotions and discounts. Much like this one. Do they not realise that people in different countries can communicate with each other with relative ease these days? It’s a shame that there’s no intermediary third party between EA and it’s customers to ensure that a bare minimum of service standards and pricing unfuckitude is followed. Seems to me that this direct connection benefits EA and no one but EA, but what the hell do I know?

This is what the hell I know: I prefer it when developers and publishers make games, decide on a fair price for it, and then let everyone buy it for that fair price, in the way that they want to buy it. EA’s strategy seems to be more along the lines of seizing control of distribution, constructing an elaborate network of IP checks, and then setting local pricing for games in a manner that is (presumably) geared towards maximising revenue. Delicious revenue. That’s what the important thing is.

I couldn’t possibly condone the use of a VPN to circumvent EA’s regional pricing bollocks.

Mass Effect 3 is a game about shooting aliens or something.

Deal of the week
Quantum Conundrum – £1.99
Apply coupon “GFUKAUG2012”. Registers on Steam
I was hella surprised to see this so cheap so quick, I initially thought it was an error, but it seems not. Normally games, even those which aren’t that well received, get discounted much slower that this. Let’s not ask too many questions, though. I think this only available in the UK, but since you get a Steam code it’ll be easily data-smuggled. I’ve not got much of an opinion on this myself, I got a short way in and got bored so stopped playing, and I’ve not gone back to it since. That certainly didn’t happen with Portal, but for all I know it gets much better after the bit I stopped at. Alec played the whole thing, and thought these things about it.

Also of note:
Strategy Promo at GOG
Deus Ex: Human Revolution: The Missing Link DLC – £1.80. Apply coupon “GFUKAUG2012”, registers on Steam.
Hitman: Contracts – £1.59. Apply coupon “GFUKAUG2012”.
Amp, Watts & Circuit – Pay what you want
Botanicula, Machinarium & Samorost 2 – £6.99
Cthulhu Saves the World & Breath of Death VII – 99p/€0.99/$1.49
Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 – £1.79/€2.39/$2.99
Pure, Split Second & Tron: Evolution – £5.67/€7.15/$8.99.
Alan Wake Collector’s Bundle & Alan Wake’s American Nightmare – £7.87/€9.93/$12.49. Registers on Steam.
Costume Quest, Psychonauts & Stacking – £6.30/€7.94/$9.99. Registers on Steam.
Nexuiz – £3.15/€3.98/$5. Registers on Steam.
Max Payne 3 & LA Noire [Complete Edition] – £18.90/€23.85/$29.99. Available as a Steam version or non-Steam version.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones & Prince of Persia (2008) – £7.87/€9.93/$12.49
Syndicate – £6.30/€7.94/$9.99. Registers on Origin.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee & Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath – £2.51/€3.17/$3.99.

Lots of games on sale this week, huh? If somehow this isn’t enough to satisfy your hunger for discounted digital entertainment software, hit up SavyGamer.co.uk at your convenience.

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