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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Pushed Back


It’s bargain bucket time. This Saturday, like any other, there’s some special offers on games for your Personal Computation Terminals, and I’m here to help you navigate the best offers. I also go off on a rant about nuSonic. Sorry about that. For a regular dose of gaming discounts, delivered straight to your browser at your convenience, pop along to Generations – £6.37/7.95/$10.19
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 – £3.12/3.89/$4.99
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 – £4.68/5.84/$7.49
These are from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address. They register on Steam.
Well that’s three Sonic games that aren’t really proper Sonic games. I wonder whether I’d have less contempt for the Sonic 4 games if they were called something else. For years now, Sega have put out games that are supposedly attempts to recapture the 16-bit Sonic formula, but they’ve never come close. Then with the statement of intent of carrying on the lineage of the Mega Drive classics, they put out a direct sequel to Sonic 3. Except they forgot to make it play like the original Sonic games. Superficially the presentation is fine, but the physics engine, controls, level design, tone and overall feel of Sonic is totally missing. Similarly with Generations, you’re getting half a terrible game and half a flawed one. It seems Sega can’t really capture any of what I loved about the original Sonic games any more. I am a bit of a stick in the mud with this sort of thing though, so if you’re not as much of a purist (fusspot) as me you’ll probably enjoy some of these games. At least you don’t turn into a “werehog” in any of these.

Batman: Arkham City – £9.36/11.70/$14.99
Also from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address again. This registers on Steam too.
Adam donned his cape and cowl to give us his assessment of the latest Bruce Wayne adventure:

The most exciting thing about Arkham City, beyond the sheer joy of actually playing, is that it’s not just more of the same. It’s more of everything else as well, which can be detrimental. But despite perhaps sounding overly critical of some aspects, I wouldn’t hesitate to say it’s one of the best games I’ve played this year. There is an enormous amount to do and now that I’m finished, I feel free to do it, no longer constrained by the fate of Gotham I can solve all those side stories. And even though I have a redwood-like backlog, I think that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Company of Heroes Gold, Darksiders, Homefront, Metro 2033, Nexuiz, Saints Row: The Third, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, Titan Quest Gold, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine & Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Complete – £31.51
Hey! That’s a lot of games. You’re paying a little more than £2.50 a game here. It says it registers on Steam, but I’m not sure if you get one serial for all of them, or if it’s one per game. I also know that all the games except S.T.A.L.K.E.R., COH & Titan Quest are Steamworks, but it is implied they all register on Steam. If anyone takes the plunge, please report back in the comments. Homefront was not really worth bothering with, Metro was spooky and atmospheric, Saints Row: The Third was good clean fun, Jim has an inappropriate crush on STALKER & Space Marine contains violence. Lots of bang for not a lot of buck.

Love – Free
I spent roughly 20 minutes agonising over whether to link to this or this, so I think I’ll just go with both. A good way to get some insight into Love is to sit yourself comfortably and watch the presentation it’s creator gave back at the (coincidently titled) World of Love conference in 2010, which you can watch over here. If you enjoy your time with Love, remember that he’s still accepting donations too.

Deal of the week
McPixel – Pay What You Want
A price that’s the same in any currency. You may have read about McPixel’s recent promotion earlier today on these very pixels, as Nathan explained why McPixel is doing the name your price thing:

Ultimately, that’s the point of all this for both Sosowski and The Pirate Bay: to deal with piracy on its own terms in a day and age where it can no longer simply be shrugged off or pushed back against – despite how desperately many people would like to.

Sounds good to me. Stock up on McPixel now, whilst it’s cheap.

Also of note:
F.E.A.R., Extraction Point & Perseus Mandate – £3.13/€3.89/$4.99. Registers on Steam.
F.E.A.R. 3 – £6.24/€7.80/$9.99. Registers on Steam.
Trine Complete Collection – £6.24/€7.49/$8.74. Also individually discounted.
Crysis Collection – £9.99/€13.74/$17.49. Also individually discounted.
Hearts of Iron 3 – £1.99/€2.49/$2.49
Hearts of Iron 3 Collection – £6.24/€7.49/$7.49
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