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The RPS Bargain: Cheap 'N' Nasty

Lewie has swapped his game journalist hat for a game developer hat this weekend. He will be making a game from scratch and/or having a nervous breakdown over a 48 hour period while being interviewed by equally cross-hatted developers. If you wish to support him or sabotage his attempt you can pop along to the London Game Festival.

He couldn’t let the bucket go empty so he nominated me (Tony) to point you to the best deals this weekend. You can of course find cheap games all week round from Lewie and his minions at THQ Collection – £34.99/€49.99/$49.99
The ever growing THQ pack is a welcome Steam sale sight, this price gets you (big breath):
Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
Metro 2033
STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl
Saints Row: The Third
Titan Quest
Titan Quest – Immortal Throne
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II & Expansions

By my calculation, that’s a million hours of gameplay in there; from the strategical thinking of Company of Heroes and Dawn of War II to the atmospheric survival of STALKER and Metro 2033 to the explody silliness of Saint’s Row: The Third.

Awesomenauts – £4.33/€5.36/$6.99
Awesomenauts is defined as a ‘Multiplayer Online Battle Arena’ or ‘game’ to pick an equally helpful definition. It’s like DOTA, only 2D and with a lovely saturday morning cartoon art style and theme song that is unafraid to be rad in the most 90s of ways.

DOTAMOBA things and their communities can be quite intimidating but I found this easy to pick up and no-one has called me or my mother horrible names in an online match yet. This is direct from the developers Ronimo Games, they give you a key to plug into Steam and possibly a rad thumbs up.

GOG Activision Greats sale
There are far too many good games to list here from the half forgotten time where Activision wasn’t a COD/Blizzard/plastic toys tripod that swallowed developers whole to work in DLC mines and licensed game oil fields.

Some highlights include Arcanum of Steamworks & Magick Obscura, an RPG so deep and rich that even it’s name takes time to learn and The King’s/Police/Space Quest games – the best and worst of which I leave for debate in the comments – as well as fifty thousand Zorks.

Deal of the week
Darksiders II – £12.49/€24.99/$24.99

If feels like only yesterday when the surprisingly agile Death wall-ran his way onto Steam and already it’s half price. It’s a huge thumping, leaping thing that so proudly wears its influences on its sleeve and solidly integrates each of them that it feels more like a loving remix, mash-up or laboratory mouse with wings than it does a rip-off. Here’s what John made of it:

It is also derivative of just about everything imaginable. There’s barely a single original idea in here – and yet that never proves a bad thing. Instead this is a lucky dip of great game ideas from everywhere else, compiled together in one enormous project, dwarfing its inspirations in terms of size, if not always in design. Within the game you’ll find one huge chunk of Prince Of Persia, a generous slice of Zelda, no inconsiderable lump of Metroid Prime, and a car park full of Ratchet & Clank. Then there’s the bucketfuls of Shadows Of The Colossus, all served with a massive side order of Diablo. And these aren’t reaches – these are bold, clear influences, and what a bloody good thing that is. What a fantastic list of games to be reminded of, all at once.

The DLC, both released and hypothetical, is also on sale.

Also of note:
Spec Ops: The Line – £4.99/$7.49 notable for being nearly interesting
Saint’s Row: The Third – £7.49/€9.27/$12.08 barring a daily deal, presently cheaper than Steam
X-COM: UFO Defense – 75p/£1.25 with a hyphen
King’s Bounty: The Legend, NEO Scavenger, X-Blades, Mercy Corps, Tropico 3, Strangers Wrath HD and some comics – £3.09/€3.84/$5.00 minimum

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