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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Several At A Time

We’re entering silly season for cheap games. There’s Black Friday/Thanksgiving sales kicking off next week, and then there will be various different promotions and sales all in the run up to Christmas, and then January is usually a pretty busy time too. But don’t worry, you can rely on the Bargain Bucket for a digest of the best PC download deals every weekend, and for everything else throughout the week, has you covered. Here’s this week’s selection:Pride of Nations, Rise of Prussia & Sengoku – £4.01/€5/$6.37
Three of Paradox’s historical strategy games from the last couple of years. Here’s Adam sharing wot he though of Sengoku:

I’ve never studied a map of Japan in such detail and I’ve certainly never explored a 3d one quite as beautiful as this. It can be stunning, the way that the sea seems to stretch impossibly in every direction, making it clear that the struggle is not for a nation or a people, but for an entire world. I’m used to conquering entire planets, sometimes several at a time, but Defender of the Crown taught me at an early age that any area can be worthy of my attention, provided it is divided into sufficient and well-organised component parts.

The rest is here, and RPS coverage of Pride of Nations here and Rise Of Prussia here.

The Bagfull Of Wrong – 63p/€0.79/$1
Rob Fearon’s collection of colourful games about shooting the baddies is available for next to nothing because it’s his birthday next week. Happy birthday Rob. You want to buy this because it features games like DRM: The Videogame, a game about shooting all the baddies whilst all the colours in the world are exploding around you. It also features various different versions of Squid Yes, Not So Octopus!, which is a game about shooting all the baddies whilst everything is obscured by beautiful flashing lights when baddies die. It also features War Twar, which is a game about shooting all the baddies whilst you are a tiny little dot that is easy to lose track of in a chaotic sea of explosions. SHOOT THE BADDIES.

Awesomenauts – £3.32/€4.75/$4.75.
Apply coupon “G2PO”. Registers on Steam.
There’s also a three pack for a slightly greater discount.
I’ve not really played this. I had a quick blast of a prerelease demo of the console version, and concluded that it was very much not my sort of thing™, but lots of people seem to like it. It’s like a platformer but with no real platforming, and lots of waiting for things to happen. It’s also got a free weekend running on Steam now, so you can play it yourself rather than relying on my snap judgement.

Prototype + Prototype 2 – £6.29/€7.85/$9.99
I really enjoyed the first Prototype, for all it’s flaws. It gave you a big city to run and jump around, and then made the running and jumping around really fun. The missions were often utter bollocks, but you could always stop and climb some skyscrapers if you got bored of going to location X to trigger cutscene Y then kill Z enemies. For me, the sequel didn’t really address any of the major problems with the first game in a satisfying way. The original city felt like it was filled with just the same buildings over and over again, in the sequel many more of the buildings have unique design elements bolted on to them, and the different districts have much more distinctly stylized architecture. But everything now has this drab, dreary look to it. Everything is grim and grey, it could have really done with an injection of colour. Similarly, the missions are just as heavily scripted and pedestrian as in the first, and the stealth missions are still a bit of a joke. The combat is a bit more slick and cinematic than in the original, but it’s also a bit more automated, with a slightly heavier reliance on quick time events. After a couple of hours, I was ready to dismiss Prototype 2 as a rubbish sequel, but I did gradually warm to it as I unlocked some of the more interesting new powers, and once I’d upgraded my jumping stat to be higher possible in the original game. Whichever way you slice it, if you’ve not played either of these games, this is a great price for both that I’d certainly recommend, but not unreservedly.

Deal of the week
Homefront, Metro 2033, Red Faction Armageddon, Red Faction Gorilla, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl & Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine – £6.29/€7.85/$9.99
Registers on Steam.
THQ’s latest car boot sale. Here’s a bunch of their games about men with guns from the last few years, of varying quality, for about a quid each. And here’s words from the RPS archives to go with them: Homefront, Metro 2033, Red Faction Armageddon, Red Faction Gorilla, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl & Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (Single Player/Multiplayer). Since this is from Amazon US, you’ll need to enter a US billing address, and some payment providers may charge you a bit of money.

Also of note:
Space Pirates and Zombies – £1.75
Condemned: Criminal Origins – £2.49/€2.49/$3.73
King’s Bounty: The Legend – £2.51/€3.14/$3.99
Serious Sam 3: BFE – £6.31/€7.86/$10. Registers on Steam.
Saints Row: The Third – £6.31/€7.86/$10. Registers on Steam.
Orcs Must Die! – £1.66/€2.38/$2.38. Apply coupon “G2PO”.
Orcs Must Die! 2 – £5.68/€7.10/$7.10. Apply coupon “G2PO”.
Syder Arcade – Pay What You Want

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