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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Much Good

Have you been busy recently? I’ve been unable to pry my fingers and thumbs away from my keyboard and mouse for any significant period of time for the last few days. That because all the games are cheap right now. There’s several worthwhile sales going on, including some excellent discounts on a few classics, and the first significant discounts on some of the hottest games from this year. From now until around mid-January is the cheapest time of the year to buy games, so you’ll want to stay plugged in to SavyGamer.co.uk. This is just the start.

Space Giraffe– £1.74/€2.24/$2.49
Gridrunner Revolution – £1.49/€1.74/$2.49
A pair of beauties from old man Minter. He’s seemingly shuffled all the way over to camp iOS these days, but before he did he put out a pair of bloody brilliant shmups for the PC. Space Giraffe is difficult to look at, and slightly more difficult to play, but it’s worth sticking with it until it eventually clicks. Gridrunner Revolution is a remarkably happy game about shooting bullets in pretty patterns. Read some guy called Kieron’s opinions on Space Giraffe here.

Zeno Clash – 69p/€0.99/$0.99
A magnificently bizarre game about punching weird things before they punch you, for basically the lowest price you can ever expect to pay for a game. Here’s what Jim said about this in the RPS verdict:

It is quite dreamlike in that way, but then the narrative of dreams tend to not be much good. It’s an incredibly visual game, and not in an “oh we’re showing off with technology” way. It was more about their abilities as animators and artists. And even the voice acting is okay.

OK voice acting! What more do you need.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – £7.99/€9.88
Apply coupon “NOV20OFFUK”. Registers on Steam. Seems to be UK/some of Europe only.
Alec just couldn’t stop thinking about Bethesda’s return to the world of magic hats, soul gems and cat-people, after their dalliance with Fallout. Dragons are the thing in Skyrim. There be dragons. I enjoyed this for about 20 hours or so back at release, before deciding bollocks to this, and proceeded to uninstall it, planning to revisit it after extensive modding had occured. Amongst my biggest complaints was the fact that it had an interface designed with seemingly no consideration for how people using a keyboard and mouse would want to interact with the game. How’s SkyUI?

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD – £3.13/€3.85/$4.99
Registers on Steam, and because it’s from Amazon.com you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Hmm. There’s no analysis of this in the RPS archives, and although I’m fairly well versed in kick-dumping and spin-edging, I’ve not yet got around to this HD ‘best of’ reimagining of the series early glory days. I know a THPS obsessive who has, so take a poke at 87th’s blog about it here if you want to know what to expect courtesy of someone who probably cares about it more than you do. I’d say that even if it’s a bit of a flawed remake, it’s worth a few quid just for a throwaway nostalgia binge. Can you imagine playing this with a keyboard? Please use a controller.

Deal of the week
Hotline Miami – £3.49/€4.24/$4.99
Every other game you have ever played has been practise for Hotline Miami. In my mind, this is unquestionably the best game to come out in the last year. Perhaps even the best thing to happen in the last year, inside or outside of games. It’s a game about killing everyone. Everyone. A brutal ballet of beautiful improvised hyper violence, where the best strategy is to abandon all fear of death, and be ready respond to the moment to moment fisticuffs and gunplay quicker than the other guy. It’ll get under your skin and into your head. Read wot Alec thought here, and RPS verdict here.

Also of note:
Dishonored – £11.99. Apply coupon “NOV20OFFUK”. Registers on Steam.
Spec Ops: The Line – £3.99. Apply coupon “NOV20OFFUK”. Registers on Steam.
The Darkness II – £3.99. Apply coupon “NOV20OFFUK”. Registers on Steam.
Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box – £2.49/Similar prices in other currencies.
Jet Set Radio – £2.99/€3.99/$4.99
English Country Tune – 99p/€1.24/$1.24
Waves – £1.74/€2.49/$2.49
The Binding of Isaac – £1.99/€2.49/$2.49
The Void – £1.99/€2.24/$2.49
LA Noire – £3.13/€3.85/$4.99. Available as either a Steam version, or DRM free.
Split Second – £3.13/€3.85/$4.99.
Bioshock 1 & 2 – £3.13/€3.85/$4.99. Registers on Steam.
Adventure Apes and the Mayan Mystery, Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Children of the Nile: Enhanced Edition, The Dream Machine: Chapters 1-3 & Puzzle Agent 2, PC – £3.28/€/$5.25
GOG Promo: Any 5 for $10.
Captain Foraxian, Cortex Command, Deepak Fights Robots, Jottobots, Little Gardens, Offspring Fling, Probability 0, Puzzle Bots, Starseed Pilgrim, Home, Swift*Stitch, Thirty Flights of Loving & VVVVVV, PC – £10.56/€10.87/$12.99

More cheap games all the time over at SavyGamer.co.uk.

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