Uh oh. I haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet either. Maybe Adam & I could just get our friends and relatives some of these discounted PC games for Christmas, avoiding the need to take the serious risk of stepping outside entirely. If you do have any gaming related Christmas shopping that I can help with, do please pop over to SavyGamer.co.uk, and I’ll see what I can do.Saints Row: The Third: The Full Package – £7.49/$12.49
Registers on Steam.
Saints Row: The Third bundled with all of the DLC. This is actually cheaper than buying all of the DLC separately, which is a strange way to treat customers who already bought the game. Ideally they’d have also made available a discounted pack including all the DLC. SR3 is rather fun, here’s wot John thought about it:
I really bloody love Saints Row: The Third. It is, on so very many levels, an exceptional game. Its multiple layers of irony are coated in thick layers of idiocy and bombast, creating a game that’s simultaneously wickedly smart and phenomenally stupid. It’s a big, ridiculous thing that’s bulging at the edges with nonsensical things to do, yet rigidly structured and extremely well crafted. It’s a strong linear narrative precariously laid down within a deranged playground. And I feel immensely guilty for not being nearly bothered enough by how grotesquely offensive it is.
Blueberry Garden – Pay What You Want
Registers on Steam.
Bit of a strange one, this. It’s certainly not going to be to everyone’s tastes, but that’s plenty forgiveable when they’re letting you set your own price. I don’t really know if there is much more to it than exploring a strange world and discovering how yourself and objects in the world can interact. Perhaps it hides secrets I’ve not managed to expose, but even if not just flying around this serene world, accompanied by some lovely relaxing piano music, is worth the price of admission alone.
The Secret World – £9.29/€11.39/$14.99
This is from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
I don’t know for sure if we’ve seen the last of the big subscription based MMOs, but I suspect we might have. Personally, no way was I willing to pay the relatively high price of entry TSW was commanding on a game that I also had to pay a monthly subscription for to be allowed to play, without even knowing if I like it yet. Perhaps now that you don’t have to pay a subscription, and the price for the client is much lower, The Secret World will be able to attract some users that weren’t interested before. There’s still a bit of a gamble here though, I wouldn’t be too surprised if it does go full on free to play in the future, with all the baggage that entails, and I would somewhat resent that happening to a game I had paid for if the shift impacted my enjoyment of the game. That’s speculation though, if you just want to get in, get out, and have some fun secret worlding along the way, now is probably a good time to do it. Read wot Adam thought here.
Sleeping Dogs – £7.99
Registers on Steam.
I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. I think this will be the price drop that tips me over the edge. Here’s what our man Alec said about this:
I wish it had the big brass balls to further pursue the more heartfelt, self-reflective aspects of being an amoral character that it occasionally explores, but equally I’m ok with taking it on a superficial level – biff and vroom – too, as it does those things well. I mean, there’s zero sense of risk as death just means waking up in the hospital with a small amount of your vast and pointless wealth removed, and it copies the GTA car physics model of making head-on collisions feel like hitting a tree trunk with a baseball bat, but as a place to dick around in it’s got a fairly developed combat model and a striking setting.
Read the rest here.
Deal of the week
Probability 0 – £4.22/€4.33/$5.25
Apply coupon “ADVENTFACE”. Yes, ADVENTFACE.
Or opt to pay a couple of quid more to get it bundled with the developers three previous games too. Probability 0 is easily one of my favourite platformers of 2012. It’s a minimalist roguelike-like with randomly generated levels, a branching upgrade tree, and a kickass soundtrack. The upgrade system is interesting in particular because which upgrades you pick will hugely impact what strategies you can use. It’s a great example of efficient game design, and pixelart that isn’t retro styled. Get it.
Also of note:
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – £7.99/€11.99
Binary Domain – £4.99/€6.25. Registers on Steam.
Achron, Alien Shooter 2: Conscription, Orczz & Syder Arcade – £2.50/€3/$4.
Little Big Bunch 2, five games for £6
Two for £6.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – £7.50. Apply coupon “GMG25-CFGY3-4THJI”. Registers on Origin.
Huge sale over at GOG.
For even more of the cheap games, you should frequent SavyGamer.co.uk.
Update: and just as this post was published, GOG revelealed this excellent deal on Anachronox, Deus Ex 1+2 and the Thief games.