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The RPS Bargain Bucket: First Attempt

The Saturday before Christmas is for being thankful that you got all your Christmas shopping done before the seasonal bacterial invasion riddling your body has turned from “a bit of a cold” to “full on poorly”, wrapping yourself around a mug of Lemsip and whiskey, then taking a look at the great many number of PC games that are available to buy for not very much money. There’s loads more cheap games to be found over at SavyGamer.co.uk, and there will be some fantastic deals over the next few weeks, although I’m going to try to take some time off this year too. Here’s this week’s bucket:LA Noire – £3.07/€3.79/$4.99
Available as either a Steam key, or direct download. You can also pay a little more to get the complete edition with the DLC. This is from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address, and some card providers may charge a fee.
Alec said this about LA Noire, although he has shifty eyes so maybe it was a LIE:

It’s not Rockstar’s strongest hour, but it is perhaps their most ambitious – and thus is one to check out, especially for the faces, dialogue and the rare chance to see a multi-million dollar budget spent on an adventure game, of all things.

LA Noire is a stylish and exceptionally clever game, but unfortunately most of that cleverness is trapped within its own head: a mad professor who becomes exasperated at his faithful assistant’s endless incorrect guesses, but who never thinks to explain how his crazy mind really works.

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Resident Evil 5 – £3.50/similar prices in other currencies. Apply coupon “GMG30-DPLIM-DN831”. Registers on Steam.
Going against Resident Evil 5 is that it’s not Resident Evil 4. On the other hand, it’s also not Resident Evil 6. Resident Evil 4 was the definitive modern action shooty game, and comparatively Resident Evil 5 was a jumbled mess of compromises. For starters, they let the fact that it was a coop game ruin the pacing of the single player campaign, where you often have to stand around for ages watching your AI partner complete some action or other. They really should have had two separate shorter campaigns. They also got rid of inventory Tetris, and gave way more of the zombies long range weapons, but you have a control scheme not really designed well to handle them. It has some decent moments, and those alone are easily worth the price of admission here, it’s also an above average port. I wonder if Tango Gameworks’ Zwei will come out for PC.

Stealth Bastard Deluxe – £3.49/similar prices in other currencies
Registers on Steam.
Adam stalked Stealth Bastard from the shadows long enough to get a fully formed opinion of it. He thought this:

It’s a puzzle game rather than a stealth adventure like Mark of the Ninja, although there are some similarities. Stealth Bastard does offer a variety of tools to find alternate solutions to its chambers, although none can be used on the first attempt during which the aim is to find a solution, which may well involve experimentation, but and structurally it’d be much better described as Super Meat Portal 2. Please don’t think about the phrase ‘meat portal’ for too long.

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The Binding of Isaac, Closure, Dungeon Defenders, Legend of Grimrock, Shank 2 & Snapshot – £3.95/€4.84/$6.39
Or pay any price to get all these minus Dungeon Defenders & Legend of Grimrock. Registers on Steam.
I’ve not yet played most of the games in this bundle, but I’m looking forwards to finally getting around to trying Legend of Grimrock, Closure & Snapshot. Although let me tell you, I am very familiar with The Binding of Isaac though. I’m somewhat bound to The Binding of Isaac, and it’s bound to me. I’ve poured over 300 hours into studying it’s absurd layers of interviewed roughlikelike systems, and whilst I’d say I’ve pretty much mastered it, I still feel like I’m learning something new each time I play it. Also included in this bundle is a copy of Indie Game: The Movie, where you can see some of how Super Meat Boy got made.

Deal of the week
Steam Sale
Did you hear that there’s a Steam sale going down? It’s got some cheap games in it. As usual I’ve got a list of everything in the Steam sale over at SavyGamer, and I’ll try to keep it up to date over Christmas. For today, I’d recommend the excellent Double Fine Bundle, Mirror’s Edge and the Prince of Persia games for cheap (if you’re quick), also English Country Tune, Zeno Clash & Chime are all good uses of a bit of spare change.

Also of note:
Super Meat Boy, PC/Mac – £2.37/similar prices in other currencies. Apply coupon “IAMANELDERGEEK”. Registers on Steam.
Devil May Cry 4 – £1.19. Apply coupon “GMG30-DPLIM-DN831”. Registers on Steam.
NiGHTS into Dreams HD – £4.20. Apply coupon “GMG30-DPLIM-DN831”. Registers on Steam.
Scoregasm, PC/Mac/Linux – Pay What You Want. Registers on Steam.
Crysis, Crysis: Warhead & Crysis 2: Maximum Edition – £9.28/€11.38/$14.99
Hitman: Absolution – £12.37/€15.17/$19.99. Registers on Steam.
Homefront, Metro 2033, Red Faction: Armageddon, Red Faction Gorilla, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl & Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine – £4.64/€5.69/$7.49. Registers on Steam.

For more gaming deals, head to SavyGamer.co.uk for bargains on games across all platforms.

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