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Good morning, readers of RPS. Did you have a fun Christmas time? Did you get any new games? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, or didn’t get any of the presents you wanted from Santa because you were naughty instead of nice, why not just buy yourself something instead. Here’s my roundup of the best deals on downloadable PC games this weekend, and for more gaming cheapness you can hit up, there’s bound to be lots of great deals in the January sales over the next few weeks.Costume Quest, Psychonauts & Stacking – £4.65/€5.67/$7.49
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A trio of lovely games from Double Fine, each full of more character and heart than the next. Costume Quest is a fairly basic RPG, but it made me smile and laugh often enough that I didn’t mind that it I wasn’t really engaging with it on a cerebral level. Psychonauts is a 3D platformer like no one else seems to want to make these days. Beware the cows! Stacking is to Messiah what Brütal Legend is to Sacrifice, and it’s so sweet that it made me want to have kids so that I can play it with them.

Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Borderlands [Goatee Edition] & Duke Nukem Forever – £6.20/€7.56/$9.99
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This is a pretty good price for both Bioshocks and Borderlands, you never even have to install Duke Nukem Forever. Amazon will give you separate serials for each game, so if you want you can just print out the one for DNF and throw it in a volcano or something. The first Bioshock perhaps had some shortcomings when viewed as a continuation of the immersive sim genre, but it was a highly polished journey through a bizarre and beautiful city under the sea, unlike any game environment you’ve ever seen before. Bioshock 2 was a decent, but ultimately unnecessary return to the same city, with tightened up combat, and some pretty great set-pieces. I never got too far in Borderlands, it certainly felt like a game that was made for coop, and I was going solo.

Limbo – £1.74/€2.49/$2.49
Haunting arty puzzle platformer about death, eternity, and that bloody spider. John said this:

It’s a side-scrolling platformer, but even that description sounds too busy and over-involved to capture the essence of the game. Painted in soft-focused silhouetted black and white, sitting squarely between the design of World Of Goo and those weird Eastern European cartoons you’d see on BBC 2 at 4am, its delicacy is breathtaking. Your goal? Run from left to right. The reason? Unknown.

More here.

Left 4 Dead Bundle – £5.74/€7.49/$7.49
Or you can buy either L4D or L4D2 individually also discounted. Both of these come with a substantial amount of post release extra content. Here’s John on why the sequel was a really good sequel:

It’s those moments that made Left 4 Dead so much more than just a four-player zombie shooter. It was the stories, the individual tales of terror and derring-do. Left 4 Dead 2 is not just a bigger, better, more involved sequel to the original game. It’s an opportunity for more of those shouted celebrations of success, or cries of betrayal on defeat. It’s what a sequel should be: the ideas from the original game rethought, reimagined, and enormously improved upon, in a new setting, with new characters, new weapons, new enemies, new tactics and new ways to play. And significantly longer than the original.

More here.

Deal of the week
XCOM: Enemy Unknown – £10.50/similar prices in other currencies.
Apply coupon “GMG30-DPLIM-DN831”. Registers on Steam.
Alec quite liked the new XCOM, and so he wrote down all these words explaining why.

This isn’t a matter of a starving man grateful for the slimmest of pickings. XCOM is a bounteous strategy/roleplaying feast, and I’m not particularly dismayed that a couple of the side-dishes taste a bit suspect. It’s a triumph that XCOM even exists, so that it’s also bloody brilliant and thoroughly modern with it excites me to introverted core. X-COM’s tiny, precious world has seen many unwelcome invaders over the years, but trust me – this one comes in peace.

Also of note:
fren-ze, Leave Home & qrth-phyl – £3.20/€3.90/$5
Mobiloid – Pay What You Want
The Walking Dead – £7.75/9.45/$12.49. Registers on Steam.
Spore Ultimate Collection – £4.65/€5.66/$7.49. Registers on Origin.
Fallout: New Vegas – £3.50/similar prices in other currencies. Apply coupon “GMG30-DPLIM-DN831”. Registers on Steam.
Tiny & Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers – £1.22/similar prices in other currencies. Apply coupon “GMG30-DPLIM-DN831”. Registers on Steam.
Saints Row: The Third: The Full Package – £5.25/similar prices in other currencies. Apply coupon “GMG30-DPLIM-DN831”. Registers on Steam.
Battlefield 3 – £10.50/similar prices in other currencies. Apply coupon “GMG30-DPLIM-DN831”. Registers on Origin.
Mass Effect 3 – £5.24/similar prices in other currencies. Apply coupon “GMG30-DPLIM-DN831”. Registers on Origin. can keep you up to date with all the best deals on games across all platforms throughout the week.

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