If you think 2012 was a good year for cut priced gaming, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The competition for access to gamers’ wallets between all the different players is heating up more than ever before, and in 2013 it’s you that stand to benefit. Read on for the first bargain bucket of the year, and you can get the lowdown on the latest gaming deals across all platforms any time over at SavyGamer.co.uk.
Rage – £3.24/€4.99/$4.99
Rage wasn’t the outstanding return to form from id that I’d have liked to see, but it’s certainly worth playing, especially at this price. Here’s Adam on some of the best things about Rage:
But in those tracks and corridors, and the hubs that give the world so much of its character, there are enemies that squirm and crumple in just the right way when you fire both barrels into their chest. There are a hundred bits and pieces to collect, and sights to discover, all the detritus and decor of a scrapyard future.
End War, H.A.W.X., Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter & Rainbow Six: Vegas – £5.99/€7.49/$7.49
A host of games about men using guns to stop other men from using their guns. My favourite here has got to be Chaos Theory, still the strongest Splinter Cell for my money. It’s got the best level design in the series, a superb electronic soundtrack, and some fantastic moments of both levity and tension. There’s also HAWX, where the guns are attached to aeroplanes. Find out wot Jim thought of that here.
Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition – £11.19/€13.77/$17.99
Registers on Steam. This is from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
DARK SOULS. DARK SOULS.
My shame with Dark Souls is that whilst I have scratched the surface of it, and I absolutely admire it’s purity of design and how it’s system fit together, I’ve not yet even begun to master it. I need to spend much more time with it. Here’s what Adam says:
I was trapped for hours, too afraid to go deeper, too weak to ascend. It’s the closest I’ve come to feeling completely lost and doomed to eternal death in a game for a long, long time. Curses, like so many boosts and buffs, do not immediately explain themselves and nor is a solution or purpose directly communicated. Experimentation and exploration are the key to discovery and victory.
The Darkness II – £4.66/€5.73/$7.49. Registers on Steam. This is from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
John was all for The Darkness 2, as is evidenced by all the complimentary words he wrote about it:
I was genuinely expecting a brash, stupid shooter, noise and bluster and shooting at heads. That it’s so smart is a fantastic surprise. Without this, I think the game’s frustrations might have pushed it too deeply into a crowded crowd. But it’s not without this – and it’s enigmatic with it. I’ll obviously not spoiling the endings, but that ‘s’ just there tells you something. And I’ll say that they’re brilliant which is a rarely used word when talking about how games end.
Deal of the week
Sine Mora – £1.60/€1.99/$1.99
Apply coupon “GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK”. Registers on Steam.
Bit of an odd shmup this, it’s certainly got all the visual flair you’d expect from a Grasshopper Manufacture game, but it’s also got a funky time rewind thing. I’ll let Adam explain it:
Each level has a time limit and taking damage knocks seconds off that limit, while extra seconds can be collected from destroyed enemy waves. The standard temporal power is a bullet-time sort of thing, which is most welcome, but arcade mode allows actions to be reversed and bullets to be reflected back at their source. I don’t know how time manipulation informs that last ability but I have learned not to question the happenings and reasonings in Grasshopper games.
At full price, I’d understand being a bit wary of an oddity like this. But for a bit of spare change? I reckon everyone should give it a try.
Also of note:
Devil May Cry 4 – £1.36/€2.71/$5.43. Apply coupon “GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK”. Registers on Steam.
Crysis Collection – £9.99/€13.73/$17.49
Batman: Arkham City [Goatee Edition] – £4.99/€7.49/$7.49
There’s more cheap games over at SavyGamer.co.uk.