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The RPS Bargain Bucket: No Choice

Bargain buckets, makin’ bargain buckets.
Take some bargains and I’ll put it in a bucket.
Bargain buckets, that’s what it’s going to make.
Bargain bucket.

Brought to you by Fantasy VII – £4.99/€6.49/$5.99
This link might not work for all regions, but just search for it and it should be there.
This is the Final Fantasy that everyone liked. I guess some people like having a huge visual dissonance between the overworld, the cutscenes, the battles and dungeon/town environments, and some people like having a party of characters that are largely interchangeable, because it’s actually your equipable McGuffins that determine which roles they play in battles, and some people like preachy environmentalist waffle for stories. Ok, it’s not all that horrible, but imagine a world where FF6, or even better Chrono Trigger, had been the massive international hit that all the other JRPG developers had spent the next decade trying to ape the success of. Dunno how good this new PC version is, I gather most of what was done was cleaning it up to work on modern operating systems, they’ve not touched up any of the assets or anything.

Hitman: Absolution – £7.49/€12.49
Registers on Steam. This link might not work for all regions, but just search for it and it should be there.
This one is on sale in the USA too, but for some reason it’s only on sale for $29.99, which isn’t a good price at all. I can’t remember the last time I saw North America get screwed over by regional pricing bollocks to this degree, what have you guys done to piss off Square-Enix? By all accounts this new hitman isn’t all that great. In fact, here’s Adam’s account:

There are entire missions with no choice at all – walk to door, open door, perform prescribed action. One is about buying a suit and it took almost as long for the game to tally up my score at the end as it did for me to complete the level. The very fact that buying a suit doesn’t take place in a cutscene but several of the actual kills do is surely cause for dismay.

Oh dear. Read the rest here.

Cell: emergence – 66p/€0.77/$0.99
Minecraft meets Innerspace. I thought this was mightily impressive when I first played it, but several levels in got overwhelmed. It’s just been updated, and one of the new features is a “visual tutorial”, designed to make it a bit more accessible. It’s a strange voxelly blend of realtime strategy and biological systems simulation, all framed around an internesting linear narrative with comic books style cutscenes. I’m actually surprised this didn’t make a bigger splash at release, but at this bargain basement price I think everyone should be giving it a try. That means you.

AI War: Alien Bundle – £2.99/€4.24/$4.24
These games are a little too hard for my mushy brain, I’m not all that strategically inclined. Couldn’t they just make a game where you have to jump on the baddies head? I jest of course, it’s always great to see a developer identify an under-served niche and then go for it, all in. Even if it’s a niche that I’m not part of. Some chap called Kieron wrote down some words about why he likes AI: War here.

Deal of the week
Deadlight, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Iron Brigade, Mark of the Ninja & Toy Soldiers – £6.36/€7.31/$9.99
Registers on Steam. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Here’s a bundle of indie games from a little known publisher called Microsoft. I don’t know how that works. Isn’t it strange how despite obviously having the infrastructure to sell these Steam keys direct to customers if they wanted to, they’re using Amazon as an intermediary? Regardless, these are some pretty badass games, I just recently played Mark of the Ninja when I got it in this bundle, and it’s a rather inventive stealthy sidescroller. Read Nathan’s words on it here. Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is a lavish, vaguely metroidy, shmup. I’ve not played Iron Brigade yet, but Double Fine have been on fire recently, and Alec seemed to like it. I’ve heard mixed things about Deadlight & Toy Soldiers, but even if you think they’re shite, this is a good price for the other games in there. Everything’s individually discounted too, if there’s only one or two games you’re interested in here.

Also of note:
StarTopia – £1.49/Similar prices in other currencies.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – £2.49/Similar prices in other currencies. Registers on Steam.
Quantum Conundrum – £2.49/Similar prices in other currencies. Registers on Steam.
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver – £1.24/Similar prices in other currencies.
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 – £1.24/Similar prices in other currencies.
Legacy of Kain: Defiance – £1.24/Similar prices in other currencies.
Aeon Command, Beware Planet Earth!, Depth Hunter, Dwarf Quest, Gear Jack, Hairy Tales, Megabyte Punch, Paranormal & Potatoman Seeks the Troof – £3.18/€3.66/$5
Prototype 2 – £7.99/€11.99/$15.99
Legend of Grimrock – £4.07/€4.75/$5.09
Fable: The Lost Chapters & Fable 3 – £6.36/€7.31/$9.99. Registers on Steam.
Hotline Miami – £3.16/€3.68/$4.99
Krater, OIO, Sugar Cube: Bittersweet Factory, The Path & Unmechanical – £3.40/€3.91/$5.34
Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider II, Tomb Raider III, Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation, Tomb Raider V: Chronicles, Tomb Raider VI: The Angel of Darkness, Tomb Raider Anniversary, Tomb Raider Legend, Tomb Raider Underworld & Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light – £17.98. Registers on Steam.

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