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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Left Wanting

I got a big old bucket full of cheap games. Would you like a look inside it? If you’re willing to drop a few coins into this bucket, legend has it that some games might just jump out. Magical. As ever, if you’d like even more cheap games than are included in this roundup, you can find them over at SavyGamer.co.uk, the constantly updated record of gaming deals across all platforms.

Anachronox – £1.89/€2.24/$2.99
There’s a whole host of Square-Enix games on sale at GOG this weekend, but many of them have been cheaper elsewhere fairly recently. Not Anachronox though. This is a real oddity. It’s an RPG that’s mechanically very much structured like the traditional Japanese RPGs, but it’s got a sci-fi setting, with noir elements. It’s also genuinely funny, packed with interesting characters. It’s not in the same league as Deus Ex, but gun to my head it’s probably the second best thing to come out of Ion Storm.

Mass Effect 2 [Digital Deluxe Edition] – £3.99
Apply coupon “GFDFEB20UK”.
I think this is probably the series’ high point, although I say that having got bored a few hours into ME3. I’d probably have preferred if they’d have tried to improve more of the flawed aspects of the first game, rather than simply amputating them. It’s less of an RPG than Mass Effect 1, but it’s also a far tighter polished experience. John said this:

It’s a stunning thing. There are so many stories I’m left wanting to tell. So many situations that merit discussion afterward. So many characters I’d love to talk about in more detail. It’s been agony not to give anything away. But you should go find out for yourself. If you’ve not played the original Mass Effect, don’t be put off by talk of the clumsy combat. It’s definitely clumsy, and I’m quite certain if you played the sequel first you’d not put up with it. So go play the original, then come to this. It’s worth it. If there’s anyone who did play the first game and for some reason hasn’t yet picked this up, for goodness sakes get on with it.

Yeah, play the first game first. The rest of Johns words are contained here.

Stealth Bastard Deluxe – £3.33/€3.33/$4.75
Apply coupon “elder-geek.com”. Registers on Steam.
I’ve not yet played the deluxe edition of Stealth Bastard, but to be honest the free version would have been worth your money at this price, regardless of the many improvements and additional content in this commercial release. I thought it was stylish, smart, and different enough to all the other platformers and stealth games to properly stand out from the crowd. It’s as much thinky as it is twitchy, it’s as much about reading the levels and planning an optimum route through them as it is nailing the precision timing of your movement. Read Adam’s words on it here.

Hitman: Codename 47, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Blood Money & Hitman: Absolution – £11.99
Registers on Steam.
Somewhat mis-sold as “including all 4 games”, since it doesn’t include Contracts, but this is still a decent deal. I don’t think anyone would argue that Absolution was the sequel everyone wanted, but if you’re new to the series, here you can see the progression from inception to it’s sandboxy high of Blood Money, before making up your own mind of the latest entry. This is part of why Adam felt disappointed by Absolution:

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.

Read the rest here.

Deal of the week
Dear Esther – £1.38/€1.18/$1.38
A beautiful video game poem, a solitary journey across an island, with only a raving inner-monologue and subtle evidence of something gone horribly wrong to keep you company. Alec said this about it:

My only interaction with this place was to look at it, to experience it. To react to what my own mind summoned in response, not to on-screen prompts or physical reflexes. Dear Esther is, in a very real sense, boring. It is supposed to be. Lonely tedium, that slow, slow walk through a stark land, leads to subconscious introspection. Ever walked along an empty beach at night? Sat alone on a hillside on a cold winter morning? Where did your mind go? Wherever it was, that’s where Dear Esther can take it. If you let it.

The rest is here, and read John’s take on it here.

Also of note:
Test Drive Unlimited 2 – £3.74/€4.99/$4.99
The Showdown Effect – £6.39. Apply coupon “GFDFEB20UK”. Registers on Steam.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution [Ultimate Edition] – £5.94/similar prices in other countries. Apply coupon “elder-geek.com”. Registers on Steam.
Deus Ex Collection – £7.13/similar prices in other countries. Deus Ex: Human Revolution registers on Steam.
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