It’s that time again. I’ve been scavenging all over the digital wilderness that is the market for discounted digitally distributed entertainment software, hunting for the deals that represent the best ratio of financial outlay to potential enjoyment, and I reckon this week’s selection is rather good. Of course if you don’t see anything here you like the look of, you can always pop along to SavyGamer.co.uk to see which games are cheap at any time. Read on to see what’s inside this week’s bargain bucket.
Sonic All Star Racing: Transformed – £9.99/€12.49/$14.99
Registers on Steam.
I’ve only played a bit of my housemate’s copy of this, and it seemed fine. The handling is somewhere in-between Mario Kart and Outrun 2, although I think I’d prefer if it was less of a middle ground. They’ve got Sonic in a car, which I still can’t quite get my head around, but they’ve also got Ristar waving the starting flag, which I heartily endorse. If you’ve got any nostalgia for Sega back in their prime, and want to play a game that is a bit like Mario Kart on the PC, this is probably your best bet.
Pixelry – Pay What You Want
A totally historically accurate re-enactment of medieval jousting, with far less chance of getting your skull caved in by a well timed blow from your opponent. Pixelry is a game about riding a horse and using a big stick to knock your opponent off their horse, whilst trying your hardest to not let them hit you with your stick. This is a work in progress alpha build, but if you buy it now you’ll get the final release when it’s done, at no extra cost. Pixels sure do look nice when they’re used properly, don’t they?
Cave Story+ – £1.75/€2.50/$2.50
Speaking of pixels looking nice, here’s another beautiful looking game that uses pixel art. This is the enhanced 2011 rerelease of the classic indie platformer, adding a host of extra modes and entirely redone artwork. If you’ve got any love for the 16-bit platformers of yore, or if like me you’re a sucker for any game with even a hint of Metroid to it, Cave Story is a must play. Run, don’t walk.
Splinter Cell: Conviction – £1.60
Apply coupon “GMG20-P4DLK-FKYRS”.
This is probably my least favourite of all the Splinter Cells. It seems to me that they nailed the formula with Chaos Theory, and whilst (the PC version) of Double Agent was a major misstep, I don’t really think that Splinter Cell needed to be reinvented as a far less interesting corridor shooter. If you’ve got infinite ammo, if you can’t move bodies, and if there’s a button for “kill all the baddies in the room instantly”, it’s not really a Splinter Cell game any more. That said, I went into it expecting something more than a flashy corridor shooter. I think if you go in knowing what to expect, there’s probably £1.60 worth of fun to be had here. Did they turn off the nonsense always online DRM yet?
For me, what’s made this especially special, is it’s the first time I’ve ever bothered to properly engage with a game’s blocking mechanic. Like how most fun action-driving games really never need you to press the brake, most action-combat games never really need you to bother with blocking. There are ways, means, hammering of buttons that generally get around such a faff if you’re as lazy as me. But here it’s so damned rewarding, so absolutely satisfying every time you time it perfectly, that I’m finally converted. I’m actually slowing down for the corners, rather than bumping off the barriers at the side.
Did you play it yet? It’s not been this cheap before, so there’s no reason not to snap it up now.
Also of note:
Tomb Raider – £16.76/€19.36/$25.21. Registers on Steam. This is from Brazil, and appears to be region free.
Delve Deeper, Guns of Icarus Online, KRUNCH, Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior’s Rise & Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People – £3.96/€4.57/$5.95
War of the Roses – £3.74/€4.99/$4.99
Mark of the Ninja – £3.99/€4.99/$4.99
The Basement Collection – £2.39
Rochard – £2.71. Registers on Steam.
The Cave – £4.99
Postal 3 – £3. Apply coupon “GFDMAR20UK”. Registers on Steam.
The Darkness II – £3.99. Apply coupon “GFDMAR20UK”. Registers on Steam.
Beyond Good & Evil – £1.40. Apply coupon “GMG20-P4DLK-FKYRS”.
The Last Remnant – £2. Apply coupon “GMG20-P4DLK-FKYRS”. Registers on Steam.
Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, NiGHTS into DREAMS, SEGA Bass Fishing, Sega Mega Drive Classic Game Pack & Space Channel 5 Part 2 – £11.49. Apply coupon “GMG20-P4DLK-FKYRS”. Registers on Steam.
Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 and Knuckles, Sonic CD, Sonic 4: Episode 1, Sonic 4: Episode II, Sonic Adventure DX, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Generations & Sonic SEGA All Stars Racing – £14.78. Apply coupon “GMG20-P4DLK-FKYRS”. Registers on Steam.
There are even more cheap games waiting for you over at SavyGamer.co.uk.