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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Actually Feeling

The only thing better than getting a new game to play is getting a new game to play without spending very much money on acquiring it. To that end, I’ve had a look all over the internet to find you this weekend’s best deals on downloadable games for your computer box, and bellow are the results. For more cheap games on all platforms, head to SavyGamer.co.uk.Jet Set Radio – £1.49/€1.99/$2.49
Still a classic. Jet Set Radio for the PC is the definitive version in my opinion, it’s never looked better. It’s a bit more difficult and clumsier than I remember, and there’s a punishing delay whenever you fail challenges, but when you’re successfully chaining grinding with jump tricks and spraying graffiti across a gloriously imagined cel-shaded Neo Tokyo, it’s untouchable. The character designs, soundtrack and visual style all ooze coolness.

Rayman Origins – £4.41/€5.09/$6.79
The luscious 2d sidescroller sequel that Rayman always deserved. This isn’t as involved as many other platformers, but there’s a real sense of adventure as you traverse the beautifully cinematic levels, jumping on the bad guys running from left to right. How about open sourcing the Ubiart Framwork like you originally said you would, Ubisoft? Read Alec’s opinions on this over here.

Dear Esther – £1.38
An interactive poem about walking from A to B and then feeling emotions.
Here’s wot John thought:

The writing is genuinely good. While it may sometimes slip close to the hackneyed, for the most part its telling is extremely strong, cleverly blurring the line between metaphoric poetry and simple conflation. The weakness, perhaps, is once you’ve had the, “Oh, I see!” moment, you’ve nothing further to gain, the point just becoming belaboured rather than further established. But Dear Esther exists only to tell that story, and in this it succeeds, accompanied by the gorgeously painted background of its island. It’s also accompanied by some absolutely beautiful music, sparingly used and perfectly haunting, strings and piano doubling the atmosphere.

More here, and additional thoughts from Alec here.

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! — A Reckless Disregard for Gravity, Cognition Episode 2: The Wise Monkey, Fieldrunners, Snapshot & Snuggle Truck – £3.61/€4.17/£5.44 at time of writing
Price will fluctuate over time, as explained here. All except Cognition Episode 2 register on Steam.
A rather strong bundle, I reckon, especially if you got the previous Indie Royale bundle, including Episode 1 of Cognition. The first two Cognition Episodes got Cobbetted, where he said:

It’s a series that anyone who remembers serious adventures as fondly as the comedy ones should definitely check out though. When it slips up, it’s usually at least funny about it. The rest of the time, it ducks in and out of actually feeling like the thriller it promises to be, but has more than enough edge to its design when it really counts. It’s an unashamedly old-school take on the genre rather than a reinvention, with everything that implies for good and bad. I’m definitely looking forward to playing more though, and seeing where the story goes when the next episode lands.

More here.

Deal of the week
Pick 5 Games Promo at GOG
Pick any five games from this selection to get a pretty major discount on them. For my money, you want to be eyeing up the likes of Capsized, Tiny and Big, The Witcher, The Chronicles of Riddick & Legend of Grimrock. Riddick in particular, since this is (as far as I am aware) the only place to get it from without any DRM, and I think it’s a pretty damn good remake of an already excellent first person game. Brilliant meaty melee combat and interesting uses of stealth mechanics in an primarily action game stand Riddick out from the crowd, there’s not really been anything quite like it since.

Also of note:
Cell HD: emergence -99p/€1.24/$1.49
Q.U.B.E. – £1.74/€1.99/$2.49. Registers on Steam.
The Bagfull Of Wrong – £1.99/€2.30/$3
Little Inferno – £2.79/€3.59/$3.99
Kairo – £2.49

Find yourself even more deals on cheap games over at SavyGamer.co.uk

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