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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Personal Reward

Are you in the mood for exchanging a relatively small amount of currency for a license to download and use some digitally distributed entertainment software? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s your weekly bargain bucket, full to the brim of savings on a range of interesting games. If this isn’t enough, you can always rely on SavyGamer.co.uk for the latest discounts on games for all platforms throughout the week.

Hard Reset – £2.60
Apply coupon “GMG20-FDSCL-AQQXD”. Registers on Steam.
Probably one of my favourite trashy first person shooters from recent years. There’s not much else to it beyond shooting baddies in the face, but it’s got lots of graphics, satisfying weaponry, some interestingly varied enemies and environments, and everything moves quite fast. It’s a bit of a 90s throwback, but if you’re anything like me that’s a big turn on. Read wot John thought of this over here, although unless I’m mistaken his complaint about not having the option to quicksave was addressed with a patch.

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes – £1.89
Apply coupon “elder-geek.com”. Registers on Steam.
I’ve not yet played this, I think I might install it now though. This is a match 3 spin off of the strategy series, and here’s some of Alec’s notes from his time with the demo:

It’s a row of my eleves against a row of demonic dogs. Only there’s no direct fighting between them – instead I have to form my units into stacks of the same colour; when 3 are put into vertical lines, that becomes an Attack at the end of my turn. This isn’t how fighting usually works, is it? Maybe that’s why I got a bit bullied at school. If I’d hung around with people wearing the same colour clothes as me, everything would have been fine.

More here.

Pid – Pay What You Want
Optionally registers on Steam or GOG.
Another game which I’ve not actually played, and there’s no opinions on this sidescrolling platformer to be found anywhere on the RPS database. Have you played Pid? What did you think of it? It certainly looks quite nice in this here trailer, and it seems worth a gamble since you’re setting the price yourself.

Get Loaded 2 for £6 promotion
Not sure what that comes to in other currencies, but it should be something around £6. Registers on Steam.
A great selection of games available for £3 a pop when you buy two. Pretty much everything here is at least worth a look, but my top choices would have to be Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Serious Sam 3: BFE & Spec Ops: The Line, and you can read RPS wordthinks on these respectively here, here & here.

Deal of the week
Red Orchestra & Red Orchestra 2 – Pay What You Want.
Or beat the average price and also get Killing Floor. Registers on Steam.
A selection of either some or all of Tripwire Interactive’s FPS games depending on how much you want to pay. Here’s wot Jim thought of RO2.

The gunplay too, is more intricate than we might be used to, with guns modelled close to how the might behave in the real world. Expect to use iron sights, and expect to have to adjust the calibration of these for distance. Lethality is enormously high, too, and if a sniper gets his crosshairs over you, that’s it. I know that extreme likelihood of instant death makes these sorts of games off-putting for many players, but it’s also precisely why I am getting a kick out of it. The personal reward of surviving, and then going further than that into killing, makes this far more dramatic than the more run-and-gun shooters I (and I suspect most of you lot) have been playing over the past few years. Seeing a comrade go down, knowing the sniper is on you, and then escaping – or even taking him out – is a brilliant videogame high.

More here.

Also of note:
D&D promo at GOG.

You can always head over to SavyGamer.co.uk for more cheap games.

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