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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Get Round The Back

I’ve got something for you. It’s bucket full to the brim of cut price games! The bucket may be metaphorical, but the discounts are very much real. If you just can’t get enough of buying games for slightly less than you might have expected to pay for them, I recommend you visit for a constantly updated record of gaming savings for all platforms.Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, Icewind Dale, Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter, Icewind Dale: Trials of the Luremaster, Icewind Dale II, Planescape: Torment & The Temple of Elemental Evil – £4.83/€6.44/$6.44
Apply coupon “”.
That’s a lot of RPG for your money. Here’s what some bloke called Kieron said about Planescape Torment back in 2007:

While we’re a long way from the videogame equivalent of a Tolstoy or a Dostoevsky, for what it’s worth, Planescape is as close as we’ve come, and worthy of real literary consideration. Of course, such dry analysis always turns people away from the Great dead Russians – when it should be remembered these are works full of life and joys and – yes – deep sadness. The same is true here. It’s a philosophical buddy-hatey road movie based around the search for the self and the endlessly reiterated question “What can change the nature of a man?”. And you find yourself lingering on that. Not just what can change the nature of your character – but what made you and what manner of man are you anyway.

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Cthulhu Saves the World & Breath of Death VII: The Beginning – 67p/€0.67/$0.99
A pair of excellent lo-fi comedy RPGs for next to nothing. These are great examples of games that parody their own genre tropes and traditions, whilst also innovating around them. Sidestepping the cinematic tangent that JRPGs seemed to go off on after Final Fantasy 7, with elaborate cutscenes and battle animations, these games focus on a rapid battle system where you’re never waiting around for your next move. Dungeons, too, have a limited number of forced random encounters, and once you’ve beaten enough enemies you can explore unimpeded. I’d say these are an essential purchase if you’ve got any interest in Japanese RPGs, or even if you’ve been put off by the flabby baggage that goes along with lots of the other games in the genre. It’s no surprise to me that they were asked to finish off the Penny-Arcade game series (and their entry in On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness is on sale too).

FIFA 13 – £6.56/€7.65/$9.99
This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address. Registers on Origin.
The thirteenth entry in EA’s long running pong clone series. After the cliff-hanger ending of FIFA 12, no doubt everyone is eager to find out if the angry man really did kick the ball into the back of the net, or if the other angry man stopped him by catching the ball in his hands. Foot-to-ball! Gripping stuff, eh? Did Newcastle United’s Samuel Ameobi ever get his likeness accurately portrayed in the game, or is he still just “Standard Black Guy“? Since this is more a simulation of odious Sky Sports coverage of football than people kicking a ball around a field, it’s plastered from head to toe in adverts. You may want to disregard everything I have said about this game, since as you can likely tell, I’ve not played it, and I’m probably never going to. Everything know about Foot-to-ball I learnt from New Order.

Dead Island [A Game That Came Out This Year Edition] – £4/€4/$4.
Apply coupon “GMG20-GGN5D-FC3NA”. Registers on Steam.
A stupid game about zombies, because there are no other interesting game design challenges left.

Good lord, it’s weird. This is a world in which it costs over $1000 to fix a broken baseball bat. Who is charging this money is never explained, and exactly what it’s being spent on is never made clear. But so it is that when it comes to repairing your favourite augmented weapon, the bill can be staggering. It’s damned strange enough that people are selling you the bare essentials for survival as it is. After all, you’re the only person who dares to go outside, and you’re working to save their lives. But still, they want over $3000 for that machete they have. But that you have to pay money to fix or upgrade your equipment is mind-boggling.

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Deal of the week
Portal & Portal 2 – £4.49/€6.24/$6.24.
Or get the first one for £1.74/€2.24/$2.49 and the second for £3.74/€4.99/$4.99
Is Portal the best game of the last decade? I think it might be. I reckon most of you have probably played it by now, but for those of you who’ve spent the last 50,000 years sealed in a stasis chamber, Portal is a masterclass in interesting systemic puzzle design, technology led game design, ridiculously efficient storytelling, and comedy in games. Portal 2 is as good a sequel as we could have probably hoped for, and it’s sure got a lot more content than the original, but despite giving it their best, Valve didn’t quite recapture the magic of the original for me. I think the shorter campaign of the original game, and the fact that it was a brand new idea, played in its favour. Both are essential though, and you’d be silly to miss out on this price.

Also of note:
Guns of Icarus Online – Pay What You Want. Registers on Steam.
AI War: Fleet Command, Fortune Winds: Ancient Trader, Sanctum, Underrail & Zigfrak – £5.22/€7.12/$7.59. Apply coupon “”. AI War: Fleet Command & Sanctum register on Steam.
AI War: Fleet Command – £1.74/€2.49/$2.49
AI War: Alien Bundle – £2.99/€4.24/$4.24
A Valley Without Wind & A Valley Without Wind 2 – £2.37/€2.87/$3.74
Shattered Haven – £1.74/€2.49/$2.49
Tidalis – 99p/€1.24/$1.24
Edge – £2.74/3.49/$3.99
Battlepaths, Beast Boxing Turbo, Croixleur, Dawnstar, Diehard Dungeon & Out There Somewhere – £3.03/3.53/$4.62
Gimbal, Kill Fun Yeah, Mass Effect 2, Shadowgrounds, Shank 2 & Zombie Driver HD – £3.93/€4.58/$5.98. Shadowgrounds, Shank 2 & Zombie Driver HD register on Steam. Mass Effect 2 registers on Origin.
Telltale promo at GOG.

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