As I do every weekend, I’ve been searching far and wide for the best deals on digitally distributed games for your PCs, and there seems to be some great deals around right now. Avoid missing any of the best deals this weekend by reading on for my highlights of which discounts are most worth your attention, and head to SavyGamer.co.uk for an always updated record of the best deals on all platforms.
Back to the Future: The Game, Cargo Commander, Dungeon Hearts & Pid – £3.59/€4.27/$5.56
Price will fluctuate over time as detailed here. Registers on Steam.
I’ve not yet played any of these, but here’s what Mr Meer thought of the first episode of Back to the Future: The Game:
while broadly the license suits the genre, the short-form nature and established tech of this particular adventure game episode impose critical limitations. The game’s very much at its best in terms of aesthetic design – that music, those voices, and to some extent the stylised, toonish art, but most of all in the good-natured characterwork and nostalgic nods. Without any of that, this episode might seem almost as non-corporeal as Marty’s vanishing hand during the first movie’s climactic stage scene.
There’s also going to be three other games added to this bundle at some point. Dunno what they are though.
Tomb Raider – £12/€20/$20
I started playing this the other day. I don’t think it makes a particularly strong first impression. Everything is very automated early on, there’s a lot of mashing buttons when the game tells you to mash buttons, lots of holding forwards, there’s a couple of action sequences where you dodge left and right like on that iPhone game about a temple, sometimes you shoot some men and get an experience bonus if you shoot them in the head. Then sometimes you ‘find’ a secret tomb, which you know is a secret tomb because you get a “SECRET TOMB NEARBY” notification on your HUD when you walk past it, and there is a doorway with loads of arrows pointing towards it. There’s some very pretty bits, and the characters and setting are fairly interesting, but it feels like the game is playing me more than I am playing the game. I’ve heard conflicting reports over how much better it gets. I think I’ll stick with it. Read John’s thoughts here, and more RPS words over here.
Max Payne 3 – £6.24/€7.49/$9.99
Pretty decent price for this highly cinematic game about a man trying to fight alcohol and criminals, and often losing to both. Jim says this:
The gilded hand of Rockstar is visible in almost everything. The barrelling back and forth between corrupt, glitzy high society and grimy, glittery low-life criminality. The cutscenes that ache to be true cinema, the humour in the media-baiting ultraviolence. Of course it lacks the trademark open-worldiness of their original games. There’s the occasional open area to run around in, but this is a firmly story-driven conveyor belt of gun-action. But we shouldn’t expect anything else from this gangster gun-ballet sequel. Everything in the single-player part of the game is Payne through the filter of Rockstar: Gritty, funny, horrible.
More here. It’s got a killer soundtrack.
Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box – £2.49
I’m not sure if this discount is available anywhere other than the UK. It’s not uncommon for Origin to have region specific pricing/discounts.
Criterion’s brilliant game about driving cars around and smashing them into things. Jim put it this way:
There’s no hidden agenda here, just caricatured automotive ultra-violence. Some folks have suggest that the lack of a circuit-based, here-to-there kind of racing model means the game doesn’t pull you in, but I reject that. As soon as you’ve found the beat of doing event after event, you have no problem with forward momentum. Collecting cars, beating the various events – which include staying on the road as other cars try to take you down, mad stunt routes, waypoint-driven tours around the cityscape, as well as straightforward races – it’s a well-punctuated progression, allowing little sideshows of car-swapping housekeeping and exploration between the events. Hurtling off the given route and still thundering your way into the lead makes for brilliant racing, particularly when the last few moments of a race are a wheel-grinding chariot-race to the line.
Read the rest here.
Deal of the week
Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, NiGHTs into Dreams, SEGA Bass Fishing, Sonic Adventure DX, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Generations & Space Channel 5: Part 2 – £9.68/€11.51/$14.99
This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address. Jet Set Radio, NiGHTs into Dreams, Sonic Adventure 2 & Sonic Generations register on Steam.
Here’s a fairly large slice of Sega history, mostly consisting of a variety of Dreamcast ports that have gradually creeped onto the PC in recent years. On top of the straight ports of Dreamcast games, there’s the excellent NiGHTs remake, originally released for the PS2 in Japan only, it’s now had a PC release that looks fantastic at higher resolutions. Also included is Sonic Generations, which will allow you to play the Sonic Unleashed mod if you feel like it. Worth the price of admission, I think, and Amazon usually give you individual Steam keys if you want to split this with someone.
Also of note:
Crow, Darkout, Death Ray Manta, Draconian Wars, Enamel, Gravi, Grimind, Ichi & Little Racers STREET – £3.39/€4.03/$5.25
Get Loaded 2 for £15 promotion, featuring Sonic All-Stars Racing: Transformed, LEGO Lord Of The Rings, Civilization V Gold Edition, Sleeping Dogs & more.
The Cave – £3.23/€4.20/$4.85. Apply coupon “elder-geek.com”. Registers on Steam.
The Basement Collection – 86p/€1.14/$1.14. Apply coupon “elder-geek.com”.
Defense Grid: The Awakening – £1.74/€2.24/$2.49
Decent selection of games for 50% off at GOG.
More even more cheap games, you can always find the latest discounts over at SavyGamer.co.uk.