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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Cut Off

Have you all learned your lesson that you shouldn’t buy games unless you wait until I’ve told you to yet? Not if you want to get the maximum possible amount of games for your money, that is. As every other weekend, here’s my roundup of the best temporary discounts for you to consider purchasing, and you can rely on for updates on the cheapest games across all platforms throughout the week. Here’s the RPS bargain bucket:Civilization 5 & XCOM: Enemy Unknown – £11.42
Apply coupon “GFDMAY20UK”. Registers on Steam.
Pretty excellent price for two solid games here, although it’s a shame that neither of the Civ5 expansions are included. Here’s what Alec thought of Firaxis’s reboot of X-Com:

This isn’t a matter of a starving man grateful for the slimmest of pickings. XCOM is a bounteous strategy/roleplaying feast, and I’m not particularly dismayed that a couple of the side-dishes taste a bit suspect. It’s a triumph that XCOM even exists, so that it’s also bloody brilliant and thoroughly modern with it excites me to introverted core. X-COM’s tiny, precious world has seen many unwelcome invaders over the years, but trust me – this one comes in peace.

More here.

Sonic Generation & Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed – £7.99
Apply coupon “GFDMAY20UK”. Registers on Steam.
For my money, All-Stars Racing: Transformed is the more fitting tribute to Sega’s heritage in this package. It’s packed with characters, items and locations from a broad selection of Sega’s popular and lesser known games. It’s also a more than competent kart racer, with controls that feel somewhere between Outrun and Mario Kart. Sonic Generations, despite superficially resembling the 16-bit Sonic games half of the time, actually moves and plays more like the modern 2D Sonic games. Read wot Adam thought of Sonic Generations here, although I disagree with him because he likes it.

Scribblenauts Unlimited – £5.75
Pretty sure this registers on Steam.
Here’s wot John thought of this bizarre imagination-fueled puzzle platformer:

Unlimited is an odd title, as if anything this is the most focused series has ever tried to be. But let me clarify – it’s not restrictive – you can still make anything, at any point, and watch the purposes of a location collapse under the awesomeness of your daft ideas. But its intentions are more focused, the challenges it presents designed to inspire you to solve specific problems, as obviously or imaginatively as you see fit. The unlimited nature is really trying to hint that the game is now set in a sprawling, open world.

Read the rest here.

Dead Island: Riptide – £17.99
Registers on Steam.
Not played it. Don’t really want to play it. Luckily Jim has played it already, and he wrote down some words about wot he thought about it:

Dead Island: Riptide carries a mysterious virus that it is tough to cure: boringness. It’s a virus that it and its predecessor will no doubt transmit to other games, thanks to being so successful. Game designers will assume that This Is What They Want, and make more of its like. But I’ve killed a lot of zombies in my time, and this was no highlight in the struggle against the digital dead. I could say this in more flowery ways, and I could spend more time glossing over the bones of it, but in all honesty I feel like there’s so much else humankind needs to play. There’s so much else you could spend your money on. Yes, zombie slaughter is quite funny, and better with friends, but this game is not enough. Perhaps it never was.

Carry on reading here.

Deal of the week
Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri – £1.54/€1.82/$2.39
The best game? Maybe. Here’s what a handsome, strong and intelligent gentleman going by the name of Lewie said about Alpha Centauri in his retrospective:

On a hostile planet, the rest of humanity left behind, you forge a brand new civilisation in your image. You’re cut off from earth’s legal and justice system. There are no consequences for your actions beyond how your fellow factions respond. You’re a long way from home, and it’s up to you whether you stick to any UN agreements signed on Earth. It’s Lord of the Flies by way of Isaac Asimov. Anything can happen at the edge of space. Who knows what kind of weaponry your neighbour might be developing? Perhaps you’d better strike first.

More here. When originally released on GOG, this was missing the Alien Crossfire expansion, but between now and when I last checked they appear to have added it at no extra cost.

Also of note:
Back to the Future: The Game, Cargo Commander, Dungeon Hearts, International Snooker, Micron, Pid & The Sea Will Claim Everything – £3.71/€4.40/$5.77 at time of writing. Back to the Future: The Game, Cargo Commander, Dungeon Hearts & Pid register on Steam.
EA Promo at GOG
Damnation, Jericho, Maelstrom: The Battle for Earth Begins, Overlord & Raising Hell, Overlord 2 & Rise of the Argonauts – £8.02/€9.53/$12.49. Registers on Steam.
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver – 99p
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 – 99p
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 – 99p
Legacy of Kain: Defiance – 99p
Final Fantasy VII – £4.99
Quantum Conundrum – £2.49. Registers on Steam.
Just Cause 2 – £2.49. Registers on Steam.
Sleeping Dogs [Limited Edition] – £4.99. Registers on Steam.
Cave Story+ – £3.49/€4.99/$4.99
Stealth Bastard Deluxe – £3.49/€4.49/$4.99
Borderlands 2 – £7.12/€9.50/$9.50. Apply coupon “”. Registers on Steam.
Splinter Cell Collection – £8.30/€11.87/$14.24. Apply coupon “”.
Bleed – Pay What You Want

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