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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Hit Back

Don’t go scavenging all over the internet to find the best deals, I’m hear with my usual round of the best deals for you to conveniently consider at your leisure. There’s some cracking deals this week, so you’ll not want to miss out. Of course you can rely on SavyGamer.co.uk throughout the week for all your discounted gaming needs.

Sleeping Dogs – £4.99/€6.24/$6.24
Registers on Steam.
Solid Hong Kong open world drive/shoot/punch ’em up, where you’re a goodie pretending to be a baddie. And undercover cop. Here’s wot Alec made of this back at release:

Who was I? An undercover cop, infiltrating the Triad and bending both sides’ rules in the process. An unfaithful lover. A martial artist. A race expert. A crack shot with a pistol. A man caught between the lure of the law and the lure of adopted family that just so happens to also be a crime cartel. The plot is all over the place, repeatedly offering compelling setups in terms of both grey-area morality and supporting characters but tending to default to catch’n’kill, which coupled with your unremarked-upon freedom to kill whosoever you wish when bombing around between mission, entirely robs the game of any sense of being caught on the horns of an overarching dilemma.

More here.

Deadlight, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Iron Brigade, Mark of the Ninja & Toy Soldiers – £6.56
Registers on Steam. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Here’s a bumper pack of games from indie studios, published by Microsoft. I’ve not played Deadlight or Toy Soldiers, but I’d say Mark of the Ninja, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet & Iron Brigade are all easily worth the price of admission. Mark of the Ninja is one of the most fun stealth games I’ve played in a while, giving you a fair bit of scope of comical hyper-violent mischief. The level designs aren’t quite enough of a sandbox for my liking, and it’s a shame that it’s not quite designed around you fully ghosting through the game, you are forced into direct combat a few times. But it’s still brilliant. Here’s RPS thoughts on Mark Of The Ninja, Deadlight and Iron Brigade.

Batman: Arkham Asylum [Goatee Edition] & Batman: Arkham City [Goatee Edition], PC – £7.48/€8.85/$11.49
Registers on Steam. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Both of the excellent Arkham games for not very much money at all. This pack includes all the DLC and trimmings too. I still think the first game is the tighter of the two. As Arkham City scaled up the environment to give you almost a city to explore, it became a little flabby. The Batman Simulator meets Metroid formula of Arkham Asylum worked a little better for me than Arkham City. They’re both great though, and I have high hopes for the upcoming third entry in the series, although I worry whether seemingly making it a biennial series will impact the quality. RPS Arkham Asylum thoughts here, and Arkham City thoughts here.

fren-ze – £2.03
Leave Home – £2.03
qrth-phyl – £2.03
Three games from the hugely talented Hermit Games, all at throwaway prices. These have all got Hermit Games’ trademark neon infused artsyle, with bright colours on top of a dark background, and an incredibly stylish use of minimalist compontents. fren-ze & Leave Home are vertical and horizontal scrolling shmups respectively, whereas qrth-phyl is a contemporary reimagining of Snake, with loads of graphics. These are all excellent, and discounted for a limited time, so snap them up whilst they’re cheap.

Deal of the week
Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition – £4.87/€5.77/$7.49
Registers on Steam. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.

Dark Souls for a fiver. Bit of a stellar deal. Here’s Adam explaining why:
For all the game’s complexity, if you understand that it is better to dodge an attack rather than be struck by it, and that heavier armour and weapons will make leaping and dodging more difficult, then you will make progress, slow but sure. As for the more complex systems at work, they make sense in time and the weirdness of the game always seems an intentional part of the murky lens through which it is viewed rather than evidence of poor documentation. It dares the player to explore and to learn and it will more quickly bite off his/her hand than hold it. That feels liberating. You’re in a fight from the start, not a dance, and that means it’s OK to hit back however you can. Once the tutorial is complete (and even that will probably kill you) the world is open and there are no warnings and no signposts. Go, see, suffer.

Suffer indeed. More here.

Also of note:
And Yet It Moves, Eufloria, Spirits & World of Goo – Pay What You Want (In Bitcoins)
Borderlands 2 – £8.16. Apply coupon “GMG20-LLASD-D8WBQ”. Registers on Steam.
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare – £4.22. Apply coupon “GMG20-LLASD-D8WBQ”. Registers on Steam.
Quantum Conundrum – £2.37. Registers on Steam.
Dead Island: Riptide – £12.99
Metro: Last Light – £21.99. Registers on Steam.
Grid 2 – £17.99. Registers on Steam.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee – 48p/€0.57/$0.74. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus – 48p/€0.57/$0.74. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee – £1.07/€1.26/$1.64. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent – £1.95/€2.30/$2.99. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Bioshock, Bioshock 2 & Spec Ops: The Line – £6.50/€7.69/$9.99. Registers on Steam. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Binary Domain, Condemned: Criminal Origins, Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit & Viking: Battle for Asgard – £6.50/€7.69/$9.99. Registers on Steam. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition & Dragon Age 2 – £6.50/€7.69/$9.99. Registers on Origin. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Dead Space & Dead Space 2 – £5.20/€6.15/$7.99. Registers on Origin. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Battlefield 3 – £6.50/€7.69/$9.99. Registers on Origin. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Mass Effect – £3.25/€3.84/$4.99. Registers on Origin. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Mass Effect 2 – £3.25/€3.84/$4.99. Registers on Origin. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Mass Effect 3 – £3.90/€4.61/$5.99. Registers on Origin. This is from Amazon US so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.

For more of that cheapness you crave, hit up SavyGamer.co.uk.

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