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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Swear To It

I am the man with my finger on the pulse of the market for discounted digitally distributed entertainment software for personal computing devices. Hear me roar. This week there are some cheap games, so I might as well tell you about them, and you might as well pay attention. If you want more cheap games, pop along to SavyGamer.co.uk. Pretty please with sugar on top. Here’s this week’s bucket full of bargains:

BioShock Infinite – £16.99
Registers on Steam.
I didn’t enjoy this Bioshock as much as the first. I made the mistake of playing it on 1999 mode from the start, assuming that it meant it would be have the kind of difficulty that games from the 90s had, but what it actually meant was that it was a modern game designed for modern audiences, and then they gave all the enemies a stupidly large amount of health, and me a stupidly small one. The worst implementation of increased difficulty possible. There’s some fantastic bits in Bioshock Infinite, but the illusion that you’re in an actual floating city doesn’t hold up anywhere near as well as the illusion that I was in an actual underwater city in the first. It’s also way more Just A Shooter than Bioshock was, but I actually think Bioshock 2 had better gunplay. The rifts and vigours are less interesting and less systemic than the combination of hacking and plasmids in the first game. You never really get the feeling that the other characters are just existing in their habitat, everyone is either A Character With Exposition To Spout, or A Baddie That Is Trying To Kill You. Elizabeth doesn’t get in the way, which is better than if she did get in the way, but I didn’t really care about her. Sorry, Ken. Here’s wot Alec thought.

Forge, Gas Guzzlers, Pressure, Primordia & Richard and Alice – £3.79/€4.43/$5.75 at time of writing.
Price will fluctuate over time, as explained here. Forge, Pressure & Primordia register on Steam.
Another interesting selection of games available for not very much money from the folks over at Indie Royale. Here’s wot John thought of Richard & Alice:

The story told is a splendid one, incredibly moving and surprisingly twisty. The relationship between Alice and Barney is a triumph, and handled with great care. There’s certainly a bit of the young-writer-likes-to-swear to it, in places it could be more mature, but it’s always engaging, engrossing, and delivers the punches where they’re needed.

Sounds fucking fantastic to me. Read the rest here.

Back to the Future: The Game, Hector: Badge of Carnage, Poker Night at the Inventory, Puzzle Agent, Puzzle Agent 2, Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures & The Walking Dead – £2.81/€3.28/$4.26 at time of writing
Or pay any price to get everything but The Walking Dead. Registers on Steam.
That is a lot of Telltale. I’ve never enjoyed any of their games, I even tried The Walking Dead, and it seems like a buggy mess of quick time events, stiff dialogue and silly puzzles. But what do I know, I’m just a man that likes games where you jump on baddies heads. Here’s wot John thought about it:

As with the majority of zombie fiction, it doesn’t attempt to do anything original. It’s a small group of survivors, each with their own quirks, trying to defend temporarily safe locations, while arguing with each other. But as is the point of the genre, it’s not about the undead outside, but the nature of the humans still alive, and here it succeeds. Relationships, the danger of sharing too much in a tense situation, individual values, and the confusion of previous concerns in an utterly different world, all play out pretty well.

More here, and thoughts on subsequent episodes from Adam here and here.

Dishonored – £7.49.
Registers on Steam.
Thief with superpowers. Gothic-Punk Deus Ex. Dishonored is a jack of all trade, and a master of several of them. It’s a proper stealth game, a proper stabby action game, and it’s got some of the most beautiful locations I’ve ever seen in a game. Here’s Adam’s take:

It feels like a game from another timeline, one where Thief and System Shock set the bar for what first-person games could be, leading to designs that were built around intelligent use of space and world-building. I still wish Dishonored were longer but I also recognise that it takes a great deal of skill, hard work and time to create something of this quality; to ask for more in terms of content would be to ask for less in so many other ways. What we really should be asking is for other developers to learn the lessons that Arkane can teach them.

More here. Bit of a masterpiece, this, I reckon.

Deal of the week
Awesomenauts, Capsized, Dear Esther, Hotline Miami, Little Inferno, Proteus & Thomas Was Alone – £3.71/€4.35/$5.64
My oh my this is a good bundle. Hotline Miami is the best game. The best game. I’m probably going to rush compiling the rest of the bargain bucket so that I can play some Hotline Miami. I found Awesomenauts to be tedious as hell, but if you like MOBAs maybe you’ll like this one? I’ve not played Capsized, but everything else here is worth a look. Dear Esther is a window into mind of someone who is so gripped by loss and regret that they’re starting to lose their mind, whilst wandering around a pretty island. Proteus is a Chill The Fuck Out ‘Em Up, where you also wander around a pretty island taking in the sights and sounds. Thomas Was Alone is a smartly designed puzzle platformer that tells the story of some pieces of geometry learning the meaning of friendship. Little Inferno is a joke game where the joke sort of ruins it, but the presentation is so magnificent, and the ending so powerful, that it’s worth enduring the nonsense.

Also of note:
Activision promo at GOG.
Batman: Arkham City [Goatee Edition] – £4/€6/$6. Apply coupon “GMG20-JLKSA-7A8HA”. Registers on Steam.
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger – £7.20. Apply coupon “GMG20-JLKSA-7A8HA”. Registers on Steam.
Blackwell Convergence, Blackwell Deception, Blackwell Legacy, Blackwell Unbound, Hacker Evolution Untold, Pixelry & Super Tower Rush – Pay What You Want. Hacker Evolution Untold and the Blackwell games register on Steam.
FTL – £3.28/€3.84/$4.99. Registers on Steam.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – £9.99. Registers on Steam.

SavyGamer.co.uk is a website where you can find out about all the cheap games.

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