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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Looking Humongous

Greetings consumers! Would you like to acquire some non-transferable, limited rights, licenses for digital entertainment software for your personal computer? Then you have come to the right place. As I do every weekend, I have compared the different discounts being offered by a wide range of entities offering digital distribution for the entertainment software industry. Since they’re all operating on an open platform, they’re all competing for your custom. They’re competing to offer the best value, range of games, features, customer service, user experience, and such and such. Here is my critical assessment of who has done the best job of that this weekend, and you’ll find a record of best deals in markets for all video game platforms throughout the week over at SavyGamer.co.uk. This is The RPS Bargain Bucket:

Race the Sun – £3.32/€3.86/$5
Apply coupon “WELOVEINDIEGAMES”.
That price is if you go for “Early Purchase Pack 1”, but the coupon is good for 50% off either of the other purchase options. I’ve been playing the beta of this, and I really like it. It’s pretty obviously still a work in progress, and I think they are developing a mobile/tablet version in tandem with the PC version, so there’s a few UI elements that look more touchscreeny than mouse and keyboardy, but that will no doubt all be cleaned up before the v1.0 release. So what is it? It’s a beautiful minimalist game about flying forwards, dodging the things you are supposed to dodge, and collecting the things you are supposed to collect. It’s got more than a little bit of Starwing (aka Starfox) to it, and things get absolutely crazy when you get pretty far into it. You’ve probably played a bunch of games that are similar to this before, but this one is executed really well. Is it a conflict that I backed the kickstart? I don’t think so, but perhaps I best mention it anyway.

Brütal Legend, Costume Quest, Iron Brigade, Psychonauts, Stacking & The Cave – £6.56/€7.71/$9.99
Registers on Steam. As you will likely remember if you have been paying any attention to the Bargain Bucket over the last year or so, deals from Amazon US are ostensibly for North America only, but Amazon seem to be leaving a gaping loophole where if you enter any US billing address, they don’t actually check it, they just let you buy it. Some card providers may charge a fee for international payments. This is certainly a fine amount of Double Fine for the money. These games all have something interesting about them, and the are bursting with character and creativity. Well, I’ve not played The Cave yet, but I can vouch for the rest being very much worth your time. Here’s a big mountain of word-thinks from the RPS archives: Brütal Legend, Costume Quest, Iron Brigade, Stacking & The Cave. These are also individually discounted, except for Iron Brigade and The Cave.

Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, Serious Sam Double D & Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack – Pay What You Want
Registers on Steam.
You can also get yourself a copy of Serious Sam 2 & Serious Sam: BFE if you beat the average price, £2.82/€3.32/$4.30 at time of writing.
Some bloke called Kieron wrote these words. Don’t blame me:

Serious Sam is a major text and we all should consider with the deepness with which it was wrought. The clue is in the name. “Serious Sam”. It is very serious. I cannot say for sure why he’s called is called Sam, but I’m planning to explore the most tenable theories my forthcoming doctoral thesis. Ah – this reminds me of something incredibly insightful which Derrida once wrote – but I won’t repeat it, as it’s very deep, and you wouldn’t understand it. Much like you don’t understand Serious Sam. I pity you, in many ways.

More here.

Reus – £4.76/€6.80/$6.80
Apply coupon “GMG20-JLKSA-7A8HA”. Registers on Steam.
A God Game where everything is powered by natural elements, rather than hubris and empty promises. What a novel idea. Here’s Alec’s early impressions:

In theory, you’re gradually escalating the amount of food, wealth and tech you’re bringing into your village; in practice you’re playing a sort of planet-wide inventory Tetris, shuffling tomatoes to here or chickens to there in order to try and sustain and maximise the bonuses. To be honest, I found that the effects of this stuff were predominantly numerical rather than seeming to meaningfully or even particularly visibility affect the world. These amazing-looking, humongous deities, but what they’re mostly doing is implementing stat multipliers. It does seem something of a waste. Perhaps it’ll seem more meaningful and exciting once I have a fuller-grasp of the ultimate pay-offs of each resource, though. And once I start throwing rock-bombs at chickens for no good reason.

More here.

Deal of the week
Bioshock Infinite – £13.59
Apply coupon “GFDJUN20UK”. Registers on Steam.
This one is pretty divisive, huh? Whilst I did find this a disappointing sequel to Bioshock, and I still prefer the original game, I do think it is worth giving it a try and making your own mind up, especially at this price. I explained some of my problems with it here the other week, but lets hear from Alec, who enjoyed it a bit more than I did:

Infinite’s a triumph in terms of fantasy-architecture spectacle and bringing superb flexibility to the modern rollercoaster shooter, but in other respects it’s a small step down from the player agency and even the singular aesthetic of BioShock. Not that it necessarily needs to, as it is most certainly a high-aiming game in its own right rather than mere offspring, but I’m not convinced it will live quite as long in our collective memory as did/does its parent. It sure does make me want to use superlatives like ‘majestic’, ‘lavish’ and ‘spectacular’ over and over again, though.

More here.

Also of note:
Probably the best Humble Bunlde yet has three days left
Super Tower Rush, Hacker Evolution Untold, Pixelry, Blackwell Legacy, Blackwell Unbound, Blackwell Convergence, Blackwell Deception & Lune (Alpha) – Pay What You Want
AI War: Fleet Command & all DLC, A Valley Without Wind, A Valley Without Wind 2, Shattered Haven & Tidalis – £3.48/€4.09/$5.30 at time of writing
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty – £16.99/€19.99
Sleeping Dogs [Limited Edition] – £4.60. Apply coupon “GFDJUN20UK”. Registers on Steam.
Bullet Candy, Bullet Candy Perfect & Irukandji – Pay What You Want. Pay £3.28/€3.86/$5 to also also get Scoregasm by typing “IAMMEGA” into the message box.
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes – £4/€6/$5.60. Apply coupon “GMG20-JLKSA-7A8HA”. Registers on Steam.
Papo & Yo – £4.80/€5.78/$7.49. Registers on Steam.
Derrick the Deathfin – £2.59/€3.08/$3.99

Cheap games always A L W A Y S at SavyGamer.co.uk.

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