Summer is the season for frolicking in the sun, which is exactly what Lewie is doing on a well-earned break at Glastonbury. Summer is also the season for sales that enable us to stuff our cheeks with games for the harsh winter months so he has asked me, Tony, his sidekick at SavyGamer.co.uk, to guide you through the best cheap cheek-fillers in this week’s bargain bucket.
High on my list of things that should be thrown into a volcano are ‘Complete’ editions of games that aren’t complete. While Europa Universalis III’s Complete edition does contain more DLC than you can shake an inbred monarch at, the Chronicles edition usurps it with two additional expansion packs. Is it too much to ask for some honest titling?
Europa Universalis III itself is exactly as deep, intimidating and confusing as a game called ‘Europa Universalis III’ probably should be. I’m terrible at it (turns out honesty is an unwise play style) but it is worth playing if only to behold the unforgiving scale and ambition of the thing.
World of Warcraft is notable not just for its success but for all the failures to replicate its success. I personally find each word of ‘Massively Multiplayer Online’ progressively less appealing but I do admire the fact that WOW stands atop a mountain of conquered competitors, high enough to see a trail of survivors limping toward the land of free to play. Also it has pandas and everyone loves marmite.
While console companies announce and unannounce and reanounnce DRM policies on their closed systems, GoG pushed the ‘PUT IT ALL ON SALE’ button and made everyone seem a bit silly.
Hundreds of DRM-free games are on sale but I would recommend waiting for the daily deals in case the game you want is included. Since the 21st is the most day of days, GoG decided to celebrate the solstice with close to fifty daily deals.These particular deals are on until 2pm UK-time on the 22nd, so be quick.
I would recommend these in particular:
Alpha Centari, Master of Magic, Master of Orion 1-2, Colonization, Fragile Allegiance, Gal Civ & Space Empires IV – £8.05/€9.47/$12.43 – This pack of turn-based strategy games includes Lewie’s favourite Alpha Centari, to which he wrote a love letter here.
Planescape: Torment, Baldur’s Gate 1-2, Icewind Dale 1-2, Neverwinter Nights 1-2, Temple of Elemental Evil, Demon Stone & Dragonshard – £13.67/€16.08/$21.10 – Will keep you in dungeons with dragons for years.
Have a look at the whole selection of games old and new here.
Frozen Synapse, Broken Sword: Director’s Cut, Aquaria, Fractal: Make Blooms Not War, Organ Trail: Director’s Cut & Stealth Bastard Deluxe – Beat the average. Currently £3.04/€3.57/$4.69.
More DRM-free loveliness from people who don’t assume their customers are criminals, playable on Windows, Mac, Linux and – if you’re into that sort of thing – Android.
Frozen Synapse is a good idea that I had no idea could even work, executed beautifully with simultaneous turn-based tactical combat. Broken Sword: Director’s Cut is a game that – declaration of interest time – our own John worked on. It’s also an excellent remake of a classic, am I allowed to say that? Aquaria is a bit Metroidy and absolutely worth buying to explore. I haven’t played much Fractal: Make Blooms Not War but it looks an extremely well presented puzzle game. Organ Trail: Director’s Cut is a parody of Oregon Trail with the disentrailed teaming up with dysentry. Stealth Bastard Deluxe is brilliant in name and in making stealth less sedentary.
A good, varied bundle.
Also of note
Cargo The Quest for Gravity 69p/€0.83/97c
Mirror’s Edge and DLC – £3.24/€3.80/$4.99 Enter a US billing address.
Really Big Sky, Eufloria, Runespell: Overture, Cthulhu Saves the World, Breath of Death VII – Current minimum £2.98/€3.50/$4.59
Creatures, Pirates of Black Cove, Survivor Squad, Chester, Sword of the Stars 1-2, Vessel, Aquanox 1-2, Painkiller: Overdose, Star Ruler, Edna & Harvey, A New Beginning & Crusader Kings Complete – Current Minimum £3.85/€4.53/$5.94
Buy any ‘indie’ game and get The MAW, Major Mayhem, and The Curse of Nordic Cove free.
Enjoy Rezzed. The Bargain Bucket will be back in two weeks time. Don’t go and do anything silly like pay RRP while we’re gone and remember to pop by SavyGamer.co.uk during the week for cheap games.