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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Cause Some Upset

Good followers of The Rock, The Paper and The Shotgun, would you like to find out the raddest deals on the hottest games this weekend? Then you are in luck, because I’ve have totally got that covered. Sorry for the Bargain Bucket’s absence last week, I was busy partying in a field in Somerset, but normal service has resumed as of right now. Here’s your roundup of discount games for your computers, and for gaming bargains across all platforms throughout the week, you can always rely on Cry 3: Blood Dragon – £7.99
Apply coupon “GFDJUL20UK”. Registers on uPlay.
The Far Cry 3 expandalone that should have been the main game. I’m in two minds about this, yes it’s great that Ubisoft decided to do something a bit silly with what was an otherwise fairly po-faced game about pointing the gun in the bottom right corner of the screen at the baddies and then clicking the mouse button, but they obviously did so expending as little effort as possible, reusing all the assets that they could from the main campaign. They’ve given everything a Tron/80s vibe, but it’s been done fairly half heartedly: There’s lots of neon highlights on the environment, but for the most part everything just looks kind of grey. It’s also crazy short, you’ll finish the campaign in just a few sittings, but it’s a pretty wild ride. It contains some legitimately funny jokes, and it’s a bit different from most other shooters, but I can’t help feel like Ubisoft are somewhat having their cake and eating it.

Max Payne 3 – £6.70/€7.79/$9.99
Available either as a Steam key or as a direct download. This is from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address.
Shooting in slow motion is cool. This is a thoroughly enjoyable game about shooting in slow motion. There’s a few weak spots, but it’s basically solid throughout. If I’m going to complain about things, I’d say that there are enough frustrating set pieces with bullet-sponge enemies to induce a ragequit from even the most placid players. The animations is pretty fantastic throughout, although there’s a frustrating limitation on the physics system. When you perform a jumping dive forwards, you land on the ground with awesome procedural physics. Sadly, though, you need to stand fully upright after one of these dives, no matter if you want to. This means that if you jump and dive, then land right next to some chest high cover, instead of leaning into that cover from the ground, you’ll stand fully upright (often get shot to pieces) and then crouch down to get into the cover. It’s a silly little complaint, but it bugged me throughout the game. Tell you what though, it’s got a killer soundtrack, and some great writing.

Bioshock & Bioshock 2 – £3.35/€3.89/$4.99
This is from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address. Registers on Steam.
The first two Bioshock games are, if you’ll forgive the bold sweeping statement, the strongest games in the series. I think Rapture is a more interesting setting than Columbia, certainly the first game has a more tightly constructed narrative arc than Infinite. The first two games, especially the second, had pretty interesting systemic combat, with enemies that would roam big levels rather than just wait for you at predesignated checkpoints. I also prefer the horror of “Psychotic Masked Randian Junkies” to “Isn’t racism nasty?”, but each to their own. Here’s Wot Alec thought of Bioshock 2.

Risen – £2/€2.49/$2.50
Risen 2: Dark Waters – £3.74/€4.99/$4.99
Both Risens for not very much money each. Alec took a pretty in depth look at Risen The First in the seven parter report, and here’s what he made of the sequel:

So, a bit of a mess but it’s got charm and brains underneath it. It is inventive and it is trying to avoid genericism, and even though its conversations are far too numerous, far too long-winded, full of the same animations, faces and bodies and occasionally lumbered with characterisation that might cause some upset (I’m going to decline labouring that point, mind), the voice-acting and to a lesser extent the writing isn’t half-bad. The major lesson Risen 2 needs to learn is the value of brevity.

More here.

Deal of the week
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – £7.99
Apply coupon “GFDJUL20UK”. Registers on Steam.
Skyrim is a big game with lots and lots to do it in. Don’t take my word for it, here’s Wot Alec Thought:

Everywhere I go, I’m immediately presented with more opportunities and possibilities than I can possibly keep track of, let alone do all of. Both in terms of overtly-offered quests and ambient observation and intervention (racist attitudes towards Dark elves in Windhelm, the grim poverty of Winterhold…) , there is so damned much to see and do.

More here. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this cheap before, short of a temporarily misprice, although perhaps you might be better off waiting for a good deal on the Legendary Edition at this point, since that comes with all the DLC.

Also of note:
Bit.Trip Presents: Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien – £4.33. Apply coupon “GFDJUL20UK”. Registers on Steam.
Toki Tori, Edge & Rush – £1.67/€1.94/$2.49. Registers on Steam.
F.1.A.R., F.2.A.R. & F.3.A.R. – £7.86. Registers on Steam.
The Real Texas – Pay What You Want
Bloody Trapland, Gatling Gears, Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs Death, Lucid, Polygon Storm & Sniper Elite V2 – £4.11

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