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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Well Delivered

Sorry for my absence last week, I was busy putting things in boxes and then taking them from London to Manchester. Didn’t Cara do an acceptable job of filling in? I’m back on the case today though, and I’ve been scrutinising the various discounts available for games this weekend. You can always find even more cheap games over at SavyGamer.co.uk. Here’s this week’s selection:2 for £6 on select Ubisoft games.
There’s a pretty wide selection available here, so it’s a good chance to fill any gaps in your library. Rayman Origins & I Am Alive stand out to me as the ones that are best value, since I can’t remember seeing either of them for £3, and also Rayman Origins is properly lovely. Properly lovely. From Dust is certainly worth a look too, even if the port isn’t the best port it could have been, and I quite enjoyed Driver: San Francisco. Don’t bother with the Assassin’s Creed games, or the mediocre Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Subtitle.

Resident Evil 6 – £8/$16
Apply coupon “GMG20-KCDKK-H4TPB”. Registers on Steam.
I’m a massive Resident Evil fan, although the only one I actually like is Resident Evil 4, because it is The Definitive Modern Action Game. The series properly lost it’s way without Shinji Mikami at the helm, and bizarrely, instead of the craptacular Paul W. S. Anderson movie adaptations getting closer to the games, the games are gradually becoming more and more like the movies. The latest entry is a bloated mess, where they’ve made the mistake of thinking that actually really cares about the characters and the story, and they’ve continued to attempt to court the Gears of War audience for some baffling reason. It’s maybe worth giving it a shot, and this price is far better than paying more for it, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

FTL – £3.20/€3.73/$4.99
Registers on Steam.
Superb little roguelike-like about trying to get from one side of the galaxy to the other side of the galaxy, in order to save the day. There’s a bit of a brutal learning curve here, and for quite a long time it feels like every time you fail, it’s down to some random bullshit that was outside of your control. But as you keep picking away at it, it’s various overlapping systems gradually start to reveal their secrets, and you can formulate decent strategies, and adapt your playstyle to handle whatever the game throws at you. I’ve sunk around 200 hours into it, and believe it or not, but I’ve once been *this* close to beating the final boss without taking a single hit. I managed to beat it’s first two forms unscathed, but took a couple of hits before I could finish it off. Do not play on easy.

Retrovirus, Signal Ops, Sol Survivor, Vox & Zack Zero – £3.63/€4.22/$5.65 at time of writing.
Price will fluctuate over time, as explained here.
Retrovirus, Sol Survivor & Zack Zero register on Steam.
Oh hey! I remember wanting to play Retrovirus a while back, and then forgot all about it. Here’s Wot John thought about it:

You are, in essence, a virus application. A desktop PC has been invaded by a malevolent worm, doing enormous damage to the system, corrupting vast amounts of the infrastructure, and spawning viral enemies throughout for you to clean. As I noted previously, the similarities with Monolith’s magnificent Tron 2.0 can’t be a coincidence, especially with XP added in the form of data acquisition, and the backstory being told by found emails. But by release, Retrovirus is very much its own game, a healthy distance from both obvious inspirations, the other obviously being Descent. It plays like neither, and that’s certainly one of its biggest strengths.

More here. I think I’ll pick this up, but I’ll have to pay for it with money because Indie Royale recently revoked my admin account from when I used to work for them :.(

Deal of the week
The Witcher – £1.60/€1.86/$2.49
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – £3.20/€3.73/$4.99
That’s cheap! Here’s Mr Rossignol telling you what he thinks of The Witcher 2:

This beauty extends to all the inhabitants of the world. Even when they’re mongrel-ugly bastards, they’re believable and boldly drawn. The way they hang out in the world, or chat when you interrupt them, is just right. The Witcher 2′s characters are without exception strong, and beautifully imagined. Most of the voice acting is well-delivered, with only one or two lines executed inappropriately. It’s even funny at times. Yes, there are actually one or two jokes that made me, an oil-hearted laugh-miser, blurt out the happy noise. I couldn’t believe it.

More here.

Also of note:
NiGHTS into Dreams – £2.39. Apply coupon “GFDAUG20UK”. Registers on Steam.
Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition – £6.80. Apply coupon “GMG20-KCDKK-H4TPB”. Registers on Steam.
Humble Origin Bundle is still running. MIRROR’S EDGE.

Pop along to SavyGamer.co.uk for more lovely cheap games.

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