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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Completely Stable


I’ve been having a bit of a clearout this week, so in addition to the wide array of fantastic deals on downloadable PC games, let me give you a hot tip: Pop along to the Oxfam charity shop in Urmston, and they’ll probably have a big stack of old PC games for something like a quid a pop. For those of you who don’t happen to be in a very specific geographical area, read on to find my usual summary of the best deals from a wide range of digital distributors, and visit for all the best deals on games across all formats.

Deadlight, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Iron Brigade, Mark of the Ninja & Toy Soldiers – £4.83/€5.67/$7.49
This is from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address. Registers on Steam.
Several of these are individually discounted, too, if you don’t want to go all in.
Mark of the Ninja is surely worth the price of admission here, easily one of the most interesting stealth games I’ve played in a long time, it’s packing Klei Entertainment’s trademark visual flair and polish, a well thought out UI that is pleasing to look at, but gives you all the information you need at any time, and scope for a variety of playstyles depending on what kind of Ninja you want to be. Find RPS thoughts for these games here: Deadlight, Iron Brigade, Mark of the Ninja & Toy Soldiers.

Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition – £4.83/€5.67/$7.49
This is from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address. Registers on Steam.
DARK SOULS DARK SOULS PRAISE THE SUN. OK, I’ve still not properly played this yet. It’s hard! Although my reputation for being actually good at games could perhaps be called into question if I don’t conquer this sometime soon. Here’s Adam on what makes Dark Souls different from the other games:

As for the more complex systems at work, they make sense in time and the weirdness of the game always seems an intentional part of the murky lens through which it is viewed rather than evidence of poor documentation. It dares the player to explore and to learn and it will more quickly bite off his/her hand than hold it. That feels liberating. You’re in a fight from the start, not a dance, and that means it’s OK to hit back however you can. Once the tutorial is complete (and even that will probably kill you) the world is open and there are no warnings and no signposts. Go, see, suffer.

More here.

Mass Effect Trilogy – £9.66/€11.35/$14.99
This is from Amazon US, so you’ll need to enter a US billing address. Registers on Origin.
This includes a bunch of the DLC, although I think it is missing some of the the DLC from Mass Effect 3. Three big ass games about shooting the baddie aliens with your laser gun, and then deciding whether to be a polite and honourable space police officer, or a RUDE AND AGGRESSIVE BADASS space police officer. They’re solidly made, and have had lots of the rough edges smoothed over through iteration, even if the rough edges were possibly worthwhile components like interesting RPG systems. I must admit that I got a bit bored part way through the third one, I think I’d have my fill, but I did get plenty entertainment along the way. Some bloke called Kieron reviewed the first one over here, John tackled number 2, and Jim rounded off the trilogy.

Receiver – £1.99/€2.49/$2.49
This is bloody brilliant. This is the kind of thing I imagine when FPS developers shout about making their games more realistic. Whereas most developers would be talking about having higher fidelity corridors, dropping beats based on actual historical dubstep battles during heavily scripted cinematic sequences, and using faces that are the faces of real life actors, Receiver has a different approach. The realism in Receiver is applied to the games central mechanic, so a gun isn’t just a cursor that you point and click at the baddies with, it’s an actual proper gun, with slides, magazines, and all sorts of complicated bits. Using loads of combination of button presses, you have to maintain your gun, keep it stocked with bullets, ready to shoot at any moment. Any action that most games would mostly automate will involve some complex series of button presses, so even reloading your gun is a struggle at first. There’s no other game where I’ve died because I accidentally still had the safety on when trying to unload into a lethal enemy. It’s properly interesting, and I think all FPS devs could learn a thing or two from it. You must give it a shot at this price.

Deal of the week
Europa Universalis III: Complete, War of the Roses: Kingmaker, Warlock: Master of the Arcane, Leviathan: Warships, Dungeonland & The Showdown Effect – Pay What You Want
Pay more than the average to also get Crusader Kings II & Magicka. Registers on Steam.
Oh dear, I’ve not really played many of these properly, I’m not much of a strategy-head. Luckilly your man Adam has, and here’s wot he thinks of Crusader Kings II:

Crusader Kings II is everything I wanted from a sequel and it’s a sequel that I hadn’t expected to ever see. The interface is improved, it’s visually far more attractive and the simulation model seems to create more interesting alternate realities. It’s also (for me and by most reports) almost completely stable and although I can imagine what will be added in the expected (and I’ve got to admit, hoped for) expansions, there are no features missing that I expected to be included. I haven’t even dabbled in multiplayer yet, which is also a thing that exists.

More here, and here’s thoughts on Leviathan: Warships and The Showdown Effect too.

Also of note:
The Debut Bundle 4 from Indie Royale.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown & DLC – £6.45/€7.56/$9.99

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