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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Post-Turkey Saturday

Eyeballing discounts

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The Moderately Great S’peedy, cousin to much greater Great A’tuin, may lack the toned physique necessary for carrying worlds but he does come bearing Bargain Bucket discounts. It’s the day after Black Friday and — look, level with me here. Why are you still eyeballing discounts? Black Friday just happened. The world just went into a veritable orgy of slashed prices. Why are you still buying more things? Where are you getting all that money? And is there any way I can convince you to donate some of that cash to the “feed a hungry games journalist today” fund? Jokes aside, here’s this week’s conglomeration of rock-bottom deals. It’s a little sparse but the Moderately Great S’peedy and I hope you find what you were looking for.

Gunpoint
$3.39/£2.07/€ 2.50

Oh, Buddha. Yes. Gunpoint is a thing you must play.  The 2D, sidescrolling stealth game that is funnier than the average cartoon bear is currently available for a low, low price of $3.39. Though shorter than I would have liked it to be, it’s a sweet little masterpiece filled with eloquent minimalism, punching and electronic sabotage. Bonus reason: it’s strangely hilarious to pitch the protagonist off buildings. He doesn’t seem to mind at all.

Borderlands 2 & Borderlands Game of the Year Edition
$11.99/£7.32/€ 8.83

We journalistic types seldom seem to have anything pleasant to say about first-person shooters but that shouldn’t dissuade you from picking up both Borderlands games. Which you should already own because they’re such a celebration of goofy, cel-shaded violence. Though a sweet deal for anyone completely new to the franchise, this two-in-one from Amazon is sadly lacking in the latest DLCs, something you should keep in mind as you reach for your digital dollars.

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die
$5.99/£3.66/€ 4.41

This week’s just a mess of “games you probably already should be playing what is wrong with you, man?!”, isn’t it? Dark Souls is a game that requires little introduction. Brutal, bewildering and so very committed to the task of demonstrating that you’re but an insignificant speck unworthy of accessing the end game, Dark Souls is a special, razor-edged snowflake indeed. In spite of its savagery, though, Dark Souls doesn’t try to unnecessarily gimp you. It merely demands exceptional amounts of skill. But you know all that already, don’t you? Now, go spend that Frappucino money on it.

The $1 games on Shinyloot
$1.00/£0.61/€ 0.74 for a ridiculous number of games. Sheesh.

What is this I don’t even– the $1 special on Shinyloot is just madness, I tell you. Madness. To be fair, not all of the games on sale right now are what you’d call sleeper hits. Some just need to put to sleep. Permanently. Nonetheless, motes of brilliance exist under the dross. Cthulhu Saves the World, Trauma, Oknytt(!!), The Cat Lady and They Breathe are just some of the games you should consider adopting into your personal library. The Gobliins Trilogy too but that recommendation is fueled by childhood nostalgia.

Game Music Bundle 6
$1.00/£0.61/€ 0.74 for 5 albums, $10/£6.11/€ 7.36 for 24 albums

And here’s the obligatory bundle recommendation of the week. Game Music Bundle 6 looks absolutely fetching, ladies and gentlemen. For $1.00, you’ll be able to pick up the music of Dust: An Elysian Tail, Braid, Rogue Legacy, Electronic Super Joy and Famaze. Not enough ear candy? Cobble another nine American bucks together and you’ll have 24 albums for your listening pleasure. The pedigrees of these albums are absolutely exquisite. Guacamelee? Kentucky Route Zero? The Stanley Parable? In the immortal words of Mister Burns, “Excellent.”

Dishonored
$4.99/£3.05/€ 3.67

I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit to this but I suppose I’ll come out and say it. I’ve never played Dishonored. I’ve heard friends in the industry wax long and poetic about its blood-stained merits but I never got around to actually getting my hands on this. I’m correcting that today. And if you’re in the same sterile boat, you should too. Dishonored appears to be a stealth-based murder sandbox of epic proportions. Kill people however you choose. Drown them in rats. Knock them off ledges. Possess unsuspecting victims and walk them into the ocean for semi-voluntary drowning. The possibilities are endless. At least, that’s what all my worryingly giggly, Dishonored-loving colleagues tell me. Some people you just don’t argue with.

Also of note: 

GamersGate Thanksgiving Sale – At least 50% off on a heck of a lot of titles
I like Bastion, Darksiders II, Torchlight II, the Basement Collection — I’m not even going to try listing it all out. Nope.

GOG Black Friday Sales – 70% on a ton of  great stuff
Personal favorites include Master of Magic, anything Creatures related and Simon the Sorcerer 2.

Winter Wolves Thanksgiving Sale – 30% to 50% on all major products
Visual novels are a bit hit or miss with me but if you’re a fan of the genre, you might want to check out this indie extravaganza.

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