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The RPS Bargain Bucket: After Consumerism

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How did you spend your Valentine’s Day, Bargain Bucket-eers? I spent mine nose-deep in Bravely Default. Also, today’s Bargain Bucket plushie is courtesy of Rachel and Sophie, who are nine and four respectively. Its name is Emma. Now, go. Perish from cute that is the idea that a pair of kids submitted a photo via proxy. Those who survive should then grab some hot cocoa, hunker down, and mill through today’s collection of underpriced goodness.

Dungeon Keeper + Dungeon Keeper 2
First one’s free, the next one’s a measly $1.49/£0.89/€1.09

I don’t think it’s possible to think about what EA Mythic has done to the Dungeon Keeper franchise without shuddering a little. How, I ask you, how could anyone be so inclined towards flippant brutality? How can anyone do such a thing to a franchise? While the flaming trainwreck that is EA’s attempts at “remakes” screeches on, no classic can sleep in peace. Still, a ray of hope persists. If you’ve been desperately scrambling for a way to explain to your younger relatives that Dungeon Keeper is actually quite great, direct their attention to GOG.com right now. The real Dungeon Keeper, the one we all fell in love with years ago, is free. And, if that wasn’t enough, the sequel’s 75% off too. How’s that for a post-Valentine’s Day delight?

Analogue: A Hate Story
$1.99/£1.39/€1.99

Nothing says the afternoon after Valentine’s Day like a game about mysterious ships and potentially evil artificial intelligences, eh? Christine Love’s Analogue: A Hate Story is a fascinating exploration of human values, vengeance, love, feminism, patriarchy and intergalactic awkwardness. While the central narrative is sharply scripted, there are plenty of ostensibly inconsequential sidequests to browse through – something I thoroughly recommend doing if you pick up the game.

Crusader Kings II Collection
$19.99/£11.94/€14.59
I can almost picture it: One day, a few nights before the annual single person’s nightmare, a bunch of high-ranking officials over at Paradox Interactive looked at each other and said, “We need to do something nice for strategy-loving geeks everywhere.” So, instead of shipping mail-order bridges across the world, they went ahead and made sure the price of Crusader Kings II was lowered everywhere. Seriously, it’s Crusader Kings II bargains all the time everywhere right now, I swear. The Humble Bundle Store has 22 DLCs and the core game lumped together, however, something that may appeal to those looking for a one-stop answer. Unfortunately, “The Old Gods” and “Sons of Abraham” are not included in this package.

(P.S: Crusader Kings II is 75% off on GreenManGaming. You can apparently also use a 20% off code for purchases of $10 or more. Keep that in mind too! )

The Witcher 1 + 2
Free(?)-to-play till Sunday 1pm, 80% off for both games till then too

Oh, hello there. Didn’t you see you over there. The Witcher’s 2 a grand old game which will have you taking on the role of one Geralt of Rivia, a white-haired chap who’d make dudes like Mario faint with disapproval. The enhanced version is nicely packed with a lot of additional content, including new adventures. Currently, it’s part of Steam’s free weekend special which means you can play both games for free until Sunday 1pm. (You can also purchase either game for 80% off) After that? Everything goes back to normal. Get crackin’, folks.

System Shock 2
$1.49/£0.89/€1.09

System Shock 2 is, to put it mildly, really good. The much-beloved spiritual predecessor to the also much-beloved BioShock series, System Shock 2 had it all: open-ended gameplay, an amazingly creepy soundtrack, and one of the most intimidating evil A.Is ever. Happily, in spite of the fact it’s a terrifying little romp, System Shock 2 allows you to bring friends. Two of them, in fact. If you’re willing to overlook the dated graphics and have a fondness for sci-fi horror, System Shock 2 will make for a great weekend date.

Also of note:

HAWKEN – $29.99/£22.99/€27.99
Here’s the rub: HAWKEN’s supposed to be a free-to-play game which means that everything you see here, give or take a few credits, can be acquired for free at some point. But, do you want to wait? If not, the Nemesis Bundle’s an okay pack with 750 Meteor credits, 6410 HAWKEN credits, lots of big robots and some extras. How much do you like giant robots?

Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre – Free?
Um. So, Game Agent is a site I’ve never heard about but the RPS hive mind seems to believe that they are very legit. Which is good. Anyway, it looks like they’re offering members a free copy of the new Valentine’s Day-themed Borderlands 2 DLC. You can apparently sign up using fake information.

Destination: Dungeons & Dragons -$21.10/£12.60/€15.40
Look. Guys. I won’t lie. I really like Dungeons & Dragons. I live for the day where I’ll finally find friends that are as obsessed with the franchise as I am. In the meantime, I’m going to go ahead and flail excitedly over this excellent retro Dungeons & Dragons bundle. Diamond edition of Neverwinter Nights? Planescape: Torment? The Complete Baldur’s Gate 2 collection? Yes. Yes. Sign me up right there.

Shiny Loot’s Forever Alone Sale – 170 single-player games discounted between 20-80%
Oh, sheesh. I don’t even know where to start here. The contents of this massive sale vary significantly in quality. However, there’s a veritable treasure trove of games to browse through. So, if you have time, poke around and see if there’s anything you like.

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