And it’s the end of the week! Oh, thank god, it’s the end of the week. It’s beginning to feel like every Bargain Bucket is preceeded by muttering about long, long days. (Which it is. Good grief. You can thank my slow but inexorable assimilation into the fiction industry for that.) We’re going to try doing that “these are the big outlets having sales” sub-section this week. I will personally boff anyone who protests with a digital pillow. You have been fore-fluffed. As always, enjoy this bucket of deals. (How have YOUR weeks been?)
Big Bargain Stuff
GOG: GOG.com is still running their DRM-free Big Fall Sale, which includes fantastically named bundles like the “Fedora Deluxe Pack.” Discounts are huge. 90% huge, to be precise. So, keep your peepers peeled. Most importantly, you should also know that checking in and collecting stamps will net you a game. And a movie. Because that’s just how GOG.com rolls. Nicely. (The combo in question is made up of The Witcher 2 and The Gamers: Director’s cut.)
Steam: While Bohemia Interactive might not be discounting their entire portfolio, they do have a substantial number of games going for 80-90% off. These include Alternativa, Pat & Mat, and Arma: Combat Operations. Good? Bad? Who knows? I don’t. But I could, if you tell me.
IndieGala: Is it just me or does Indiegala look suspiciously like the Humble store now? It might be just me. Maybe. (No, I don’t think it’s just me.) Nothing particularly stands out, but they have competent titles like Unrest and Cloudbuilt discounted for 75% and above. Incidentally, in case you weren’t warned about this already, you should probably think about not picking up Escape Dead Island. Atrocious, it seems, doesn’t seem begin to describe it. (Or you could try it and let the rest of us know. It’s cool.)
If you missed this bargain last week, now’s your opportunity to pick up what looks like a possibly less impressive offer. Free from the yoke of DLCs, this version of Civilization V exists in its most pristine form. If you want to sully its untarnished 4x strategy goodness with something as reprehensible as expansions, well. That’s your own decision right there. (The DLCs are also available for separate purchase.)
South Park: Stick of Truth
Disclaimer: South Park is not my jam. Jack Daniels bacon jam? That’s my jam. (Totally a thing. See?) As a result, I can’t make any hearty recommendations. (About the game. The bacon jam is fantastic.) However, there are people I know who do heartily enjoy it. If you laugh uproariously at every South Park episode, I recommend you snag the game. It’s apparently rife with all of the bawdiness you’ve come to expect from the series, and no small amount of opportunities to fart at people. Interestingly, this appears to be the uncensored pre-order version? This cannot be confirmed, however. So proceed with caution. (Do note that region locks might also be a problem.)
Look! Diablo III! Third-person beat ’em up that the esteemed Jenn Frank once called adorable. Diablo III didn’t really deliver on what everyone hoped for, but they’ve since worked frantically to cure some of those mistakes. Did they succeed? Well, I don’t know. But here’s an opportunity for a looksie. (Traditional caveat: new website, haven’t heard a lick about it. Be careful. Read up.)
The CheapBeats Bundle
Do you enjoy chiptunes? Can’t get enough of those lo-fi sounds? Do you constantly feel the urge to listen to people make music from Nintendo gameboys? Great! You’re in luck. Over at Groupees, some nice folk have put together this enormous collection of relevant auditory artistry. I haven’t heard any of the names, but the fact it consists of international names makes me rather happy.
P.S: Sorry for the small selection this week. Impending Black Friday and a momentary case of burn-out is complicating this week. Blargh.