The RPS Bargain Bucket: Weekend of Evil

So many exciting things happened this week and I wish I could share some of it. Alas, I am instead shepherding 13 drunk people around today as the designated sober person, which may or may not entail me worrying about them falling off buildings. Wish me luck. In celebration of this annual event (and because this is my responsibility), have a bucket of bargains and a happy weekend. (Send me plushie photos, darnit all!)

The Big Stuff
Origin: In case you missed mention of this before, Origin has made Simcity 2000 Special Edition 100% eff-oh-cee. If this appeals, you should pick it up before the people in charge change their minds. It looks like there is a small armament of stuff on sale, including Titanfall and Mirror’s Edge. Make sure to browse.

Green Man Gaming: On the first day of Christmas, my true love game to me, a Goat Simulator to lick trees. Green Man is holding a “twelve days of festive deals” extravaganza, so be sure to check in on and off to see what is the latest bargain. Can you guess what today’s goodie is? Hint: It eats cans and is 50% off.

Humble Store: There are new deals every day. Great deals. Also, frustratingly ‘flashy’ deals, the kind that disappear in the time it takes for me to write an article and you to read it. Curse you, flash sales. You are the bane of my writerly, discount-discovering existence.

Night Dive Studios Sales: Who knew that the same people who published System Shock 2 were the ones who published the Freddi Fish games? And Inherit The Earth (which I loved). And 7th Guest – wait, that makes an extraordinary amount of sense. Scamper forward, ye bargain hunters of mine.

The usual stuff

The Paradoxical Bundle:
Indiegala seldom intrigues, but I’m actually keen on today’s bundle. A Game of Dwarves I recalled enjoying to some degree, although I also remember balking at its original price tag. Similarly, Sword of the Stars was a game that didn’t match up to its cost but was deeply enjoyable, regardless. The good news is, of course, that you can now partake in these lovelies without expending large amounts of money. As an added bonus, there’s a stack of other stuff to try out too.

The Killer Bundle
$4.99/£3.81/€4.81
Despite its title, The Killer Bundle isn’t all blood and gore. There’s Alone in the Dark, of course, which has its share of goeey bits. But also cuter morsels like Pixel Piracy and Loren the Amazon Princess (which arguably DOES has a lot of turn-based violence). Though the quality of the games is hardly uniform, there’s more good than bad in here. Year Walk alone should be indication enough. Bundlestars seems to be growing more impressive by the week.

Red Faction Armageddon
$3.99/£2.54/€3.20
A disclaimer before anything else: Yes, I am aware that this is going cheaper in the Humble Store – about a dollar or so cheaper, to be exact. No, I’m not officially adding it to the list because it looks to be a flash sale. For the sake of my sanity, I’ve decided to only properly write about games that won’t vanish like a puff of smoke. Okay? Okay. Great. Red Faction Armageddon looks like pulpy, stereotypical fun. It is populated by marines with stubbles, and grotesque aliens. It has giant exo-skeletons. What else do you need to know?

Lord of the Rings: War in the North
$1.50/£0.96/€1.21
A less gruesome experience compared to Shadows of Mordor, War in the North is reportedly riddled with bugs. Nonetheless, the Internet seemed fond enough of it. If you’ve been looking for more Lord of the Rings to go with your Lord of the Rings, here’s some for rather cheap.

Also of note:

Video Game 1.0 Remix – $12/£7.64/€9.63
You don’t have to be an academic to enjoy Storybundle’s collection of books, The Video Game Bundle 1.0 Rewind. Curated by the fantastic Simon Carless, it includes all the volumes that made the first iteration of the bundle such a smash hit. Filled with classics like The Making of Karateka and Confessions of the Game Doctor, it’s a step into history, an examination of the transformative forces behind the video game industry. Marvel at the legacy. Whoah.

Bundle of Holding – $12.95/£8.24/€10.39
We haven’t featured a tabletop bundle in a while, so here’s one for the road. This Bundle of Holding is all about Green Ronin Publishing’s excellent Mutants and Masterminds 2E. If you’re keen on putting together a tabletop session that involves a ton of superheroes, this is most likely your pen-and-paper jam. (Just don’t eat the files for fibre.)

P.S: Humble Bundle is giving away a free first issue from their Dynamite package. This changes daily, so make sure to check in regularly to pick up your shiny.

36 Comments

  1. quamper says:

    How did you skip the best bundle currently going? The Bundle Stars Batman one is pretty epic link to bundlestars.com

    • welverin says:

      Meh, it’s not unusual to be able to get Arkham Asylum and Arkham City for that much. We’re to the point where it maybe possible to get them for less now.

    • Pazguato says:

      Great bundle.

  2. welverin says:

    O.k. so maybe I’ll finally get around to sending you plushie photos.

    • Faxanadu says:

      omg that turtle is so cute look at that he has a little bucket on him…

    • KDR_11k says:

      Unfortunately I don’t have a good wall for taking the photos against…

  3. unimural says:

    So, after playing the 7th Guest, Shodan let Freddi Fish Inherit the Earth, because she certainly didn’t want anything more to do with the planet after that?

    That particular sale is rather eclectic indeed. Bad Mojo in particular seems worth recommending at that price.

    • AXAXAXAS MLO II: MLO HARDER says:

      I look at it and all I see is Crap Shoot’s Greatest Hits Sale.

    • malkav11 says:

      Night Dive is a company that specializes in retrieving the rights to old games (often disputed or tangled rights – like System Shock 2), spiffing them up to run on modern systems, and then making them available in digital distribution.

      I assume people know this, but they didn’t actually publish or develop any of these games originally.

  4. internisus says:

    It just so happens that my friends and I have been working our way through LotR: War in the North for our regular weekly co-op play, and we’ve all been surprised by how good it is.

    Yes, there are some technical issues and other jank—for example, to avoid the forced in-game voice echo doubling with Steam chat we’ve been using Skype instead and changing our Steam audio device to nonsense temporarily, and you have to be careful not to buy more crossbow bolts than you’re allowed to carry because the game sure isn’t going to do the sensible thing and stop you.

    But it’s a much more fun and robust game than any of us were expecting. It plays principally as a basic hack-and-slash, but the three characters each have different kinds of stats and skill trees and environmental interactions. It’s got Diablo-esque loot with all the pretty doll dress-up you know you enjoy. It’s even got Mass Effect’s dialogue system for getting quests and tons of Tolkien lore.

    So, despite its problems, at $1.50 there’s nothing to think about here.

    • All is Well says:

      Would you also recommend it to someone who doesn’t have friends who play games? In other words, how is the single player?

      • internisus says:

        Haven’t tried it solo myself, but I’m told that you can switch freely among the three characters (the other two are controlled by AI), so I don’t see why not. Plus, if you’re anything like me, you’ll find it much easier to pay attention to the NPC conversations if you aren’t also talking to your friends.

      • Artiforg says:

        I got it as part of a Warner Brothers bundle on Steam a few years back and played it solo. I enjoyed it enough to play through it 2 or 3 times. There are moments of maddening frustration though, where you’ll die repeatedly and will curse the unfairness of the game but it is an enjoyable solo experience.

      • All is Well says:

        I decided that at $1.50 it’s probably worth it either way :)
        Thanks for your thoughts!

  5. Kefren says:

    Freebie – I think I have one code spare for Witcher 2 on GOG. Email me if you want it or go via my blog. aquapotator [symbol] gmail dot com.

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      Has anyone contacted you about getting that code? I’ve had problems unloading my Witcher 2 GoG code I got for collecting “stamps” during one of their recent sales. I’ve asked Steam friends if any of their Steam friends would like it (though I only have 2 Steam friends and that’s enough for me :P). I’ve asked people at mobygames.com (where you can see which games people want/want to trade) if they’d like to trade it for something, but no response. I’ve tried to sell it on ebay, but no bids and less than 20 people viewing the offer, even after I’ve reduced the price twice to next to nothing. The code expires on 31st december, so it might get unused which would be a waste.

      • Kefren says:

        No, no-one’s been in touch. I’ve found in the past that you can’t sell them on – I tried with a Desura account and 20+ games, not one bid, even at 0.01p! So I now just give these things away. Yes, the code expires soon. I thought someone would want the freebie, but I’ve offered it for two weeks without a reply! Weird, it’s a good game, if flawed.

        • Darth Gangrel says:

          Well, what do you know, I actually sold my GoG code on ebay. Some lucky bastard who probably waited till the last hours got it for the reasonable sum of 2,99 dollars. I first had it listed as starting at 4,49 dollars and Buy It Now at 6,99 and then when the days went and a total of 5 people had viewed it, I reduced it and got 5 more views. A few days after that, I reduced it again to start at 0,99 dollars and Buy It Now at 2,99 dollars. The most important is that it didn’t disappear into digital oblivion, the game is too good to deserve such a fate. This was my very first try at selling something at ebay and it was a success, yay!

          Otherwise, I agree that things have gotten to a point where you sometimes can’t even *give away* stuff for free, people of the internet still don’t want it. Cheap bundles and free games from GoG and others has desensitized us or something. I read the comment sections here, because sometimes someone mentions a deal not in the article or is willing to give away codes for a game, but I won’t contact anyone unless I’m more than slightly interested/curious about the game. My backlog is too immense and my spare time too small to play games that don’t directly interest me.

  6. AXAXAXAS MLO II: MLO HARDER says:

    I heartly recommend that Killer Bundle; I doubt you’ll have another excuse to play Alone in the Dark: Gritty Reboot anytime soon. (Also S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Year Walk, but no one is going to look at you funny if you go to a game store and buy them on their own.)

    • Jalan says:

      It’s the socially acceptable, and (arguably) greatest, entry in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series – anyone who dares look at someone funny for it can perish in an emission.

      • Kaeoschassis says:

        Are you trying to say there’s been a bad S.T.A.L.K.E.R? (why the hell did I just put myself and my full-stop key through that?)

        • Jalan says:

          Bad? Maybe. Weak? Definitely.

          • Kaeoschassis says:

            Why I oughta…

            …cradle Clear Sky in my arms and lock the door to my room and cry.

          • CookPassBabtridge says:

            Though we love our children all equally, you DID pick up the one you were secretly most disappointed with first.

  7. malkav11 says:

    Two things to be aware of with that Bundle of Holding. 1) That’s a huge amount of content for 2nd edition Mutants and Masterminds, but the current edition is actually 3rd edition (they did a 3rd edition bundle a while back and may perhaps resurrect that at some point now that they’re running multiple deals).

    2) I would really recommend looking into the various superhero RPG systems available before settling on M&M. It is a D20 OGL based system which I feel fits very oddly with superheros and it has a lot of balancing assumptions in its design that are really frustrating as well as character design mechanics I found profoundly confusing. I was not a fan at all and personally would recommend Arc Dream’s Wild Talents (or the WWII predecessor Godlike), designed by the brilliant Greg Stolze, one of the several Fate takes on supers, or the powered police procedural take of Robin D. Law’s Gumshoe supers game Mutant City Blues, or the grandaddy of the genre, Champions. Champions is going to be super crunchy and mathy, unlike most of the rest of these games, but you get to roll tons of dice and the character creation is amazingly flexible and fun to mess with. Of course, it was my introduction to supers roleplaying, so I may be slightly biased.

    That said, there are some other, imho much better, deals on Bundle of Holding at the moment. The resurrected Indie Initiative has 12 of the most highly acclaimed, amazing indie roleplaying classics around; the also resurrected Over the Edge bundle has a remarkable collection of Robin D. Laws’ groundbreaking surreal conspiracy game; and the (actually new) Dungeon World bundle has that game and a bunch of high quality (mostly third party) supplements to it. If you don’t know Dungeon World, it’s a really exciting rules light, player-facing take on the fantasy adventuring genre. If you play D&D for the crunchy combat and precise tuning of your character, it’s not going to be that for you, but if you play D&D for the roleplaying and the adventuring? I highly recommend investigating Dungeon World. I think it’s a much better fit for that sort of play. (You may disagree, that’s fine. But check it out, at least.)

  8. TWChristine says:

    For some reason the turtle’s face reminds me of that of the Memaus from Startopia.

    • CookPassBabtridge says:

      Hello :)

      • TWChristine says:

        Oh, yay! You’re still around! :D I haven’t checked the main page like I used to in a long while, but it looked as if you might’ve moved on or just stopped commenting!

        • CookPassBabtridge says:

          I thought the same about you, hadn’t seen you for aaaages lol. Knew I would find you in the plushie section. You Elite Dangerousing next week?

          I am around a bit less I suppose, I am going through a weirdo phase, otherwise known as “the flight simulator period”, which involves an irrational impulse to spend all my available income on virtual aircraft, countries and hardware. Uncle Tim would be proud though! I built a new rig, its been a massive pain in the rear but finally behaving itself. I went from calling it WARBASTARD, To “Mr Fragile”, and now its just “my computer”. I tend to kind of skim the articles these days and see if something perks my interest gland.

          • TWChristine says:

            Yea, I pretty much moved over to the forums..though not necessarily “in general” if you will..I’m pretty much localized in the Planetside 2 group as I was getting into that for a while. However, as my computer is not exactly up to snuff I spent/spend more time on the forum than playing the game. That, and I got a DnD type game going over the RPS Mumble (we’re still looking for some players..hint hint..). It looks like Melody (I can never remember what her name was before on here..) moved over there as well. I was glad to see GapGen is still puttering around here as well!

            What’s this about Elite Dangerous? That’s a space flight sim isn’t it? For some reason the name always makes me think of one of those top down x-com-ish games about mercenaries in a contemporary setting.

            I’ve been trying to get into some flight sims more, but I can never seem to find a good free one that actually works! I have Flight Gear on the comp right now but can’t get it to actually do anything :/

  9. CookPassBabtridge says:

    For Flare pathers living under a rock:

    Carenado and FlightSimStore have ongoing sales :) Be careful on the Carenado site as they have non-discounted stuff nestling right next door to the cheap ones. Easy to mis-click! I bought a load of stuff, cant remember what. It was mostly whatever looked shiniest or was a cessna.

  10. elderman says:

    Odd thing I just noticed about the Humble Store sale: they are putting games on the front page as ‘timed’ sales, with a countdown timer and all, then not raising the price again after the timed sale is over. I noticed this particularly with Towerfall: Ascension. I’m a big fan of the HIBs, and in general have thought the Humble folks were good for game players and game makers at the same time, however that strikes me as some dishonest commercial practice right there.

  11. defunct says:

    I was reluctant to try the War in the North buy because it was on Nuuvem, which is all in Brazilian Portuguese. Last time I tried to use it with google translate, it broke the page and I couldn’t use it. So this time I just read it and it wasn’t all that hard. I’ve filled out more than a few forms and bought a few things online and all of them are basically the same. And for a buck fifty, it was worth the (slight) effort!

    Oh, thanks for the link. That’s what I was really trying to say. I’ve played it a couple days now and have really been enjoying it.