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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Bad Poetry Alert

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There was once a plushie from Nantucket, who got sent to the Internet in a bucket. He pretended to be lifeless, like a courtier touched by King Midas. Because otherwise, he’d scare the stuffings out of – oh, nevermind. Welcome to your umpteenth installment of Bargain Bucket, where the points don’t matter and flash deals make me want to loom menacingly over the people who invented them. This week’s plushie is from Grizzly, who has delivered what appears to be a mama grizzly and her cub in a rather artistc setting.

The Banner Saga
$7.99/£5.26/€7.35
Drawing inspiration from the golden age of Disney, the Banner Saga is a story about long journeys through a frozen land. Although a Kickstarter success (just look at that gorgeous art), the game staggered a tad when the company release a multiplayer spin-off of its combat module. While people didn’t outright hate it, there were complaints. Luckily, the actual game itself is splendid, a heartrending affair with some truly affecting moments. Again, there were problems. I didn’t like how superfluous the health of your caravan really was. Similarly, I could have done with more cutscenes. (Not really a problem, but. You know.) Either way, it was a pretty little thing, and you can have it now for a much lowered price than before.

Indie Legends Bundle
$3.99/£3.18/€4.44
Well. Damn. This is actually genuinely a good bundle. Monaco, I was completely obsessed with when it first launched. I blathered endlessly about how amazing it was in my review for it elsewhere. And, well. I stand by it. The multiplayer component is gorgeous. Pity that no one plays it anymore. Similarly, I loved Guacamelee, so much so that I couldn’t say guacamole properly for, well, months. Steamworld Dig gets a thumbs-up from me as well, as does Kingdom Rush and DiveKick. Not too sure about Speedrunners and the Fall, but hey, that’s what bundles are about, right?

Far Cry 3
$4.46/£2.95/€4.11
With a villain voted “best insane dude in a long while” by a swathe of hypothetical gamers, Far Cry 3 was a beloved installment in a beloved franchise. In part, I think, because it poses a question that few of us will ever be able to answer: how do you survive a tropical island where madmen roam free? Answer: by shooting a lot of people. (The other reason people liked it so much, I suspect, is because it allows you to use tigers as weapons. And not in a Serious Sam sort of way.) Warning: may require Hola and/or you double-checking to see if this is region blocked in some capacity. Also, Uplay. And, don’t forget the #FUNISHOT code.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II – $14.45/£9.51/€13.29
I like my shooters the way I like my men: slightly brash, slightly irreverent, and prone towards humour. (Borderlands, you are my metaphorical waifu.) As such, I don’t really have much of an opinion on the Call of Duty series. They’re fantastic if you enjoy military shooters; the combat is tight, the community a challenge. At least, that’s what I’m routinely told. Interestingly, the deal here only encompasses the physical version – a worthwhile grab if you’re already planning to spend more than $35 at Amazon, anyway. Otherwise, probably not.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior Trilogy – $2.37/£1.56/€2.18
Help me out here, Bucketeers. Is the Sniper: Ghost Warrior trilogy a resounding yay, a questioning shrug, or a grimace of absolute disgust? I don’t know. I hear it isn’t terrible. But I will let you expound on its virtues (or lack thereof). Warning: Given that it is from Nuuvem, you’re going to want to use Hola, and to make sure to check if this is region locked.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 – $12/£7.90/€11.03
“Packed with fast-paced, turn-based RPG action, fourth-wall-breaking, trope-demolishing dialogue, and more item, weapon, and costume customization than you can shake a Lvl. 1 Stick at, Gamindustri is a world set on turning the concept of the JRPG on its head!” Honestly, I’m slightly bewildered by this game for more than one reasons. But, why not? I’ll bite. Pick up this delicious piece of oddness for a reduced rate today.

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