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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Good Old Days

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Man. Oh, man. There’s nothing quite like the early days of the video game industry, is there? When polygons were visibly polygonal and colors were an experience. Jokes aside, GOG.com, ignoring the rash of recent controversies, is doing a killer sale right now. It’s not exactly the most ground-breaking sale, but it does have so many wonderful, wonderful memories going for cheap. This week’s plushie comes again from rgk, who possesses quite the admirable collection.

Farenheit: Indigo Prophecy
$4.03/£2.66/€3.60
Love it, hate it, you probably have Opinions on this game. Visually, the game is unlikely to impress, unless you’ve been hanging out under a rock for a bit. The cult classic is unsettling, strange, rife with quick-time events, and would rather you call it an interactive film, thank you very much. I won’t go into too much detail. There’s a lot to spoil. Don’t forget the code: 20OFFM-ATTHEW-HATTON

Torchlight Complete Pack
$7.00/£4.74/€6.40
Every few months, the Torchlight pack comes on sale, and I find myself unable to resist jabbing fingers at it and going, “Oh. You should get that.” It’s a beautiful, exuberant specimen that absolutely luxuriates in its own particles. Everything you do sets off a veritable explosion of fireworks, and a subsequent cascade of loot. Deep? Not in the slightest. But it’s a fun and compulsive little set of games that you will likely enjoy to no end with your friends.

Final Fantasy XI: Ultimate Collection Seekers Edition
$9.99/£6.60/€8.92
An abashed confession: a good friend actually bought the core game for my birthday about a year ago. I installed it. Gawked at the registration screen. And then, never came back. Not because the game’s terrible, but. Actually. Why am I even confessing? ANYWAY. Point is I’m not 100% certain this is everything you need or want, but it does sport a pleasant little 67% discount?

Shelter
$1.76/£1.39/€1.89
You probably already know about Shelter. You have to. Cara Ellison wrote one of the most heart-wrenching previews for it ever. And while it isn’t perfect, it will likely tug on your heart strings if you so allow it. In case you haven’t heard about it, the game involves a mama badger and her entourage of helpless babies. Your job? To keep the babies alive long enough to reach adulthood. Which isn’t easy, given things like sibling greed and avian predation.

Also of note

Sim City 4: Deluxe Edition -$3.84/£2.54/€3.43

City: Skylines or Sim City 4? I vote for the former, for obvious reasons. But if you’ve missed the classics, and have had a hankering to visit a time when the series wasn’t horribly broken, now’s your chance. P.S: Apparently it works fine for PC despite being listed as a Mac version? Proceed with caution. Don’t forget the code here either: HUKD25-OFFBAN-KHOLVC

LEGO Bundle – $13.26/£8.76/€11.84

The LEGO games never really held much appeal for me, although the recent LEGO movie makes me want to reconsider my stance on the whole shebang. But I am told that the games are actually decent, and that this bundle is surprisingly worthwhile, all things taken into consideration. What do you think, Bucketeers?

Watch Dogs – $14.70/£9.71/€13.12

Flawed, okay, did-not-quite-live-up-to-the-hype. These are words that are bantered around about Watch Dogs, an urban fantasy for the modern era, an open-world action adventure that lets you take on the role of a hacker who is, to put it mildly, quite annoyed at the people who caused the death of his niece. The central hacking mechanic seems to have elicited a variety of responses, ranging from tepid looks to great delight. P.S: Do note that this is a Uplay thing, and that it is a physical copy of the game.

Quest for Glory – $3.99/£2.64/€3.56

Quest for Glory delights the way only old Sierra games can. If you haven’t checked it out just yet, you should. You really should. The writing is spectacular, the humour is spot-on, and the game’s use of the different classes? Elegant. It isn’t uniformly great over the entire franchise, but it’s cheap enough right now to throw yourself into yesterday.

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