The best game deals can be hard to find on your own, popping up as they do on obscure sites and often vanishing hours later. That’s what the Bargain Bucket is for – to round up the week’s sales in case your short on money and high on desire to play something new.
This week’s plushie diaroma is from Welverin. Well, damn.
Football Manager 2015
It occurs to me I’ve never, ever actually placed a football game in a bucket. Which is weird. Football Manager 2015 is the most recent of the long-running series and is discounted, I’d guess, shortly ahead of the reveal of its successor’s features. If you can’t wait for the start of the football season in two week’s time, maybe you want to pick this up – though the dollar price seems oddly high compared to the other currencies.
The S.T.A.L.K.E.R Bundle
Despite the inefficiency of its title, the S.T.A.L.K.E — STALKER, damnit — series has always held a special place in my heart. Although it wasn’t the first game to do it, this was the first game in my memory to toy with the idea of an emergent ecosystem. Stalker’s irradiated zone is a place that lived and breathed without your input, and without heed for your existence. It was splendid. And terrifying. And a great introduction to the bleak sci-fi of the region. I don’t know how much you crave being told to drink vodka and to avoid distortions in reality, but if that sounds like your jam…
We don’t give competent games enough credit: games that don’t wow us; don’t inspire a million thoughtpieces; don’t push us to say things about them. They tend to slide quietly back into the abyss of our Steam libraries, forgotten. Which is a damn shame, because not everything has to be an award-winning success to be entertaining, and there’s sometimes things to learn from those middling games. Singularity, for example, is a good game – but it’s not great. It has some good guns, and it provides some relatively interesting places to go. At full price, I’d question sticking this in your shopping basket, but we’re not doing full prices here, are we?
Buyer beware, Hola is apparently throwing up red flags for a bunch of people, so I’m a bit unsure as to how you’d be able to pick this one up without getting yourself in a spot of trouble. Still, if you’re here, you probably thrive on the idea of clever thinking and slowly, painfully wrestling months of waiting for what you want. So, you might be the kind of person for the job. Grand Theft Auto Complete Package is, curiously, quite the misnomer. It only has Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, San Andreas, and Episodes from Liberty City.
Titan Quest Gold – $2.18/£2.99/€1.99
Developed by one of the design leads who made Age of Empires, this Diablo-like is steeped in historic mythology. Titan Quest will have you trotting through ancient Greece, Egypt, and China without the convenience of modern transportation. No wonder your characters looks so ripped.
Halfway – $4.99/£3.22/€4.55
Halfway seems interesting, especially if you’re the kind who likes the idea of desperately conserving ammo while still demolishing entire waves of Bad People. It’s a turn-based strategy game which puts you in control of a gang of marines, each of whom come armed with their own myriad of back stories and special abilities. XCOM-with-fixed-characters, then – like an indie Valkyria Chronicles, maybe. Critics were relatively ho-hum about the game, but it seems like it could be fun – especially at a lower price point.