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  1. PC Gaming Bargain Bin Thread

    #548022013-05-04 08:05:37 *DarkChaplain said:

    Gabe Newell has blessed the PC market with Steam, and in turn, we got amazing sales on PC games over the years.

    Many competitors joined the sales mayhem, and thus the field has been rather crowded and confusing lately.
    There's Greenman Gaming, Gamersgate, Gamefly (formerly direct2drive, and it was better back then), or Impulse (now Gamestop's platform), GOG, and of course Steam, to name but a few digital distribution platforms.

    To make things a bit easier, I'm gonna use this thread to point you towards games that are currently ridiculously cheap AND worth every penny or cent you might throw at them.

    So keep this thread in mind, check back often, and be glad that you did while playing some incredibly cheap, but satisfying games you would otherwise have missed.

  2. #548042013-05-04 08:35:57 *DarkChaplain said:

    Let's kick this off with some current Steam deals:


    Tomb Raider - 50% off ($24.99 / 24,99€)

    It's only been 2 months since this one got released, and it was worth the launch price, I'd say. A brilliant action adventure platformer, I very much enjoyed 100%ing it. For 25 bucks, its a steal.

    As a reboot, however, it is not quite like the old Tomb Raider titles - if you want those, look to these here:




    Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Legend and Underworld 50% off ($4.99 / 4,99€)

    They've been on sale at 75% off multiple times before, but at those prices you can't really complain. Anniversary is basically a straight-up remake of the first TR, and all do a fairly decent job at being TR titles.
    I'd recommend picking one based on its setting (read the store pages!) and going with that one for now; if you enjoy the game, you'll have plenty of opportunities to buy the others on another sale.


    Huge Star Wars Weekend (May the 4th be with you and all) on Steam, and there are a few gems to be appreciated here, while other games are to be avoided at all costs.


    If you enjoy FPS games, like the old Battlefield 2, then Star Wars: Battlefront 2 ($3.39 / 3,05€) might be right up your alley.
    Solid shooter, interesting class-based system, lots of fun in multiplayer (the online servers were still fairly strong last time I checked) and it comes with a fairly interesting singleplayer component.
    There's a good reason why people are still demanding Battlefront 3, and BF2 is currently #5 topseller on Steam.


    If you prefer tactical shooters, go with Republic Commando ($3.39 / 3,05€).
    This one puts you into the role of an elite clone trooper, leading his squad through various missions. You give the orders, your squad obeys. It also comes with a multiplayer coop mode, so that's something to consider.

    PC Gaming Wiki has some tips to get it run well on modern machines



    Now if you're more into RPGs, we've got you covered with Knights of the Old Republic ($3.39 / 3,05€) and the sequel ($3.39 / 3,39€).
    If you enjoyed Mass Effect (one, not three, derp) and Dragon Age Origins, you'll know what you are in for. BioWare was responsible for the first game, while Obsidian did the second. Personally, I prefer the second, and it has received some MAJOR modding love recently, so it is a better experience than ever before.
    These two games are also one of the main reasons why people were so excited for The Old Republic, btw.

    At those prices, pick them both up!

    I could also make a case for the very dated Jedi Knight and Jedi Academy games, but I am not sure they run very well on modern machines. If you are sure you can stomach the signs of age, I'd say go for it, though.

    Now, please avoid the god-awful The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes game! It might be one of the most recent ones, but it is not worth the money. Rather than buying this, buy one of the ones above for a friend, and be glad that you saved yourself the pain and made somebody else a gift.

    Be wary of The Force Unleashed as well! It might not be the worst game, but it is short and often frustrating, and the controls seem atrocious. The sequel is even shorter and more monotonous.
    If you are a die-hard Star Wars fan and have cash to burn, I won't stop you, but curiosity kills the cat, as they say.


    Aside from Steam, there's an EA Weekend going on over at GOG

    Yes, we all hate EA these days, sure, but I don't even care. Getting most of the Good Old Games starting from $2.39 is great. Dungeon Keeper, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Sim City 2000, Populous, Ultima....
    Go check GOG's sale, this is a throwback to better times you should be aware of.

  3. #548432013-05-04 18:16:34DarkChaplain said:

    I think I have found an even better deal than all of the above!


    Dungeons & Dragons Anthology: The Master Collection

    • Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2 + Expansions
    • Icewind Dale 1 & 2 + Expansions
    • Planescape: Torment
    • The Temple of Elemental Evil

    For €5.99 / $5.99, you get all of them - and they are masterpieces. Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment are some of the most revered RPGs we've ever seen.
    Considering that Planescape: Torment recently spawned a spiritual successor in the form of Torment: Tides of Numenera (by InXile Entertainment, coming up in 2015iirc) and Obsidian's current Project Eternity, as a successor to these Infinity Engine gems, both having been kickstarted with an incredible amount of support from gamers worldwide, you should DEFINITELY give these fantastic old games a try.

  4. #548592013-05-04 23:57:50 *hellstorm901 said:

    I know in terms of cost these don't seem like values but considering what you're actually getting in these I think they are.

    Arma X Anniversary Edition - £29.99

    https://imageshack.us/a/img507/7271/61gbobzamvl.jpg (Steam) store.steampowered.com/sub/8701/

    (Important note) Buying this through Steam means of course you must play it on the Steam platform meaning you need an internet connection. Buying the boxset off Amazon although a higher cost, does mean you can play without an internet making it more practical for some people


    You get every Armed Assault game including the original Operation Flashpoint which is now called Armed Assault Cold War Crisis. The exception being ArmA3 Alpha which is a separate game, Most people will know ArmA for DayZ, but others like myself will know it for the gem of a military simulator it is. The AI is buggy, the story meaningless and the voice acting robotic but in terms of gameplay especially online and thanks to the heavy modding community, special mentions to the Advanced Combat Environment (ACE) Mod, this is a game series everyone should play beyond DayZ.

    X - Superbox bundle - £29.99

    http://imageshack.us/a/img4/5124/91cozu1qylaa1500.jpg (Amazon) www.amazon.co.uk/Deep-Silver-X-Superbox-Bundle-DVD/dp/B003V1XHEG

    X (Not to be mistaken by the UFO series), is an open ended space sandbox with a fully functioning economy which the players actions can effect. You can flood the market with low priced goods shattering competition or you could use your ships to launch an embargo against a sector making costs of goods go up. Build up a fleet of warships and head to war with the Kha'ak and Xenon or alternatively declare war on another one of the universes races with the computer AI giving you a good run for your money in a universal war. The opportunities in this game series are unlimited.

    The motto of the game games sums it up. Trade, Fight, Build, Think

  5. #548772013-05-05 17:29:11DarkChaplain said:


    Spec Ops: The Line - 75% off ($9.99 / 4,99€)

    ESPECIALLY good deal for the EU!
    Spec Ops: The Line is an INCREDIBLE piece of software. It goes far beyond simple modern military cover based shooters, and pulls you in with its atmosphere and story. It also asks some very good moral questions, and is one of those few shooters that might make an actual impact on how you perceive the genre in the future.

    This game shows the atrocities of War like no other game managed to in recent memory. This is not a pleasant ride, but one I would recommend every single one of you to take.



  6. #550902013-05-07 13:17:33DarkChaplain said:

    Gamersgate time!


    Hitman Midweek

    While Hitman: Blood Money is admittedly the best in the series, I'd be careful here! It might be just 2.50, but that is no less than during Steam sales - AND it comes with nasty SecuROM DRM via Gamersgate. Greenman Gaming and others might offer a Steam key for this game, but this is not the case for Gamersgate's offer!

    Hitman: Absolution meanwhile, the latest and most resource-demanding title in the series, comes along for 7,49€ (somebody let me know the US price), and gets you a Steam key.
    Personally, I rather liked what I have played of it so far, despite the less open and creative mission structure. This is not Blood Money 2, that much is certain, and the development team focused more on the story than in previous games. It has its fair share of issues here and there, but should provide a very satisfying sneaky-sneaky experience nonetheless.

    However, be aware that the System Requirements are bonkers!

    For one, it does not support Windows XP, and you'd better bring a strong CPU and above average graphics card as well. I doubt that it will run well enough on Laptops to be worth the headache.
    Either way, the game is huge - 24+GB of HDD space are necessary.

    Keep that in mind before buying!

  7. #551152013-05-07 20:17:00DarkChaplain said:


    [Serious Sam Franchise Sale - 80% off ($18.99 / 16,99€)


    Both Serious Sam HD titles are pretty exact remakes of the original, Classic SSs, but in a new engine, in better quality, and without the 4 player splitscreen, as far as I am aware. All the HD Sams support online and LAN multiplayer, however.
    Serious Sam 2 is different from the rest due to its graphic style and much less serious note. Really, it is totally whacko.
    Serious Sam Double D and The Random Encounter are spinoffs with vastly different gameplay mechanics.

    All the Encounters (including the Random one) feature massive hordes of enemies to shoot. Even if I tell you right now, you probably won't be prepared for the game until you have seen a few levels. It is over the top mayhem at its best!

    I recommend the full set to pretty much everyone who likes shooting at stuff the oldschool way.

  8. #555992013-05-14 18:59:45 *DarkChaplain said:


    The Be Mine 8 Bundle is Live!

    Includes for $1:

    For $5 minimum:

    More bonuses to be unlocked.

    Now this bundle I really really like. Not only does it bring you up to speed with Blood Bowl for $5 (Legendary isn't the newest edition, but they share the same online mode and are very much the same, minus 3 new teams that come with Chaos Edition) and a bunch of other nice games.
    Personally, I appreciated Fairy Bloom Freesia - there's a demo available on Steam - since it is a J-Beat 'em Up with a little Fairy girl, ffs!
    Patrician IV is said to be weaker than the 3rd game in the series, but I can't possibly judge that.

    Solid bundle all around, honestly. Pick it up, and sign up for Blood Bowl over here!

  9. #558042013-05-18 12:05:51 *DarkChaplain said:

    BeMine 8 Bonuses unlocked!

    $1 Tier:


    $5 Tier:


    Both are a bit wonky, especially the english dub for Blades of Time is HORRIBLE. However, JAPANESE language is available, and I would recommend using that!

    I just realized it was indeed the LIMITED EDITION, which comes with the DLC pack and some extras:

    • Dismal Swamp DLC
    • Sky Islands: Exclusive Limited Edition map for the Outbreak mode
    • Blades of Time Art Book (PDF)
    • Pack of Wallpapers in high resolution quality
    • Original Soundtrack (MP3)

    Rie Kugimiya voices the main character.

    I'd really have preferred a less-western oriented character design for Ayumi, though...

  10. #560922013-05-22 12:11:40 *DarkChaplain said:

    The last Mystery Game for the BeMine 8 bundle was unveiled!


    Guncraft - Greenlight

    Guncraft is a voxel-based first person shooter that boasts fully destructible environments, the ability to construct individual blocks or full structures in a single click, tons of killstreak rewards such as helicopters, jetpacks, bunker buster missiles, drones, and turrets, and a fully featured map creation tool that also features a voxel map importing function (using the Substrate C# engine). Play traditional modes like Deathmatch and CTF, or totally unique modes like Lava Survival and Siege Mode. On top of that, there are standalone servers, peer hosted servers, clan support and friends lists, in and out of game chat, leaderboards, and much, much more.

    Now we need to wait for more bundles to sell for other bonuses to unlock...

  11. #561152013-05-22 18:21:03 *DarkChaplain said:


    Humble Weekly Sale Live!

    $1 gets you:

    Both Games come without ANY DRM but also give you a Steam key each!
    The Franchise Pack on Steam costs significantly more!

    • Bonus Content:
      • Video
        • Early Alan Wake Demo Videos
        • Harry Garrett Show (in-game video of Alan Wake being interviewed)
        • "Making of” Videos
        • Alan Wake “Writer in the Cabin” clips
        • "Night Springs” Episodes (fictional TV show)
        • ”Balance Slays the Demon” Music Video
        • Alan Wake "The Movie" (full playthrough of the game)
      • Art
        • The Library of concept art and production photos
        • Alan Wake Wallpapers
        • Night Springs Comic Book
        • Psycho Thriller Comic Book
        • Alan Wake Visual Identity Guidelines
        • Alan Wake Cardboard Cutouts
      • And more
        • Alan Wake Score Sheet Music
        • Alan Wake Screenplays
        • The Alan Wake Files Book

    These games are absolutely EXCELLENT!

    They build up an atmosphere, get you hunting for shadows, send shivers down your spine, and simply drag you in. The narration is fantastic, and I can only recommend these games to everyone.

    The Developers, Remedy, were also responsible for Max Payne 1+2 (aka the good ones), and are VERY pleasant people in general. Support them!