The Christmas and January sales may have wound down now, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of bargain-tastic gaming deals. Here’s the first of my weekly deal roundups of 2011. To get cheap games constantly shoved into your browser, head to SavyGamer.co.uk.
Get this week’s selection after the break.
Dragon Age 2 [Signature Edition], PC – £24.89 delivered
Sendit, part of the The Hut Group, has a pretty poor track record for getting orders to you in a decent timeframe – or at all in some cases – so it might be better to get it from Gamestation instead for 10p more. The BioWare RPG’s signature edition comes with a download for the soundtrack, and some extra in-game stuff over the regular edition.
DLC pricing for the original Dragon Age was a little odd, it was much cheaper to wait for the Ultimate Edition and get the expansion and all the DLC that way, rather than buy it all individually. Presumably there will be an Ultimate Edition of DAO2 further down the line too.
Dead Space 2, PC – £23.75 delivered
I really liked the first Dead Space. Yes, it was just a game where a voice in your head told you to walk somewhere, but it had lots of scary monsters and fun shooting of scary monsters. It managed to have competent moving and shooting controls, yet still feel tense: take note Capcom. Based on what I’ve played of the sequel, it’s got more QTEs, which is a shame to see in an otherwise fairly progressive action game. It also appears to have more varied environments, rather than the whole thing taking place on the
set of Alien USG Ishimura. If you want to play the XBLA/PSN game, Dead Space: Ignition, for free, this trick is still working.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, PC – £15 delivered
This is from CEX, who generally exclusively deals with preowned goods, but for PC games with single-use serials the store only accepts sealed copies (which is what the “(S)” on the item’s title refers too), so these are all completely sealed and unused. Hopefully they’re unwanted gifts, not stolen goods.
This is the latest in a series of expansions for the paid subscription-based MMMO (the extra M stands for mega). I’m not saying Blizzard’s cheap, but it’s certainly adept at finding ways to get players to part with money. Are there any other games that charge for the original game, charge for expansions, charge a subscription and have microtransactions?
Fallout: New Vegas, PS3 – £13.99 delivered
As New Vegas gradually makes the transition from hot stuff to old hat, the price is falling. Here, the PS3 version drops below the £15 mark less than three months from release. New Vegas exists within a perfect storm of bugginess, the trifecta of being a Fallout Game; being in the Gamebryo Engine and being developed by Obsidian meant it never really stood a chance.
Bugs never got in the way of my enjoyment of the PC version too much, until the very end of the game where it decided to crash every five minutes. If you’ve not played Fallout 3 yet, you can get the Goatee edition on PS3 for just £6 delivered, and that might be a better starting point than New Vegas.
Deal of the week
This is insane value for just £6. Hell, it was a pretty good deal at full price. Here you get the super prettified remake of the original Escape from Butcher Bay, and the brand new (not quite as good) Assault on Dark Athena. The Dark Athena campaign is only slightly not quite as good mind, and whilst it gets a little dragged out and shooty towards the end, the deliciously stabby Ulaks more than make up for it. There’s a demo if you want to try before you buy, but it’s actually slightly misrepresentative of the actual game, since it’s a section where you just have the Ulaks for melee man-killing. In the actual game you’d have a full inventory of killing toys by that point.
There is only one in stock for the PS3, so snap if up quick if you need that version.
Also of note:
- 2,100 MS Points – £14.99 delivered
- Skate 3, Xbox 360 – £11.99 delivered
- CODBLOPS, PC – £22 delivered