It's bargain time, folks. Get your payment method of choice at the ready - I'm about to unveil what's Cheap This Week. Here's the latest selection of attractively priced gaming discounts, scoured from all over the web. If you still want more, check out SavyGamer.co.uk throughout the week.
Here are this week's deals:
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This is the new new Codemaster racer, out later this month. Joao previewed the game last year. Here's what he thought of it:
"Ultimately, the acid test for any rally game is the intensity of the experience it offers. Powering through Finnish forests at 90-plus mph, the deafening Quattro roar masking the frantic clicks of the analogue stick as you battle to keep Audi's beast from firing you into a tree, promises to be one of the most exhilarating digital racing encounters yet."
Hopefully it will be a worthwhile follow-up to the brilliant Dirt 2, which got a solid Eurogamer 8/10 back in '09.
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It's got Walter Bishop from Fringe, and that guy from Mad Men in it, but will it be any good? Andrew previewed it back in March, and said this of the interview system:
"Team Bondi's amazing animation was on full display here, actually succeeding in turning facial animations into gameplay. When you ask people questions, they'll react in a certain way. Sometimes it's obvious that they're lying, since they won't look you in the eye after their response.
"Other times, you might just notice a subtle tic that tips you off. You'll have to read their voices and expressions in order to figure out where they stand. Are they trying to hide something? Or are they just deeply saddened by the news of the murder?"
Sounds interesting enough to grab my attention. Maybe Rockstar will be ready to talk about that other open-world game of theirs after this comes out?
Nintendo 3DS [Black] - £165 delivered
This is the lowest price yet for Nintendo's new stereoscopic handheld. I wonder if it will keep dropping and perhaps hit the magic £150 mark. I don't think the market will settle on a more permanent price until after the second wave of software has hit.
Clearly we've not got a repeat of hardware shortages from previous Nintendo launches, but I did think that the £200+ prices many retailers were asking for on release day were a bit ambitious.
I've spent a fair bit of time with my 3DS now and I'm much more comfortable with the 3D effect than I was at first. I'm just waiting for more games and with E3 just around the corner, no doubt there will be some exciting announcements on that front soon.
Civilization V, PC - £12.85 delivered
The 2010 update to the long running, time stealing, strategy series. I've had more "Oh gosh it's 3am I need to sleep" moments with Civ than any other series of game, although I've only just started playing this one recently. It's very pretty and the HUD has had a lovely aesthetic overhaul.
Deal of the week
The Witcher, PC – £3.05
This is the DRM-free enhanced edition, and the director's cut. It comes with a boatload of bonus downloads, including a soundtrack, wallpapers, PDF artbook and more.
With The Witcher, CD Projekt achieved the impossible. By giving the game a complete overhaul in the guise of the enhanced edition, they managed to bump the game up from a 7/10 to an 8/10, having fixed issues like massive load times and patchy translations. Find a full lowdown on the various enhancements in Kieron's review.
The Witcher 2 is out in less than a week, so you've probably not got time to play the first one to completion before the sequel arrives. But why not pick up a bargain and hope the second game is cheaper by the time you've finished this one?
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