Behold! Here's your essential weekly guide to spending slightly less on games than you might pay otherwise. Cheap This Week is a collection of the best deals from across the land every Wednesday; read on to find out which gaming deals we think are worth your attention this week. If you want updates about which games are cheap pumped into your web browser every second, be sure to head to SavyGamer.co.uk.
Here are this week's deals:
Battlefield 3 [Limited Edition], PC – £27.79 delivered Apply coupon "15MAY-1".
We'll get to see a bit more of DICE's upcoming urban shooter at E3 next week, but in the meantime you can check out Al's Eurogamer preview.
The Limited Edition includes a pack of some classic vehicles, weapons & maps (Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman, Sharqi Peninsula & Wake Island) from Battlefield 2 updated for Battlefield 3. It's at a price that's better than the standard edition anyway, so if you're planning on getting it at release, this is a great deal.
Battlefield 3 is the latest of EA's attempts at unseating COD as the number one online shooter, as it will release head to head with Modern Warfare 3. Which camp will you be in come November?
Grand Theft Auto 1, 2, 3, Vice City, San Andreas, 4 & Episodes from Liberty City, PC – £17.48
GTA, all of them. Or at least all the ones that have had a PC release.
This pack contains all the main Grand Theft Auto games, three different versions of Liberty City, and nearly 15 years of open world gaming history.
Travel with me through the ages of Eurogamer reviews. The first two GTAs were just before Eurogamer's time, but Tom reviewed GTA III back in 2001, Martin reviewed Vice City in 2003, before tackling San Andreas. In '05, Kieron then reviewed GTA4 in '08 before Tom wrapped it up with his review of Episodes from Liberty City in 2009.
Which of Rockstar's urban play areas is your favourite?
Broken Sword Trilogy, PC – £5.45
This includes both the modern Director's Cut/Remastered version of the first two games and the original versions from the 90s. If you're not after all three, they are also individually discounted to £2.55 each.
The Director's Cut of The Shadow of the Templars features new character artwork, remixed puzzles, a new help system, and a few additional sections.
The remastered version of The Smoking Mirror adds enhanced graphics, an interactive digital comic, Dropbox integration for cross platform cloud saving (which works with the iOS version) and more.
How about a PC release of the remastered edition of Beneath a Steel Sky next?
AssBro, PC - £11.90 delivered. Apply coupon "15MAY-1".
Tom gave this a highly sought after Eurogamer 10/10 when it released last year, but personally I thought it was a bit pants. Here's what he said about it:
"Never before have we seen a game whose open world is so densely packed with things to do while maintaining such high quality. Whatever your particular taste, you simply cannot run from one area to another without encountering something else that you want to stop and do. Thanks to the Animus, which frees the developer to break the fourth wall at will, Brotherhood builds an intriguing mystery around compelling characters, surrounds them with collectibles and secrets, and encourages play – and nothing feels out of place."
I'd certainly concede that if you've loved the AC series up until Brotherhood, then it's definitely the best one yet, but if neither of the first two games were your cup of tea, then I don't think there are big enough changes with Brotherhood to win over anyone not keen on the previous two games.
Deal of the Week
This was included in last week's deal of the week too, albeit bundled with L.A. Noire instead of cheaply discounted on its own.
Simon gave this a hearty 8/10, saying this of it in his review:
"Ultimately, Marvel vs. Capcom 3's appeal will depend on your own disposition. Far more welcoming to button-mashers than Street Fighter IV, this is a game in which you can tap stuff and watch sparkly miracles happen. But to begin to understand and master its systems will take just as much practice as it did in Ono's game – and quicker reactions to boot."
If you're not sure if this is for you, HMV are currently offering £18 and £16 trade in for the PS3 and Xbox 360 version respectively, and Gamestation should beat those prices by £1, offering you £19/£17 trade in.
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