Strap yourselves in folks, there are bargains galore this week. We've two nicely discounted consoles available, a stellar pre-order offer, a couple of fairly recent releases getting their first proper discount, and a bite-sized game for just a quid. If Cheap This Week every Wednesday isn't enough for you, you can always find more cheap games over at SavyGamer.co.uk.
Here are this week's deals:
Chime, PC - £1
The Steam sale has dozens of great discounts worth your attention, but Chime for a quid struck me as being particularly good value. It was already a great deal at full price, but with 75% off, it's firmly in impulse purchase territory.
Christian reviewed the Xbox 360 version which was pretty much the same game, although the PC version has more control methods available and includes Jonathan Coulton's Still Alive. This is what he reckoned of it:
"This is about exploration more than progress, and once the thrill of getting to grips with the mechanics has died down, the appeal of Free mode, with its absence of scores or time limits, kicks in, turning the whole experience into a sound toy as much as a puzzler.
A lack of depth doesn't stop Chime from quietly turning its own genre on its head either. ZoŽ Mode's game shows what can happen when you give up destruction in favour of creation, and exchange tension for a kind of dreamy calm."
Call of Juarez: The Cartel, PC - £14.85 delivered
Bit of an unknown quantity here. Out of the blue, The Hut is giving a rather hefty discount on this. If you're willing to take a gamble and pre-order it now, you can net it for under fifteen quid.
Steve previewed this back in March, and had this to say:
"In gaming terms, the real controversy lies in the present day Los Angeles setting. It's still a Western, we're told, 'a lawless world where good guys fight against bad guys and let the bullets speak for them.' Apparently, Westerns feature 'Real Men,' and to emphasise this we're shown a picture of Clint Eastwood and also one of hard-hitting cop show, The Shield. Presumably this is a subliminal attempt to induce the media-friendly soundbite: 'Clint Eastwood meets The Shield.'"
No, I'm not sold yet either. It's too soon to know for certain whether this will be any good, but if you're willing to risk it, you could get yourself a real bargain here. You can always cancel your pre-order closer to release if you change your mind.
Nintendo 3DS [Blue] - £157.50 delivered
Apply coupon "GAME10".
The price of the 3DS has fluctuated like mad since release, but not since Ocarina of Time 3D came out have I seen any prices in the £150 range. If you've been holding out for Zelda, or Resident Evil before buying your 3DS, now's your chance to get one on the cheap.
The 3DS is a nice piece of kit. The library of games available admittedly ain't too hot right now, but there are some gems on the horizon. Star Fox 64, Shinobi, Mario Kart 3DS, Metal Gear Solid 3 and more are all out before the end of the year.
The coupon expires today, so this is your last chance to get this particular offer, but no doubt there will be a similar deal again some point in the near future.
Apply coupon "20JULY15-1".
Martin was thoroughly impressed with DiRT 3, to the tune of a 9/10 review. Here's what he thought:
"The connection between track and driver, lost in DiRT and recaptured in DiRT 2, is here refined. Cars are responsive, pointy and very much on the nose, their aggressive turn-in seguing neatly into long and pendulous drifts.
There's none of the unruly momentum found in Gran Turismo 5's off-road events, though that's largely because DiRT 3 isn't a sim - and nor does it have pretensions of being one. Instead, it strikes a satisfying middle-ground that's increasingly Codemasters' own, offering a tactile and engaging model that sits well across all of the game's many disciplines."
Deal of the Week
LittleBigPlanet 2, PS3 - £14.85 delivered
Simon reviewed Media Molecule's create 'em up sequel back at release. He said:
"Even if you have no interest in creating levels yourself, LittleBigPlanet 2 merits its existence, not only because of the potential novelties its users will create with the vastly improved toolset, but also for the stronger, more refined single-player campaign. Strip away the relentless good looks and the generous open-source playpen, and the bare, underlying platformer's shortcomings may hold it back from classic status. But as a package, as a concept, as an unfinished story, LittleBigPlanet 2 is a world apart."
This is the first time it's received a proper discount, and who knows how long it will be available for. If you've been after this for cheap, now is your chance.
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