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Gameplay’s July sales capture PS2

Updated - speedy buyers grab all, but many bargains remain

One good thing about the Internet is that cut-price sales come around a lot more often, and you're more likely to actually spot them instead of turning up a few days late. For example, persistent online retailer gameplay (with a little 'g') is offering up a platter of superb PlayStation 2 bargains today only - and we're not just hyping this up in exchange for money by the way. How does Virtua Fighter 4 for £14.99 sound to you? Given this writer paid £39.99 for it there are a certain amount of sour grapes rolling around on the floor, but nevertheless it's a bargain to be savoured. So much so in fact, that Sony has placed stipulations on it which enforce a one-copy-per-household maximum allowance. Second from top on our list of barg's is Jedi Starfighter at £19.99. An excellent game, at a reasonable albeit not staggering price. The same could be said for the likes of World Rally Championship (£16.99) and Half-Life (£19.99). Elsewhere, Parappa The Rapper 2 can be had for £12.99 - an absolute steal, especially since our reviewer Martin Taylor commented that the game was fabulous and would be well worth owning if only it didn't cost £35. Well, it doesn't now, so buy it. And if you fancy taking a chance, the severely underrated Gungriffon Blaze can be had for £11.99 - perfect if you like big stompy mech robots, and let's face it, who doesn't? Of course, there are a few things to avoid. State of Emergency at £17.99 is no more enjoyable than it was at the full price a million kids paid for it. Bloody Roar 3 (£18.99) is not as good as the Cube's Bloody Roar Primal Fury. You haven't heard of G-Surfers (£16.99) for a very good reason, and Eternal Ring (£19.99) has been around since the birth of the PS2, and it wasn't very popular then. For a full list of gameplay's Tuesday offerings, take a gander at the front page of their site. No, we're not on commission - we just like cheap games. Update - it would seem that we were right about the Internet giving more people access to handsome sales. Within seconds of posting this story, it became obvious that all of gameplay's allotted allocation of Virtua Fighter 4 units have vanished. Aww. Never mind though; there are still some bargains to be found. Gameplay's ecommerce baron Mat Braddy informs us that the sale ends bang-on midnight tonight.