Sold Out has announced its first run of £4.99-priced budget releases for 2005, which should be out sometime next month. Stand up Command & Conquer Renegade, Championship Manager Season 00/01, Zeus, Ski Park Manager, Space Tripper and Haegemonia.
Apparently "Ski Park Manager" isn't one of them, but then one has to ask under what circumstances it sounded like a good idea in the first place.
Command & Conquer Renegade we also have our doubts about, particularly given the simply vast numbers of significantly better first-person efforts that have already found their way onto budget labels - including Sold Out's. Do you own both budget Thiefs, for example? Or Deus Ex?
CM Season 00/01, naturally, is very good for what it is (an update of Championship Manager featuring the 00/01 season data, somewhat obviously), while Zeus was apparently quite a good god game even though this writer has absolutely no recollection of it and suspects it's been made up.
As for Haegemonia and Space Tripper: the former reviewed quite positively, and there's always been an air of excitement surrounding the old school shoot-'em-ups antics of the latter - or a space of excitement, or something.
There are bound to be better ways to spend your dirty old fivers, but if you cut out a couple of KFCs in the next few weeks you'll probably find it levels out. And if not, you can always rummage around down the back of the sofa for a refund.