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Cheap This Week - 22/06/11

Fallout! Eden! Men jumping!

As we head into the season of sales, you'll want to keep your bank account tightly girdled lest you snap up every game under the summer sun. That's why we're here to guide you; we've got a few great bargains this week on some classics of the past few years, as well as some more contemporary greats.

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Here are this week's deals:

AssBro - £12.99 on PS3 and Xbox 360

Brotherhood takes every lesson learned from the previous games and wraps them all up in a package that never leaves you short of anything to do, while simultaneously able to round out all of the questions left hanging from the previous game and leaving a few of its own, as Tom detailed in his review:

"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."

This instalment is the first to have multiplayer, taking the stealth element of the game and transforming it into an exciting game of cat and mouse. With Revelations coming later this year, it's an ideal time to make sure you're caught up with Ezio Auditore and Desmond Miles in all their conspiratorial stabbing glory in what Tom billed "one of the best games of 2010."

Child of Eden - £28.99 delivered

Tetsuya Mizuguchi returns with what might as well be called Rez 2. With Microsoft's renewed vigour with making sure that a wide range of games support Kinect, Child of Eden goes a long way to prove that it's perfectly possible to end up with an elegant result that benefits from the peripheral.

"You move with the light and music and as the chords rise wave after heightening wave; it's close to a transcendent experience," says Simon in his review. And that experience can be yours for less than thirty pounds.

Waving like a serpent.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 - £23.99 delivered

If after playing through the original Galaxy you were left thirsty for more, the follow-up will take that urge and satisfy it completely. Ostensibly a full sequel, Mario Galaxy 2 is really a beefed-up level pack – but one that expands on the brilliant original in ways that both defy and fit very comfortably within Mario's gravity-manipulating repertoire.

Oli sang its praises with a review at launch that gave it full marks:

"Although it's by no means an easy game, it's astonishing how easy Super Mario Galaxy 2 is to enjoy. With multiple gameplay styles and perspectives, and level design so contorted and multi-faceted it's cruel, the camera faces challenges no other game can match, and yet it never puts a foot wrong. The behaviour of the game's gravity and physics can change in an instant, and yet you always instinctively know how to thread our hero through it, that telepathic connection between Mario and gamer as strong as it's been in the last three decades."