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Pick up a PC bargain

New Sold Out titles unveiled.

Budget PC game publisher Sold Out has unveiled a new line-up of titles which will go on sale for just £4.99.

First up is Championship Manager 4, the game which introduced match highlights to the series. Fact fans might like to know that it's the UK's fastest selling game ever, with more than 100,000 copies shifted in the first weekend it was released. Fact two: the game has been cited in three divorce cases.

Then there's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, which sees our heroine exploring Paris and Prague and hanging out with "Kurtis". Fact: More than one million copies of Lara Croft Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness have been sold around the globe. Fact: The fact that Lara Croft Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness has sold more than one million copies around the globe cannot hide the fact that it is rubbish.

So why not choose Hitman 2: Silent Assassin instead, which sees Agent 47 caught up with the Russian mafia. Definitely a step up from the first game in the series, and worth a fiver.

Alternatively there's Spellforce: The Order of Dawn, which combines RPG elements with real-time strategy and a bit of hack and slash action. Expect vast environments, billions of subquests and all manner of magical goings on.

Or how about IGI 2: Covert Strike, which puts you in the shoes of SAS operative David Jones as he undertakes missions in Chechnya, Libya and China. Real life SAS man Chris Ryan, who was in the Gulf War and everything, though it doesn't say which one, was the military advisor on the game.

And finally there's Republic: The Revolution, which sees you seizing control of the ex-Soviet state of Novistrana. Using both physical power and political strategies, it's your mission to make yourself president.

All of the above are out this month.