CheapSkate Gamer

CheapSkate Gamer

Obviously you’ve all being praying to the god of gaming deals, because CheapSkate Gamer is BACK!

Steam blew my mind and emptied my wallet this week, and a slew of new releases left many others in the same position. Let’s now try and pick up some change to buy more!

You may notice a new little feature next to each game, and that’s it’s “Buyability” rating. But what does it mean?!

Well, it means that I’m giving each deal a score out of 5 based on how much you should want to prioritise that deal over others. Like it? Don’t like it? Tell me what you think in the comments and suggest an alternative!

PC Digital Download Alpha Protocol – $7.49 (75% off) – 4/5

Flawed, but brilliant. Truly worth the money.

Deus Ex Collection – $4.99 (75% off) – 5/5

Deus Ex Machina translates to “Ghost in the Machine”. Deus Ex Collection translates to “Ghost in the Collection”. Watch out for those multi-packs…

Devil May Cry 4 – $9.95 (50% off) – 3/5

I cautiously poke these titles from a distance. I gave it a 3/5 because it’s very cheap, not because I had an overly good time with it… I suppose there is an audience though…

F.E.A.R. 1 & 2 – $19.99 (46% off) – 4/5

Apparently one fifth of the numerals we use are quite scary (“fear one and two”)

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition colonies edition – $9.99 (50% off) – 2/5

To be fair, I only played the demo… but when the demo is on PC and it tells you to press the xbox “Y” button, you know something fishy is going on. Something frozen fishy.

Painkiller – $3.49 (50% off) – 4.5/5

The only comparable deals I could find were this and this . (I felt particularly clever when I thought that one up).

Torchlight – $4.99 (75% off) – 4/5

A Diablo clone to the bone, but a good one. A lack of a real story and limited upgrades makes it feel a bit restrained.

Zombie Driver – $4.97 (50%) – 5/5

I was contemplating deducting marks for this game not allowing you to actually be a zombie driver, but running over zombies turned out to be just as good, if not better!

TRON: Evolution pre-order – $34.95 – 3.5/5

I’m not giving this a 5/5 for the simple reason that it’s a movie-tie in… we’ll only find out how good it is when it’s released…

Medieval 2 Total War Gold Edition – $4.99 (50% off) – 3/5

Not the best, not the worst. My score is just some sort of mediocre evaluation of this game compared to other RTS’. (Yes, I reformatted the sentence just to get that reference in!)

The Ball – $10.00 (50% off) – 4.5/5

Oh, the amount of puns I could throw at this one:

– Learning from their mistakes, the developers of The Waltzing Party have made it a bit more focused this time around.

– Only one? Did Lance Armstrong make this game? (harsh, I know)

– An intriguing look into the dystopian societal ranks in Basketball leagues, The Ball is a mature title conveying the torture to which these athletes succumb.

… ok, fine. I’ll stop.

PC Retail Boxes Nothing of note, unfortunately. I aim to rectify this in the following weeks, so fear not!

Xbox 360 NBA Live 10 – $24.99 – 4/5

Despite being another installation in a yearly sport game franchise, it holds its own really well and turns out to be quite a fun game.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – $28.79 – 2.5/5

Gameplay-wise, it feels out-of-place on the Xbox. Perhaps my PC fanboyism is shining through here though…

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare GOTY – $19.99 – 4/5

The re-boot of the popular series, Servitude of Almighty Leaderless Males Obsessed with Nukes: Deep In Protest (useewhatididthar?) brings the franchise to a new level as well as a newer time. Whilst MP is probably as dead as an analogy of how dead something really can be, the single player campaign, though short, will make up for it.

PS3 Dante’s Inferno – $33.99 – 4.5/5

A wise man once told me that “When fighting fire with fire, try to remember that the fire department generally uses water”. It’s a solid game which, unfortunately, didn’t seem to garner the attention it deserved.

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe – $22.19 – 4/5

Batman . Am I right?

Gran Turismo 5 – $64.99 – 5/5

OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG. I can’t believe it. This is amazing , You Can’t Deny It.

Wii Madworld – $12.99 – 4/5

“All around me are familiar faces, worn out places, worn out place-e-es…”

Super Smash Bros Brawl – $29.99 – 5/5

If you ever play Wii at parties, this is THE must-have game!

PSP LittleBigPlanet – $34.40 – 3.5/5

Not as sleek as it’s big brother on the PS3, but still a very fun experience.

DS Crayola Treasure Adventures – $20.99 – 2.5/5

Probably worth picking up if you have a kid, otherwise, I can’t truly recommend it.

Indies Gundam RTS – $0.00 – 4/5


Invaders: Corruption – $0.00 – 3/5

Treads familiar ground, but makes up for it well!

Mods Dead Before Dawn Too – L4D2 – 5/5

HL2:Wars Multi-player – Half Life 2 – 5/5

C&C Shockwave – C&C Generals: Zero Hour – 3/5

Am I the only one who’s going broke this week? Do you know of any cheaper or unlisted deals? If so, comment below or on facebook , and tell us where!

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  • Lol, Mark, mate.

    I know you’re probably tired of hearing from me, but I wrote this article, not you! XD

    Also, is there an issue with the comments on KotakAu again? Sometimes they go through, sometimes they fail.

  • Technically, Deus Ex Machina means ‘god from the machine’, but we’ll let it slide 😛

    As said, DKCR is $64 at Big W, Mario All-Stars is $35 there as well.

  • Can’t agree more with the first two. Alpha Protocol and Deus Ex Collection are well worth the purchase.

    Deus Ex has been known to have problems on modern computers but that can now be easily worked around with a little tool thats been developed by a fan. (Along with tools for other popular Unreal Engine 1 Games).

    Worked for me. Playing on a Win7 Machine and at 1980×1200 resolution. DX10 Renderer also avaliable.

    • Ahh, thanks for the tip. Last time I played it was on XP a few months ago, so I never encountered any significant resistance.

    • Unfortunately not.

      They were both on a HUGE discount earlier in the week on steam, but it’s unforunate that you missed it 🙁

  • I think you should take away the rating system, It’s not very helpful and anyone who gives NBA Live 10 a 4/5 has rocks in there head.

    • Alternative?
      I can’t remove it unless I have an alternative.

      As to the ratings, they are my personal preference and in no way need to reflect the audiences. I have no better method of doing them though.

      • Perhaps add a Metacritic (or similar) average rating alongside your own rating – that might appease a few more folks.

        • I might do that…

          Only problem is that many games with lower budgets don’t have metacritic scores (because you have to pay to get it scored)…

          I’ll see how it looks for next week.

          • Yeah metacritic would maybe a good idea, Not to mention all the great deals currently on XBL/PSN+

  • Ozgameshop just ended a $5 off sale when you spend $50 or more last night. Which would of made most of these bargains even better 🙁

    While browsing for things to buy I saw:
    Forza Motorsport 3 Ultimate Collection for about $35,
    Episodes from Liberty City for about $26
    and Assassin’s Creed II GOTY Edition for about $28

    I ended up buying Forza 3 and Episodes last night during the sale, which made them pretty cheap 🙂

  • Heads up: Staff sale at Dick Smith next week, 10% off storewide for all Woolworths Employess! Some good deals on games, such as Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood for $54, and the new Need For Speed for $36!

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