Looks like this month they have switched from mediocre headliner and trashy filler, to mediocre from top to bottom. Though that MMO game looks like a dumpster fire.
Out of Space has already been in a Fanatical bundle.
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Posted by hal on 08 July 2021 - 03:40 PM
I had a little fun with the Summer Sale. I spent some time looking at SteamDB's filter tool and saw that a few of my wishlisted games were at all-time lows. Mostly, others just matched their all-time low (read: regular sale price).
So I checked into wishlisted games that had Complete the Bundle pricing to find some decent further discounts. DiRT 4 was one that caught my eye. One more decent racing game to throw on the backlog.
I also watched my activity feed to see if anyone else picked up anything interesting.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn
This was a trio of well-reviewed games in a nice bundle price.
I also saw these in my Discovery Queue:
The Room Two
Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions
And I've actually already started The Room. I really like puzzle games and, though the series has been around a while, they were new to me. They seem to revolve around discovering how to operate and get into highly complex "physical" objects. Three dimensional decorative boxes and that kind of thing. The puzzles are not overly difficult, but they do challenge your observational ability and I've never come across a solution that I felt was unfair. I actually liked the first so well that I bought a second before I was even finished,
Time spent looking through Steam's front page: zero
Posted by hal on 07 July 2021 - 01:25 AM
This is the NOT AS GOOD AS THAT OTHER GAME bundle.
Yakuza 3 is 11 years old and hasn't aged real well. It's hardly anyone's favorite in the series. The Surge 2 is.... not as good as that other one.
Hammerting looks like it's in a genre I kinda like... but it's not as good as Craft the World.
Bee Sim isn't really a sim.
All the other games -- if you read up on them a bit -- are kind of problematic in some way. It's really representative of what they've been offering lately. It's either become much too difficult to put together a decent bundle lately, or they just don't care.
Posted by hal on 04 June 2021 - 12:05 AM
Let's set value aside and look at why it's just not a good Humble Monthly bundle:
1. I own the headliner. Automatic disqualification for "good status" -- indisputable.
2. Headliner is from 2016. For context: (other games released in 2016 include Titanfall 2, Overwatch, XCOM 2)
3. It's already been in a Humble Monthly (with two add-ons) ... over three years ago.
4. Two problematic multiplayer games
5. A visual novel (YMMV)
6. Some pixel graphics games
7. A GOG ONLY GAME (this probably deserves to be higher)
If you look at it as a Civ bundle, that means you're a Civ fan and you're excited to get more DLC for cheap, The other stuff is gravy on top.
As a Humble Monthly though? It's really disappointing. There are so many things not to like about it and only a few ok-looking games to make up for it. For $12... hell no. I passed on it for $8. But I'm not a huge Civ fan and I played it enough a few years ago.
Posted by hal on 05 May 2021 - 02:57 AM
I thought it lost its way with IV but maybe mine is a minority opinion. If it is, I get to disparagingly compare your tastes to McDonalds and Taylor Swift, so I have that going for me. I assume V will try to be more extreme so I'm not optimistic that it'll be a return to form.
I never bothered with Gat out of Hell (purchased during the great GameStop glitch)
Yeah, I didn't enjoy IV as much as I thought I would. On paper, having super powers in the SR world sounds like fun. it was just too much, too soon, and the whole game felt like cheat-mode to me.
Posted by hal on 02 May 2021 - 03:50 AM
Saints Row: The Third - Remastered is coming to Steam on May 22nd:
I had a great time with that game when it came out, and the enhanced edition sure does seem to have a number of improvements. Despite all that, I don't think I have any desire to play it again. It's a pretty lengthy game if you like to complete everything and there are plenty of new games in the open world genre now.
Not to mention... that price. Yeow.
Posted by hal on 24 April 2021 - 03:35 AM
I've owned Lego Batman 3 on several platforms over the years, and I can never get past the second world. It is exhausting to play, extremely linear, and not fun at all. I've heard that Lego DC Super-Villains is a lot more open-world game.
So...I'm still deciding whether or not to bite.
Marvel and DC Super-Villains were some of my favorite LEGO games. When I say Marvel, I mean any of the games in that realm. Both have open world hubs that are pretty large with lots to do in them. Fun side note: Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy voice Joker and Batman, which is great.
I tried one of the Lego Lord of the Rings games they gave away for free on Humble... seemed pretty boring.
I love LEGO games but I had a hard time finishing that one. I agree.
Posted by hal on 01 April 2021 - 02:38 AM
I feel like the complaints about included dlc lost a lot of their validity with the switch to humble choice. You don't need to pre-purchase anymore and there's no guessing as to what is included. You just wait until it's released and see what is given. Then decide if you want to buy it or not... I mean you've even got a full month to listen to other people tell you what is included if you're on the fence.
Also, I can't remember the last time humble included DLC without explicitly calling it out like a bonus. In this case people jumped the gun by analyzing what was available in the steam store before the humble offer was active, and were then disappointed/angry when it changed
I feel like you may be missing the nuance in my complaint. I don't EXPECT bundled games to come with all the DLC. That's been common practice for quite a while now. Everyone knows that, so pointing it out isn't helpful.
I was not happy with the way one product was advertised and another was sold.
Calling it "jumping the gun" to look at the advertisement and the game being advertised is utterly ridiculous. How can you justify placing the blame on the consumer that sees the advertised item, looks at the item on the hosting storefront, takes no action to decline... only to discover it has changed and you have been charged.
Let's hope they noticed, right? Let's hope that when they redeem the game as "Ultimate Edition" they just somehow know and are okay with that, right? Go read the Steam forums where people are wondering where the DLC is.
I was lucky. I noticed the conversation here and unsubscribed. HAD I NOT UNSUBSCRIBED AT THAT POINT I WOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED AUTOMATICALLY FOR SOMETHING THAT WAS NOT AS ADVERTISED. Do you not understand that?
-Email comes out.
-Person looks at games in bundle
-Person is autocharged
Whoops, game changed.
I personally don't give a flying since I unsubscribed based on information I found here and on Steam DB. You say that everyone has a full month to decide, but how about those that decided right then and there that they wanted the bundle and permitted the autocharge? Should someone be required to keep checking in daily to see if the agreement changed? Should you be required to spend the month talking to people about it in case they had news?
My second complaint is not so much about Humble's handling of this situation as it is a complaint about the practice of (not) marking down DLC. All too often a publisher will discount an "ultimate" edition and not the DLC. meaning bundles potentially present a dead end or at least a very expensive pathway towards owning the complete content.
If everyone is upfront about it -- cool. I can make a decision. If we get into chopping content specifically to troll bundle buyers, well then I reserve the right to complain. It certainly isn't the end of the world, but it's worth a post or two on the internet to get it off my chest.
Posted by hal on 29 March 2021 - 01:21 AM
Can somebody explain to me why everyone feels the need to own the DLC for a game you haven't played yet, and thus don't know if you even like yet?
Don't get me wrong, I would certainly prefer for a game to come with all the DLC in a bundle - it's better value - but I'm also struggling to see how including the base game with 11 other games at a price that is basically in-line (at worst) with the lowest sale price of that single game is poor value or "shenanigans".
I don't know, it's just weird to me that this optional content that you may not even want to play is the dealbreaker here.
When they announced the bundle, only the Ultimate Edition existed. At that point, I started reading about the game and saw the DLCs were actually significant. Then someone discovered that new App IDs were created for the DLC, which was still not even available separately or even announced on the store page. Early Humble keys even activated as Control Ultimate Edition -- but no DLC was included.
I have no problem getting base games if the DLC is of no interest to me. Tomb Raider was one of the headliners and I didn't care about the cosmetic bullshit and a handful of 10 minute tombs. I bought that, happily.
If a publisher is gonna pull this kind of thing, it seems highly likely that they're going to hold the DLC hostage at a high price for a good while. So when I play the game, I'm not really wanting to wait a couple of years to finish it, and I'm certainly not okay with paying full price to do so while the "ultimate" gets marked down during every sale.