Something’s not quite right. There’s two sales within two weeks that are worth paying attention to. Something’s not quite right.
It’s a Humble Bundle. It’s being promoted by Games Workshop. And it’s got plenty of Warhammer in it.
Somebody hold me.
I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard someone complain or rage against the behemoth that is Games Workshop. Their miniatures cost too much. And GW is farming out the IP to anyone for a quick buck, the complaints go.
In a sense, I suppose you could consider the latest weekly Humble Bundle a very quick buck since the entry price is pretty bloody low. What’s interesting is that there are only two tiers, with the second priced at a more than reasonable $8.31 (US$6).
The first, pay bugger all tier, gets you a string of action-adventure Warhammer games: Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, Chainsaw Warrior, Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night, and Talisman: Digital Edition (with the Frostmarch Expansion).
Talisman is actually a board game, which could be interesting. For US$1 (that’s how much you usually have to pay to get in on the ground floor) it’s probably worth at least one playthrough, even if you never touch it again.
The second tier is much more tempting: for $8.32 or more, you get the Ultimate Pack of Space Hulk, Warhammer Quest, Dawn of War 2: Retribution — The Last Standalone and the added DLC for Talisman: Digital Edition.
The Dawn of War 2 game in this is the standalone re-release of the Horde mode, which for some was the best part of DoW2. (Not for me, but it was good enough and popular enough that it warranted being split from the main game.) Space Hulk was also a pretty solid conversion of the tabletop property when it first came out, and the Ultimate Pack adds three more campaigns, a Space Wolves chapter, the Behemoth and the Kraken skins.
Warhammer Quest is probably the throwaway item of the bunch, and from what I can see it looks like a very secondary title next to Space Hulk. But getting the Horde mode from DOW2, Space Hulk and Kill Team — think a slightly weaker and older version of what Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine tried to do — for less than a tenner is a solid offering. Some of the games are available on Mac OSX and Linux too, including Space Hulk and Chainsaw Warrior (another board game with has an interesting premise).