The world of video games is a tough business, and for those working on Battleborn I can't imagine it's been particularly kind. Gearbox's latest MOBA-esque shooter didn't get the most glowing reception, and its player base has shrunk at a startling rate.
Perhaps in a bid to try and revive the game's flagging popularity, 2K has given Battleborn its biggest discount yet -- by way of a Humble Bundle. And there are plenty of other solid games available as well too.
There's three tiers for this latest Humble Bundle, and around this time next week 2K will add some extra games to the second tier. If you want to check the whole listing out for yourself, here's the link. Let's get stuck in.
Tier 1: Pay $US1 or more to unlock
- The Darkness II
- Spec Ops: The Line
- Duke Nukem Forever
For less than a coffee, this is a pretty good trio. I'm not going to pretend that Duke Nukem Forever is amazing, but you'd have to be exceptionally cynical or jaded not to be able to get some laughs out of it -- even at the game's own expense -- for $US1.
Spec Ops: The Line is worth a playthrough as well. The way the story folds out, and how you're able to make choices without being immediately prompted to do so, is something I'd like to see more games do. As for The Darkness 2, Luke wasn't a fan -- but then for a game that lasts only a few hours, $US1 isn't a bad investment. (OR $US0.33, if you think of it that way.)
Tier 2: Pay more than the average
Given that NBA 2K16 was just discounted to $US13.99 in the recent Steam sale, seeing it here for half that is pretty remarkable. Note that the average was $US7.17 at the time of writing, and will probably be slightly higher by the time you read this.
- Sid Meier's Civilization V
- NBA 2K16
- Mafia 2: Digital Deluxe Edition
- Battleborn Summer Skins Pack
- More games to be announced
Most people will have picked up Civ 5 already, but if you haven't now is a pretty good time. As for sports fans, under $10 is a perfect time to see what the NBA 2K series is all about. The presentation is as good as ever, even if the Spike Lee story turns the career mode into a bit of a garbage fire. Mafia 2 is kind of like the bonus prize here. It's a fun open-world romp, although it might be a little slow for some.
This is also the tier you'll have to pay for if you want any extras that 2K decides to give away. Their back catalogue is enormous, so it could be something like the GOTY version of Borderlands 2 (wouldn't be surprising, given the third tier), BioShock Infinite, or even The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.
BioShock and XCOM would be a nice pair. But we'll see next week.
Tier 3: Pay $US15 or more
- Battleborn Premium Currency
- Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
The big discount here: Battleborn, which is still selling for $US69.95 on Steam (for Australians). Given that the game received a 40% discount less than a month after its release, it's not exactly a vote of confidence. But considering everything else you get for your $US15, it's not a bad deal.
It certainly wouldn't be worth it without Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, which may very well be the last AAA game made in Australia for a long, long time. It's certainly worth it if you're a Borderlands fan, although the game doesn't do anything that will convert people who were on the fence about Borderlands 2. But you'll know whether you were in that camp or not.
So that's the latest Humble Bundle, which has some pretty sweet deals in there.