Rockstar's Humble Bundle Is Pretty Damn Good

While Australians won't be able to enjoy the horror that is Manhunt, the rest of the Rockstar Humble Bundle is available, and it is good.

The entire bundle consists of 11 games and one DLC pack, with the top tier priced at a healthy $US15. Being Rockstar, the quality is pretty high across the board, and each of the tiers has at least something worthwhile.

As is typically the case, the first tier starts from a measly $US1 while the second and third are priced much higher. Here's what's on offer:

Tier 1: Pay $US1

  • GTA: Vice City
  • GTA 3
  • Max Payne
  • Manhunt (not available in Australia)

Shame about Manhunt, but I'm that won't stop some of you.

Tier 2: Pay above the average (currently $US9.20)

  • L.A. Noire
  • GTA San Andreas
  • Bully: Scholarship Edition
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

One of the higher priced averages on a bundle for a long time, but put it this way: paying under $12 to get both Max Payne games, L.A. Noire, Bully and GTA Vice City, San Andreas and GTA 3 is a good deal. I'd pay that for Bully and the Max Payne games alone, to be frank.

Tier 3: Pay $US15 or more

  • GTA 4
  • GTA: Episodes from Liberty City
  • Max Payne 3
  • L.A. Noire: DLC Bundle

Probably the weakest of the tiers, unless you don't own GTA 4 already or want to gift it to a friend. I'd argue that Max Payne 3 holds up better than you'd expect in 2018, although you should be prepared for a lot of frustrating, unskippable cutscenes.

So that's the Rockstar bundle. It's worth noting that GTA 1 and GTA 2 aren't available on Steam. Rockstar was offering it for free through their website, although those downloads seem to have been removed at the time of writing.

Nonetheless, it's a good deal on the Max Payne games. Did you play them back in the day? And out of all the modern GTA games that isn't GTA 5, which one was your favourite?


Comments

    I was just thinking about getting the Max Payne games on Steam, since they're amongst my favourite games of all time (MP3 aside, which was crap) and I only have disc copies. This is excellent timing.

    Also LA Noire. It's high time I gave that a go.

    I'm curious, what happens if you spoof your IP, can you unlock Manhunt?

      I set my VPN to say I'm in the US and it removed the restriction.
      Pretty sure you can activate it on Steam the same way and it'll stay on your account.

      I didn't actually do it though because I own almost all of the games in the bundle already, so I can't actually confirm if it works.

      I've been reading comments on reddit saying that people have gone through VPNs and gotten Manhunt, take at face-value though.

        interesting, I've never bought RC games before. back in the days if the game was RC you just skipped over to the equal of pirate bay or have someone gift it to you from steam and that was it

        I used this method with the Windscribe VPN addon for firefox to get a copy of Manhunt with my bundle and it allowed me to redeem the code for it on my Australian Steam account which wasn't using a VPN.

        While I can't confirm your statement per say, as a New Zealander I managed to get a copy of Postal 2 (banned over here) from some bundle site which validated on Steam. Didn't even use a VPN, the website just didn't give a single solitary shit where I was from.

        Honestly right now I'm half considering deleting it from my account since I have little interest in playing it and there's apparently quite the hefty fine for owning it. But the point is that while Steam might prevent you from buying a game from them, they're not particularly interested in checking if you're allowed to use a key that you bought from a third party.

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    I still have my hard copy of manhunt somewhere. what is the laws on resale ?

      it is illegal to sell refused classification video games, dependent on your location it may be illegal to own.

    I hear that Max Payne 3 is a pretty great game.

      Did people not like it? I thought it was great, just like the other two.

    A warning to those who want to play Bully. The PC port is not good, I don't know if there are any fan patches that has fixed its problems.

    What's with all the hate for MP3?

      Different studio made it, completely different tone and style from the other two games.
      Not a very good game in general really.
      Plus the bald thing didn't help

        I dunno, I liked it. I did very much miss the graphic novel panels admittedly, but the style and bald thingo made sense in the context of the story. Cover was a dumb idea too but you don't need to use it at all anyway.

          I loved it. Liked the bald, fat Max. Liked the setting.

          Didn't miss the comic strips one bit (I literally didn't realize they were gone until I read that comment).

          I was drinking a lot of scotch at the time so I even had a weird (probably unhealthy) affinity for Max's constant boozing.

          I never checked the internet and just assumed everyone else would have liked it! Oh well.

    Just checked my AU steam account, manhunt is on there already, along with the others.
    Must have gotten a rockstar bundle in the past

    Just a warning to anyone looking to play GTA4 on more modern hardware. The game is still to this day a terrible port even after many patches. So dont expect to be able to jump right in with everything on max and get 60+ fps.

    you'd think they could just slap an R18+ tag on Manhunt and be done with it.

    I have a PS2 copy floating around my room somewhere.

    Controversy aside, I just remember it being a damn fun, intense game.

    Reminds me I should fire Manhunt up now that I have an actual Windows machine again (was playing in Parallels on the Mac maybe 3 years ago ?). Main reason I didn't finish it though was it just got a bit too 'repetitive'. Can't even remember where the heck I got it from, but a VPN would definitely have been involved. Don't see what all the fuss was about TBH.

    There's 'grittier' stuff in any decent horror movie collection (Hostel films, Human Centipede, anything by Dario Argento etc). Just shows the classification board STILL thinks gamers are mostly kids ...

    Be warned! Lookout for GFWL! It is defunct and needed (At least for GTA4)

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