If you like getting a lot of good games for bugger all (and RPGs are your thing), you’ll be very happy with the latest Humble Bundle.
Billed as the “Classics Return” bundle, the package is basically two tiers of banging turn-based RPGs with a bit of point-and-click adventure and strategy for good measure. Even the top tier is reasonable value if you’re a fan of April Ryan and Baldur’s Gate, with Dreamfall Chapters and Torment: Tides of Numenera rounding out the offering.
Here’s what’s on offer.
- Shadowrun Dragonfall: Director’s Cut
- Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure
- Shadowrun Returns
- Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent’s Curse
Good value if you like campy FMV games or just really like your cyberpunk turn-based RPGs. Broken Sword 5 is the outlier here: it’s fine if you grew up with Nico and George, but even then I still found all the animations just a little too weird and the UI isn’t great. Buy for Shadowrun, stay for dodgy FMV.
- Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition
- Age of Wonders 3
- Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
The average is $US7.67 at the time of writing. And that’s a pretty good price for what’s one of the highest value tiers Humble has ever offered. Xenonauts is an absolute cracker for anyone who remembers the original X-COM: UFO Defence.
Age of Wonders 3 was a decent return for the Tolkien-inspired franchise, although HOMM3 will always have the strongest place in my heart. Shadowrun Hong Kong is definitely worth playing for anyone who enjoyed Shadowrun Dragonfall or Returns, and Wasteland 2 is basically the closest you can get to a modern retelling of the original Fallout games.
- Torment: Tides of Numenera
- Dreamfall Chapters
The top tiers are always the hardest sell, since you already have so many games by this point. But it’s a good discount on Torment if you haven’t picked it up already, although games like Divinity: Original Sin 2 are a little more widely palatable.
Dreamfall Chapters is the anchor of the tier here: it’s worth playing if you want some closure with April Ryan’s story, but it’s a very traditional, slowly paced point-and-click adventure that might be difficult to play in 2018. The cyberpunk setting in Zoe’s chapters also fit the theme of the rest of the bundle pretty well, which is nice.
So, lot of good games. Xenonauts and the Shadowrun trilogy is a good way to spend a few weekends, and Tesla Effect can actually be a lot of fun with a group of friends and some homemade drinks.
For those who have played through the Shadowrun games: which was your favourite? And if you have strong opinions about Tesla Effect, don’t hit me up. I gave it a bad review and someone kindly wished my dog was dead. Fans can be strange at times.