We’ve written two bundle stories in the last hour or so, so here’s another Humble Bundle to bring it up to three!
The Star Wars Humble Bundle is something I actually meant to write about when it first popped up, but I forgot because I’m stupid. On the plus side, there’s now something slightly hilarious about it which I can poke at, and that’s a good enough reason for me.
As with (probably) every other Humble Bundle there has ever been, it’s a tiered affair. $1 or more nets you Dark Forces, Knights of the Old Republic, and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, and no, I’m not prefacing them with “Star Wars” because every single game in this bundle is prefaced with that, and there are lots of them. So that’s a very old FPS, a rather great RPG, and a not-spectacular Jedi Knight game. Not bad for a dollar, though.
The Beat the Average tier throws in Battlefront 2, Knights of the Old Republic 2, Republic Commando, Dark Forces: Jedi Knight, Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast, and Starfighter. A game everyone but me likes, another rather great RPG, a surprisingly good squad-based shooter, the first Jedi Knight game, the best Jedi Knight game, and Starfighter. Also not bad!
Finally, paying $12 or more throws in Empire at War: Gold Pack, The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, and The Force Unleashed 2. Empire at War is a largely decent RTS, and The Force Unleashed games definitely exist. Again, for the price, not bad. Not great, but not bad.
“There’s nothing funny about that, Tim,” you say, your arms crossed. That’s because the funny part is the pricing is the pricing: the average price paid, right now, is $11.53. This means that the middle tier is $0.47 below the highest tier, presumably because loads of people have actually been opting for that highest tier… so there is basically no point in going for the middle tier unless you already own both Force Unleashed games and Empire at War. I mean, that’s an extra three games for less than 50 cents.
Realistically, then, your options are $1 for a fairly decent trio of games, or $12 for 12 games that run the full gamut between “you should definitely play” and “you should probably forget you own this.” Worth considering, either way!