Problem: it’s two days until Christmas, and there’s a game-loving friend you’ve forgotten to buy presents for. Possible solution: more than 15 PC games for about six quid in Square Enix’s latest Humble Bundle.
The Humble Square Enix Bundle 3 sees the publisher offering up 2008 JRPG The Last Remnant, noirish afterlife adventure Murdered: Soul Suspect, the first chapter of the episodic Life is Strange, and the first three original Tomb Raider games (the ones originally released from 1996-1998) for as little as $1 — about 67p.
Beat the average price paid on Humble’s pay-what-you-want system, and you’ll also get the first two instalments in the Just Cause series and a voucher for 20 percent off the recently-released third entry — because nothing says “Christmas” like open-world destruction extravaganzas — plus giant robot war-sim Front Mission Evolved, puzzle games Yosumin and Gyromancer, and as-yet unidentified further titles to be added on 29 December. You’ll also get a coupon for 33 percent off the Life is Strange season pass, and the base game for MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn — though you’ll need to buy an additional subscription to keep playing the online-only game.
The top tier, at purchases of $8.99 (~£6.05) nabs you the multiplayer Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the Game of the Year edition of 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot, and the Elite Edition of Hitman: Absolution, packing in every bit of DLC released for the stealth-focused assassination game.
Admittedly, the title selection in the latest Square Enix bundle skews a little older, both in terms of more mature content and the age of the games themselves, but there are some cracking titles in there. Gyromancer alone can be an absolute time sink with its blend of rotational gem matching and classical fantasy attempt at RPG storytelling, while Tomb Raider 2013 deserves every accolade it’s received.
Whatever you pay, your purchase can be split between Humble Bundle, the game makers’, and charity. How much goes to each participant can be customised, with the charity partners for this bundle being GamesAid and Make-a-Wish. All games can be redeemed on Steam, too, for easy gifting. Christmas solved and helping charities — job done.