Sega takes to Humble Bundle this week with the Humble Sega Strategy Bundle, offering up a smorgasbord of strategy games primarily from Creative Assembly and Relic. The studios behind games such as the Total War, Dawn of War, and Company of Heroes.
A quick disclaimer before we delve into the tiers and the games and the fun. Each tier offers up only a single Steam key. So there will be no trading or gifting of individual games this time around. If there’s only one game in the $1 tier that you’re interested in, tough. You get them all.
Fortunately, though, there are few stinkers this time around, although most of the games in the dollar tier are at least a decade old at this point, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad games. For most of these AAA bundles, the $1 tier is usually older games. The same holds true for the Humble Sega Strategy Bundle.
For a mere $1, you can snag Relic’s Company of Heroes: Complete Edition, including the original game as well as all the expansions. Company of Heroes probably needs no introduction. It’s widely considered to be one of the best strategy games ever created.
Next up, we have Relic’s other well-known strategy franchise with the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Master Collection. I could probably copy and paste the description for Company of Heroes, but nah, let’s not do that. Once again, we have the game plus all its expansions. We also can know instantly that the game is good because Dawn of War dates from an era when the Warhammer creators (Games Workshop) were much more picky about who they gave permission to make games based on their tabletop game.
Next up we have Creative Assembly’s contribution to the dollar tier: Medieval II: Total War Collection as well as Rome: Total War Collection. Sure Creative Assembly has started to milk the Total War franchise for all its worth, but here we have two of the franchises earliest entries. You can get a glimpse into days where the Total War games weren’t broken messes upon release that required months of patches and updates before they were playable.
Lastly in the tier, Sega Genesis and Megadrive games! Shining Force, Shining Force 2, Gain Ground, and Columns to be exact. I was more of a Nintendo kid growing up, so I never had much experience with any of the Sega consoles, but my experience with most older games is purely nostalgic. Or, you know, more filler for your Steam library.
That’s the $1 tier, except for – of course – the 10% off coupon for Humble Monthly, which might actually interest you if you’ve got South Park: The Stick of Truth or This War of Mine on your radar. Those are the early unlocks for the April Bundle.
Valkyria Chronicles kicks off the beat the average tier (currently at $6.41). This is the 2008 console game that finally saw a Steam release in late 2014. In a word, it’s an anime X-com. Anime-Com… A-Com. I’ll stop now. It’s critically acclaimed and has been sitting in my backlog since it came out. I’m slow, I know.
Next up we have about the only strategy game I’ve played more than StarCraft, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Grand Master Collection. It’s not just the master collection, it’s the grand master collection. I lost dozens of hours to this game, and it’s about the only game from this bundle that I recommend hands down. It takes many of the things that worked for Company of Heroes and applied them to the Dawn of War formula to create an Ork-killing delight.
Next up, Eastside Hockey Manager. This is like Football Manager, but for hockey! I haven’t played either game – and honestly have no intention to do so – but they have a devoted following. If it tickles your fancy, it’ll probably tickle it really well. This tier also includes a coupon for Football Manger 2016. So there you have it. Get your managing on.
Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai Collection rounds out the tier. It’s the standalone expansion to the original Total War: Shogun 2. Not sure why that’s not included, but I guess we shouldn’t question such things, or they’ll break our kneecaps.
The final tier is a flat $12. That adds Total War: Atilla and Company of Heroes 2: Master Collection. To make it brief. People don’t really seem to like either. Atilla is still mostly broken, is messy with DLC, and generally doesn’t offer anything too new over Total War: Rome II. Company of Heroes fares a little better, but people generally aren’t too happy about the DLC in that game either. Sad, because otherwise both games seem to be pretty good, but I guess this is the world we live in these days.
Final tier aside, the Humble Sega Strategy Bundle as a whole offers a lot of fine games for a really cheap price, and sure, for a few extra bucks, the final tier probably won’t hurt either. Unfortunately I’ve never been able to get into the Total War games despite trying numerous times and I’ve played the Relic games to death, so I’m gonna probably sit this one out.
It’s a pretty keen strategy.