Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ubisoft Encore Humble Bundle

What is a Humble Bundle?

A humble bundle is a collection of games sold at a price determined by the purchaser (YOU.) The more you ‘donate’ and more bundles sold, the higher the price goes. So if you are one of the first people who bought a bundle you would LITERALLY be paying pennies on the dollar for a whole bunch of games.

The way the Humble Bundle works is, you pay what you want for a set of games in the current bundle. A portion of what you pay or ‘donate’ goes towards a charity and the rest goes towards the game developers. While initially people could pay only $0.01 for games in the Humble Bundle, these days the minimum is usually $1, still an extremely cheap price for usually more than 1 game. Buyers can also often chose how much of the money they donate/pay will go towards the charities and how much goes to the game publishers or Humble Bundle themselves. You can pay for the Humble Bundle in a number of ways including Credit Card, Paypal as well as Amazon.

The Humble Bundle supports quite a few charities such as Child’s Play, Electronic Frontier Foundation, charity: water, American Red Cross and Wikimedia Foundation. The Humble Bundle provides a way for many gamers to buy and play games for a fraction of their original cost while also helping to donate to charities. Game publishers can often times drive up interest and sales in their games or company by partnering up with Humble Bundle and making their games available for the Bundle.

As such, since Humble Bundle has launched there were many big game publishers who made their games, including quite a few AAA titles available for purchase through the Humble Bundle. The majority of Humble bundle games are for the Steam platform and people who purchase a bundle are given Steam keys for those games after the purchase has been verified. The Ubisoft bundle however will also require you to have Uplay for the Ubisoft games only.

This week’s Humble Bundle is called Ubisoft Encore

The three base games included in the Bundle, for which you only have to pay $1 are Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Grow Home and Rayman Origins. Of the three games I am only familiar with Call of Juarez which is a very fun game with somewhat difficult to master controls. Rayman Origins is a fun pastime. In either case you get all three games for $1 and they are well worth it at that price.

For the Tier 1 increase in price of $6.85 which keeps increasing every day the sale is active, the games include Farcry 3, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon and Tom Clancy’s The division – 100 Target Intel Credits. Now granted that some of these aren’t full games or even games at all but rather expansions and in-game credits. The price of $6.85 is still well worth it for Farcry 3 alone in my opinion.

For the next Tier lets call this Tier 2 increase in price to $15 you would get all the games and expansions and credits mentioned above including the 3 base games AS WELL AS Assassin’s Creed Rogue and The Crew. Again worth the price because if you do the math 15 – 7 (for the 3 base games and other Tier 1 games rounded down) you get $8 therefore making it $4 for Assassin’s Creed Rogue and $4 for The Crew still making this a very good deal even for $15 but would be even better if you are a fan of the AC series. The crew is somewhat an unpolished game in my opinion, but still a fun game to play and $4 for it is a steal.

Finally at Tier 3 you pay $75 or more to unlock everything mentioned above from the base games to Tier 2 AS WELL AS Tom Clancy’s The Division full game and Exclusive Tom Clancy’s The Division T-shirt. Now this one is only good if you’ve been meaning to pick up The Division anyways and then this is technically like getting the division on sale but not by much. In my opinion I would skip this and wait for a real sale on The Divison, I mean if you’ve waiting this long to pick up the game then waiting a little longer won’t matter that much.

Just a recap of what is on offer from the Ubisoft Encore Bundle

Pay $1 or more and you get:

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Grow Home
Rayman Origins

Pay more than the average of $6.85 and you get:

Far Cry 3
Tom Clancy’s Spinter Cell Blacklist
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory               
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Tom Clancy’s The Division – 100 Target Intel Credits

Pay $15 or more and you also get:

Assassin’s Creed Rogue
The Crew

Pay $75 or more and you get:

Tom Clancy’s The Division
Exclusive Tom Clancy’s The Division T-shirt

The Humble Ubisoft Bundle expires in about 6 days and 13 hour at the time of writing this article, so a little under a week from now. Also note that the price for Tier 1 increases over time so at the time of writing this article it is $6.85 but as Bundle nears expiry the price will keep on increasing possibly passing the $7 mark, so it is better to act fast if you were panning on getting this Bundle.

Also note that many of the games will require you to have Uplay, which is basically a client created by Ubisoft to run their games similar to Steam. Why they thought of creating their own client instead of just putting their games on Steam I’ll never know. Regardless you do need to download the software and register an account to redeem these games as well as play them.

As far as Humble Bundles go, this isn’t one of the best, but there still are a few good titles in there such as Far Cry 3, which if you have never played is definitely worth a try.

In order to get this bundle please visit the Humble Bundle site here.
The site has other Bundles as well as Games sales on the Humble Store as well as Humble Monthly sales.

Let me know if you decided to get this Humble Bundle and whether you thought it was a good one.



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