Disappointing. Perhaps disappointing for any month — but particularly disappointing for the month of Christmas. It isn’t that there isn’t anything at all in here worth the price of admission. Just… The rational value proposition of it all is really only a small part of why I buy into Humble Choice (and Humble Monthly before it). And heck, it might be a bit of a stretch to call it ‘rational’ in the first place when one already has so many titles they will never so much as install a majority portion of them.
In any case — there are a couple of differences this month of note.
It’s still the case that premium / classic subscribers get all titles. But there are 14 titles instead of just 12.
And each of the 14 titles in the bundle itself are indy titles. Not a AAA title in sight.
Except there is… Sort of. Premium and Classic subscribers will also get one month of ‘EA Play Pro’. So you know… there’s that… I guess.
Going back to a more positive note for a moment — and also to hasten to add it isn’t that I view indie titles as without value; because that certainly isn’t the case — as noted at the beginning there are a couple of titles I’m personally quite keen to pick-up from this bundle. And a third I’m at least interested in. It’s just that everything else… Yeah. And let me tell you, it certainly makes it more difficult to create a ranked list!
Which we’ll jump to now. As always, I’ll attempt to rank the games in order of preference going most preferred to least preferred. Where I own a game already I will pretend for the purposes of this list that I don’t. Although — once again — for this particular month, I don’t own any of them.
My Picks for December 2020’s Humble Choice
|1||Children of Morta||ARPG (Pixel Art)|
|2||Overcooked! 2||Co-op… Kitchen… Action game?|
(Look, I really don’t know — Wikipedia says it’s a simulation video game, but I cannot accept this. :P)
|3||Indivisible||JRPG / Platformer|
|4||One Step from Eden||CCG / Bullethell|
(A weirder genre blend I struggle to imagine, but here we go.)
|5||Shining Resonance Refrain||JRPG|
|6||The Beast Inside||Survival Horror|
|7||Tabletop Playground||Tabletop Simulator|
|8||Still There||Point and Click Adventure|
|9||Path of Giants||Traversal Puzzle|
|10||Struggling||Co-op Physics Platformer|
|11||Zwei: The Arges Adventure||JARPG|
|12||Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection||JARPG|
|13||Frog Detective 1: The Haunted Island||Adventure|
|14||Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard||Adventure|
I gave Children of Morta and Overcooked 2 the bold treatment — but I will be honest and say I’m on the fence about that. I’m sure I want them. I’m not sure they’re really top tier options though.
Relative to the rest of the bundle? Sure. Relative to even past bundles or just more generally? Ehh.
Not too much to say about the rest of it though.
Perhaps I’ll just use the included month of EA Play Pro to finally play Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order?