I’ve been putting this one off, honestly. In the comments of the April bundle, I said the May bundle would be a decider for me. A decider on whether or not to pull the lever on canceling my Humble Choice subscription. I’ve been getting an increasing sense of ‘Meh’ from the bundles over time and finally recognised the fact that really, the only thing keeping me subscribed, was FOMO. I just didn’t want to lose the ‘Classic’ pricing for the bundle.

Sure, it doesn’t exactly cost much to keep the subscription running. But even within that context, is the value equation balancing out the right way?

My thinking was that if May didn’t blow my socks off, it’d be time to call it a day.

… It sort of has though. The headliners are actually worthy of being headliners this time around in my opinion. So why the delay? Well… I also own already for the most part.

Typically when I approach running through these bundles, I pretend for the sake of ranking that I don’t own anything. But when it comes to assessing the value of continuing for me of course whether I own them or not is a much more relevant question.

There are a couple in this bundle that I’ve actively wanted and don’t have… So I think the conclusion is that the subscription lives. At least a little longer. So with that, let’s get into it.

It’s another month of Classic and Premium subscribers getting all titles in the bundle again. So if you’re on those plans and make the call not to pause, no choice necessary. For those on the lower tiers plans, I’ll attempt to rank the games in order of preference, starting with most preferred to and ending with least preferred. Where I own a game already I will pretend for the purposes of this list that I don’t.

My Picks for May 2021’s Humble Choice

There have been myriad ways of playing this by now. It even ended up in the Xbox Game Pass shortly after launch. But if you don’t yet own a copy — now is a great time to jump in, with the recent release of the ‘Enhanced Edition’ which further improves the engine, bringing DLSS 2.0 and RTX for those of us lucky to have the relevant hardware. :)

RankGameGenre(s) / Notes
1Metro Exodus: EnhancedFPS, Post-Apocalypse
2Darksiders GenesisARPG
3HellpointDark Souls-like
4Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3Indie, Action, Restaraunt Simulation
5VaneAdventure
6LevelheadPlatformer
7RelictaFirst Person Puzzle
8Fury UnleashedRogue-lite Action Platformer
9MorkreddPuzzle
10Size MattersPuzzle
11Family ManRPG, Life Sim, Voxel Graphics
12Retimed2D Side-Scroller Shooter
Bold titles are ones I’m sure I want. Top tier titles. Italic titles I might not bother to redeem even with the choice to do so.

There we go. That’s how I’d place ’em this month. I have actively wanted down to Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3. So that’s something. Vane also looks very interesting to me despite not crossing my radar before.

Below that I struggle to care about any of them a lot more though. And I think it was that fact more than anything which lead to me delaying making this post and deciding to cancel or not to cancel.

We’ll see how June goes, I guess!


Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

4 Comments

MagiWasTaken · May 22, 2021 at 11:00 pm

I agree that the past months have been “eh” at times but I think you can pause the subscription without switching plans. At least, I’ve paused them plenty of times now, sometimes even in a row, and I’m still on the same plan as yours. :) As for this choice, I’m really looking forward to playing Hellpoint soon-ish and Vane!

    Naithin · May 23, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    You used to be able to pause and keep the plan — that has been called into question in comments on last month’s post. I can’t see any warning to that effect as far as I’ve got in the pause process so far, but no doubt I’ll get to try it again soon.

    And if true, if they really have taken away the ability to pause and retain benefits, then I’ll almost certainly then cancel. I’m not yet convinced that is true though.

paeroka · May 23, 2021 at 8:12 pm

I’ve paused my subscription. No notice of losing my plan (I got a special one which gave me x months for y price… no idea which month I am on now, but it’s not ended yet).

    Naithin · May 23, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks for the info. I hit pause, and then it offered me $2 USD off not to. So I chose not to, for now.

    I think that’s just for next month though, and I still might full pause if it’s bad enough.

    So guess we’ll see! :)

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