Huh, it's almost like Ubisoft is using Humble Bundle as a way to drive preorder sales for upcoming releases. This one's almost identical to the original Humble Tom Clancy Bundle, with the notable difference being that it includes the beta and preorder for The Division rather than Rainbow Six: Siege.
(Still not sure I'm buying, though.)
As a PSA, some of uPlay's keys expire, especially related to the betas
and newer items
so if you do buy into it, redeem those keys quickly.
Along similar lines, the games are available for the Windows version they are released on. In the future, it may be that you have a game that runs on XP, but the uPlay client requires Vista or better.
To be completely fair, all stores and retail boxes have this issue. GoG is the most upfront what plays where, and you can be sure DRM won't keep you from playing your games. Unless it's MotoRacer 3, but I think that got enough attention that either GoG staff reverse engineered it or they some help with the *heh* fix. There used to be a site dedicated to those things - a .com
site, just for game
ing, somewhere in the world
. I wonder if it still exists, I haven't been there since I found this place. It had some good information on how to make perfect backups, p & q sub-channel accuracy for CD burners. Good times.
New to uplay. Why the negativity surrounding uplay?
Other items: some uPlay items have had Server Side DRM, meaning certain game functions won't work once that server goes down. Case in point, Heroes VI, I believe the heroes get nerfed drops or item effects if the server side code is unavailable. Not sure if that's been removed/patched out or not.
Another example of this tactic was EA's SimCity (Origin?) release, which did NOT go well for them. In this case, they claimed that the game logic required a supercomputer to run it in the background. Seems like this was a last minute decision, NOT made by the coders. Unfortunately, if that core logic was unavailable, the game crashed. Often. And you usually had to wait to get in, so insult, meet injury. Eventually hackers were able to grab and reverse engineer this code, and yeah, it was meant as a method of DRM. I don't want to give any great amount dollars to a corp that will tell me that my $50 game is a rental/license.
Here's my formula for game buying:
Retail Game - requires Steam/uPlay or some other kind of always on DRM must be 75% to 90% off, before I'll even consider it. If a major component of the game is online play, and the online (and local LAN) servers check keys, it falls in this category as well. If it additionally uses an activation counter (as in the case of Origin + Burnout: Paradise City), it better be 95% off. Burnout hit its three activations over a two year period (I'm hard on computers), and now refuses to install. Looks really good sitting on the virtual shelf, though.
Retail Game - single use activation code - 50% to 75% off. Closer to 75% if there's online keys involved.
DRM Free and/or activations unrestricted LAN play 1/2 off, sometimes less if it catches my fancy.
Err, anyway, what was the primary topic again? Back OT
Darksiders II is $8 at the Nintendo eShop (WiiU and New 3DS XL, I'm guessing) Amazon</span>http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012F20ZY6]Amazon[/u
] (physical box) has New Super Mario Bros U (with DLC Super Luigi U DLC code from eShop) for $45.
For the HOG fans (on Steam) Fairy Tale Mysteries: The Puppet Thief
is $6. Has cards if that's your thing. Has been $3 at Amazon, but Steam versions are usually the "Collector's Editions" as Big Fish calls them. $14 off the fish's regular collector's edition price, and $4 off their "sale" prices. Reviews are mixed, but if you're a HOG fan, you'll probably be OK. It's an Arifex Mundi game. Who was it that liked those? HeDanny - if you don't have it - here you go! Let's derail the thread again!
Planetary Annihilation's sequel, Planetary Annhilation: Titans is 70% off ($12). It was cheaper during the Christmas sale by $2. If you have the original version, the upgrade is 30% off, so ($10). Anyone want to comment on the fact that PA is broken (and has been completely removed from the Steam Store) and Uber's looking to sell Total Annhilation again (with new and improved Krogoth robots)?