Stretch your strategy muscles with the Humble Firaxis Bundle


— 3:21 PM on January 27, 2016

A pay-what-you-want game pack isn't the kind of news one tends to see these days, but sometimes there are exceptions. Humble Bundle and Firaxis have joined forces to bring us a pack of XCOM and Civilization titles, and it's a doozy.

This bundle comes in three tiers. Gamers can pay any amount over $1 and immediately get a copy of Civiliation III Complete, an Ace Patrol bundle, Pirates!, and, get this, XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Yes, the excellent 2012 remake that currently costs $30 on Steam can be yours for the price of a cheeseburger. XCOM is one among a very short list of remakes that can be called by that name instead of "cash grab," and you should totally play it.

The deal gets even sweeter if you pay more than the average amount. For a little more, Firaxis first adds XCOM's Enemy Within expansion pack and two smaller DLCs, as well as a bundle of all the 90s-era X-COM games. Civilization IV Complete Edition (with the Beyond the Sword, Warlords, and Colonization expansions) and Starships come along for the ride, too. Finally, gamers get access to Civilization V, with two map packs and the Gods and Kings expansion. That game has made me waste more hours than I care to admit.

Last but not least, if you have $15 burning a hole in your pocket, you also get Civilization: Beyond Earth with the Exoplanets map pack, along with a 33%-off coupon for the Rising Tide expansion on the Humble Store. In yours truly's opinion, Beyond Earth is for the most part a Civilization V reskin, but nevertheless a decent game. If you're not familiar with the Civilization franchise, it's as good a place to start as any.

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