Humble Bundle goes pro, offers THQ games dirt-cheap

We’ve covered Humble Indie Bundles in the past, but they’re usually just that—bundles of indie games. This time, the same folks are offering something a little different: the Humble THQ Bundle, which includes a number of major titles from THQ. As always, customers are invited to pay what they think the bundle is worth—anything upward from a dollar.

Among the bundled games are Darksiders, Metro 2033, Red Faction Armageddon, and Company of Heroes with its two expansions: Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor. Folks who pay more than the average purchase price, which is $5.59 right now, also get a copy of Saints Row The Third.

In other words, about six bucks will get you five major titles from a fairly prominent developer-cum-publisher, plus a couple expansions for one of ’em and free soundtracks. (You can decide to pay more, of course, which is part of the point.) What’s not to like? You’ve got plenty of time to partake, too. According to the counter on site, the THQ Bundle is going to be available for another 13 days or so.

Just keep in mind the average price is liable to fluctuate, so be sure to double-check before buying so you don’t miss out on Saints Row The Third.

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    • CppThis
    • 7 years ago

    Someting to keep in mind with this is that as more people buy and the average price inevitably goes up, they’ll probably add more games for the paid-more-than-average bracket. Note that if you pay above average at any point that locks you in for that bracket, so if the avg is $6 right now, I pay $10, and it jumps to 15 when more stuff is added I’d still get the new things too.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 7 years ago

    Got it last night and gave all my $6.00 to THQ for burial expenses.

    • BestJinjo
    • 7 years ago

    It’s worth to get this bundle and donate $ to THQ just to see a successful launch of Metro Last Light and Company of Heroes 2. I’ll gladly give THQ around $6 to have make sure games like these are being made as opposed to annual installment of Call of Dootie and Assassin’s Creed with their 8 year old looking graphics.

      • no51
      • 7 years ago

      Where’s my Homeworld 3 dammit.

    • spuppy
    • 7 years ago

    Gave most of my payment to THQ. As much as I want to support charity (and do with every bundle that comes out) I would really hate to lose a publisher. Let’s hope this digs them out of that hole!

      • Narishma
      • 7 years ago

      Do you really think the couple of million dollars they’ll get out of this will help them much?

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 7 years ago

        It’s not the actual money, but the evidence they can show to investors that “we are still a valued company with valued IP’s”.

        Just take a peak at their stock in the past 2 days. HUGE jump simply due to this sale. [url<]http://www.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ:THQI[/url<]

      • CppThis
      • 7 years ago

      THQ is definitely the least evil of the big publishers, but I still don’t trust them all that much…hopefully some of these big-budget crowdfunds going on will spark a new era where developers don’t need a publisher backing them in order to function. This will force the pubs that survive to act more as partners than overlords, which is good for everybody.

      I used a split similar to default, but with a little more kicked to HB itself as a reward for scoring such a good deal.

    • Haserath
    • 7 years ago

    Sad that the average is still under $6. For charity.

    • cygnus1
    • 7 years ago

    Already purchased when I got the email. 100% to charity, thanks THQ

    • mduncan62
    • 7 years ago

    Easily the best humble bundle ever. $150 in games for a fraction. Will enjoy this one as I have the past few years.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Hmmm… I heard THQ is running out of cash, guess this is a sign of it. Their major releases got delayed till next spring so they’re stuck looking for alms. Although getting stuck with the Indie bundle probably isn’t a bad thing as far as their reputation goes.

    • brucethemoose
    • 7 years ago

    How’s Saints Row the Third?

      • bthylafh
      • 7 years ago

      It’s more-or-less what GTA4 should have been – got rid of all the non-fun things and added in a bunch of crazy stuff that’s a blast.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        NM! site rules and all!
        for teh pervs!

        • willyolio
        • 7 years ago

        have you played just cause 2? how would it compare to that?

          • bthylafh
          • 7 years ago

          I played through about the first 45 minutes of JC2 and put it down[1], so I really haven’t gotten into the sandbox aspect of it.

          It didn’t grab me like SR3 did, basically.

          [1] for once this wasn’t a waste of my money – I won a TR drawing and got a free license for JC2 when it was new.

            • superjawes
            • 7 years ago

            Jesse Cox and Crendor played SR3 (for a long time), and I remember Jesse’s videos being pretty representative of the actual game. I would recommend watching a few of those if you want an idea of it.

            • willyolio
            • 7 years ago

            i guess that’s a good thing. i got further into JC2, about 5-6 hours, but i also kinda got bored with it. i hope SR3 is more fun.

      • Forge
      • 7 years ago

      I had quite a good time playing co-op with Ryu Connor.

      I’d be up for a second playthrough with any TR peeps needing muscle.

        • nanoflower
        • 7 years ago

        If I win the latest AMD giveaway I would take you up on the offer. I got the keys to all of the games but I suspect my poor old 4670 won’t be up to running the game at a decent speed. I’ve been watching the sales looking for a good price on a new GPU.

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      [s<]Mature.[/s<] [b<]M-Rated for a Reason.[/b<] Fun. Hilarious. Think GTA open world, but allows you to be (and is) completely ridiculous. EDIT: lol @ Saints Row being "mature"...

      • shaurz
      • 7 years ago

      I bought it a few days ago, if only I had known this bundle was coming!

      So far it’s been a blast. Like GTA IV but more fun, crazy and random and runs a lot faster. Some of the early missions are actually quite hard but maybe I just suck.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 7 years ago

      It’s pretty fun, you can max out the graphics with mid-range hardware, and doesn’t take itself seriously. It’s a shame that 50% of the game is split up into 6? 9? DLC packs.

    • kvndoom
    • 7 years ago

    For Metro and Darksiders, hell yeah it was worth a few bucks! At the rate I’m going I’ll probably play them in 2015, but it’s something to look forward to, I guess.

    {goes back to playing Penumbra}

    • I.S.T.
    • 7 years ago

    THQ has got to be desperate if they’re going this far. Sad they didn’t even strip out the DRM in some of the games though…

    At least charity will get some extra cash.

      • Game_boy
      • 7 years ago

      The market cap (value) of THQ is $10m. That’s insanely low. A crowdsourced Kickstarter could probably buy THQ at this point (I’m aware of the debt obligations as well).

      • phileasfogg
      • 7 years ago

      Well, something remarkable happened to THQI’s stock today – it’s up about 38% in just today’s market action! So the market cap is ~10M *after* the big run up, i.e. it was about 7M at yesterday’s close. I see that the HIB meter is showing about $1.3M of sales in just the first 6-8 hours, so investors are likely expecting a robust amount of dollar sales over the 13-day period. We can expect the sales pace to slow down of course, but if they generate $6-7M over 13 days (not unlikely IMHO), and if about 30% were partitioned to THQ (with the rest going to charity and the HIB team), the company sees a revenue stream (nearly all bottom-line profit?) of ~$2M, nearly all of which was accounted for in today’s mkt cap increase.

    • Game_boy
    • 7 years ago

    No Mac.
    No Linux.
    DRM.
    Nontrivial minimum payment.

    No.

      • willyolio
      • 7 years ago

      boy, if $1 is too much for you to afford, you might have to be on the other end of this charity deal.

        • Game_boy
        • 7 years ago

        I’ve paid “more than the average” for a few to get the extra game. It’s the principle of the $1 (i.e. requiring Steam) which bothers me, not the fact it’s $1. I care far more about the first three anyway, don’t let that one line distract you.

      • Game_boy
      • 7 years ago

      Anyone who downthumbed care to comment on why forced Steam and no cross-platform is acceptable for a Humble Bundle?

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        Because they aren’t low budget indie games.

          • Game_boy
          • 7 years ago

          Then why devalue the Bundle’s name? Might as well be ‘DRM-infested but Cheap THQ Bundle’.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            Maybe you should start your own charity software download system, then you can call the promotion whatever personal axe-grinding name you want. I’m sure you’d get a lot in the software industry on board with a name like the one you proposed!

            • Game_boy
            • 7 years ago

            People have an impressively large blind spot for DRM when it comes to Steam.

            • cegras
            • 7 years ago

            Mainly because it works, has not inconvenienced me, and I’m not bored enough with life to become obsessive over some trivial issue. It’s not like Steam sets precedence for bad DRM, more like the other way around.

            • superjawes
            • 7 years ago

            Steam is DRM done as best as I’ve seen, tying the protections publishers want to a service that gamers want. Even if it isn’t perfect, it’s been the best (mainstream) attempt yet.

            • CppThis
            • 7 years ago

            He has a point though, even with all its problems THQ hasn’t given any indication that they’d even consider moving away from ineffective DRM schemes that, lets we forget, cost money. My policy is “rental prices for rental games” so this is a great deal, but I understand and to some extent agree with the argument that buying into DRM at any price rewards anti-consumer behavior.

            Personally I’ve had no problems with Steam but I know people who have, and I get no benefit from it over a DRM-free release.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            +1 for rational

            • odizzido
            • 7 years ago

            steam DRM has caused problems for me on many occasions, so it’s not trivial for me. Your time will come eventually.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            What problems have you had exactly?

            • odizzido
            • 7 years ago

            First I have been kicked from multiplayer games because steam servers go down/disconnect me probably about 30-40 times since I have started using it. This sounds like a regional problem, but it’s really annoying for people living in a place where this happens.

            When playing with someone I know we both ask if the other got kicked for losing connection to steam over the voice chat program we are using. So annoying to have to start the game again because steam can’t handle people.

            Then there is the account verification stuff……which doesn’t work well if you have no internet connection. For people traveling this is pretty crap.

            • odizzido
            • 7 years ago

            I think so as well. Steam is DRM garbage and their 85% off sales are the only way they get money from me anymore. People seem to love paying full retail price for steam rentals though.

            I am saddened to see DRM infested trash on the humble bundle as well. I really hope GOG keeps strong so I can keep buying games from them.

            • tay
            • 7 years ago

            Madman <3

        • brucethemoose
        • 7 years ago

        No one’s forcing you to pay a dollar and download Steam on Windows. THQ, Valve, and the Humble Bundle crew can do it however they want. Clearly, many people don’t share your opinion, and are willing to tolerate Steam to get 4+ games for $1.

        From a practical viewpoint, steam is probably the easiest/cheapest distribution platform for these games, as they’re already hosted and are all much larger than your average Indie game. Porting games is very difficult (read expensive and time consuming). THQ might not even let them give away all these games for .01$, and they need profit to run the servers. So, instead of taking a very, very hard stand and protecting their morals, the Humble Bundle people let them slide just a bit, and offered us this generous pack of THQ games.

        • Ringofett
        • 7 years ago

        Can’t speak for anyone else, but I for one purchase from HB specifically because its game register on Steam. It’s also standard faire in that charities are there to donate some, or all, of the purchase to.

        So, I downthumbed because..

        “No Mac.” Who buys a Mac to game anyway?
        “No Linux.” I, for one, couldn’t care less.
        “DRM.” Steam makes it easy. If you don’t respect a vendors choice to try to protect their IP, don’t whine about it, because nobody is forcing you to buy said product.
        “Nontrivial minimum payment.” I haven’t clicked through, but it appears $1 is acceptable. So, two points: 1) Why bitch about not being able to get something for nothing? 2) Nobody forcing you to buy. Bonus #3) You can, as always, give it all to charity.

        Basically, you whined over nonsense.

        • Washer
        • 7 years ago

        You can literally give every last penny to charity. You’re given the games in return for your donation. How do you feel justified making demands over free (or near free) games? Very high quality games at that.

          • Game_boy
          • 7 years ago

          Extremely justified. I am right about the game industry and absolutely everyone else is wrong.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        The Steam keys are a feature not a hindrance.

      • albundy
      • 7 years ago

      cr@pple gets hand me downs from pc games much like android gets hand me downs from cr@pple’s iOS games. with me being such an overachiever in the captain obvious dept., you know, all you have to do is install windows on your mac to run these games, right?

        • Game_boy
        • 7 years ago

        I main Windows 7 because I’m not an idiot. But if Humble Bundle doesn’t insist on cross-platform, how will MS ever be broken?

          • eofpi
          • 7 years ago

          Windows 8 seems to be doing a good job of that all by itself.

          *runs*

      • way2strong
      • 7 years ago

      I’m impressed (and disappointed) in the level of hate this comment has received. These seem to me to be legitimate issues. And he does not at any point ‘whine’ about being forced to buy it.

      I am personally disappointed that the EFF is not a charity option for this bundle, and that may influence my decision on whether or not to purchase it (as will the steam requirement). Is this also illegitimate criticism?

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        Well, out of those the one that’s completely ridiculous is ‘nontrivial minimum payment.’ The minimum is $1. For the extra game it works the same as all other Humble Bundles, just pay above the average. But if !4 or even $6 is non-trivial, I don’t know how you are a gamer at all…well, maybe that’s why DRM is ‘bad’ because you could pirate non-DRM games.

        For the others:
        No Mac, No Linux – bootcamp or WINE. Done.
        DRM – it’s Steam, the least bad DRM possible, and it actually provides useful services that compliment games – it’s not just a key checker or ‘connect to verification server to play’.

        Even if the post is stripped down to the barest words, it is ‘whining’ in that he’s comparing it to other Humble Bundles. You can see this in the points he makes in other posts too. If these games weren’t offered through Humble Bundle, he wouldn’t buy them anyway – they aren’t Mac or Linux native, have DRM even if a basic type, and cost more otherwise.

        Here’s the fun part: There is no set way Humble Bundles have to work. Hint: the middle word gives you a clue to the type of bundle. Humble ANDROID Bundle for example…I don’t recall any complaints that they weren’t all cross-platform games. This is Humble THQ Bundle, they make Windows games, and downloading through Steam saves Humble some money I’m sure.

          • way2strong
          • 7 years ago

          Many of the Android bundle games were cross platform, and he also clarified in his later posts that the minimum payment thing wasn’t his major complaint. Even so, why is it wrong to say a certain product is inferior to an earlier version, and therefore not worth buying? If his major concerns are Mac/Linux versions and lack of DRM, why is it wrong for him to say so?

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