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Humble Choice March 2022 – Is it Any Good?

  • Dink 

Humble Choice always has a mix of games from great to not so great.  March’s Humble Choice is looking stronger than the last couple months.  Let’s take a look at it.

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March Humble Choice Games

Desperados III

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Metacritic 86% / Steam Overwhelmingly Positive

While you normally think of western games as fast pasted all out gun brawls, Desperados III is actually a slow-paced real time strategy game.   While Desperados III is the third game in the series, you do not need any prior knowledge of Desperado games to play.  It is actually a prequel to the first game.

While on the surface it may appear like your standard plot, the cast of playable characters make it noteworthy.  Their banter as you go from mission to mission really defines their characters.  

In the early game two of the characters make a bet to see who can get the most scalps.  As you gain kills you hear them yelling out their kill count each time.  

Each of your five playable characters has their own abilities.  Sometimes you just sit there for minutes trying to figure out the best combination of abilities to figure out your moves.

Games in the RTS genre very rarely receive the kind of praise that Desperados III has, and it’s with good reason.  It is an excellent game and an excellent addition to the March Humble Choice.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

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Metacritic 86% / Steam Very Positive

I’ve watch people guessing that Mass Effect Legendary edition would be in the Humble Choice for months.  It’s finally here.  Mass Effect legendary edition packs the first three remastered Mass Effect games in along with all of their DLC’s (except Pinnacle Station) for between 60 and 135 hours of gameplay.

If you’ve never played a Mass Effect game, you take the role of Commander Shepard, a human who becomes mixed up in a galaxy spanning conflict.  

While this isn’t a 1:1 recreation of the Mass Effect games, it is not a complete remake either.  There are huge aesthetic upgrades, a few changes to some story parts, and some control changes.  

The only downfall is that they took the Multiplayer element out of Mass Effect III.  Still Mass Effect Legendary Edition is definitely worth a playthrough and another good addition to the March Humble Choice.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

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Metacritic 63% / Steam Very Positive

All-Star Brawl is Nickelodeons version of Smash Bros.  While All-Star brawl does better than some of the games trying to imitate Smash Bros Magic, there are better brawlers (Brawhalla, Brawl Out).  I can’t deny that it’s fun to brawl as a ninja turtle.

While All-Star Brawl is an okay brawler with decent graphics, there is not anything that really sets it apart gameplay wise.  It is entertaining if you don’t have a better brawler to play.

 

Dark Pictures Anthology: Man Of Medan

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Metacritic 75% / Steam Mostly Positive

Of The Dark Picture Anthology games, Man of Medan is the best released so far.  Man of Medan is a cinematic horror game.  It’s very full motion video where you essentially play a movie.  Man of Medan starts off slow but manages to maintain a subtle sense of dread throughout the second half of the game.

In Man of Medan, you can play either single player or co-op (you both must own the game).  Co-op adds an entire new aspect to the game, as you can screw each other over to get ahead.

Man of Medan has a strong choice consequence system which makes a few subsequent playthroughs worth the time.  While the first half is slow paced and drags, if you can get through that it is well worth playing.

Man of Medan is a nice addition to the March Humble Choice.  I am sure for fans of the horror genre, this will be appreciated.

Red Solstice 2 - Survivors

red solstice 2
Metacritic 64% / Steam Mostly Positive

Red Solstice 2 has one of the most dramatic tutorials I’ve ever played.  Tharsis, a Martian colony, is completely overrun by mutant zombies.  Your role is revealed to be Executioner, a genetically enhanced cyborg who must lead soldiers on a suicide mission.  You must activate a solar canon that will fire into the colony, kill millions of people, and even more zombies.

Once you get into the actual game you can see the true games influence, X-Com.  I’ve found the tactical combat and controls to be relatively well designed.  I actually found it easier to control than the original X-Com.

As you level up you unlock more powers and can customize Executioner.  This allows you to decide whether you would rather focus on offense, defense, or healing.  

I enjoy Red Solstice 2, but the mission variety is limited.  Being from someone who started RTS with the original Command and Conquer games, repetitive mission types is not new for me.  That being said, some may lose interest in Red Solstice 2 quicker than others.

I find it to be a solid RTS game, and while not the strongest addition, is still a good addition to the March Humble Choice. 

 

Nebuchadnezzar

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Metacritic 73% / Steam Very Positive

You’d be forgiven if you thought you were looking at a screenshot of one of the Caeser games.  In Nebuchadnezza, you take on the role of building all of the historic cities of ancient Mesopotamia such as Babylon or Nineveh.  

While Nebuchadnezzar is aesthetically similar to Caeser III or some of the older Age of Empires games, it plays very different.  As your game expands you there are so many things to manage and micro-manage it is unreal.  It actually reminds me of Computer Tycoon in that sense.

If you enjoy city builders, you might enjoy Nebuchadnezzar, it really depends on how much detail you like in running your cities.  I personally find it to be a great game, and the city running aspect I find even more detailed than the Anno games.

Nebuchadnezzar is a nice little addition to the March Humble Choice, but it may not be for everybody.

Police Stories

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Metacritic 75% / Steam Very Positive

Police Stories is a top-down tactical swat shooter, that to my surprise, contains story elements as well.  

I have a love/hate relationship with Police Stories.  While the game is fun, you end up playing through the same missions a lot, and it can feel repetitive.  It is easy to see why they implemented this mechanic in the game, but it can feel like it drags a bit as well.

Let me explain that a bit more.  The game runs on a points system.  If you complete a level, but do not have enough points to start the next level, you have to replay levels to get enough points.  The concept makes sense, but also sometimes makes the game progression feel stagnant.

This is also a game you will want to play with a friend.  While you can play with an AI partner, it doesn’t always lead to the best results.  The AI partner is a little bit dumb and doesn’t always make the best decisions.  This can lead to you replaying levels a lot more often than if you play with a friend.

While I’ve pointed out a lot of grievances, Police Stories is not a bad game, especially if playing with a friend.  It has a nice little storyline, and the gameplay is fun overall.  

Police Stories is a good indie addition to the March Humble Choice.

Evan's Remains

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Metacritic 75% / Steam Very Positive

Evan’s Remains is a mystery puzzle platformer.  It manages to accomplish what I rarely see in Puzzle platformers, and that is the story is more prominent than the platforming.  Evan’s remains combined a visual novel with puzzle platforming and managed to keep each genre separate at the same time.

You play as Dysis.  As the game begins, you show up on a mystery island looking for a missing genius named Evan.  That is all you know in the beginning, but as you proceed the narrative becomes much more complex.

The game is well paced and always gives you more questions you want answered.  It is a shot game (about 3 hours) but very satisfying and well worth playing.

There are always a couple of Indie Gems in Humble Choice Bundles.  Evan’s Remains was an excellent choice to include in the March Humble Choice.

Final Notes on the March Humble Choice

The March Humble Choice Package is actually a much stronger package than I’ve seen in the last couple of months.  It looks like Humble Bundle has gotten back to their roots a little bit with the March Humble Choice.  As a whole, I would recommend 7 out of 8 games in this package.  The March Humble Choice receives a 4.6/5 rating, the highest rating of a Humble Choice bundle this year.

Should You Get Humble Choice?

I love Humble Choice, and while I find it good it is not for everyone.  Humble Choice is great for those that:

 Enjoy trying new games at a low price

Like to collect multiple games

Enjoy getting surprise games to play every money

 

If you are someone who only plays a few games and likes to stick with the same games regularly, Humble Choice is probably not a good choice for you.  

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Anyone who signs up for Humble Choice or purchases something from Humble Bundle using our link, a portion of that sale will get donated to Heart of Ukraine Ministries to help support the Ukraine nation in this time of need.

 

I have been a Humble Choice member on and off for years and highly enjoy it.  The only downside is sometimes I get more games than I can actually play.  For only $12 you get eight games a month and at least a few of those tend to be great games and huge money savers.

 

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Dink has been gaming since 1980 and building computers since 1988. He is a large fan of Looter Shooters and narrative story driven games. Dink started the dinksdirtcheapgaming.com blog in 2021 to help make PC gaming more affordable for everyone.