Square Enix, following in the footsteps of other publishers like 2K and THQ, is offering their own Humble Bundle. Gamers can get 16 full titles for a price of their choosing.
The Humble Square Enix Bundle includes some recent releases like assassination game Hitman: Absolution, open-world sandbox Just Cause 2 and stealthy shooter Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut. They're joined by old classics like Thief Gold and Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition. They're all games I'd pay full price for so getting them at a steep discount seems like overkill.
Square Enix also threw in some deep cuts. Maybe the most surprising game in the bundle is Anachronox. Anachronox is a sci-fi RPG with combat modeled after JRPG's like Chrono Trigger. It didn't sell well back in 2001 but it's a hilarious, inventive addition to the genre. It's well worth the $1 you'll need to spend to get it in this bundle.
Actually, scratch that: the most surprising title in the bundle is Daikatana. Like Anachronox, Daikatana was an Ion Storm Dallas that flopped. The difference, though, is that Daikatana wasn't all that great. It was billed as the next big shooter from Doom and Quake designer John Romero but fell well short of the expectations set by those other games. It's considered one of the most disappointing games of all time. You probably won't enjoy Daikatana, but playing it will at least let you understand the hate.
While you can get the bundle just by paying $1 or more, you'll get more games if you spend more money. Here's a full-breakdown of the different tiers:
Pay $1 or more:
Additional games will be added to the bundle soon. I imagine that Square Enix will throw in a Tomb Raider game or two. Or maybe they'll give us the Legacy of Kain series. These new additions should be announced in about a week. Gamers who buy the bundle this week will get keys for these extra games after they're revealed. In other words, you're not getting screwed by purchasing the bundle early.
Unlike some Humble Bundles, the Humble Square Enix Bundle doesn't provide you with DRM-free copies. Instead, you'll be getting Steam keys for each game. Also, Hitman: Absolution and Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut appear to be the only ones with Mac versions. All of the other titles are PC only. To make sure your rig can run each game, check out the bundle's system requirements page.
The Humble Square Enix Bundle will be on sale for the next two weeks. It'll disappear from HumbleBundle.com on August 5th at 11 AM PDT.