I don’t post too many Humble Bundles, but this Star Wars one looks pretty damn awesome. If it were not for the fact that I already have most of these, and have played them to death, I’d be picking this one up, myself. That said, let’s take a look at some of the titles in this little selection.
There are four flight sims in the bundle at the time of writing, with the possibility of more being added at a later date. These are X-Wing Special Addition, TIE Fighter Special Edition, X-Wing vs TIE Fighter and X-Wing Alliance. Tie Fighter was always a particularly beloved game among Star Wars fans, and is a big draw in this bundle. It has a good storyline to go along with the solid gameplay. These games deal with one of the most iconic elements of the Star Wars franchise – the dogfights between starfighters.
The titles are, like all titles in this bundle, a bit dated, but can easily be named as classics.
There are three strategy titles in the bundle, all of which I have played extensively and have adored. Star Wars: Rebellion, Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds and Star Wars: Empire at War are the three games. Star Wars: Rebellion (Supremacy in Europe) is a detailed 4X game that I have played extensively over the years. The grand strategy of the universal map is amazing, and the management of ships and characters is excellent. The battles are quite disappointing, with terrible space battles and no ground battles, but I tend to allow these to auto-resolve.
Star Wars: Empire at War has a better combat system, with decent ground battles and excellent space battles. The grand strategy element is not as strong as in Rebellion, with fewer characters and planets to manage, but it’s still good. The expansion, also included in this deal, opens up a crime syndicate as a third faction, adding a corruption system to the game. Great stuff.
The third and final (at the moment) strategy title in this game is Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds. This is basically a re-skin of Age of Empires 2, replacing historical units with Wookies and Gungans and Stormtroopers (oh my!). If you liked Age of Empires 2 and love Star Wars, this is a great game for you. It covers the original trilogy and the first two prequels (with the expansion).
The bundle includes the two highly acclaimed RPGs in the Knights of the Old Republic series. I actually have these sitting in my pile of shame and need to get around to playing them. They are particularly lauded for their rich stories, excellent characters and good gameplay systems. I could relay the points made in countless reviews and commentaries, but I can’t speak from personal experience, so I’ll leave it at just expressing my desire to really get my teeth into these games.
Finally, the bundle includes Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Lego Star Wars was the first title in the now-extensive Lego series of games. It is a light-hearted and comical look at the Star Wars saga, with great 3D platforming gameplay. The many hidden secrets and easter eggs, along with the huge number of unlockable characters, gives this game a lot of replayability. It’s also a fun game to play on multiplayer. A great title, and the only one I would still class as ‘modern’ in this bundle.
The bundle contains a lot of good games but, with the exception of Lego Star Wars, they are all quite old and, in many cases, outdated. If you’re looking for newer, flashy titles, this is not for you, but if you love Star Wars and want to play some classic games, then you should snap this up over at Humble Bundle. The two charities that benefit from this bundle are Star Wars: Force for change and the US fund for UNICEF.