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weirdfish Apr 6, 2018 @ 11:14am
Humble Monthly: May 2018 - unlocked on 04/05/2018
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  • Early unlocks:
    • Dead Rising 4 (store)
      Rating: 50%; Reviews: 1,791; Bundled: Never; Metacritic: 74%.
      Released: 14/3/2017. Has: {Cards}[] {DLC: 9}
      Full price: $39.99, £32.99, €39.99. Historic low: €15.95 (60% off).
      Notes: Incorporates 3rd-party DRM: Denuvo Anti-tamper
      Dead Rising 4 marks the return of photojournalist Frank West in an all-new chapter of one of the most popular zombie game franchises of all time. With an unmatched level of weapon and character customization, ambitious new features including new zombie classes and EXO Suits, Dead Rising 4 delivers a heart-pounding experience as players...
    • Kerbal Space Program (store)
      Rating: 94%; Reviews: 47,570; Bundled: Never; Metacritic: 88%, RPS WIT.
      Released: 27/4/2015. Has: {Cards}[] {DLC: 1}
      Full price: $39.99, £29.99, €39.99. Historic low: €13.02 (67% off).
      Kerbal Space Program 1.4: Away with Words MK-II is now available.Including the total localization of the game in four more languages: French, German, Italian and Portuguese-Brazilian. As well as a broad range of improvements, new Kerbal Personal Parachutes, and more! Conquering Space Was Never This Easy!
    • RUINER (store)
      Rating: 90%; Reviews: 2,965; Bundled: Never; Metacritic: 75%.
      Released: 26/9/2017. Has: {Cards}[] {DLC: 1}
      Full price: $19.99, £14.99, €19.99. Historic low: €9.99 (50% off).
      RUINER is a brutal action shooter set in the year 2091 in the cyber metropolis Rengkok. A wired sociopath lashes out against a corrupt system to uncover the truth and retrieve his kidnapped brother under the guidance of a secretive hacker friend.
  • Second stage reveals:
    • Moon Hunters (store)
      Rating: 78%; Reviews: 1,320; Bundled: Never; Metacritic: 62%.
      Released: 10/3/2016. Has: {Cards}[] {DLC: 1}
      Full price: $14.99, £9.99, €14.99. Historic low: €5.79 (61% off).
      Play alone or with friends! A co-op personality test about exploring an ancient, occult world in 5 days. How will you be remembered?
    • Crazy Machines 3 (store)
      Rating: 96%; Reviews: 899; Bundled: Never; Metacritic: 71%.
      Released: 18/10/2016. Has: {Cards}[]
      Full price (Estimated): $19.95, £15.95, €19.95. Historic low: €3.99 (80% off).
      Crazy Machines 3 is the latest, greatest, most amazing and craziest part of the series and fascinates once more with physic-based puzzles. Build your own crazy machines and share your awesomeness across the world thanks to the Steam Workshop.
    • Jalopy (store)
      Rating: 82%; Reviews: 3,308; Bundled: Never.
      Released: 28/3/2018. Has: {DLC: 1}
      Full price: $14.99, £10.99, €14.99. Historic low: €4.53 (70% off).
      Build, repair, refuel and drive a dilapidated old car on a grand journey through the territories of the former Eastern bloc.
  • Unlock day reveals:
      Rating: 88%; Reviews: 4,565; Bundled: Never; Metacritic: 78%.
      Released: 2/4/2015. Has: {Cards}[] {DLC: 1} {Demo}
      Full price: $14.99, £10.99, €14.99. Historic low: €5.99 (60% off).
      RUNNING WITH RIFLES is a top-down tactical shooter with open world RPG elements. In RWR, you join the ranks of an army as a common soldier, just like the thousands around you.
    • NBA Playgrounds (store)
      Rating: 74%; Reviews: 830; Bundled: Never; Metacritic: 67%.
      Released: 9/5/2017. Has: {DLC: 2}
      Full price: $19.99, £14.99, €19.99. Historic low: €3.95 (80% off).
      Classic NBA arcade action is back! Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying 2-on-2 basketball action. Practice your skills offline, play with up to three others and take your talents online to posterize your opponents with acrobatic jams and ridiculous displays of skill.
Last edited by weirdfish; May 4, 2018 @ 10:53am
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Aerothorn Apr 6, 2018 @ 1:45pm 
And I just traded for Kerbal recently, too! So it goes.

Also, ouch, that 50% rating on Dead Rising 4. Something tells me Humble won't highlight that.
weirdfish Apr 7, 2018 @ 5:01pm 
Off the top of my mind, don't they only do ratings for regular bundles?
Last edited by weirdfish; Apr 8, 2018 @ 12:02pm
Aerothorn Apr 7, 2018 @ 10:33pm 
I think you're right, but it's weird - either you say "we curate based on our taste, steam ratings don't matter" or "you should buy this game because it has high steam rating."

I am quite confident that when Humble Monthly first launched, it made a big deal about featuring 'highly rated' games.
weirdfish Apr 8, 2018 @ 1:03pm 
What I think was the original expression, can be found at the top of this thread:

"Humble's subscription service delivers each month a highly-curated bundle of games."

"Highly-curated" means, to me, carefully or thoughtfully chosen, that doesn't prevent including a game that has an unappealing rating, if you think there are good reasons.

Also, I noticed Humble started showing ratings in their pages after other bundlers (such as IndieGala, which I believe may have been the first, and probably Fanatical) did so, but still won't parade ratings as visibly as others.

IIRC, that change was brought about by some bundles that were called "Very Positive".

But, certainly, high quality in selections is (or for some used to be) something people simply associated with Humble.

So with that said, they have featured games with low ratings as Monthly headliners before. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided certainly didn't have a great Steam score (67% at the time), nor Dawn of War III (50%), or H1Z1 (63%), just to name three from memory.

(note: my listings are generally refreshed when the reveals unlock, so the ratings shown there may be actively affected by the game being in the bundle, as well as other events that occurred in the meanwhile)

Whether those scores were deserved or not, and why, is also very relevant IMO: it's hardly uncommon for games to be punished hard for some perceived, or overstated, slight to their audience.

For DR4 my understanding is that the score is also affected by technical issues.

Whatever the specifics, certain headlining choices may also be motivated by the Monthly making the game significantly cheaper than even sales, this may trigger purchases from a crowd that would otherwise regard the game as not good enough to spend that much money for, but still retains sufficient interest to be willing to try it for themselves, if given a low-cost option.

DR4's low, for instance, was "only" €16, more than this whole bundle.

Others speculate that Humble may also include "expensive" games (though DR4's current full price is €40 not €60) to inflate the bundle's advertised or perceived monetary value, and even that may play a minor role, IMO it's an oversimplified and pessimistic view.

But, I am aware there is a certain part audience that still operates under the notion that indie, or at least not massively advertised or well-known franchise = worthless crap.

That could be a realistic concern for Humble, the aim being keeping people subscribed.

One of the reasons behind increasing the number of visible unlocks, may also be that they need to keep a balance of satisfaction between indie and non-indie crowds in order to keep the number of subscriptions stable, as I assume, for a significant portion of the audience, an unsubscribed customer may be harder and more costly to bring back.

Bundle habitues and deal hunters may behave very differently, by actively switching between the various subscription states on a frequent basis - but I would guess a frequently active behavior pattern is minoritarian, even among that specific crowd.

If nothing else, because it requires a certain effort and time investment that may be regarded as not warranted, given the low cost of the subscription.

WHOA. Look how much I typed. I'm in a decent amount of pain right now, so I may be procrastinating the duties I must attend to, still.
Last edited by weirdfish; Apr 8, 2018 @ 1:07pm
Aerothorn Apr 8, 2018 @ 4:47pm 
Oh, I agree that it's totally legit to curate low-rated games, I just remember the early monthlies being like "all games with VERY POSTIVE ratings on Steam" and whatnot. I just don't think they've been consistent with their marketing. But I may be misremembering!
weirdfish Apr 20, 2018 @ 10:53am 
The next Humble Monthly will also have Moon Hunters, Crazy Machines 3, and Jalopy. Updating later.
Aerothorn Apr 21, 2018 @ 10:59pm 
Well, now I'm just confused. Doesn't revealing all six (or six of seven) games kind of destroy the distinction between Humble Monthly and any other humble bundle? I can only guess they are doing some A/B testing here.

I look forward to trading for Jalopy, though.
weirdfish Apr 22, 2018 @ 12:57pm 
Another interpretation is sales below expectations. If that's the case, it's kind of sad, $12 is a pittance for all those games.

The only reason I'm staying paused is that my gaming time has been absorbed almost entirely by HotS, so there's not much point in accumulating too many games.
Aerothorn Apr 22, 2018 @ 6:07pm 
I think a lot of people are in the same boat as you - spending all their time on a single 'games as a service' game - and as a result bundles as a whole are probably suffering.
weirdfish Apr 23, 2018 @ 7:22am 
It's a comfort food game, too, I can play when I'm tired, in small chunks, as a "casual", without having to constantly decode a new game all over again.

It's not entirely healthy, though, and I have to re-assess my behavioral patterns.
weirdfish May 4, 2018 @ 10:53am 
Fully unlocked: Running with Rifles, NBA Playgrounds and Knight Club (Humble Original).
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