After last months’ strong showing from the Humble Monthly Bundle, I wasn’t sure what to expect for November 2019, but Humble has come back with a very strong showing. This month there is three Early Unlocks, Call of Duty: World War II, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Let’s take a look at all of these games.
Call of Duty: World War II: Call of Duty World War II is the Call of Duty game from 2017. It’s a perfect example of the series, containing a sizable single player game, a multiplayer community that appears to still be strong, and a version of the Zombies which has become a staple in the series.
As a game, Call of Duty: World War II is decent, though doesn’t really stand out from the yearly titles of Call of Duty. The single player has good scenes, and while Josh Duhamel is a good actor, the story is weak. It tries to tell a version of Heart of Darkness, but that story doesn’t work as well in World War II and feels a bit disrespectful.
The multiplayer in World War II is well done, and still fun, though there are microtransactions all over it, which is a shame. The Zombie mode has a strong story and is fun for a couple rounds.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy: This is perhaps the most interesting title in the Humble Monthly Bundle for this month. Spyro Reiginited Trilogy only released at the beginning of September, so being only a month old. I was a huge fan of this trilogy at full price, reviewing the game before I realized it was in the bundle and at a discounted price, it’s an even better deal.
Spyro Reignited is a throw back to the original Playstation era of gaming, though this is one of the first attempts to platforming and collect-a-thons, and I think Insomniac Games nailed all three games in this trilogy.
In addition, Toys for Bob brought these games up to what is expected in 2019, and they are even more impressive than the original versions of the game. It’s a great game for fans of the series, but I think fans who never played a Spyro game will still get a huge kick out of these.
Note: some fans have noticed issues while playing the game, I did not, otherwise I would mention it in my review. I’ve heard there’s some issues regarding framerate, but I’m unable to verify that independently.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: Crash Bandicoot’s trilogy is similar to Spyro’s. Once again with have one of the unofficial mascots for the original Playstation on display. It contains the original three games, and was also created by a massive name in gaming now, Naughty Dog.
At the same time, Crash is a bit weaker than Spyro. There’s more bugs, a different collision, and where Spyro seemed to revolve around the pure fun of the experience, Crash seems to be showing off the technical prowess of the developer, but the game itself feels a bit outdated, even with improved graphics.
It’s not that I hated Crash, both of the trilogies are extremely good for what they are, but Spyro is just a touch better in a few ways, and Crash is more frustrating to the player. Still both of these games are worth picking up for new fans or old.
So how is this month’s Bundle? I wasn’t lying before that I think this might be the strongest yet. It’s three fantastic games, any of them would be worth 12 dollars. While World War II is the oldest, it regularly is on sale for only 25 bucks. Spyro and Crash are going for 40 dollars, and to me it was an easy purchase.
I really struggle to think of a better month than this, and while one might exist, this is still one of the tops of all time. The selection is solid, the games are fun, and they will keep you entertained for close to the entire month with out trouble. There’s really no question this month. This is a
At the same time, I try not to get into too much politics on this site, but I can tell you that this bundle is a collection of Activision games, with the current Blizzard boycott going on, this might be something many people want to boycott, but personally, I think this was a solid bundle and you’ll probably never see all three games here available for 12 bucks.
In addition, I didn’t have time to add this to my video review, but there is an upcoming change to the Humble Monthly Bundle, called Humble Choice. I have many questions about that, so I’m not sure how these reviews will go in the future, but that’s something I’m keeping an eye on, I’ll try to dive deeper into that in the near future.
If you are interested in this month’s Humble Monthly Bundle, here’s a link.
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Until then, thanks for reading.