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Humble Monthly November 2019 Early Unlocks: Call of Duty: WWII, Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy, Spyro Reignited Trilogy

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  1. [8]
    kfwyre
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    I know in a recent post there was talk about possibly having a game deals section of Tildes. I love them, but have hesitated to post them since I didn't want to flood the site with what are...

    I know in a recent post there was talk about possibly having a game deals section of Tildes. I love them, but have hesitated to post them since I didn't want to flood the site with what are essentially ads.

    That said, I thought this one was too good to pass up, and I simply have to share. The early unlocks for the Humble Monthly subscription are:

    • Call of Duty: WWII
    • Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy
    • Spyro Reignited Trilogy

    The subscription costs $12 USD, which means that these three early games are an incredibly great value. Spyro alone has only been out on PC for a month, and the other two have yet to go on steep discount. I have no interest whatsoever in the CoD game, but getting Crash and Spyro for $12 is downright heavenly. I've had both on my wishlist for a while and have been waiting out price drops on them, but I wasn't expecting something nearly this great, or this soon.

    For those unfamiliar with Humble Monthly, it's effectively a "blind buy" of a set of games, once a month. They will reveal a few "early unlocks" to entice you, with the rest of the games in the set being unveiled on the first Friday of the month. You have to buy in before the full game set is revealed to get the games for that month.

    Some people stay subscribed, some people pause and unpause their subscriptions based on their interest in the early unlocks for the month, and some people will only buy one particular month should it interest them. Unlike other game subscription services, you get to keep your games even if you unsubscribe (they get delivered as permanent Steam keys).

    In case anyone is interested, I will take full credit for the stunning quality of this bundle, as I fully believe it is the Lord testing me. Just yesterday I publicly committed to a full month of only playing randomly selected games from my library, and then, less than 24 hours later, someone had to go and release on steep discount two of my most-desired games -- remasters of beloved titles that I played over and over again when I was younger and that I've been dying to revisit. For perspective: I've 120% completed the original Spyro the Dragon game on original PSX hardware, PSP, and an emulator! Will I wait out the month and stick to my original plan, or will I fire up Spyro immediately following this post? We shall see...


    Humble Monthly does have a referral reward system that I am explicitly not using because I hate referral reward systems. I get nothing from that link or this post, and I am sharing this simply because I love a good deal, as well as Crash and Spyro.

    8 votes
    1. [6]
      Deimos
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      Ha, I just hit submit on this one and got the warning about it being already posted 1 minute ago. I had written: Insanely great deal, and I'm looking forward to re-playing the Spyro games soon.

      Ha, I just hit submit on this one and got the warning about it being already posted 1 minute ago. I had written:

      I don't usually post game deals or Humble Monthly, but this is an exceptionally good one (if you're interested in reliving the PlayStation days, anyway), without even knowing what the eventual unlocks will be on top of this. Spyro only came out on PC a month ago and hasn't even been on sale anywhere yet, and this would already be 70% off for it alone, without even including the other two games.

      Insanely great deal, and I'm looking forward to re-playing the Spyro games soon.

      6 votes
      1. [5]
        cfabbro
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        Not gaming related, but the Humble Software Bundle is really amazing right now too. Corel Paintshop Pro Ultimate, Painter 2019, ParticleShop, Pinnacle Studio 23 Ultimate, PhotoMirage, a bunch of...

        Insanely great deal...

        Not gaming related, but the Humble Software Bundle is really amazing right now too. Corel Paintshop Pro Ultimate, Painter 2019, ParticleShop, Pinnacle Studio 23 Ultimate, PhotoMirage, a bunch of other extensions/plugins/apps (Painter Essentials 6, AfterShot 3, GRFX Studio, PhotoMirage Express, Parallels Toolbox) and brush packs, and a 1 year sub of Gravit Designer Pro, all for just $25.

        I recently cancelled my Adobe CC subscription but was dreading having to go back to GIMP and various other comparable apps, so at that price I couldn't resist giving Corel a try first. I haven't used a Corel product since the early 90s, but this 2019 version of their suite actually looks pretty decent.

        3 votes
        1. [4]
          Akir
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          It's a really weird bundle, IMHO. The lowest tier is basically just brushes and a toy that makes effects, while the top tier includes a second program that appears to be similar to one in the...

          It's a really weird bundle, IMHO. The lowest tier is basically just brushes and a toy that makes effects, while the top tier includes a second program that appears to be similar to one in the middle tier (they really need something better than a blurb and a video for these things) and a video editing program which doesn't fit the theme. And the video editor is actually a really good one too. In fact, I would venture to guess the reason why the average price is so high is actually because everyone wants Pinnacle.

          As is the case with most Humble Software or Books bundle, it should be noted that the versions on offer are tend to be either the previous versions or current versions that are just about to be replaced. The current version of Painter, for instance is 20/20 (my current winner for worst version number).

          But that makes the inclusion of Pinnacle Studio even more vexing, because it looks like it just came out a few months ago!

          2 votes
          1. [3]
            cfabbro
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            I only installed them all a few hours ago, haven't had too much time to play around with them yet, and so could be wrong here... but from what I know/can tell so far: Painter is mostly geared...

            while the top tier includes a second program that appears to be similar to one in the middle tier

            I only installed them all a few hours ago, haven't had too much time to play around with them yet, and so could be wrong here... but from what I know/can tell so far:

            Painter is mostly geared towards digital painting.
            PaintShop is primarily for image editing.
            Gravit Designer is a vector art SaaS program.

            And I assume that while, much like the Adobe CC suite, there is quite a bit of crossover between them all in terms of functionality, they are all designed for slightly different purposes and so they are better suited to those tasks than the others.

            It's a really weird bundle, IMHO

            IMO, not really, as anyone familiar with Adobe CC should instantly recognize the parallels between that suite of software and this bundle. Painter + PaintShop = Adobe Photoshop, Gravit = Adobe Illustrator, and Pinnacle = Adobe Premier.

            2 votes
            1. [2]
              Akir
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              I actually looked it up shortly after writing that. I was actually surprised to hear that PaintShop was JASC PaintShop. I guess the Corell name had thrown me off. You should post some of your art...

              I actually looked it up shortly after writing that. I was actually surprised to hear that PaintShop was JASC PaintShop. I guess the Corell name had thrown me off.

              You should post some of your art sometime. 😁

              2 votes
              1. cfabbro
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                I only know the Corel name from having used Corel DRAW way back in the long, long ago, when modems still made insane noises while connecting and were measured in bauds. So I was similarly...

                I only know the Corel name from having used Corel DRAW way back in the long, long ago, when modems still made insane noises while connecting and were measured in bauds. So I was similarly surprised with the contents of this bundle... especially since I honestly didn't even realize that Corel was still in business. :P

                You should post some of your art sometime.

                Unfortunately these days my use of digital art/image editing software is solely in service to my web design work, and I haven't drawn anything (traditional or digital) purely for pleasure in 10+ years, so don't really have anything worth sharing anymore. :(

                1 vote
    2. kfwyre
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      The verdict is in: I am a delighted, nostalgia-filled liar. The remaster is great and, even better, it runs flawlessly on Linux through Proton. The only issue is that cutscenes don't work out of...

      The verdict is in: I am a delighted, nostalgia-filled liar.

      The remaster is great and, even better, it runs flawlessly on Linux through Proton. The only issue is that cutscenes don't work out of the box, but I followed the steps recommended by users on the game's ProtonDB page and then they displayed just fine.

      I can't say how good the game would be to a fresh audience that never played the original, but as someone who loved the original, the remaster is fantastic.

      3 votes