Published on December 8th, 2012 | by Ryan Hillis1
EDM’s Game Of The Year Awards: Best Bundle
Welcome to another day of Eject Disk Magazine’s Game of the Year Awards! As per usual, we’re doing this a little differently than normal by letting you, the reader, help decide who takes home the prize. Over the next couple of weeks, EDM will be bringing you a specific category each day, allowing each of you the opportunity to vote for the pre-selected “finalist” for the following day’s winner. All you have to do is simply look over the finalists and comment on who you would like to see win. Now that the formalities have been handled, let’s check out who our big winners are today!
CATEGORY: Best Bundle
Every year, industry developers do anything they can to help bring their games to a broader audience. For independent studios, this usually means getting together with other developers and releasing your games in bundles. For big studios and publishers, it simply involves taking older, more popular franchises and reissuing them out into the wild with slightly updated graphics and trophy/achievement support. This year was no exception: we saw major publishers release popular franchise combinations such as Devil May Cry HD Collection and God of War Saga. We also saw independent developers release amazing bundles much like The Humble Indie Bundle 5. So which bundles were among the best this year?
2nd Runner Up: God of War Saga
If you have never played a God of War game, here is your bundle. It includes God of War, God of War 2, God of War 3, Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta, as well as additional bonus content. If you were to play each game on its originally intended platform, you would need to own three different consoles, but with the Saga collection, you need only a PlayStation 3. Each of these games is fantastic, and never has a retail release bundle packed so many amazing titles into one small case. For fans of the series, (or those who have yet to try it) God of War Saga is a must-buy.
1st Runner Up: Humble THQ Bundle
Just a few weeks ago, a financially failing THQ announced that it had teamed with Humble Bundle to create a bundle that has broken records. As of this writing, the Humble THQ Bundle has sold 726,000 copies to the tune of just over four million dollars, yikes! The unprecedented bundle includea Red Faction: Armageddon, Darksiders, Metro 2033, and the complete Company of Heroes. If you pay more than the average, you can also land Saints Row: The Third and Titan Quest. Not a bad deal for about seven bucks. You can still purchase the bundle at the Humble Bundle website.
Winner: Humble Indie Bundle 5
The bundle of the year clearly belongs to the Humble Indie Bundle 5. The games were second to none among independent developers. Titles such as Braid, Limbo, Sword & Sorcery EP, Psychonauts, Amniesia: Dark Descent, Bastion, Lone Survivor and Super Meat Boy were all critically acclaimed, and the price tag wasn’t too shabby either – about seven dollars. You can no longer get this bundle, but if you did, you helped it raise over five million dollars. With that, the Humble Indie Bundle 5 wins Eject Disk Magazines Best Bundle of 2012!
Now that we have finished the Best Bundle voting, it is time for our next category!
- Halo 4
- Far Cry 3
- Borderlands 2
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Make sure you vote in the comments below. Tell us your thoughts, should other games be listed? Did you not agree with the selections and want to dispute them in a respectable way whilst exuding only the highest of class? Let us know!