Humble Games‘ monthly bundle, Humble Choice, is a great way for PC gamers to add to their libraries for a low cost while also supporting a great cause. Depending on what tier you subscribe to, you can gain access to up to 12 games per month or choose from the carefully curated lineup ranging from hidden-gem indies to AAA titles. Plus, you’ll be able to keep these games permanently, even if you cancel your subscription.
This month’s options is particularly exciting, as it includes some big name titles and franchises, including one of the most acclaimed games of 2019. Here’s what you should know about March’s lineup, which will be available starting on March 2.
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Remedy Entertainment’s third-person action shooter has become more widely available since its initial August 2019 launch. After being added to Xbox Game Pass and offered to PlayStation Plus subscribers in recent months, Control will likely be March’s most exciting Humble Choice offering for many gamers. A technically impressive game, it combines physics with environmental effects and supernatural abilities to tell the story of Jesse Faden, the new director of the Federal Bureau of Control. The organization studies Altered World Events, and Faden finds herself fighting something called Hiss while searching for her missing brother.
XCOM: Chimera Squad
The latest game in the sci-fi strategy series, XCOM: Chimera Squad is another exciting inclusion this month. This turn-based tactics game is a spin-off to the main series that picks up after XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. While its gameplay is very much in line with other XCOM games, it does place an emphasis on unique squadmates and their individual personalities. Players control a squad of 11 alien and humans, each of whom has character-specific abilities rather than a general class. Between battles, players also manage the squad’s other activities, which further develop the game’s world and the unrest in each district.
A sci-fi/fantasy action-RPG, ELEX stands for Eclectic, Lavish, Exhilarating, Xenial. In-game, this refers to a powerful resources that gives individuals magical powers — but at the cost of their emotions. The game’s story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world influenced by both futuristic and medieval aesthetics that is split into several factions. Protagonist Jax joins the war over Elex, which offers complex moral choices between humaneness and logic.
Kingdom Two Crowns
Kingdom Two Crowns combines a side-scrolling strategy game with a resource management title and pixel art. In it, you play as a monarch who must recruit their subjects and build their kingdom while protecting it from the Greed. Monarchs will have to explore the world, find new mounts and uncover secrets. In addition to this traditional single-player experience, there’s also a co-op mode that allows two players to work together.
WWE 2K Battlegrounds
Instead of releasing a WWE 2K21 last year following the controversial WWE 2K20, 2K instead made WWE 2K Battlegrounds. Unlike the realistic wrestling simulation of the typical annual sport titles, Battlegrounds is an arcade wrestling title that is cartoony in every aspect, from its art style to its exaggerated matches and moves. It also boast a huge lineup of wrestlers, from current superstars to past legends.
This arcade-style racing game launched last year to positive reviews. Hotshot Racing combines a simple, bright, retro art style with smooth modern controls and high-speed thrills. The game also provides a bunch on modes to enjoy in single or multiplayer (supporting up to eight racers at a time), as well as 16 racing circuits in a variety of colorful environments.
Peaky Blinders: Mastermind
Fans of the British crime drama Peaky Blinders will want to check out Mastermind, a puzzle-adventure game based on the series. Mastermind is set just before the events of the first season, and allows players to join the Shelby crime family in the aftermath of World War I. Players will get to control various characters, including Tommy, Arthur and Polly, but the title is a reference to Tommy’s ability to visualize and plan complicated scenarios, reseting and fine-tuning actions until each puzzle is strategically and stealthily completed.
This is a fast-paced 3D platformer perfect for fans of intense parkour action and the neon, retrowave aesthetic. In Cyber Hook, players will scale walls using parkour skills and a grappling hook to avoid falling to their death. They’ll also need to use a laser gun to blast through enemies and obstacles. Cyber Hook launched last fall with over 70 levels, and if that wasn’t enough, the game also has post-game challenges that provide additional movement options.
A visual novel set in the world of the infamous web comic Homestuck, Pesterquest is a episodic tale that takes audience on “a quest of epic importance.” Over the course of 14 volumes, you’ll be zapped between Earth and Alternia, meeting and reconnecting with up to 20 friends along the way. Pesterquest takes fans even deeper into Homestuck lore, making it a great choice for those who can’t get enough of this darkly comedic world.
Wildfire is a unique 2D stealth game that’s all about manipulating the elements and using magic to solve puzzles in a world of gorgeous pixel art. Players will need to get through forests, caverns and mountain while using their special abilities to locate and free other villagers and guide them home. It provides players with various options for confronting obstacles in their own way, telling a compelling coming-of-age story in the process. Wildfire can also be enjoyed with a friend in co-op.
Currently in early access, Boreal Blade is a team-based melee fighting game that allows players to fight one another using one of four distinct fighting styles. Adding another layer of strategy is the game’s three armor classes, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Players can even throw items during fights, combining tactics and reactionary gameplay and letting players develop their own strategies and styles. Boreal Blade‘s Nordic mythology-inspired world and customizable warriors also make it a compelling option for fans of action and fighting games.
Ageless is a story-driven puzzle platformer that tells the story of Kiara, a young girl exploring a mythical and magical world while dealing with loss and loneliness. Kiara has the unique ability to control the ages of plants and animals, a power given to her by a mysterious obelisk. She must use her nature-defying powers to manipulate her various environments; for example, she may speed up a plant’s growth to help her reach a platform. On her journey, Kiara will also need to decide if she will use her powers to run from her demons or confront them.
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