Batman: Arkham Asylum going for $1 via new Humble Bundle

New promotion allows users to pay what they want for Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY, F.E.A.R. 2, F.E.A.R. 3, and LOTR: War in the North.

Humble Bundle and Warner Bros. have partnered up to offer the first-ever Humble WB Games Bundle, allowing gamers to pay what they want for a series of WB-published titles.

Gamers can visit the Humble Bundle website and pay a minimum of $1 for Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition, F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, F.E.A.R. 3, and Lord of the Rings: War in the North.

Those who pay more than the average price will receive newer releases, including Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition and Scribblenauts Unlimited. All games are compatible with PC and can be redeemed via Steam download code.

Similar to past Humble Bundles, purchasers can choose how to allocate their spending. In the case of the Humble WB Games Bundle, gamers can give to the Humble Bundle organization itself, WB Games, or DC Entertainment's charitable effort We Can Be Heroes.

The biggest Humble Bundle to date was this summer's EA Humble Bundle, which brought in over $10.5 million for charities like Human Rights Campaign, Watsi, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, American Cancer Society, and American Red Cross.

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109 comments
Sourav Saha
Sourav Saha

no console match pc cause u can uprade it to maximum possible

kalvinspikes
kalvinspikes

hey does anyone think they could help me out with a key?

i wont be picky

much appreciated

Aleksanian
Aleksanian

Thank digital distribution for these great savings. Was never possible back in the day when games were only physical. Thank you Valve :)

phlail_uk
phlail_uk

I wish I hadn't missed out on the EA humble bundle. I've already played batman and don't really have an interest in the others. Maybe next time they have a bundle going :)

Daian
Daian

Is anybody feeling generous? I don't have a credit card and I really want Arkham City. Life's a drag.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Hmmm too bad I'd have to pay 300 dollars for a video card just to play these PC games.

PASS

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

I honestly don't buy any games anymore. I just wait for them to show up on Humble Bundle and give a decent amount with event splits. Saved a fortune AND helped some charities. Win win. My Steam library is now insanely huge.

Basil Fawlty
Basil Fawlty

scarecrow missions are surreal and fascinating

Sam Scarcello
Sam Scarcello

This is why you can't beat PC gaming. So glad I built one this year. I'll get a next-gen console eventually, but stuff like this make me feel like there's no rush at all.

Paul Pope
Paul Pope

Does anyone know if this will be Mac compatable?!

Heinpienaar123
Heinpienaar123

I recently payed real money for those games :(

Ok, ok, ill get my brother  some copies too.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Already played these games, but still donated :)

Amanda Crane
Amanda Crane

Love it, wonderful choices for the bundle! My husband and I both bought.

Justin Alexander Dunbar
Justin Alexander Dunbar

If anyone has games on it that you already have through STEAM and you don't have any friends...i shall take your unwanted codes...

Zachary Collins
Zachary Collins

Gots mine already. Love Humble Bundle. Get games at a price set by yourself, and money goes to charity and directly to the dev/pub.

jodiejones12
jodiejones12

just bought this bundle, paid 15 bucks, gave must to the charity, wish I could give more

Zloth2
Zloth2

Yow, that's a two week sale!!  (The weekly bundle is mostly Worms and Alien Breed.)

Iranazi
Iranazi

Not gonna lie it really pissed me off, I only bought the Batman games about 2 weeks ago, just to see them bundled today -_- just my luck

theKSMM
theKSMM

I already own all but one of these games, so I guess I'll pass on this bundle.  Too bad I don't have any PC gaming friends who use Steam...

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

Steam sales and Dumble Hundles are 2 of the reasons why I will always be a PC gamer. Consoles are great for just booting up a game and getting straight into the action but I like to have options to tailor games to how I want them. Different resolutions, aspect ratios, field of view, motion blur, depth of field and along with all that, Steam lets you access the community forums, strategy guides and YouTube videos via an in-game web browser while still playing. Automatic updates, news on great deals, a really good friends system which lets you invite people to games with ease. I could probably go on about Steam alone but with a PC, I just love that freedom to customise and tinker. I had to initially save up more money to start off with but if I had counted up all the money I would have saved by buying dirt cheap PC games, it would have most likely have come out far less after a year than if I had a console.

Don't believe the generic misinformed people who say you need $2000 to build a gaming PC and then upgrade after 2 years when that simply isn't true. My $1000 PC has lasted 6 years with only a new $200 graphics card since then and can still play all new games well. The start of next-gen seems to be a good time to build a new one which I'm saving to do.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Best of all no GFWL, unlike when i played it :(

Least minerva's den is free when they Axed GFWL in Bioshock 2, i'll go play that instead xD

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

I alerady have both Arkhams for 360, and don't really care about Scribblenauts or FEAR, but I'll probably get the bundle anyway. It's for a good cause, and I can trade the keys for games I do want

dolchi21
dolchi21

too expensive for me. i'll wait for a PSN discount!

:P


already bought two bundles :)

DrKill09
DrKill09

Steam sales, Humble Bundle, GOG, and to a lesser extent, Origin are why I don't play PS3 anymore.  Sure, you have to pay a bit more for the hardware, but it's far more future proof than consoles, and the cheap cost of games makes it so worth it.

I bought FEAR1 years ago, and now I have 2 and 3 to go with it.  I have Arkham Asylum on PS3, but I may give it away now.

These bundles are awsome, and I always give to charities anyway.

Daian
Daian

U're so full of it, I played the FEAR games and Asylum on a 8800GTS from freakin 2008, it was like 150$ at the time.

cryofax
cryofax

@VenkmanPHD NVidia GTX660 is under $200 and will play all those with max settings at 60fps.

gierek
gierek

@VenkmanPHD  

Dude, my 2 year old GTX 460 runs those games just fine, and you can buy much, much better video card for 200$

timmerous
timmerous

No keys anymore, you link the bundle to your steam account instead. Hopefully this will reduce the number of douches buying these bundles just so they can profit from it later. Like you.

jessie82
jessie82

@DrKill09 yet if you get hacked or banned you basically lose all your steam games :/

Zloth2
Zloth2

@DrKill09 Very awesome bundles!

I don't think the differences between PC and console are all about price, though.  Even if you hand the average console gamer $2000 to spend on a nice, new PC they would probably be happier with one of each type of console and a bunch of games.  Some certainly would but I think most would rather play those games right now than spend the time it takes to figure out just what components are currently the best buy, not to mention the time needed to maintain the PC in the long run.

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

@DrKill09 I don't begrudge you playing on your hardware of choice, but how are PC's more future-proof than consoles? You make a one-time investment between $300-$700 (depending on which gen we're talking about, and when you buy it) that lasts you roughly five years where you can play every game for that system for the entire generation. Imagine I bought a PS3 at launch for $600, and buy a PS4 at launch for $400: That will net me roughly 12 years of gaming for $1000. Can you invest $1000 into your PC and get 12 years out of it? 

Zloth2
Zloth2

@jessie82 @DrKill09 So you don't tell people your password and don't act like a jerk.  It's really very simple.

nomad4ever
nomad4ever

@Zloth2 @DrKill09 $2000 PC ?? you just need a 1000 dollar pc for playing ultra full hd. and only upgrade graphics card after 3 years. Other pc parts will last you for 5-6 years.

But you save a lot in PC game sales. And gaming on PC will not be just cheaper in long run but also games will be played a lot better on PC because of better resolution than consoles, better graphics than consoles, better controls than consoles, free online.

zhunter2807
zhunter2807

@JBStone1981 @DrKill09 Each platform has its own pros and cons, the money you paid for PS4 is not much, but the amount you will pay for console games are much more than on PC because of steam sales, humble bundles, GoG sales, basically new releases on PC are cheaper than console at least $10 each. I assume 100 games in 10 years of PS4 is not much right, it nets $1k in difference for new releases alone, not even counting sales from steam, humble bundles, GoG. That saving will be spent on upgrading new VGA, CPU.

A top tier PC with top of the line hardware will offer the best gaming experiences that you'll never have, for example, triple monitors nVidia 3D surround vision, or 6 monitors EyeFinity on AMD, have you ever heard and tried it yet? I bet you haven't huh. Also, having a PC will is a must for general purposes, browsing, surfing, working, blah blah. And the most importance it's always the "NEXT-GEN".

On the other hand, consoles offer unique and exclusive games, that's the ONLY reason that people are buying consoles for, I own every console of this gen for this purpose too. But I don't deny the pros and versatility of having a powerful gaming PC.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@JBStone1981 @DrKill09 No console lasts that long, yes if you scale it down to low settings at the end of the cycle just like consoles a similar PC will start to slack in performance, no different other than slightly better optimisation on consoles, until Mantle arrives at least, not a fair comparison, different times and a different exponential increase in power as new PC components come out, consoles are already years out of date before being released and are not future proof but games are held back by their static technology.

The price myth was busted ages ago:

PC = Subsidised Software with no monthly subscription fees

Console = Subsidised Hardware with monthly subscription fees

Saidrex
Saidrex

@JBStone1981 @DrKill09 You forgot to count in a PC you are using for internet to those console expenses. Hardware is expensive, but it's worth it, because consoles were and are few years behind, they run on older and cheaper hardware. Low game prices will make up for hardware price and even out both console and PC gaming expenses. Yet, PC gives you more freedom and possibilities. It's actually matter of preference and i don't care who is playing on what, i just hate fanboys from both platforms. =)))

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

@timmerousOk, when I say all this, I mean after the deal is over. Why would anyone trade when they can get the game for as little as $1 and for a good cause? I gave them $5 which means I have an extra copy of Arkham City but I'm either going to gift it or if no-one wants it, trade it. Theres no point in me keeping an extra copy when I can trade it for something I do want. Nothing wrong with that.

"Also why would you purchase something you dont want to trade for something you do want if you could get what you did want for the same price?"

Thats why I gave an example where they were NOT the same price. 

timmerous
timmerous

So you think WB are happy that there are a bunch of people trading their keys they were kind enough to allow to be used for charity to people who want their games? They are losing a potential sale and greater revenue from that sale for doing a nice thing. You can justify it however you like, but it is still taking advantage of charity if you break the terms and conditions.

I'm hoping they further the new method of distribution of the steam keys by having a time limit on activating them. This will stamp out people abusing the system for personal gain.

timmerous
timmerous

Selling is part of the definition of trading and trading is usually profitable to one party. If you trade something you don't want for something you do want then that is a profitable trade for you. Also why would you purchase something you dont want to trade for something you do want if you could get what you did want for the same price?

Remember it is all for charity and don't endanger these bundles in the future by breaking the T&Cs.

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

@Maverick6585 @kamikazeespleen @timmerous In a way, yeah but it comes down to what someone wants. Say someone wanted Arkham City and you had it and you wanted (as a lower value example) The Stanley Parable. You both prefer to have each others games so its just better to swap and both be happy than have games you wont play. WB, the charity and HB still get their money and you both are happier because of it. I've never agreed with selling HB codes. I've either traded ones I already own and now have duplicates of or just give them away to friends. I would feel bad asking for $6 for a game when I paid $1 for the bundle (just an example, I'm not that stingey :p )

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

@kamikazeespleen @timmerous I can see where timmerous is coming from though. It does seem like a douchey thing to get a bunch of games for 5 bucks, and trade them for games that were bought at retail for 15-30

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

  & 25% Microsoft and Sony tax on games and accessories to make up for the subsidised hardware.

YoungCardinal
YoungCardinal

@Saidrex @JBStone1981 @DrKill09 Most people need a PC anyway for general browsing,  productivity software etc. Stores like Bestbuy and Walmart or Dell sell various different models of laptops and PCs from as low as $400 to $1000+. There is absolutlely no reason to purchase any PC  from those stores at near $1000. 

For the same price from a specialty store (tigerdirect, NCIX etc) you can select the motherboard, cpu and gpu you want. When you buy from Dell or from retail stores you often get a horrible motherboard that gives you no room to expand (maybe only double your RAM). Invest a few hundred bucks on a mid-range Asus or Gigabyte motherboard and spend most on the GPU and you got a decent gaming and general purpose PC for $1000.