Pay What You Want for These Total War Games, Support Charity

Here's the full rundown on Sega's new Humble Total War Bundle.

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Sega has launched a new Total War-themed Humble Bundle campaign, letting players pay what they want for a variety of PC games in the Creative Assembly-developed strategy series.

Pay whatever you want and you'll unlock Medieval II: Total War Collection, Shogun: Total War Collection, Viking: Battle for Asgard, and the Total War: Rome II original soundtrack. Also included for the price of whatever you'd like to pay is a beta key to Total War Arena (and some in-game extras), a Total War: Warhammer illustrated campaign map, some Total War ebooks, and the Humble Banner Heraldry and $10 worth of in-game cash for Total War Battles: Kingdom.

Pay more than the average price (currently $8.11) and you'll unlock everything above, plus Empire: Total War Collection, Medieval: Total War Collection, $10 worth of in-game cash for Total War: Arena, and a coupon code for 66 percent off Total War: Attila from the Humble Store.

People who pay $15 or more will receive everything already listed as well as the Total War: Rome II Emperor Edition and an array of DLC, including the Wrath of Sparta, Caesar in Gaul, Nomadic Tribes, and Pirates and Raiders add-ons. Finally, if you pay $30, you'll get everything plus a Total War t-shirt.

The Total War Humble Bundle runs through September 29. More than 28,000 bundles have already been sold for a total of just under $230,000. As always, buyers get to decide where they want their money to go, either to developers or five charities. In this case, those charities are Special Effect, Royal Surrey Hospital, Willow Foundation, Walking with the Wounded, and Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary.

The next Total War game is Total War: Warhammer, which launches in 2016. In addition, The Creative Assembly is working on Halo Wars 2, which debuts for Xbox One and PC next year.

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coop36

Very very good deal, Id jump on this if I didnt already own them. Nice that it goes towards a charity.

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Duke_Cakewalker

So people donate money so I can get games very cheap? I like this charity.

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Mogan

That's a really good deal. There hasn't been a Total War game I haven't enjoyed. Some of the DLC isn't worth the money, but for $15? That's a steal.

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coop36

@Mogan: Agreed.

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40mdf0

Taking a quick look at DLC pricing:

Rome 2 DLC: $85.90

Attila DLC: $28.94

Forget nickle and diming, that's being punched in the face, robbed, and getting left to bleed out in the street.

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Mogan

@40mdf0: Depends on how you look at it. If you want ALL the DLC at once, yeah, that's probably a bad call. But since you can't play all the DLC at once, if you just buy a faction pack as you start a new game, you're looking a few dozen hours until you'd be in a position to play any of the other DLC. And it's not like the Total War games aren't ****ing huge on their own.
I generally buy one or two Total War DLCs when they're new, and that's only if they happen to come out at a time I feel like starting a new campaign. The rest, if I get them at all, I pick up in a 75% off Steam sale.

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40mdf0

@Mogan: I'm convinced things would change overnight if CA just worked with another publisher. This ridiculous DLC policy is courtesy of Sega, who is known for this kind of crap.

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Mogan

@40mdf0: Maybe, but I doubt that change would involve all this DLC being in their games at launch. Rome II had as many factions as Rome I did, and that's counting all three versions of Rome as separate factions in the original. Then they added a couple factions to Rome II for free in patches. Also, you had to beat Rome I before you could play as anyone other than one of the Romes. So it's not like we're losing content in these new games, there's just a lot more content being sold separately.

More than getting shot of Sega, I think CA needs to get it's **** together on the bug/stability front. There's never been a Total War game that's launched without some fairly serious issues, and it's only gotten worse as the games have gotten more complex.

At least CA seems committed to long term support. I just wish they didn't NEED it.

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uninspiredcup

Good stuff.

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SkytheWiz1

If you held off on Rome II because of all the launch-day bugs, it's actually a pretty solid game now.

Attila isn't bad either, but the one negative thing about this the Total War series is the nickel-and-dime DLC.

Want to play someone other than these 5-6 factions?

$7.99USD (if it isn't on sale) nets you three factions, from each DLC (meaning, to play as about a dozen other factions right now costs you more than the game - the 5-6 factions at the start, the large map, all of the mechanics and units already included). Even the publisher's aware, as they now try advertising their Free-LC, of which they've released one and are "soon" to release another.

TL;DR
Total War games all have a solid core and are fun, but - damn - do they try to squeeze more and more money every game via unlocking factions to play.