Humble's weekly sales are a great opportunity to get caught up on work from developers and publishers that you might have otherwise passed by, and this week's is no exception.
Consisting of eight games from Focus Home Interactive, the new Humble Weekly Sale is a particularly diverse collection that highlights Focus' willingness to put out a wide variety of different types of game rather than pigeonholing themselves into a single genre.
The bundle includes Cities XL, Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition, Divinity II: Developer's Cut, R.A.W. Realms of Ancient War, Game of Thrones: The Role-Playing Game and Confrontation for whatever price you please; pay a minimum of $6 and you can also get your hands on Wargame: European Escalation and The Testament of Sherlock Holmes. All games redeem on Steam and are for Windows only, with the exception of Wargame, which also runs on Mac and Linux versions of Steam.
In case you're unfamiliar with the games in the new bundle, here's a breakdown.
Cities XL is a citybuilding game in the traditional SimCity mold; since EA's unfortunate mishandling of the latest installment in that series, many wannabe mayors have been turning either to older SimCity titles or Cities XL. Focus' game has over a thousand different buildings to construct, and the ability to assemble sprawling metropolises in a variety of different terrains. The version in the bundle is the Platinum edition, which adds additional landscapes and buildings over the base game.
Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition is an adaptation of the Games Workshop game of the same name. A violent take on football crossed with Games Workshop's popular Warhammer Fantasy Battle wargame, Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition features 20 playable races, online multiplayer and a story mode that explores the sport's origins.
Divinity II is the third installment of Larian Studios' deep, complex and occasionally flawed RPG series, and the most up-to-date version of a game that underwent numerous revisions following its original release. In Divinity II, you take on the role of a character that can transform into a dragon at will. The "Developer's Cut" content allows you, among other things, to spawn hordes of enemies and hack-and-slash to your heart's content.
R.A.W. is an action RPG in which you can take on the role of a dark sorcerer, a rogue or a warrior. There's apparently some sort of plot about a "looming threat" in the distance, but we all know that isn't why people play action RPGs; instead, it's for the joy of hacking and slashing your way through swarms of enemies, then enjoying the shiny loot they drop. The game also features local co-op for those who enjoy killing with a friend.
Game of Thrones: The Role-Playing Game should hopefully be self-explanatory. Featuring two original stories based on George R.R. Martin's popular fantasy universe, you'll take on the role of two different heroes on your journey through some iconic locales, meeting well-known characters along the way. The game had some mixed reviews on its original release, but it's certainly an interesting experience, particularly if you can't get enough of Martin's particular brand of bleakness.
Confrontation is another action RPG in which, this time, you "lead a Griffin Elite Squad in missions through the territory of the fearsome Scorpion creatures, the terrible Wolfen packs, or the brutal Bran-Ô-Kor Orcs." There's also a competitive multiplayer mode in which you can fight against other players and prove your supremacy at clicking really quickly on things.
Wargame: European Escalation is an interesting take on the real-time strategy genre, set in the aftermath of World War II. With 360 different unlockable units to use and 22 missions, this one should keep you busy for a while.
Finally, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is the latest in Frogwares' line of original Sherlock Holmes adventures, this time casting Holmes himself in the role of suspect. Frogwares have refined their art in the making of Sherlock Holmes games over the course of the previous installments, and the new game is one of the strongest in the series -- well worth the time of anyone looking for a good interactive mystery.
As ever, the Humble Bundle allows you to split your contribution as you see fit. The charity partners this time around are the Red Cross and Child's Play.