Yogscast Jingle Jam 2017- Final Thoughts

Yogscast Jingle Jam 2017- Final Thoughts

It’s over. It’s finally over. Yogscast Jingle Jam 2017 Humble Bundle has finally come to an end. Before I share my final thoughts on the bundle as a whole, I wanted to share some statistics I have gathered from it.

Yogscast Jingle Jam 2017 gave us…..

  • 55 Games, only 1 having limited availability (Teslagrad)
  • 15 Soundtracks, 1 being to a game not in the bundle
  • DLC for 9 free-to-play games
  • DLC for 8 “premimum” games (games not F2P)
  • 1 e-book
  • 1 access to a beta
  • 1 coupon

All the content above was $35. That means everyone who bought this bundle paid about 64 cents a game. But was it worth it? I compiled a list of games I liked, and ones I didn’t

First off was the Good games (or games that had a good first impression)

  • Rust
  • Dungeon of the Endless
  • Q.U.B.E.
  • Garry’s Mod
  • Gunpoint
  • Teslagrad
  • ReThink
  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
  • Scanner Sombre
  • Head Lander
  • Back to Bed
  • Toy Odyssey
  • Bezier
  • Chime Sharp
  • Cosmonautica
  • The Fall
  • Master Spy
  • Chronology
  • The Inner World
  • Sanctum 2
  • Psychonauts

Then I decide to got all Ugly- games that were either unplayable, had dead multiplayer, or were local multiplayer only.

  • Blockstorm (toxic playerbase)
  • Team Racing League (Dead Multiplayer)
  • Mimic Arena (Local Multiplayer only- no bots or online)
  • Wasted Pizza (Dead Multiplayer)
  • Super Luminanuts (Local Multiplayer only)
  • Zero Reflex ($10,000 scandal)

Finally, we have the really bad games of the Bundle- which there is only one-

  • Bomb Defense

The other games that I didn’t list are in a neutral grey area- some looked better then others, but I did not feel strongly enough to put them anywhere.

Looking back on this there was defiantly more good then bad- but as you can see, there was a whole lot of ugly!

Now comes the part that’s really fishy. Using isthereanydeal.com, along with the MRSP of each game and DLC pack I could find, I came up with a grand total of what the Bundle is worth. After all is said and done, I calculated that this bundle was worth $681. This included all the games, soundtracks, and DLCs I could find prices for.

The page for this bundle stated that this bundle was worth $876. So where did the other $195 go? Well, to start out, here are the things that I could not find a price for.

  • Team Fortress 2 badges
  • The Golgtha Run E-Book
  • Warhammer: Vermintide DLC
  • Blade and Soul Giveway pack
  • Guild Wars 2: Heroic Edition
  • Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire Coupon
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Beta code
  • Gangs of Space DLC
  • Star Trek Online DLC
  • Neverwinter DLC
  • War of the Overworld DLC

So is all of what I just posted worth almost $200 for? You can be the judge.

Even if they miscaulated the worth of the bundle, the savings of about $646, which is still a good deal- but not as good as it could have been.

What am I talking about? Sales prices- yep, I calculated those as well! Using isthereanydeal.com to find the lowest price I could from reputable sites like Humble Bundle Store, or Steam, I calculated how much these games could have gone for on sale. I did not factor in free giveways for games like Chivalry and Psyconauts, as those were special one-time promotions. After all is said and done, the 55 games and some of the DLC would all amount to $229 if there were on sale at their historical lowest price. That’s a mean of about 4 bucks a game. Still not a bad deal, as it would be a $194 in savings!

THE FREE GAME CONUNDRUM

One of the things that doesn’t sit right with me were all the free games included in the bundle- even if said games were given away for special promotions that did not last long. The games in question are-

  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
  • Blockstorm
  • Back To Bed
  • Mirage: Arcane Warfare
  • Sanctum 2
  • Psyconauts

The games in bold are the ones I actually got for free from said promotions, while Psyconauts was a game I bought on sale years ago.

This begs the question- did Humble Bundle purposely keep keys from these free giveaways, which they gave out in the first place, just so they could use them in Humble Bundles down the line? We may never know, sadly.

On the brighter side of the spectrum, is the amount of money made for charity, which this whole thing was about. All told, Humble Bundle has sold over 143,000 bundles, and raised over 5 million dollars for charity, along with Yogcast’s stream.

At the end of the day, I looked beyond the deceit and even beyond the fact that this was for charity in order to see the bigger picture. My final score for the Humble Bundle for Yogscast Jingle Jam 2017 is a 3 out of 5. Theres alot of good, and some bad from the bundle, and when all is said and done, I don’t think I really regret spending that $35 on this bundle. It could have been better, but it could have also been a lot worse- it could of been nothing but F2P DLC, and that what have been bad! I got a lot of games I probably would have never picked up on my own, so I’m actually glad for this bundle.

Here’s the full list of games and DLC, for future reference.

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Will I be buying this bundle again next year? Don’t know- depends on how much cash I have by then. If your interested in other Humble Bundles, then follow this blog, as I’ll be reviewing any and all Humble Bundles I buy in the near future.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas, and hope you have a happy new years.

PEACE!

What did you think of this bundle as a whole? Was it an utter disappointment? Did Humble Bundle do the right thing, putting in previous games that were given out for free? I would like to know in the comments below!

 

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