As a writer, video game fan, and connoisseur of action titles (both in print and video form), Tom Clancy has always fascinated me. He’s one of the few people I’ve heard of who managed to establish name recognition in all three of those areas. Reading his books is one of the items on my bucket list, though to date I’ve only read Patriot Games. I would love to know what it’s like to have my name become a brand, setting the titles with my name apart from all the other titles that lack… such a distinction, regardless of whether or not I actually played an active role. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Tom Clancy was a prolific writer, which I am going to jot down as “Step One in My Quest of Financial Security and Name Recognition”, but he didn’t play much of a role in a number of the books, nor video games, that carry his name.
To drive that point home, a new Tom Clancy game is coming out in October, even though he sadly passed away in 2013.
In any case! I am a huge fan of Humble Bundle and really need to start spreading the word about them more on this blog. I also really need to start spreading words on this blog in a more consistent fashion (see “Step One in My Quest of Financial Security and Name Recognition” as referenced above). To celebrate the upcoming release of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege Ubisoft has partnered up with Humble Bundle to offer five to eleven previous Tom Clancy titles at any price you want ($10 and up to get all eleven).
One thing I’ll point out right here: unlike most other Humble Bundles where the games are offered through Steam, these games are being made available through Ubisoft’s Uplay platform. If that’s a problem for you- maybe their system doesn’t work on your computer- there is unfortunately no other option through Humble Bundle.
The titles on offer for any price are Rainbow Six, Rainbow Six 3, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Ghost Recon, and access to the multiplayer beta of the upcoming game. I have never played any of these games, so I can’t say much of anything about them. I am very interested in playing the original Rainbow Six because that one was developed in conjunction with the book of the same name (though I have heard that their plots diverge at some point). If you’re a fan of the Tom Clancy games, and want to get in on that multiplayer beta, this is for you!
If you pay more than the average (currently $8.07), you’ll also get Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, and the original Splinter Cell. If you pay $10 or more, you’ll get Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.
Oddly, the bundle does not include Rainbow Six 2. It jumps from the original to the third installment to the spin-offs. Weird.
A final option Humble Bundle is offering, which I’ve never seen them do before, is a $75 tier. This
blight upon your wallet gives you all the aforementioned titles, including access to the multiplayer beta as well as a pre-order for the upcoming Rainbow Six: Siege, a T-shirt, and a discount coupon for three additional Ubisoft titles in the Humble Bundle store.
On reflection, I’ll go ahead and scratch out that “blight upon your wallet” comment. It was the university-student-buried-in-debt side of me talking.
This bundle of counter-terrorism tactical shooting ends on September 14th.