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Last chance to get 29 great games for $25, support Australian fire relief

The Humble Australia Fire Relief bundle provides over $400 of games to players and gives 100% of proceeds to support Australian charities.

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The Humble Australia Fire Relief bundle provides over $400 of games to players and gives 100% of proceeds to support Australian charities.

If you’re not been paying attention, Australia is being devastated by wildfires, caused by climate change. (There’s no debate there, incidentally. If you’re a climate denier or conspiracy theorist, maybe don’t read our website, yeah?)

The fires are so bad that the sky glows red and the smoke can be seen from New Zealand. In spite of how it looks on maps, New Zealand isn’t actually that close to Australia. That’s like people in the UK seeing a fire in Ukraine. Or people in Toronto seeing a fire in Florida.

It’s destruction on an incomprehensible scale, and it’s entirely man-made. It’s apt, then, that humanity is clubbing together to help.

The Australian government may be reluctant to act, but charity endeavours the world over are raising money to support Australian fire relief. Actor Chris Hemsworth and singer Elton John both donated a million dollars each. Cricketer Shane Warne sold his green baggy gap for a million bucks. Someone earned over $700,000 by selling nude photos online. Meanwhile, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos donated $690,000 – an amount he is thought to earn in around three minutes. (You can make your own judgement on who are the good guys and who’s doing it for show.)

And the world of video games is no exception. Indie developers and artists have been running an initiative called ‘Game Dev for Firies‘ – an Australian slang term for firefighters – by auctioning off their time and services. Now one of the de facto players in the video game charity space, Humble Bundle, is doing its thing.

In the Humble Australia Fire Relief bundle, you can pick up 29 video games – worth over $400 – for just $25. You can, of course, donate more than that. It’s positively encouraged! But even paying that minimum amount will net you loads of games and, crucially, you’ll be doing your bit to help Australian charities.

There are no tiers to this one. It’s all-in. Here’s everything included in the Humble Australia Fire Relief bundle.

Humble Australia Fire Relief bundle

  • Hollow Knight
  • Void Bastards
  • Armello
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 (+ Australian Paint Jobs Pack)
  • Duck Game
  • Hand of Fate 2
  • Paradigm
  • Crawl
  • The Adventure Pals
  • Regular Human Basketball
  • Satellite Reign
  • Hacknet (+ Hacknet Labyrinths DLC)
  • Mr. Shifty
  • Primal Carnage: Extinction
  • Assault Android Cactus+
  • The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game
  • Framed Collection
  • Think of the Children
  • Feather
  • Tower of Guns
  • Rising Dusk
  • Death Squared
  • Paperbark
  • Quest of Dungeons
  • The Stillness of the Wind
  • The Gardens Between
  • Paper Fire Rookie
  • Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom
  • Machinarium

At the time of writing, the Australia Fire Relief bundle has earned just shy of a million dollars US – $967,786, to be precise – and is only going to rise from there. The bundle runs until 7 pm GMT (that’s 2 pm Eastern, 11 am Pacific) on January 23. That’s 6 am on January 24, if you’re in Sydney.

All money earned from the Humble Australia Fire Relief bundle will be split between the Australian Red Cross, the Australian RSPCA, Wires, and the World Wildlife Fund.

Udpate, Jan 20: The Humble Australia Fire Relief has now earned over $1.3m dollars.

Update, Jan 23: The bundle has now earned over $1.8m dollars – take that, Jeff Bezos – and runs out in just over an hour. If you’re wanting to get in on this one, you’d better hurry.


We may receive a small commission on purchases made from online stores. (Not from the charity bundle – 100% of that goes to charity! – but if you go on to purchase something from the Humble Store after following our links.)

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New Xbox One releases (June 1-5, 2020)

Here is next week’s lineup of brand new Xbox One releases. One title is quite literally awesome.

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Here’s the full lowdown on next week’s lineup of brand new Xbox One video game releases. One title is quite literally awesome.

There isn’t a huge amount to be excited for on Xbox One next week, but we promised you an awesome game, so let’s talk about one.

Awesome Pea 2 is the follow-up to Sometimes You’s enjoyable 2018 retro-platformer. The original was a slight, but occasionally tricky game, starring a heroic vegetable. The sequel promises a larger serving of everything, including dungeons, enemies, and loot. The pea-souper visuals also return, beautifully recalling the dingy display of the Nintendo Game Boy.

Other new releases include Strawberry Vinegar, a quirky visual novel about making food to save your soul, and We Were Here Together, a mysterious puzzle adventure set in the wastes of Antarctica.

The latest addition to the Thumbsticks ‘Big Book of Bland Game Names’ is called Cyber Protocol. It’s a fun retro-style puzzler. Finally, the long-awaited Eco Lifestyle expansion comes to The Sims 4.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the full lineup.

New Xbox One releases: June 1-5, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

  •  No releases

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

  • No releases

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

  • Strawberry Vinegar
  • Depth of Extinction
  • Awesome Pea 2

Thursday, June 4, 2020

  • Tour de France 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020

  • Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio
  • Outbuddies DX
  • The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle (Expansion)
  • We Were Here Together
  • Rigid Force Redux

If you’re looking for some video game bargains, read our roundup of this week’s rockin’ Xbox One sales.


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New Super Lucky’s Tale is coming to PS4 and Xbox One this summer

New Super Lucky’s Tale is on its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.

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New Super Lucky’s Tale is on its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.

Playful Studios and PQube have announced that the super okay New Super Lucky’s Tale is breaking free from its Nintendo Switch bastille and will be released on Xbox One and PS4 this summer.

Pitched as a love letter to classic 3D platformers, New Super Lucky’s Tale was first released as plain old Super Lucky’s Tale in 2017, where it was an Xbox One X launch title. The revised and expanded “new” version debuted on Switch in 2019 to warm reviews and nods of moderate appreciation.

The foxy 3D adventure platformer is getting a physical and digital release on PS4 and Xbox, but there’s no news on if the game is being updated to take advantage of the increased hardware power.

You can see Lucky in action in this accolades trailer. If you own a Switch, you can also download a free demo to sample it for yourself.

Summer is a slightly vague release window, so we’ll make a prediction and see how close we end up being. Let’s lick our finger and stick it in the air… June 25, 2020? That’s our entirely random hunch.


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June’s free PlayStation Plus games are War-full

Sony confirms the two free PS4 games coming to PlayStation Plus in June 2020.

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Sony confirms the two free PS4 games coming to PlayStation Plus in June 2020.

June’s free PS Plus games are perfect for players who would like to shoot things, with the choice of a historical epic, of a futuristic, erm, even more historical epic.

First up is Call of Duty: WWII, the ‘boots on the ground’ FPS from Sledgehammer Games. The 2017 game is as subtle as a sledgehammer, but it’s one of our favourites from the franchise’s recent history. And it’s available to download right now.

It’s joined by the infamous Star Wars: Battlefront II, the game that caused millions of voices to cry out in terror at its microtransactions. With two-and-a-half years of changes and content updates under its belt, the game is much improved and probably the second-best Star Wars adventure of the generation.

June’s free PS Plus games are available to download from June 2 – July 6, 2020.

PlayStation Plus free games – June 2020

  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II

May’s PlayStation Plus games – Cities: Skylines and Farming Simulator 19 – remain available to download until next Tuesday.


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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is free on the Epic Games Store

Grab Borderlands: The Handsome Collection from today through Thursday on the Epic Games Store.

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Grab Borderlands: The Handsome Collection from today through Thursday on the Epic Games Store.

Handsome Jack. You love him or you hate him. He has a diamond unicorn called Butt Stallion. You think that’s funny or deeply stupid. He’s a smarmy prick, with a hidden tragic backstory. That either makes him sympathetic or just a smarmy prick with a hidden tragic backstory.

How you feel about Handsome Jack will likely determine how you feel about this week’s Epic giveaway. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection includes Gearbox’s Borderlands 2 and the 2K Australia-developed spin-off, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Both star the titular Hyperion President. In Borderlands 2, Jack is a villain and constant voice in your ear. Pre-Sequel, though — which, confusing title aside, is just a prequel — charts Jack’s fall from grace.

Both games are worth checking out if you haven’t already. The original Borderlands defined the loot-shooter, fusing solid FPS mechanics with RPG progression and procedurally generated loot. Borderlands 2 refined everything the first game did, expanded it, and did a significantly better job of telling a story.

Pre-Sequel transplants the action to a moon of Pandora, the lawless desert planet that served as setting for the first two games. The new environment brings new mechanics with it. The moon’s lower gravity means that gunfights and traversal have a vertical component. And, the lack of oxygen will push you between conveniently placed domes of air.

I never finished Pre-Sequel but I enjoyed the bits that I played of it. It’s a shame that 2K Australia closed shortly after its release.

The meme-y humour of Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel doesn’t hold up especially well (you can go ahead and use “Butt Stallion” as a litmus test for whether you’ll think it’s funny or not). But, they’re still a blast with a few friends at your side.

And, given that both are free right now, it should be pretty easy to round-up a co-op party. Here are Tom’s impressions of Borderlands 3 if you’d prefer something more current.

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Save up to 95% in this week’s rockin’ Xbox One sales

An impressive crop of blockbuster action games are among this week’s new Xbox One discounts.

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An impressive crop of blockbuster action games are among this week’s new Xbox One discounts.

Shoot, punch, kick, zap and hack your way through this week’s Xbox One video game deals. The Rockin’ Action sale – which was surely named by a dad – features a selection of explosive games. Our picks include Ubisoft’s slowly improving online shooter, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and the often overlooked post-apocalyptic FPS, Metro Exodus.

Highlights from this week’s Deals with Gold include the inventive Yoku’s Island Express and Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. (PSA: CIV VI is free on PC for a few more hours via the Epic Games Store.)

Finally, some new Spotlight savings discount some of EA Sports’ biggest games, with price cuts for FIFA 20, Madden 20, and NHL 20.

All three sales run through to June 1 via the Xbox Digital Games store and Microsoft online store. Here are some more highlights.

Rockin’ Action Sale Highlights

  • Batman: Return To Arkham – 50% off
  • Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 67% off
  • Dead Island Definitive Collection – 80% off
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition – 75% off
  • Far Cry 4 + Far Cry Primal Bundle – 65% off
  • Far Cry 5 Gold Edition + Far Cry New Dawn Deluxe Edition Bundle – 70% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Ultimate Edition – 65% off
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition & Whale Shark Card Bundle – 35% off
  • Hitman HD Enhanced Collection – 70% off
  • Journey to the Savage Planet – 40% off
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda – Standard Recruit Edition – 70% off
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 70% off
  • Metro Exodus – 60% off
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: Special Edition – 55% off
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected – 75% off
  • Steep – 50% off
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – Standard Edition – 65% off
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane – 60% off
  • Watch Dogs 2 – Gold Edition – 75% off

Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Aven Colony – 70% off
  • L.A. Noire – 50% off
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – 25% off
  • Starpoint Gemini Warlords – 75% off
  • The Wolf Among Us – 50% off
  • WWE 2K20 – 67% off
  • Yoku’s Island Express – 70% off

Spotlight Sale Highlights

  • Claws of Furry – 50% off
  • EA Sports FIFA 20 Champions Edition – 70% off
  • FIFA The Journey Trilogy – 80% off
  • Madden NFL 20: Superstar Edition – 70% off
  • NBA 2K20 – 95% off
  • Need For Speed Heat Deluxe Edition – 60% off
  • NHL 20 Deluxe Edition – 67% off
  • Super Mutant Alien Assault – 85% off
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane Magnus Edition – 60% off

Get news on the latest video game savings via our regularly updated sales page. And head over to our new releases section for news of the latest PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch games. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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