July’s Humble Monthly Bundle Has Dark Souls, Hyper Light Drifter, Armello, More

Well, the Steam Summer Sale has finished taking its toll on our wallets for another year, and now once again it’s time to start dreading that the Humble Monthly subscription you have will contain any games that you’ve picked up. Mind you, Humble Monthly had some relatively weak offerings this time last year, but that was right in the middle of Steam’s annual bonanza. And with this month’s package guaranteed to at least contain Dark Souls II, will Humble finally put up a fight again this month? Well, let’s virtually unbox this month’s offerings and find out…

We start things off with none other than one of our Game of the Year nominees for 2016, the gorgeous, neon-filled throwback to 16-bit action-adventure games, Hyper Light Drifter. Then we get the aforementioned Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, the enhanced “Director’s Cut” of the sequel to the classic brutal action RPG, followed by the acclaimed indie strategy board game Armello. And in case Armello doesn’t provide enough of a dose of turn-based strategy, let’s bring the space-faring Galactic Civilizations III into the mix as well.

But for those of who desire some platforming action instead, we do have Kero Blaster, the old-school romp from the creator of Cave Story. And for others who want a more cerebral adventure instead, there’s Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter, the latest tale where you play as the legendary detective. Finally, we have SimplePlanes, which, not going to lie, really feels like the odd man out here, but plane enthusiasts might enjoy it. Again, the Humble Debut is MIA, oddly enough. Are the days of fresh indie games to be included gone, or are there just no notable launches right now? Well, at least we still the third issue of Kevin Eastman’s Underwhere and sci-fi murder mystery 2000:1: A Space Felony as the Humble Original to round things out as usual.

So all in all, a solid lineup of games with a lot of variety, though one can’t help but note that five of the seven main games all came out before 2016. Perhaps Humble anticipated folks buying newer titles during the Steam Summer Sale after all? And perhaps they assumed we’d still be busy with them, since next month’s revealed inclusions are both NBA 2K17 and Pillars of Eternity, which you can begin playing ASAP if you join up now or pay early, as usual. And will these two games be accompanied by something newer as well? Check back in four weeks to find out!