Dity Flashpoint Overlords In The Humble Codies Bundle

Humbly I present to you, our bundle of readers, this week’s Humble Weekly Bundle. It concerns seven games from venerable Brit publisher Codemasters, which are on average Quite Good. Racing! Man-shooting! Very sweary man-shooting! Imp-herding! An ARPG I’ve never played! More racing! More imp-herding!

A minimum pledge of $1 gets you these:

Overlord < << Imp-herding Overlord Raising Hell (Expansion Pack) <<

While if you can muster $6 and upwards you get these too:

DiRT Showdown < << Racing DiRT 3 <<< More racing Overlord II <<< Even more imp-herding

Depending on how you choose to split your payment, a decent chunk of your cash can go to charity Special Effect, whose sterling work is explained below. Or some/all can go to Codies themselves or the organisers at Humble. Look, I really shouldn’t have to explain this system after all these years.

Here are some trailers, for fear any of my colleagues tell me this post is too short.


  1. melnificent says:

    Didn’t Indie Gala do this bundle the other month?

    Either way a good deal

    • Bugamn says:

      IndieGala’s bundle was so similar that when I got an e-mail from Humble saying that my Codemasters bundle now had DiRT, I went to IndieGala to check.
      In my opinion, I prefer the IndieGala one. It didn’t have DiRT or Argonauts, but it had FUEL (and some other things).

      • The Random One says:

        FUEL is great.

        • kris713 says:

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          (Go to site and open “Home” for details)

      • nicle01 says:

        what Patrick said I’m shocked that a mom able to get paid $5552 in four weeks on the internet. did you read this site link ………………..bit.ly/1aNtBWj

    • odgaf says:

      Yer what a joke I bought that bundle from indie a few weeks back not only was it a better bundle it was also cheaper, don’t know what code masters and humble are doing here but I feel slightly less charitable towards both of them so neither humble nor code masters will get any tips for a while
      Comes across to me like code masters are treating this like flash sales and humble letting them do it leaves a bad taste in my mouth

      Speaking of bad taste why isn’t this in the bargain bucket? Makes rps look but hurt and pathetic comes across as middle finger for Lewie

      And speaking

      • GameQB11 says:

        because the games arent cheap enough already right?? People like you is why these bundles may become obsolete in a few years.

        • odgaf says:

          Ahh yes the common spotted troll

          • Aauthor says:

            How is it trolling? He’s correct.

          • odgaf says:

            Yes how silly of me I have two steam accounts one with180games the other with 314 games
            The smaller account is doubles from all the bundles and you claim people like me will one day make bundles obsolete lolol
            Don’t give your day jobs up

          • Thurgret says:

            You’re not being compelled to spend tiny amounts of money on games, so it’s okay if they appear in two different places, really– and it’s not as if those places share exactly the same audience, either– and nor is anybody forcing you to attach them to your Steam account.

          • odgaf says:

            I don’t disagree with you, but as a consumer supporting charity bundles, the expectation is that code masters in this instance, doesn’t appear to me as if it is using a charity to increase sells/profit, every bundle I’ve ever bought I have always given an equal split between the devs, charity, hoster
            Look around code masters games are on sale everywhere
            Now I’m thinking they are flash selling all there games and hiding behind charitable cause sand with that in mind humble and code masters won’t be getting any tips, I’ll dedicate it all to charity
            People might think that’s harsh but I smell exploitation and I for one won’t support it

          • Leb says:

            Consumers like to buy games through different mediums. I don’t see why it should matter if Codemasters is putting its games up for cheap on multiple platforms. In fact many games in Humble Bundles are often on sale on steam at the same time the bundle goes up (RO2 comes to mind).

            Don’t really see a problem here…

          • GameQB11 says:

            humble bundle sales have always been mutually beneficial to all parties involved, including the consumer. If CM was having a sale, i see nothing wrong with also throwing the deal into a humble bundle. No one really loses and no one is taken advantage of.

            i was never under the impression that humble bundle sales were all about altruism. What a dev “loses” in money it gains in exposure.

  2. Max.I.Candy says:

    Humble Bundle support are so nice. I wasnt paying attention and I accidentally bought the latest audiobook bundle instead of the Codies one, so I asked for a refund and they gave me it! (I did also bought the Codemasters bundle).

  3. CookPassBabtridge says:

    I remember almost peeing my pants in anticipation of Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising coming out. That infantry / tank teaser that looked so awesome (link to youtube.com). The massive play area. The anally modeled weapon porn (link to youtube.com).

    I have played it a few times, and it always seems to promise more than it can muster. Maybe I am just impossibad at it … but yeah. I just seemed to die an awful lot and my AI squad seemed to all want to welcome the nice friendly bullets into their faces. It always left me with the feeling that it had more, if only I could figure out how to make it give me the fun. I never did. Sad times.

    • Ross Angus says:

      I bounced off it too. I kind of wanted a hand-holding tutorial, but I felt a bit lost instead.

      Now I want to play an indie game about holding hands.

      • CookPassBabtridge says:

        Aahhhh I just tried playing it and now I have a headache. The AI seems to do whatever it feels like. I do remember downloading a guide which explained the completely non-intuitive way of actually getting your squad to behave, but just going in blind and following prompts will likely leave a person confused. Again, there’s that sense of “I’m sure it could be awesome, what am I doin wrong?” :)

    • Chaz says:

      There was a whole ton loads of broken promises and out right lies about how this game would play in its pre-release hype run.

      In the pre-release vids they talked about a large open world with the freedom to go anywhere and choose your own targets in a constantly evolving battlefield that covered the entiure island. So a dynamic campaign that ebbed and flowed with your success on the battlefield where you set out and set your own mission parameters on the fly. I suppose a bit like the Evo mod for Arma1. Anyway that was how they were selling it in the run up to release.

      The reality was a series of very linear scripted missions with a boxed in mission area. There was essentially very little room to be creative about how you tackled the missions. Huge disappointment, never bought a Codies game since and probably won’t. Oh yeah and after release I think they begrudgingly gave it one patch and then washed their hands of it.

      A real shame because the actual engine it all ran on looked very nice and overall it was considerably less clunky than Arma.

      Codemasters have had a run on ruining good franchises in recent years. Turning Colin McRae Rally into a rad dude west coast USA racing game. How irritating were those voice overs? The worst crime was that the actual rally bit got turned into a minor foot note in the events list. And now in Dirt 3 they don’t even have cockpit cams.

      Will not trust Codies or buy another one of their games again.

    • Stuart Walton says:

      It’s the only game I’ve ever returned. That’s how bad it is.

  4. tormos says:

    Overlord, and especially Overlord II, is an incredibly pleasant experience. Lots of smiling and smashing stuff.

    • Randomer says:

      Too much smiling! Need more evil. Cruel smirks are acceptable.

      • tigerfort says:

        My response to Overlord tended more to sinister grins, cackling, and the occasional “Dark Chuckle”(tm), rather than smirking.

  5. rcguitarist says:

    Of all of those games, Operation Flashpoint: Red River was the only fun one for me. But alas, it has games for windows live in it and codemasters shows no signs of patching it out, so my copy no longer works.

    • Bugamn says:

      Already? Wasn’t GFWL due to die on July?

    • Didero says:

      Yeah, that’s an important thing to note:
      The Operation Flashpoint games have GFWL, and there has been no word of it being patched out. So come July, those games will be useless.

    • Urthman says:

      Joystick has a pretty comprehensive rundown of which games have been patched or are going to be patched and which games are just going to stop working when GFWL dies (RPS, Joystick is kind of doing your job for you here!)

      link to joystiq.com

      Fuel has already been removed from Steam, and Codemasters gave a not-encouraging NO COMMENT about the Op. Flashpoint games.

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        Aerothorn says:

        Can you source the “not working” claim? I know this is a fear, but I haven’t seen any evidence that it’s a known quantity. How do we know they’ll cease to function with the marketplace turned off? How do we know they aren’t being switched to Xbox Games or whatever it is on the backend?

        A Microsoft employee I talked to pointed out that Microsoft has a long history of supporting software long past the point people stopped using it, and didn’t buy for a second that the plug was just going to be pulled.

        • Bugamn says:

          I researched a bit and what I found was that you can still play those games with an offline profile for GFWL.
          Here what I saw: link to forums.steampowered.com

          I hope I can still play. I bought without thinking to check for GFWL :/

          • Llewyn says:

            The important thing, I assume particularly for the Flashpoint games, is that any GFWL multiplayer game will no longer be multiplayer.

            For single player you shouldn’t even need an offline profile* – my experience with GFWL games in the past is that if my internet connection or their servers are down my profile still works, it’s just offline (no achievements, friends etc). Much like Xbox Live really.

            *Or rather, you shouldn’t need to create an offline profile on a PC that already has your regular profile stored. I would assume you’ll need to create an offline profile on future installs.

          • CookPassBabtridge says:

            Perhaps worth noting the OF:DR has LAN multiplayer. Not sure if it needs GFWL login, I am guessing it wouldn’t

      • CookPassBabtridge says:

        I have the steam version of OF:DR and it seems to load up and play single player quite happily without mentioning GFWL, don’t know if the HB version links to steam?

    • MegaAndy says:

      I can’t log into GFWL so cannot play any GFWL games. they do not allow saving if you are not logged in. No idea if this means it is shut down yet or if i can do anything about it…

  6. Randomer says:

    Overlord was a huge disappointment. I expected to play as an horrible villain, ruthlessly murdering innocent people for their gold and never letting morality stand between me and power. Instead, I played as a jerk. Who fights other jerks. Yes, I got to kill a unicorn at one point. Except that it was an EVIL UNICORN! Why they hell couldn’t it be a beautiful, pure, chaste unicorn? Maybe you have to wait for the expansion or the sequel before you get to do evil things.

    • kalirion says:

      I think I heard you can be really evil in the sequel, but that might only be hearsay…

      That said, the one game that springs to mind where you play as a truly evil character is the aptly named Evil Quest. Buy it on Desura and upvote on Greenlight!

      Edit: Oops, it has already been greenlit :)

    • tigerfort says:

      “Raising Hell” (the expansion) is a bit variable in quality, and still doesn’t involve you being actually, you know, evil.

      In the sequel, however, you regularly find yourself asked to choose between annihilating the population of the town you’ve just conquered and enslaving them to dig mines for you where they used to live. Overlord 2 is very much Dungeon Keeper-style evil. Oh, and you can get your minions drunk, which is childish but hilarious.

  7. Onlooker says:

    What’s a dity flashpoint?

    • JackMultiple says:

      Ha! I logged in just to ask the same question, and you beat me to it. It must be some unknowable BritGarble like “wot” or “plum-gobbed”.

      • Stugle says:

        I suspect there’s an ‘r’ (or should that be ‘R’?) missing. “Dirty Flashpoint Overlords’ sounds about right to me.

        • CookPassBabtridge says:

          This would require Alec to come down from his smoking / inspiration room, remove his monocle and instruct an RPS serving minion to correct the typo, so I think we can safely say that our bundle will remain “dityer” than it ideally should be.

    • Thurgret says:

      This same thing was troubling me, but it struck me that it may be some acronym, and I’d look silly in front of all the cool kids if I asked.

  8. DatonKallandor says:

    Rise of the Argonauts is very much recommended. A crude quick description would probably be “Mass Effect in Ancient Greece” (6-choice dialogue wheel, small group of distinct heroes with their own vehicle gathering space, player chooses next area to play), except it does everything, from combat to dialogue to being an RPG, better than Mass Effect. It even has 3 different “alignments” instead of Mass Effects 2 – and unlike Paragon/Renegade, Rise of the Argonauts alignments make sense and are clearly defined.

    • Bugamn says:

      Can you tell anything more from the action? This sounds interesting.

      • DatonKallandor says:

        It’s been a while so the specifics might be wrong, but I think combat is your basic light attack, block/counter, strong blockbreaker attack with a bunch of spells and special moves thrown in. Plus a very well executed weapon switch mechanic, that lets you switch weapons (I think it’s dual wield, sword and board and a slow two handed weapon) on the fly, even during combos. Different enemies and combat situations require (or reward) different weapons, so the whole thing is pretty dynamic.

        I might remember it wrong but I think the 3 dialogue options also tie into the RPG skill trees and they’re focused on improving different weapon sets?

        It’s a pretty neat combat system all in all – not super polished, there’s some rough spots animation and collision wise – but a lot of fun with enough depth to entertain.

        Story is interesting too, with some fun interpretations of the classic tale – I remember Medea being interesting.
        And the game is LONG so there’s lots to do.

    • Jimbo says:

      I was pleasantly surprised by Rise of the Argonauts too. Not sure I’d put it in quite in the same bracket as Mass Effect/s overall, but it’s competent enough mechanically and has a very enjoyable tone. And while they do have a lot of similarities, I think it’s kinda hard on Rise to compare them as like for like. Rise is a trip to your local panto compared to Mass Effect’s West End show, but it knows it is and it’s got heart, and sometimes that’s just what you want.

      I played it on 360, but unless the PC version is broken, the 59 metacritic it has seems unusually harsh – I’d say high 70s to low 80s (by usual Metacritic standards) would be a fairer reflection.

  9. soldant says:

    Neither of those Operation Flashpoint games deserve to carry the venerable title of Operation Flashpoint.

    That said, Bohemia Interactive’s brain-dead AI has met its match, so that’s something I guess.

    • Shadrach says:

      Dragon Rising wasn’t too bad in my opinion – it managed to thread the line between the massive complexity of Arma and the COD-style action games. I really enjoyed it and found the missions good and sneaky until the battles where the AI showed its utter weakness.

      They went completely overboard on the “Hoo-hah USA USA!” on Red River though, and I wouldn’t touch it.

  10. bill says:

    Do we really need to post every Humble Weekly Bundle?

    By all means, if it’s something special. But this one doesn’t seem anything out of the ordinary. Just stick it in the Bargain Bucket.

    • odgaf says:

      Why would they deprive themselves of giving Lewie the middle finger at every opportunity?
      Just add vindictive behavior too the list of qualities this site increasingly lacks
      Your absolutely right to point out why this doesnt go into the bargain bucket,
      Pathetic behaviour
      Getting increasingly bored with rps I feel like they are getting stale and losing the way
      Right I’m off to ign where the articles don’t stop on Friday night till Monday morning and where they haven’t turned from enthusiasts into business men working 4 day weeks

      • Bugamn says:

        Maybe they like imp herding and wanted to announce it?

      • FriendlyFire says:

        Hint: nobody will miss you, nobody cares about you.


        • odgaf says:

          Awwwwww you cared enough to reply you even said goodbye
          Even the sarcasm went over your head…. How ironic your name is friendly fire lol

      • Unclepauly says:

        Is this some new running theme where we talk shit and completely mangle the english language? Where do I find the template I want to join in.

      • The Random One says:

        “Just add vindictive behavior too the list of qualities this site increasingly lacks”

        So… you WANT sites to have vindictive behavior?

        Other than that, that was a pretty good set of lyrics for a boy band song. Just imagine a little blonde kid singing slightly autotuned “Getting increasingly bored with rps / I feel like they are getting stale / and loooooooosing the waaaaaaaaay”

        • drewski says:

          Kanye’s going to lay down a mean diss verse on the club remix.

          • odgaf says:

            Damn there’s a ton of beliebers on this weekend I’m positively jingling with excitement at the Scottishness of it all
            Bring it on tartans

            Waiting for the haunting sound of bagpipes??? #haggis.com

    • Frank says:

      Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. I guess Meer actually likes Overlord’s imp-herding. Personally, I don’t, and don’t go for racing either, but I’ll get the bundle on Commenter Above’s recommendation of Jason’s quest, or whatever it’s called.

  11. rustybroomhandle says:

    OK I’m old, but I miss Codemasters from the early days when they were publishing “budget” titles on 8 and 16 bit platforms.

    • Stardreamer says:

      I miss Ocean software, the kings of film-licensed games.

      • Llewyn says:

        But also publishers of fine original gems like Head Over Heels and Wizball…

      • CookPassBabtridge says:

        Just for you, Stardreamer :)

        • Stardreamer says:

          Gods of Gaming bless you, sir. :)

          Robocop was a cold stone masterpiece on any system.

          • CookPassBabtridge says:

            Indeed. A rare movie tie in that was great, even if it was actually a coin op conversion. I remember shovelling endless pound coins into a Robocop machine in the Isle of Wight. Good times.

            Glad you liked the nostalgia ;)

  12. Felixader says:

    Rise of the Argonauts has an absolutely amazing battle System. The Problem however is that when it came out you could see it in everything but the characters that is was intended for the last generation (now last, last, Speak XBox (not the XBone one), Gamecube and PS2) of Consoles. HOWEVER, one of the best Battle System of its Time, that felt really physical when battling, throwing and bashing enemys about.

    EDIT: i am aware that i made an akward comment when i wrote however twice.

    EDIT EDIT: Oh yeah and Overlord 2 is awfull.

  13. Shiloh says:

    Bless Codies and Sion Lenton. He got shit canned for the Op Flash fiasco and rightly so. Only problem, he dragged a few good guys down with him.

    Two terrible, terrible games, not fit to carry the Flashpoint name. Shit design choices, really shit mechanics, really really shit execution.

  14. satan says:

    I picked up the Overlord games because they were the only thing remotely close to a Dungeon Keeper style of game I’d seen in a while, buuut sadly they’re about 7 parts puzzles and 3 parts evil doing.

    Would really like to see a Overlord rpg/rts though.

    • Lorewin says:

      Overlord’s looks to Dungeon Keeper only for atmosphere – the gameplay comes direct from Nintendo’s fantastic Pikmin.

      If you expect (and want) that going in, Overlord is a pretty strong game. But it’s far more puzzler as you say than RTS.

      Also, personally I never got tired of my minions squabbling and stealing random body parts form their kills to reuse as weapons :)