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July 25, 2014 3:01 PM   Subscribe

Is an AMD Bronze Reward (1 free game) worth redeeming as a non-gamer?

I just bought a graphics card (Radeon R7 250X 1GB 128-Bit) from Newegg and it came with an AMD Bronze Reward good for one free game. I'm not a gamer* and I can't even tell what games are available without registering with AMD. Is it worth it? If so, what game should I get.

I'm running Windows 8.1 on an older PC with a dual-core 3.2 GHz processor and 8 GB of RAM.

*I'm not averse to computer games, I just don't happen play them. The last games I played were Halo (X-box LAN parties) and Fable.
posted by zinon to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There's a couple decent games in the bronze pack: If you click on the 3rd page under Gold Rewards you can see.

I have, uh, most of these games. Darksiders II is big dumb fun (think Fable if it was made by Heavy Metal magazine), Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a shooter RPG (think Halo, but you can improve how your character plays), the Banner Saga (from the indie packs) is a pretty great strategy game, Guacamelee is basically Super Metroid by way of Lucha Libre, and Just Cause 2 is basically Grand Theft Auto: Central America (and has one of the greatest Multiplayer modes ever).
posted by Oktober at 3:09 PM on July 25, 2014

This (rather small) image shows what you can pick. You can either pick one from the top row or one of the indie 2-packs on the bottom row. I haven't played any of those games so I'm not sure what's good.
posted by zsazsa at 3:10 PM on July 25, 2014

You don't have to be a "gamer" to enjoy a game. Read the descriptions and pick one that sounds fun or interesting to you, and maybe that gets good ratings. I mean... it's free!
posted by AppleTurnover at 3:11 PM on July 25, 2014

For what it's worth, I'm not really a "gamer" anymore, but I really, really enjoyed Human Revolution. It's possible to play as a first-person sneaker rather than as a shooter, which, for me, works really well (I'm not really much for shooting... unless it's GTA).
posted by uncleozzy at 3:21 PM on July 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

I enjoyed both Guacamelee and Mutant Blobs Attack. Both are relatively simple games with a bunch of style. Though I think Guacamelee would be less fun with the keyboard than with a controller.
posted by aubilenon at 3:21 PM on July 25, 2014

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

This is a great game. If you aren't up for the challenge, you can play on the easiest setting and still experience the whole story. Excellent storytelling and a fair amount of re-playability. There is some discussion of it in the thread here.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 3:57 PM on July 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

Of all of those, I think DX:HR is probably the best in the sense of "if you only play one game this year, play this one"
posted by Oktober at 5:44 PM on July 25, 2014

Response by poster: Update, I went through AMD's ridiculous registration process and Deus Ex: Human Revoltion isn't available.

These are the options I have:

Dirt 3
Dungeon Siege III
Alan Wake
Darksiders 1
Darksiders 2
Total War: SHOGUN 2
Titan Quest Gold Edition
Just Cause 2
Supreme Commander Gold Edition

The Banner Saga and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
Guacamelee! and DYAD
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack and DYAD
The Banner Saga and DYAD
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack and Guacamelee!
posted by zinon at 5:53 PM on July 25, 2014

Guacamelee! is lots of fun played coop, on the TV, with a controller. It's an old school side scrolling brawler.
posted by xqwzts at 6:58 PM on July 25, 2014

Of those, the Darksiders games, Guacamelee, and Dirt 3 really need a controller (preferably a wired xbox 360 controller, which is basically the standard, but it's not hard to get a Dualshock 3 or 4 to work) to enjoy properly.
posted by Oktober at 12:20 PM on July 26, 2014

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