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AMD updates its Never Settle Forever bundle

AMD updates its Never Settle Forever bundle

AMD is today extending its Never Settle Forever bundle to include more games and cards

AMD is today rolling out an update to its Never Settle Forever bundle, promising more titles and variety as well as availability with a wider range of its graphics hardware.

The Never Settle Forever bundle is AMD's ongoing promotion, whereby purchasers of certain AMD graphics cards from participating retailers are eligible for up to three free games, as well as a few other bonuses.

The company claims that this latest update is a response both to customer demand for more and newer titles as well as to the fact that the previous bundles were a few months out of date and did not incorporate the full range of AMD's latest cards.

As you can see, everything from the R7 240 series up to the mighty R9 295X2 is now included in the promotion. The tiered system of bronze, silver and gold (one, two and three free games respectively) is being maintained. Users will need an R7 260 or R9 270 series card to qualify for the silver tier, while only those who buy an R9 280 series card or higher are eligible for the gold one.

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While games from the previous offer are being carried over, AMD is adding a number of new and unreleased ones to the lineup from which users can pick. Thief, AMD's TrueAudio launch title and the latest Mantle-compatible game, was recently added, and will continue to be offered in both the gold and silver tiers. Murdered: Soul Suspect, which is a few months out, is now also available for the gold and silver tiers – users will receive the code upon the game's release. It doesn't support Mantle, but will have AMD optimised technologies, much some other recent Square Enix titles like Tomb Raider and Deux Ex: Human Revolution.

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Also introduced as of today are a selection of indie titles, a first for a graphics card package. Guacamelee!, Dyad, The Banner Saga and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack are the current choices. It's also worth noting that for each game choice you have (i.e. two in the silver tier) you're able to pick two indie games.

Other new additions include what AMD is referring to as classic titles. For these, AMD is working closely with developers who have optimised their game codes for AMD hardware, and offering a selection of games released in the past few years which users may have missed at the time.

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The full list of the current 21 games and their global availability is listed below – in case where games aren't available, AMD ensures us it's due to regional availability issues rather than their own program.

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Finally, each tier of the Never Settle Forever bundle comes with some extra bonus offers. First is a key code for three months' free use of Splashtop, which lets you stream games from a PC to mobile devices over your home network. Next up is $10 off the AMD Radeon RAMDISK 64GB software, and lastly is the AMD Operator Bundle for the free-to-play game FireFall, which includes some exclusive armour and equipment.

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The Never Settle Forever codes will be delivered physically or digitally, depending on the retailer and board partner in question. The coupon is good for a single transaction only – you must select all of your games at once. The reason this is relevant is that AMD has promised to continue updating the selection, so it may pay off to wait to redeem your code. The current codes are valid until August 31 2014.

What do you think of the updated Never Settle Forever package? Has such a package ever been the deciding factor in your GPU purchases? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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bawjaws 21st April 2014, 10:37 Quote
Not sure about some of these titles. The likes of Darksiders and Titan Quest are ancient, and games like Deus Ex, Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs are always heavily discounted in the Steam Sales (and elsewhere) - I think I paid something like £3.75 for each of them at some point in the last year or so. The only new title is Murdered: Soul Suspect, and tbh I've heard absolutely zero about it.

Obviously, getting a few decent games for free is better than getting nothing, but let's not pretend that this is an amazing deal when compared to some bundled games that have been given away in the past by both AMD and nVidia.

That said, perhaps they're waiting until later in the year to add a couple of big titles to the bundle... but to be honest, if I were in the market for a new GPU just now, I'd just buy whatever card I liked the look of the most and forget about the bundled games.
SMIFFYDUDE 21st April 2014, 14:49 Quote
People who buy gfx cards based on what game is bundled with it don't deserve nice things
schmidtbag 21st April 2014, 15:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
People who buy gfx cards based on what game is bundled with it don't deserve nice things

I'm not sure I understand this logic. Like sure, buying a GPU because of the game it comes with (or the fact that it comes with a game) is a poor priority choice, but if the GPU model is proven to be a good one, I don't see what the issue is.

I remember back when I bought a 7900GT, it came with Hitman Blood Money. I didn't care for the game (never even bothered beating the 3rd mission) but it only cost about $25 more than a GPU that didn't come with a game. Looking back, I regret getting the GPU, not just because the game wasn't of any interest to me but because the geforce 8 series came out 1 or 2 months later, so my GPU became obsoleted pretty quickly. Normally I wouldn't care about that but the 8 series was a lot more than just your typical upgrade.
murraynt 21st April 2014, 15:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
People who buy gfx cards based on what game is bundled with it don't deserve nice things
If one card is £150 and the second is £160 but it comes with two games that you were likely to buy, surely that is the better purchase? After all, you are more than likely buying the card to play games in the first place!
SMIFFYDUDE 22nd April 2014, 18:54 Quote
But this is an AMD vs NVIDIA thing not the individual partner brands who assemble them making this offer. If it was Gigabyte giving away a game to lure buyers away from ASUS then fine but it isn't this is about AMD getting the uninformed to choose their card over Nvidia's.
murraynt 22nd April 2014, 20:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
But this is an AMD vs NVIDIA thing not the individual partner brands who assemble them making this offer. If it was Gigabyte giving away a game to lure buyers away from ASUS then fine but it isn't this is about AMD getting the uninformed to choose their card over Nvidia's.

Sorry Smiffy, I didn't realises that's what you were getting at.
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