AMD’s Never Settle campaign has been really successful in the past, driving sales of their graphics cards well thanks top a great selection of bundled games. Never Settle has been without new games for a while now and AMD has been casting around to look for games that it thinks gamers will appreciate and in a few cases it’ll include games which run really well on AMD hardware. For 2014, the new Never Settle Forever lineup includes a roster of many modern titles released in the last year as well as some popular indie games and a few classics. For the first time ever, the Never Settle campaign also stretches down to the very cheapest graphics cards in AMD’s stable. Hit the jump to find out more.
For the first time, the Never Settle bundles now stretch down to the Radeon R7 250, R7 250X and the R7 240, graphics cards which usually fall under the R1400 price point and are aimed at value buyers. These cards quality for the Bronze tier, which offers buyers one free game from a selection of titles or a bundle of two indie games.
Radeon Silver applies to the Radeon R7 260, R7 260X, R7 265 and R9 270 and offers buyers the choice of two free games, two indie bundles or one game and one bundle. Radeon Gold applies from the R9 280 and up and offers three games or indie bundles. Oddly, the Radeon R9 295X2, AMD”s dual-GPU offering (an analysis of which will be up tomorrow) qualifies for Radeon Gold which is strange considering you’re basically buying two R9 290X GPUs at once. There is also a Radeon Ruby tier offering all the games in the Gold selection pool but giving you the choice of any four games or bundles. AMD isn’t saying which cards or combinations qualify for the Ruby tier.
Below follows a short list of the games on offer in the Never Settle promotion, along with which pools they can be found in.
AAA and Classic titles:
- Dungeon Siege II (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
- DiRT 3 (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
- Alan Wake (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
- Darksiders (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
- Darksiders II (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
- Company of Heroes 2 (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
- Total War: Shogun 2 (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
- Titan Quest Gold Edition (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
- Supreme Commander Gold Edition (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
- Just Cause 2 (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
- Murdered: Soul Suspect (Gold, Silver)
- Thief (Gold, Silver)
- Tomb Raider (Gold, Silver)
- Hitman Absolution (Gold, Silver)
- Sleeping Dogs (Gold, Silver)
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Gold, Silver)
- Payday 2 (Gold, Silver)
Indie Game bundles:
- Banner Saga and DYAD
- Banner Saga and Mutant Blobs Attack
- Guacamelee and DYAD
- Guacamelee and Mutant Blobs Attack
- Mutant Blobs Attack and DYAD
The games on offer also span quite a few years and many of them aren’t even in AMD’s Gaming Evolved program. This is very likely stalling on AMD’s part while they wait for more AAA titles to drive sales further. In the meantime, this will just have to do. One good thing, though, is that Murdered: Soul Suspect is in the Silver and Gold pools, so if you were thinking of picking up a new graphics card as well as Soul Suspect later on, you might want to pick up a qualifying Radeon card and wait until the game’s release to claim your reward.