The reception for AMD's Never Settle Reloaded bundle - which included Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider (2013) as free titles with AMD GPUs - was almost wholly positive but resulted in one key criticism: why do we (as consumers) have to choose? The bundle limited the high-end single-GPU cards to either Crysis 3 or Tomb Raider 2013 depending on whether a HD7900-series card or HD7870 GHz Edition card was purchased.
Thankfully AMD are now responding by adding to the titles available at almost all tiers of the Never Settle Reloaded offer. The most notable change in the aptly named Level Up promotion are those for the HD7970/7950 and HD7870 GHz Edition offers, where each will now include Tomb Raider and Crysis 3 as well as the other titles already in the offer such as BioShock Infinite and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
Also selected for a 'Level Up' is the HD 7790, AMD's most recent mainstream/performance release. In addition to the awesome BioShock Infinite all new cards in this range will also be getting Tomb Raider (2013).
Those seeking the full Never Settle Reloaded package are still limited to AMD's current flagship card - the dual-core HD7990. With eight triple-A titles and one 1980's retro throwback, that's a hell of a lot of game you're getting for your money.
We would be remiss if we didn't briefly discuss the rationale behind the update: AMD's 8000-series for desktops feels like it's a long way off (although we should stress that we know nothing concrete) and AMD need to bolster their status going into the Haswell CPU launch period. Other products have taken the limelight in recent months, and AMD want to reclaim it by leveraging a key asset: their games partner catalogue. As far as the consumer is concerned this is all good, and makes the equation very difficult if you're trying to compare the ultimate value of a purchase.
The new bundle is set to go live this evening in selected North American, European and Australian/New Zealand outlets. The offer will last until December or while stocks last.