Steam’s Summer Sale came to a close Monday afternoon, ending a week and a half of amazing price cuts and daily flash sales that had PC gamers glued to their Steam browsers around the clock ready and willing to burn holes in their digital wallets, myself included. Now that the sale has concluded, I thought it would be fun to tally up what I bought, how much I spent, and how much I saved. Feel free to share your summer sale hauls in the comments.
What games did I buy? Here’s a list of my 24-game haul:
The Binding of Isaac
E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Legend of Grimrock
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Ocs Must Die!
Serious Sam Double D
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter
Shoot Many Robots
The Tiny Bang Story
Tobe’s Vertical Adventure
For all those games, I spent a grand total of $59.74. Think about that. 24 games for under what it would cost me to buy one brand new console game at retail. That’s crazy. What’s even crazier is how much I saved compared to the original prices. Collectively, this stack of games would have cost me $204.77 without any discounts applied, which amounts to a savings of $145.03! Again, crazy.
As an on-again, off-again PC gamer, this sale has totally sucked me back into the long hours of late-night/early-morning mouse-and-keyboard gaming I once loved but grew disenchanted with over recent years as my computer has aged and become more susceptible to not meeting system requirements (or meeting system requirements yet still failing to run a game because of some obscure error I don’t feel like mucking about with). Now that indie gaming has taken over in a big way, I play all the big-budget stuff on my consoles and many of the newer PC games I’m interested in are cheap, have accessible system requirements, and generally offer some form of retro nostalgia to the types of games that made me the gamer I am today.
Of the games I piled up during the Summer Sale, I’ve only been able to dabble with Legend of Grimrock, Sanctum, Shoot Many Robots, E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy and Orcs Must Die!, and so far I’m pleased as punch with those purchases and look forward to sinking more time into them all. I also fired up Max Payne for a trip down memory lane as I wrap up the newfangled Max Payne 3 and refresh my franchise perspective before completing my review. Of course, I had to deal with a weird sound glitch that took a user-made patch to fix — playing any Max Payne game is no fun when you can’t hear the narration. The game still is fun, but hasn’t aged particularly well.
Overall, the sale was a great success. I was sad to see games like A Valley Without Wind, The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav, Rune Classic, Aquaria and Hack, Slash, Loot not get dedicated daily/flash sales, but it’s silly to complain about a small handful when so much else was dirt cheap. And after all, Steam’s holiday sale will be coming up before you know it, and by then I’m sure some of these games will join the limited time price cut party. I think these 20+ games should tide me over until then. Maybe.
So, what new games did you buy? Any game recommendations I should watch for in the next sale? Join the discussion and share your Summer Sale haul in the comments!
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