So, What Did You Buy During the Steam Summer Getaway Sale?


Steam’s 2013 Summer Getaway Sale officially came to a close earlier this afternoon. I don’t know how it went for you, but for me it was a fun, frenzied week and a half of around the clock budget shopping and trading card collecting. Now that the sale is over, I thought it might be fun to share our game hauls. I’ll go first.

I spent just shy of 50 bucks, amassing a total of 17 games, for an average of less than $3 a game. Craziness! More amazing is how funds raised from selling off unwanted trading cards covered at least half of the bill. I had around $15 in my Steam wallet going into the sale (some from previous cards) and added another $10 from Paypal halfway through. The rest I picked up from cards along the way. And I still managed to craft five badges (Torchlight II, Surgeon Simulator 2013, Faerie Solitaire, Castle Crashers, and for the Summer Getaway set), with another seven cards currently in hand for the Awesomenauts set (halfway to the badge) and 10 more games eligible for trading card drops that I haven’t even played yet.

My complete game haul includes:

Shattered Haven
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition
Dungeon Defenders
Alan Wake
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Castle Crashers
System Shock 2
Faster Than Light
Super House of Dead Ninjas
The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav
Zombie Driver HD
Time Gentlemen, Please!
Ben There, Dan That!
Left 4 Dead 2
Faerie Solitaire

I’ve been pleased with all the purchases that I have played. Deadlight and the Alan Wake games are borderline capable of running on my current PC (in fact, they probably won’t), but the flash sales that popped up for those were too good to pass up so I had to get them to have on hand for when I finally get around to upgrading my hardware. Everything else has worked great. Faster Than Light is a true revelation; I didn’t think it would be my kind of game but I really got sucked into it for a couple hours straight after making the purchase. Awesomenauts has been another pleasant surprise. I’m not too involved in the MOBA scene, but putting the traditional MOBA mechanics into the format of a side-scrolling action platformer works brilliantly. Faerie Solitaire is also quite addictive, and it’s one of those games that I think trading cards have helped call much more attention to.

Those are the games I bought. Now how about you? If you’re in the mood to share, head down to the comments and let us know which games you picked up on the cheap and how you’re coming along with your trading card collection.

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