Disclaimer: Any prices mentioned are in Canadian Dollars
It happens every year, and I have no one to blame but me. I tell myself that I really don’t need to spend any more money, that I should be thankful for what I have. But eventually those voices of reason and sound judgment are drowned out by the din. It’s only a couple bucks I then tell myself, it’s a good bargain. A couple bucks here and there begins to add up and then suddenly, that feeling of satisfaction for getting a good deal turns into bitter regret and sorrow that I think I will never overcome.
Until I remember that it’s a Steam Summer Sale and I should just shut up and play the damn games I buy already.
Ah yes, the infamous Steam Summer Sale. Despite the melodrama, this is the first year in a while where I’ve felt the need to buy a bunch of games. I usually buy something during the sale every year, but as of late most of the games on Steam I buy I’ve bought at full price or not during the sale season. Partially this is because I’m no longer a student with no money and can now afford to buy games as I please. But with the backlog of games that I’ve been meaning to pick up so large, a steam sale is a dangerous place to be. Within minutes of logging into Steam on June 11th, 2015 at 1:00PM EST, I had already put 5 games in my cart and spent about 60 bucks. After 24 hours I bought another two games, each at about 2.50 a piece. You can see how with number of sales Steam has at any given time that it can get really expensive, even if the deals are good. With that said I’d like to share some of what I bought and why. No, this is not an attempt to justify my addiction… stop looking at me like that.
An early access game, Darkest Dungeon is a dungeon crawler RPG that has a gothic twist. You control a team of four characters but you can recruit up to 20 members for your pool of possibly party members. It’s a title I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while and I’m super excited to play it for it’s turn-based combat and aesthetics. Also even with it being in early access, turned based RPGs tend to win me over easily.
Price – 14.99 (25% off)
A game originally launched on the PS3 back in 2008, it received a PC port last November with all the DLC. The game is a tactical RPG (do you see a theme here) set in the world of Europa, a world inspired by WWII Europe. Using the “Battle of Live Tactical Zones” or “BLiTZ” battle system, the player engages in field combat against the enemy in gameplay similar to that of “Fire Emblem” or “Advance Wars”. Characters are controlled for limited amount of movement, meaning that strategy and careful character placement is crucial to success. A title that I meant to play on PS3, the deal was just too good to resist.
Price – 5.49 (75% off)
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
The sequel to critically acclaimed action game Hotline Miami, the game features the same intense, 80s inspired, ultra-violent gameplay that can sometimes have you want to throw your controller at the screen. That said though, I really enjoyed the first one and more than happy to pick up the second copy at a discount
Price – 11.38 (33% off)
Tales from the Borderlands
As a huge fan of the Borderlands franchise, I’m excited to finally play Telltale Games entry in the franchise. While the main franchise is known for its incredibly fun first-person shooter game play with RPG elements, Tales from the Borderlands is an episodic adventure game (which Telltale is known for these days) taking place after the events of Borderlands 2. With an awesome voice-acting cast and hilarious writing, I’m in for a treat.
Price – 13.99 (50% off)
Homeworld Remastered Collection
The critically-acclaimed space RTS franchise was given new life this year by Gearbox Software. Not only do you get remastered versions of the first two Homeworld games, but you also get the classic versions as well. Four games at a discount is more than enough to justify (to me at least) the purchase, the fact that you’re getting four incredible games is what really seals the deal. I didn’t play Homeworld and Homeworld 2 upon their initial release, so the fact that they’ve been remade for a new generation is awesome.
Price – 15.46 (60% off)
Only the Beginning
This only after one day of the sale, who know what other deals will be coming over the next 10 days. All I know is that I’ll probably buy more over the course of the sale, enough to write another post about my haul (hence the “part 1”). There will be great deals for games that will definitely worth your money. Other deals may not be so worthwhile, even with the refund policy steam introduced last week. But I’ll probably by them anyway, because I have a problem.