Friday, January 2, 2015

My 2014 Steam Holiday Sale Haul

P-C-Games DONE-DIRT-CHEAP!

Well it's only been a few months since my last huge haul of games from Steam, so now let's look at what I grabbed during the most recent sale!


My strategy for this sale was to only buy games that were on my wishlist and were heavily discounted (i.e. 75% off or more). I did break the rules for a couple of titles, namely Gauntlet and Dead State but that's because with the former I was buying a 4-pack for friends and with the latter, I just really wanted to get my hands on it sooner rather than later :).

Gauntlet

  • Sale price: $11.24 USD (in a 4-pack)
  • Metacritic Rating: 68
  • Steam Rating: Mostly Positive (75% Positive out of 2,704 reviews)
Probably not the best rating you'd want to get from a legendary game (the original came out way back in 1985) but this game is a co-op experience at heart and I love co-op games.

Dead State

  • Sale price: $20.09 USD
  • Metacritic Rating: 70
  • Steam Rating: Mostly Positive (75% Positive out of 698 reviews)
I originally heard about this quite awhile back and was kicking myself when I missed out on the Kickstarter. As you know, I'm not really big into zombies but when I heard that there was going to be a zombie RPG (as in the good, oldschool kind of RPG) and that veteran RPG designer, Brian Mitsoda (famous for Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines) was behind it, I think I was justifiably excited - well at least I hope that's the case - only one way to find out, right? :)

Trine

  • Sale price: $1.49
  • Metacritic Rating: 80
  • Steam Rating: Overwhelmingly Positive (96% Positive out of 4,159 reviews)
As you know, I quite enjoyed the sequel to Trine but I unfortunately never played the series in chronological order. I thought it was time to rectify that and considering how cheap the game was during the sale, it was a no-brainer.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

  • Sale price: $5.99
  • Metacritic Rating: 79
  • Steam Rating: Overwhelmingly Positive (96% Positive out of 5,729 reviews)
This game has rated pretty well and I love the art style that I've seen in screenshots. It also seems to be an adventure game and it's set during a war I know little about but as a consequence has always fascinated me: World War I or the Great War. I've seen it go on sale several times before so it was probably only a matter of time before I surrendered to Gaben and just forked over my money.

Scribblenauts Unlimited

  • Sale price: $4.99
  • Metacritic Rating: 75
  • Steam Rating: Very Positive (93% Positive out of 3,828 reviews)
A game that happened to be on my wishlist since I wanted to add some kid-friendly games my daughter could either watch or play. It can actually be quite a bit of fun for an adult too.

Remember Me

  • Sale price: $7.49
  • Metacritic Rating: 65
  • Steam Rating: Very Positive (87% Positive out of 3,407 reviews)
This is another one of those games that kept tempting me at each Steam sale saying "buy me! Buy me!" So I eventually did, mainly because I find sci-fi films with "Total Recall"-like plots intriguing. Or maybe because it was saying "remember me"...

Gods Will Be Watching Collector's Edition

  • Sale price: $4.99
  • Metacritic Rating: 64
  • Steam Rating: Mixed (69% Positive out of 823 reviews)
I've been meaning to play this since around the same time I heard about this game, I was telling myself "Self. You should make a game that revolves around keeping your party alive while it tries to survive on a harsh, unforgiving, alien world." Then these jackanapes decide they're going to beat me to it and release Gods Will Be Watching. I got the Collector's Edition since I'm a sucker for game soundtracks.

Rogue Legacy

  • Sale price: $2.24
  • Metacritic Rating: 85
  • Steam Rating: Overwhelmingly Positive (95% Positive out of 9,065 reviews)
Despite me not liking rogue-likes, I thought I'd finally give this one a try since it's got rave reviews and I like the concept of adventurers with different traits and inheriting their wealth and perks from their ancestors. It also means it might be more forgiving for rogue-like n00bs like me! Naaaaah.

Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper

  • Sale price: $1.99
  • Metacritic Rating: 73
  • Steam Rating: Very Positive (88% Positive out of 114 reviews)
Ever since ICOM released their excellent FMV series of Sherlock Holmes games, I've had a soft spot for any games involving Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective. This one seemed a deal to good to resist especially since it seems to be considered one of the better Sherlock Holmes games by Frogwares.

Nikopol

  • Sale price: $0.99
  • Metacritic Rating: 68
  • Steam Rating: Mixed (61% Positive out of 139 reviews)
All the games following from Nikopol I bought because they were dirt cheap. I mean look at Nikopol - "I'd buy that for a dollar!" as a wise man from Robocop once said. I like point 'n' click adventures, so why not?

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom

  • Sale price: $1.24
  • Metacritic Rating: 79
  • Steam Rating: Mixed (91% Positive out of 237 reviews)
I got this game mainly because it's probably the best rated game by The Odd Gentlemen, the same developer behind the new King's Quest game that is coming soon.

Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle

  • Sale price: $0.74
  • Metacritic Rating: 54
  • Steam Rating: Mixed (64% Positive out of 51 reviews)
Again another adventure game for a very cheap price. What the hell!

Draw a Stickman: EPIC

  • Sale price: $0.99
  • Metacritic Rating: N/A
  • Steam Rating: Mostly Positive (77% Positive out of 862 reviews)
Just like Scribblenauts, this was another kid-friendly game I thought I could get my daughter into.

VVVVVV

  • Sale price: $1.24
  • Metacritic Rating: 81
  • Steam Rating: Overwhelmingly Positive (96% Positive out of 4,004 reviews)
This game is apparently one of the best platformers out there even though it's now a bit old. I've also heard it has an excellent soundtrack and that's definitely a big plus for me when it comes to games.

So what did you end up getting? Did you set yourself a limit as to how many games you were going to buy or a certain percentage discount? Or did you just go with the flow and bought games like there was no tomorrow?

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