My Steam Sale 2014 Report Card

Keeping an eye on our budget is important for everyone, particularly your gaming budget. Whether you’re spending your discretionary money on crowns, cards, games, or any non-essential, it’s a good idea to take stock of your purchases. At least that’s what I tell myself every year after every Steam sale. Here’s my report card:

Fair warning: this post is as much for me as it is for everyone else. I really am a big proponent of surveying the damage after a buying binge and trying to determine whether a purchase was a good one or something I probably could have done without.

First off, this Steam sale had absolutely no moments where a price was so low I ran for my wallet. Just nothing that really blew me away. Here’s a review of my purchases during this past week’s Autumn Steam sale:

Mount and Blade Warband: Napoleonic Wars DLC (ESRB: M) – This is a DLC for one of my favorite single-player games, but it’s multiplayer only. While I really like multiplayer games, I don’t have any actual friends who play this one. I’m not quite sure I’ll get my money’s worth out of it. Grade: C-

Don’t Starve (ESRB: T) – Not sure if I should count this, because I already own the base game and the Reign of Giants DLC. I bought this one as a gift for my daughter so we could play together when the Don’t Starve multiplayer patch is released. I don’t think that she would enjoy playing it solo, but together I’m confident we’ll have a good time. Grade: B-

Dead Island GOTY (ESRB: M)Another fun game that doesn’t really shine until you go multiplayer. I have quite a few friends who play this one, however, and I really hope we’re going to have some good, zombie-smashing fun. Grade: C+

Divinity: Original Sin (ESRB: M) – An absolutely incredible game that I’ve been watching for quite some time. At first glance, it’s an old-school RPG in the vein of Baldur’s Gate or Fallout 2 that rewards interaction with NPCs and the environment as much as destroying the badguys and looting them. After an hour of play, however, one realizes what a ‘modern’ game this is. It’s a lot of fun both single-player or with a friend, and this is the purchase I’m happiest with. Grade: A

Dishonored (ESRB: M) – The stealth first-person game that is everything the new Thief should have been, Dishonored is a great game with cool gameplay and a captivating story. I had been considering purchasing it for some time, but had never pulled the trigger. As happy as I am to have it installed, I don’t know how much playtime I’ll get in. Grade: B-

Castle Crashers (ESRB: T) – A frenetic little side-scrolling beat ’em up, this one has been on the periphery of my radar as a multiplayer game for some time. It’s exactly the kind of game my daughter and I like to play together, and the fact that it supports 4-player means I can gift it around to friends for groups of us to get together (but don’t tell them…it’s a secret!). That said, I don’t see myself ever getting any single-player time in on this one. (It was crazy inexpensive, however. I mean I paid more for lunch at Panda Express on Sunday than I paid for 8 copies of the game.) Grade: B

So I’ve got just beneath a 3.0 average this past Steam sale, which isn’t bad. There’s definitely room for improvement once the Winter sale rolls around later this month.

I also noticed I didn’t really purchase any family-friendly games, which is kind of sad. I wish there were more really solid PC titles that were rated E or E10, but beyond Wizard and Pirate there really aren’t any that I’m interested in. Maybe you all could help me out there – what family-friendly games (outside of Wizard and Pirate) do you play on your PC?


2 thoughts on “My Steam Sale 2014 Report Card

  1. Oh hello, can you you add me to steam? My steam name is ill. The profile is a picture of Kim Jong Il and I am level 4 just to be sure. I really want to be friends with a Wizard101/Pirate101 player.

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