Steam Holiday Sale 2012: What games have you bought?

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Posted by KKGlider (44 posts) -

My first blog post, on my new Giant Bomb account, celebrating my first Steam Sale.

PC games comprise the majority of my early childhood video game memories. I was adventuring as Roger Wilco and Sir Graham before playing a Mario or Link video game. After the DOS era though, I completely switched over to consoles and haven't looked back since. Until now.

Indie games, man. Nothing has interested me in PC gaming like the slew of indie games that have hit the scene in the last few years. So here it is:

Steam Holiday Sale 2012

1. X-COM: UFO Defense

I thought it was fitting that the first game I bought on Steam was one of the earliest PC games I ever played. Truly, one of the best games of all time, and a steal at $2.49.

2. Bastion

I've been wanting to play this game for a long time, and since I don't have an Xbox, I was waiting 'til I had a good TV-PC setup before I bought it. But at $3.49, why wait? And you know what? It works perfectly well on my laptop.

3. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

I love the look and overall vibe of the game. Other than that, and the weird tweets that it spits out, I don't know much else about it. From what I've heard though, I'm sure it's worth the $3.50.

4. Cave Story

Everything about this game seems like it's right up my alley. Unfortunately, playing it on a keyboard is no fun, and my USB SNES controller doesn't quite work with it. I'll have to wait 'til I get an Xbox controller to play it.

5. World of Goo

I was gonna buy this on the Wii Shop Channel, but it was something like $10 and I wasn't completely sold on it. For $2.49 though? Done!

The game I'm looking forward to getting the most though, is Hotline Miami. We'll see if it drops close to $5 before the sale is over. Over at GOG.com they're selling the Quest for Glory collection for $5 so I'll probably pick that up too.

What Steam games have you picked up during this year's holiday sale?

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#1 Posted by KKGlider (44 posts) -

My first blog post, on my new Giant Bomb account, celebrating my first Steam Sale.

PC games comprise the majority of my early childhood video game memories. I was adventuring as Roger Wilco and Sir Graham before playing a Mario or Link video game. After the DOS era though, I completely switched over to consoles and haven't looked back since. Until now.

Indie games, man. Nothing has interested me in PC gaming like the slew of indie games that have hit the scene in the last few years. So here it is:

Steam Holiday Sale 2012

1. X-COM: UFO Defense

I thought it was fitting that the first game I bought on Steam was one of the earliest PC games I ever played. Truly, one of the best games of all time, and a steal at $2.49.

2. Bastion

I've been wanting to play this game for a long time, and since I don't have an Xbox, I was waiting 'til I had a good TV-PC setup before I bought it. But at $3.49, why wait? And you know what? It works perfectly well on my laptop.

3. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

I love the look and overall vibe of the game. Other than that, and the weird tweets that it spits out, I don't know much else about it. From what I've heard though, I'm sure it's worth the $3.50.

4. Cave Story

Everything about this game seems like it's right up my alley. Unfortunately, playing it on a keyboard is no fun, and my USB SNES controller doesn't quite work with it. I'll have to wait 'til I get an Xbox controller to play it.

5. World of Goo

I was gonna buy this on the Wii Shop Channel, but it was something like $10 and I wasn't completely sold on it. For $2.49 though? Done!

The game I'm looking forward to getting the most though, is Hotline Miami. We'll see if it drops close to $5 before the sale is over. Over at GOG.com they're selling the Quest for Glory collection for $5 so I'll probably pick that up too.

What Steam games have you picked up during this year's holiday sale?

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#2 Posted by Kidavenger (4168 posts) -

Just Hitman: Absolution and Scribblenauts Unlimited so far, haven't tried Hitman yet but Scribblenauts is disappointing, it's a good game but very much a kids game, not nearly a clever as I had hoped it would be.

I'll be buying AC3 and Little Inferno on the last day if they don't go up as dailies.

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#3 Posted by FrankieSpankie (228 posts) -

Natural Selection 2

Secrets of Monkey Island

I Am Alive

Ignite

Unmechanical

Condemned: Criminal Origins

Gateways

Already beat I Am Alive and started Unmechanical last night, I'm only about 20 minutes in though. I'm honestly surprised I bought as much as I did. Also won Mirror's Edge on SteamGifts. =D And lastly, a friend of mine sent me a gag gift of Bad Rats... He told me he'd buy me a game under $20 of my choice if I get all the achievements, I'm kind of tempted to hold him to that word but man, is that game bad...

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#4 Posted by Justin258 (14373 posts) -

Intrusion 2, Dishonored, and Torchlight 2. It's worth noting that I have also picked up Warhammer 40K Space Marine and Dark Souls from Amazon as well.

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#5 Posted by JacDG (2186 posts) -

None.

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#6 Posted by mordukai (8481 posts) -

So far I only bought the Double Fine pack.

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#7 Edited by SMTDante89 (2885 posts) -

Just Scribblenauts Unlimited so far.

Edit: Just bought They Bleed Pixels as well.

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#8 Posted by crush3x5 (54 posts) -

Walking Dead

Bastion

CS: GO

Bioshock

Dragon Age: Origins: Ultimate Edition

Prince of Persia:: The Forgotten Sands

Only the Walking Dead was over $10 so pretty good deals on all of them too.

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#9 Edited by niamahai (1409 posts) -

Saints Row 3 season pass

Borderlands 2 season pass

Binary Domain

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#10 Posted by Khadyn (242 posts) -

I spent a ton of $$$ during the yearly sales on Steam so, kinda chilling out during the Christmas sales...so far:

Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package for $7.49

Unmechanical - $2.49

Hoping to snatch up Far Cry 3, Mark of the Ninja and some others once I see if I get any $$$ / Steam Credit for Xmas...

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#11 Posted by skyline7284 (699 posts) -

Stalker Collection

Orks Must Die GOTY Edition

Dawn of War Franchise Collection

Universe Sandbox

Deals aren't as good as I had hoped so far

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#12 Posted by spat55 (37 posts) -

sniper elite v2 and that is it, I wanted it awhile ago but thought it wasn't worth £10, seen it on PS3 when my brother brought it round.

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#13 Edited by ArtisanBreads (8074 posts) -

Skyrim w/ Dawnguard and Hearthfire

Anno 2070

Looking for some more.

From Amazon:

Spec Ops

Bioshock 1 and 2

Max Payne 3

ARMA II

Cook Serve Delicious

Serious Sam 3

Sims 3 expansions

(Loading up for the new PC, been a while. NBA 2k13 and AC Rev should be on sale soon on Amazon plus some others. Still staring at $15 Dark Souls but I didn't make it that far last time)

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#14 Posted by Uhtaree (763 posts) -

I'm mostly sticking to my wishlist and checking in on it a few times a day, but nothing yet. I don't like spending $5 or more on stuff I don't really want to play. Thinking about Sine Mora at $3.39.

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#15 Posted by Phatmac (5930 posts) -

Blocks that matter, Lone Survivor, Dear Esther, Hard Reset, and Dawn of War pack.

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#16 Posted by CornBREDX (7198 posts) -

These threads always make me think of Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory 
 

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#17 Edited by ArtisanBreads (8074 posts) -

Amazons deal has been getting better and better too. The publishers are giving $5 coupons for any purchases in 2012. You just get 1 coupon per publisher but as is you can get some crazy deals on some of their packs now with the coupon. Looking at the EA one with Mirrors Edge, Mercs 2, Bulletstorm, Saboteur, and another game I think, which after the coupon will be $2.

http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=328579&page=524

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#18 Posted by Uhtaree (763 posts) -

@ArtisanBreads said:

Amazons deal has been getting better and better too. The publishers are giving $5 coupons for any purchases in 2012. You just get 1 coupon per publisher but as is you can get some crazy deals on some of their packs now with the coupon. Looking at the EA one with Mirrors Edge, Mercs 2, Bulletstorm, Saboteur, and another game I think, which after the coupon will be $2.

http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=328579&page=524

Yeah, come to think of it, I have actually been getting most of my games recently from a variety of places at crazier prices than you typically see on steam sales.

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#19 Posted by ArtisanBreads (8074 posts) -

@aquamarin said:

@ArtisanBreads said:

Amazons deal has been getting better and better too. The publishers are giving $5 coupons for any purchases in 2012. You just get 1 coupon per publisher but as is you can get some crazy deals on some of their packs now with the coupon. Looking at the EA one with Mirrors Edge, Mercs 2, Bulletstorm, Saboteur, and another game I think, which after the coupon will be $2.

http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=328579&page=524

Yeah, come to think of it, I have actually been getting most of my games recently from a variety of places at crazier prices than you typically see on steam sales.

Steam really pushed everyone else to get into the sale game, and it's been great for me. Amazon really has had some awesome deals.

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#20 Posted by UitDeToekomst (799 posts) -
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#21 Edited by KKGlider (44 posts) -

Ah, Saints Row. I saw a couple of mentions for that one. It's so cheap right now, and I know I want to get it, but I don't think I have a PC that can run it very well. I saw it on Best Buy's flyer for $19.99 (for consoles) and I'm not sure if I want to spring for it yet.

I'm in Canada right now, so it makes me sad that I miss out on all of Amazon's deals. Hell, even on just regular prices there can be a large disparity. I remember trying to buy a PS2 game that was like $7 on amazon.com, but was close to $20 on amazon.ca. Real shame.

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#22 Posted by phuzzybunny (178 posts) -

Fear complete package. Time to see what's so good about them.

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#23 Posted by commonoutlier (140 posts) -

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. bundle, The Walking Dead, Quantum Conundrum, Splinter Cell, Universe Sandbox, Price of Persia: Forgotten Sands, and Splinter Cell: Double Agent.  And I'm sure I'll be getting plenty more...although most of the ones I know I'll get eventually are already $2.49, so that helps a lot...

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#24 Posted by ArtisanBreads (8074 posts) -

@phuzzybunny said:

Fear complete package. Time to see what's so good about them.

Not sure how it holds up but FEAR 1 was crazy at the time. Graphics were insane and the AI was really good.

Best part was the crazy kung fu melee moves you could pull off, the flying kick especially. Such a great touch.

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#25 Posted by Ducksworth (671 posts) -

Not much. I bought Portal 1 and right now I'm looking at Commander Keen.

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#26 Posted by HatKing (7269 posts) -

Keeping an eye on Hotline Miami. It's sitting at $7.50 right now, which is a good deal (hell, full price is a good deal), but I'm going to hold out for something better before I jump on it. I've made the mistake in the past of buying something that's only 25% off, then the next day it goes 75% off or something insane. If it doesn't drop any more than this, I'll happily pay the $7.50 though.

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#27 Posted by amir90 (2243 posts) -

Boderlands 2, 50%

Prince of persia collection (all the games) 75%

Orcs must die 2 DLC, 75%

Arkham City GOTY 75%

Too bad I cannot play any of these games..

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#28 Posted by Scottish_Sin (246 posts) -

I've bought Intrusion 2 and Gemini Rue. Holding out for a price drop on Primordia.

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#29 Posted by Bismarck (453 posts) -

Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Gold edition (With Winter Assault)

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Dark Crusade

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine DLC - Chaos Unleashed for a friend

Might get some other things till it ends

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#30 Posted by TheGoatMan1 (32 posts) -

Torchlight II (loving it), Orcs Must Die 2, Ys:Origin and Dungeons of Dredmor Complete pack. Waiting for Hotline Miami to get to at least 50%.

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#31 Posted by Khadyn (242 posts) -

@amir90: I really want Batman: Arkham City GOTY so badly but, I'm the weird type who has to keep the collection together (have Batman: Arkham Asylum for X360) so, may just cry and hand over the money for the X360 pricier package...

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#32 Posted by beepmachine (631 posts) -

Nothing but I got Sleeping Dogs at greenmangaming for $11.90

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#33 Posted by TheHT (14307 posts) -

FEAR 3 and Binary Domain.

Got Sleeping Dogs and Arkham City from Green Man Gaming though.

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#34 Edited by butano (1997 posts) -

Lets see...

Chivalry, Forge, Anno 2070, Alan Wake Franchise, Binary Domain, and I Am Alive.

Also picked up Guild Wars 2 for $40 off of Green Man Gaming. Just waiting for XCOM to drop a little lower than it did in the flash sale....

EDIT 1: Picked up Endless Space.

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#35 Posted by Redbullet685 (6453 posts) -

I bought Don't Starve during the sale, though it wasn't part of the sale. Still, you all should go buy it.

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#36 Posted by Fearbeard (877 posts) -

Just bought They Bleed Pixels and Half Minute Hero.

My backlog is way too big to justify spending more then $10 on a game, so I passed on Scribblenauts.

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#37 Posted by BeachThunder (14576 posts) -

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#38 Posted by rawrsair (836 posts) -

Ace of Spades and Don't Starve are my buys so far.

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#39 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7598 posts) -

@Khadyn said:

@amir90: I really want Batman: Arkham City GOTY so badly but, I'm the weird type who has to keep the collection together (have Batman: Arkham Asylum for X360) so, may just cry and hand over the money for the X360 pricier package...

GMG have had Arkham Asylym GOTY for around £2 recently. It'd still work out to be a lot cheaper to simply buy it again than it would be to get Arkham City for the 360.

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#40 Posted by KKGlider (44 posts) -

@amir90: Why not?

@HatKing: That's exactly how I feel. I'll probably wait until the 1st for that one.

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#42 Edited by ArtelinaRose (1994 posts) -

Bought three friends Arkham City, one of them with Arkham Asylum, bought somebody Syndicate, bought somebody Scribblenauts Unlimited, bought my roommate Primordia and the Darksiders franchise pack(not in that order, he was upset that what I got him wasn't Primordia), bought somebody XCom: Enemy Unknown, bought somebody Sleeping Dogs and bought three people The Walking Dead. Haven't purchased myself anything yet, but I did get Rune and Thief Gold.

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#43 Posted by Tesla (2126 posts) -

Two copies of Hotline Miami as gifts, two copies of FTL as gifts. F.E.A.R. and Fallout Collection for myself.

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#44 Posted by ProfessorEss (7957 posts) -
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#45 Posted by DougQuaid (1273 posts) -

The Darksiders Collection and I might get Endless Space since it's finally on sale.

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#46 Posted by buft (3409 posts) -

I didnt buy them but i have been gifted Bioshock 1&2 as well as Krater all in the spirit of Xmas.

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#47 Posted by pyromagnestir (4452 posts) -

I have bought nothing. NOTHING!

Well, except a gift copy of Orcs Must Die 2.

And that amazon bundle with Spec Ops and the Bioshocks.

But other than that I have bought nothing!

I'm waiting to see if To the Moon is a flash deal or daily deal and that is the last thing I'm going to get. After that I'm done.

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#49 Posted by recroulette (5446 posts) -

Half Life 2 and episodes 1&2, because for some reason I didn't have them. 
 
I bought Scribblenauts for $4.50 from Amazon though, $7.50 before a credit.

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#50 Posted by amir90 (2243 posts) -
@KKGlider

@amir90: Why not?

@HatKing: That's exactly how I feel. I'll probably wait until the 1st for that one.

Thursday last week, my CPU got a bit hot. After some attempts to apply new thermal paste properly and the heatsink (which I am still unsuccessful at), I am still having problems with CPU temps when playing games. My friend will come over this weekend and try to fix it, even letting me have his superior heatsink/fan. So I am crossing my fingers that I didn't ruin my CPU.

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