I never usually worry about (or look forward to) the Steam sale. There is a solid reason for this: my older laptop couldn’t run games without chugging to a halt. That isn’t an exaggeration. I tried loading up Gone Home once and my poor computer struggled so badly with it, I could barely navigate without feeling sick from the sometimes no frames per second visuals.
Earlier this year, I finally replaced my aging laptop with a newer one, albeit a budget choice. The computer was under $400 and it has been good to me. I am grateful for the upgrade.
With that in mind, I thought I’d give the Steam sale a gander in case there were any point and click adventures I might be able to run on this new laptop.
Oops. I should have known better than to look at that sale.
I wound up buying seven games. Seven. That’s at least six more than I thought I might wind up with.
To be fair, I paid under $30 for all those games combined, so it isn’t as if I went entirely off the rails. Still, I’m not even sure I can run all of them on my computer.
When I went to look at the sale, I realized I had never even downloaded Steam to this computer. So first I had to do that. Once I got things up and running, I realized the Steam sale is a rabbit hole.
I fell down.
Here are the games I bought:
Always Sometimes Monsters
Kentucky Route Zero
The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. bundle
To The Moon
I had no prior knowledge of 35MM, but it looked interesting so I thought I’d give it a chance. I’d heard for some time that Always Sometimes Monsters was a game in which your choices carried weight, and I always enjoy those experiences. Kentucky Route Zero is a title I’ve wanted to play for a good long while, and when I saw it on deep discount I finally bit that bullet. To The Moon is a game I’ve heard is emotionally moving, so I picked it up as well.
The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. bundle was my big surprise. I’d gotten into a conversation with someone about one of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games on Facebook a while back and it piqued my interest. I couldn’t remember which title in the series it was, so when I saw the bundle for three S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games on sale for under $10, it seemed like an okay way to go. I have no idea if my computer will be able to run them, but I’m hopeful. I’m a sucker for games that take place in Pripyat or have anything to do with Chernobyl. (Side note: I had such high hopes for the horror film Chernobyl Diaries, but the third act fell apart. Darn. It was still neat to see Pripyat on film.)
I try to be careful of sales since I know I’m susceptible to them (I check PSN every Tuesday for new games as well as to look at all the games on sale), but I really thought I might be able to cruise through the Steam sale without buying anything.
I should have known.
Have you bought anything from the Steam sale this time around? How about some of the other massive sales PlayStation and Microsoft are running?