With the Steam sale winding down (2 days of encore deals?! Whatever, Steam...), I thought it might be fun to take a look at what we all bought and see what the damage looks like.

I actually was thinking the first couple of days of this sale that I wasn't going to buy much of anything. The number of daily/flash deals doesn't seem to be increasing. Thus, as the number of games on Steam grows, the chances that any game I want is going to be on sale is going to decrease.

How wrong I was! Let's survey my personal tally:

  1. Rise of Nations: Extended Edition - (Wishlist) I have the original version of this, and it's probably in my top 2 favorite RTS'es of all time, up there next to Company of Heroes. I'll probably go on a nostalgia trip at some point soon.
  2. Valiant Hearts: The Great War - I've heard good things about this game, although I'll admit to not having a lot of knowledge about what kind of game it is or what it's about.
  3. Shadow Warrior - Confession time: when I was younger I thought the original game was funny. I've sinced realized it's horribly racist, among other things. I hear the remake manages to capture a lot of the brutal charm without the casual racism.
  4. Octodad: Dadliest Catch - Here's another one I've heard interesting things about. It looks silly, and I like silly!
  5. Spore - Okay, kind of ashamed of this one. I figure it's a "play it once, laugh at it, and then uninstall" kind of thing. Does anyone else remember the hype around this game? Also, remember when Maxis made good games? Good times.
  6. Payday 2 - (wishlist) One of my old clan buddies has been talking this one up. I probably should have convinced EB to grab a copy, since we tend to co-op.
  7. Age of Wonders 3 - (wishlist) It was between this and Endless Legend. Despite my love for turn-based strategy, I could not get into Endless Space for whatever reason, so I opted for this instead. I will probably grab Endless Legend on some future sale.
  8. Ghostbusters: The Video Game - Another guilty pleasure. I used to own the record of the Ghostbusters soundtrack, back before my youngest brother shattered it because he was mad at me. :(
  9. Super Time Force Ultra - I had this on my wishlist, and then pulled it after trying the demo on the 360. It was only $5 though, and my impulse control was not working properly. Toss it on the pile!
  10. Transistor - (wishlist) This was one I was REALLY looking forward to grabbing, so I was super psyched that it went on sale like I was hoping.
  11. Invisible, Inc - (wishlist) I am a big fan of Klei's work, and Mark of the Ninja was my favorite. I was telling myself I'd wait for release (or try and talk them into letting me review it) but it went on sale and I couldn't say no...
  12. The Stanley Parable - I played the mod version of this game, and I loved it. It's one of my favorite "walking simulators." I'm sure I'll enjoy the standalone version, and I think those guys probably deserve a couple of my bucks at any rate.
  13. I also picked up Assassin's Creed 4 and Tales of the Borderlands from Ubisoft's sale. I hear AC4 is one of the high points of the AC series, so I'm looking forward to it. I'm also a big fan of Borderlands AND Telltale, so TotB is a no-brainer.

I think I came away $100 in the hole this time around, yikes! I've been keeping my wallet in a death grip all year, so it was nice to let go a bit. Plus I had unspent birthday/Christmas funds. Hopefully this will carry me through for a while, too. Plus, tax deduction, heck yeah!

I was hoping for a deep discount on Road Not Taken, but that one will have to wait, I suppose. Watch_Dogs and Shadow of Mordor both went on sale, but I'm still holding out for a better deal on both. I think, though, that this is the most of my wishlist I've ever cleared in a single sale!

If you've gone into a Steam sale fugue and can't remember what you bought, or if like me you bought a bunch of gift passes you plan to redeem later (trick #3 FTW), click here for your transactions page.