Reader Discussion: Did the Steam Summer Sale Melt Your Credit Cards?


The 2014 Steam Summer Sale is officially over, so I figured this would be the perfect time to discuss the ridiculous amount of games we all picked up on the cheap. I’m a little embarrassed to say that this was the first Steam Summer Sale that I paid attention to, but I quickly became glued to the store every 8 hours to take advantage of some amazing deals.

I’ll go ahead and start it off, and if you beautiful and handsome readers want to follow suit in the comments, let us know what you dropped your hard earned cash on as well. I share a Steam account with my girlfriend (who is also an avid gamer), so between the two of us, we play a lot of different stuff.

  • 9.03m
  • Actual Sunlight
  • Agricultural Simulator 2013: Steam Edition
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • The Blackwell Convergence
  • The Blackwell Deception
  • The Blackwell Legacy
  • Blackwell Unbound
  • Breath of Death VII
  • Castle Crashers
  • Cloudbuilt
  • Coma: Mortuary
  • Cthulhu Saves the World
  • Delver
  • Diehard Dungeon
  • DLC Quest
  • Don’t Starve
  • Edge of Space
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary Edition
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • FTL – Faster Than Light: Advanced Edition
  • Garry’s Mod
  • Hotline Miami
  • Inescapable
  • Long Live the Queen
  • Magicka
  • Marlow Briggs
  • Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine
  • Noir Syndrome
  • Noitu Love 2: Devolution
  • Organ Trail: Director’s Cut
  • ORION: Dino Horde
  • Papo & Yo
  • Primordia
  • Psychonauts
  • Real Horror Stories: Ultimate Edition
  • Savant – Ascent
  • Scania Truck Driving Simulator
  • Scratches: Director’s Cut
  • Secret of the Magic Crystal
  • The Shivah
  • Snuggle Truck
  • State of Decay
  • Super Amazing Wagon Adventure
  • Super Hexagon
  • Super House of Dead Ninjas
  • Surgeon Simulator 2013
  • The Swapper
  • Sword of the Stars: The Pit
  • The Syberia Collection
  • To the Moon
  • Year Walk
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 + DLC Pack
  • They Bleed Pixels
  • Torchlight 2
  • Tropico 4: Complete Edition
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines

If I had to estimate, I’d say we dropped about $150. That’s not too shabby considering you couldn’t buy 3 new retail games for that price. I’m a sucker for roguelikes, quirky indie titles and point-and-click adventure games, so I went a little crazy in that department.

So let’s hear it! What did you pick up, if anything? I know GOG was running a summer sale as well, so feel free to include that stuff too.

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Bradley Keene is the Executive Editor here at What’s Your Tag?, generally handling news, reviews, and a bit of our public relations communications. He’s an aspiring writer and Baltimore native that can usually be found watching terrible B-movies or knee-deep in a roguelike, a horror game or some sort of point-and-click adventure. His favorite console is the Dreamcast, favorite game is the original Metroid, and he could watch The Goonies for the rest of his life. Contact him by e-mail at the address above, or follow his insanity on Twitter.


  1. Your list looks like a lot of my past Steam sales, lol. The last two sales though, I have resolved to only buy games with money made through Steam card sales as sort of a challenge and a way of mediating my impulsive Steam shopping habits. During the winter sale, I made close to $100 off the cards (due to having something like 200 cards sitting in my inventory at the beginning of the sale). This time, I think it was a more modest $40 or so that I made off of cards and reinvested in games and a couple badges. However, this sale, a lot of my Steam friends gifted games to me (my main Steam group is great, and everybody sort of gets into the Christmas spirit, as it were. I also hold giveaways each sale as well with codes collected between Steam sales via bundles, 4 packs, etc…)

    Anyway, my Summer sale acquisitions were as follows:

    Battleblock Theater(plus a copy for my wife)
    Space Hulk
    Blackwell Bundle
    One Way Heroics
    Blackguards: Untold Legends (because the base game is turning out to be really cool)
    Defy Gravity Extended
    Baldurs Gate 2:Enhanced
    Strike Vector
    Actual Sunlight
    Beat Hazard (for my wife as well)
    Real Horror Stories Ultimate Edition (one for me, one for my wife)

    and have been gifted

    Amnesia: Machine for Pigs
    State of Decay
    State of Decay:Breakdown
    Halo:Spartan Assault
    Rogues Tale
    Batman:Arkham Origins
    100% Orange Juice 4 pack
    Dark Scavenger
    Splinter Cell:Blacklist
    Goat Simulator
    Project Cyber (I already had this game, but my wife wanted it, so it worked out)

    1. My will was incredibly strong this year. I somehow managed to resist the urge to buy even a single game. Last year I spent well over $100 on a ridiculous list of games. Sadly I haven’t even played most of them yet…. So I figured I should save myself the pain and money this time around.

      1. Yeah, in the process of farming cards, I tried every game I farmed, which was nice because my list of owned games vs the list of games I have actually played is ridiculously unbalanced, lol. It was nice to start digging into my backlog.

      2. My console backlog is already ri-god-damn-diculous, so adding in all of these Steam games did little to combat the situation. I do like how earning cards gives me a reason to play every single game I buy though.

      3. My backlog is disgusting lol. I’m going to need a headlamp and a month’s worth of supplies before I attempt to tackle that challenge.

        That trading card farming is pretty fantastic, though. It’s a great way to make money off the stuff you’re paying for and you gotta love that.

      4. Same here, dude. Shit is ridiculous. I went on a Wii buying spree about 2 years ago and haven’t even scratched the surface.

    2. We were doing a good job earning and selling cards as well, probably nabbing about $40. I also picked up One Way Heroics, but I must have forgotten to add it to the list. Actual Sunlight looked entirely too compelling and depressing to pick up. Speaking of which, I’m sad I didn’t cave and pick up The Novelist as well. Nice list!

  2. Due to budget constraints, I didn’t splurge that much. I bought Shadowrun: Dragonfall, Xcom: Enemy Within, Ikaruga, and Nether. Along with selling cards I came down to a measly $20 bucks. Which I think isn’t bad.

    I really wanted Goat Simulator, The Novelist, Astrabreed, Gigantic Army, Viscera Cleanup Detail, and Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 (since I know nothing about cars and figured it would be an easy way to learn). But the deals either weren’t that good, or the games were already cheap so I didn’t need to pick up the sale.

    My friend gifted me Wolf Among Us though, so that’s awesome.

    1. Wolf Among Us is a game I want to play reallllly bad, but I don’t want to pick it up until the entire season is finished. I don’t usually go back to games since we have enough on our plate for reviews, so I didn’t want to get to episode 4 and then not finish it up.

      Astebreed was also on my radar, but I was picking so much up for 1 or 2 bucks that 10 seemed “expensive” lol. Viscera Cleanup was another I kept contemplating. I dig weird sim games and check out Car Mechanic Sim 2014, but the reviews all seemed to make it out to be a puzzle style game where you just click on stuff in the right order and it’s in no way a real mechanic sim. Bummer.

  3. I’m in the same boat as AMGFAIL. Too many console games on the pile-of-shame, left over during the shift to next-gen. Still quietly working my way through Terminator: Salvation (don’t judge me), and polishing off a cheevo run on AC2, GTA5 (might ditch for PC/next-gen) and The Last of Us.

    Without getting into that whole “Master Race” shebang, I’d rather play on console – so I was very light-on during the sales. Picked up The Stanley Parable and The Witcher series (in prep for 3’s release next year), Surgeon Simulator and SimCity 4. Got out of this year’s sale for well under $50.

    1. I’m primarily a console gamer if I have a choice in the matter, but I find myself playing PC mostly as of late do to indie dev review requests mainly coming from Steam. All the games you picked up are pretty stellar, although I’m not big in to Sim City. Surgeon Sim I picked up for a laugh but my girl and I got sucked in to it pretty good.

      Also, no judging on Terminator: Salvation. I almost got all 1000G from it. >.>

  4. I only bought 5 or 6 games, so not too many. But that was mainly because I was away at Glastonbury Festival for most of the sale so couldn’t really check on all the deals.

      1. Gary’s mod, shadowrun returns, terraria, the fall, hotline Miami. Think that’s it.

      2. Terraria was at a great price for most of the sale, and it’s a really solid crafting RPG. I picked up Garry’s Mod as well, but haven’t tried it out yet. How is Shadowrun? I took that out of my cart at least 5 times lol.

      3. I haven’t really had a chance to play any of them yet. I think I only spent about £15 in total, so got some good deals.

      4. Shadowrun was a great game in my opinion. Turned based tactical RPG that is very true to the table top experience. Cool setting and atmosphere. Great mod community in the Steam workshop. Actually, it’s one of those games that allows for continued gameplay due to the Workshop. Tons of user generated content, a lot of which is really well done. Plus, there is Dragonfall. For the Summer sale price (whihc I think was around $10 if you bought both), you could easily get more than 100 hours of gameplay, but even just sticking to the base game and the expansion, there is easily 30-40 hours of gameplay.

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