Steam Summer Sale 2016 – How Goes It?


So, Steam Summer Sale. Have you been able to withstand the temptation or have you gone all out this year?

I held back quite a bit since my bank account is already reeling mightily due to purchasing tickets, flight and hotel for this year’s Final Fantasy XIV Fan Fest. So this tempered my spending.

While I’ve been tempted by a number of games that are discounted on my Wishlist, either their discounts aren’t quite as deep as I hoped (I know, I’m bad), or some of the recent reviews are less that appealing. I’m really being careful with the early access titles I’m buying recently.

Here’s what I did pick up, however:

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale

This was a game that my sister recommended a while back. I saw it on sale for $4.99 during the GOG sale a few weeks ago and knew that it would be on Steam for probably the same price, so I waited. I’m strange in that I try to only buy older games on GOG, and keep my library of newer games on Steam. I can’t even tell you why. Anyhow, I purchased this game.

Endless Legend

I’ve heard a lot about this game (see Almonihah’s review), and have been dabbling with Civ 4 lately while waiting for Civ 6. So at $10 this was a good buy.

The Long Dark

Is one I’m on the brink of buying, but haven’t pulled the trigger. The price is right, and I love the art style, but there’s no story mode yet and I’ve read some mixed recent feedback (though it’s mostly positive).
Nah, I bought it.

Oh, and my Steam stats are shot again, after I worked so hard to get my backlog cleared out. Blame it on a bunch of well-priced Humble Bundles. 🙁



  1. You know, I was just thinking Endless Legend might be to your taste. It’s got nice bits of lore woven in throughout the game that I thought you’d enjoy. 🙂

    My only purchase so far has been a gift copy of Xenonauts for my dad, because my Father’s Day gift was a boring ‘help pay for the deck’, so I thought I’d get him something for himself. Especially since my brother just finished playing it and my dad was mentioning how he liked the original X-COM but hadn’t played anything similar since.

    1. That’s a great thing to use a Steam Sale for! 🙂

      I just need to find some time to sit down and play Endless Legend, now. That’s the tricky part! 😀

  2. I love the idea of Recettear, but unfortunately it’s one of those games that has glitched out for me since my move to a different C: drive (missing executable, and then disk write errors when I try to reinstall) so I have been unable to play it. One day I’ll go back and try various time-consuming methods to get it to work, but meanwhile I have too many other games to clear!

    Good work on maintaining discipline throughout the sale, hehe. Halfway there!

  3. I’m in exactly the same position when it comes to money available for games (and a backlog of already purchased games, promising hours upon hours of gameplay). I am very tempted, primarily by The Elder Scrolls Online, FF14, Divinity: Original Sin, but haven’t given in yet.

    So far I’ve only picked up Dead Space for a streaming playthrough for some shared scares. I might still pick up a few other of the cheaper games on my wishlist (bioshock and dishonored come to mind)

    1. That’s okay. Like you, I have way too many great things to play in my backlog. And there will always be the Winter Sale…

  4. Hooray for The Long Dark! It’s one of my favorite games because the survival aspect is quite realistic, the atmosphere is spot-on, and there’s several maps to explore. It’s true that Story Mode is not out yet but I’ve still found Sandbox mode quite fun. I even started a story series (currently on hiatus) based on my experiences in it: There are challenges too if you’re looking for a more objective-based experience.

    1. Thanks so much for your thoughts on this game! I’ve had my eye on it for a while, and I enjoy survival games, so I’m looking forward to trying it!

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