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So, the Steam Holiday Sale is over and gone. It left a trail of destruction in its wake that has never been seen before. Ok, maybe that's an overstatement, but I did buy a lot more games than I thought I would (and probably should have.) But, as I've said before, a couple of those games  have made up for it.

Here is a quick list of what I bought during the sale with their prices. The original price in ():

  • Jan 5, 2013 – $45.00 ($60) – You Need A Budget 4
    • Ironically, this one took up like 25% of the money I spent, but it's honestly the best, most useful budgeting program I've ever used. It's already helping me (once I finishing buying all of my Steam games..lol.)
  • Jan 4, 2013 – $6.24 ($24.99) – Evochron Mercenary
    • An interesting space simulation game that reminds me of EvE Online, but not on a massive server so you can play by yourself if you like or join/setup a smaller multiplayer universe.
  • Jan 2, 2013 – $14.99 ($59.99) – Payday: The Heist – Four Pack
    • It was either one license for $5 or a 4-pack for $15 to give to your friends, so I was a nice guy. So far it seems like Left 4 Dead meets GTA. I haven't had a chance to play it much, yet, but for $3.75, it has a low bar to hit.
  • Jan 2, 2013 – $7.49 ($14.99) – Dear Esther Game Plus OST
    • I haven't played it, yet, but it's received really good reviews. Looks like an interesting “experience.”
  • Dec 30, 2012 – $7.49 ($14.99) – Mark of the Ninja
    • I love my stealthy games and I've heard a lot of good about this one. I've played a bit so far and really like it. It's not overly complicated stealth and who doesn't want to be a ninja?
  • Dec 29, 2012 – $29.99 ($59.99) – Hitman Absolution: Professional Edition
    • This is the one I spent the most money on, though it was recently released. I've always loved the Hitman series, but I've been absent for a bit. I really liked this one. I've finished the campaign mode and found it fun to play. The “multiplayer” contracts mode is also really clever. I plan on writing a full review soon.
  • Dec 29, 2012 – $6.24 ($24.99) – Galactic Civilizations Complete Pack
    • Haven't played it, yet, but it looks like Endless Space and Civilization. Overall, well reviewed. And only $6.24? No question.
  • Dec 28, 2012 – $7.49 ($29.99) – Civ V Gods and Kings Expansion
    • Still love Civ 5, though when will I find time to play it? A good deal on a pretty decent-sized expansion pack.
  • Dec 27, 2012 – $8.74 ($34.99) – Driver: San Francisco – Deluxe Edition
    • I always like the Driver series back on the consoles. I did play this one a few months back for a bit, but something came up. I haven't played it on PC, yet, because I'm waiting to pick up my Xbox 360 controller receiver. Car games suck using a keyboard.
  • Dec 27, 2012 – $1.24 ($4.99) – The Binding Of Isaac
    • Haven't played, yet, but heard good things from friends…and for a price that is less than I pay for a bottle of soda at work.
  • Dec 27, 2012 – $8.74 ($34.99) – Orcs Must Die! Franchise Pack
    • Haven't played, yet, but well-reviewed. I'm not a huge tower defense fan, but it's a nice diversion when I need something else to play.
  • Dec 26, 2012 – $5.99 ($29.99) – Tropico 4
    • I liked previous versions. It's a nice, unique play on city building games with some humorous moments.
  • Dec 24, 2012 – $2.47 ($4.99) – Skyrim Hearthfire
    • Once I get time to venture into Skyrim again I can now start a family. It's like real life in a virtual life!
  • Dec 24, 2012 – $11.89 ($34.99) – Endless Space: Emperor Edition
  • Dec 23, 2012 – $6.79 ($19.99) – Dead Island GOTY
    • Another one I saw friends playing. I played it a bit. Looks to be fun to play. Need more time on it.
  • Dec 21, 2012 – $2.49 ($9.99) – Garry's Mod
    • Not really a game as much as it is a “toy.” Hard to explain.
  • Dec 21, 2012 – $19.48 – Patrician IV: Gold ($29.99) Flatout Complete Pack ($39.99)
    • Looks like the only time I bought more than one game at a time. Patrician is a trading simulator. Some people may find it boring, but sometimes I like boring. I loved Flatout on the consoles. I found out that racing with a keyboard sucks, so will play again when I get that Xbox controller adapter.

So, according to that, I spent $192.76, but I feel I got a lot for my money. Outside of the sale, like if I bought them all right now, it would be about $543.83. I saved about 65%.

Also, you can subtract $45 for the budget software since it was not really part of the sale. It was just cheaper on Steam than from their website, so I went the Steam route. So, more like $147.76. Also not included was a copy of Portal 2 I sent to my friend for Christmas for like $5.

With all that done, I plan on not picking anything else up until I play most of these. Or at least until SimCity comes out.

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