Steam Summer Sale Splurges

I realize there’s still a few more days until the end of the Steam Summer Sale, but since I’ve wrapped up my shopping, I figured now was as good a time as any to chat a little bit about what I picked up this go around.

Most of the time, during the major sales, I fill a cart with seriously deep discounts, and a small game or two I don’t want to forget about. My deep discount choices this time were Treasure Adventure World and Bloons TD 6, both of which were going for 90% off, which is about as good as it gets in the Steam Sale world.

Koral is a game that, if I’m being honest, I wouldn’t even consider spending $12 on. I actually like short games, and I’m all for something that’s more experimental, and I’ve been looking for more water themed games lately. For three dollars, I absolutely wanted to make sure I grabbed this – a pretty, relaxing game with some light puzzling sounds lovely right about now.

My last early pick up was a game that wasn’t even on my radar until this sale; I discovered Nexomon in a list of hidden gems over on Reddit. Not being a console person, I’ve missed out on a lot of the Pokemon hype (and also, a lot of the Pokemon gripes), but pet battles is one thing that keeps drawing me back towards WoW. Sure, it’s a port of a mobile game, but the art looks good, and reviews were pretty decent. Knock-off Pokemon, here I come!

I spent most of a week planning my next cart. Once I decided that I was not going to make the larger purchase of Disco Elysium I originally intended, it got a little bit more complicated, but when I finally pulled the trigger today after the Humble Choice reveal, this is what I ended up with.

If you read my goals post, I was heavily debating between Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Megaquarium for mybig” purchases. Well, they both ended up shelved because I decided to make a bigger purchase – just not on Steam.

Using my Humble Choice subscriber discount netted me another $6 off the already discounted price of No Man’s Sky, which I finally got around to trying out on GamePass and fell in love with. Of course, I still wanted to take advantage of my $5 Steam coupon, so I bought a little more than I actually planned on overall.

I probably spent the longest time debating which of three different Early Access base builders I wanted to pick up. Mercury Fallen ended up being the one I chose, but I was definitely back and forth for a few days.

The other two games I considered were After the Collapse and Keplerth. They all have regular prices under $20, and each of them had less than a 50% discount, so I didn’t really feel like I could make the decision based on price alone. In the end, I think Mercury Fallen won out by being the least combat-focused since micromanaging combat tends to be my least favorite part of base building games.

I’m not quite willing to admit that Keplerth is a “not for me” game, because it’s full of things that I really enjoy, but there is also a considerable portion of the game devoted to underground dungeon crawling and boss fights, which I expect I’d find very frustrating.

Next up, I plan to ruthlessly whittle down my wish list. After the Steam Games Festival, I topped out over 350 wish listed titles, and it has just gotten unwieldy for me. There’s a lot of things on there that I don’t even know what the original appeal was, and a lot more that I’ve since lost interest in the genre or concept. There’s probably a handful of abandoned Early Access titles, and way too many free games I just haven’t gotten around to downloading.

… right after I add the 7 games I’m interested in from the July Humble Choice to my Steam account. Although I seem to be in the minority, I thought this was a fantastic reveal.

Anyone want to take a guess at which games I’ll be keeping this month?

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