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Kind of the opposite of "games you couldn't be bothered to finish" thread, because I'm sure many people picked up their choices in that thread off a steam summer sale

I'm sure there are games you finished from the steam summer sale (or any sale) that you ended up liking a LOT more than you thought - enough that you would have had no problem paying full retail for it at release if you knew you would like it that much

For me

- XCOM - I put this game off for so long, but man I was missing out. One friday my internet cut out, so I couldn't play BF4. I wanted to play something quick and casual-ish until my internet came back up and I could get back to BF4. I ended up playing this thing all weekend. Next week I bought the expansion (at full price). I feel stupid for not trying this game ealier, one of the few games that stands on it's pure gameplay

- Metro Last Light - Got this one from the nvidia promotion, but I was not interested in this at all. Man this was one finely crafted experience. Will probably one of the most underrated games of 2013

- Deux Ex Human Revolution - yeah, I know this was a popular one for "unable to finish", but I loved it. I was able to get into the character, which is definitely the make/break it point for most people. definitely felt like an under-budgetted game, but the story and style was so well done. felt very christopher nolan batman-ish

that's all I can think of for now. Share yours! smile.gif
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Seeing as how I bought almost every game I own on a sale, I guess there's quite a few for me.

  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky
  • Metro 2033
  • Fallout 3
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Penumbra: Overture
  • Penumbra: Black Plague
  • Thief Gold
  • Thief II: The Metal Age
  • Natural Selection 2
  • Rising Storm

This is excluding games I got for free and fell in love with, like Dragon Age: Origins, Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

If you didn't play Metro 2033, you should, otherwise the story and characters of Last Light will have made little sense for you. How did Deus Ex: HR feel "under-budgetted"? The boss fights felt cheaply done, that's about it.
Edited by boredgunner - 1/13/14 at 10:47am
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*Legendary for Xbox 360.

Such a fun game.
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I am in the same boat as Boredgunner...I almost never pay release prices. I can wait a few months...not to mention when I pay $30 for a game it typically has all the bugs patched up.

Some real deals I've gotten though have been Saints Row the Third from a humble bundle...Metro 2033 from a Amazon for $10 that came with a gift code for $10 off another digital purchase (so basically free). I think I could have paid $60 for each of those and not been disappointed.
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Freelancer - 1200 hours later......
Metro: Last Light - Got it during the dirt cheap Best Buy thing awhile back. I would have bought it full price in a heart beat
Metro 2033 - Expected a slow and a bad game for some reason and I ended up getting one of the best single player's in a FPS I ever played
Audiosurf - I ended up getting Audiosurf 2 yesterday on early access and love it. I wish Soundcloud integration was better.
Borderlands 1

To name a few
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I don't pay retail for much of anything, ever. So most of my library came from Steam sales, freebies, or promotions with hardware.

That said, the most amazing bang for the buck in recent years has been the Metro games, and Tomb Raider (free with my 7950).
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I am seeing a trend so far with Metro games...I don't have Last Light yet. I should really pick that up. I am just not feeling the need for a new game right now as I am still playing some.
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Add it to your Steam wishlist, they'll email you if it goes on sale. Then you can grab it, and play it when you get to it. That is my tactic smile.gif
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- Mortal Kombat (Komplete Edition)

Bought it during a steam sale, then went and purchased the actual retail box
(not to mention i already had a copy for the PS3) biggrin.gif
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The only game in the past 3 years that I've paid full price for was skyrim. I had to have it as soon as it came out and boy was it worth it.
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