Probably too late with this advice, but you may want to hold off on Red Faction Guerilla if you don’t intend on playing it right away. RFG shows up routinely in bundles. It’s a staple of any bundle featuring Nordic titles or THQ games. I’ve seen it in at least three bundles in the past year, including a recent one (Get Loaded) on BundleStars. It’s also a frequent item in the Steam Weeklong Deals, having been as low as $1.99 (90%) in the recent past. That said, it’s only $3.99 and it’s a great game, so if you want to play it sooner rather than waiting around for a bundle/steeper discount, go for it, you won’t be disappointed.
$17.99 is a fantastic price for Pillars of Eternity. It’s dozens of hours of old-school Baldur’s Gate style RPG goodness, so if that sounds appealing to you, now is a good time to buy. I’m kind of sad there wasn’t any sale discount for the White March expansion. I wasn’t expecting something huge, but 20% would have triggered my insta-buy impulse.
For those folks who say this sale is disappointing : Why? I see thousands of titles on sale from 33%-75% off, with some on even steeper discounts. The Witcher 3 is 50% off, that’s fantastic for a AAA title released in May of this year! Might and Magic Heroes VII is 50% off and it was released 3 months ago. Tons of indie titles are 75% off or more, nearly all the older popular titles are 66%-75% off. Grab DLC for your existing games for a song (66% off Endless Legends DLC for example). It’s still a sale, there are still deals everywhere…
That’s not to say there isn’t anything to be disappointed about. The daily deals and the flash sales were more than just an extra discount on some of the most popular or most interesting titles throughout the sale, they were a way to keep consumers coming back multiple times per day throughout the sale. When that happens you feel far more invested in the sale, connected to what’s happening. There is an excitement in seeing the 50% discount on the title you wanted turn into a 75% discount for 24 hours. There is excitement in seeing a title you own go on Flash or Daily and swooping in to grab up DLC at a steep discount. There is excitement in discovering something new and awesome because it was featured in a daily or flash sale. Steam has tried to recapture this magic by using the Discovery Queue to dole out Holiday Sale trading cards each day, but it’s a far lesser effect than the daily and flash sales.
It’s not so much the sale prices that are disappointing (unless you were expecting Witcher 3 for 75% off), it’s the sale format. There is less excitement generated by this format, and less excitement means less sales. I’ll probably buy 2 or 3 things I was waiting for a decent discount on, but I won’t be grabbing anything because it suddenly dropped to a magic price point thanks to a daily/flash, and I don’t know if I’m going to bother clicking through the Discovery Queue 3 times a day so chances are I won’t be buying anything I didn’t know about before the sale. Lost sales = less revenue…so we’ll see if the deals come back for the Summer Sale next year.