January 2, 2013
Steams Annual Holiday Sale 2012
By now you may have noticed and been keeping up with Steam’s Holiday Sale. Its something I look forward to every year and every year it exceeds expectations and sucks me dry. This year however is a bit different. While this years sale has had some good AAA titles up for grabs at a discount I feel its been a bit lackluster so far. Dont get me wrong the deals are decent but not quite what they have been in the past. Games such as Borderlands 2, Dishonored and Max Payne 3 saw discounts up to 50%, this is excellent however the bulk of the event seems to be targeting indie titles and the same old games that go on sale every time Steam hosts a sale. Titles such as Assassins Creed 3 and Xcom only saw minimal discounts of about 25-33%, not quite what gamers may have been looking forward to. On a side note Black Ops II was discounted $10 which isnt much but it is more than we have seen in previous years for new COD titles, MW3 was even discounted 50% to my surprise, Activision seems to be loosening up a bit it would seem. One more thing that this years Steam sale is missing are the festivities. Previous years have brought us steam holiday achievments and goals to complete in various games for various small rewards such as coupons and in game items. This years Steam sale has seen no such festivity, just a simple badge system for simply participating in the voting and buying sale items. I was extremely disappointed to find that there were no in-game Christmas themed elements, I had a blast with those last year and was looking forward to it this year.
All that said we still have 3 more days until the 5th when the sales ends, perhaps Steam is saving the best for last but so far Ive been for the most part un-wowed by the event.
What are your thoughts? Am I the only one or has the Steam Holiday Sale 2012 failed to wow you as well?