Alright. So, to spare folks the drama, and to not type out 1000+ words, ill keep it short. Basically, i've been put into a situation where i'm purchasing a backlog of PC games; games that i never got to experience because i simply never had the kind of system i have now to be able to PC game in PEACE consistently.
I want as many people as i can get to help me notice games i may have missed over the past 10 years or so. I ALSO want to stress that i'm not a fan of getting Steam games, unless they're Steam only and/or Valve games. I'm a collector. I want something tangible. I don't want to "show" people my "collection" by signing into my Steam account. Because that's just ridiculous... With THAT in mind, please, PLEASE let me know which games have Steam activation codes with their retail versions, and which don't. I read Valve's list, and other sources, FEAR 2: Project Origin for example isn't listed as having Steam activation. Yet i find a thread on a Steam forum where a fellow is saying he is having trouble activating his Steam code. And i DO understand that some games don't even apply for Steam. That's fine. I know all about Origin.
So far, my list is: Starting with more recent games that have always had my attention. Because at this point, they are becoming harder to find. And whatever is OLD old in gaming terms, by now has pretty much reached a plateau in terms of that 'hard-to-find' factor.
Battlefield 3: Premium Edition
Battlefield 4 (Premium Edition?)
Crysis Maximum Edition
FEAR 2: Project Origin
Far Cry: Wild Expedition. (This one apparently has Steam Activation for all three games, plus Blood Dragon)
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3 (Bioware shit the bed with the trilogy compilation. Not including all DLCs. SMFH...)
System Shock 1 & 2
Can't think of anything else for more recent games. I got the Elder Scrolls Anthology. SO HAPPY! Last copy in my province, believe it or not. Phoned about 20 stores for that one. Also got the Fallout Anthology. Been playing/modding the hell out of both of them.
I have always wanted to play the Splinter Cell games. I only ever played and finished the FIRST when it came out way back when in the early 2000s. So far, the best deal seems to be the Splinter Cell Ultimate Edition. But no Steam activation for that one :(. Only Ubisoft's Uplay crap. Which makes me really angry.