If you are a PC gamer, then Steam is likely your go-to place for video game shopping. The store combines social media with games, so what’s not to love in these times of online communities?
There are a ton of games you can buy on Steam. Crunching them all down to a 10 game list is obviously not going to be agreed on by everyone. However, we think these games are definitely worth checking out.
Undertale was a bit of a miracle when it came to the video game industry. That may sound dramatic, but consider the competition! This 8bit game was competing with open-world behemoths like the Elder Scroll series and games with breathtaking graphics like Final Fantasy.
Despite the competition, Undertale was a complete hit for its charming story and well-written soundtrack. It won many awards, garnered many fans, and a sequel is on its way. The game is also cheaper than the ones made by big-name companies. You really get a bang for your buck.
9 Stardew Valley
Inspired by the Harvest Moon series, Stardew Valley has the romance, the characters, and a lot to do. Recently the game has outdone itself by creating a multiplayer mode where you and your friends can own a farm property together which is part of why it made this list.
What makes Stardew Valley worth so much more than typical farming games is that it’s mod-friendly. That’s not to say that the base game does not have enough content. That’s far from the truth. This is definitely a game someone can put hundreds of hours into.
8 Star Wars: Battlefront 2
This is not the 2017 game, but the one from 2005. Unlike its first game, Battlefront 2 was more narrative and got a lot more features. You play from the viewpoint of a veteran Stormtrooper
Originally for the Playstation 2, PSP, Xbox, and Windows, the game can now be bought on Steam. That is one of the great aspects of the Steam store. They can take an old game and can update it for the PC. It’s a nostalgic gamers’ paradise. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of old nostalgic games you can find.
With this game, we are jumping into a more recent release. Despite its high praise from critics, this game has yet to hit the popularity it deserves. IGN even gave the game a 10 out of 10 overall score. That’s pretty amazing.
Without spoiling anything, we can tell you that the game is a platformer in which the protagonist, Madeline, climbs her way up Celeste Mountain. The mechanics and controls are satisfying, the story is emotional and relevant, and the soundtrack is amazing.
6 Sunless Sea
Do you like creepy stories of ships getting lost at sea? Sea monsters? Eldritch gods? Then Sunless Sea is definitely a game for you.
Sunless Sea is a survival, RPG, and exploration game. The goal of the game is actually something you pick at the beginning along with customizing your character when you choose their ambition. Your character can actually die and the map changes, but the show goes on and you just customize a new character who can inherit your old characters’ possessions. The game really gives you a sense of a thrilling and mysterious sea adventure.
This open-world survival game was a Steam exclusive for a while before it also came out for some consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One.
The game's plot revolves around a lone survivor of a spaceship that crashed onto an ocean planet. The story is a small part of the game, but it is well-paced, which most survival games easily get wrong. A lot of fun is put into the base building and survival mechanics. What is most loved about this game though is its beautiful (and sometimes scary) ocean atmosphere.
4 Night In The Woods
Night in the Woods is one of the games that perfectly capture the current millennial mood. It’s also one of those cute games where everyone is just an animal person. Do not let the cuteness trick you into thinking this is like an Animal Crossing game though. It’s far from it.
You play as Mae, a cat person who dropped out of college and goes back to her hometown. The plot is a mixture of daily life and a mystery involving people disappearing. The humor and emotion in this game have a lot of heart, combining a fascinating mixture of idealism and cynicism. Its writing, art style, and music really pull you into the story.
3 Elder Scroll Series
The Elder Scroll series is the king of open world RPG games. The most well-known is the most recent of the series, Skyrim. Skyrim on its own has influenced so much in the gaming industry and nerdy pop-culture. The other games are still amazing too though, such as Oblivion and Morrowind.
If you prefer a tight narrative with strong characters like they have in Bioware games, you may enjoy this game less. It’s so open world that the plot is not necessarily tight and the characters can be a little flat. However, the world is amazing and just exploring can swallow hundreds of hours.
2 Fallout Series
If The Elder Scroll Series is the king of open world RPG games, then Fallout is the queen. Though it’s made by the same company and with a lot of the same controls and mechanics, Fallout has a completely different atmosphere than The Elder Scroll series.
Instead of a fantasy setting, Fallout is science fiction, set in a post-apocalyptic world after the United States is attacked by nuclear bombs from China. Except the attack is not in the future, but set in the 1950s. Also, there are laser weapons and smart AI robots. The series is rich in lore that connects to and satirizes American history.
1 Final Fantasy 14
With a huge expansion coming up, there is no better time to get into Final Fantasy 14. This MMORPG is gorgeous and unlike so many other MMOs, the story and characters are actually memorable. One of the best aspects is that you can always change your class with the same character. You can get your own house to decorate, have minions, and different creatures to ride on. The races are all beautiful.
So if you are looking for an MMO to get into, this is definitely one to try.