The 15 Best Games on Steam
God help me, I’m old enough to remember playing the original Call of Duty-just… Call of Duty, with no sequel number or modifier attached to it-on my father’s Windows computer, pointing, clicking, and keyboarding my way through a digitised World War II. Who could forget the adventures of Private Martin? You went to training camp so Gen Z could fight royale carefree.
I didn’t know any better, but I guess it was a hassle to stuff a CD-ROM into a computer tower every time I wanted to play-and the technology answered. Enter Steam. The same year Call of Duty debuted, Steam arrived to answer a very 21st-century question: What if my computer could hold all the games? If you have a free subscription to Steam, the service allows you to download any title in the library to your PC and/or the cloud. Sometimes for a fee, sometimes not. It is dependent on the game.)Easy, right? Right. Since there are about a billion games on Steam, we’ve rounded up the best of them all. Just for you, private.
The Sea of Thieves
Don’t have an Xbox or any loyalty to Microsoft? That should stop you from sinking my damn ship and stealing all my loot, motherfucker. Sea of Thieves is the best–and really the only–pirate game out there.
Runescape is the OG MMORP, as well as my first and favourite venture in the genre. Runescape is still going strong, with constant updates and a beautiful new world. You can even get some bonuses through Steam. I’ll meet you in the wilderness, noob.
While Elden Ring is my game of the decade so far, the PC port is far from perfect. That said, Elden Ring is still an absolute masterpiece-and with a few more patches, the game will be in incredible condition soon enough.
Rise of the Monster Hunter
Monster Hunter is a notoriously difficult game. Monster Hunter Rise, though? It gives you the tools to really learn to play. Team up, defeat huge monsters, and undress yourself (and your cat and dog friends) in awesome gear. Plus, Monster Hunter Rise features a tonne of collaborations, including those with Street Fighter and Mega Man, not to mention a massive DLC pack coming this summer, featuring Sunbreak. (Read our full review here.)
Dota is a battle arena game that started out as a mod and ended up being one of the most genre-defying games out there. Leveling up here with you: This game makes me pull my hair out. (But it’s still the best.)
If you’re not familiar with Hollow Knight, know that it’s one of the most inventive Metroidvania experiences out there. beautiful world. Beautiful art. And the battle? also pretty. Plus, with Silk Songs (hopefully) coming out soon, there’s going to be a lot more to be found in the world of Hollow Knight.
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V is the fifth installment in the Grand Theft Auto series. What do you want me to say? It debuted in 2013, sold like wildfire, and has been re-released about 78 times. You know this game? It is awesome. And with a new, next-gen update, it’s even better.
Stardew Valley is one of the most endearing sim games available. Stardew Valley has a huge following, an abundance of content, and is simply one of the coolest gaming experiences out there.
It takes two.
It Takes Two is inventive, moving, and a co-op treasure. One of the best games of 2021 is accessible enough for non-gamers and exciting enough for the most hard-core of us. It Takes Two shines at a time when story-focused co-op titles are scarce.
Destiny 2 is easily one of the best first-person shooters out there. Few other games put as much weight on shooting as Destiny. Add in a huge world, a well-written story, a lot of loot, and the Witch Queen DLC, and you’ve got a game that will keep you playing for hours.