Finding the best Steam games is no easy task, considering that Valve’s popular storefront hosts more than 50,000 games. Granted, a lot of the games are junky cash grabs, but that still leaves a few thousand that are absolute gold. With so many great titles available, how can we narrow down a definitive list of the best games?
The short answer is that we can’t. However, if you’re a new PC gamer, Steam should be one of the first programs you install, and one of these games could be your first download. Whether you’re in the mood for demanding strategy games, expansive RPGs or innovative first-person shooters, Steam has at least one excellent game to suit your tastes — and probably thousands more.
Just be aware that all of these games cost money; we’ve rounded up the best free Steam games elsewhere. However, you can usually catch a sale if you’re willing to wait a few weeks.