There’s no greater invention in the world of gaming than Valve’s Steam. This online distribution platform has revolutionized the gaming industry like no other. More than video games, Steam offers video streaming, digital rights management, and social networking services. It provides users the ability to purchase games, install them, and automatically update them. Other functionalities also include friend lists and in-game chat features. Steam single-handedly brought back my interest in gaming which has been lying dormant for a couple of years now. The program makes it easier for me to play any game I want anytime, and best of all, interact and play with other players all over the world. Steam’s exhaustive list of available games is almost endless, ranging from free-to-play ones to freemium games to full purchased products.
Top 3 Steam Games
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Commonly known as PUBG, this is an online multiplayer battle royale game available on Steam where 100 players parachute into a battle arena to fight each other until one player is left standing and crowned the victor. Its premise is quite similar to another battle royale game, Fortnite but with a few key differences. Each character who enters the battlefield follows key arcs: landing on the arena, scavenging for weapons and gearing up, survive until the very end. The battleground continuously shrinks pushing the remaining players ever closer to each other until it culminates in an epic battle inside a space no bigger than a dumpster. This simple arc makes for a very enticing and addictive game.
- Rocket League
Another hugely popular game in Steam is Rocket League, a football game played with tricked out vehicles. Each team is assigned one to four players all using rocket-powered cars. The goal is to hit the ball into the opposing team’s goal to earn points. What attracted me to Rocket League are two things, soccer, and cars, the latter more than the former. Vehicles do more than run forward or backward, they can scale up walls or launch into the air. Each time the ball is hit, an explosion of colors adorn the sky, coupled with cheers and shrieks from the audience. Truly a one of a kind game.
- DOTA 2
I wasn’t really surprised to find DOTA on this list. Even after all these years, it remains to be hugely popular and now that it is on Steam, its influence has become global. There are two teams each with their own base, ancients, towers, and creeps. Five players on each team get to choose a character and battle it out in an arena with 3 paths. The goal is to destroy the other team’s base. But in order to do that, players need to increase their character’s skill level by purchasing items and combining them into different ones. Each confrontation is a myriad of colorful magic and amazing brute force as each team tries to kill opponents to weaken their defense. A slain player will have to wait for a predetermined time off (depending on their character’s level) before they can re-enter and join the game again.