Ever since people stopped buying PC on compact disks, Steam has become one of the easiest ways to purchase all your beloved PC games. The downside, however, is that searching through Steam’s massive online library can be a daunting task.
The good news is that we’ve done the hard work for you and have put together a list of the top 10 Steam game for 2018. In the list, you’ll find games to match every taste, a few smash hits, as well as a couple classics that we all love and adore.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in and see what Steam has to offer this year.
Final Fantasy XV
After their last release, the makers of Final Fantasy have returned to their single player origins with Final Fantasy XV. Although it was officially released back in 2016, the game only made its way to PC in March of this year.
Final Fantasy XV has a few things that define it from the old Final Fantasy games. In fact, you get to trek around in an open-style world filled with Americana type buildings, your companions are all humans and the combat actions are played out in real-time, as opposed to the classic turn-based gameplay.
Pillars of Eternity
This game is a throwback to the 90s and conjures up memories of Baldur’s Gate and other similar retro titles.
Today, isometric RPGs such as Baldur’s Gate simply don’t make the cut anymore. However, Pillars of Eternity takes their essence and brings them forward into the now. Created by Obsidian, Pillars of Eternity is a rather difficult throwback-styled RPG in which you have control over a group of fantasy-style characters.
Rainbow Six: Siege
Nobody saw it coming but somehow, this first-person shooter by Tom Clancy has become one of the industry’s most substantial success stories with over 25 million registered users. Furthermore, the game seems to continue to rise in popularity, which we believe is for one reason in particular: it’s super-duper fun to play.
Like the game’s origins, it consists of two teams fighting each other on the same map. One team protects an objective while the other team attacks and lays siege. The best part of this game is that no two matches are ever the same. It may not be the most ground-breaking game of the year but, with what is known as Outbreak mode (Imagine Siege and add in zombies), you’ve got on the Steam’s most complete games of 2018.
Dota 2 is likely one of the oldest games on our list. However, it’s still one of the most reputable and most addicting games available on the Steam platform. Moreover, it’s the only game on this list that’s completely free to play, which means that you don’t need a full bank account to be able to enjoy its captivating battles.
For those who still haven’t played Dota 2, it’s a clean and gripping setup that consists of the teams made up of 5 players each facing off in a rather large map. Both teams must work to defend their base that contains an “Ancient” who must be protected at all costs.
In this intoxicating game, you get to build an outpost on the red planet and need to keep things running to prevent your colonists from dying out. Imagine something like Sim City but with an increased difficulty.
In everybody’s favorite, Sim City, the mismanagement of resources lead your population to get angry and decreases your income level. However, in Surviving Mars, you can cause a vicious cycle where your life support systems start to fail.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Since we’ve already included so many multi-player shooters in this list, we thought that we should include a single-player first-person shooter as well.
Back in 2014, MachineGames had already given the classic Wolfenstein a stellar revival, which meant that it was faced with a real test of their true valor when coming out with The New Colossus in 2017. After upping the gore and depth of Nazi killing, MachineGames increased the fun and also improved their storytelling that makes die-hard Call of Duty fans take a second look.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
How can we end this list without passing a note on one of the most iconic franchises since sliced bread, and their re-hash of an everybody’s beloved zomb-tastic terror game, Resident Evil? By making the switch from the 3rd person perspective to the 1st person, Resident Evil has totally re-energized the bloody horror brand.
With a budget the size of Capcom’s, a storyline tied into the brand’s captivating mythology and a scary-as-all-hell swamp ambiance, you’d have to be a fool to not include this in your Steam game collection.
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Even though Ni No Kuni II is no longer in collaboration with Studio Ghibli, they’ve held onto their original charmed-style and artistry.
Furthermore, they’ve entirely changed the mechanics of the way that you battle. As opposed to training up your avatar to be your hero and fight your battles, you have control over three separate fighters with fast, slow and magical attacks, as well as dodging abilities that allow for a more action-fueled gameplay.
When it was first released, Portal instantly changed the entire world of gaming. In its younger days, the character sociopathic AIs, cubes and portals were literally mind-blowing and intoxicating.
Then, along came Portal 2, completely revolutionizing itself and making its predecessor feel dead in the water.
Everything seems perfectly balanced in this game which grows in complexity the further you progress. Furthermore, the delicacies between its storyline and the interesting ways in which you must think to solve its puzzles, Portal 2 manages to take a mold from its past and somehow add in newer depths to the equation.
Legends of Grimrock II
Ringing in at the end of our list is another throwback-style game. A revival of the dungeons crawler type of game where you navigate the map in individualized blocks as opposed to freely at will.
While many people aren’t quite fond of this type of gameplay, it completely re-arranges the way you interact with the environment, causing it to feel more like a puzzle than your average open world.
The best part is that they’ve included a bunch of intricate puzzles that are crammed in between hours as classical D&D style confrontation. Although it has a retro feel to it, Grimrock 2 looks amazing and has plenty of gameplay that will keep you battling your way through creepy dungeons for hours on end.