There are so many games available on steam these days, it’s genuinely hard to keep up. Every year there are hundreds, if not thousands of new titles made available on the platform and that’s only set to continue.

There are the popular mainstream games, which we see like your big budget blockbuster movies. Then you’ve got your indie hits, and of course just like with movies there are always hidden gems out there to discover and enjoy.

It’s not so easy anymore to know what games to get, let alone which ones to spend serious time playing.

If you’re struggling to figure out what the absolute essential, unmissable games are then you’re lucky that you’ve got us, because we’ve put together our personal favorites in this quick and easy list for your enlightenment. Ego aside, we seriously think you’ll love the games on this list!

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  • 9.

    Rocket League


  • Rocket League hit steam by storm a couple of years back now and it’s had a steady fan-base ever since. You control your very own car in what is basically a crazy soccer (football) match.

    Speeding around the track you’re somehow able to perform insane feats of daring, front-flips, backflips, quadruple side flips and insane bicycle kicks. This game has all the acrobatics that you could ever want from cars that are virtually indestructible.

    Somehow though this game is thoroughly addictive and a lot of fun, especially when played with friends. It’s not hard to learn and considering that the game isn’t that expensive at all it’s a game that you should all at least try.

    You’re either going to be a huge fan of the game, or you’ll just think it’s a good game. Regardless there’s a lot of fun hours you’ll get out of the game that more than justify the price and the inclusion of the game on this list as well as your steam library.

  • 8.

    Cities: Skylines


  • If you’ve heard of SimCity then maybe you’ve heard of this game. For a management game it’s up there with the very best. You build, manage and ultimately control a fledgling ‘city’.

    Starting off as little more than a few blocks of houses, you soon unlock more land as your population increases. As more people move to your city you will experience more problems that you need to solve while simultaneously planning the future growth and prosperity of your city and her people.

    It’s just one of those games that you can play all day and then realize that it’s 11 at night and that you’ve not ate since breakfast. It’s addictive and truly worth the money for any gamer that’s interested in this genre even a little.

  • 7.

    Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds


  • This game is a real steam success story, as of right now it’s still in Early-Access and it’s just hit over 1 million concurrent users. A month previously it was at literally half that.

    So how good is this game and is it a future classic?

    It’s an excellent game that literally throws you onto an island with up to 100 other gamers. You then all scramble to get weapons and gear, and essentially fight to the death. There will only be one man left standing, hunger games style.

    Since the game is still in early-access it’s genuinely too hard to say if it’ll be a future classic, but all signs point to that being the case.

  • 6.

    Event[0]


  • We’re probably the biggest fans of the game Event[0]. We’re always recommending it and that’s because it’s so damn good.

    Another reason we’re always recommending this game is because it’s a game that hasn’t got the attention that it deserved.

    The graphics are great, the storyline is brilliant and the gameplay is very intuitive, immersive and smooth throughout. It doesn’t take long to complete the game, in fact it took us just 6 hours and we were messing around. However it’s definitely one of the best games that you probably haven’t tried and that’s what makes it an essential game to add to your steam library.

  • 5.

    Trine


  • It’s hard to explain what’s so good about Trine to people that haven’t played it. What draws most people in who aren’t ardent fans of the genre is probably the fact that it’s just unbelievably beautiful.

    When this game was released there was nothing quite like it out there in terms of the artistic style, and while today many games have followed the same kind of blueprint in terms of the artistic vision, there’s still not many games that can match the flawless gameplay.

    While the game is essentially a puzzle platformer with combat added for good measure, it doesn’t really feel like it. Which is why this game is so brilliant for those who aren’t really that into platformers or puzzle games.

    We find it hard to believe that there are many people out there that would try this game and not like it, which is why it’s fifth on our list of essential steam games.

  • 4.

    Fallout 3


  • Ok let us explain… Fallout 3 is better than Fallout 4. Additionally, the Fallout experience is best enjoyed on PC.

    Fallout 3 was one of the most immersive RPGs for its time. You just can’t compare the console experience to sitting in your chair late at night with the lights out playing this game. Absolutely unmissable!

  • 3.

    Life Is Strange


  • This indie feel game is unmissable for the simple fact that the game mechanics are incredible…

    Choices matter, the ability to rewind time and make your choices over. A gripping storyline and brilliant voice acting that drives forward a game which is as fuelled by the narrative as it is by your actions. We were apprehensive when we tried it, but we were blown away by this game and it shouldn’t be missed by any gamer regardless of your personal taste in game genres.

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  • 2.

    Left 4 Dead 1 & 2


  • It was hard to choose between Left 4 Dead and Payday: The Heist. Both games are quite similar, both are excellent four player co-op FPS games. The problem for us is that Left 4 Dead did it first and zombies are way cooler than SWAT police.

    This game is a rightful classic, developed by none other than Valve. The first game in the series was undeniably better, but the second expanded on the first by adding melee weapons and more special zombies.

    These are two games you shouldn’t miss if you’ve never played them and they’re an essential addition to any steam users library.

  • 1.

    Half-Life 2


  • No matter which game we picked for the number one slot, more people are going to disagree than agree, purely because this is very personal.

    For us though after a lot of deliberating, it’s got to be Half Life 2. Again, another valve game.

    Considered as one of the best games of all time, and definitely one of the best steam games, there’s so many good things about this game that it’d take us half an hour just to go through the finer points. The main point though is that this game is unmissable and every single person with a steam account should have this game on their account.

    There’s no excuse for not having it, so check out the trailer and then go buy it!

Final Thoughts

Limiting this list to just 9 games was genuinely a really difficult task, there are so many amazing games on steam that it’d be hard to choose only 20 let alone less than half of that.

Ultimately though these are the essential games available on steam as of right now that we think any gamer should own and play.

Honorable mentions go to DayZ, Grim Dawn, SOMA and a lot of others that we wish we could have included in this list.