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If you’re an avid gamer, you’ve surely heard of the greatest online gaming store – Steam. If not, then you are missing out!
Steam sells a smorgasbord of games, from the hottest hits to the ultra-indie, all easily purchased and then directly downloaded to your device. They even sell old-school games that have been revamped for the current climate. Myst, anyone?
For this list, we’ve selected the most popular, the highest-rated and the best immersive games that you must add to your Steam library.
ARK: Survival Evolved
ARK: Survival Evolved is a survival game of epic proportions. After washing ashore on a mysterious island called ARK, you must hunt, harvest, craft, grow and build to survive. This even includes taming dinosaurs. How does riding a tyrannosaurus to hunt down predators sound? In this game, it’s about surviving, dominating and hopefully escaping!
Are you a stickler for immersive storytelling? Then look no further than INSIDE, a critically-acclaimed game that follows a boy that is hunted and alone, and drawn into the centre of a dark project. This narrative-driven adventure brings a sensational level of macabre and intense eeriness as you unravel the captivating storyline within. Highly recommended playing with quality headphones.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike launched 20 years ago as a new kind of online gaming. Then, in 2012, they relaunched a new online team-based platform that is free to play online. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive shares new maps, characters, weapons, and game modes, bringing spectacular multiplayer gaming online. Battle it out against virtual enemies in spectacular one-on-one combat!
Euro Truck Simulator 2
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to drive a truck? Well, test your endurance, skill and speed with Euro Truck Simulator 2, one of the highest-rated simulation games on Steam right now. Cruise through the European countryside in an 18-wheeler, delivering much-needed products for the masses. Oh, and enjoy the surprisingly realistic recreated scenery.
Once upon a time, it was RollerCoaster Tycoon that dominated the theme park tycoon gaming market. But today, it’s Planet Coaster, an easy-to-use and highly detailed theme park game, where you build, manage and design your own fun park. Designing is unconstrained, allowing you to be precise on the detail. And best of all, you can ride all your rides and traverse every inch of your park.
Still going strong, DOOM was one of the first action-packed games to hit the computer gaming market from the ’90s. From 20 March 2020 gamers will be able to shoot their way through the released sequel DOOM Eternal. They’ve released a handful of additions over the years, and each release brings better graphics than the blocky original version in the 90s. Fight hordes of evil enemies in otherworldly environments, bringing balance to your world!
Sid Meier's Civilization V
Sid Meier is an American programmer who has helped release nearly 30 games in his life. And he’s still going strong! His most successful endeavour is Sid Meier’s Civilisation V, released nearly a decade ago. It also sits as one of the most highly-rated simulation games on Steam. Rule your newfound civilization through the ages, practising politics, waging war and discovering new inventions.
Despite its simplistic visual look, Stardew Valley has cemented itself into the current gaming world, being one of the top 10 highly-rated games on Steam. Imagine FarmVille mixed with the nostalgia of Pokémon. Follow your dreams of running a successful farm, explore a community of 30 people (each with their own unique flair) and learn new ways to revolutionise your farm.
Half-Life is another long-standing franchise, first released back in 1998. With this latest addition titled Alyx, the franchise has reimagined a gaming world that is pure virtual reality. You can only play it through VR, which, matched with the detailed visual landscape, is the best way to play it. Alyx is the story of an “impossible fight against a vicious alien race known as the Combine.”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Winner of over 250 game awards, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is immersive storytelling at its finest. There’s a war waging in the world, and you take on the role of a monster hunter, tasked with a challenging quest of finding a child of prophecy in an open-world ripe with merchant cities, pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and forgotten caverns to explore.
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