Downloadable games are a big business these days. Whilst most console gamers only know about the Xbox Live or Playstation Network services, nearly every PC gamer has heard of or used Steam. Since its inception in 2003 Steam has grown to include not just games but other related media from the biggest software houses right down to the indie programmer slaving away in their bedrooms. It is this huge variety of software that has helped make Steam the go to platform for PC gamers searching for their next gaming fix. With so many various titles and genres there at your fingertips it can be easy to lost or confused. With this in mind I have listed below my personal favourite games from the huge library of titles available, everyone will be able to find something to get their gaming juices flowing!
The latest in the always popular Civilisation series, Civ 5 aims to reinvent the series with an all new tile system featuring hexagons instead of the usual squares. Add to this a beautiful new interface, a hugely overhauled combat system and independent states with which to trade and you have yourselves a game that can get addictive fast! Download the two expansion packs; Brave New World and Gods and Kings to add even more content such as religion and espionage with which to shape your World.
The modding community is also huge and chock full of add-ons and all new features ripe for the taking. There are even some mods with countries or places based on books, tv or film such as Game of Thrones or The Lord of the Rings.
Keep an eye out for the next installment in the series Beyond Earth released later this year.
Amnesia: The Dark Decent
For a game that is literally shit your pants scary you have to look no further than Amnesia. Riding high on my list of scary games last year it holds the trophy for the title I still cant play with the lights off! When you have finished make sure you play the sequel; A Machine for Pigs which is just as terrifying!
Super Meat Boy
Super Meat Boy is a love letter to all those people who love platforming games and a challenge. A successor to the popular flash game Meat Boy, Super Meat boy finds you battling against fiendish levels to rescue your girlfriend bandage girl. With a superb soundtrack, retro inspired graphics and precise control Super Meat Boy is a true indie delight. If you don’t have a PC it is also available to download from Xbox Live for you console gamers.
The Walking Dead
I know I have spoken about the Walking Dead before but it really is one of those games you have to play or you will regret it for the rest of your gaming life. There is a reason it has won tons of awards and is the top of most critics’ list for the best games of 2012. It really is that good! Make sure you get the first 3 episodes of season 2 as well!