The Best Steam Games (2022)

The Best Steam Games (2022)
Source: Steam

There are lots of free games to play on Steam, but they aren’t all great. Thankfully, some of the best Steam games in 2022 don’t cost anything at all. Many popular free-to-play games offer hours of entertainment without asking for a dime, although players do have the option to spend real money on in-game currency or cosmetic items.

Before we dive into our list of the best free games on Steam for 2022, let’s address one caveat: although these titles are completely free to download and play, most follow a freemium model that allows players to purchase various in-game items with real money. We made sure that none of the following titles require any such purchases to have fun or progress through the game.

PUBG

PUBG
Source: Xbox

One of the most popular survival shooters of all time, PUBG is the game that started the battle royale craze. 100 players drop into a sprawling 8x8km island, scavenge for weapons and armor, and fight to be the last person standing.

PUBG has come a long way since its early days, going from a buggy Early Access title to one of Steam’s best-selling games with over 60 million units sold.

A combination of exciting gunplay, tense action, and that last-person-standing thrill makes it an easy recommendation.

Frostpunk

Frostpunk
Source: Epic Games

Frostpunk is a city-building survival game set in an alternate history where the world has been frozen over by a volcanic winter. You have to build, protect, and manage your city as well as its citizens. Frostpunk challenges you with keeping them warm and fed while also managing their morale.

You’ll face all sorts of moral and ethical dilemmas, including deciding whether or not to send out scouts to find resources at the expense of risking their survival. Because it’s set in an alternate history, there are no zombies or alien invasions—just trying to survive against nature itself.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
Source: Mount & Blade Wiki – Fandom

By the time you read this, Bannerlord will be in your hands. The game is expected to ship sometime in 2018, which means that by 2022, it’ll have been three years since its original release date. Bannerlord will be available for a price of $39.99 on Steam (about $5 less than it was originally intended to cost), and you can expect a game version fully compatible with Steam’s Early Access program.

Bannerlord is the much-anticipated sequel to 2011’s Mount & Blade: Warband, an experience I consider a work of art. Bannerlord takes place in the world of Calradia, one that has been completely rebuilt from scratch and boasts some truly incredible visuals. Mount & Blade: Warband runs on CryEngine 3—and for good reason; its graphics are some of the best I’ve ever seen in any game engine or rendered with real-time lighting techniques—but Bannerlord promises even more impressive graphics and lighting effects. It looks like it’s going to be a fantastic entry into the Mount & Blade series; hopefully, those who missed out on earlier installments get the chance to play this soon!

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition
Source: GOG.com

The Witcher 3 is a third-person action role-playing game about Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter for hire who’s on the quest to find his adopted daughter. But this isn’t just any old monster hunter; he also has some supernatural abilities, which come in handy when facing off against the various monstrosities that litter the land. Luckily, Geralt is an expert swordsman and has some magical abilities too.

It’s been seven years since The Witcher 3 was released and it still holds up today because of its excellent combat system and a great storyline, but also for its characters. It boasts over 100 hours of gameplay with a huge map that you can explore without being overwhelmed by its size or complexity because of how well it was designed.

The graphics are still top-notch even though they’re not cutting edge anymore (the game came out in 2015) so if you haven’t played it yet then give it a try while waiting for Cyberpunk 2077 to be released in November 19th! And if those graphics aren’t enough, there are always mods available on the Steam Workshop which can make them look even better or change other aspects of the game like adding new enemies or making monsters harder to kill.

Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight
Source: Nintendo

Hollow Knight is a [metroidvania] with a heavy emphasis on combat and exploration. The game’s plot revolves around the titular character, who explores a fallen kingdom called Hallownest. Set in an insect-like world, Hollow Knight offers tight controls, fluid movement, and fluid combat. When you kill enemies they drop a shell that can be used to buy items from NPCs or upgrade your health. Hollow Knight’s combat is faster-paced compared to other Metroidvanias like [Celeste].

Hollow Knight features hand-drawn 2D art along with animation. The game combines traditional pixel art with hand-drawn characters and environments. Since it’s such a unique style of graphic design, it makes the game feel more alive than other Metroidvanias where graphics are usually limited to pixelated sprites or 3D models. The soundtrack also adds to the atmosphere by being composed of mostly string instruments with occasional electronic beats thrown in for good measure.

Hollow Knight has received positive reviews from critics who praised its gameplay and story but criticized its difficulty curve. [1] It currently holds an 87% rating on Metacritic[2], which aggregates all critical reviews into one number between 0% (worst) and 100% (best).

Dota 2

Dota 2
Source: The Esports Observer

Dota 2 is free to play, which means it’s easy to try out and see if it’s your cup of tea. The multiplayer game pits two teams of five players against each other in an online battle arena. As one of the most popular games on Steam, Dota 2 was first released in 2013 by developer Valve and supports Windows, macOS, and Linux.

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FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION

  • FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION

FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION brings the acclaimed epic to PC, allowing players to create their own unique story combining action-packed combat with engaging and immersive storytelling. Players can explore the world of Eos through Noctis’s eyes, and control the prince and his companions as they undertake an epic journey and learn to master the power of Kings.

You can even change your character’s name!

Civilization VI

Civilization VI
Source: Nintendo

Civilization VI is one of the best PC games to play right now, and if you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out. In this turn-based strategy game, you must build your empire from the ground up and guide it here as it develops over time. There’s a lot of micromanaging involved—you’ll need to plan your cities’ districts and manage each city’s resources carefully—but the payoff is well worth it. Plus, you can learn about history as you go! You’ll be able to play through several different eras in ancient history by playing through all the different civilizations.

If you’re looking for a game that will last months (or even years), Civilization VI fits the bill. It may not have any graphics or a story to tell, but what it lacks in graphics and storyline it makes up for in being a challenging and fun game that has lots of replayability.

ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK - Survival Evolved
Source: ARK: Survival Evolved on YouTube

In ARK: Survival Evolved, you (the player) create a character and then explore the island. You can craft weapons, clothing, buildings, and objects like dinosaurs. The game includes both single-player mode and multiplayer mode. It has been praised for its modding community. The game is set in an open-world environment that includes elements of survival games, crafting games, hunting games, and base building games. In addition to surviving on an island inhabited by dinosaurs, players can engage in player versus player combat to defend their structures from other players.

Rocket League

Rocket League
Source: Rocket League

Steam sales are a great time for gamers to re-discover old favorites and try new games that capture their imagination. We think it’s only fitting to give an honorary Steam game award to the one you haven’t explored yet: Rocket League. Launched by Psyonix, the studio behind the smash-hit console game Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, Rocket League is a multiplayer car soccer game where players can drop a ball on a massive field and play various matches with its explosive core gameplay. The more you play, the better you get at playing—and the more fun you have. It’s one of those games that keeps increasing in fun complexity until it becomes impossible to stop playing, which is why we’re so excited about its future updates and expansions planned for 2022.

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