The best Steam games in 2024

Arthur and Dutch riding horses through a swamp in Red Dead Redemption 2.
(Image credit: Rockstar Games)

I’ve been playing the best Steam games for 20 years at this point. I shudder to think of how badly that homemade rig I first created my account on for Valve’s digital platform way back in 2004 would perform by today’s standards. Spoiler: the results wouldn’t be pretty. Thankfully the best gaming PCs and best gaming laptops available right now can run games at amazing quality levels. 

Picking out the best Steam game is obviously massively subjective, and it’s an especially tough choice for me considering my library has precisely 263 games in it — talk about the ultimate Pile of Shame. When push comes to shove, though, I’ve got to go with Red Dead Redemption 2. For my money Rockstar’s epic Wild West open-world is the one of the best games ever made, and the PC port is terrific.  

Considering Steam has literally thousands of games, you obviously have a massive selection of titles spanning every genre imaginable to choose from. Be it brutal first-person shooters, hardcore racing sims or ocean-deep strategy offerings, my picks of the best Steam games will hopefully give you great experiences, whether you’re playing on a high-end desktop or Valve’s wonderful Steam Deck OLED.  

The best Steam games

Best free Steam games

We’ve researched the best free Steam games based on their popularity, the depth of their gameplay and our own personal experiences with them. The games listed below are perfectly playable, even if you never spend a cent, with rich experiences for paying and non-paying players alike. Furthermore, we’ve tried to explore a variety of genres. (Free-to-play shooters may be a dime-a-dozen, but they’re not necessarily to everyone’s tastes.)

Dave Meikleham
UK Computing Editor

Dave is a computing editor at Tom’s Guide and covers everything from cutting edge laptops to ultrawide monitors. When he’s not worrying about dead pixels, Dave enjoys regularly rebuilding his PC for absolutely no reason at all. In a previous life, he worked as a video game journalist for 15 years, with bylines across GamesRadar+, PC Gamer and TechRadar. Despite owning a graphics card that costs roughly the same as your average used car, he still enjoys gaming on the go and is regularly glued to his Switch. Away from tech, most of Dave’s time is taken up by walking his husky, buying new TVs at an embarrassing rate and obsessing over his beloved Arsenal.