The best Steam games in 2024

The House that Gordon Freeman Built is the digital distribution site when it comes to buying and playing the best PC games. Launching with its own iconic Half-Life 2 back in 2003, Valve’s Steam has gone from strength to strength ever since. That obviously makes narrowing the best Steam games down a colossally challenging task.

PC gaming has become so popular since the platform’s release that you’ll find many of the best PS5 games and best Xbox Series X games on Valve’s storefront. And if you’re lucky enough to own one of the best gaming PCs, you can run the likes of Cyberpunk 2077 at higher resolutions and far faster frame rates than either of the current-gen consoles.

There’s also a huge variety of indie games and titles that won’t cost you a penny available on Steam. So whether you’re a fan of AAA blockbusters like Grand Theft Auto V or your jam is more of a Planet Coaster vibe, our picks of the best Steam games has you covered. Oh, and don’t forget you can play many of these excellent titles on the go thanks to the brilliant Steam Deck and 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.