Steam's best free games are those that have an active player base, ongoing developer support and no negligible pay-to-win tactics. With that in mind, here are 10 of Steam's best free games. There is a little bit of everything for everyone.
1. Never Split the Party
Roguelikes have exploded in popularity, but “Never Split the Party” goes a step further by introducing a social element. Play with up to three other friends and fight in dungeon-generated dungeons. Choose from four different classes, each with a dedicated role, and fight to victory.
Pros: it features team play, different classes and is available for Windows and Mac.
Against: Lack of polishing in general due to its initial development.
2. Ring of Elysium
If the construction mechanics in "Fortnite" drive you crazy and the military precision of PUBG is not your taste, try "Ring of Elysium". This title from Tencent Games breaks with the style of shooting everything and running, characteristic of Battle Royale, and presents an aspect of survival; the cold is as dangerous as other players.
To win, you must reach a rescue flight. Victory comes when you board the helicopter, which allows you to win without firing if you find the right strategy to do so. There are also numerous mobility options available, allowing players to roam the map in new and creative ways.
Pro: A new approach to the Battle Royale genre Contra: The game is only for Windows
3. World of Warplanes
If you like fast-paced battles for titles like “Crimson Skies”, “World of Warplanes” is for you. If the name sounds familiar, it's because you've probably heard of or played other developer titles: "World of Tanks" and "World of Warships".
You can choose a plane from seven different nations, upgrade your aircraft with better weapons, engines and more, and fly on five different types of aircraft. After getting the hang of the game, team up with friends and take on another team in 12v12 battles. World of Warplanes certainly deserves to be among the best free games from Steam.
Pros: huge variety of aircraft, numerous vehicle customization options.
Against: the game has some flaws due to the early development.
4. AirMech Strike
“AirMech Strike” is a free and incredibly polished strategy game, with cooperative and competitive modes. You control an AirMech and several units to take control of the map, but the fast pace of the game and the shorter matches keep things interesting. You do not need to invest hours to win a match in this game. It can also be played with a mouse and keyboard or a gamepad, exclusively for strategy games.
Pros: new strategy game, looks great.
Cons: Available for Windows only.
5. Nick Beard: The Fedora of Destiny
If the title didn't make it clear, this is not a game to be taken seriously. “Nick Beard: The Fedora of Destiny” is a self-conscious game that thrived on Internet humor around 2012.
It is not a long game. You will have about 20 minutes of play, but those 20 minutes will be full of laughter. The game is designed to appeal to a specific segment of the audience. If you like Deadpool, you will like this game.
Pro: Irreverent humor.
Against: Too short.
"Warframe" has become popular since its release, and subsequent updates have further increased that popularity. You can go solo in space, join friends to take down powerful enemies, or build your base to relax when you're not fighting. Basically, you play as a space ninja with energy weapons. "Warframe" has all the elements that MMO players love: a variety of weapons, great enemies and a lot of grind.
Pros: great developer support, strong player community.
Cons: Available for Windows only.
“VRChat” is a social gaming experience designed for use with a virtual reality headset, but it can still be enjoyed on a desktop. It is full of small mini-games like bowling and a game called “Battle Discs”, but the attractions are the worlds created by users. Wander through a world you have built yourself or visit other people's. Choose your own avatar and make your way through a vibrant community of dedicated players. It is a great way to make friends in the comfort of your room.
Pros: a fresh take on social interaction, tons of mini-games to play
Against: the best experience requires expensive peripherals.
8. DOTA 2
It would be careless not to include “DOTA 2”On a list of the best free games from Steam. In a world consumed by the MOBA craze, “DOTA 2”Is at the top of the list. Choose one of several heroes. Each one is different and opens a different style of play. Although you can spend money on this game, it will only be for cosmetics purchases. On the battlefield, your skill and teamwork will determine whether you win or lose.
Pros: free heroes, without payment to earn elements.
Cons: Steep learning curve, toxic community.
9. Team Fortress 2
"Team Fortress 2" has been around for years and will likely remain at the top of the charts as one of the most popular F2P titles out there. If you're looking for crazy first-person action, Team Fortress 2 has what you need. Choose from several classes and help lead your team to victory.
There may be a certain learning curve, especially if you have never played "Team Fortress 2" before, but once you learn its secrets, you will be hooked. It is certainly a game to be in the list of best free games from Steam.
Pros: a variety of different classes, available on Windows and Mac. Cons: it can be difficult to learn for beginners.
10. Path of Exile
If you spent hours playing “Diablo II”, you’ll do the same with “Path of Exile“. They exist seven classes to choose from, and the depth of the skill tree is spectacular. You can go with a build you find online or make your own, and it is entirely possible to create unique skill combinations that no one has ever seen. The search for better equipment is a lot of fun and constant updates keep the game up to date, no matter how much you play. So, Path of Exile couldn't be left out of Steam's best free games.
Pros: in-depth gameplay, tons of equipment.
Cons: Available for Windows only.
11. One Night, Hot Springs
"One Night, Hot Springs" stands out in Steam's visual novel library for two reasons. First of all, it’s for all ages, so you don’t have to worry about adult content popping up unexpectedly. Second, the main character is a transsexual woman who lives in Japan.
“One Night, Hot Springs” explores the difficulties faced by transgender people in their daily lives and, more specifically, the struggles they face in Japan. The game itself is a short game of about 30 minutes, but there are seven possible endings. If you play to find them all, “One Night, Hot Springs” offers several hours of entertainment.
Pros: the game deals with serious problems, but it is not heavy; available on Windows and Mac.
Against: the game is not long enough.
12. So, uh… a spaceship crashed in my yard
Nothing describes this title better than the synopsis: “A ship called Aria fell in your garden! Now it's up to you to help her find the pieces she needs to escape Earth. ” The game is a peculiar walking simulator with puzzle elements.
There is only one ending, but it is a short, small adventure that will keep you entertained and make you laugh. There's a little bit of inappropriate language involved, so it might not be the best for kids, but adults will love it, deserving to be among Steam's best free games.
Pros: fun puzzles with surprisingly challenging achievements, quirky humor.
Cons: too short, only available on Windows.
13. Riddles of the Owls Kingdom
"Riddles of the Owls Kingdom" is a puzzle game based on nonograms or picross. These are picture logic puzzles, and this game is absolutely full of them. There are 200 puzzles to work on, each with a different difficulty level.
This style of play is not well known in Brazil, but a prominent example is “Minesweeper”. If you liked to play “Minesweeper”, you will probably like the color and charm of “Riddles of the Owls Kingdom”.
Pros: 200 puzzles, tips for when it gets too difficult, available on Windows and Mac.
Against: some puzzles require guesswork.
14. Fruit Pop
"Fruit Pop" is a game that combines elements of "Brick Breaker" with "Peggle" and the result is nothing short of glorious. A charming art style, combined with spectacular music, makes this the perfect game to sit and relax at the end of a long day.
The free version includes fifteen levels, but the paid version of the game comes with a total of 45 levels. This game will encourage you to continue playing continuously to beat your highest score as much as possible. Deserve to be among the best free games from Steam.
Pro: relaxed fun.
Contra: only available for Windows.