A quick list of some of the best gaming values currently available through Steam.
What is Steam? Easily summed up, it’s the best tool for gaming currently out there. If you’re not familiar with it and you’re reading this article, get it.
1) The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition – Current price $19.99
Oblivion is one of the best fantasy/role playing games ever made. Played in a first or third person perspective the amount of depth available for this price is astounding. For $24.99 Steam offers the Digital Deluxe edition which features the additional premium download only content originally available for Oblivion, but the $19.99 Game of the Year edition offers huge gaming value. There is easily over 100 hours of content available through the Game of the Year edition. Plus with large volumes of user generated game modifications and content hosted at sites like TESNexus.com you’ll never run out of things to do.
2) Neverwinter Nights 2 Platinum Edition – Current price $19.99
Neverwinter Nights 2 is based on Dungeon and Dragons 3.5e rules and offers a gamer the opportunity to build a party and set out for fame and fortune. Like Oblivion, Neverwinter Nights Platinum Edition comes with the original game as well as two expansion packs. Also like Oblivion you’ll get tons of gaming for your dollar. While NWN 2 does not feature as many things to do as Oblivion, you will find that there’s easily 50+ hours of gaming available here. Even more if you like to run through the game as different characters. Also like oblivion there’s large amounts of user generated content available through sites such as IGN’s NWN vault.
3) SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition – Current price $19.99
SimCity allows you to build and manage a city or create your own Utopia. Play god and create the landscape of your dreams. Your only limit is your imagination. SimCity 4 is the latest version in this superb series of games. This edition of SimCity 4 includes the Rush Hour expansion pack which adds even more to your SimCity experience. Simcity may be the first sandbox game in which there’s really no goal, just want you want to personally set out to accomplish. If you like simulations or just the thought of creating something you could easily spend an entire day immersed in a world of your own creation. SimCity 4 is also heavily integrated with its online community allowing you to download alternate lot businesses or buildings.
4) Torchlight – Current price $14.99
Think of Torchlight as a 3D Diablo 2 with fewer classes and modern features you wouldn’t be far off. Easily, easily one of the best gaming bargains out there right now. Who doesn’t love slaughtering hordes of monsters and collecting their loot? Easily dozens hours of high quality game play here.
5) Battlefield Bad Company 2 – Current price $19.99
Originally shipping a little over a year ago Battlefield Bad Company 2 is the latest version of the superb Battlefield series. One of the best and heaviest played multiplayer combat games currently available there are tons of achievements to hit and many weapons to unlock. Most of my friends that play Battlefield 2 have posted well over 100 hours of game play!
Honorable Mention: Super Meat Boy – Current price $14.99
Only an honorable mention because if you pass 10-15 hours of game play on this title, you’re trying to master the game. One of the hardest platformers you’ll ever play. If you’re like me and played NES and SNES platformers this game will bring back the memories. Be cautioned though. You absolutely must have a controller to play this game effectively. Keyboard won’t cut it. Also be cautioned that this game gave me a bad case of Nintendo thumb that only recently healed.