Steam

Steam 1.2

The ultimate games platform from Valve

Steam is a platform for online games that lets you download the latest from the world of video games as they are released – an indispensable tool adopted by many publishers. This means there's no hacking and lower prices for games like Call of Duty, Skyrim and Football Manager. View full description

PROS

  • An impressive catalog of games
  • An active community
  • Amazing promotions
  • Automatic updates
  • Easy to handle

CONS

  • An aging interface
  • Lack of options for navigating easily through the catalog
  • The security aspects on some games prevents sharing

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Steam is a platform for online games that lets you download the latest from the world of video games as they are released – an indispensable tool adopted by many publishers. This means there's no hacking and lower prices for games like Call of Duty, Skyrim and Football Manager.

Steam and its impressive catalog of games

Steam, accessible via its website, is also accessible as an easy to use to program that gives you access to its services through afunctional desktop interface.

With Steam, you can purchase the most popular video games, along with lesser known titles and free demos, thanks to a long list of developer partners. Games are divided into different genres and include full game descriptions. Steam is available for both PC and Mac.

The Steam client also maintains it's social dimension, allowing you to share a lot of information and content with a very active community. The forums can help you find interest groups or partners for casual gaming. You can also connect with friends to discuss or start a game.

Last but not least, Steam's known for its great promotions that can lower the price of games by up to 75%. Keep your eyes peeled so you don't miss out on a bargain.

Quickly download new games

Steam requires you to create an account in order to start acquiring content, but it's a quick and effortless process. The interface is very similar to the website, and downloaded games are installed directly onto your computer in just a few seconds.

You'll find all purchased games in the library, where you can manage them in multiple ways, including a section for Recently Played and Favorites. Another big advantage of Steam is that game updates are automatic, so you won't have to worry about frantically searching for a patch.

Unfortunately, Steam does have a few issues, and it's outdated interface has started to show its age. Loading store pages is often slower with the client, and you can't open different pages in different tabs, meaning you're forced to wait for a page to load without being able to do anything else. Navigating the catalog isn't always easy, and it's sorely lacking in maneuverability when you want to randomly browse through playlists. This is especially apparent considering that the list of games coming out every day continues to grow, without there being a real way to navigate these new titles. Finally, it's increasingly common for new games to require activation through Steam to work properly, a security method which makes it impossible to share games with friends.

The reference platform for games

Steam is an online games platform that's indispensable for those who love video games and don't want to miss anything. Quite simply, you just can't do without it.

What's new

- Listen to your music while playing

- Simplified interface

- Reduced resource consumption

User reviews about Steam

  • theone102

    by theone102

    "Download from real website."

    Don't download from here. Not worth it. I would check it out from the actual website..   More.

  • zablaven

    by zablaven

    "Just not worth the trouble"

    I installed Steam, in lieu of buying in the App Store, to s...   More.