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  1. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I decided to create a Steam account and try out some games. I'm brand new to Steam and don't know anything about its games at all.

    I haven't installed a single game yet at this point.

    What are some games that you'd recommend for someone brand new to Steam? Please describe the games and let me know why you like them.
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    12-04-2013 07:09 PM
  2. wapoz's Avatar
    Barbie Dreamhouse Party. Man that game is tough. I think I've spent about 50 hours on it so far.
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    12-04-2013 07:14 PM
  3. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Barbie Dreamhouse Party. Man that game is tough. I think I've spent about 50 hours on it so far.
    I don't think I'd like a Barbie game.
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    12-04-2013 07:18 PM
  4. kbilly70's Avatar
    What are your favorite genres of games? I play pretty much everything but lean towards action/rpg.

    Action/Hack n Slash: Torchlight II is really good. Its kind of a Diablo II/III clone with more cartoony graphics. Path of Exile is another decent Diablo clone.

    Action: the Batman Arkham series. Great visuals and good story and action.

    First person shooter: Call of Duty series, Battlefield series, Borderlands 2, Fallout series.

    Zombie action: Left for Dead series.

    Strategy: Sid Meiers Civilization series. Turn based empire building.

    RPG: Skyrim, Oblivion, Morrowind, Dragon Age. All great fantasy based rpgs.

    There are a TON of small name games. Read the feedback and you can really find some gems.

    The best thing are the crazy sales that Steam runs. During the Steam summer sale I got the Id pack - 22 games for $80. Check back each day and make sure if you want a game to add it to your wish list. You will then receive a notification when it goes on sale.

    Have fun!
    12-04-2013 07:30 PM
  5. wapoz's Avatar
    I don't think I'd like a Barbie game.
    lol. On topic: My personal faves are Terraria and Torchlight 2. I purchased Terraria a few years back for $9 and I've gotten countless hours of entertainment out of it. It usually goes on sale for around $2.00 now. It's even better if you make your friends purchase it too for multi player.
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    12-04-2013 07:31 PM
  6. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    As was mentioned, what kinds of games do you like?

    --I'd start with Team Fortress 2, as it is free-to-play. It's a cartoonish shooter that's a lot of fun. Other good FPS titles are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Left 4 Dead 2 (if you like zombies; the first game's really shallow and redundant, but the second's a bit better).
    --If you like League of Legends, I think I still have a bunch of DotA 2 beta keys, and I could send you one.
    --If you like tower defense games, I suggest Plants Vs. Zombies (I'm sure you know what it is by now, haha) and Sanctum. Sanctum is something of a FPS tower defense. You get guns in an FPS setting to shoot the waves of enemies, but you also get to build defenses to protect your "core." It's in a grid setup, so you try to position your defenses on the grid to create a long maze for ground troops to get through. It's a really cool game.
    --Music games like Audiosurf are nice. You probably know what it is, but in case you don't: you have a track with colored blocks to collect. The track varies by the beat of your music.
    --If you like the Tycoon games, Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 is a good one.

    Those are some I can throw out there quickly, but I play mostly on Xbox. Playing PC games on your bed (where I use my desktop from) is a pain, so I don't usually bother. Let us know which types of games you like, and we can probably give better examples. Of course, just browsing on Steam is really easy, and most games have demos, it seems.
    12-04-2013 11:06 PM
  7. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Thanks for the recommendations so far. I'll definitely check out Left 4 Dead 2, since I like Zombie stuff.

    I'm not at all familiar with Tower Defense games, but I'll bing/google them and get more information about that genre.

    I have a question regarding sales: does Steam send emails when things go on sale, or will I have to look for sales on their site or on Twitter?
    12-04-2013 11:23 PM
  8. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    The Steam client will always have them on its home page. You can add games you like to your "Wishlist," and you'll get an e-mail letting you know when those games are on-sale.
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    12-05-2013 01:46 AM
  9. gedzum's Avatar
    Awesome Laura, welcome to steam. A lot good recommendations already, most of which I would have also said. I'd say Bastion, Dragon Age Origins, Trine series, The Witcher series and XCOM: Enemy Uknown are worth a look. As some others have said, Civ V w/ Brave New World expansion is great. Also Torchlight II. If you're interested in Torchlight series, I have an extra copy of the first one if you're interested ;)

    Steam holiday sale is probably coming soon so you picked a good time :D One thing about the "Wishlist" email notifications is I don't always get them, however they do work most of the time.
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    12-05-2013 05:11 AM
  10. meandu229's Avatar
    Keep an eye on https://www.humblebundle.com/ for great bundles for dirt cheap. 2 on atm weekly and main one.
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    12-05-2013 06:11 AM
  11. palandri's Avatar
    Laura, are you looking for single player or multiplayer?

    Also, anyone who is playing multiplayer CoD:Ghost on the PC and is clanless, I am in a group of old tarts, most of us are ex-military that play CoD:Ghost. We have a webpage, a ventrilo server and play 3 to 5 nights a weeks. normally around 8pm CST. If interested, send me a PM for the information.
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    12-05-2013 06:49 AM
  12. kbilly70's Avatar
    Keep an eye on https://www.humblebundle.com/ for great bundles for dirt cheap. 2 on atm weekly and main one.
    Yeah the humble bundles are great!
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    12-05-2013 06:50 AM
  13. BIGPADDY's Avatar
    I always recommend to new gamers Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends.
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    12-05-2013 11:29 AM
  14. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Laura, are you looking for single player or multiplayer?
    Both are good.

    Also, anyone who is playing multiplayer CoD:Ghost on the PC and is clanless, I am in a group of old tarts, most of us are ex-military that play CoD:Ghost. We have a webpage, a ventrilo server and play 3 to 5 nights a weeks. normally around 8pm CST. If interested, send me a PM for the information.
    I didn't think CoD was a Steam game.
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    12-05-2013 11:35 AM
  15. palandri's Avatar
    Both are good.

    I didn't think CoD was a Steam game.
    You can download the digital version or buy the DVD's. It's easiest to buy the DVD's because the digital download is really big.
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    12-05-2013 12:07 PM
  16. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    Both are good.

    I didn't think CoD was a Steam game.
    Yeah, it is. The only games you won't see on Steam (for the most part) are newer EA games (since about Battlefield 3 and later), Blizzard titles, and League of Legends. Well, and those silly Flash-based games. CoD and Assassin's Creed and all of those popular multi-platform titles are typically on there. If you're unsure, there's a Search function.
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    12-05-2013 03:55 PM
  17. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    Keep an eye on https://www.humblebundle.com/ for great bundles for dirt cheap. 2 on atm weekly and main one.
    Dang it, why would you post this? I love Sanctum, and now I'm considering this bundle for it and Garry's mod, which a friend of mine really likes.
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    12-05-2013 03:56 PM
  18. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Dang it, why would you post this? I love Sanctum, and now I'm considering this bundle for it and Garry's mod, which a friend of mine really likes.
    I went for the Humble Jumbo Bundle, and it's downloading/installing now.
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    12-06-2013 12:10 AM
  19. b23h's Avatar
    Amazingly I am back to Fallout right now (and I mean the first one). Batman Arkham City or Arkham Asylum. Borderlands 1 or 2. Company of Heroes... Skyrim or any of the Fallout games. LA Noire. Rage Mass Effect 1 or 2 (can't get 3 on Steam)

    Fallout/Skyrim/Mass Effect are all massive "role playing games" that you can easily sink tens to hundreds of hours into. A lot of the AAA combat titles are six or seven hours long but can provide lots of multiplayer fun. Personally I don't do much in the way of multiplayer with the exception of Mass Effect 3.
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    12-06-2013 12:38 AM
  20. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    Amazingly I am back to Fallout right now (and I mean the first one). Batman Arkham City or Arkham Asylum. Borderlands 1 or 2. Company of Heroes... Skyrim or any of the Fallout games. LA Noire. Rage Mass Effect 1 or 2 (can't get 3 on Steam)

    Fallout/Skyrim/Mass Effect are all massive "role playing games" that you can easily sink tens to hundreds of hours into. A lot of the AAA combat titles are six or seven hours long but can provide lots of multiplayer fun. Personally I don't do much in the way of multiplayer with the exception of Mass Effect 3.
    You really managed to get that much out of those games? I did pretty-much everything on Skyrim, including getting all of the Achievements, and I was around 160 hours. I guess if you're on Steam and play with the mods a lot, and you get the DLC (I didn't), you could get 200-250 hours, but I have a hard time imagining a way to get 2,000+ hours out of it, and the same woudl go for the Fallout titles.

    I agree on Fallout, Borderlands, and Skyrim as suggestions, though. All are top-notch games, with Fallout and Skyrim being awesome single-player games and Borderlands being great for co-op play. I'd pick Assassin's Creed over Batman for the third-person action series though, I'm just not a superhero fan, and that's from someone not in-love with the AC series, or third-person action as a whole. Rage is really cool, but on the short side. It definitely has me dying to see a new Quake.
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    12-06-2013 01:40 AM
  21. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    I went for the Humble Jumbo Bundle, and it's downloading/installing now.
    Which game(s) are you going to play from it? I'm debating it because I really liked Sanctum, and since Sanctum 2 alone is $15, I might have to go for the bundle for it alone (even if I don't end up playing it much, $4 is hardly a waste of money).
    12-06-2013 01:46 AM
  22. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Which game(s) are you going to play from it? I'm debating it because I really liked Sanctum, and since Sanctum 2 alone is $15, I might have to go for the bundle for it alone (even if I don't end up playing it much, $4 is hardly a waste of money).
    I'm not sure yet. I'll try them all tomorrow and see which ones I like. I just took the bundle, since it's cheap, and I donated entirely to the charity.
    12-06-2013 02:17 AM
  23. sakada's Avatar
    Dota 2
    12-06-2013 02:21 AM
  24. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    You really managed to get that much out of those games? I did pretty-much everything on Skyrim, including getting all of the Achievements, and I was around 160 hours. I guess if you're on Steam and play with the mods a lot, and you get the DLC (I didn't), you could get 200-250 hours, but I have a hard time imagining a way to get 2,000+ hours out of it, and the same woudl go for the Fallout titles.

    I agree on Fallout, Borderlands, and Skyrim as suggestions, though. All are top-notch games, with Fallout and Skyrim being awesome single-player games and Borderlands being great for co-op play. I'd pick Assassin's Creed over Batman for the third-person action series though, I'm just not a superhero fan, and that's from someone not in-love with the AC series, or third-person action as a whole. Rage is really cool, but on the short side. It definitely has me dying to see a new Quake.
    What would you recommend other than Rage?

    I'm actually returning to gaming after last having played back in the days of Quake III Arena, which I loved. I've been pretty much out of the loop for ~12 years.
    12-06-2013 03:05 AM
  25. Muessig's Avatar
    You might like Antichamber, The Stanley Parable, any of the Portal series or Dishonored. If you got Borderlands 2 we could start a WPCentral coop run!
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    12-06-2013 03:12 AM
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