Steam is a phenomenal resource for sorting, storing, and purchasing new games. But did you know that it can help you find what game to play next as well?
Maybe you’ve just beaten your most recent game and don’t know what to play next, or maybe you’re just not feeling any of the games you own right now and are looking for something new.
Regardless of why, Steam has a plethora of tools that you can use to find new games to play, no matter your reasons. Here are five of the best.
1. Steam’s Discovery Queue
First up is Steam’s Discovery Queue. For new games that relate to your specific tastes, the Discovery Queue is a great resource that does a lot of the heavy lifting for you.
You can access the Discovery Queue in a number of different ways. The easiest of these are probably from Steam’s store front page, where you’ll find it if you scroll down, or on any game’s page, where it appears just below the screenshot and description panels.
The Discovery Queue itself is a list of 12 games that changes daily. It’s based on games that you play, use, and purchase on Steam, as well as new or top-selling games that might interest you.
You can add the titles to your wishlist, follow the games if they interest you, or tell steam to ignore the product entirely. If you go through the full list of 12, you can always generate a new Discovery Queue as well.
The beauty here is that Steam does all the hard work for you. As the games in your Discovery Queue are based on your purchases and how you respond to the queue, which means that you’ll often find new games you never would have otherwise.
If the Discovery Queue isn’t quite cutting it for you, you can always customize it. You can ask Steam to include and exclude various games or software via tags or by early access, for example.
If you’ve used Steam even a little bit, then you no doubt understand that Steam has a pretty robust search system. With that said, you might not realize just how deep you can go into Steam’s search engine and the tools it provides you.
At its most base level, Steam allows you to type in the name of a game to find it in the store. If you’re not sure exactly what it is you’re looking for, however, this simply won’t do.
Instead, you can search Steam’s store in a huge variety of different ways. If you’re looking for a good deal, for example, you can search through all the Current Specials. If you’re looking for a certain genre or hardware compatibility, you can search through that category as well. Perfect for if you’ve just figured out how to set up SteamVR on your VR headset and now want some games to go with it.
What’s great here is just how deep you can go with these tools. If you’re looking for a great deal, you can search by Current Specials and then narrow the search down by price so that you only see games for under $10.
You can also sort by various filters such as lowest prices or user reviews. You can combine all of these features together, if you want, which is perfect for finding a game that exactly meets what you’re looking for.
3. Steam Curators
If you’re the type of person who prefers to ask other people for their recommendations than to search for yourself, then Steam has the perfect feature for you.
Steam Curators are essentially people, communities, and organizations that give reviews and recommendations on just about every game on Steam. These Curators range from serious reviewing platforms, such as IGN and PC Gamer, to meme Curators, such as Critiquing Doge and Commander Shepard.
You can follow any number of these that you like, and Steam will even recommend other Curators based on those that you follow.
Once you’ve followed a Curator you’ll see their reviews on the front page of your Steam store, which more often than not means a list of games that they recommend and why, though some Curators focus on games to avoid.
The best part about Steam Curators is that you can find a couple that match exactly your taste. If you’re a big fan of a certain type of genre, or just want some solid recommendations with some meme formatting, then you can access that here.
4. Steam’s Play Next Feature
If you’ve somehow managed to play every single game in your entire Steam Library, then this feature is unlikely to help you. If you’re like the rest of us mere mortals, however, then Steam’s Play Next feature might just help you find the next game to play.
This entry is a little different from the rest on this list because it doesn’t help you actually find new games to purchase on Steam. Instead, this feature is aimed at helping you figure out what exactly to play when you have no idea.
At the top of your Steam Library, there is a shelf by default labeled Play Next. This shelf lists games in your library that you haven’t yet played. Steam determines the order based on what you’ve recently played.
The system is far from perfect, but if you’re the type of person who’s just learned how to add non-Steam games to your Steam Library and now have hundreds or even thousands of games in your Steam library that you haven’t touched, then this is a great way to beat that indecision and just get started with one.
5. Steam Labs
Finally, you can always have a look at Steam Labs. If you’re unaware, Steam Labs are a series of experimental features that you can opt into trying. Some get introduced into Steam permanently, and some are never seen again.
Obviously, how useful Steam Labs will be to you finding new games will vary based on the experiments that they’re currently running. Experiment 13, for example, contains a rich recommendations carousel that might help to do just that.
Other experiments might not be so useful, however. It’s a bit of a chance on what Steam is currently testing and whether or not it will help you personally, but if you’ve tried everything else and are still out of ideas, then it’s a solid place to look. Who knows what you might find?
Find the Perfect Game With Steam
As you can see, Steam is not just a powerful tool for hosting your games, but also for finding the perfect game for you to play next. There are a ton of different options here for you to build on and more still, if you know where to look.
So why not give some of the tools on this list a shot? They’re quick and easy to try out, and you might just find exactly what you’re looking for.
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