What are the best single-player games on Steam?

asked by Esteve Castells
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    #1Half-Life 2

    Half-Life 2
    Half-Life 2  is a first-person shooter video game.It is the sequel to 1998's Half-Life. Taking place some years after the events of Half-Life, protagonist Gordon Freeman is woken by the enigmatic G-Man to find the world has been taken over by the alien Combine. 

    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Carolyn Watson
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "If you are looking for the best single-player game on Steam, Half-Life 2 is a really good option to consider. It is a first-person shooter game (FPS) that is a sequel to 1998's Half-Life and is a really highly-rated fun to play single-player game that you are sure to enjoy. "
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    #2Portal 2

    Portal 2
    Portal 2 is a first-person puzzle video game developed by Valve that features a humorous story. In the game, the "Perpetual Testing Initiative" has been expanded to allow you to design co-op puzzles for you and your friends.

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360


    Lauren Morrison
    Written on October 28, 2017
    "I have played Portal 2 with my sons for years. We have played it on the X-box but recently my husband moved us to Steam. While the picture is a bit smaller on a monitor the game play is just as good. "
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    This game was the next major game to be released by id Software after the success of Doom. Quake brings a more Gothic flavor to the FPS genre and, like its predecessor, has spawned copycats and sequels over the years.

    Web, Windows


    Grace Perkins
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "This is a classic first shooter game that really opened the door for future games like this. This game was ahead of the other offerings by a large margin with game play that still to this day will foster a great deal of attention. This is a game worthy of continuation for quite some time."


Did you know that early single-player games like Speed Race (1974) and Space Invaders (1978) only gained popularity after the rise of two-player games like Tennis for Two (1958) and Pong (1972)? A single-player video game is a game where actions and input throughout the course of the session only come from one person. Due to the lack of encountering other players in this specific game mode, single-player games usually rely on an engaging and intriguing story that’ll captivate its player, couple with a variety of interesting side characters that are usually designed to be as unpredictable as a real, thinking human being.

The perfect examples for single-player games that managed to captivate its audiences for long periods of time are games from The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, both developed by Bethesda Softworks. On top of that, Bethesda turned up as Metacritic’s top-ranked major publisher for 2017, despite their focus on single-player games and the sudden surge of popularity in multiplayer games in all gaming platforms. Back in 2015, Fallout 4 sold over 12 million copies and generated over $750 million in its first 24 hours. Some gaming developers now consider story-driven, single-player games as “non-enjoyable”, although many other developers and gamers beg to disagree.

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    #4Don't Starve

    Don't Starve

    Don't Starve is a survival game developed by Klei Entertainment. It is full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. You'll need to gather resources, craft items, structures and, of course, don't starve. 


    PlayStation4, Xbox One, Linux, Windows, Mac, eBay


    Zachary Rodriguez
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "An interesting and exciting game to play. The game has decent graphics and is very fun to play. You have to find different items to craft things and structures. It has many different add ons that you can purchase to take the game further. There are many funny and interesting characters in this game. It will make the time pass very quickly when you open this app. "
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    #5Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a cross-platform fairytale themed adventure. Guide two brothers on an epic fairy tale journey from visionary Swedish film director, Josef Fares and top-tier developer Starbreeze Studios. 

    Windows, iOS, Android, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360


    Deborah Johnston
    Written on July 3, 2018
    "This is a very emotionally touching game. It reminded me and my brother that we always have each other no matter what. Literally drove me to tears while the story unfolded."
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    #6Unreal Tournament 1999

    Unreal Tournament 1999
    In Unreal Tournament 1999, you and your team of Bots are fighting in a tournament to attain the crown of Unreal Grand Master. You'll fight against ruthless galactic scum and keep your team working effectively.



    Michelle Howard
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "This is the single-player game I have been searching for. There is so much going on-you'll never be bored. When I got the game I played for hours and couldn't stop. The avatars are diverse and the objectives are challenging enough to keep you interested, but not to a point where you give up. I loved this so much, I'm buying this for my nephew's birthday! "
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    Portal is a first person puzzle platformer created by Valve

    Windows, Android


    Eduardo Rosas
    Written on July 3, 2018
    "This is simply one the best games I have ever played the humor mixed with adventure and excitement is like the perfect brew for a game."
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    Cuphead is an indie run and gun platformer action video game heavily focused on boss battles and inspired by cartoons of the 1930s. It was developed and published by Studio MDHR for both Windows PC and Xbox One gaming console.


    Windows, Xbox One


    Rakesh Gavde
    Written on January 15, 2018
    "Cuphead is a fun side scroller type game that will have you feeling incredibly engaged. It's a rather simple game to learn how to play but it's incredibly difficult to master. Cuphead offers challenging boss battles and obstacles that'll leave you frustrated but wanting more."
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    #9Orcs Must Die! Unchained

    Orcs Must Die! Unchained
    Orcs Must Die! Unchained is an action tower defense game with team-based gameplay! Bust skulls with your friends in PvE co-op Survival, or put your teamwork to the real test in Sabotage Mode.

    Windows, Linux, Playstation 4


    Xu Chang
    Written on November 1, 2017
    "Orcs Must Die! Unchained is a fantastic single player game available on Steam. It offers many hours of entertainment through a tower-defense style game. Also, it's free to play!"
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    #10Pit People

    Pit People

    Pit People is a strategy action role-playing video game by indie game developer The Behemoth. It was released on March 2, 2018, and can be played on Microsoft Windows PCs and Xbox One video game consoles.


    Windows, Xbox One


    Martha Watson
    Written on October 28, 2017
    "Pit People is a fairly average role playing game. The premise isn’t anything unique, but it’s fun nonetheless. There doesn’t seem to be much strategy involved; it’s not very complex. It is, however, a fun time-killer, and it’s enjoyable as a single-player game. Overall, it’s good but not great."
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    #11Orcs Must Die! 2

    Orcs Must Die! 2

    Orcs Must Die! 2 is an action video game with the objective of defending towers and mines from the orcs. It is developed by Robot Entertainment and was released in July 2013 for MS Windows platform.




    Joyce Wang
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "Orcs Must Die! 2 is a good sequel to the original. The endless waves mode is a great way to have some fun. Good strategic fun."
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    N++ is a platformer arcade video game about darting obstacles and avoiding enemies while collecting gold. It was developed and published by Metanet Software Inc. and was released on August 26, 2016.

    Windows, Mac


    Arnav Tata
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "After a boring day at work, feeling like a ninja just feels so good! I love this game, and so it would seem do many others based on the Steam and Metacritic ratings. And no same-ole same-ole killing me some orcs with blood spattering everywhere. Works for me!"
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    #13Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade

    Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade

    Warhammer 40K: Freeblade is a free-to-play multiplayer action and adventure video game from Pixel Toys. It can be played on Microsoft Windows computers, and iOS and Android mobile devices.


    iOS, Android, Windows

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Carlos Áviles
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "While the Warhammer universe has always fascinated me, this game assumes you are already a massive fan going in. The lore was so dense I could barely understand what was happening. The game itself is of course fun to play, but the story was lost on me."
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    #14Supreme Commander

    Supreme Commander

    Supreme Commander is a real-time strategy game developed by Gas Powered game and published by Square Enix. It features a world of strategy and tactics in a world filled with war and conflict. Terrain and graphics have a realistic touch to it as well as the feeling of command.




    Kelly Ford
    Written on November 25, 2017
    "f you want the best RTS ever made, buy this and forged alliance, and then go to https://www.faforever.com/ There you'll have a community of joes and pros and can learn how to really play this game. And then go and watch Gyle's casts on youtube. Grab a beer and some chips, and watch a 1h epic game. You'll love it!"
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    #15Total War: WARHAMMER

    Total War: WARHAMMER

    Total War: WARHAMMER is both a turn-based and real-time strategy game developed by CREATIVE ASSEMBLY and published by SEGA. It features a world of ceaseless battles that is being led by different races in the quest for dominance and peace.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Jordan Simpson
    Written on November 24, 2017
    "This is kind of neat game, kind of like an RTS, but a little more cinematic than I was expecting. The mechanics are pretty good, though it seems overly complex to me personally, but I came from Starcraft, which is fairly simple for an RTS. "
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    #16BattleBlock Theater

    BattleBlock Theater

    BattleBlock Theater is a comedy co-op multiplayer video game developed and published by The Behemoth and was first released on April 3, 2013. Through this game, players will control a prisoner to play through games. 


    Windows, Mac, Xbox 360, Linux


    Guillermina Montoya
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "I like this. I love that it's a little different than a lot of the games i've played before. It gives me the option to play as one player AND it's on steam like I requested."
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    #17Warhammer 40,000: Regicide

    Warhammer 40,000: Regicide
    Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is a turn-based strategy game developed by  Hammerfall Publishing, released on September 9, 2015. It has various gameplay modes to choose from namely: single player, multi-player, local multiplayer, and many more. 




    Howard Nelson
    Written on November 25, 2017
    "There is a lot about this game that I liked. The interface and graphics are top notch but it falls short on the controls and response. Sometimes the characters did not do what I wanted them to do. They would move the wrong way or not respond to the controls at all. It has some bugs and needs fixing before I would play it again."
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    #18Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II is a fast-paced and action-oriented real-time strategy (RTS) game based on the Warhammer 40,000 universe. It has a sequel named Dawn of War III which was released in April 2017.

    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Justin Jensen
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "I'm not a big fan of RTS games, but I liked this one. I spent hours playing it and had a great time."
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    #19Defense Grid: The Awakening

    Defense Grid: The Awakening
    Defense Grid: The Awakening is a unique spin on tower defense gameplay that will appeal to players of all skill levels. A horde of enemies is invading, and it's up to you to stop them by strategically building fortification towers around a base.

    Windows, Xbox 360


    Aaron Russell
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "This was a decent game back in 2008 when it was released with the current technology of the time. This is a game which appeals to people of many ages and level of game play experience. This game has produced many positive reviews which warrant its purchase as one that has a high probability of player satisfaction."
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    #20Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

    Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf
    Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is a free-to-play squad-based turn-based strategy with upgradable characters and perks. Plus collectible cards representing the arsenal of weapons and abilities. 

    Windows, Android, iOS


    Benjamin Baker
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is a turn based single player game. It is available on the Steam platform for Windows. It is what you would expect a Warhammer 40,000 game to be. It has all the classes that you would expect and it give a very good turn based experience. It has been very positively reviewed in its limited time on the market. It fits the topic very nicely."
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    #21DG2: Defense Grid 2

    DG2: Defense Grid 2

    DG2: Defense Grid 2 is an action tower defense game developed by Hidden Path Entertainment. Published by 505 games, this game is a sequel to Defense Grid: The Awakening. It introduces new worlds and threats to test your tower placement strategies. With a bold new look, a compelling single-player campaign, and the addition of new game modes, online player-versus-player and multiplayer co-op, every play-through brings fun new opportunities and challenges.




    Sandra Cole
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "I like tower defense games and my spouse loves them. I don't know which of us played this game more. We do have to work not comment on each others playing, though."
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    #22Don't Starve: Pocket Edition

    Don't Starve: Pocket Edition

    You are Mr. Wilson, a Scientist who has been appeared in a strange place. There you will have to try to survive and fight against unknown creatures. 


    Android, iOS


    Zhang Li
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "Don't Starve: Pocket Edition is fun survival game on Steam for single players. You are the scientist Mr. Wilson who has to fight off creatures in a strange place which is a vast wilderness world. The location and the characters are unique and fun to play. "


Best What are the best single-player games on Steam
1Half-Life 2Games 46 Paid
2Portal 2Games 46 Paid
3QuakeGames 39 Free
4Don't StarveGames 38 Paid
5Brothers: A Tale of Two SonsGames 36 Paid
6Unreal Tournament 1999Games 35 Paid
7PortalGames 33 Paid
8CupheadGames 31 Paid
9Orcs Must Die! UnchainedGames 30 Free
10Pit PeopleGames 25 Paid

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