Semester is over! That means plenty of time to go outside, look at the sun, turn on your heels, go back inside, and start playing some Steam games!
Some of these games have been out for a while, some are even re-releases of classic titles with a fresh coat of paint, but none the less each one has it's own unique style that someone can spend hours lost in.
Here are ten games currently out that are a must this summer. Enjoy!
Let's start this thing off with a freebie: Trove. Free to play through Steam, this game is a hybrid of World of Warcraft and Minecraft, without compromising anything in between. You build a character, choose a unique class like Pirate or Necromancer, then explore the world collecting blocks you can turn into building material for some impressive Minecraftesque models. A new update just released for the game so check it out now and see what you can build.
What is it with farming games being so addictive? Stardew Valley is an homage to the Harvest Moon franchise, with the slight dash of crafting modern gamers are completely in love with. Tend cattle, raise corn, court the pretty girl in the next farm over, and then do it all again the next season. At $14.99 it's worth every penny.
Final Fantasy IX
Really they're isn't a Final Fantasy you can go wrong with, but IX is series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi's favorite game, as well as Mormon Geek's Joe Meyere's favorite Final Fantasy. The game's graphics have had a slight update since it was first released in 2000. $20.99 is the perfect price for playing this piece of gaming history, especially since now you don't have to switch between four discs like in the old days.
Sim City has had a rough go the last few years, with Electronic Arts making some iffy choices regarding content. Cities: Skylines though take the gameplay of Sim City while cutting out EA's public mistakes. Spend hours covering the serene landscape with mile after mile of cement and steel.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
This could easily be yet another Lego video game, but trust me, it's not. Anyone who's a fan of DC's War of Light is going to get a kick out of playing their favorite lanterns in this set, including Sinestro, Atrocitus, St. Walker and Larfleeze. The Suicide Squad DLC and the Bizarro World DLC make this one of the best DC comics games besides the Arkham series.
Space: The final fronteer. These are the voyages of the starship TeddyBonkers. It's mission: To trade material across the galaxy and hopefully upgrade the stupid starting laser so it actually does damage against pirates. This indie mega game is probably the most expensive on the list, but if you want to forge your own adventure in a beautifully generated galaxy with your own starship then it's well worth the money.
This game is like a recreation of the early days of the church, circa Brigham Young. You have a handful of settlers and winter is coming so you better get busy working or get busy dying. You have to make sure there's enough warm clothes for your people, tools to work with, and room for your people to expand as families grow. You're not building an empire, you're building a small frontier life, which has it's own deeply satisfying rewards to go with it.
Long Live the Queen
This is probably the oddest yet most addicting game I have ever played. You play as a princess preparing to take her role as a queen. In order to do so you have to navigate tricky negotiations with foregn parties, understand warfare, trade, etiquette, industry and all while maintaining your mood and coping with your mother's death. It's not your typical Disney princess fantasy, but once your in you're going to want to make your princess the best queen she can be.
This game isn't about getting rescued. It's not about finding the cure, or saving the world, or even about winning. It's about how long can you survive the zombie apocalypse. It's not as dark as other zombie games, and the gore is pretty tame compared to other games. If you're a zombie fan but don't need the gore, check this one out.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Last but not least is a classic. Taking place some 1,000 years before A New Hope, the game is a Star Wars game without messing up any of the cannon. The gameplay is based on Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 rules, which more games need to be based in. If you haven't played this game and your a Star Wars fan, well what's wrong with you?
What games do you like on Steam?