I am new to Steam! (add me if you like - dancrobbo)
What are some of the best games I should be hunting down?
I have Super Meat Boy, Portals 1 & 2, and Civ IV (thanks SD64 )
I'm aware of the big releases, megagames like GTAV and Fallout IV and so on. I'm not looking for big games to play - ideally I'm looking for some small, great indie titles to dip into, games that I might have missed reading about first time around.
I'd recommend Orcs Must Die, the Trine series and Mark of the Ninja. I also echo the praise for Brave New World and Freedom Planet from OrangeRakoon.
Have a look at sites like Humble Bundle, Indie Gala and BundleStars for great prices on games. There should be an Autumn sale on Steam next week so that would also be a good place to pick up what you really want to play now. After that, wait for the Winter sale where Steam, GOG, Green Man Gaming and others will annihilate your wallet with, potentially, bigger discounts.
If you're interested in tower defence games, I can heartily recommend Defense Grid: The Awakening and Plants vs Zombies as the two standouts from the genre. (Orcs Must Die technically falls under that umbrella too mind) DLC Quest is a fun but fairly short satire of DLC in general. Gunpoint is a fantastic stealth puzzle game. The Stanley Parable is quite unlike anything else I've ever played in the best way.
There's rumours going round of a steam sale incoming from the 25th this month, before the big Winter sale just before Christmas, so if something you want isn't on sale yet, it might be worth holding fire for now. Isthereanydeal.com is pretty good for checking a multitude of websites quickly and might be helpful.
The Banner Saga - Think Game of Thrones meets Vikings meets a survival simulator The Stanley Parable - fourth wall breaking incredibly funny walking sim Kentucky Route Zero - David Lynch-ian point and click game Zeno Clash - first perseon brawler with incredible world/character/art design Abyss Odyssey - smash bros style beat-em-up in a roguelike random generated world
Broforce is brilliant fun singleplayer and also in multiplayer. It's kind of like a probotector/contra game in a retro graphic style and you use multiple action hero types and blow up and shoot stereotypical 80's , 90's bad guys . Gangbeasts is also very good and will provide some of the most hilarious action in a local multiplayer ever.
Fast paced game of falling, with style. Harkens back to those tough games of the past in a similar way to Spelunky, without feeling unfair like a lot of other games tend to. At £2 it's the kind of game anyone with a PC of any kind ought to get.
EDIT - And iPhone. Forgot about that, but that must be even tougher to play...
Quite short, but very memorable. This has a very interesting gameplay hook in that you control two characters at the same time. The game is designed so well that this isn't as clunky or annoying as it sounds. It has a very sweet story that deserves to be experienced. I've seen it be continually praised on here, and I agree with all that. It fell under the radar of most.
Stealth Inc 2
You play as a clone who goes through test chambers. Test chambers essentially try to murder you. Heavy puzzle elements, great gameplay mechanics with the many items you receive. Absolutely excellent level design. Has a bit of Metroidvania thing going on with the overworld. Again, another game that deserved to be played by more people.
The bastard child of Ducktales and Megaman, with a modern touch to it. Not as tough as people say. Well put together and worthy of the acclaim it received. Absolutely superb game with a brilliant soundtrack.