Steam


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.5
out of 26 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
API v016
File Size:
1.59MB
Date Added:
September 08, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
256,097
Downloads Last Week:
2,384
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
512MB RAM, 1GHz CPU

Editors' review

Steam is your one-stop shop to purchase, download, and play a large variety of video games. Featuring a creative community, massive library of games, and unique design, Steam is a revolutionary program.

Pros

Large, contributive community: We logged on to Steam and observed that over 5 million individuals had used the program within the last 48 hours. This community discusses current events on message boards and uploads images, videos, and game modifications, constantly.

Appealing, sleek design: The layout of this application is organized and attractive, featuring a dark, contrasting color scheme that makes video game thumbnails stand out. You will find the games library and message boards to be very engaging due to the substantial amount of content offered.

Easy downloading: Steam features a large collection of games readily available for download. These games span anywhere from free and independent to expensive and well known. Our download speeds ranged from 2-4MB/s over Wi-Fi, so full games could be played within 30-60 minutes.

Cons

Occasional slowness: Launching the Steam application is often slow, and switching tabs and windows sometimes temporarily froze our computer. These freezes last a second or so, but you may become annoyed with this problem if it persists.

Bottom Line

Steam is a great service for anyone that plays video games, regardless of frequency or genre. You will enjoy the unique members and variety of games available. A similar program, GOG, offers video game soundtracks, artwork, and other bonuses when you make a purchase. Steam could improve its already amazing track record by including bonuses like this. We suggest downloading Steam for all gaming needs as you will find the entire experience to be one of a kind.

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    Results 1-10 of 26

  • 1 stars

    "Its good only because there is no alternative."

    September 07, 2014   |   By a21ozcoldcup

    Version: Steam API v015

    Pros

    -giant library of games (and a couple apps)
    -provides a way to get games online without buying a physical disk

    Cons

    -DRM doesn't always work. Traveling with your laptop? Even setting Steam to work offline, doesn't mean it will actually work offline.

    -Game doesn't work correctly after installing? Forget about any sort of customer support.

    -You can buy physical games in a store, on a DVD or CD and despite having the physical disk, serial key, etc. .. the game will still require Steam in order for you to play (its how I got forced into using it). Now you have another resource hog on your computer, in addition to whatever else runs in the background.

    Summary

    It gives you access to thousands of games you might not normally find, but the DRM management and customer support is so bad, it has and will continue to drive people to go back to pirating games because its really a terrible application.

    I love that the CNET review mentions GOG. Technically GOG is a competitor of sorts to Steam.. and the only one. Unfortunately their library of games isn't as updated, because GOG ONLY sells DRM-free games. Thats right. NO DRM. You pay for the game, you get the game. No ******** app in the background. GOG is only a website, you download the installer, the booklets, the soundtracks and all.. its yours. Make backups. Install twice. Its yours. I highly recommend looking at that as an alternative, or simply pirating the game, over installing Steam. Unless you really need it...

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  • 1 stars

    "You are a Drop in the Bucket To Them"

    September 06, 2014   |   By josephcammack45

    Version: Steam API v015

    Pros

    Discounts are good.

    Cons

    If you run into a problem, your better off asking god for help.

    Summary

    Steam has no online support, no phone support, and they won't refund purchases that won't launch. If you have an issue, you have to email them and in 2 weeks their response will be to re-install. After the response, you have to wait another two weeks for the NEXT response. An old man would die before he got an issue resolved by steam support. Honestly, if you run into any kind of problem with steam you're better of asking God for help. They do not care about you, you are a ******* drop in the bucket to them. Never buy a game from them, get a hard copy or download from amazon

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  • 1 stars

    "Temporarily Unavailable Please Try Again Later"

    August 24, 2014   |   By wachanna

    Version: Steam API v015

    Pros

    ..........

    Cons

    ..........

    Summary

    After installation is complete and you try to start the program it says "updating.. 0%" stays at zero percent and then says "temporarily unavailable please try again later" i uninstalled it and then re installed the program and it still says the same thing. I've downloaded this program from download.com before and it worked that time so I'm not sure what the problem is this time. hopefully it will start working after giving it some time but not sure if this is a good download for anyone anymore. if it starts working ill leave another review

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  • 4 stars

    "Steam the client"

    July 08, 2014   |   By discreetbobcat

    Version: Steam API v015

    Pros

    They have tons of sales!

    Cons

    When it works it's great, meaning if you buy a game and it doesn't work oh well cause you're SoL.

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  • 1 stars

    "Completely flawed store with garbage customer support."

    June 26, 2014   |   By Metametric

    Version: Steam API v015

    Pros

    - Has regular sales of digital games.
    - Largest and most used digital retailer.

    Cons

    - DRM on every single game.
    - Requires steam to play all games bought with it, whether you like it or not.
    - Absolutely no refunds or exchanges, regardless of whether the game works or not.
    - Unlisted specifications for some games which lead to an inability to play them.
    - Large amounts of early access games which are unplayable or incomplete, occasionally having slow or even no development.
    - Requires customers to spend money on nothing at all in order to buy games, and doesn't allow them to set their price - for instance, if you want to buy a 11-dollar game, you have to spend 15 dollars to buy 'Steam funds'. You cannot buy 'Steam funds' in anything but multiples of 5, almost always cheating you out of money.
    - Rude customer support who will fight you at all times, and, as previously stated, will refuse to allow refunds or exchanges. I've read about people being polite and fighting over a long period of time for refunds, but my experience has been entirely negative.

    Summary

    Absolutely disgraceful, intrusive program which cheats users out of money regularly and forces people to use it to play games bought on it, as well as spend money to buy unrefundable 'steam dollars' which are useless anywhere else. I absolutely recommend anyone thinking about using it to use any of its competitors, as Steam does not care about the consumer at all and will force users to fight to get even basic customer support. Completely terrible with unforgivable flaws in many areas.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Value for Digital Downloads"

    June 10, 2014   |   By Gabe_Isko

    Version: Steam API v015

    Pros

    Steam is everything you would want from a digital download service. It has a great selection of games, from AAA titles to excellent Indie fare in pretty much every genre. Overlay allows me to chat with friends, invite friends to games, and see what they have to say about the games they have played. It also actively supports a community of players sharing screenshots.

    In terms of security it is great at remembering my account on computers but has a two step authentication program on other computers. Meanwhile, Steam works is the best account sharing service in the business. I can play my steam works enabled games from a another platform or a friends computer with a one time login - regardless of operating system and without the exorbitant download times your find from Microsoft.

    In terms of marketing, it has sales and great deals daily for games, bookmarking seasons with large sales and offerings. I rarely pay full price for a game.

    Server support is ample.

    Cons

    It's not perfect. You do not own the games on steam that you buy, you only license to play them from steam. If you are looking for a service to get DRM free data, this isn't for you.

    I have not had to use any customer support from steam, but I have heard horror stories from friends - long response times, and unresolved tickets, automated responses. A service as big as steam should be able to do better. But still, I have never had a need to use customer support anyway.

    Summary

    I just wanted to give support for what is the best way to play games on the computer platform. Steam has come a long way, but it currently has the servers that are online, the game catalog that is the most expansive, the most and diverse sale promotions, the most features, and the best community support. I really appreciate Valve working hard to make this service useful rather than a place for them to just gouge more money out of me.

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  • 1 stars

    "Cnet installer enabled."

    April 30, 2014   |   By weegee2899

    Version: Steam API v013

    Pros

    Probably none.

    Cons

    Cnet installer is enabled! Do not download it here! Download it from www.steampowered.com.

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  • 1 stars

    "piece of ******* ****"

    April 24, 2014   |   By johnt785

    Version: Steam API v013

    Pros

    Games are awful. display is ****. overpriced games for the quality of shooters.

    Cons

    striaht up dont buy.

    Summary

    hackers own day z, all mods, and game entirety. no moderators to catfch the issues, no initiative, game design is slow, no expansion. i wasted bucks on preliminary tests. haha **** this ****

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  • 1 stars

    "Steam is a Nightmare"

    April 20, 2014   |   By RobertK100

    Version: Steam API v013

    Pros

    Not much I can think of (to be honest).

    Cons

    Hey people

    You wanna know why I love Steam?

    First you cannot play Fallout New Vegas nor most other games with being offline

    Second the moment you tell Steam not to update Fallout New Vegas or other games, and you start the game, it first downloads the update

    Third once the update 1.2 is installed the game cannot start a new or load an existing saved game.

    And forth ultimately I never be able to play a single player game when I am traveling and not online.

    Thank you so much for this great game experience.

    Enough is enough already.

    Summary

    I don't even know where to begin, but Steam is very confusing, offers nothing for me, does nothing for me either except it downloaded 7.7GB of Fallout:New Vegas Ultimate Edition, which took well over a day of my time and should have been on the CD I bought in the first place (I also have Cricket Broadband which only gives me 5.0GB of data per month, after that is runs notoriously slow though you can still browse the internet and attempt to load videos and download stuff).

    I don't play multiplayer nor download most games online, and this is one reason why Steam for me is a nightmare, not to mention it is very confusing for most people (keep in mind I know basic HTML, have used Windows since Windows 95 and MS DOS and used to create levels for Doom and Duke Nukem 3D back in the day plus have an IC3 Certificate).

    Steam is probably nice for some people, and others may love it though people out there like me, well, just find it confusing as heck and frustrating when we can't play a game we paid good money for, just wanting to pop it in and install it. Hell, I didn't even mind entering the validation code that came with the game, but when you have to wait over a day to install it and cannot play it out of the box, it speaks volumes and also sucks big time.

    All in all, I give Steam 1 star out of 5 for horrible service that is a nightmare for me to use and others too.

    Updated on Apr 20, 2014

    Update: Steam is a form of DRM and is as bad as GFWL and Fallout New Vegas was great on the Xbox 360 when I played it a few times on their, no problems at all but FNC: Ultimate Edition, and other games too, Steam makes games horrible to almost useless i.e. think of Simcity 5's DRM and online problems plus GTA IV on the PC as well.

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  • 1 stars

    "I wont buy any of their games again"

    April 06, 2014   |   By agreetham

    Version: Steam API v013

    Pros

    None that I have found

    Cons

    I bought a box set of their games a few years back. I lost access to the e-mail address I set up the account on and have never been able to access any of the games again.

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