Steam


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.6
out of 24 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
API v015
File Size:
1.59MB
Date Added:
June 10, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
249,119
Downloads Last Week:
2,372
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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  • All Versions:

    2.6

    out of 24 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 13
  • Current Version:

    2.8

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 1 stars

    "Temporarily Unavailable Please Try Again Later"

    August 24, 2014   |   By wachanna

    Version: Steam API v015

    Pros

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    Cons

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    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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