First Things First, Git Yur Games. And Git Gud.
So you’ve just build yourself a respectable gaming PC. Or perhaps you’ve gone the route of a pre-built system knowing you’ll have the guarantee as well as the ease-of-mind knowing your rig is in good hands should anything go wrong. But that’s not the reason you’ve spec’d yourself such a beast machine, no. That’s not the reason you equipped yourself with an AMD Ryzen Ultra-Super MegaForce GTX GeForce Blast Processing Liquid Metal T-1000 (Yes, PC naming conventions can really get silly)
You’ve bought it to play games. And we imagine you’ve done so with the intentions of high-frame rates, glorious resolutions, and far too many post-processing effects than your eyes can handle. But before you boot up your most anticipated game or even think about the graphical settings menu, where do you get your games from?
[Skill Level: You Underestimate My Power]
Praise the Lord Gaben for Steam then succumb to the inevitable fate of PC Master Race memes.
As the most respected and most popular gaming platform available on the PC, Valve’s Steam client stands as the number one source of digital distribution – great for awesome deals, amazing bundles and pre-order savings on Triple-A releases. As well as being a great source of discovery for smaller-lesser known titles, Steam is home to over 10,000 games! While that’s not always a good thing since the term “Quality over quantity” will always yield more merits for an enjoyable experience, Steam’s experimental approach to game discovery is one that can be highly rewarding.
Along with native support for streaming, friends lists, avatar achievement points, group chats and an easy-to-access workshop for community mods, Steam has proven to be a friendly and intuitive store that’s dedicated to gamers. Featuring an optional game console-esque interface that provides full support for Valve’s own Steam-branded controller, as well as native support for Microsoft Xbox gamepads – natively supported by Windows 10, those transitioning from console will feel right at home with Steam’s Big Picture Mode.
Pros: Steam is also home to DOTA 2 – One of the biggest free-to-play MOBA games ever developed – played both by professionals and casual gamers featuring one of the largest daily player counts peaking at 1,291,328. (That’s a lot of numbers)
The root of all that is…well, EA.
Retaining full control under its own unique and sleek application, EA’s Origin platform serves as a digital distribution platform for developers seeking an alternative to Steam, as well as an exclusive platform for EA’s own exclusive titles. Simplistic within its visual design and intuitive to navigate, Origin offers up full game purchases, trials, demos and free-to-play titles. Additionally, EA also provides monthly and yearly purchase plans which give way to instant-access for all currently available EA games as well as discounts on full game purchases, and full trials of the latest games days before they’re released.
As one of the industry’s biggest publishers, EA Origin is home to the Star Wars franchise, Battlefield, Mass Effect, Need For Speed, Fifa, The Sims, Titanfall 2 and many more. With a no quarrels 14 day refund notice, Origin is simple to install, pleasing to use and friendly to consumers with a great number of ways to experience an amazing roster of games. While it doesn’t provide a console-esque interface for those used to a gaming console, nor does it provide navigation options for those with a controller, Origin remains minimal in its design and feels great to use.
Pros: STAR WARS. (Get It)
Assassins, Hackers and Crews.
Touting a remarkable number of classic and industry leading titles, Ubisoft’s Uplay platform truly is a no-brainer for “must have” games. Ensuring PC gamers can experience the great games of the past such as Prince of Persia, Rayman 3, and Beyond Good & Evil – Uplay’s Legacy section provides excellent value and spectacular discounts on all their classic games. Rewarding gamers throughout their duration of playtime, Uplay allows gamers to earn points as they play through which can then be spent on in-game items such as weapons, skins and maps. This also allows gamers to stay competitive amongst their friends – encouraging them to play, rewarded for doing so.
For those fond of physical collector’s editions and digital deluxe bundles, Uplay also serves as access to both. With Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs, FarCry, and Tom Clancy’s extensive catalogue of games which in itself is enough to please just about any gamer, Ubisoft ensures all of its games are packed with valuable DLC for those in need of extra playtime. While there are a smaller set of Ubisoft titles available on Steam and Origin, the majority of titles are exclusive to Uplay. Those such as The Division, Splinter Cell, and The Crew prove to be worth it.
Pros: Prince of Persia…because we’re still waiting on a modern release.
GOG (Good Old Games)
Nostalgia is good.
Regarded as the number one place to go for classic games, GOG provides an extensive backlog of both popular and lesser known games of the past. While the number of games available isn’t nearly as large as Steam’s, it is very much focused on a specific set of games, additionally every title is 100% DRM-free. For fans of Bioshock, Prey, or Dishonored, System Shock stands as a “must have” title – paving the way for modern game design and innovative gameplay mechanics. Along with timeless titles such as Master of Orion, Mount & Blade, and Sid Meier’s Civilization GOG proves great for bundles and reliving classics.
While GOG remains focused on older titles there are a select few modern games available. As well as a full suite of features much similar to alternative platforms, GOG proves great for user preferences, personal information an privacy. Along with a vast set of features for online communication, friend list activity, multiplayer matchmaking, and cross-play functionality with Steam for supported games, GOG proves to be a great and friendly service that’s focused within its design.
Pros: GOG is owned by CD Projekt – the developers of The Witcher 3 – also available on GOG.
So much battle, not enough disk space.
Home to Activision Blizzard’s key portfolio of online multiplayer hits, Battle.Net is the place to go for epic experiences with games of longevity. Ensuring support for the years to come, Blizzard’s focus on fewer titles with substantial development is why games such as Diablo 3 and HearthStone stand out as uniquely distinct amongst competing titles. With a vast number of updates and expansion packs to those such as Overwatch and StarCraft, what Blizzard lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality.
Pros: Overwatch is life. Tracer is Bae.
While there are a vast number of platforms available on the PC, these stand out as the most distinct and unique. Along with alternative stores such as Humble Bundle and Bundle Stars which prove great for savings, there will always be plenty of choices for every gamer.