Best Valve Games

The Top Ten
1 Half Life 2 Half Life 2 Product Image

This game is awesome, I have played it over 100 times, and beat it about 50 of those times. It never gets old. Its high definition graphics are even extrordinary for today, think of how brilliant they were when it came out. It is a very long game, which I like. It enables you to learn about the characters, and your surroundings. Also, its not too gory, bloody yes, but not gory. The only gory parts are preformed on zombies, so this techically does not count. Also, unlike Half-Life 1, has only enough guns, and not a whole 2, 000, 000, 000 weapons, Which personally makes my head spin laps around the track.

There is man, there is god, and then... There is is Half Life 2. Arguably one of the greatest games ever made in the history of PC gaming, it ranks right up there with Doom 1-3, System Shock, and even Deus-Ex in terms of innovation and first person action. The Gravity Gun was one of the first weapons that actually "wooed" me when I first saw it, and it was my main weapon the entire game.

What can be said about this game that hasnt already been said, its just one of the best. No question on my mind.

The best game ever made. It is the pinnacle of gaming. The graphics still hold up very well today, the story and lore makes for some of the best world building ever seen in a video game, and it still has the best gunplay and action of any first person shoot ever. And to think this was the standard we had back in 2004. Half-Life 2, and the majority of Valve's other titles are a reminder of how good video games used to be, and are a staple of why we play video games.

It was released in 2004, over a decade ago, and is still one of the best games around TODAY. Everything in this game was well-chosen, well-written, well-acted, and the pacing is perfect (for me, at least). Simply: I love this game. I have played it all the way through many, many times, along with the two episodic sequels. I've played a lot of exceptional games since - some on this list - but this is in my opinion the greatest of all time - so far. Brilliant.

2 Team Fortress 2 Team Fortress 2 Product Image

This deserves to be in first place, not only for its great graphics and physics engine, but also because of its community spirit, many of the regular players and users of team fortress 2 can share their ideas and make mini films using the source filmmaker.
Next, the style of the game is great, its not to realistic, but at the same time maintaining a good and even feel, the 9 classes are a great idea, meaning that ever user can play as the class they are most used to.
Team Fortress 2 has a certain humour to it which makes it more attractive, each character has a different personality and has the ability to say phrases in the game to liven it up a bit! Honestly this game deserves to be first.

The thing I found fun about this game was how Valve managed to make all the classes so unique and added in a lot of variety, which a player can add on to by creating "subclasses" by making specific loadouts for classes like demoman, who can be changed into demoknight by just changing his loadout for fun!

You can change entire play styles and practice abilities that weren't even originally meant to be in the game, like pogo jumps, grenade jumps, etc. The character designs in this game are all comedic and cartoony and just makes the game even more unique.

Things like doing a conga in the middle of the battlefield, or playing rock, paper, scissors with the enemy team, it's just something special that shouts out one thing. "Fun" And that's why it's my favorite Valve game.

The Garry's Mod videos make this game the best thing ever! They are probably more fun than the actual game. But that aside, how can you NOT like a game that is so full of: Hats, a giant Russian who eats sandwiches, a crazy soldier, a gender-ambiguous...thing; and a demented doctor who will heal you, make you invincible, and has a cute dove for a pet? This game has lasted 9 years for a reason. It is full of charm.

Honestly... Owning all the valve games to date I say that this is the best. I don't know why but its charming and is one of the best fps ever. It improves on all faults on other fps games. For instance this game has spawn protection. Other fps release updates they call games but each new game is just a update, new maps and guns etc. But here each one is free and offers whole new experiences (MvM)

3 Portal 2 Portal 2 Product Image

Probably the game I loved the most other than gmod, portal 2 is like the first game but better, it has more gameplay mechanics like the hover beam, new types of buttons like the ball button, better graphics, and my favorite: gels. I love the plot twists and (spoiler alert! ) I like the fact that the all powerful glaDOS is now carried on your portal gun as "potaTOS". I also love the humor in Cave Johnson's recorded messages including his lemon rant. But best of all, I love the hard work that valve has put into this game, wait, there are 6 main characters (Wheatley, Chell, GlaDOS, Cave Johnson, turrets, and the companion cube.) and there are 2 portal games... 6 divided by two is three... HALF LIFE 3 IS CONFIRMED!

Simply put, Portal 2 is one of the greatest games ever made. It took the ingenuity, humour, excellent script and incredible gameplay of the 1st game and improved on it. This resulted in the creation of a gaming masterpiece that is an incredibly fun, exciting, immersive, challenging and rewarding game that is one of, if not the, greatest valve games ever made. It also added Wheatley, Cave Johnson, multi-coloured gel and one of the best co-op experiences on the market. When it comes down to it, Portal 2 is one of the greatest games ever made and completely deserves the number 1 spot on this list.

Its only my 3rd favorite game (losing to Breath of the Wild and Minecraft), but it's the game that I'm an enthusiast for. Without doubt valves best creation in my opinion. Seriously one of the only 3 games I would consider a flawless 10/10. In my opinion, there is geniunely not a single thing wrong with this game. I'm not holding my breath for Portal 3, but at least we have the amazing mod for the game Portal Stories: MEL, which feels so official.
God I just- love it- so much.

Awesome game with a great storyline full of twists and fantastic voice acting all around. Challenging and fun, and even though it's rated Teen there's only a little minor language and no blood or gore. It is creepy in some parts but that adds to the charm of the game. I laughed a lot at the excellently-written script and the well-played characters. All-in-all Portal and Portal 2 are two of my favorite games of all time.

4 Left 4 Dead 2 Left 4 Dead 2 Product Image

It's an addictive fps about shooting zombies. They should make L4D3 but with the 4 survivors being heavy, scout, spy and engineer. Mixed mechanics, too!

Best multiplayer team based game ever made. The strategy that goes into this game gets very complex. The developers did an amazing job!

This Game is awesome... I playing this game 1 year and the story is cool. But this game has a epic, FPS, action

Best zombie apocalypse game ever, even when compared to resident evil

5 Portal Portal Product Image

Portal is, hands down, my favorite PC game of all time. It is innovative, funny, the voice acting is great, and the story has plenty of twists and turns. Portal was the greatest thing since Deus Ex. BLOODY BRILLIANT!

It has a feel of isolation and also picks out small details to use in the game like small coffee stains infact there is probably over 50 wall tiles
this game deserves more recognition for its peak performance. carefully pulling you into the fabric of the game. and just being overall fun and probably even better than the sequel in a way. plus the turrets are cute

Probably the biggest game innovation in history. The mathematics involved in a portal universe is insane. Reminds us all how talented valve is when it comes to games.

This game is absolute genius! Exhilarating, immersive, personal, beautiful, humorous (dark and deadpan), unique, and mentally stimulating. Play the game, you won't regret it. ;-)

6 Half-Life Half-Life Product Image

Don't forget what started all the greatness that not only is now in Half-life 2 but all of Valve's other games (This was the first game Valve made, I believe, so it started it all).

Seriously? Six! Behind Left 4 Dead and the first Portal? Outrageous! This was the granddaddy of all these games, introducing scripted events, grenade mechanics, intelligent AI and a crap-ton of varied and interesting weaponry. With a detailed and mysterious new take on the hackneyed alien invasion story, this FPS legend at least deserves 4th place behind Portal 2, TF2 and it's brilliant sequel. Half-Life 2 may have improved on the gameplay, but this amazing game put it all on the table. 18 years old and still kicks major ass compared to the repeditive, hand-holding excrement that sells these days. You want to talk about mods? Counter-Strike, Team Fortress Classic, Day of Defeat. All fantastic games that would have never become a reality if not for this. The list would be half as short without Mr Freeman's first outing. Graphics that were the best in 1998, expansive and interesting campaign, fun gameplay, great multiplayer and a massive legacy is why this game rocks. And any other ...more

This game is the best. Good weaponry, good story, good graphics, good physics (thanks to the Valve's Source Engine), good A.I.s, good lip sinking, good sound effects, & etc. Its true that Half-Life is the best game ever made. Other games made by the other companies especially the latest games,... NO THANKS!. Yes, this is classic, because it was released on 1998 but this is still one of the best game. Again,...the story is good. That's all.

I think this is the top spot on my opinion because it has amazing graphics (well mabey) but still I heard this game from people and I never played but from you tube and friends I know this game is amazing. Also I wish I had this game I have stuff on steam like Dota 2, TF2, CSS etc. But I do have The Orange Box on the Xbox360 though. And that's why I think Hl1 should be #1 on this list.

Also my Steam name is Sir Detective Fuzzy IF you want to friend me only if.

7 Left 4 Dead Left 4 Dead Product Image

Scary music and sound effects make this game feel terrific than others

The best valve game ever. Very addictive, I once played it continously for five and a half hours..

One of the few zombie games that I have had fun playing.

So much love this game, I never deleted it. AI very good.

8 Dota 2

The original DOTA invented MOBA and DOTA2 has 7.9 million people joining every month. The tournaments have a prize of 10 million dollars and it requires real strategy to play.

A lady was actually killed because she interrupted someones DOTA game. Killed.

Dota 2 was a shock to Steam, as Dota 2 never go down to #2 in Top 10 Most Playable Games in Steam

Dota 2 is the best MOBA game to play. Of course it's complex but after you get it, you will never feel enough.

New age of valve... Good graphics, good gameplay, good one

9 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Product Image

I don't think this should be number one, but it should definitely be higher. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the second most competitive game out there. Also, all of those 12 year olds who "messed your mom" go to Call of Duty when everyone else who wants to play a competitive fps goes to cs go.

Not only is it one of, if not the best fps on the market, but it has an amazing community, and graphics that hold up fairly well. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is an amazing game.

I play this game all the time and I could say proudly that this game is for you. if you haven't played this game than I really suggest you do for it is one of the best games out there.

This is actually the most profitable game value ever released due to the skins and cases, it was the profit from skins in a game ever until fortnite. Do not forget that it had an average of 1.6 million playing this game around 2015 and 2016. I personally have played the game and highly recommend it.

10 Garry's Mod

This game is great, whole lotta mods but Garry's Mod need Counter-Strike: Source to get more textures. Overall still good game though.-

Do people consider this a game? Is it worth $25? Garry's Mod is a physics sandbox that allows you to do whatever you want. GET IT.

Sure it's a mod (It's in the title! ), but the game is just so diverse and fun it's impossible to leave it out of this list!

Technically a mod, garrys mod is one of the most beautiful modification. The possibilities are endless in gmod. Its like minecraft with physics!

The Contenders
11 Counter-Strike Counter-Strike Product Image

I'm shocked at how low this is on the list. It was one of the games/mods that made the FPS genre what it is today, and introduced tactical depth and strategy in the form of not respawning until the next round. It also tops CS:S in gameplay, and many "pros" still play this game. This should be higher on the list though. An absence of physics and HD graphics does not make a game any worse than another.

How is this number 10? This pretty much boosted the franchise. People still play it and it came out in 1999! There's no RIP for this game!

Without the source engine, this game doesn't have physics, or very good graphics. But its still fun to play!

At least GO isn't higher.

12 Half-Life 2: Episode Two

The ending of a first part trilogy has kept gamers on the edge of their seats for seven years waiting for its sequel, half life 3. No one knows if valve will ever get there though...

One of the valve games with the best soundtrack. The design of the combine characters are insane! The destruction engine insane also and should be #1

This should be way higher

13 Counter-Strike: Source Counter-Strike: Source Product Image

Addictive. Good in graphical terms. Lots of people still play it. What could be better? In my opinion it's the best game here. Counter Strike: GO is just a reskin of this game
Amazing

Nothing is better than a modern-warefare FPS. This game gives you money for kills that you can spend on better weapons! And the graphics are great.

CS: Source is the best game for me, in my opinion, your physics, graphics and gameplay make this game so AWESOME!

Source is really fun and even though 20 bucks on steam still really fun

14 Team Fortress Classic

I will always look back on my formative years spent playing TFC with a wide smile and heavy heart. No game will ever fill the void left by the greatest team-based online multiplayer FPS of all time.

Best game ever made in the world. Does not exist such a game like this, you can play it for years and years and it never gets boring. Shame that there is so few players now...

Words cannot describe how awesome this game is. It's an absolute legend which never gets old.

It is always Valve's older games that get underrated. *sigh.

15 Half-Life 2: Episode One Half-Life 2: Episode One Product Image
16 The Orange Box The Orange Box Product Image

Valves three best games all in one small orange box.

Its literally all the games in one box

Ye very true

17 Half-Life 1: Source

It's the game that started everything... Gave us scripted sequences, realistic AI, grenade mechanics, team mechanics...

And it opened the door for a far more intelligent modding community...
If you had a copy of Half-Life, you could get Team Fortress Classic for free! Then Day of Defeat, and finally COUNTER-STRIKE FOR FREE (a retail version followed, but still)

It gave us Gordon Freeman, it gave us the G-man, it gave us scripted sequences, it gave us realism, it gave us AI that worked, it gave us team mechanics, it gave us realistic aliens, and it gave us the greatest multiplayer mods of all time for free!

Yeah, HL2 perfected what was already there, but Half Life gave us most of that 6 years before. It's a milestone, a landmark, a triumph.

This should be number 1 to be honest. It was so amazing in its time and some many games after half life 1 were influenced hugely by this and it set the standard for any first person game to come. The story was told so well and entirely in first-person. To sum it up Half Life 1 (in my opinion and many others) is the best game that will ever be made for a very very long time!

The game that started it all! Renewed to have a physics system, better lighting and higher quality.

18 Day of Defeat Day of Defeat Product Image

A great multiplayer game with probably the best community I've seen ever. Every player is skilled and polite and educated and heck, you might join a server with a blazing political battle which is pretty exciting! GO REPUBLICANS!

The game is great and the the community is as good as you can get. this is one game you can literally play for ages. its been almost a year I've been playing it and I still can't imagine spending my day without playing it.

The graphics of this game were insane for games in ww 2 setting, sadly it only include 1 game mode

People are getting tired of WW2 games. This game has classes that you can choose from and good graphics (like cs:s and hl2 and hl:dm)

19 Half-Life: Opposing Force Half-Life: Opposing Force Product Image

All Half-Life games are cool! Hoping for more...

20 Alien Swarm

This was as good of a Valve game as any. Sci-Fi, FPS action, superior mechanics and graphics, you can tell that this is a Valve game!

The most underrated valve game in my opinion, I have hundreds of hours playing this game it's so fun but I think valve abandoned this game :(

21 Ricochet Ricochet Product Image

I was playing alone for about 25 minutes, found this guy. We played and talked for like the whole night, and towards the end I started to notice his language and actions in game were a bit off - almost as if he was either really young and silly or had some sort of problem. I ended looking at his steam profile later out of interest after he left where I saw no profile pic, background info or anything and only one game: "Ricochet" which we had been playing. Something suddenly caught my eye: "2-0-0 H-O-U-R-S" My jaw dropped... I'm surprised he is still alive!

This game is crap just admitted its crap

Lol that picture

Wrong picture

22 Half-Life 2: Deathmatch

If you have played HL2 you are probably wishing you could play with theese guns and enemies multiplayer-This game is just that.

23 Half-Life: Blue Shift Half-Life: Blue Shift Product Image
24 Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Product Image

Having internet problems no problem just play this!

This game is so funny

Best cs game with story line it's like old mw3

25 Half Life: Alyx

I expect this game to rise up in the list as time goes on. This is still a very new game, (at least, as of me writing this, it still very new).

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