Best Valve Games

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

The graphics are to date even now, the story even greater, and added even more stuff to the overall lore of Half Life, such as the new mobs/creatures and new unique weapons. The original Half Life was already a massive success, and this game did so much more for it, a true worthy sequel to the game.

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.

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

Not only is this one of the most addictive and fun competitive fps games, it is the most creative. Having 9 characters that are completely different from each another in one way or another, making you want to play as each of them. I can appreciate a game with lots of creativity in building their characters, and this game did a great job at accomplishing that, having 9 different and original characters to play as and explore.

I love this game, the community is great and the game play is better, too bad that bots are taking over and the game is slowly dying. I've had a lot of fun playing this game

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.

3 Portal 2 Portal 2 Product Image

This may have been Valve's greatest game yet, and that really says a lot because most of Valve's games are legendary. The story following was amazingly written, I don't know how they came up with it! The character, mainly Glados and Wheatley, have lots of complexity and different facets to them, and all the puzzles/levels are brillantly built and work well with the story following. This game blew me away entirely when I first played, and still does at times.

I think I'm the only person in the world that thinks this is better then half life 2. The voice acting, the gameplay, the humor, the characters, the story, it's perfect. I replayed the game after a couple of years and hearing the turret say "are you still there" it just gives me a feel. Glados and Wheatley, Cave Johnson, they are are just perfect and funny characters. The puzzles are extremely creative and are fun. I can go on forever and I will. The graphics are beautiful. It has a better story and is longer then the first one. What I like about it is that it seem like there is multiple villains or just one but who is it? The story isn't what makes it my favorite it is all of it. I'm sure you already know what you do int the game. Puzzles can be difficult but not so hard it feels like it is impossible. My battery is at 1% so I'm done now.

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.

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!

4 Portal Portal Product Image

I love this game for pretty much the same reasons as Portal 2. Just the whole idea behind the Portal series is amazing, and it all started with this game. The story to this one was once again twisty and fun to follow, and Glados was once again a great character.

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!

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.

Don't vote until you've played portal, because if you vote for anything else, your either lying or haven't yet played portal.

5 Half-Life Half-Life Product Image

Okay, I know that it is hard to organize all of Valve's games in a list like this, because they are all unbelievably amazing, but I am still surprised to see this particular one this low. This was the game that put Valve on the map in the gaming world, the one that began the whole success story of Valve with a bang. This game was revolutionary, and it is what brought attention to Valve, making them be recognized for the legendary company they are. For that, I believe that Valve's accomplishment here should be a bit higher up at least.

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

Why is this so low? It's one of the most revolutionary FPS games of all time. It was Valve's first game and pretty much inspired Counter-Strike and Day of Defeat.

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.

6 Left 4 Dead 2 Left 4 Dead 2 Product Image

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

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!

Has everything L4D has and improves it. It has all the campaigns of L4D so just get this game.

The best expansion pack ever made with the most character infastructure.

7 Dota 2

This is a game with lots to it. Lots of lore, characters/creatures, different kinds of gameplay and opportunities. I like that Valve decided to go in a complete different direction with this one, making a MOBA instead. This shows that Valve could likely make a high quality game in any kind of genre they choose.

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

Never get bored of it

8 Left 4 Dead Left 4 Dead Product Image

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.

Is the best valve game, or left 4 dead 2...

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

I feel that this multiplayer fps sets itself apart from the other fps multiplayers like COD or Battlefield. Unlike those others, CS:GO offers different kinds of modes that actually differ from one another. Sure it has the typical kind of player elimination found in those other games, but it also has these other modes such as Flying Scoutsman, Demolation, Arms Race, and a couple of others. All these other modes work slightly differently then what I have seen in many other competative fps games, and I appreciate a game that offers different experiences from others in its genre.

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.

This is personally my 2nd favorite FPS game of all time...

This game is just so perfect, the addiction to rank up and learn all the tricks to be better at this game is incredible, this title is very unique and I bet you will never find something like 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.

10 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.

The Contenders
11 Garry's Mod

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!

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

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

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

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

Gearbox's greatest achievement!

13 Half-Life 2: Episode Two Half-Life 2: Episode Two Product Image

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

14 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!

This Game is the game

15 Team Fortress Classic

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...

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.

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.

16 Half Life: Alyx

HL: Alyx is the first VR game to really have this much work into it. If you think about it, all of the other games made in VR right now aren't nearly as long, have as much expansive detail, and this big of a diverse range of gameplay as this game right here. Valve has brought on a huge milestone for VR games with this game, and I believe they have paved the path for much better VR games in the future.

I think it deserves more respect. Source 2 is lookig great by far, and it looks like Dota 2 and cs:go are gonna get a polish! Still wondering what the 4th project is going to be.

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).

17 Half-Life 2: Episode One Half-Life 2: Episode One Product Image
18 The Orange Box The Orange Box Product Image

Valves three best games all in one small orange box.

19 Day of Defeat Day of Defeat Product Image

I feel like this game is a bit underrated in comparison to Counter-Strike, even though I think it is just as good as it (Valve did make this, after all). Like Counter-Strike, this game is comprised of two identifiably different teams, an arrangement of different types of guns to choose from, and allowing people to customize and make mods off the game. Another great multi-playing fps game by Valve.

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.

Dead game but the community is so polite. In my opinion the recoil is a bit trash but that's all I really care about.

20 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.

21 Alien Swarm

I feel like many people aren't quite aware of this game as they are with Valve's others. This is a true underrated game by Valve. Sure it wasn't really ground-breaking like some of Valve's others, but I think it was still a great and enjoyable game.

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!

Underrated game. Sad that Valve abandoned this.

22 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!

23 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.

24 Half-Life: Blue Shift Half-Life: Blue Shift Product Image
25 The Lab

Great VR game with 8 different kinds of games to play, plus the base, starting game. That is 8+ different opportunities you have in this game!

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