Steam for Linux was released a year and a half ago and now it has accumulated more than 600 games, which should make Linux a very successful platform.
When Valve decided to adopt Mac OS X for Steam, the number of games on the Mac OS platform exploded and the same happened with Linux.
It’s hard to imagine that Linux users have so many games to choose from, when, just few years ago, they actually had just a few. This fact can be interpreted in another way. Many developers could have made their games available for Linux, but they didn't do it, most likely because they didn't have a proper platform to sell them.
The best-rated games that can be found on Steam for Linux include Half-Life 2, Portal 2, Mark of the Ninja, Team Fortress 2, System Shock 2, Dota 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Counter-Strike, Source, Europa Universalis IV, and Super Meat 2.
If we take a peek at the best-selling games, the things look a little bit different. We find games like Gary’s Mod, Rust, Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete Edition, Pixel Piracy, Crypt of the NecroDancer, Planetary Annihilation, Dungeon Defenders Eternity, Left 4 Dead 2, Kerbal Space Program, and the Goat Simulator.
As it stands right now, Steam for Linux lists 612 games, 577 single-player games, 144 multiplayer games, 98 cross-platform multiplayer games, and 74 co-op games. The interesting number is 612, which shows just how much the platform has evolved. In fact, the rate of Linux releases has increased quite a lot and it’s very likely that the 1,000 milestone will be reached before the years’ end.
To make things even more interesting for Linux players, a number of exciting games are expected to arrive on the open source platform. Project Cars, which is one of the most anticipated racing games right now, has promised also to arrive on Linux and The Witcher 3, the third and final part of the famous franchise, will feature Linux support as well.
Steam for Linux is an application that will most likely run on most of the Linux distributions out there. Even if you don’t want to buy any games, there are even a few free titles that should keep you busy for a very long time.
Valve, developers, and publishers constantly have promotions for various titles and most of the games usually launch with hefty discounts.
You can download the Steam for Linux installer right now from Softpedia and give it a go. If you can’t use the deb format, you should try the repositories of your Linux distribution.