The 15 Best Loot Games on Steam
There are many loot games on Steam, and for a good reason. There’s something about overcoming challenges and collecting your rewards that we just can’t get enough of.
Some games have taken this concept to new heights with epic RPG storylines and turn-based combat. In contrast, others prefer more straightforward gameplay mechanics, but they all share one thing in common: tons of loot!
With Steam having over 3,700 games on the marketplace, sometimes it can be challenging to find the best loot games available. That’s why I’ve done the work to list the 15 best loot games available on Steam. Well, it’s more like my favorite loot games on Steam, but I’m sure you’ll be able to find information on a game that you were curious about.
Like many of today’s popular MMORPGs, Lost Ark offers a massive world with countless environments and enemies to slay. It differs from similar games due to its old-school RPG mechanics and JRPG aesthetics that strongly make the game feel different from most western games.
Combat is much like a modern take on Diablo II’s formula. In fact, even the looting and overall game structure feel that way too. However, the world, aesthetics, and classes are clearly nothing like most games that tried to be like Blizzard’s title.
The classes are over the top and unrealistic that even coherence seems to fade, and it just makes the game look cooler somehow. In fact, Lost Ark also has some of the most fun and nonsensical classes I’ve seen in an RPG.
For instance, the Dead Eye class has an ability that allows you to throw your gun and keep firing while your gun shoots everybody around it on its own. It makes no sense; I absolutely love it.
Borderlands is a first-person shooter franchise with lots and lots of loot. The original game took place on Pandora, a planet famous for its exotic alien technology often weaponized and sold to the highest bidder.
Players take control of one of four Vault Hunters who are out to find some of the said alien loot as well as save Pandora from an evil corporation that wants to harness it for its own nefarious purposes.
Over time, you gain access to a massive arsenal of weaponry, each with stats and mods that can significantly change how a weapon affects the enemies. As the franchise progresses, the loot becomes even more numerous and diverse, making players love shooting things all over again to see what other cool weapon they can find.
Recent Borderlands are undoubtedly better than the previous ones, but they are all quite fun.
Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition
This is definitely the loot game to get if you want to play as a badass, walking skeleton. In Darksiders II, you’ll become Death and go on an epic adventure to save humanity from the end of time.
The sequel to Darksiders has a few more mechanics than the original, but it is overall the same. Combat feels slightly different with the addition of new weapons and Death’s skills. You can raise the dead, turn into a giant grim reaper, teleport, and do many other new stunts with your abilities.
I do prefer the first game when it comes to characters since War is by far my favorite Horseman. Still, Darksiders 2 is an amazing game nonetheless.
Death is cool, sarcastic, and comes with many new mechanics, so if you like RPG elements in your adventure games, especially if you also enjoyed the first game of the franchise, make sure to try Darksiders 2.
Path of Exile
Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in a dark fantasy world that was known as “The New Diablo II” for a long time. However, it was not the first Diablo-like videogame to come up after Blizzard’s game became so popular. Still, it was one of the best games that felt like the classic dark fantasy of Diablo but provided a lot of value with its original twists and free-to-play model.
In Path of Exile, players choose from seven playable character classes and explore randomized dungeons to find items, fight monsters, and complete quests. Path of Exile is an Action-RPG with lots of crafting, socketed items, gems, gambling, and isometric action.
The game offers endless variations of gameplay with its deep skill tree system and special abilities that you can equip or trade to better fit your playstyle.
Nioh is a fast-paced and exciting hack n’ slash game with beautiful graphics heavily inspired by Dark Souls in many aspects. Still, it has its own unique mechanics that keep it from being just a clone. You play as William Adams, a man who grows up in a small Irish village.
At some point, William met a spirit called Saoirse, born from humans’ prayers. This spirit was William’s guardian who saved him from certain death and gave him the ability to see other spirits. With Saoirse being kidnapped by the main villain, Edward Kelley, William travels to a foreign land to stop Kelley and return the favor by saving Saoirse.
The campaign itself is a bit short, but not only is it fun to play again, but it also has many side quests and challenges. I spent a lot of time playing through them with different builds and weapons.
Titan Quest Anniversary Edition
Titan Quest is the game that paved the way for many Diablo-like action role-playing games. When it was released, the comparisons were unavoidable. The comparisons kept happening because it’s true — Titan Quest plays just like Diablo II, which you can’t really say it’s a bad thing. After all, Diablo II took what worked in its predecessor and improved upon nearly every aspect of it.
The big difference between those two games can be seen in their aesthetic choices: Diablo has a gothic horror, dark fantasy setting with a gritty and depressing world. On the other hand, Titan Quest opts to have a different approach. The game happens in a mythological era where players set out to through the developer’s interpretation of an ancient, fantastical Greece.
The looting works as you’d expect in a Diablo-like game. You have your health potions, MP potions, hundreds of different items of different rarities, and so on. I had a lot of fun with Titan Quest and its class system, which is very different from anything in Diablo. If you’re looking for something similar but different, I can’t recommend this game enough.
Torchlight is another Diablo-like game, but I don’t say that as if it was a bad thing. The game was released in 2009 and is on its third installment. Although it might be similar to Blizzard’s IP in gameplay, it is a successful franchise with its own visual identity and a world that feels nothing like Diablo’s dark fantasy setting.
Torchlight is a hack and slash dungeon crawler game set in a fantastical world where you must go underground to kill monsters, collect treasures, and save the City.
Torchlight has roguelike elements. Each adventure is unique because of the randomly generated environments with new monsters, treasures, puzzles, and items each time you embark on your journey.
The environment’s design is carefully crafted, making it feel like they were carefully designed even though they are randomized.
Many players considered Torchlight better than its competition when it first came out. I can’t say that I agree, but I do think that this is a fantastic franchise and is worth playing if you are into isometric hack and slash looters.
Warframe is Digital Extremes’ 2013 free-to-play sci-fi shooter. This game was sometimes compared to Mass Effect due to its third-person perspective and how shooting felt when it first came out. However, it is nothing like Mass Effect.
Warframe lets you choose from a roster of highly customizable characters and then jump into a third-person co-op shooter all by yourself or with other players online. It might feel like a shooter when you’re starting, but once you learn how to wall run, slide, dodge, and do all that while fighting, the game becomes something else. That’s the moment when you realize for the first time that Warframe is something else.
You can play solo or fight alongside other members of your clan; either way, you’ll always be fighting computerized enemies. Luckily, there are several compelling reasons to check out Warframe, even if you don’t have friends interested in playing along.
Another Diablo-like game, Last Epoch, feels and looks more like Diablo than some other games with similar gameplay. However, this game isn’t a carbon copy, and it does have its own spin and original ideas.
Last Epoch combines the classic dungeon crawling with time travel for endless replayability in this Action RPG. Besides, the robust character customization adds even more variation to a game already designed to always feel like you have something new to do.
The design philosophy behind Last Epoch’s replayability is excellent, but it goes even further with the game’s fifteen Mastery Classes. You start with a base class and develop into a Master Class with more unique and specialized skills to fit your playstyle or to change things up if you want to try something new.
Chronicon is the epitome of similar but different. This is another game heavily inspired by Diablo and similar titles in many ways. Still, this is a game that looks completely different from what you’d expect from Diablo-like games. It might not be one of the best pixel games on steam, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t good.
The campaign is relatively long. It has 5 large and varied acts that have different storylines, and you can do that with any of Chronicon’s four unique classes. You can choose between Templar, Berserker, Warlock, and Warden.
Chronicon is all about procedurally generated maps, much like other titles with similar gameplay, when it comes to the areas. This characteristic isn’t very innovative nowadays but still prevents the game from becoming repetitive after your first playthrough, even if just a bit.
When it comes to looting, there are over 700 randomized items, including weapon buffs, new powers, and item sets that can completely change how you play the game.
According to the developers, DeadPoly is a polygon zombie survival looter shooter with base building and crafting. All you need to do in this game is to survive, but how you go about it and whatever you do while trying to survive is entirely up to you.
In other words, there’s no set course for completing your objectives or tasks in DeadPoly; you are free to approach everything any way you please. That freedom of choice coupled with what appears to be an interesting craft system makes DeadPoly look like a very fun single-player looter-shooter.
There are hundreds of unique items to collect, including a wide range of weapons and clothing pieces.
Enter the Gungeon
This is one of my favorite indie games, and one of the best Bullet Hell games on Steam. It’s incredibly deep, with hundreds of weapons, items, and modifiers to tinker with. It also has a dodge roll with invulnerability during a few frames, which is always a good mechanic and reference.
Enter the Gungeon is a roguelike shoot ’em up game with procedurally generated levels and challenges. The player must fight their way through rooms of enemies and use items found in that room to help them progress further. In the end, players will have to face the Gungeon’s boss, who must be defeated for players to beat the game.
There are four playable characters in Enter the Gungeon; each character has a unique primary weapon that synergizes well with their special ability.
This is a fun, silly game that doesn’t take itself seriously, except for the gameplay. When it comes to playing this game, it is super fun. There are tons of guns and items for players to find, a good variety of enemies, and fun bosses.
Shadow Warrior 2
I do think that Shadow Warrior 2 is one of the best indie, loot games on Steam. It’s one of those rare gems that everyone who plays it seems to love for a variety of reasons.
If you’re looking for a game that combines fast-paced action, looting, and juvenile humor, Shadow Warrior 2 has all you want. It even has a co-op mode that allows you to team up with your friend to deal with interdimensional demons.
Shadow Warrior 2’s story is weird but not too complex. The soul of a girl is attached to the main character. Basically, you will have to kill a bunch of demons to make this girl return to her body. The game has a lot of looting involved in its gameplay, with tons of weapons and mods that you can acquire throughout the game.
The graphics are good enough for an indie title. In my honest opinion, the gameplay is reminiscent of Doom 2016, which is fantastic. There’s enough enemy and weapon variety to make this game fun until the end. The writing helps since Shadow Warrior 2 can be quite funny sometimes.
Risk of Rain 2
Both Risk of Rain and its sequel are roguelike games that throw you on an alien planet with the objective of surviving hordes of aliens.
To survive and hopefully beat the game, you have to deal with randomized scenarios, enemies, boss battles, and items.
This game is genuinely fun, especially if you play with your friends, and loot drop is quite essential. Some items can make your character instantly more powerful; others will grant you an edge if you know how to use them.
Either way, if you like 2D platformers, you can try the first game, and if you rather play in a 3D environment, I do recommend Risk of Rain 2.
In Destiny 2, you play a Guardian, a hero chosen by the Traveler to fight back against forces that would destroy all humanity.
You play with an undying hero, and you fight to defend your planet against aliens. It’s a fun science fantasy first-person shooter with entertaining gameplay and lots of looting.
If you like playing FPS games, it’s safe to try out Destiny on Steam since you don’t even have to buy it.
In case you like it and want more, this action MMO has DLCs with more content, such as new enemies and areas to explore.