The Redmond giant and all app and game developers now focus their creative energy mainly on Windows 10.
If you own a computer running Windows 7, rest assured, there are many apps and games compatible with this OS version.
Speaking of games, the good news is that most Steam games are compatible with Windows 7.
The best Steam to play on Windows 7
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy game where your main task is to build an empire capable of standing the test of time. Establish your civilization, and guide it to the Information Age.
You will wage merciless wars, but also act as a diplomat, and try to establish various connections with the history’s greatest leaders.
There are a lot of variables you must take into consideration: build a strong army, do active research in technology and culture to unlock new potential, while keeping on eye on your opponents.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike doesn’t need any introduction. CS Global Offensive expands upon the original team-based action gameplay and brings new maps, characters, and weapons.
This game version also updates classic CS content, and introduces new gameplay modes and matchmaking criteria.
CS is a classic computer game that will always surprise you. Just like wine, it gets better with age. It remains one of the most-played games in the world, and this confirms its value.
You can purchase Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for $13.99.
Rocket League is the place where soccer meets driving. This futuristic sports-action game equips players with strong vehicles that can be crashed into balls and score impressive goals or epic saves.
The game uses an advanced physics system to simulate realistic interactions, and relies on mass and momentum to let players control the ball.
Players can use countless Battle-Car customization options with more than 10 billion possible combinations. You are the designer of your car. Also, you can unlock new items and vehicles.
You can buy Rocket League for $19.99.
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
Warhammer Vermintide is a co-op first-person shooter and melee combat adventure game. As a player, you’ll assume the role of one of five heroes, trying to survive an apocalyptic invasion from hordes of rat-men.
Each hero has his own play-style, abilities, gear and personality. This game challenges players to make the five heroes work cooperatively, otherwise they don’t stand a chance against the rat-men.
There are 13 game levels available, taking gamers to fierce battles on the ground, inside buildings and underground. Stay alert because you never know when the next wave of rat-men will attack.
You can buy Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide for $9.51.
ARK: Survival Evolved
ARK: Survival Evolved is a great survival game for Windows 7. You are stranded naked, freezing and starving on a mysterious island.
If you want to survive, you must hunt, harvest, craft items, grow crops and build shelters. You can also tame, breed and ride dinosaurs and other primeval creatures living on ARK.
First, you need to capture these creatures by knocking them unconscious. Nurse them back to health and take advantage of their weakness to tame them.
If you’ve tamed and trained them well, they will follow you and help you around, carrying inventory and equipment.
Men of War: Assault Squad 2
Men of War: Assault Squad 2 brings new single player style modes that take players from tank combat to sniper stealth missions.
Multiplayer 1v1 – 8v8 maps are available, allowing you to show everybody who the best soldier is. If you really want to put your skills to the test, you can use the game‘s extreme mode that brings huge battles to the table.
Men of War: Assault Squad 2 features 15 single player skirmishes, 8 player multiplayer co-op modes, one multiplayer extreme game mode, and 65 multiplayer maps.
There are 250 vehicles at your command and more than 200 soldiers with unique equipment.
You can buy Men of War: Assault Squad 2 for $24.99.
Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil 6 is a challenging survival horror game that will make your heart beat faster.
The new highly virulent C-virus is lurking in the dark, and you need to move between North America, Europe and China to kill it. You’ll experience horror on a global scale.
Resident Evil 6 has four distinct, yet interwoven story threads, suitable for solo or co-op play, both offline and online. It is good to know that at key moments, up to four players can join together online to tackle a specific situation.
You can buy Resident Evil 6 for $29.99.
Rust is all about survival, that’s your main task as a player. You need to be stronger than hunger, thirst and cold. Learn to build a fire, shelter and kill animals for meat.
The other players can turn into your enemies, don’t get too close to them and don’t hesitate to kill them for meat. Do whatever it takes to stay alive. Also, you can create alliances with other players and form a town.
You can buy Rust for $19.99.
Transport Fever lets you build your own transport empire. You start in 1850 and build up a thriving transport company, building airports, harbors, and more. The more facilities you build, the more money you’ll earn.
As you fulfill the people’s needs and help cities evolve, your transport company becomes and important link that others depends on.
As you build up your transport empire, you’ll face real world transportation challenges that you need to overcome.
You can buy Transport Fever for $25.99.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
We’ll end this list with another simulator game: Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition. This game lets you fulfill your dream of becoming a world class pilot and fly some of the coollest aircrafts in the world. There are over 24,000 destinations to choose from and you can basically fly any aircraft type, including jumbo jets and helicopters.
Multiplayer support is also available allowing you to challenge your friends.
We hope this selection helps you choose what game to play next on your Windows 7 computer.
Important note: Microsoft officially ended Windows 7 support. If you’re planning to upgrade to Windows 10, make sure to check out our wide collection of guides on how to make the transition as smooth as possible.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2016 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in December 2016 and was revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.