Steam early access is great. You get immediate access to games that are being developed with the community's involvement which means you get to discover and play new games while watching them evolve over time.
But with so many games out how are you supposed to play some really good stuff? Don't fret! USgamer has you covered with this awesome list of the best games that are available right now on early access.
Starbound looks like the direct successor to Terraria, which itself was an offshoot of the popular sandbox game Minecraft. While there's still a lot of killing unknown creatures and building elaborate structures, Starbound is more focused on RPG-like progression. You craft a certain equipment to defeat a boss, allowing you to move onto the next harder sector. This focus may turn off sandbox fans, but it also makes Starbound feel more like a solid game than its predecessors. And there's not just the various worlds you can explore: 6 races and a ton of weapons and outfits means you can be whatever you want before some random alien monster inevitably kills you.
And we'll end on something completely different. Instead of sandbox or RPG gameplay, BroForce offers up only one interaction with the world: SHOOT! You'll step into the shoes of the BroForce, inspired by some of the biggest movie action stars of the past 40 years. Rambro, Brommando, Mr. Anderbro, Ellen Ripbro, Brobocop drop into the wilds of Vietnam for FREEDOM. Each bro has their own weapon and special attack, plus you'll never know which bro you'll control next! Shoot everything, explode everything, destroy everything. When you're tired of blowing up the enemies of freedom in the developer-created levels, you can jump into level editor and create your own vistas of carnage. Unlike the rest of the games on this list, BroForce is perfect for dropping a few minutes of PURE PULSE-POUNDING AMERICAN ACTION into your otherwise boring day.
Day Z ($29.99)
An unknown infection has wiped out society as we know it and you're one of the few survivors. Find and craft clothes, weapons, and structures to protect you from the undead horde, the cold, and even other players. Go it alone or form groups of roving survivors. Day Z is all about emergent gameplay and getting to the core of who you really are. Will you be helpful and benevolent, or will you kill anyone who stands in the way of your survival? Day Z kicked off an entire host of sandbox survival games, including Rust and 7 Days to Die, but there's only one original.
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