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Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with Early Access, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
97% 67,004 votes
97% 47,318 votes
96% 72,259 votes
97% 6,471 votes
96% 11,325 votes
96% 10,236 votes
95% 24,314 votes
94% 41,521 votes
94% 32,498 votes
97% 3,703 votes
96% 4,952 votes
98% 1,971 votes
93% 33,927 votes
96% 2,898 votes
97% 1,255 votes
94% 7,980 votes
96% 1,673 votes
93% 8,853 votes
92% 38,361 votes
97% 841 votes
97% 978 votes
97% 847 votes
99% 278 votes
95% 1,341 votes
96% 680 votes
90% 27,009 votes
91% 10,303 votes
92% 9,387 votes
95% 1,258 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with Early Access is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as Early Access, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Indie 58%
  2. Action 54%
  3. Singleplayer 39%
  4. Adventure 35%
  5. Casual 34%
  6. Simulation 28%
  7. 3D 27%
  8. Strategy 26%
  9. RPG 25%
  10. 2D 20%
  11. Multiplayer 20%
  12. First-Person 18%
  13. Exploration 16%

The Early Access tag refers to a program that allows developers to release their games in an unfinished or work-in-progress state, giving players the opportunity to play and provide feedback during the development process. Early Access games are often available for purchase before they are fully completed and may be subject to frequent updates and changes based on player feedback.

This program benefits both developers and players:

  • Developers Early Access provides a way for developers to involve players in the development process, gather valuable feedback, and iterate on their game design. It also offers an opportunity for financial support as players can purchase the game during this stage.
  • Players Players who participate in Early Access gain early access to new games and have a chance to contribute their opinions, suggestions, and bug reports directly to the developers. They can influence gameplay, balance adjustments, or even suggest new features based on their experiences with the unfinished version of the game.

While Early Access titles vary widely in terms of quality and progress made by different development teams, it is important for potential buyers to understand that these games are still in development. As such, they may not offer a complete experience or be free from bugs or performance issues.

This tag is particularly useful for gamers who enjoy being part of a community-driven development process, providing feedback, witnessing how a game evolves over time, and potentially having an impact on its final form.

Popular examples of well-known Early Access games include:

  • Rust This open-world survival multiplayer game from Facepunch Studios has been available through Early Access since 2013 and has continued to evolve with regular updates and player feedback.
  • Subnautica An underwater exploration game developed by Unknown Worlds Entertainment, Subnautica utilized Early Access to refine its gameplay mechanics, story elements, and overall immersion before its full release.
  • Kerbal Space Program Developed by Squad, Kerbal Space Program entered Early Access in 2013 as a spaceflight simulation game that allowed players to build their own spacecraft. The game expanded on the feedback received during this phase and eventually launched as a fully-fledged title.

In summary, the Early Access tag is used on Steam to signify games that are still in development but available for purchase. Players who engage with these titles have the opportunity to be part of the development process, providing feedback and witnessing firsthand how games evolve over time.

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