First off, let me say that I don't use any social features of Steam or Epic, so this is coming from a single-player focused view. If those features appeal to you, then carry on enjoying Steam, this article is not going to convince you of anything.
To start, let's look at what Steam displays on launch:
I mean truly, what a mess. Outside of using UI trends of 5-10 years ago, this is a mess of trash I don't care about at all. The pop up that shows sales on whatever random stuff is on sale right now is always an instant-close for me, and the store page is full of junk.
Going to the library page, something that you would think would be a list of my games that I could easily browse and launch a game, is a mess. I kind of get what they're going for, but this looks like an attempt to get me to interact with content pushed by game publishers and the community, when all I really want to do is play my games.
Compare this to the store page on Epic:
There is so much less content here, and right at the top are my most recently played games, followed by a few updates from the store.
If I got to my library page...
Ah, now that's what I'm talking about! No ads, not "content" from publishers, just my games a single click away.
I know the PC gaming community is down on the Epic Games Store for many reasons, but as a user who wants to find games easily, get them for a good deal, and not be bombarded with ads every time I use the service, Steam is absolute trash in comparison to the much simpler, easier to use experience Epic is delivering.
Oh, and they have a regular cadence of releasing free games that acre actually good. In the past few months I've gotten the following games for free:
- Watch Dogs 2
- Civilization 6
- Assassin's Creed Syndicate
- Enter the Gungeon
- Football Manager 2020