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Five Tools to Analyze and Get the Most Out of Your Steam Library

It only takes a couple of big Steam sale benders for your library to end up an unwieldy, overgrown monstrosity in desperate need of taming. Whether you’re trying to work your way through your massive backlog of games, or are just curious how much time and money you’ve spent on your most valuable gaming account, these tools can help.

How Long to Beat

Your Steam library is probably full of games you want to play, but where do you start? One easy way to narrow it down is starting with the games that won’t take too long to get through. How Long to Beat can help you find out which games will take up the least time. Enter your Steam ID and you’ll get a list of your games, with an estimate of how long it will take to finish each one. You can sort the list alphabetically, or based on how long it takes to finish the games (whether shortest to longest or vice versa).

The estimates are determined based on data from members of the How Long to Beat community. If you want a bit more detailed information, you can search for a specific game on the site to get an even better idea of how long it would take for you. You can see how long it takes to complete the main story, the main story plus side quests, or even how long it would take to completely 100% a game. So whether you like to enjoy a good story or obsess over every achievement, you can get a decent idea of how much time you’ll be investing in a game.

Steam Backlog

Steam’s built in library software is okay, but when you’re trying to sort through your library to find a new game, it’s a little sparse. Steam Backlog fills in the gaps You can filter your library by categories like singleplayer, multiplayer, or tags so you can see everything in your library that fits that criteria. If you’re in the mood for a solo RPG, or an MMO shooter, you can click a couple buttons to find everything in your library that fits the bill.

You can also add games to your own custom Collections. These operate as smaller, sub-libraries organized however you like. You could, for example, add all of the games you bought on Steam sales because they were cheap, then filter through them with the normal categories, without having to dig through the games in your library you’ve already played.

SteamDB Calculator

You’ve probably spent more money on Steam than you realize. For some, staying in ignorant bliss of that total may be more of a blessing. However, if you really want to see just how much money your account is worth, the SteamDB Calculator can show you. Since it can’t know exactly how much you paid for a game, it provides an estimate. On the low end, it shows how much all your games cost at their lowest prices. On the high end, it shows how much all your games are worth if you bought them all today. The difference between the two might make you feel better or worse, depending on how many of your games you bought at full price.

It also shows you how much time you’ve spent playing your games, with a breakdown of the average price you’ve paid per game, as well as the average price per hour of gameplay (both of these calculations exclude games that don’t have a price, so they might by slightly skewed). To get your stats, just head to the site, enter your Steam profile ID, and click the appropriately-labeled “Get disappointed in your life,” button.

Even if you’re not interested in calculating the value of your Steam library there is one little (easy to overlook) gem of a feature included in the SteamDB Calculator: an “I’m feeling lucky” button that will launch a random Steam game from your library. It’s perfect for those times you’re sitting paralyzed in front of your vast library.

Wasted Time

The only thing worse than finding out how much money you’ve spent on Steam might be finding out how much time you’ve spent playing the games you’ve bought. Still, we’re all about enabling you to make informed choices in your life. Wasted Time shows you how much time you’ve spent across all of your Steam games. Just enter your Steam profile ID and find out how many hours you’ve wasted over the life of your account.

It doesn’t end there, though. Scroll down a little farther and you can see the Hall of Shame. Here, you can see the top 100 Steam users, based on how much time they’ve spent playing Steam games. So, there’s a silver lining here. Maybe you don’t want to see just how many days of your life have been spent in Steam, but as long as you’re not placed on the leaderboard, it could be worse.

AStats Achievement Tracker

If you’re the kind of person who wants to get every single achievement for every game, then AStats is made for you. This site features a database of every achievement you can get in a game, plus a bunch of extra information about them. On an individual game page, you can see how many people have gotten a particular achievement, as well as tags that tell you when you get an achievement through the natural course of a story, when it requires a grind, or when getting one achievement will block you from getting another (due to, for example, a branching storyline).

If you create an AStats account (or login with your Steam ID), you can also read guides for achievements when they’re available. Most of the more complicated achievements feature guides or instructions on how to unlock them. These can be anything from a simple description of where to go to find an object, to more complex guides on how to complete side quests or unlock characters.

Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by your Steam library, just fire up one or more of these handy tools and dig in. You’ll find just the game you’re looking for in no time.

Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft
Eric Ravenscraft has nearly a decade of writing experience in the technology industry. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, PCMag, The Daily Beast, Geek and Sundry, and The Inventory. Read Full Bio »