One of the "benefits" of Steam is that as the years go on, you end up building up quite a library of unfinished or even unplayed games ("benefits" in quotes, because the reason for this, of course, is that you don't own anything you "buy" on there and can't for example sell a game if you don't like it, etc.).
Anyway, whenever I start to get bored with what I'm playing, it's always fun to scan through my Steam library and install a handful of games to try out. I've got all my games categorized by genre, which makes it a bit easier to find something that seems interesting.
Here are some brief thoughts on what I installed and played:
Batman: Arkham Origins
I really enjoyed Arkham Asylum back in the day, and also liked Arkham City (though not nearly as much), so I'm not sure why I never got into this one. Possibly I just got bored with formula, since all of these games play pretty much the same. So far, I'd rank it alongside Arkham City; it's just alright. Arkham Asylum worked imo because it was basically Metroid with Batman... you could overlook the basic combat and stealth, because it was just so much fun to explore the environment and to fight and sneak through it. With the cool environment to explore replaced with a wide open city filled with Ubisoft-esque busywork, it just makes you realize how simple every component of the game really is. Oh well, it still looks cool.
Command & Conquer Remastered Collection
This is actually a very good remaster. It includes the original C&C and also Red Alert. Even though its an EA release, it doesn't require the EA client to play the game. Both games have modern high res graphics, but you can also switch them to the original graphics. You can even select to use the original mono soundtrack, or a new stereo remixed soundtrack.
There are only two major issues with this release imo, and both can be fixed using some free workshop content a kind fan has released. First, all the FMV is scaled up using "AI" and it looks horrible; the workshop patch simply replaces these with the original FMV files scaled up cleanly. Second, you can zoom in and out, but it's not clean at all and results in uneven pixels; the workshop patch adjusts the scale factor so that most zoom levels are very clean.
I played the first C&C back in the day, and it's been fun revisiting it. I had forgotten how good the FMVs were (never mind for the day, they are still good today), and the soundtrack is fantastic. It's simple enough for someone who's not really into RTS games to play and enjoy, but also not just totally easy.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
Yes, the original game, not The Final Cut (which combines all three games). I like to play the original versions of game first, because it makes playing the remake more interesting. You can see what the developers decided to change, and sometimes I even end up enjoying the original version more. So far, it's a decent Diablo clone with fun banter between Van Helsing and his ghostly companion. It's more difficult on the standard difficulty level than any Diablo clone I've completed so far (other than the first Diablo), so it has that going for it. It also looks quite good even today, with sharp textures and a nice clean look. Something I'll probably plug away at from time to time when I'm in the mood.