Having tried just about every 3D modeling software out there, free and otherwise, Maya has always been my favorite and go-to for anything even remotely geometric. That this is on steam for such a reasonable price is absolutely fantastic. The new features in this latest version specifically for people like me are awesome. I'll miss ncloth but that is about the only thing this version doesn't have that I enjoyed previously, and frankly, there are better programs now for such situations (ie. Marvelous Designer).
Opening this software as a complete newb to 3D modeling, I can understand why you'd be dizzy. There's a lot of buttons, tools and short cuts that I've had to learn over the years and I'm still finding new things all the time now. If you're serious about learning 3D modeling and you're looking for the right tool, there really is no other program on par with Maya. You're talking about a solid week of youtube tutorials and trial and error to learn enough to actually produce something of any value, especially if you're producing content for a specific engine or world... but it's more than worth the while to learn!
Autodesk, thank you thank you thank you for putting this on steam at a totally reasonable monthly rate. I am beyond happy to pay you this monthly subscription for this great tool instead of paying it to the IRS. Yes, self-employed artists, this is a muy, muy bueno tax deduction too~
EDIT: Previously had issues with .fbx file conversion to .dae. No longer! Everything works as intended with the converter. If you have issues with conversions, please feel free to message me or try searching the maya forums for the issue I had to see if said issues apply to you. They were my own stupidity.