Full Steam Ahead
From its very inception, Steam has always brought some of the most unique and original games to the PC. The digital distribution platform was initially released in 2003, and though it had a rather obscure start, the platform eventually became one of the most popular video game distributors in the world. Over the last decade, Steam has released a “Best Of” list of software and games that received the most downloads and best reviews of the year. 2018 is coming to an end and Steam has officially released a series of lists based off of several different categories.
New Lists of an Old Year
There are five separate lists that are based on reviews, sales, and player interface. Steam has this to say about their first category, Top Sellers.
“We started with the basics by looking at overall Top Sellers. This is a list of the games that earned the most revenue in 2018, which includes all different kinds of Steam revenue; game sales, in-game transactions, and DLC. The resulting list includes a mix of free-to-play and premium games.”
You can find the Top Sellers list here.
There is also the Top New Releases, which are separated by their month of release. Each game is judged by the amount of revenue that it incurred within the first week of its release as well as its overall revenue in 2018. Here are the Top New Releases.
Steam has distributed over 1,000 new titles that host Virtual Reality support, and only a hand full of those can be considered the best. As the VR titles continue to pour onto the platform, it is no doubt that this list will continue to grow as the years go by. Here is the list for the Top Selling VR Titles of 2018.
Early Access and Most Played
Steam allows for many developers to launch their games through an Early Access program. These early access titles are not always complete. However, they usually have enough content to garner good feedback from the players. Many of those games have gone from being early access titles to being full-releases in 2018; this list features those items. Here is the list for the best of those titles called Top Early Access Grads.
Lastly, there is a list that hosts a group of games that are both old and new. Every single game on this list has had at least 15,000 simultaneous players at some point during the year. This is the list for the Most Played Games of 2018.
Time Is Running Out?
As you look through the lists, you will notice that many of those Steam titles are on sale or have been reduced in price. It might be a good idea to catch up on some of those games that you have just been dying to play. What games do you want to play before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve?