Friday, December 28th 2018

Steam Reveals "Best of 2018" Listings With Multiple "Top Sellers" and "Top Played" Duplicates

Steam has releases its statistics for the state of gaming in 2018, where the company reveals which games provided the most engagement, either in sales or players, throughout the year. Top Sellers, Top New Releases, Top Selling VR Titles, Top Early Access Grads, and Most Played Games are the categories across which Steam divided 2018's games, and some of these found themselves on the top spot of more than one category.

Warframe, DOTA 2, Monster Hunter: World, PUBG and CS: GO all find themselves on the Platinum tier of both the Top Sellers and Top Played categories, with more than 100,000 concurrent players at some point in time. The Witcher 3 finds itself in the Gold category of the Top sellers, again, and in the Silver category for Top played. No man's Sky, Stellaris, and Kingdom Come: Deliverance all find themselves in the Gold tier of the Top played game as well, with more than 50,000 concurrent players - No man's Sky, for one, surprises here. The game with one of the worst receptions ever has actually managed to keep relevant for much, much longer than other, much more critically-acclaimed games. Check out the top tiers in the images below.
Source: Steam blogs
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49 Comments on Steam Reveals "Best of 2018" Listings With Multiple "Top Sellers" and "Top Played" Duplicates

#1
Basard
Damn, TF2 still? I didn't know that was even a thing anymore.
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#2
Vayra86
This actually tells me that 2018 was a pretty poor gaming year. Lots of old stuff in there. I've not been triggered too often to buy recent titles either, most of what I played was older than 2018.

Most played; the only new game in that top list is Monster Hunter World... which is a port :D

Top Sellers: MH:W and Odyssey. The rest is pre-2018
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#3
tvamos
Vayra86 said:
This actually tells me that 2018 was a pretty poor gaming year. Lots of old stuff in there. I've not been triggered too often to buy recent titles either, most of what I played was older than 2018.

Most played; the only new game in that top list is Monster Hunter World... which is a port :D

Top Sellers: MH:W and Odyssey. The rest is pre-2018
Well, Playstation had a great year, maybe players jumped ships in 2018?
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#4
Mint4condition
Vayra86 said:
This actually tells me that 2018 was a pretty poor gaming year.
A poor gaming year for Pc, consoles had great games like God of War and RDR2
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#5
Vayra86
tvamos said:
Well, Playstation had a great year, maybe players jumped ships in 2018?
Might very well be. Or they just flock to different places than Steam. I've not seen much on Steam I couldn't get elsewhere this year, and double DRM (for example with Uplay) is not my cup o tea. GOG Galaxy, Origin, Uplay, Battlenet... there is a BIG market Steam doesn't show us.
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#6
Arrakis9
Basard said:
Damn, TF2 still? I didn't know that was even a thing anymore.
Still play this game on a daily basis. its actually diffcult to maintain over 144fps for my monitor even with an overclocked system.
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#7
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Im here to represent warframe (that i just got back into about a month ago)

what is love?


Honestly its been such a bad year for gaming. and i have no interest in red dead, call of duty or battlefield 5.

I guess TF2 is still high up on the list because it is F2P. doesnt need absolutely star system destroyer in terms of hardware to run, works on an apple computer and still pretty fun to play.
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#8
Robcostyle
Vayra86 said:
This actually tells me that 2018 was a pretty poor gaming year. Lots of old stuff in there. I've not been triggered too often to buy recent titles either, most of what I played was older than 2018.

Most played; the only new game in that top list is Monster Hunter World... which is a port :D

Top Sellers: MH:W and Odyssey. The rest is pre-2018
Couple of news ago, there were couple of local website employees and their fans, whom I triggered - very mad - when I've said that 2018 was awfull in PC - both games and hardware, and tbh, they'll keep it that way, they bury pc gaming.....
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#9
_JP_
Basard said:
Damn, TF2 still? I didn't know that was even a thing anymore.
Yeah, and 85% off €16,79 = Free to play
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#10
windwhirl
No Man's Sky may be a surprise, but at the same time it isn't. It was horrible at launch, but the developers didn't leave it to die. They've been updating it very often, adding new features and fixing bugs, so not everyone ditched it.
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#11
Gasaraki
Umm, is this list real? Danger Zone came out not that long ago, did it not? How is it Platinum status for the whole 2018 already.
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#12
Readlight
Those who look the best and uses fewer cpu resources are the most popular.
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#13
neatfeatguy
Gasaraki said:
Umm, is this list real? Danger Zone came out not that long ago, did it not? How is it Platinum status for the whole 2018 already.
Because it's based on CS:GO and it's free. It's probably got a very high download for it, hence why it was included.
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#14
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
windwhirl said:
No Man's Sky may be a surprise, but at the same time it isn't. It was horrible at launch, but the developers didn't leave it to die. They've been updating it very often, adding new features and fixing bugs, so not everyone ditched it.
I played it several months ago. It's still pretty terrible.
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#15
Manu_PT
tvamos said:
Well, Playstation had a great year, maybe players jumped ships in 2018?
Add the mining craze, ram prices, rtx and the lack of pc exclusives. The gaming scene starts to be heavily around a PC for shooters - cs go, black ops 4, overwatch, fortnite or pubg - at high refresh + mouse to aim; RTS/moba/sim/mmo - civilization, lol, dota, football manager. And then people have a console for other genres - fighting games, sports, racing, single player adventures. As it has more offer for those genres.

Having that PC + PS4 combo is the best experience nowadays imo. Having a PC only, is not feasible to me anymore. Would be missing some great experiences.
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#16
Vayra86
Robcostyle said:
Couple of news ago, there were couple of local website employees and their fans, whom I triggered - very mad - when I've said that 2018 was awfull in PC - both games and hardware, and tbh, they'll keep it that way, they bury pc gaming.....
The demise of PC gaming, we hear that just about every other year. 2016-2017 were unprecedented in terms of game releases, 2018 is less good. 2019 will probably be better again. Can't and shouldn't expect every big dev to release a yearly smash hit - that's how you get those endless CoD and AC sequels.
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#17
R-T-B
Robcostyle said:
Couple of news ago, there were couple of local website employees and their fans, whom I triggered - very mad -
Edgy.

I still maintain Indies saved the year. You never see those in these lists.

Not mad btw.
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#18
rrwards
tvamos said:
Well, Playstation had a great year, maybe players jumped ships in 2018?
I absolutely jumped on the PS4. I still game on my PC, but that black friday $200 PS4 deal was too tempting to pass up. As much as I despise what exclusives do to fragment the market, I can't deny the PS4 has tons of awesome single player exclusives.
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#19
Manu_PT
R-T-B said:
Edgy.

I still maintain Indies saved the year. You never see those in these lists.

Not mad btw.
Same. Into the breach, Dead Cell, Northgard, PIllars, Divinity, Celeste. But tbh even most of them are on PSN Store now, to my surprise. Was arguing with a friend about the fact that PC gaming provides amazing underrated Indies. To me Celeste, Dead Cell, Pillars of Eternity, Divinity 2 and Into the Breach are 5 of the best games right now, and he told me "meh, those are all on PSN Store" and they do lol.
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#20
tvamos
rrwards said:
I absolutely jumped on the PS4. I still game on my PC, but that black friday $200 PS4 deal was too tempting to pass up. As much as I despise what exclusives do to fragment the market, I can't deny the PS4 has tons of awesome single player exclusives.
I got my pro (bundled with GTSport) for ~400€ for last years b.f., and I love it. Gamed on it way more than on PC. Playing GoW rigth now, it's awesome.
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#21
AsRock
TPU addict
Well PC games been really bad lately, only one i am really after is Kingdomcome, other's i either got POE \TW3 Divinity 2 which they keep insisting in giving me a 33% off lol..

Personally with all the PC bollocks and SJW BS, is only going make games even worse in time to come, i have already stopped watching TV\film's as it's just the same BS pushed in your face.

But i guess they will blame piracy again for low sales.
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#22
R-T-B
AsRock said:
Personally with all the PC bollocks and SJW BS, is only going make games even worse in time to come, i have already stopped watching TV\film's as it's just the same BS pushed in your face.
I really doubt that had any meaningful impact.
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#23
TheinsanegamerN
Basard said:
Damn, TF2 still? I didn't know that was even a thing anymore.
TF2 being F2P and having tons of support has helped keep it alive. TF2 also is the epitome of a proper FPS game, well defined mostly static classes with specific roles and weapons, distinct character designs that are easily identifiable and memorable, and maps that are designed in a way that all classes have something useful to do and encourage teamwork at certain points.

Modern shooters, with their customization skins masking their classes and fully customization load-outs, dont do this, and as a result inflict more frustration on casual players like myself that only play a few hours a week at most. It takes time to learn all the different combinations, as opposed to a few minutes in TF2. As a result, TF2 is a huge magnet for casual players, and such keeps the player base high, allowing for more player sot enjoy the game and keep it alive long after competitors died off.

There are other classic FPS games that follow this formula, like the old battlefront games and older battlefield titles, and those still have vibrant, lively communities as well.

FordGT90Concept said:
I played it several months ago. It's still pretty terrible.
Yeah, its still a grind fest with a barebones story and the fully random nature will screw you more often then not in early gameplay. The worlds are more detailed but still use copy-pasted elements, and they still dont have the charm from a game like minecraft, which manages to make biomes and worlds feel completely different with just blocks.

The controls are still awkward, the gameplay is still "grind to improve your ship to grind more to improve your ship to grind more", and there is still no point to actually finishing the game or learning alien words.

Why NMS gets praise now is beyond me. It still is a shell of a game with barebones story elements. Freespace 2 does the space thing 1,000,000,000% better, and minecraft does world exploration and crafting 1,000,000,000% better. AND both these games offer boatloads of mods, including total conversion mods, providing endless hours of additional content, while NMS has mods like "turn off voice reminders" and "slightly different colors".
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#24
ZoneDymo
Vayra86 said:
This actually tells me that 2018 was a pretty poor gaming year. Lots of old stuff in there. I've not been triggered too often to buy recent titles either, most of what I played was older than 2018.

Most played; the only new game in that top list is Monster Hunter World... which is a port :D

Top Sellers: MH:W and Odyssey. The rest is pre-2018
Its more a shift of how games are made, instead of making an entirely new game, devs build on existing games.
GTA5, Warframe, DBD, they just keep going for years with new content the entire time, im all for it myself.
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#25
Prince Valiant
AsRock said:
Well PC games been really bad lately, only one i am really after is Kingdomcome, other's i either got POE \TW3 Divinity 2 which they keep insisting in giving me a 33% off lol..

Personally with all the PC bollocks and SJW BS, is only going make games even worse in time to come, i have already stopped watching TV\film's as it's just the same BS pushed in your face.

But i guess they will blame piracy again for low sales.
I'd advise skipping PoE 2 if you enjoyed the first game.
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