Welcome to the PoweredOn Weekly Steam Charts update, where nothing is quite as it seems (unless PUBG continues to remain popular)! Let’s get this train moving and kick off the chart update in style with a rare and majestic shot of Geralt of Rivia.
10. Assassin’s Creed® Origins
Ubisoft’s Egyptian romp has enjoyed the last few weeks in the Top 10, slowly making its way out of the charts, mostly on account of recent Autumn Sales. This iteration in the series has been a critical success and seemingly has provided a good excuse delve back into this conspiracy theory ridden, time-traveling, murderous action RPG. I mean it includes swimming, and a radio-controlled eagle, what more is there to love?
9. Grand Theft Auto V
The game that keeps on giving, and refuses to leave the Top 10 charts. Come on, GTA V, give other games a chance. Stop waving new toys in my face, and new content, and hilariously funny multiplayer sessions. No! Get those Shark Cards away from me!
8. Black Desert Online
This prolific Korean MMO has seen a surge of new traffic of late, when it was released in 2016 it was met with positive review scores, but has rarely been in the Top 10. It could be something to do with the new patch, but I like to think more and more people are buying the MMO purely for the insane character creation tool. Asymmetrical facial structuring really does make the possibilities interesting, to say the least.
7. Football Manager 2018
A Game of Throw-ins, a feudal-era game about subterfuge and murder. Where you can assassinate another team’s players, and vie for power through marrying into a great family like House Spur. Ah sorry, went off on a tangent there. It’s just another Football Manager game. It has made a few appearances in the Top 10 since release and has recently received a major patch to address many issues fans were complaining about which may have caused an upsurge in players. But there’s no denying, this and the previous entries in the series have been hugely popular, among hardcore PC gamers and casual players alike.
6. Rocket League
Why hello Rocket League my old friend! Still, at its original price of £14.99 and over two years since release, the game is back in the Top 10. I do like seeing it there, it is a great game, and Dan digs it too. Why it’s actually back in the Top 10 I’m not entirely sure. We’re in a bit of a weird period between the major AAA releases of the year, the Autumn Sale and the upcoming Steam Winter sale where anything can happen I suppose.
5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Always in the Top 10 of late, or never far from. This is a cornerstone, esports-level first-person shooter with an absolutely enormous following. I mean it has 470k people playing it right now, dwarfed only by the game that cannot be named (until later at least). de_dust2 is also on the way and looks awesome.
4. STAR OCEAN™ – THE LAST HOPE -™ 4K & Full HD Remaster
This is the fourth instalment in the Star Ocean series. Square also love a good remaster here and there, so here it is! Around the time of release when it came out on the Xbox 360 and PS4, it was a hell of a lot better than The Last Remnant and Infinite Undiscovery. When Square Enix JRPGs get ported to Steam/ PC and pump up the graphics to 4K to boot, they tend to do well.
3. Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI
Just… one… more… turn! I remember playing Civ IV religiously into the wee hours of the morning. Many mods enabled, varying difficulties, several starting factions, I rarely actually beat the game though. Turns out I’m not the best at 4X strategy games, but CIV IV is still widely regarded as the best time in the series. Civ VI, though still a very solid strategy game in its own right. Gorgeous visuals and the main underlying 4X game with hexagonal tiles are still there, however, fans did criticize the dumb AI and difficulty of certain win conditions in this release. But it is a Civ game, and also on sale for 50% off, it has propelled the game into the Top 3.
2. Call of Duty®: WWII
Wait a minute, a Call of Duty game in the Top 10? No way! Jokes aside, this game has actually been met with mixed user reviews on Steam, with people calling out major issues with lag, hacking, and balancing. Of course, it’s Activision, it’s Call of Duty, it looks and feels like a top-notch AAA shooter in every respect, but hopefully the community issues can be addressed with a bit of patching here and there
1. PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
The game that is so big, so successful and so obnoxious that it probably makes sense that the title is all in capitals. This game has collided with the planet in apocalyptic fashion. 13 million copies sold worldwide, releasing to Xbox One in the coming weeks, and repeatedly played and streamed by the most popular internet personalities. It may not come down to this top spot for quite some time. Stay tuned for some likely hilarious streams with the PoweredOn guys this side of Christmas.
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