The more things change, the more things stay the same in the Steam Charts this week. There are a few surprise additions though, my favourite being of the oppressive communist state variety!
10. Papers, Please
Glory to Arstotzka! You can now become a beauracritic border control officer for this wonderful, fictional Eastern Bloc state for the price of three postage stamps. I say “now”, but really you could have done this 5 years ago when the game was released. Still, it’s a gem that everyone should try out. Flex those paper pushing and stamping muscles because you’ll need em. At less than £2 you can’t argue, and the price tag is probably the reason its back in the Steam Charts.
9. Divinity: Original Sin 2
So I’ve previously expressed my interest in this game, and it seems the Steam community are in the same mindset. I just wish I had the time. Oh, the pain of being a Dad gamer. There are way too many awesome but beefy games out at the minute, but so little time!
8. Rocket League
Yep, It’s Rocket League again. No price change, no new content, just obnoxiously hanging around, smug. I’d say go buy this game if you haven’t already as it’s a must-own (it really is) but then I’d have to keep writing about it as it won’t seem to go away. So actually yeah, don’t buy it, please.
7. Shadow Tactics: Blades of Shogun
Ever play those Commandos games in the late 90s? I remember them fondly but also remember how tough they were. Shadow Tactics is a love letter to that style of game. Though I love stealth games, I can’t say I’m particularly good at them. But if I’m going to suck at a stealth game, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is darn pretty one to hand my arse to me. Utilising a beautiful 2.5d art style and environments taken from the Edo era in Japan, it definitely looks very inviting. This came out mid-2017 but has snuck its way back into the charts with its pretty 50% discount.
6. and 4. Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Greedily holding two places in the charts, Counter Strike: Global Offensive still lingers and I think will do for quite some time so long as it remains to be a professional Esports game. Streamed by many and played by even more, this game never strays far from Steam’s top 5 most played games for concurrent players. The reason for the two places in the charts is due to the re-appearance of the ELEAGUE 2018 Boston CS:GO Major Championship Mega Bundle which is there to support fan-favourite Esports teams.
5. They Are Billions
Due to YouTube and Twitch success, this game is not yet out for the count. It’s doing particularly well for a niche genre of game. It is first and foremost a classic-style RTS but plays on the whole survival/ zombie-horde mechanic. Which makes for some very entertaining video footage to watch your favourite streamers play. I particularly like DansGaming streams of the game, which you can check out in his video history.
3. Slay The Spire
So I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a nerd. Not just one of those neo-nerds, who are almost considered to be cool these days. I mean a proper nerd, who likes Warhammer and Magic the Gathering sessions (shame). So it pleases me to see games like this one emerge into the Steam Charts. A deck building game where you see the actions of the cards you play come to life in hundreds of different possibilities. Pitting them against various challenges. Randomness, rogue-like, deck building, I’m in! This game has been out since November last year and I don’t recall it being in the charts, but the game recently did get a Korean localisation patch, so it could be getting some traffic from that part of the world now.
2. Street Fighter V – Season 3 Character Pass
Interestingly, this doesn’t include the Street Fighter V base game. It is merely a DLC pack that includes 6 fighters along with some alternative costumes. It’s clearly piqued people’s interest though as it’s currently in the 2nd position at a whopping price of £24.99!
1. PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
And in a shocking turn of events and a major twist *** SPOILER ALERT *** PUBG remains top dog! The game has recently received a large update patch and is running smoother than ever since it’s 1.0 launch in December. Miramar is an amazing map and adds a whole new layer of gameplay to PUBG’s already deep and replayable playground.
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