As the year comes to a close, a
post on Steam
takes a look at "The Best of 2021." Of course when you run a
games store, the best games of the year are the ones that sell the most, and the
update reflects that. There's a discussion of the top sellers for the year along
with this page
the links to buy them. There are also sections that drill down into bestselling
new titles by month, most played games, top Early Access graduates, top VR
games, and more. Here's the explanation of the mix of new and familiar titles
among this year's Platinum Sellers:
In terms of titles new to this list,
2021 was a good year for games making their debut in both the Platinum category
as well as the list overall. Six games made their debuts in the Platinum
category this year (New World, Valheim, NARAKA: BLADEPOINT, Apex Legends,
Battlefield™ 2042, and Dead by Daylight), with more than a third of the entire
list being comprised of first-time Top Seller appearances. Many of these debuts
are new releases for 2021, but a handful of older titles also cracked into the
top 100, thanks to continued passion from their developers and dedicated
community support from players.
Meanwhile, many of the perennial leaders continued to enjoy success on Steam.
Dota 2, CS:GO, and Grand Theft Auto V all remain in the Platinum category for
the sixth-straight year, which comes as no surprise to the passionate fans that
launched these games throughout 2021. Five-time appearances in the Platinum
category include PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.
A special shoutout to Destiny 2 as well, which has made the Platinum three years
running since its Steam release in 2019.