Steam's Best of 2023 reveals last year's best-selling and most-played games

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Valve has unveiled its annual 'Best of 2023' list on Steam, revealing which titles dominated sales on PC. The titles are not ranked numerically, but are grouped into tiers – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze – based on data collected from January 1 to December 15, 2023. The top 12 category includes free-to-both. Play multiplayer games and the biggest launches, award-winning Baldur's Gate 3, Starfield, Cyberpunk 2077 and Hogwarts Legacy emerged as best-selling titles. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which was disliked by both fans and critics alike, also made it to higher levels, thanks to a dedicated fan base willing to experience its multiplayer segment.

The usual suspects like Counter-Strike 2, PUBG: Battlegrounds, Apex Legends, Dota 2, and Destiny 2 also made it to the platinum ranks – the last of them getting a new expansion, 'The Final Shape', in June. Year. Meanwhile, the Gold tier includes some bangers like Resident Evil 4 Remake, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Elden Ring, whose last reported sales number was 20 million copies across all platforms. Its popularity was highly instrumental in pushing Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon, a lesser-known FromSoftware franchise, into the top 24 best-selling games on the platform. Even FIFA 23 made the cut last year, which shouldn't be surprising considering its follow-up, EA Sports FC 24, launched mid-year.

In addition to the overall top-sellers field, Steam has additional sections for new releases based on gross revenue, most played, early access purchases, and more. Multiplatform games that were poorly received have become the center of attention among the latest releases, with Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and Payday 3 rising to the top, with the latter being criticized for its lack of content. As you'd expect, multiplayer games had the highest player counts (minimums above 300,000), although some single-player affairs like Goose Goose Duck and Hogwarts Legacy charted with Baldur's Gate 3, which topped 800,000 at one point. More concurrent players was reached. Steam. Developer Larian Studios estimated only 100,000, given that the game had not been in early access for nearly three years. At the time of writing, over 176,000 concurrent players are logged into the expansive RPG, ranking it fourth among the most played games on the platform.

2023 was a great year for studios to test their games in early access and get feedback on them. Mintrocket's maritime exploration and fishing game, Dave the Diver, was one of the favorites, even becoming one of the most played games on the Steam deck. While it's natural to expect there to be less graphically intensive games like Vampire Survivor and Half-Life, somehow Starfield manages to overcome the lack of optimization despite making huge strides in crowded areas like New Atlantis and the Wild West-themed Akila. Made it to the top. Beat Saber and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, along with Half-Life: Alyx, emerged as one of the favorites in virtual reality gaming, pitting you in a dangerous battle against alien Combines.

Currently, Steam's annual Winter Sale is also going on, bringing deep discounts on new and returning games. It will run till 10:30 PM IST on January 5.


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