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Valve lists the 100 best-selling Steam games of 2018

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As we approach the end of 2018, Valve has revealed its traditional best-of-the-year lists, which includes a tiered ranking of the 100 top-selling Steam games (opens in new tab) by revenue, as well as the games that drew in the most players.

All the games you'd expect to be in the top 12 best-sellers, grouped in the Platinum tier, have made it, such as Assassin's Creed Odyssey (opens in new tab), Rainbow Six Siege (opens in new tab), Far Cry 5 (opens in new tab) and PUBG (opens in new tab). Free-to-play games also make it by virtue of in-game transactions, including Dota 2 (opens in new tab) and Warframe (opens in new tab). Elder Scrolls Online (opens in new tab) is also in the group, likely because of its various expansions this year.

It's good to see The Witcher 3 (opens in new tab), still the best game you can play on PC (opens in new tab), make the Gold tier, which means it's one of the 24 top sellers on Steam. It's sitting alongside the likes of Kingdom Come: Deliverance (opens in new tab), Divinity: Original Sin 2 (opens in new tab) and Path of Exile (opens in new tab). It's worth browsing through the full top 100 (opens in new tab) to see if any have escaped your library, and their prices and current discounts are clearly marked.

The most-played games (opens in new tab) are ranked by peak simultaneous player count, with 10 games making it over the 100,000 mark, including Team Fortress 2 (opens in new tab), Monster Hunter: World (opens in new tab) and Realm Royale (opens in new tab). No Artifact (opens in new tab), though—that made it into the group that pulled in more than 50,000 players. So did Football Manager 2018, Garry's Mod and, of course, Farming Simulator 19. PC gaming, eh?

Once you're done with that, you can move on to the list of the best-performing new releases (opens in new tab), which showcases the best new sellers in every month of the year. It's far more obscure, and might be useful if you took a few months off gaming and want to see what you missed.

There are a few surprises in the best Early Access graduates: among the Platinum tier is Kenshi (opens in new tab), Chinese Parents (opens in new tab) and Bless Online, a game I know very little about. I'm glad to see cute stealth RPG Ghost of a Tale (opens in new tab) sneak into the Gold tier, too.

Lastly, if you're looking for some new VR games, then you can browse the best-selling VR list (opens in new tab), which is topped by the likes of Skyrim VR (opens in new tab), Gorn (opens in new tab) and Beat Saber, which is probably the best thing you can play in VR right now. If you're looking for the best VR games of 2018, you can find our list here (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.