Steam Releases Best of 2017 Sales Charts

The year is over and the numbers are in. It's time to take a look back at what everyone bought and played on Steam.


2017 was a great year for video games in general, but success is not always measured in the same metrics. Some games sold more, while others were played more, and some had a great release month. While they haven't released any solid numbers, for the second year in a row Steam has compiled a list of their best selling games. This year they expanded their categories as well to include best selling VR games, top early access games, the best releases of each month, and the most played titles of 2017.

The various categories have been grouped into platinum, gold, silver, and bronze tiers with the exception of the monthly best sellers. Each title is randomly placed within their group, so there's not a real number one for any category. To no one's surprise, PUBG made the platinum tier for top sellers along with a handful of titles that included Warframe, Rocket League, Divinity: Original Sin II, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands to name a few.

VR was topped by titles like Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, Job Simulator, Space Pirate Trainer, and Fallout 4 VR. Only 9 games were able to break the milestone of having 100,000 or more simultaneous players and almost all of them topped the sales charts as well, with the exception being Payday 2. Looking over each month's list of top sellers is a great reminder of just how good a year 2017 was and features a plethora of titles too numerous to mention here. You can check out the full list to see if your favorite game made the cut. 

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    January 2, 2018 12:35 PM

    Blake Morse posted a new article, Steam Releases Best of 2017 Sales Charts

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      January 2, 2018 4:40 PM

      I've never even heard of this Warframe... is it any good?

      Also nice to see Witcher 3 still representin in the top 10 for 2017.... TGoAT!

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        January 2, 2018 5:19 PM

        Warframr is great! Try it - it's free

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        January 2, 2018 10:42 PM

        Warframe is a grindy-as-fuck “free to play” action shooter mmo-lite, mostly comparable to Destiny.

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        January 3, 2018 12:38 AM

        Warframe is fun until you reach the grind. The missions are so so / repetitive and the Space / Underwater suit and levels are the worst implementation of anything ever.

        But with the right setup mmmm damage numbers be cray

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        January 3, 2018 5:39 AM

        Warframe is awesome. Yes, it's grindy, but anyone complaining about that is mistaking the point of the game, I think. Warframe is like Diablo: killing lots of mobs, getting new stuff, killing more mobs with the new stuff and feeling super powerful the whole time is the entire point. Playing around with weapons and character builds and making your space ninja look cool are subsidiary points. The game can be very challenging if you seek out the harder modes or it can be easy if you just want to relax at the end of the day. Their free-to-play implementation is as fair as it gets, and you will constantly receive new toys to play with without spending money, so as long as you don't fixate on unlocking a specific weapon or warframe RIGHT NOW then the grind is comfortable.

        It's far from perfect, and has plenty of rough edges and underdeveloped systems, but the core gameplay is rock solid, the aesthetic is awesome, the community is one of the best (so far as that goes) and it's free so you might as well try it. I think it beats games like Destiny for content and fun hands down.

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        January 3, 2018 6:03 AM

        Warframe is a game I just realized is not the same game as Warface, the troubled F2P FPS from Crytek. I was all “oh wow, it’s finally successful!”

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        January 3, 2018 6:24 AM

        I fired it up again in August after seeing some re-reviews of the latest version. And it's a damn fine game, my GOTY for 2017 for sure(I'm slow with my backlog so my GOTYs are usually pretty old games).

        Many people play Warframe in bursts, I played it extensively for 2-3 months until I hit a burnout stage but I definately will return. I also paid for the currency a couple of times with no regrets, but only when I got the 75% discount though.

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        January 3, 2018 11:52 AM

        you'll know within about 2 weeks if you like Warframe... and after 3 months you'll know if you're going to be an on and off again player (ALOT of people do this)... or you'll be fully ingrained and your life will become a Warframe vacuum sucking amounts of time that can't be fathomed. (I say this as it has been 4 years.. and other than for Doom i haven't deviated from the vacuum.)

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      January 3, 2018 6:24 AM

      Wish Wolfenstein 2 had done better. Bronze is better than nothing but, lower than I would have expected.

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