Steam Game Charts: Cause For Celebration

Change! Actual change! Other than, y’know, the three games that are here every single week, every single week I have to include them, every single week, they’re there, undying, changing, every single week, every single week.

Yeah! It’s the top ten best-selling games on Steam last week.

1. No Man’s Sky

Apparently UK retail PS4 sales have declined by some 81% in NMS’ second week (it’s been displaced by F1 2016 at the top of that part particular chart), but over on Steam it retains first place for a second week running. I hope that the previous statement was dispassionate enough to reflect the facts of this disclaimer: I did some writing for No Man’s Sky and so do not express any opinions about the game on RPS.

2. Grand Theft Auto V

3.Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Pre-orders and preloads were go last week, so what you see here is people installing 42GB of encrypted download onto their hard drive in the vain hope that it would magically work before its release date later today. I am one of those fools. I have clicked the shortcut twice just in case case, despite the sure knowledge that it would not work.

Question is, will this make number one next week? Read our Deus Ex Mankind Divided review for clues, hints, conspiracies.

4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

5. RimWorld

Keeps on truckin’, keeps on making fans, keeps on scratching simulatory survival itches in space. This remains the chart entry that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

6. Dead by Daylight

7. Just Cause 3 XL

The XL pack comprises Just Cause 3 and its 11 gobbets of DLC, including the Air, Land & Sea Expansion Pass. A big ol’ bundle of grappling and exploding, basically. It’s in here because – what else? – it was half-price last week. Back up to £60 now though, I’m afraid.

8. F1 2016

Is this the first racing game I’ve covered in the long and increasingly frustrated history of these charts? I rather think it is. F1 2016 might be a chart-topper over in console-land, but on Steam it seems that we prefer galaxies to tarmac and stabbing to simulation.

9. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Released in January but half-priced last week, hence all but guaranteed a spot in the chart. DDDA is a last-gen RPG spit’n’polished for PC, and which has a go at various bits of Dark Souls, The Witcher, Skyrim and Shadow of the Colossus. Our Richard didn’t think it entirely pulled off its bold ambitions, whereas Steven is rather impressed by it. WHO TO BELIEVE?

10. Starbound

Oh, I thought this had dropped out. Foolish of me, really: Terraria In Space has demonstrated serious staying power for several years now, after all. Let’s just pray that it’s not angling for the GIF treatment, eh?

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  1. Cinek says:

    Starbound bounced back to top-10 thanks to NMS debacle.

    • Anti-Skub says:

      …considering NMS is number one, what is your logic?

      • KNIVES says:

        uhhrduurr probably cuz its a new fucking game, that was overhyped by the shitty devs. People probably dont believe actually so shitty and need to try it for themselves…. thus the high sale spot! :O amazing i know

        • Ashandari says:

          <blockquote cite="uhhrduurr probably cuz its a new fucking game, that was overhyped by the shitty devs"

          It's ironic that you're being sarcastically stupid, when you obviously didn't understand the question and didn't answer it. I'll state it in plain enough terms: why did NMS's top spot cause Starbound to reappear on the Top 10 list? I assure you, we're all waiting for your sure-to-be-insightful reply.

          • Shinard says:

            At a guess, a chunk of people were hyped by No Man’s Sky, but were smart/stingy enough to wait for reviews to roll in. Reviews come out negative, so where do you go for a dose of spacefaring action? How about a game that’s A) Less than half the price and B) Recently had a big update and the publicity that comes with it?

            That’s my guess, could be wildly off the mark but it makes sense, and explains why it’s a smaller chunk of people than NMS itself.

        • Unsheep says:

          How about not buying a game before knowing what it is all really about ?

      • minijedimaster says:

        All the people disappointed with NMS going over to Starbound for their sci-fi survival/exploration kick. Not that hard to figure out what he’s talking about. Reading comprehension?

        • Unsheep says:

          Yes but NMS is rated higher in the charts than Starbound.

          There’s no evidence of his claimed migration of players from NMS to Starbound, since Starbound was in the charts last week as well. His statement is completely baseless.

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  2. Jediben says:

    SO close to being Rimmerworld

    • Astragali says:

      I hope the GIF placement of our favourite smeghead, right over Rimworld, was deliberate… :)

      • GenialityOfEvil says:

        Sorry, I mistook him for Yul Brynner

        • TonyB says:

          I’m not quite sure how that happened, he’s not bald and his head doesn’t glimmer.

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        particlese says:

        I know! I nearly lost it when I scrolled down to the next entry.

  3. Scurra says:

    OK, I did actually laugh out loud at #6. Good work.

  4. MiniMatt says:

    Quick Q on Steam pre-loads: With what download speed does it become quicker to just download the unencrypted released version rather than to decrypt the pre-loaded version?

    Is it quicker to decrypt a 10gb pre-load than a 40gb pre-load?

    • DrazharLn says:

      Steam preloads are probably encrypted with some AES variant. According to here: link to , it should be possible to encrypt with AES at 3.5 CPU cycles per byte. Decryption will be at a similar speed.

      Modern processors have a clock speed of about 3GHz, or 3 billion cycles per second, so the processor should be able to decrypt AES at about 1 billion bytes per second which is about 1GB/s, assuming steam is too lazy to multithread the decryption.

      Assuming the encrypted pre-load is compressed with DEFLATE (most common compression algorithm), decompression should be faster than decryption (4.5GB/s) see: link to

      That indicates that your hard drive write speed will be the bottleneck unless you have a PCIe SSD. Downloading over the internet also writes to your hard drive (or SSD or whatever), so at best you can match the decryption time if your HDD is very slow or if your internet connection is preposterously fast.

      Conclusion: probably always faster to preload and decrypt, so long as Steam’s code is no more than 10 times less efficient than my quoted figures.

      • MiniMatt says:

        Oh drive speed is almost certainly the bottleneck. I recall the last time I pre-loaded (xcom2) it taking around 15 minutes to decrypt a ~25gbyte pre-load (on a 2.5″ sata platter w/i5 CPU). At the time it struck me that’s beginning to nudge straight download times now that 100mbit connections are not unheard of which, with a fair tail wind can pull down ~10gbytes in those same 15 minutes.

        • Procrastination Giant says:

          My thoroughy unscientific rule of thumb is that it’s probably best to simply download instead of preload if you have roughly a 100mbit line or better.

          I have a fairly beefy machine (i7 4790k at 4.6ghz and a pretty recent SSD) and despite that ended up regretting all of my recent preloads, since they all took longer than it would have to simply download the game on a 100mbit/12.5mb/s connection.

        • DrazharLn says:

          100Mb/s ~= 9MB/s ~= 60MB/minute. So, at most you should be able to download about 900MB in 15 minutes…

          Now, that ~1GB download could be decompressed to a much bigger size, but so can a compressed then encrypted file.

          • minijedimaster says:

            You got your math right? 100Mb/s = 12.5MB/s. 12.5MB*60s = 750MB/min. 750MB*15min = 11,250MB’s.

  5. KastaRules says:

    I think NMS shall be in the first place on the list of most refunded games, judging by the reviews.

    • KastaRules says:

      I mean the Steam reviews.

    • laiwm says:

      For me, it’s been thrown on the pile of games that are alright at the moment but I hope will be a lot better in 6 months, along with Fallout 4 and a few others. Lovely to look at and mostly soothing to play but I do wish I’d waited for a price drop.

      • laiwm says:

        It’s worth saying here that the writing is one of the few aspects that doesn’t need any improving :) the manner in which it’s conveyed, however…

    • plugmonkey says:

      I don’t think so. A quick glance through the reviews shows most people stick at it for 5, 10, sometimes even 60 hours before writing the review saying it’s a giant lie and has no content.

      • minijedimaster says:

        Just because someone played a game for 10 hours or even 60 hours doesn’t mean it has content. It just means they for whatever reason didn’t mind doing basically the same thing over and over for that many hours.

        • Cederic says:

          Some people start a game then don’t bother to shut it down before going to work.

          A friend of mine has a couple of hundred hours in a few games, several of which he’s barely played.

        • EchoFederation says:

          Idk, I have 120 hours of gameplay and I still love it. To each their own, I suppose. ¯\_(シ)_/¯

      • KastaRules says:

        Of course 99% of the reviews you are gonna find have +10 hours of play time, especially NOW.

        But when the game had just come out LOTS of people stated in their reviews that they had a refund pending. I don’t know if you managed to take a look at its Steam reviews as soon as it went live, I am talking about dozens of requests… and that’s only from the people who bothered writing a review!

        Prior to that I had never seen that many reviews on day one in which that many people wanted their money back right away.

    • Unsheep says:

      I think most people would struggle to get a refund, considering the refund policy has a [play]time limit and it being such a slow-paced game.

    • KastaRules says:

      They are refunding players with lots of hours into the game now:

  6. Admiral Aitchbar says:

    GIFs on point!

  7. Ethaor says:

    Steam charts shows that 212k players where playing NMS at its release, down to 12k at the moment of this post.

    Given how the store still shows NMS as the best seller game of Steam and a few weeks ago how a VR exclusive title made it to the top ten I really feel like the algorithm that decides which game makes it to the top are simply not that simple and not what we expect.

    • BurningPet says:

      Or that it takes fewer sales than we imagine to make it into the top 10.

  8. Zaxwerks says:

    Alec, has it ever occurred to you that the only reason GTA V and GS:GO stay in the charts are that people keep buying it because of your witty gifs?

    Is it possible that it is your actions and your actions alone that keep the beast alive?! That you have unwittingly created a hell of your own devising?!

    NOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooo!!!!!! (dramatic camera pullback)

  9. zxcasdqwecat says:

    Can’t we have Richard and Steven fight each other till the last breath, I’m too lazy to read reviews.

  10. fish99 says:

    Triple bonus points for Rimmer, Alan Partridge and Richard Richard in the same story.

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      caff says:

      Agreed. The Patridge one made me laugh out loud on a packed tube train. Now al my fellow strangers think I’m some nutjob.

  11. Fersken says:

    Minor point; the XL package of Just Cause 3 only includes the story DLC, not any of the vehicles or weapons DLCs.

  12. Anti-Skub says:

    That Alan Partridge gif could not more accurately portray my feelings about Dead By Daylight.

  13. iRaphi says:

    I actually had tolook up the game, because I forgot what it was even though I read something about it just recently…

  14. Unsheep says:

    On PC we have better options than the Codemasters F1 games if you want open-wheel sim racing; RaceRoom, Stock Car Extreme, rFactor 2 and iRacing. On console you have fewer options, so I *would* expect F1 2016 to do really well on console.