Steam Charts: Infinite Consistency

you known nothing about how Battlefield is selling on PC, Jon Snow

Last week, like drinking mulled wine on a chilly November evening, I found great comfort in a Steam top ten that seemed to reflect the wide, weird and wonderful nature of modern PC gaming. After months of recurrent names, it was a bright new dawn of variety. Anything is possible.

I am a fool.

1. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Continues its dominance at the top, which might seem unusual to those of us who frantically burned through a couple of campaigns immediately after release, but Civ’s always been a long-tail sort of game. It’s a bloody big achievement to be ruling the roost in Call of Duty week, however.

2. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

As per the last month and man I am sick of saying it, this is almost certainly the Deluxe Edition. Which means four chunks of post-release DLC (contents unknown as yet), bundled for a bit cheaper than they would be individually.

3. Grand Theft Auto V

4. Football Manager 2017

I can semi-exclusively reveal that Team RPS will shortly be embarking on a pass-the-savegame FM17 campaign in which we progressively wreck poor Adam’s premiership dreams. IAN FOOTBALL WILL RETURN, sorta.

5. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

It’s not a huge placement for the latest annual face-murder iteration, is it? In fairness, the game didn’t launch until Friday so most of these sales will be pre-orders, not the large swathe of people who needed it there and then and/or wanted to wait for reviews, but you’d expect this to clean-up on presales too. Choked out by Battlefield and Skyrim, bloom coming off rose thanks to lukewarm reviews, or simply going to go nuts next week?

6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

On the one hand, one might argue that this should have been higher. Google Analytics certainly tell me that a near-absurd number of folk are still super-interested in Skyrim. On the other hand, a huge mass of Skyrim fans got this as a free upgrade to their Ye Olde Editione, so it’s not particularly surprising that actual sales on PC weren’t scraping the rim of the sky. Be interesting to see what happens next week, when the free upgrade offer has expired – has everyone who wants it got it, or will there be a mass of Lydia-come-latelys grudingly stumping up for the special edition?

7. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

8. Dead by Daylight

No. No. No no no no. Look, I can cope with GTA V and Counter-Strike: The Latest One being in here week after week after week after week. I can. I really can. But this former perennial suddenly coming back to hog a seat after weeks of keeping its head down? Not fair. Not fair. Not fair I can’t I can’t I oh I I II IIIIIIIIIIIWe

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9. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Well! One of these is sales from Friday to Sunday, one of these is pre-orders from Monday to Thursday. I give you leave to guess which is which. It is, after all, the most important choice facing the world today.

10. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Digital Deluxe Edition

I know I said that thing about CODIW not charting as high as might have been suspected, but it’s still nabbed three seperate placements, so clearly doing pretty well. Yon deluxe edition includes the base game, COD 4 remastered and the IW season pass for future DLC, plus bonus maps including “Zombines In Spaceland”, because we’re all still stuck in 2009. Oh: also, it’s worth keeping in mind that Battlefield One is only sold on PC via Origin, so we have no useful metric for seeing who’s winning the ancient war at the moment.



  1. newton says:

    Sorry for the derailment, but screw bestsellers, Dark Train is out!

    • sub-program 32 says:

      Did you by any chance intend that pun? Also Yissss I hope RPS gives it the attention it deserves cos that game is beautiful.

    • Maxheadroom says:

      Ta for that. Definitely looks like my sort of bag

      Love the art style which instantly reminded me of Twice Upon A Time

    • Gothnak says:

      I just looked that up on Steam, and all the reviews read as if they have gone through Google translator which is very weird. Maybe playing it messes up your ability to form sentences properly.

      Or as a Dark Train review would put it:

      ‘Experiences of playing game make one such as me feel less connected with the world at large and so communication is achieved with a less than common style.’

    • zzbass says:

      You are too kind guys :D – we have sent a humble reminder to the RPS crew with Dark Train review codes just one sleep cycle ago. Thanks for mentioning our game here in comments.

      “Hey, shush… Come here… Get onboard the train. I have one ticket left in my sleeve, take it and try not to break any of the Tagrezbung’s inventions. What? Absolutely not! The train will arrive safely to its destination. Don’t be afraid.” [ Dark Train Steam Key – RPS Community 1 : PPV89-WDF42-EG2ZC ]

      {I went through the post and forum rules, and I think this does not violate The Basics:4}

      All the best!
      Zdenek from Paperash Studio

      • pysiu says:

        Thanks for the Steam key zzbass, i will certainly try it out today after my work.

  2. Carra says:

    For Skyrim, I’m missing one expansion pack for the “free upgrade”. But since they’re still asking €20 I’m passing on it.

    • Someoldguy says:

      Same. I can do without SE until it’s cheap as chips and/or all the essential mods have been made compatible with it. I’ve got more then enough games to be going on with, plus Tyranny to pick up in a week or two week if the post release reviews are solid.

    • Bull0 says:

      I thought that was the case for me too but it turned up in my steam library anyway so either I was wrong or they were looser with it in the end – have you checked your library?

  3. shaydeeadi says:

    I A N _ F O O T B A L L ! ! !

  4. PiiSmith says:

    So Call of Duty is 5,9 and 10? 5 and 9 even seem the same.

  5. Pravin Lal's Nuclear Arsenal says:

    Will Pip take part in your Football Manager diary? I look forward to her pictures of the best looking blades of grass in the playfields.

  6. Bull0 says:

    “Everything Must Go” would be a good Manics choice there.

    It sounds as though COD John Snuu edition isn’t doing too well at retail either. Theyre not a great prospect on PC anymore – population isn’t there, so the multiplayer doesn’t really work as it should (unless you love TDM and Domination forever)

    • DelrueOfDetroit says:

      Wasn’t this CoD not very well received from the get-go? The reveal trailer is one of the most disliked videos on YouTube. I don’t know why, because people want less sci-fi?

      • Bull0 says:

        The trailer thing is dank memes on the part of some internet personalities encouraging their fans, I think. Reviews have been OK. I bought it for MWR, and I have to say I’ve enjoyed IW a fair bit – but I always find COD to be reasonably fun popcorn entertainment. The zombies mode in particular is good fun this time out.

      • Vandelay says:

        Yes, I recently heard about the down votes on the announcement trailer and was left confused. I was expecting the Sci-fi space dog fights and capital ship boarding stuff to be nowhere near as interesting in the final game, but it “looked” promising. Maybe I just hang around here too much, but I thought the response was generally that CoD might finally be doing something interesting!

        Edit: Also, more posts should have Manic Street Preachers attached.

  7. SuicideKing says:

    Kinda surprised to see so much CoD in there, my impression from SteamSpy* and the daily peak player count on Steam** was that it wasn’t doing all that well for a Call of Shooty. Not to mention getting a low Steam user score***…

    * link to
    ** about 15k on the weekend, 11k today
    *** 54% positive at the moment

  8. CyborgHobbit says:

    I love these, Alec.

  9. w0bbl3r says:

    To say CoD has done alright because it nabbed 3 separate spots is not really indicative of how the game is actually doing in terms of people playing it.
    It’s down to less than 15,000 peak per day, and currently sitting at around 7,000. That is terrible for CoD on release week. Blops3 had something like 50,000 for a while after release, and still has almost as many playing right now as IW does.

    I am hoping this is the beginning of the end for CoD. It’s time those developers moved on to something new and (hopefully) interesting at last. Some of them are really talented guys. But their talent just can’t show through in this copy-paste tosh they are forced to put out year after year.

    My second point is a bit off topic: haven’t heard that version of Suicide is painless for ages. Saw the Manics back when Richie was alive (yes, he is dead, don’t be silly, I met him he was clearly a suicidal nutcase) at milton keynes bowl when that song just came out, and they were awesome even though Richie was falling all over the stage.
    Met him after the show when he wandered into the crowd with a bottle of vodka in one hand, cigarette burns all over his arms that he called “little accidents” with a laugh when I asked what they were, and a hot girl hanging on his other arm.
    Apart from being obviously quite disturbed, in a very serious and “he needs help” kind of way, he was so rock n roll he almost oozed classic aerosmith albums from his pores.
    He died not long after.

    Thanks for linking that track, it’s one of the rare instances where a cover is better than the original, and is a good reminder that there WERE a couple of good bands in the 90’s.

    • Vandelay says:

      Manics are still great. Their new material can be a bit hit or miss (certainly still a lot of good stuff,) but I saw them at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year and they were sublime.

  10. Gomer_Pyle says:

    Hang in there, Alec, hang in there.