Steam Charts: Post Sale Fatigue Edition

The tail-end of Steam’s Autumnal sale sees a few old favourites lingering with the usual suspects in the charts this week. The discounts that got them here are all gone now, but it’s only a couple of weeks now before everything goes completely bonkers for the Winter Sale, and you can expect to see all the same names deeply discounted once more.

10. Nier: Automata

A 40% price drop saw Alice’s fave re-entering the charts last week, and just about sticking around this week too. It’s back up to its original launch price now, but expect this to rediscover its bargainous ways toward the latter third of December.

I tried to play it. I didn’t get it. I’m sorry.

8 and 9. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

The double-whammy of going half price, and pre-orders being open (don’t pre-order) for February’s expansion, Rise And Fall, sees Civ VI claim two spots in the charts this week. Or Steam’s utterly broken nature sees it doing that, and I’m trying to think of a reason why. Either way, it means there’s one less entry to write this week, and my cold says thank you.

7. Divinity: Original Sin 2

It’s nice to see that just the weeniest of discounts was enough to see the completely splendid DOS2 re-enter the charts. It dropped a measly five bucks, but still managed to shift enough copies to feature.

We very comfortably put it in our new list of the Best PC Games Of All Time, with no fear that we were being biased by its recent release. It’s truly incredible.

6. Assassin’s Creed Origins

It’s kind of monstrous that there will likely be a new Assassin’s Creed next year, or the year after for certain. The size of Origins, the scale of its recreation of Egypt, the volume of daft and interesting things to do alongside its (troublingly) dull main campaign, the aching volume of work and effort that went into it – it feels like this should be something that stands for many years. Developers should be able to sit back, put their feet on the desk and arms behind their heads, and soak in the glory. Not start all over again!

What have we done?

5. Call Of Duty: WWII

CODWAR must be going great guns if it’s still charting amidst a sale, with not a single percent knocked off its already outrageous price. A guaranteed annual seller for Activision, they know there’s no cause to discount yet, or perhaps ever.

As we noted, it was a bit of a mirror world release for COD this time, with a decent single-player campaign, and a lacklustre multiplayer.

4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition

Your opinion of The Witcher 3 is the wrong opinion. The opinion that slightly differs from your opinion is the right one, and that you hold your opinion on the game is demonstrative of your intellectual failings. Why would you even think a thing like that? You’re awful.

3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

It couldn’t be a more boring top four to the Steam Charts, could it? I’ve been writing this for seven months, about 30 of them, and these games have appeared nearly every time. What this shows is that human beings are boring old boringfaces, and everyone needs to be better.


Especially you, Alison.

2. Grand Theft Auto V

Right, this is the last entry in the competition no one knew was taking place, trying to figure out what’s been going on with the screenshots for the GTAV entries in the Steam Charts (the one’s I’ve written, not where Alice has splendidly stepped in). I wonder if anyone will find the energy to care what it was. Meanwhile,

What Are Rockstar Spending All The GTA V Money On?

Pictures of your mum.

1. Plunkbat

Because she has the best voice, it’s Hop Along’s Waitress:


  1. Konservenknilch says:

    Damn, missed the Civ VI sale. Oh well, guess I’m gonna wait for the complete edition or something.

    • toliman says:

      you didn’t miss much. Civ6 is a <$20 game at times. Fun, but you need the Civ 'Itch' to play.

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    james.hancox says:

    Right, this is the last entry in the competition no one knew was taking place, trying to figure out what’s been going on with the screenshots for the GTAV entries in the Steam Charts (the one’s I’ve written, not where Alice has splendidly stepped in). I wonder if anyone will find the energy to care what it was.

    We care, John! I’ve been enjoying the running DMA Design joke.

    • Someoldguy says:

      Now that you’ve summoned the Great Cthulhu, it’s the end of everything.

    • Colthor says:

      “DMA Design games in not-quite reverse chronological order” is as close as I’ve got.

      Psygnosis had some great box art.

  3. Ghostwise says:

    I tried to play it. I didn’t get it. I’m sorry.

    Maybe if you tried to play it wearing garters and an unmanageably short négligé, to get in character ?

  4. Elgarion says:

    I play the Assassin’s Creed campaign with my wife (one playing, the other watching, comenting and giving orders). This egypt recreation is amazing ; except that, the story is completely, depressingly dumb. The writers should be severly punished.

    • Bostec says:

      I am intrigued with your husband/wife playstyle. Is that like that in real life too? One watching, commenting and giving orders?

      • benzoate says:

        I’ll be disappointed if OP, or “wife” is not Krang or Kuato.

  5. Artist says:

    What a sad article. Seems Mr. Walker isnt any longer that motivated when he cant beat old men that are already laying on the floor…

  6. gabrielonuris says:

    About Assassin’s Creed, yes, Ubisoft is back on business again. During the last couple of years I saw games made by smaller studios get bashed online because of its collectathon open worlds, meanwhile Ubisoft got another free pass with Origins.

    I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong because I didn’t play it, but besides hiding the minimap, is this game really so different from the others?

    • Zenicetus says:

      Origins does feel different from the previous ones. The game world is much, much larger and it’s seamless (if you don’t teleport with waypoints). There aren’t any meaningless collectibles. Things like collecting papyri lead to location puzzles that provide loot, and loot feeds into the weapon upgrades. Combat isn’t perfect, but it’s better and more varied than the previous games.

      Best of all, many of the side quests are actually interesting and well-written. Not quite up to Witcher 3 level, and some are just fetch quests, but I’ve been surprised by the quality of some of the side quests. With some minor gripes about DLC padding and “social” events aside, it’s the closest I’ve seen to Witcher 3 lately as an action/RPG.

  7. Morat Gurgeh says:

    Damn, that girl has a brilliant voice. Thanks for the heads up.

  8. Retzinsky says:

    Yes yes yes Hop Along. 10/10, perfect execution, maximum score!

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    phuzz says:

    Why is it that the only weeks that GTA doesn’t chart are the weeks when John is away?

    • SBLux says:

      Because he is sitting at home in his underpants buying every single copy to ensure the running joke may continue.

    • Captain Narol says:

      Correlation is not Causation.

    • Baines says:

      Did RPS ever say how they got their chart data?

      The default version of the Steam store’s own Top Sellers chart will be local to the user. A person in the US will get a different top sellers list than a person in the UK. Clicking on the “Global Top Sellers” button will get you the global list. (And of course the Global list is different from both the US and UK charts.)

      Though the obvious answer is that John simply puts GTA Online in the spot of a game that he doesn’t care about in order to continue a joke, particularly one that has “Online” in its name. Specifically, Black Desert Online.

      • napoleonic says:

        Is there a way to see the Steam top sellers charts in Steam itself?

      • John Walker says:

        Oh my goodness, if I were making these charts up, believe me, I wouldn’t be putting in the same games every week!

        It’s an official feed from Steam that we’re using, that’s international.

  10. DragonSix says:

    “Post Sale Fatigue” more like mass refund time.

    Bought a lot of VR games for my Rift, they’re all rubish.

    Thank god steam has its refund policy, because almost no proper journalist reviews any VR games, and it’s very hard to find anything of quality with all those biased steam user reviews.

  11. Hartford688 says:

    I’m genuinely surprised that there are enough people who a) want the top 4 games and b) don’t already have the top 4 games to still relentlessly put them in the top slots. Sales of new games must be pretty poor.

    • Ghostwise says:

      The vast majority of the $30B+ in sales last year (in the US alone) were recent games.

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    Qazinsky says:

    But John, I agree with your opinion of the Witcher 3 :(

  13. Re-Gain says:

    Why did you put a screenshot of Menace for GTA V? The only thing in common is Rockstar North. I loved playing on my Atari ST with Menace (shmup with good ideas but bad song), but the GTA series was never part of my library. If this is a joke, can you explain? it’s not the first time I’ve seen this kind of mistake in RockPaperShotgun, or I don’t understand the joke.

    • Captain Narol says:

      That’s indeed a running joke, that you obviously don’t understand.

      For my part, I like to think that the Kraken in the picture is a metaphoric vision of Rockstar and GTA V, even if it’s not what John intended.

      • Lacero says:

        The kraken represents the steam charts, the ship is John flying head first into them again.

        The wiggling things at the side are us the audience.

  14. cyatic says:

    Hey, it’s Captain Dale Dye at #5!!! Semper Fi! Didn’t he was in the new Call Of Duty. That man is not only an awesome Marine, but he’s in a ton of movies!

  15. Rikstah says:

    When will you guys give up with the “Plunkbat” name? PUBG!

    • Someoldguy says:


    • Nizrael says:

      “Plunkbat” is easily phonetically pronounceable with a mere two syllables, whereas PUBG contains a whole four syllables, unless you’re pronouncing it “pub-guh,” which is also two syllables and considerably more awkward, therefore inferior. I vote Plunkbat. Of course, I haven’t actually played it.