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Steam Charts: the really Wildlands show


Framed for murder, now they prowl the badlands, an outlaw hunting outlaws, a bounty hunter, a renegade, it's only the weekly Steam charts! These are the ten games which sold best on Steam last week.

10. theHunter: Call of the Wild

Published by avalancheStudios and also using theirEngine, this deerMurder title is doing ratherWell for itself. My guess? It's because noted deerMurder enthusiast chrisPratt keeps buying copies for all hisFriends.

9. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

My name is Alec Meer, I am supposedly a games journalist and I have completely lost track of the Ghost Recon series. I might even have lost track of which Tom Clancy game is which. Wasn't Ghost Recon Online, like, yesterday? How is this different from The Division? And how is that different from Rainbow Six Siege? So many men with guns. So many. Clancies, Clancies everywhere. I know barely anything about Wildlands, other than mild disappointment that it does not, in fact, feature a big dad.

8. NieR: Automata

Platinum's kids vs deathbots brawler has been extremely well-received over on console, and though it's not out on PC until next week, clearly there's an appetite for a belated dose of the Bayonetta folks' singular third-person action. Though we've had their solid if unexceptional Transformers and Turtles games on PC, this is the first time one of their rave-reviewed titles has sliced, diced, hacked, slashed, chopped, stabbed, eviscerated this way.

7. Torment: Tides of Numenera

Glad to see this made it. Though more overblown and less human than its revered predecessor, Planescape: Torment, this is an excellent and wildly inventive RPG that prioritises meaningful choice over rote combat. I was worried it might not break out of a Kickstarter/old folks ghetto, but seems it's been able to entice the wider masses too.

Oh, in case you missed it, I went Full Concept Review for this.

6. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

I just spent ten minutes checking this was definitely the same game as the one at nine, and not yet another Clancygame.

My guess is that this is the core Wildlands, and the other is the Deluxe edition, which features various extra weapons and weapon/vehicle skins which help you to "dominate the Bolivian wildlands." Of course, the real draw of the pricier package is the XP booster, because Videogames In 2017.

Both Wildlandses are here on pre-order sales alone, by the way - the game's released for real today, as it happens.

5. 7 Days to Die

Three years old next month (and Kickstarted a year before that, even), making this very much a vintage survival game. To the extent that zombies almost seem quaint now, in this age of floppy ding-dongs and and pirates cannibals and battle royales. Brendy's quite a fan of it, despite its rickety appearance.

Unfortunately you've just missed out on the $10 sale which propelled 7DTD into the top ten, but seeing as it's still in early access, I don't doubt that there'll be enough another one before too long.

4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

3. For Honor

Between this, Wildlands, and intermittent appearances from The Division, Rainbow Six Siege and Watch Dogs 2, it's very much been Ubisoft's chart this year. There's so much Ubi this week, in fact, that bally GTA V's only gone and dropped out of the top ten. I'd be rejoicing, were it not for the full certainty that it will be back next week. The Venga Bus never strays for long.

2. Blackwake

I was just this minute ruminating to myself about how, though I'm certainly enjoying Zelda: The New One, I'd still say that Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is the more liberating and all-out gleeful open world game. And hey, good news, here we are with another pirate game. Blackwake lacks any landlubbing as I understand it, however, and instead is about getting a crew - up to 27 on each of two teams - together to perform all the various roles that ship-to-ship combat requires. Roger the Cabin Boy, anyone?

Nice to see a bona fide new entry - we've not had a chance to look at this in depth yet, but it's on the list.

1. H1Z1: King of the Kill

I know I'm sneery about CSGO and GTAV's near-constant placement here, but - for the record - I understand the interest and appreciate what they do, even if I don't feel personally inclined to live in these games. King Of The Kill, though, I'm afraid I do consider to be deeply uninteresting, and so a certain degree of true disdain lurks underneath the skin of my repetitive performance art faux-misery here. Speaking of which, I suppose I should play to the gallery.

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