For thirty-eight long years, you people have looked to me to inform you which ten games sold best on Steam over the past week. That time is now at an end.
But evil never dies.
10. Fallout 4 Season Pass
Yet another return to these charts from Bethesda's open-world shooter (with some RPG frippery) was inevitable after it spent a weekend being free to all comers. "Y'all got any more of that armour-crafting?" clearly proved a strong motivator to pick up a discounted permanent copy of the game before prices snapped back to normality. Seems that it's also coaxed a few johnny-come-latelies into finally picking Fallout 4's DLC bundle. For your ease and enjoyment, here are our reviews of most of the contents:
The season pass also contains Contraptions Workshop, Vault-Tec Workshop, and Nuka-World, but I guess we lost the will to live by that point.
9. Dead Cells
Sad to see one of the all-too-few outta-nowhere hits of 2017 on course to tumble out of the top ten so soon, but nonetheless Jolly Good Show to Dead Cells' blend of roguelike, Metroidvania and Dark Souls. We like it a lot, and for an added bonus it's one of very few games here which will run on a Terrible Laptop. Given that it won as much attention as it did while still in early access, I rather imagine it'll be back in the top ten come its full release, whenever that is. Which won't be my problem, in any case. MORE ON WHICH SHORTLY.
I've not played Klei's latest (a space colony sim with a heavy focus on urine management), which makes it the first Klei game in quite some time (if not forever) that I've not jumped on as soon as possible. No particular reason for that, but I suppose it's just that we're lucky enough to live in an age when we have a wide choice of games exploring concepts like this. So I'm happy to wait for its full release rather than juggle early access balls at this stage. Given it's charted right off the bat, hopefully that bodes well for it achieving said full release. Nothing's a given in this day and age of Steam-swamping.
Sayonara, King Of The Kill! I may never have to write about you again.
Disclosure: I contributed some writing to an Endless Space 2-related project and so cannot say anything about the game here myself. I shall leave you instead with Fraser Brown's review for us.
4. Fallout 4
Again, it was the free weekend wot did it. Is this the last time we will ever see Fallout 4 in these charts? I will never tell you. Never! Never! Unless someone is off sick or on holiday or I get told to do it. FREEDOM IS AN ILLUSION.
On paper, a Friday the 13th videogame reads like the desperate license-flogging that blighted noughties gaming (Knight Rider! Starsky and Hutch! The Godfather! Reservoir Dogs... wait, they're doing that again?), but in practice it's an ingenious use of ol'Vorhees. Adam's extremely taken with how it blends asymmetrical multiplayer with slasher movie tropes, even if there are a few rough edges to iron out. That said, rough edges defined 70s and 80s horror cinema, so maybe a super-polished affair would be inappropriate.
Free! I'm free! I can leave all this behind, go anywhere, do anything, be my own man again.
But, like his own lovely lady, maybe GTA V feels exactly the same way.
We've warmed to PUBG a great deal over the months, but no longer will I be required to devise some new observation about its perpetual number one status week after week. Because, yes indeed, it is done.
No more Steam charts for me. Another voice will take control of them, beginning next week, and I will henceforth spend my Tuesdays on a fresh task instead. More on that next week, but in the meantime, I trust that you'll join me in a very special celebration, for old time's sake. Raise your airhorns to the sky one final time, and let's do this.