Valve describes its Steam Charts as an ongoing analysis of Steam’s player number, seeing what’s been played the most. Every week, the company releases stats that show which title gamers have been showing love to. But there have been some games that have stayed at the top of the charts for long. Very long. Let’s take a look at the top 5 longest reigning games on Steam Charts.
5. Garry’s Mod
Sandbox games are those games that make big open worlds available for players to explore and interact in any way they want. But Garry’s Mod takes this definition to a whole another level. In this game, you’re only limited by your imagination as it provides a blank slate for players along with all the tools they could need to create anything they want.
The game only becomes better with the incredible mod support that allows the players to break the rules and make new ones. Garry’s Mod is a physics-based sandbox game with its base game mode having no set objectives at all. You can spawn NPCs, ragdolls, and props and then pick them up, rotate them, and then freeze them in place.
Warframe is a cooperative third-person shooter multiplayer and action role-playing game. It was developed and published by Digital Extremes originally for windows PC. The biggest reason Warframe attracted such a huge following is that it’s free-to-play. In this game, you’re put in the role of a cyber-ninja who has to go on intense combat, parkour, and exploration missions.
The premise of the game is that you’re a member of the ancient warrior race of Tenno who has woken up in the middle of a war in a planetary system with different factions. You have powerful weapons and abilities at your disposal to complete your missions.
3. Team Fortress 2
Team Fortress 2 is a multiplayer first-person shooter game that was developed and published by Valve. It has been the developer’s one of the most popular games for a long time as it practically invented the class-based shooter. It’s the reason you see games like Overwatch and Paladins today.
You join one of the two teams in a match and choose from nine character classes. The game had several exciting modes like Capture the Flag and King of the Hill. Games are objective-based and players have to adapt using the class’ and characters’ strengths and weaknesses to overcome their enemy. Both players and critics praised the game’s art direction, gameplay, humour, and creative use of characters in a multiplayer-only game. TF2 has turned 12, but even today, developer studios and even casinos from Nektan look up to it to learn valuable lessons in creativity.
2. Rocket League
Rocket League is a vehicular soccer video game that was developed and published by Psyonix. You’ll find players describing it as “soccer, but with rocket-powered cars”, which sums it up pretty correctly. Each match in the game features up to four players in two teams who have to use their rocket-powered vehicles to hit the giant ball into their opponent’s goal.
Later on, the game even added new modes that let players participate in ice hockey and basketball. Rocket League claimed a number of industry awards and sold over 10 million copies. By 2018, the number of sales had reached a whopping 40 million.
1. Left 4 Dead 2
Left 4 Dead 2 is a cooperative first-person shooter survival horror game that was developed and published by Valve. It’s the sequel to Turtle Rock Studio’s Left 4 Dead and was released for Windows and Xbox 360 in November 2009.
The game is set in the aftermath of an apocalyptic pandemic as we follow four survivors trying to make it through their days. Players have to fight hordes of zombies who have developed severe psychosis and act extremely aggressive. The game has an “AI Director 2.0” which monitors the players’ performance and alters the round to ensure a dynamic challenge. The game even features several types of infected and fun melee weapons.