The Top 5 Longest Reigning Games on Steam Charts

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.

4. Warframe

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.

Film Review “The Longest Ride”

Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, and Alan Alda
Directed By: George Tillman Jr.
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 139 minutes
20th Century Fox

Our Score 1.5 out of 5 stars

The mere mention of Nicholas Sparks when heading to the theater will make any guy consider cancelling his date night or drive off the nearest overpass. Luckily for me. I have never actually watched a movie based off a Nicholas Sparks book. I guess I’ve been fortunate, but I’ve heard the horror stories. Generally my male counterparts recount the tales of being dragged by their significant other to the movies to watch them like war veterans recount a bloody dog fight in a foreign country. Well I’ve come back from battle and I’m here to tell you my tale.

“The Longest Ride” could be broken down into two stories. One is a legitimate love story that I actually wouldn’t have minded following and the other is simply, wishful thinking. Let’s go over the abysmal second story that has given me the most war scars. Luke (Eastwood) is a good old fashioned country boy dingleberry. He’s good hearted, but thick headed. He nearly dies while bull riding, but despite the doctors warnings, his mother’s wishes, and a handful of people shaking their head, he continues participating in the “sport”. His caution to the wind attitude towards death because he simply wants to spend eight second riding a creature that has just a few less brain cells than him has earned him the nickname Dingleberry for the rest of this review.

Painfully wooing this rugged Southern charmer, is Sophia (Robertson). She has a promising future; she’s very creative and level-headed, but once again, thick headed to the obvious. Against her best judgement, she’s dragged to a professional bull riding event by her sorority sisters who simply want an excuse to drink commercial beer and hopefully hook up with one of the cowboys. The phrase, “I want a cowboy,” is uttered so much, you’ll wish the ticket taker had given you a doggie bag to vomit in.

So why do these two different people become smitten with each other? The heuristic process of deduction would conclude that it’s simply because they’re both physically attractive to one another. Their “deep” conversations in which they bond on an intellectual and emotional level mainly consist about their favorite comfort food. The chemistry between them, as well as our actors portraying them, is non-existent. Unless giggling, remarks about each other naked and lots of staring each other up and down is considered a form of meaningful bonding in Sparks stories.

The other story that enters the fray, luckily, is the one surrounding Ira (Alda). He’s rescued by our two nitwits after his car goes off the road. In his concussed state, he asks Sophia to grab a box from his vehicle. Because she’s just a nosy young adult, she snoops through it and finds stacks of letters written to Ruth, the love of Ira’s life. Their relationship is the stereotypical love at first sight, but their relationship and love has never been easy. Each makes personal sacrifice after personal sacrifice to keep their enduring love going. This story is there to help create this idea that if Ira and Ruth can work even though they were completely different, so should Sophia and Dingleberry. That’s just not the case at all.

What makes Ira and Ruth’s relationship believable is that they both want the same things, but the challenges that life throws at them individually is what causes them to falter, but they continuously refocus on the rewards of their marriage. As for Sophia and Dingleberry, they’re just not meant for each other. Sophia is ambitious, caring and has a career that can fulfill her wild fantasies. Dingleberry, on the other hand, is obsessed with rising to the top in a sport that could kill him and harbors the secret that his doctors have told him to stop from Sophia. Dingleberry is just pompous and selfish. There are no sacrifices on his end. He simply smiles and caresses Sophia hoping that his good looks will simply whitewash the fact he’s a bumbling Neanderthal.

“The Longest Ride” is the most painfully long romance movies I’ve seen. While the themes and ideas behind what Ira speaks ring true, they don’t ring true for the predicament in which Dingleberry is involved. Maybe Sparks should have just cut out the one good story and let it be a standalone. So. That’s my war story. I’ve done my time. Now heed my warning. You’re better driving off the overpass on your way to the theater.

 

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