Steam best of 2021

Steam: the best games of 2021

Valve regularly names the best games on Steam over the past month and sums up the results of the entire year. Who succeeded in the store in 2021? Find out now!

As in the previous year, the top consists of six categories. Four of them (Top Sellers, Top Early Access Games, Top Selling VR, and Top Controller Games) are divided into four subcategories by their position in top:

  • Platinum: 1-12th place.
  • Gold: 13-24th place.
  • Silver: 25-40th place.
  • Bronze: 41-100th place.

Below are listed the first 12 places, that is, Platinum. The sequence in all lists is random.

Steam Top Sellers

This list includes the games that made the most revenue in 2021, regardless of the release date. The proceeds from the sale of the game and DLC and microtransactions for it are taken into account.

  • Apex Legends
  • New World
  • Destiny 2
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Naraka: Bladepoint
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Dota 2
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • PUBG: Battlegrounds
  • Battlefield 2042
  • Valheim

Steam Top New Releases

This list includes the games that made the most funds in the first two weeks after release.

  • Outriders
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Farming Simulator 22
  • Battlefield 2042
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Halo Infinite
  • New World
  • Naraka: Bladepoint
  • Valheim
  • Age of Empires IV
  • Back 4 Blood

The rest of the games in this category fall under the Gold subcategory. Silver and Bronze are not here yet.

 

Steam Most Played Games

This list includes games that had over 200,000 players concurrently in 2021. To highlight games with a consistently high user base, the company ruled out products with short-term spikes in gamer numbers – for example, due to giveaways and free weekends.

  • New World
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Apex Legends
  • Dota 2
  • Rust
  • PUBG: Battlegrounds
  • Halo Infinite
  • Valheim
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Cyberpunk 2077

The rest of the games in this category, with less than 200,000 players, are divided into subcategories with over 100,000, over 60,000, and over 30,000 players.

 

Steam Top Early Access Graduates

This list includes the games that left Early Access in 2021 and made the most money during their early access and after full release.

  • Chernobylite
  • Endzone – A World Apart
  • GTFO
  • Solasta: Crown of the Magister
  • Draw & Guess
  • Breathedge
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • Wildermyth
  • Medieval Dynasty
  • Subnautica: Below Zero
  • Skul: The Hero Slayer
  • Hell Let Loose

Steam Top Selling VR Games

This list includes the VR games that made the most money in 2021.

  • Arizona Sunshine
  • Beat Saber
  • VR Kanojo / VR カ ノ ジ ョ
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • BONEWORKS
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Blade and Sorcery
  • SUPERHOT VR
  • Pavlov VR
  • Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
  • Into the Radius VR
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Steam Top Controller Games

This list includes the games with the unique controller players in 2021. This refers to gamepads, joysticks, and other input devices other than keyboards and mice.

  • eFootball 2022
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Halo Infinite
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • FIFA 22
  • GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE-
  • Apex Legends
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Tales of Arise
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
  • FIFA 21

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