These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 on sgamet

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 on sgamet

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol’ breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months.

Below is the full, hundred-strong roster, complete with links to our coverage if you want to find out more about any of the games, or simply to marvel at how much seemed to happen in the space of 52 short weeks.

They’ve got a few extra categories to browse over on Steam, including top new releases by month, the top-selling VR games (no comment) and the best-peforming graduates from the early access programme. The one we’re most interested in, though, is ‘top sellers’, which covers the games with the most gross revenue – i.e. including DLC sales, which is why there are a fair few free-to-play entries. This gives us a pretty clear sense of what people were most keen to play last year.

Valve don’t provide individual ranks for these games – so we don’t know, for instance, if Plunkbat ultimately sold more copies than CSGO did – but instead has arranged them into olden hit record-themed categories. Without knowing exactly what the criteria for each of these is, my guess is ‘owns a mansion on every continent’ – ‘takes regular private helicopter rides’ – ‘has live-in staff’ – ‘owns a Tesla’.

Without further ado, here we go. At the end of it all, I’ve rounded it up into a few key info-stats that give us a better sense of the shape of PC gaming in 2017.

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 on sgamet


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The latest incarnation of Valve’s deathless team shooter.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Ubisoft’s military shooter continues to do the business two years after release.


The sometime DayZ-rivalling survivo-multiplayer game from Daybreak Studios.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Open-world tactical shooting, again from the house of Ubi.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

CD Projeckt’s sprawling, beautiful, dirty fantasy RPG.

Rocket League

Instantly accessible car-football fun from Psyonix.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds

Never heard of it.

ARK: Survival Evolved

Online dinosaur-bothering and survival.

Dota 2 (F2P)

Valve’s own take on the Warcraft III-derived moba.

Divinity: Original Sin II

Larian Studios hit big again with this traditional but expansive fantasy RPG.

Grand Theft Auto V

Rockstar can spare a dime or two.

Waframe (F2P)

Digital Extreme’s free-to-play sci-fi MMO shooter, which saw some big updates over 2017.

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 on sgamet


Fallout 4

Bethesda’s sandbox, combat-heavy post-apocalyptic RPG.

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

The latest bout of turn-based world-ruling from Firaxis.

NieR: Automata

Square Enix’s heartstring-tugging and reflex-testing robo-everything game.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Bethesda take the series that gave us Skyrim online – last year it returned to Morrowind, too.

Arma 3

Tactical military simulation at a huge scale from Bohemia Interactive.


Sci-fi 4X from Paradox.

Assaassin’s Creed Origins

Egypt-set shenanigans from Ubisoft’s parkour and daggers series.

For Honor

Vikings vs Samurai vs knights in this online brawler from Ubisoft.

Call of Duty: WWII

Activision and Sledgehammer return COD to its ’40s roots.

Total War: Warhammer

Sega/Creative Assembly meld the historical strategy series with Games Workshop goblins et al.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Sequel to Warner and Monolith’s Shadow of Mordor, a Lord of the Rings game about vengeful orcs.

Dark Souls III

The final bow for From Software’s peerless RPG/metroidvania.

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 on sgamet


Final Fantasy XIV Online

MMO spin-off of Square Enix’s JRPG monolith.

Total War: Warhammer II

The recent sequel – earning less than its predecessor, interestingly.


Vintage animation-themed hardcore platform action game.

War Thunder (F2P)

Gaijin Entertainment’s free to play military vehicle MMO.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Capcom’s cabin in the woods-themed reinvention of the age-old Resi series.

Team Fortress 2 (F2P)

Valve’s stalwart online team shooter/hat collection simulator.

Black Desert Online

Big ol’ fantasy MMORPG with tons of living world stuff in addition to monster-bothering.

Path of Exile (F2P)

Hardcore, microtransacted ARPG in the Diablo vein.

Conan Exiles

Big pecs and swinging dicks in Funcom’s second bite of the Conan MMO cherry – this time as a survival affair.

Dead By Daylight

Serial killer-themed multiplayer/co-op survival game.

Cities: Skylines

Paradox and Collossal out-SimCity SimCity with their own town-building sim.

Euro Truck Simulator 2

Surprisingly zen-like haulage game/road trip bonanza.


The folk behind Garry’s Mod continue to make hay with their own online survival’n’sadism game.

Sniper Elite 4

Rebellion’s stealthy, slightly sandboxy World War II shooter.


Firaxis’ turn-based, alien-battlin’ strategy sequel, which had a huge expansion in 2017’s War of the Chosen.

Planet Coaster

Elite studio Frontier take a break from space with this theme park building game.

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 on sgamet


Europa Universalis IV

Empire-building grand strategy from Paradox.

Oxygen Not Included

Space colony sim from Klei.

Stardew Valley

Tranquil farm’n’trade game in which you can pretend real life is not absolutely horrible.

Garry’s Mod

Half-Life 2 engine-powered DIY tomfoolery.

Hearts of Iron IV

WW2 grand strategy from Paradox.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Ubisoft’s post-apocalyptic, sandbox online game.

The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth

Twin-stick roguelike themed around gore and twisted religion.


Procgen build-o-survival.

Age of Empires II: HD Edition

Remake of Microsoft’s vintage historical RTS.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamic’s latest Lara.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Olden COD, with a near-future theme.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse II

Anime-adapting multiplayer battler.

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 on sgamet

Just Cause 3

Sandbox, grappling hook-heavy carnage from Avalanche and Square Enix.

Don’t Starve Together

Klei take their scratchy survival game online.


Deep-sea survival and building from the makers of Natural Selection.


Colony management game with a million stories.


IO Interactive’s glorious redemption song for Agent 47.

Tekken 7

Namco’s latest, glossiest version of the beloved fighting game series, now with even more absurd costumes.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Bethesda and Machine Games’ half-soulful, half-frenzied alt-history FPS.

7 Days To Die

Surviving and crafting mid-zombie apocalypse.


Another ancient FPS reinvention from Bethesda, high-speed in a very different way to its revered predecessor.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V

2010-vintage empire-building turn-based strategy from Firaxis.

Grim Dawn

Classical action RPG, which left early access in 2017.

The Forest

Murderous cannibal-themed surivo-craft ’em up.

Smite (F2P)

Free-to-play moba from Hi-Rez Studios.

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 on sgamet

Left 4 Dead 2

Valve’s co-op zombie-shooter, from way back when in 2009.

Payday 2

Overkill and Starbreeze’s co-op, heist-themed shooter.

Dishonored 2

Bethesda and Arkane’s delectable follow-up to the choose-your-path, stealth-or-chaos whalepunk classic.

Football Manager 2017

The version before last of Sports Interactive’s sheepskin coat sim.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Ninja Theory’s beautiful and dark, dark, very dark third-person fighter.

Paladins (F2P)

Free to play, toonish, Overwatch-rivalling team shooter from Hi-Rez.

Tales Of Berseria

Story-heavy JRPG from Bandai Namco, making its first bow on PC.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Ubisoft’s comedy’n’controversy RPG, based on the show.

theHunter: Call of the Wild

Wildlife murder simulator.


Jolly, viking-themed RTS.

Football Manager 2018

And this is the newest Allardyce simulator.

Wallpaper Engine

Mysteriously successful desktop wallpaper-finding and-creating application.

Farming Simulator 17

Mad Skill | No Plow | 360 Crop Rotation |

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

The older, same say stronger LOTR battler from Warner.

Dying Light

Sandboxy single-player zombie survival game from Techland.

NBA 2K17

Basket-to-ball, this being the 2016 release.

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 on sgamet

Borderlands 2

Gearbox and 2K’s cell-shaded FPS-ARPG mash-up.

Shadowverse CCG (F2P)

An anime-style collectible card game that we have never actually posted about before now.

Watch_Dogs 2

Ubisoft’s more light-hearted sandbox hacking and killing sequel.


Bethesda and Arkane’s latter-day System Shocklike.

Crusader Kings II

Olden monarchy-themed historical strategy from Paradox.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

Much-anticipated but divisive sequel to Relic’s 40K RTS classics.

The Sims 3

EA are literally burning money by not putting The Sims 4 on Steam.

NBA 2K18

And here’s the 2017 release of 2K’s basketball series.


Impossible machine-building that changes the way you think.

Hollow Knight

Beautifully-animated Metroidvania/action-platformer.

Endless Space 2

Sega and Amplitude’s sci-fi Civlike sequel.


Proc-gen space exploration and construction.

Killing Floor 2

Co-op, high-gore zombie-slaying.

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam

Realism-focused historical multiplayer shooter.

Friday The 13th: The Game

Jason Vorhees in a surprisingly good, though buggy, asynchronous online game.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Will 2018 be the year of Elder Scrolls VI?

Elite Dangerous

Frontier’s sprawling sandbox spaceship MMO.

Darkest Dungeon

Madness and perversion abide in this squad-based roguelite.

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 on sgamet

Right, let’s do some maths.

Most successful publishers*:
Ubisoft – 7
Bethesda – 7
Sega – 6
Paradox – 5
Valve – 4

*Purely based on number of entries. Total monies earned is an entirely different matter, which we have not been given data for.

Big publisher vs ‘indie’ split:


Note – this ratio could vary by up to 10 titles in either direction depending on your definition of the increasingly useless term ‘indie’, so let’s use it only as a working approximation.

Games primarily about killing things vs games not primarily about killing things


These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017 on sgamet

Well, those are the games that made the most money, but a slightly different and arguably more meaningful metric is which games most people are playing. I won’t do so many entries here or I’ll go mad, but here’s the top ten. No new names from the above in there, but these offer a good insight into how the Steam playerbase en masse tends to think. Guns/online/hats, in the main. The only game here that isn’t a shooter is Dota 2.

Games with over 100,000 simultaneous players

  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Warframe
  • Dota 2
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • H1Z1
  • Payday 2
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

You can find a few more, in the 50,000/25,000/15,000 cateogries here, and those do house a few games that aren’t in the bestselling list. To save you a click, those are Absolver, Total War RoMe II, Clicker Heroes, Elex, No Man’s Sky, World of Tanks, Portal 2, Mount and Blade Warband, Deceit, Yi Gi Oh!, Life Is Strange: Before The Storm and Starbound.

Which leaves me with just one last piece of extremely important information to share with you before we get on with 2018 in earnest:

Happy new year, chums.

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