As we see out the last few days of 2023, Steam gives us the skinny on which games were the top sellers of the last 12 months. While the majority will be ones that most of you will be expecting, there are a couple of surprises in there. Or at least that’s what I think.
You can see the full list of top grossing games of 2023 on the Steam website, which splits it into categories going from platinum to bronze, depending on overall sales. There are also different lists for best Steam Deck games, most played, best VR releases, and more.
As for the overall top sellers on the platform, the likes of Hogwarts Legacy and Baldur’s Gate 3 were surefire winners. It’s also nice to see Sons of the Forest in the platinum category. Hype for the indie horror game may have died down, but it selling two million copies in just one day evidently gave it a boost.
It was also quite surprising to see the likes of Starfield and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as top sellers. Okay, the former maybe seeing as it’s been one of the most anticipated releases of this generation, but MW3 seemed rather unexpected.
As we move further down
Getting into gold, Resident Evil 4 (plus its Separate Ways DLC) was no doubt a big hit, and Elden Ring has still been pulling in some impressive numbers, despite being nearly two years old now.
Fans of Lethal Company have no doubt been aware of the success of this small co-op title from relative newcomers Zeekers, evidenced by its place under the gold section. The fact that it’s only just been knocked off the top spot on Steam gives some indication on just how huge the horror game has been in such a short span of time.
Of course Skyrim makes it into the list. Admittedly under the bronze category, but that still means the 12-year-old Bethesda RPG is swimming smoothly through the harsh waters of the video game industry.
Check out the link above to see the full list of which Steam games were the crème de la crème of 2023. If I don’t see you after this, have good New Year everyone!