Forget the most recent releases in triple-A development, because it’s the golden oldies that are storming the highest echelons of the Steam charts this week. Grand Theft Auto V and Counter-Strike Global Offensive have taken the number one and number two spots respectively, proving that age ain’t nothing but a number. In typical Steam fashion there are a couple of big surprises, least of which are the poor performances of Rainbow Six Siege and Just Cause 3, which both seem to have stumbled onto the middle rungs of the bestsellers ladder.
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The top selling Steam games for week 49 are...
#1 Grand Theft Auto V - $59.99/£39.99
Shooty, killy, thefty simulator, Grand Theft Auto V, has some seriously impressive longevity in its multiplayer features, which could go some way to explaining its out-of-the-blue position at the top of the Steam bestsellers list. However, the fact that it was discounted in Steam Exploration sale is a more likely explanation.
#2 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - $14.99/£11.99
A whopping 75% discount in the Steam Exploration sale has given this three-year-old FPS titan a well-deserved boost up to second place in the Steam charts.
#3 Fallout 4 - $59.99/£39.99
It's the post-apocalyptic game that’ll have a whole new generation of gamers singing 1930s classics from groups like The Ink Spots and Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five. Seeing as gamers have been waiting five years for a Fallout sequel it’s not too surprising that Fallout 4 is still selling strongly almost a month after its release.
#4 Rainbow Six Siege - $59.99/£49.99
For a new instalment to a triple-A title with a strong following, Rainbow Six Siege seems to be struggling on Steam, both in terms of sales and player numbers. The hefty price tag of $60 can’t help matters.
#5 Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - $59.99/£49.99
Still a pretty comprehensive test of your PC specs, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has had a resurgence in the Steam charts thanks to some help from the end-of-November Steam sale.
#6 Just Cause 3 - $59.99/£39.99
Sixth place simply isn’t good enough for a game that lets you use a cow as mobile wrecking ball by tethering it to a helicopter. Nope, not good enough at all. Check out our review of Avalanche Studios’ sandbox blow-em-up.
#7 Rocket League - $19.99/£14.99
Jet boosters, loads of ridiculous goals and some of the best looking grass in gaming. The fact that it’s almost always in the Steam charts speaks wonders of the addictiveness of this rocket-powered twist on 5-a-side.
#8 ARK: Survival Evolved - $29.99/£22.99
Barebones survival games have had some strong interest in the past couple of years. This is not a barebones survival game… this is a survival game where you can ride dinosaurs, and that’s infinitely better.
#9 Elite Dangerous - $44.99/£29.99
The Steam Exploration sale has also given its support to quintessential space epic Elite Dangerous, helping the game into eighth spot and giving more people the chance to wage virtual war across the Milky Way.
#10 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition - $39.99/£19.99
I imagine a good deal of gamers are suffering from post-apocalyptic fatigue in the wake of Fallout 4’s release and have turned back to the magic and cat-people filled world of The Elder Scrolls. Either that or yet again a Steam sale has messed about with the bestsellers list, leaving me to pick up the pieces.