While ribbons and bones were still knitting together in our Christmas vats, Valve released some Steam stuff towards the end of the year. This includes lists of the best-selling and most-played games from 2021, and the results of the users voted Steam awards.
The Steam Awards are always a bit strange as they are user-voted and often favor games with large online player bases. Perhaps the clearest example of this is when it won Forza Horizon 5 “Outstanding Visual Style” this year. It is certainly a very pretty game, but is the style of the game outstanding? Runner-ups included Subnautica Below Zero, Little Nightmares 2, Bright Memory: Infinite, and Psychonauts 2, which frankly should have probably won.
Resident Evil Village was named Game of the Year, but perhaps most interestingly, Cyberpunk won “Outstanding Story Rich Game” in 2077. Are people mad about it? Honestly, it deserves it. I really liked Cyberpunk 2077 when I was reviewing it, but it has grown in my assessment over the past year as I thought about it. I finally decided to repeat it over the Christmas holidays and its story shines – even if the RPG systems, shooting, and bugs continue to disappoint slightly.
On the Top seller list, Cyberpunk 2077 could only land in the “Silver” category. The top sellers were mostly long-term service games – Siege, CSGO, GTA5, Dota 2 etc. – but there were also some newcomers such as Naraka Bladepoint and Valheim. At the top of the page you will find filters that allow you to only look at the new releases of 2021 which make a more interesting list, albeit still with long running series. Congratulations to Wildermyth who is in the platinum tier for gaming who completed Early Access last year.
You can click the links above for many more lists and tips, but here is the full list of Steam Awards winners:
- Game of the year: Resident Evil Village
- VR game of the year: Cooking simulator VR
- Love work: Terrariums
- Better with friends: It takes two
- Outstanding visual style: Forza Horizon 5
- Most innovative gameplay: Death loop
- Best Game You Suck On: Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition
- Best soundtrack: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
- Outstanding Story Rich Game: Cyberpunk 2077
- Lean back and relax: Farming Simulator 2022