In an industry notorious for being wildly secretive around how well its own products do, we love some real good, crunchy data

Steam Revamps Stats Into Charts With Better Overview of Most Popular Games And with an overhaul to Steam Stats today, Valve is giving us exactly that


In an industry notorious for being wildly secretive around how well its own products do, we love some real good, crunchy data. And with an overhaul to Steam Stats today, Valve is giving us exactly that.
It's called Steam Charts now, replacing Steam Stats, and like the old version, it still shows off the most popular games on the platform. But unlike Stats, Charts has the tools to drill down into what's making that popularity happen.
For context, the old Stats page mostly focused on top games by player count from moment to moment, with Valve regularly providing separate best-seller lists by genre and other factors. Charts puts all this in one spot.
The main page shows the top-selling games on Steam right now, as well as the most-played moment-to-moment by player count. There are also lists of the overall best-selling games right now and weekly top sellers by revenue, with an indication of changes to the chart from week to week, as well as how many weeks a game's been out, how much it costs, and whether or not it's on sale.
You can also sort charts by region for regional best-sellers. All of this is done by revenue, so free-to-play games with microtransactions are included, and extra bits like DLC and season passes are factored in.
Unfortunately, the overall monthly top-release harts are still ordered randomly, making it harder to pinpoint best-selling games month-to-month.
While you may not care much about this if you're not a numbers dork (like me, sorry), the real benefit of better data is that people who are can watch game sales trends with a little more accuracy and draw useful conclusions from it.
It's helpful for people who make and publish games to see what's doing well or isn't, maybe allowing them to fund games and genres they might not have previously planned to back. It can help people who make content see what people are playing and catch on to cool, surprising games that may not be getting the attention they deserve on websites like this one.
The 10 Best Steam Deck GamesThe Steam Deck is a powerful little handheld capable of playing a lot of amazing games. OK, well it’s not that little, but it makes up for its bulky size with sheer power and Steam’s seemingly endless library of software. For our Top 10 Steam Deck Games list, we wanted to set up a few parameters for our recommendations, including the kind of games it's capable of running, how well it runs them, and portability.
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Sure, you can run games like Vampire Survivors or Tunic on it, and we've sunk our fair share of hours into each, but part of the spectacle is that the Steam Deck can run huge triple-A games on the go. There are a few caveats, of course. Some of these games are pretty massive in file size or require an initial internet connection, and even some mild tweaking in the settings to get running well, but hey, it wouldn’t be PC gaming without those things after all. So, without further ado, here are our Top 10 Games for the Steam Deck!<h3>10. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain</h3>
Hideo Kojima's final Metal Gear Solid is an ambitious stunner, and the Steam Deck has no troubles at all running it in silky smooth 60 frames per second. And that is a very good thing, because the sandbox available to you is every bit as detailed and sophisticated as you can hope for.
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While another Kojima game, Death Stranding, is heavily advertised as playable on Steam Deck, Metal Gear Solid 5's tactical espionage action could be the Kojima game worth checking out on the Steam Deck instead.<h3>9. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition</h3>
When it comes to 100-hour epic RPGs, you can’t beat the convenience of playing on a handheld device. It’s just so nice to be able to play anywhere in the house or on the go. And action-RPGs don’t get much more epic than the space-faring trilogy collected in the Mass Effect Legendary Edition. 
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The trilogy’s incredible storytelling stands the test of time, and the updates made to the trilogy, most notably to the original Mass Effect, help modernize the gameplay experience, too. While it’s a small hassle to sign in with EA Origin each time you open it on Steam Deck, that’s a small price to pay to play this incredible collection of games in handheld form.<h3>8. Yakuza: Like a Dragon</h3>
Because of their turn-based gameplay, JRPGs are almost perfect for gaming on the go, and getting to play one of the best JRPGs on console and PCs anywhere is a true treat. Yakuza: Like a Dragon may have exchanged the series' beat 'em up mechanics with a crazy, over-the-top turn-based combat system, but the experience on the Steam Deck feels like an evolution from playing RPGs like Pokemon on the Game Boy. Except instead of using cute monsters, you're summoning gangsters and vagabonds to help you climb to the top of the criminal underworld in a gorgeous RPG.
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And if turn-based isn’t your style, the other Yakuza games play perfectly well on the Steam Deck too if you rather just punch and kick people instead of waiting for your turn.<h3>7. Doom Eternal</h3>
The Doom franchise has been synonymous with PC gaming from the jump, pushing hardware and evolving the first person shooter genre with rips, tears, and chainsaws through hell. So it’s only natural that the latest entry in the series totally kicks ass on the portable PC Steam Deck as well.
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Aside from some tiny text that may have you pushing your screen a little closer to your blood soaked visor than expected, Doom Eternal is an absolute blast in handheld form and definitely a step up from 2020’s Nintendo Switch port. <h3>6. Devil May Cry 5</h3>
Capcom’s legendary ultra-stylish action game Devil May Cry 5 first launched in 2019, but it practically feels brand new as a handheld game on Steam Deck. The bite-sized stages and gargantuan bosses are totally rife for infinite replayability, challenging players to top their combos and scores as they gun down, slash, wire dash, air hike, and enemy step their way through hordes of nightmarish beasts and bad guys. 
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The combat is simple in design but totally limitless in execution, encouraging players to experiment with endless combinations of attacks however they please. Devil May Cry 5 absolutely rules, and you owe it to yourself to play it if you really love action games.
And, you know, it's neat to see Trombone Champ as the 11th best-selling game on Steam right now. Let it be known that for a shining moment, it was far more popular than Elden Ring (No.19).

Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.
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