Steam has released its Best of 2021 lists and, while it doesn’t rank the top games in each category, they do reveal which games were the most played, sold the best, and much more.

Steam’s Best of 2021 lists include Top Sellers, New Releases, Most Played, Early Access Grads, Best of VR, and Controller Friendly; and games like Valheim, New World, Halo Infinite, Battlefield 2042, PUBG, Counter-Strike and Grand Theft Auto V appear in multiple categories.

The Top Sellers category features the top 100 games as measured by gross revenue and places each one into the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze tier; but it does not detail how much a game has to earn for it to qualify for a new level. The Platinum Top Sellers, in alphabetical order, are as follows;

Apex LegendsBattlefield 2042Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveDead by DaylightDestiny 2DOTA 2Grand Theft Auto VNaraka: BladepointNew WorldPUBG: BattlegroundsTom Clancy’s Rainbow Six SiegeValheim

The New Releases category is measured the same way as the Top Sellers one, but games only qualify if they were released in 2021. Sorry, GTA V, but this is one award you can’t win! The Platinum-tier New Releases, in alphabetical order, are as follows;

Age of Empires IVBack 4 BloodBattlefield 2042Farming Simulator 22Forza Horizon 5Halo InfiniteMass Effect: Legendary EditionNaraka: BladepointNew WorldOutridersResident Evil VillageValheim

The Most Played category celebrates the games that reached the most “highest peak concurrent players” throughout the year. The games that reached the highest tier – Over 200,000 Peak Players – are as follows;

Apex LegendsCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveCyberpunk 2077DOTA 2Grand Theft Auto VHalo InfiniteNew WorldPUBG: BattlegroundsRustValheim

The Early Access Grads category is all about rewarding the games that left Early Access and earned the most gross revenue in 2021. The Platinum-tier Early Access Grads, in alphabetical order, are as follows;

BreathedgeChernobyliteDraw & GuessEndzone: A World ApartHell Let LooseGTFOMedieval DynastySkul: The Hero SlayerSolasta: Crown of the MagisterSubnautica: Below ZeroTotally Accurate Battle SimulatorWildermyth

The Best of VR category collects the top-selling VR-exclusive experiences that earned the most gross revenue in 2021. The Platinum-tier Best of VR games, in alphabetical orders, are as follows;

Arizona SunshineBeat SaberBlade & SorceryBoneworksHal-Life: AlyxHot Dogs, Horseshoes, & Hand GrenadesInto the RadiusPavlovSuperhot VRThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VRThe Walking Dead: Saints & SinnersVR Kanojo

Lastly, the Controller Friendly category honors those games that had the most daily active controller players in 2021. The Platinum-tier Controller Friendly games, in alphabetical order, are as follows;

Apex LegendsCyberpunk 2077eFootball 2022FIFA 21FIFA 22Forza Horizon 5Grand Theft Auto VGuilty Gear -Strive-Halo InfiniteMonster Hunter: WorldTales of AriseThe Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

To see how Steam’s top games compare to IGN’s choices, check out all the winners from our Game of the Year Awards 2021.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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