For PC gaming, 2017 was a yr of extra—a lot in order that even the best indie games might get misplaced in the shuffle. Early in the yr we witnessed the long-awaited demise of Steam Greenlight, and thus the final actual barrier to getting games on Steam. It was changed with “Steam Direct,” a system the place builders merely paid $100 and poof, any sport might get onto Steam.
And I do imply any sport. In 2014 round 1,500 games have been launched on Steam. In 2015 that quantity rose to three,000 and final yr to four,500. 2017? Almost 6,000 games in the final twelve months. That’s roughly 16 new games per day, if you’re curious.
It’s overwhelming, and solely pure that extra games than ever are falling by the cracks. That makes this listing extra essential than ever, I believe. Sure, you’ve in all probability heard of most of the games on our Game of the Year listing—most of them achieved each important and industrial success. But the games on this listing are glorious, oft-overlooked, and didn’t (for the most half) get the success they deserved.