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Steam’s best of 2017 sale offers up deals on the year’s top titles

Including most-played games, best-selling games and top VR titles

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Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Steam’s latest sale gathers together the year’s most popular PC games and puts them all in one place.

Called simply The Best of 2017 Sale, Valve has divided the most successful and influential titles across five categories. Even if your games budget is tapped out for the holidays, the exercise is a great look back on an exceptional year in PC gaming.

Oddly enough, of the dozen top-sellers as measured by gross revenue, only three of them were actually released in 2017. To adhere to the theme of the list, Valve includes free-to-play games as well as games that are not on sale.

If the success of these older titles is any indication, the top new releases category gives us a look forward to what may be popular in 2018. That list includes 155 titles in all, including some discounted by more than 60 percent. Highlights include:

There are also deals on the top games that can only be played in virtual reality, games that exited early access in 2017 and games with the most concurrent players.

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