With November 2019 drawing to a close, we’ve gotten a glimpse into the top-selling games from the previous month. Steam has just posted a list of October 2019’s top sellers which includes several titles such as Destiny 2, Indivisible, Disco Elysium, Atelier Ryza, and, surprisingly, WWE 2K20.
There’s also a quick summary relaying tidbits of information regarding the top games that released in October:
- 4 games either leaving or entering Early Access.
- 10 developers bringing a product to Steam for the first time.
- 13 different countries represented by developers this month.
- 13 games with some level of controller support.
October 2019’s Steam hits: Destiny 2, Disco Elysium… and WWE 2K20?
Destiny 2 was a no-brainer, to be sure. The free-to-play version, also known as New Light, was quite enticing (and confusing) for blueberries just trying out the game for the first time. Meanwhile, the Shadowkeep expansion brought players back to the moon to help out Eris Morn. Even though I found Destiny 2: Shadowkeep quite decent while reviewing it, there were still problems down the road such as the pinnacle rewards system (which eventually got fixed) and the Vex Offensive’s terrible conclusion (which disappointed a lot of fans). Despite a few issues, Destiny 2 remained one of the most played games on Steam peaking at nearly 300,000 players when it launched and it’s still going strong.
Indivisible also made the list. Andrew Farrell wholeheartedly recommends the game to RPG fans due to its presentation. According to Andrew, Indivisible was “a unique, beautiful action-RPG filled with lovable characters.” Speaking of RPGs, Andrew did scoff a bit at Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout because he considered it a poor port. Still, he ended up enjoying it due to the game’s combat, exploration, and wonderful crafting mechanics.
Darkest Dungeon-like Mistover also made Steam’s October 2019 top-sellers list. Nicholas Montegriffo cited the success of Darkest Dungeon and how games influenced by Red Hook Studios’ title may lead to success in this new subgenre.
Strange quirks and odd moments may also lead to success as evidenced by Disco Elysium. Tim McDonald may find that reassuring, even though he died within three minutes after starting Disco Elysium‘s story. Why? As Tim tells it, he only had a few measly points assigned to his character’s motor skills. When he reached up to grab something dangling from a ceiling fan, his character’s poor physical condition led to a fatal heart attack. You don’t see that result often in many games.
Perhaps the biggest surprise that made Steam’s October 2019 list is none other than WWE 2K20. I had the (dis)pleasure of reviewing the game when it released. Given my familiarity with pro-wrestling titles, I could say that WWE 2K20 was the “jabroni” of the bunch. It didn’t just set the bar, it lowered the bar.
Although you could play through various modes and exhibition matches, numerous bugs and glitches existed. There were also issues with the Creation Suite which included create-a-wrestler characters (CAWs), arenas, and logos. Visual Concepts have released a few patches already, but problems still persist today. How long do players have to wait for most of WWE 2K20’s major flaws to get fixed? Your guess is as good as mine, but I hope it’s not when former WWE Tag Team Champion Nicholas is already being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Steam’s top-selling games of October 2019 also include GRID, Trine 4: The Nightmare Prine, Postal 4: No Regerts, Chernobylite, and more. You can view the full list here. There’s also a handy Steam store page that has all the games therein.