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The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, The Witcher 3, GTA 5, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare: what do these games have in common? That's right, none of them make it into the top 20 Steam games by user ratings. Instead, there are community favorites like Mount & Blade: Warband or Factorio, indie highlights like Stardew Valley and Terraria or, well, curiosities like the Henry Stickmin Collection, People Playground or Helltaker. Especially Helltaker.
In the podcast, Micha and Géraldine scroll through the top 20 and discuss the games. Why did Slay the Spire show Micha how stupid he is? Why was Geraldine almost completely unaware of her first run through Stardew Valley? And why are there no fat bears in Totally Accurate Battle Simulator?
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Incidentally, our Top 20 is not based on Steam's popularity ranking itself, but on SteamDB's algorithm. And it is a snapshot, because there is a lot of movement! The Witcher 3, for example, was only recently knocked out of the top field – probably with a global political background.
However, we also noticed that the 20 best-rated games have something in common: Many of them are niche, specifically serve the preferences of their respective target group and come from development teams that communicate a lot with the community. In addition, the games are often humorous – or bloody. We're looking at you, People Playground.
Valve itself has a special position in the top 20, which is represented by four games: Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life: Alyx, Portal and Portal 2. Well, that's a home game too. And Portal easily belongs in the top rankings, having already voted the puzzle game as the best game of all time:
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