New video game releases are typically few during the first few months of a new year. When they are unable to complete a project in time for the holidays, developers will frequently cut their losses and push the results of their labor into January or February in order to purchase more time for polish. The beginning of 2024, though, is unlike anything I can recall seeing.
Following the gaming industry means you’ll always have a backlog of unfinished games in your Steam library, but it’s rarely been this bad so rapidly. Of course, having that issue is a positive thing.
These Are The Top 10 Best Selling Video Games 2024
10. The Quarry (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X)
With 2015’s Until Dawn, a gruesome slasher-flick parody in which you accompany a group of clueless twentysomethings to their unfortunate demise, Supermassive Games established themselves. In a sense, The Quarry is the game’s spiritual heir.
This time, we’re in control of a group of kids trying to make it through the night at a moonlit summer camp, and to no one’s surprise, the action rapidly deviates from the script. The Quarry plays out like an interactive drama; you control the decisions made by people across a succession of daisy-chained cutscenes, and you watch as they invariably come to a horrific, midnight-movie ending.
9. Card Shark (MacOS, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC)
The top digital card games now available, including Hearthstone, Slay The Spire, and Legends of Runeterra, all fundamentally follow the model created by Magic The Gathering in 1993.
Before someone with a better deck or a better brain puts you back to the matching queue, there is a lot of arithmetic, a lot of keywords, and a lot of back and forth tempo swings.
8. Diablo Immortal (Android, iOS, Windows PC)
As soon as Diablo Immortal was introduced, it was certain to cause controversy. One of the most prestigious PC titles ever is switching to a mobile-first, microtransaction-heavy strategy at a time when Blizzard’s corporate reputation is in complete disarray.
Many of these worries are still real, yet nothing can alter the fact that Immortal on an iPhone feels incredibly intuitive.
7. Eternal Threads (Windows PC)
Standing in the charred remains of a burned-out boarding house, you identify as a time-traveling detective. Six people perished in the fires, and the objective is to examine the dimensional feedback that contributed to this catastrophe and change a few of the residents’ decisions in order to create a timeline in which they survive.
6. Evil Dead: The Game (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X)
You’ll genuinely start to wonder why it took so long for Evil Dead: The Game to exist as you’re running through a haunted forest with a boomstick in your hand, defending the Necronomicon from ghastly interdimensional invaders.
The euphorically schlocky Evil Dead franchise has always deserved a loving video game adaptation. All the bloody thrills from the movies are condensed by Saber Interactive into a challenging, highly asymmetric console game.
5. Rogue Legacy 2 (Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series
One may argue that the 2013 publication of the first Rogue Legacy, which started the roguelike boom we’re presently experiencing, is to blame. From the darkest corners of PC gaming, the game elevated Machiavellian ideas like permadeath and the lack of save points to the top of the Steam charts.
The franchise gracefully incorporates many of these modernizations as Rogue Legacy 2 joins the gaming industry, where several other creators have improved upon its initial tenets.
4. The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe (MacOS, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X)
The Stanley Parable’s arrival on consoles with Ultra Deluxe effectively doubles the original offering by adding enough new material. Expect the story to be as bitingly self-referential and incredibly morbid as always, especially now that it has the opportunity to be in continual dialogue with the original.
How can you make a follow-up to a game that was already so brittle? It’s amazing to see The Stanley Parable attempt to explain something it doesn’t understand.
3. Dune: Spice Wars (Windows PC)
It’s amazing how Timothée Chalamet’s name recognition has brought Dune, a franchise that has lain in complete dormancy for decades, out of its license coma. And someone at Warner Bros. had the good judgment to give the world to Shrio Games for a Dune-themed RTS. Suddenly, we are flooded with Dune movies, Dune board games, and Dune comic books.
Age of Empires was heavily influenced by Shrio’s earlier game, Northgard, which let players lead Viking bands across the lush Arctic tundra.
2. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X)
Every IP that would host them, Traveller’s Tales has gladly ported their Lego games into. The Tolkien legendarium, Marvel, DC, and Harry Potter series have all welcomed them, but Star Wars has always been their first and finest home.
Since no other game wearing the Rebel insignia has ever squeezed this much Star Wars into its source code, The Skywalker Saga is the studio’s opportunity to be absolutely definitive in their obsessive cataloging of pop culture.
1. Weird West (PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One)
It should come as no surprise that Weird West, developed by Arkane (Dishonored, Deathloop) veterans’ WolfEye Studio, has transported one of its signature, perpetually cursed regions to the American frontier. You take control of a number of mistreated characters who are out for vengeance as bounty hunters, cultists, and the chattering undead are on the prowl.