Factorio has crept up and snagged a top position on the Steam charts – and it’s not the first time it’s been found sitting up there either.
Amazingly, Factorio is currently sitting at the number one spot on Steam’s Top Releases of 2020, arranged according to the ratings received by user reviews. The rating algorithm used to determine this is a tad intricate, so if you’re interested you can read more about it here.
This comes after the game has already been comfortably occupying the number two position on Steam’s Top Rated Games list for a good long while (again, determined by the same rating algorithm).
There are a few astounding accompanying facts here. Like that the only game on Steam with a higher rating is the iconic Portal 2 (97.56%), released almost 10 years ago. Factorio is listed as having an overall rating of 97.25%, which even beats the likes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (97.09%) and Terraria (96.98%).
Then there’s the fact that Factorio is sitting at number one on Steam’s Top Releases of 2020. This is extra funny because although the game’s Version 1.0 did launch in mid-August this year, it doesn’t really feel like a new release in the strictest sense. People had been playing the thing for four years prior to that anyway, albeit the Early Access version.
So it feels as though sneaky little Factorio cheated the system a bit, even managing to come out above Valve’s flagship VR game Half-Life: Alyx which was released in March this year.
It’s just amazing to think that this simple indie game about building factories managed to win over the hearts of so many gamers. Even the ones who wouldn’t usually go for a game that is literally about building factories.
Although, it would probably be more accurate to say that Factorio doesn’t really win over hearts. Our dopamine receptors rather? Whatever it does, it manages to tap into one’s addictive tendencies so effectively, to the extent that it’s often lovingly referred to as the game equivalent of crack cocaine.
Factorio has to be one of the biggest humble brags in gaming.
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