Top and Trending in gaming this week – October 1st, 2021

Posted on October 4, 2021

Addicted to refreshing Twitter every thirty seconds? Reddit permanently sorted by “new”? Drawn to the latest gaming fads? Checkpoint’s got you covered. Take a look at this week’s ‘Top and Trending’ to see the best selling and most popular video games around, and find out what all the cool kids are talking about!

Top Selling Games in Australia

(20/09 – 26/09) Data sourced from IGEA

1. Diablo II: Resurrected
2. NBA 2K22
3. Grand Theft Auto V
4. Diablo Prime Evil Collection
5. Death Stranding: Director’s Cut
6. Red Dead Redemption 2
7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
8. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
9. Just Dance 2021
10. Lost Judgement

Fuelled by nostalgia, Aussie gamers have leapt into battle with demonic hordes in the recent re-release of Diablo II. This 4K remaster takes the 21-year-old title and gives it a fresh coat of paint… and not much else, according to Omi’s review. Despite the aged design, it has sold incredibly well in its standalone edition, as well as bundled with other titles in the Diablo Prime Evil Collection. The recently updated Death Stranding Director’s Cut has brought a swathe upgrades to the 2019 title, which Nat took a look at on PS5. This week also marked success for another Yakuza series entry in Lost Judgement, which Charlie describes as “a hell of a game, mess and all”. Check out her thoughts in her review.

Top Selling Games on Steam

(20/09 – 26/08) Data sourced from SteamDB

1. CS: GO – Operation Riptide
2. New World
3. New World
5. FIFA 22
7. Timberborn
8. Valve Index VR Kit (hardware)
9. Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator
10. Gas Station Simulator

New maps and game modes have come to CS: GO in its Operation Riptide expansion, in what I can only assume is a love letter to Vance Joy’s 2013 indie anthem. This week also marked the formal release of Amazon’s MMO New World, which has featured twice in the top ten thanks to a horde of in-game purchases (which show up as separate items in SteamDB). Despite reports of GPU thrashing, this adventure set in a fantasy colonial America has successfully generated oodles of hype. We can also see a few of last week‘s top ten still in the trending list this week, with the addition of a couple of cathartic sim games. The gorgeous storybook aesthetic of Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator has proved very popular among Twitch streamers, as has the gentle chaos of Gas Station Simulator.

Most Watched Games on Twitch

(23/09 – 29/09) Data sourced from SullyGnome

1. Grand Theft Auto V
2. New World
3. League of Legends
4. FIFA 22
5. Minecraft
6. Apex Legends
7. Diablo II: Resurrected
9. CS: GO
10. Fortnite

While recent Twitch darling VALORANT has dropped a few places this week, Riot Games’ magnum opus League of Legends is still yet to reclaim its second place thanks to the release of Amazon’s New World. Whether or not the hype for the new MMO will continue remains to be seen, though with it sharing a parent company with the Twitch platform itself, it’s likely that we’ll be seeing this title in the charts for some time. Gamers have also been keen to see the visual upgrades in Diablo II: Resurrected, which has remained a fan favourite in the series.

Don’t forget to take a look at all the games Coming Out this week, and let us know what your predictions are for next week’s top and trending!