In a bit of an ironic twist, the five most played games on Steam for 2016 were all released prior to last year. Steam is perhaps the most popular gaming client in the world and the vast amount of games available on this platform is pretty overwhelming to say the least.

Despite the fact that more new games are being added almost every day, the top 5 most played Steam games of 2016 have remain somewhat calcified. The report comes Githyp which is a tool that keeps track of the most played games on Steam (among other things). They posted an analysis of 2016's most played Steam games and the top 5 list looks very similar to the one made for 2015 as far as average players per hour is concerned.

"Dota 2" tops the list with an average of 636,607 players per hour, followed by "Counter-Strike: Global Force" (360,600), "Team Fortress 2 (50,802)", "Grand Theft Auto 5" (40,258) and "Sid Meir's Civilization V" (37,885). Of all the games mentioned here, Team Fortress 2 is the one that is truly surprising because the game was released way back in 2007 and is still being played heavily.

Per IGN, newer titles such as "No Man's Sky", "XCOM 2" and "Dark Souls 3" ranked third, fourth, and fifth respectively in terms of peak numbers of concurrent players for 2016, but they all take huge plunges down the list when the average players per hour metric is applied. What is even more shocking is "Call of Duty" is down by as much as 76 percent last year, and Ubisoft's "Watch Dogs 2" also took a 61 percent drop compared to the first game.

Kotaku has also reported that "Fallout 4" fell out (no pun intended) out of both the top five and top ten mostly because it was never able to produce the same amount of hype as Skyrim. We are only a few weeks into 2017, so it will be interesting to see how much this list will change as the year progresses.