navigating every new Steam game so you don’t have to
Approximately a dozen new games are released on Steam per day on average. And although though we believe it is a good thing, it can be challenging to keep up with. Unless you sort through every game that is released on Steam, thrilling treasures that could be found will undoubtedly get buried in the sea of new games. So we actually followed through on that. If nothing grabs your attention this week, we’ve compiled the top PC games you can play right now, along with a running list of the 2022 games that are coming out this year.
1 Lucy Dreaming
Release: October 18
Developer: Tall Story Games Ltd
Launch price: $16.14 | £12.79 | AU$22.90
A point-and-click adventure called Lucy Dreaming is hailed as “a brilliantly British comedy.” It follows Lucy as she wanders throughout the “run-down” little town of Figgington, interacting with its humorous locals, and looking into the area’s mysteries. But in order to fully understand some terrifying nightmares Lucy has been having, you’ll also be entering Lucy’s mind in addition to Figgington. Since there are a lot of puzzles in this game, it’s fortunate that the pixel art is so exquisitely detailed and varied, spanning from the everyday life of a tiny village to the fantastical. It’s important to note for fans of the genre that Guybrush Threepwood’s voice actor is participating in this.
2 Monster Prom 3: Monster Roadtrip
Release: October 22
Developer: Beautiful Glitch
Launch price: $10.79 | £10.79 | AU$16.15
the third instalment of the top thirsty monster dating sim in the globe. But this time, it’s not just about dating, and if you’ve read the other two books in this series, you’ll notice some significant differences in this third instalment. You see, this one includes aspects of survival. In addition to managing resources and the “wacky conflicts” that can arise when four monsters have to share a vehicle for days on end, you’ll also need to manage the resources needed to survive a frenetic road trip with up to three buddies (monsters) in this cooperative game. But don’t worry, you can still get a date if you play your cards well.
3 Faith: The Unholy Trinity
Release: October 22
Developer: Airdorf Games
Launch price: $13.49 | £10.25 | AU$19.35
Since 2017, Faith, a spooky 8-bit-style horror game, has produced two new chapters. The third and final instalment of Faith: The Unholy Trinity, which is allegedly “twice as long” as the second, includes those. You play as a priest in a barren rural place, charged with exorcising the demonically haunted location, which complements the unsettling, simple art design. Expect to explore cathedrals, forests, and other places; it is not limited to just one residence. Faith has had to rank right up there when it comes to terrifyingly unorthodox presentation in the previous five years’ worth of indie horror games that take a traditional approach to mood-setting.
4 Fhtagn Simulator
Release: October 21
Launch price: $7.19 | £5.21 | AU$10.35
Although Fhtagn Simulator’s publisher INDIECN calls it a “Cthulhu roulette deckbuilder,” it would be more accurate to refer to it as a Slay the Spire ripoff. I’m not complaining, especially given the fantastic artwork in Fhtagn Simulator, which has a strong occult atmosphere not too dissimilar from the Faith mentioned above. In fact, that’s arguably the strongest selling point here: another enjoyable and appetising roguelite deckbuilder with eye-catching artwork (sorry, Slay the Spire and Monster Train).
5 Robot Resistors
Release: October 22
Developer: Crablacksmith Studios
Launch price: $5 | £4 | AU$7.50
Speaking about imitations, here is another game that emulates Vampire Survivors. The obvious one is that you’re destroying armies of robots rather than vampires, but there are other differences as well. There are numerous playable characters in Robot Resistor, each with a unique set of skills. Continuous procedurally produced level biomes with “varying moods and objectives” are included in the list. Robot Resisttors is in Early Access, and between now and mid-2023, new characters, weaponry, levels, upgrades, and a lot more will be added to the game.
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