On an average day, about a dozen new games are released on Steam. And while we think that's a good thing, it can be understandably hard to keep up with. Potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the deluge of new things to play unless you sort through every single game that is released on Steam. So that’s exactly what we’ve done.
Thanks in part to the website WhatsOnSteam.com, we’ve gone through every game that’s launched on Steam in the last week to find the diamonds in the rough. This list, updated every Sunday, won’t include the Grand Theft Autos or the Fallout 4s of Steam, focusing instead on the games that may have been easy to miss.
These games seem the most promising, already have positive user reviews, and may be worth a closer look.
Nadia Was Here is an old school RPG with a unique battle system. You have three characters in each fight which you swap between different lanes to decide who they are attacking instead of directly selecting targets. Progressions is also a bit different, with two of those characters stealing weapons and abilities from enemies in combat to advance. I was really struck but Nadia Was Here's art style, which features some great pixel art in a very strange but cool limited color scheme.
SmuggleCraft is a racing game where you take on quests that send you speeding across procedurally generated landscapes. You will have to take part in chases or deliver illegal goods to make money and upgrade your hovercraft, and it apparently all ties into a larger narrative with multiple endings. It sort of reminds me of the Star Wars podracing game, which is not a bad comparison to earn, but SmuggleCraft provides an interesting twist by bringing in roguelike elements. It's also got local multiplayer with split-screen, which is always appreciated.
50 years is a bite-sized version of a turn-based strategy game that just left Early Access. You build up a civilization, grow your army, found a religion, and do many other things you might expect from a game like Civilization, but there's only a total of 50 turns per game. It aims to take that large-scale strategy experience and condense it into something you can start and finish in a short period of time. As part of its 1.0 launch, 50 years got Steam Workshop support with a battle and dungeon editor so the community can continue adding whatever they want.
Geneshift is a top-down shooter that plays a bit like a modern re-imagining of the original Grand Theft Auto games. It's got more of a sci-fi setting than GTA, with a lot more enemies on screen at times too. One of the cooler parts of Geneshift is the ability to do online co-op during the campaign, which looks like it could be a lot of fun with multi-person cars and the like. Geneshift has already been in development for 8 years, and the Early Access period is essentially just to continue adding features and content.
Dynasty Feud is a competitive brawler for either local or online play, similar in style to something like Super Smash Bros. An interesting twist on that formula is that you take a team of five characters into each fight, each of which basically acts as one of your lives. There have been many different indie Smash Bros games made recently, but Dynasty Feud's art style and level design help to set it apart for me. The stages look varied and complex instead of just simple platforms, and there seem to be a lot of characters to unlock too.
These games were released between 5/21-5/27. The first page of this list is updated every Sunday and previous weeks are archived on the following pages. Some online stores give us a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Read our affiliate policy for more info.