Five new Steam games you probably missed (March 18, 2019)

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. If nothing catches your fancy this week, we've gathered the best PC games you can play right now and a running list of the new games of 2019.  

Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic

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Release: March 16
Developer: 3Division
Price: $24.99 | £18.99 | AU$35.95

Launched into Early Access last week, Workers & Resources is a city builder and tycoon game based on creating and keeping afloat your very own Soviet republic. Players will need to manage everything from the economy and resources, through to the finer details of housing, playgrounds and other entertainment. As far as I can see 3Division has nailed the finer aesthetics  when it comes to, at least, the more divisive aspects of Soviet urban planning. The game is expected to stay in Early Access for up to two years, growing based on feedback–though it's currently "playable and stable". It's sitting on a "Very Positive" rating with nearly 700 reviews.

Rico

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Release: March 15
Developer: Ground Shatter
Price: $19.99 | £17.99 | AU$28.95

Rico is a first-person shooter staring two hard-boiled cops with an abundance of weaponry and no qualms with using it. Playable in singleplayer or two-player cooperative, it's a "procedurally-generated action movie FPS", meaning it has rogue-lite elements. By all reports Rico excels in the mindless action department: don't expect anything too cerebral, but do expect to kick doors down and shoot bad guys.

Wolfpack

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Release: March 16
Developer: Usurpator AB
Price: $34.99 | £27.79 | AU$49.95

If you've ever dreamed of working on a "highly detailed German type VII U-boat during the Second World War", Wolfpack is the game for you. Played entirely in first-person, and involving lots of manual handling of realistic instruments, five players take five seperate roles on the boat: captain, helmsman, dive officer, radio man and navigator. Realism is the key here, and close online cooperation will be needed in order to, uh, win? I don't know. Definitely one for roleplayers then. The game is currently in Early Access mainly for the sake of player feedback: it's expected to launch into 1.0 this year.

Trüberbrook

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Release: March 12
Developer: btf
Price: $29.99 | £24.99 | AU$42.95

Trüberbrook is a modern point-and-click adventure set in rural Germany during the 1960s, inspired by Twin Peaks and The X-Files, among other things. Protagonist Hans Tannhauser is an American scientist, on holiday in the nominal remote village. It seems like the less said about the narrative the better, for fear of entering spoiler territory, but it only takes a quick look at the trailer above and the game's handmade scenery to clock the mood of this game. It's definitely one worth checking out for genre fans, or anyone keen on moody weirdness.

Project Downfall

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Release: March 16
Developer: MGP Studios, Solid9 Studio
Price: $15.99 | £12.39 | AU$22.95

Project Downfall is a retro-styled first-person shooter where you play as a "regular, middle class citizen" who, as it turns out, likes to whoop the arses of baddies by night. It has an interesting sprite-based aesthetic, and while the retro-futuristic 1980s synthwave style is definitely played out at this stage, Project Downfall seems to nail the look better than most of the competition. Inspired by Doom, Hardcore Henry, John Wick and, quite obviously, cyberpunk. The game is in Early Access, and will stay there for "around 11-13 months" while new levels and more are added.

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Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.