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Five new Steam games you probably missed (December 7, 2020)

Tanuki Sunset
(Image credit: Rewind Games)

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 2020 games that are launching this year. 

Tanuki Sunset

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Release:‌ ‌December 4 ‌
Developer:‌ Rewind Games
Price:‌ $14.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£11.39‌ ‌|‌ ‌‌AU$21.50

The two important things to know about Tanuki Sunset is that a) you play as a tanuki, which Wikipedia tells me is a Japanese raccoon dog, and b) the tanuki rides a longboard through blissful retro-futuristic landscapes. It's a pitch that's hard to refuse: it's kind of a hybrid of kart racing and skateboarding, with high speeds and complex tricks being the order of the day. There's a single-player story mode (I'd very much like to know what the story is with a longboarding raccoon dog), as well as an endless mode and time trials. Definitely a nice antidote to the very serious Cyberpunk videogame that's releasing this week.

Haven

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Release:‌ ‌December 4
Developer:‌ ‌The Game Bakers
Price:‌ ‌$24.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£19.49‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$35.95

Here's a third-person action RPG with a twist: you play as two lovers, and managing their relationship is just as important as slaying alien scum. Protagonists Yu and Kay have arrived on a mysterious planet, and the goal is ostensibly to gather materials in order to repair their ship and go home. But being alone on a strange hostile planet can test the strength of a relationship (I'm guessing), and it's important that Yu and Kay can navigate this fraught situation with tact, because neither can survive alone. In single-player you'll be controlling both Yu and Kay at once, though Haven can also be played in local coop. This is developed by the team responsible for Furi, so expect the combat to be finely honed.

Morbid: The Seven Acolytes

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Release:‌ ‌December 4
Developer:‌ Still Running
Price:‌ ‌$24.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£19.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$35.95

Morbid: The Seven Acolytes is a gory pixel-art action RPG with more than a passing resemblance to From Software's modern games—especially Bloodborne. The premise is pretty simple: you'll explore the gothic grandeur of Mornia, seeking out and killing each of the nominal seven acolytes. There's a bunch of different weaponry to achieve this with, as well as a levelling system and perks. Overall, this looks like comfort food for masochists, so expect tough boss battles, cryptic lore, and many, many deaths.

Tinkertown

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Release:‌ ‌December 4
Developer:‌ Headup ‌
Price:‌ ‌$16.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£13.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$23.95

Launched into Early Access last week, Tinkertown is a "multiplayer sandbox experience" with an emphasis on building your own town and pillaging dungeons. The art style immediately stands out, with a 2.5D pixel style reminiscent of Octopath Traveller or even the ye olde PS3 exclusive 3D Dot Heroes (please give us a port of that). The game features online cooperative and PvP play, and the Early Access period will likely only last "a couple of months," with feedback-oriented finetuning the main focus.

Phogs!

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Release:‌ ‌December 3 ‌
Developer:‌ Bit Loom Games
Price:‌ ‌$24.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£22.49‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$32.99

This game really sells itself: you (or you and a friend) control two dogs literally connected at the... waist? Torso? Whatever the case, they're very much connected, and it's far from convenient. But problems like this are the stuff of videogames, especially physics-based puzzle games, so helping two connected dogs achieve the seemingly unachievable is what Phogs! is all about. It has a lovely pastel-hued art style, 24 levels, and cooperative play both online and locally.

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Shaun Prescott
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.