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Five new Steam games you probably missed (June 29, 2020)

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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 (opens in new tab) you can play right now and a running list of the new games of 2020 (opens in new tab)

The Almost Gone

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Release:‌ ‌June 25
Developer:‌ Happy Volcano
Price:‌ ‌$14.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£13.49 ‌|‌ ‌AU$21.50‌

The Almost Gone is a puzzle game full of gorgeous, interactive dioramas. Poised in a mysterious state between life and death, the protagonist needs to study their environment in order to piece together what happened. These areas range homely living rooms through to dark forests, and while  the screenshots imply a "pleasant" experience, The Almost Gone has a certain potent bleakness about it. It's written by popular Belgian author Joost Vandecasteele.

Secret Government

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Release:‌ ‌June 23
Developer:‌ ‌Gametrek
Price:‌ ‌$19.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£17.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$28.95‌ 

This Early Access grand strategy game is about ruling the world, but in an underhanded, shady kind of way. You control the Brotherhood, a conspiratorial secret society responsible for everything. You'll need to keep your thumb on subservient governments, but you'll also have to contend with competing secret societies, too. In the current build you'll be triggering some kind of revolution in England, but a whole lot more is planned for the game before its official November 5 release date. 

Truck and Logistics Simulator

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Release:‌ ‌June 23 ‌
Developer:‌ ‌Simula Games
Price:‌ ‌$19.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£18.00‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$31.62

If you're interested in trucks and related logistics, Truck and Logistics Simulator is for you. In addition to actually driving the vehicles, which range minivans, forklifts, ATVs and trucks, you'll also be making deliveries and forming convoys. There's realistic damage and weather, and there's also cross-platform multiplayer cooperative play. Reviews on Steam have been positive, so if you're keen on this particular niche it's probably worth a shot. It's in Early Access and is expected to release into 1.0 in 2021.

Hylics 2

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Release:‌ ‌June 22
Developer:‌ ‌Mason Lindroth
Price:‌ ‌$14.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£11.39‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$21.50‌ 

If you like isometric RPGs but you don't like fantasy or science fiction, then most of the time you're out of luck. Hylics 2 is a weird, psychedelic take on the genre, and it's one that James very much approved of when he played it earlier this week (opens in new tab). The art style incorporates stop-motion animation with clay models and pixel art, but as for the story, well, I think you'll need to figure that out by playing it. Games like this don't crop up very often - just look at that trailer.

Geometric Sniper

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Release:‌ ‌June 24
Developer:‌ ‌YAW Studios‌
Price:‌ ‌$1.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£1.69‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$2.95

Geometric Sniper is a sniping game, but it's not much like others. For example, there's no gratuitous Sniper Elite-style gore in this: instead, you'll be panning your scope across whimsical hand drawn environments, searching out and then eliminating your target. In this way, it's a bit of a hidden object / shooter hybrid, but there appears to be a light story element as well. The game's in Early Access and is expected to be finished in two months.

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Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.