Five new Steam games you probably missed (September 14, 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 you can play right now and a running list of the 2020 games that are launching this year. 

Inertial Drift

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Release:‌ ‌September 11‌
Developer:‌ Level 91 Entertainment‌
Price:‌ ‌$19.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£19.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$28.95‌ 

Inertial Drift is a retro-styled arcade racer, but unlike other recent nostalgia trips like Hotshot Racing or Horizon Chase Turbo, it brings something fairly unique to the table. It has a twin-stick control model: the left stick, as usual, is used to steer your souped-up sports car, but the right stick is dedicated entirely to drifting. As a result, precision appears to be a much bigger focus than in most arcade racers, and perfecting the perfect (and impressive-looking) drift seems to be the goal here. There are seven race types, as well as local and online multiplayer.


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Release:‌ ‌September 11 ‌
Developer:‌ ‌Blue Bottle Games‌
Price:‌ ‌$19.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£15.49‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$28.95

Launched into Early Access last week, Ostranauts is a life simulator set on a marooned spaceship in a dystopian solar system. The first priority is build your ship, which will need constant maintenance of course. But Ostranauts' focus seems to be on fairly detailed micro-management: you'll need to manage all business aspects of the ship, but keeping your crew happy and harmonious is just as important. Studio Blue Bottle Games writes that it wants Ostranauts to "become a storytelling platform for space crews in a dystopian system," which is an attractive sales pitch indeed. The game will stay in Early Access for "approximately two years."

Cloud Gardens

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Release:‌ ‌September 10‌ ‌
Developer:‌ ‌Noio‌ ‌
Price:‌ ‌$7.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£5.49‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$11.50

Cloud Gardens is all about helping nature reclaim industrial ruins. Specifically, the "puzzle" component of the game is about carefully planting seeds in bleak dioramas—choosing where to plant the seeds so that they grow most effectively is the key. There's also a sandbox mode, which lets you help the dioramas blossom with no goals or limitations. It's a cool concept, and a beautiful-looking game, though how the final game plays will depend on player feedback throughout its three month Early Access stint.

Star Renegades

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Release:‌ ‌September 9‌ ‌
Developer:‌ ‌Massive Damage, Inc. ‌
Price:‌ ‌$24.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£19.49‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$35.95‌ 

Star Renegades is a turn-based tactical RPG in the roguelite mold. As the name implies, it's a sci-fi game, but what really matters is its gorgeous art style, which seamlessly blends pixel art with (seemingly) 3D enviornments. I'm not sure if Star Renegades pulls off any neat tricks, or develops the genre in any way, but the presentation is top notch.

Artificer: Science of Magic

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Release:‌ ‌September 10‌ ‌
Developer:‌ ‌Psilocybe Games
Price:‌ ‌$9.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£7.19‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$14.50

Artificer has more than a whiff of Don't Starve about it: it's a single-player survival game with a charmingly unique art style. Artificer is much weirder though: stuck on the planet of Alcor, you'll face disgusting aliens and aggressive flora while you research new ways to survive and adapt. Using the concoctions you discover, you'll be able to create magic and use it to build automatons. It's hard to tell how Artificer plays at a glance, but the art style makes it worth further investigation.

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Shaun Prescott

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.