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Five new Steam games you probably missed (October 21, 2019)

(Image credit: The Farm 51)

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

Chernobylite

Steam page
Release: October 16
Developer: The Farm 51
Price: $29.99 | £23.99 | AU$40

As the name implies, Chernobylite is a game set in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, with an approach to survival, exploration and combat that deliberately mimics the Stalker series. Interestingly, it's a "3D-scanned recreation" of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, so it's probably the closest you'll ever get to exploring the real Pripyat, though I daresay the real Pripyat doesn't have monsters and stuff. It's in Early Access, and will likely stay there for around 14 months while studio Farm 51 keeps "expanding, updating and polishing" until launch.

Disc Creatures

Steam page
Release: October 18
Developer: Picorinne Soft
Price: $14.99 | £11.39 | AU$21.50

Considering the enduring popularity of Pokemon, it's a surprise there aren't more games like Disc Creatures: a monster catching RPG with an aesthetic that apes the Gameboy Advance era. There are 200 creatures, all with unique skill trees, and the Steam page promises more than 20 hours of gameplay. If the Siralim series is too time-consuming and overwhelming for you, but you'd still like to catch some whimsical monsters, this looks like a treat.

Autonauts

Steam page
Release: October 18
Developer: Denki
Price: $19.99 | £17.99 | AU$28.95

Autonauts is a sandbox automation sim with a very appealing premise: "automate life itself and achieve absolute autonomy". You'll travel between planets building colonies, populating the colonies with workerbots, and basically setting production in motion. "Marvel as a planet you’ve shaped becomes home to a civilisation of workerbots, happy to do your bidding," reads the Steam description. Sounds horrifying to be honest, but it looks fun and has a charming cardboard-y aesthetic.

The Beast Inside

Steam page
Release: October 18
Developer: Illusion Ray Studio
Price: $19.49 | £24.99 | AU$35.95

Described as "a unique, gripping twist on thriller and survival horror", The Beast Inside follows the story of a cold war CIA cryptanalyst who leaves the city with his wife to find peace in the countryside. Except, well, of course, didn't you know, that there is no peace in the countryside, in fact it appears to be swarming with supernatural horrors beyond comprehension. This looks like a neat story-driven first-person adventure, roughly divided into two intersecting narratives involving the before mentioned 1970s spook, and the 19th century former inhabitant of his house.

Sea Salt

Steam page
Release: October 17
Developer: YCJY Games
Price: $14.99 | £13.99 | AU$21.50

It's yet another game inspired by Lovecraft, except instead of being cosmically horrified, you yourself will dole out the cosmic horror. In other words, you're an old god "summoning unfathomable horrors to blight the human lands", terrorising a small fishing community which deigned to pray for your mercy.  Seems pretty miserable, also pretty funny. 

These games were released between October 14 and 21 2019. Some online stores give us a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Read our affiliate policy for more info.  

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.