On average, about a dozen new games are released on Steam every day. While we think that’s a good thing, it’s understandably hard to keep up with it. Unless you sort through every game released on Steam, potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the plethora of new games. That’s exactly what we do. If there’s nothing to your liking this week, we’ve rounded up the best PC games you can play right now, along with a running list of 2022 games coming out this year.
Published: February 15
On sale price: $13.59 | £10.53 | AU$19.50
Sure, Spiders might be developing a game scene during the French Revolution, but using robots, but what about the French Revolution, shooting at goal in cosmic horror? Basically, this is Liberté. It’s an isometric action roguelike with a rich art style reminiscent of modern Divinity games, where every aspect of the character is defined by a deck-building system with “100+ unique cards”. Co-op play for up to four players is supported, and there is a voting system when important narrative decisions need to be made. As an Early Access event, Liberté is expected to launch 1.0 in “Q1 2023”, and please note that the current release does not include the full main story.
Published: February 15
Developer: Berzerk Studio
On sale price: $18|£13.94| AU$26.05
Here’s another retro-inspired Metroidvania that focuses on the “-vania” aspect of this synth. You’ll explore a vast interconnected world rendered in stunning pixel art, slaying demons, collecting map expansions, and slaughtering bosses — but only if they’ve slaughtered you multiple times. The story is usually perfunctory: a “great knight” returns from a heroic expedition only to find his homeland “beset by evil magic.” not good! Infernax is a very orthodox exploration platformer. Don’t expect novelty or innovation, just a good time.
super dungeon maker
Published: February 16
On sale price: $12|£9.11| AU$17.20
This is a delightful tool for making your own 2D adventure games. Almost every time Super Dungeon Maker is mentioned, I see it being positioned as “Zelda Maker” which seems pretty close to the truth. The UI is a simple drag-and-drop operation, but of course, if you don’t like your own game designer, you can just play the built-in dungeons, or dungeons made by the Super Dungeon Maker community. The community may not be huge right now, but hopefully it can grow during the game’s Early Access period, which is expected to last about six months.
Crown of Pain
Posted: February 16
Developers: Jagit Games, Coldwild Games
On sale price: $4.49 | £3.59 | AU$6.75
This is more of a match-3 game, anchored in an RPG. As you might expect, you’ll spend most of your time in Crown of Pain matching three identical tiles, but encounters depend on which tiles you manage to match. According to the Steam page, you’re free to choose your build; you’ll be able to synergize various heroes and the abilities they use. But mostly, this takes a very familiar puzzler and gives it a dark fantasy RPG spin. Crown of Pain is in Early Access and is expected to stay there for up to a year while new content is added and a lot of balancing is done.
Doki Doki Ragnarok
Published: February 14
On sale price: $13 | £10.29 | AU$18.50
Are you seated? Because this game is weird. It’s a Viking visual novel dating sim, and it’s not surprising in general: there’s a pigeon dating sim after all.Except the Vikings in Doki Doki Ragnarok are not dating other Vikings who are dating villageYes: instead of storming villages like you did in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, you date villages and that’s how you loot them. “Dating quirky villages across Europe,” the Steam page gleefully promises. Video games are a miracle. There is also a free demo.