Five New Steam Games You Probably Missed (May 16, 2022)

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On average, a dozen new games are released on Steam every day. And while we think that’s a good thing, it can be hard to keep up. Potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the deluge of new things to play, unless you sort through every game released on Steam. So that’s exactly what we did. If nothing appeals to you this week, we’ve rounded up the best PC games you can play right now and a running list of 2022 games launching this year.

Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator 2

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Released:‌ May 13
Developer:‌ Brilliant Game Studios
Introductory price:‌ ‌$17 |‌ ‌£13.16 ‌|‌ ‌AU$24.60

Here’s a sequel to the game that lets you pit thousands of hapless AIs against each other, just to see what happens. Launched in Early Access last week, Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator 2 adds – or will add – several exciting new features to the formula, including real-life story campaigns, the ability to take part in battles at first or third person, and even “100 times more characters on screen than its predecessor”. Phil reviewed the first game back in 2017, finding that once the novelty of sending thousands of ridiculous enemies to the slaughterhouse wore off, the game in general did as well, but it seems like UEBS2 will be a bit more feature-rich when it launches. Early access later this year.

Achilles: Untold Legends

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Released:‌ May 13
Developer:‌ Dark Point Games
Introductory price:‌ ‌$18 |‌ ‌£13.94 ‌|‌ ‌AU$24.29

Another Early Access game, Achilles: Legends Untold is an isometric action-RPG, but don’t expect a clicky Diablo-style clicker as it’s apparently a Souls-style take on the genre. Heavily influenced by Greek mythology, you play as Achilles as he travels through a varied and fantastical world, taking down trolls and giant lobsters, all of which are apparently a bit smarter than you would expect in this genre, thanks to the game “Group AI Action System” which can see enemies collaborating to take you down. All the other staples of the genre are there: unwieldy skill trees, lots of crafting, and lots of loot. The full release is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2023, and it might be worth the wait, because according to the first user reviews, the current version is a bit buggy.

The Centenary Case: A Shijima Story

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Released:‌ May 13
Developer: Square Enix
Introductory price:‌ ‌$50 |‌ ‌£40 ‌|‌ ‌AU$75.95

The Centennial Case is an FMV adventure through time directed by Koichiro Ito, author of the “live visual novel” 428: Shibuya Scramble. It’s basically a detective story: you play detective novelist Haruka Kagami who, for some reason, is tasked with solving four murders that affected the Shijima family. These happened in 1922, 1972, and 2022, so expect some costume drama as you piece together clues and ponder evidence. Yes, it’s an FMV game, but like some of the best examples from the 1990s, it’s not a simple “choose your own adventure” style experience, borrowing as it does problem-solving elements from the Sherlock games. Holmes, or LA Noire.

save the reactor

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Released:‌ ‌May 11
Developer:‌ Hypnohead
Introductory Price:‌ ‌$5.09 |‌ ‌£4.07 |‌ ‌AU$7.22

Being in command of a nuclear reactor probably pays extremely well, considering the stakes. But what if you have no experience, but are suddenly tasked with averting a full-scale nuclear disaster? That’s what Save the Reactor is, and honestly, it sounds extremely stressful: even the game’s Steam page mocks the idea that this game is all about “having fun”. It’s a “hardcore point-and-click simulator” for not only understanding what a huge and complex control panel is doing, but also learning enough to save yourself (and presumably, a significant part of the surrounding world). Not for the faint of heart or anyone who turns to video games for relaxation.

songs of conquest

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Released:‌ May 11
Developer:‌ Lavapotion
Introductory price:‌ ‌$30 |‌ ‌£25 |‌ ‌AU$42.95

Songs of Conquest is a turn-based strategy game with a rich pixel art style, appearing as a more painterly version of Warcraft 2. After choosing one of four factions, all eternally at war with each other, you You’ll beautifully traverse colorful maps acquiring resources, strengthening your colony and inevitably, engaging in skirmishes against your enemies. It’s an early access affair, but it’s very close to full functionality, and there’s even online multiplayer and a level editor, so if you’re getting into the world of Songs of Conquest, there will be no reason to leave it long in coming.

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