Five New Steam Games You Probably Missed (January 31, 2022)

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 2021 games launching this year.

Zenith: the last city

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Released:‌ January 28
Developer:‌ Ramen VR
Introductory price:‌$27‌|‌‌£21.41 |‌‌‌AU$38.65

Zenith is a virtual reality MMO that seems to mix sci-fi and fantasy in equal parts. As one of the two main classes, you’ll use either magic or blades, but more exciting than combat, at least to me, is the heavy wingsuit presence in the trailer above. The first-person affair is structured as you’d expect from an MMO: there are story quests, public events and all sorts of other activities, and given that it supports the cross-play with pretty much every VR platform, it shouldn’t be too much difficult to involve a friend. Zenith is an early access affair, and it will last about a year while Ramen VR works on new content, including a new class.

Hidden Deep

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Released:‌ January 25
Developer: ‌ Cogwheel Software
Introductory Price:‌ ‌$22.49 |‌ ‌£16.19 ‌|‌ ‌AU$30.55

Rich described Hidden Deep as “another world meets the thing” when it was announced last year, and as far as I can tell, he nailed it. This bizarre side-scrolling adventure takes place in a miserably dark old mine, where a group of researchers have gone missing. You can probably guess that whatever happened to them wasn’t pretty, but it’s your job to get into the mines and save as many of these seekers as possible. It’s an Early Access launch, developed by one person, and over the next six months it’ll be getting a bunch of new content, as well as online co-op play (it already supports local co-op ).

Reverie Knight Tactics

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Released:‌ January 26
Developer:‌ 40 Giants Entertainment
Introductory price:‌ ‌$21.24 |‌ ‌£17.84 ‌|‌ ‌AU$30.55

Sometimes an anime turn-based tactics game is just what the doctor ordered, and Reverie Knights Tactics seems as orthodox as it gets. Blending exploration, visual novel-style storytelling, and group combat, Reverie is all about finding Lennórien, a “long-lost elven city,” but don’t expect to get there without leaving a long way. goblin corpses. As you’d expect, each of the game’s four characters has their own special combat styles and traits, but you’ll also customize their skills and loadouts. The art style is gorgeous too.

Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX 2

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Released:‌ ‌January 27
Developer:‌ Inti Creates Co., Ltd
Introductory Price:‌ ‌$22.49 |‌ ‌£18 |‌ ‌AU$30.37

From the prolific studio that brought us Blaster Master Zero, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, and Azure Striker Gunvolt, comes another sleek 2D platformer. This sequel stays pretty close to the format established by the original, though protagonist Copen gets some new moves: a new spinning blade weapon, a more powerful mid-air dash, and the ability to switch between two power-focused forms. and speed. Like most Inti Creates games, this looks like a reliable retro game with some really lush pixel art.

empty frame

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Released:‌ January 28
Developer:‌ Through the tunnel
Introductory Price:‌ ‌$4.49 |‌ ‌£3.59 |‌ ‌AU$6.75

This retro-styled horror game looks like an interactive CG video from the mid-90s, but it’s actually inspired by the PS2 era. What matters most is that the art style looks brilliantly creepy and the setting is simple yet effective. The protagonist is entrenched in an apartment, made inescapable thanks to a metal cabinet that fell through the ceiling, blocking the door. Studio Through Tunnel promises that Blank Frame isn’t a jump scare-laden horror game: expect something calmer and more surreal.

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