Five New Steam Games You Probably Missed (September 19, 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 (opens in a new tab) you can play right now and a running list of 2022 games (opens in a new tab) which start this year.

Incision

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Released:‌ September 16
Developer:‌ SmoothBrainDev
Introductory price:‌ ‌$12.74 |‌ ‌£10.19 ‌|‌ ‌AU$17

Joining the hordes of modern boomer shooters this week is Incision, which, as you’d expect, cites Doom, Quake, Shadow Warrior, and Blood among its influences. Quake seems to be the most important influence here, but expect a much harder version of the you old first-person shooter, as it’s described by its single-player studio as “unforgiving in its difficulty” and “no bullshit” (bullshit presumably being, in this context, times when you don’t kill stuff). There are eight weapons to point and shoot at things, and the world is gloriously dark in its polygonal 1990s excess, but know that this is an early access affair: you get an episode now, with more to come during the development period.

capricious strand

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Released:‌ September 15
Developer:‌ ghost pattern
Introductory price:‌ ‌$18 |‌ ‌£13.94 ‌|‌ ‌AU$26.05

On a wildly different plane from Incision is Wayward Strand, a narrative adventure game set in an airborne nursing home. I’ve been excited for this once since I saw it at PAX Australia (opens in a new tab) in 2019, and based on the few hours I’ve played so far, the wait was worth it. Protagonist Casey has been recruited by her mother to help out at the nursing home, and although the bookish teenager is reluctant at first, a slowly unfolding mystery – as well as the varied charms of the hospital’s inhabitants – eventually attract him. It’s definitely a game around its characters above all: listening to the stories and anecdotes of the cast of the airship is truly captivating, thanks to strong, often very funny writing. The gorgeous cartoon style also helps.

Night at the Gates of Hell

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Released:‌ September 15
Developer:‌ Black Eyed Priest, Henry Hoare
Introductory price:‌ ‌$10.79 |‌ ‌£8.36 ‌|‌ ‌AU$15.25

If you like extremely scary retro horror games, you probably already know this, but: Night At the Gates of Hell is developed by Jordan King, whose blood washing (opens in a new tab) was a bit of a cult. This and this new game are both published by Torture Star Video, which is a publishing label run by Puppet Combo, best known for modern classics like Nun Massacre and Murder House. This is all worth telling, as it means fans of slasher-style PS1 survival horror can be sure it’s going to be a blast. Night At the Gates of Hell is inspired by Italian zombie movies, as well as early Resident Evil games, but it’s a first-person affair. Playing as David, the main agenda is to escape a zombie-infested city. Expect to engage in very tense and deliberate combat, as well as puzzle solving, as part of your mission. If unheimlich 90s horror games are your thing, you simply can’t go wrong.

King of Retail

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Released:‌ ‌September 15
Developer: ‌ Scary Games
Introductory price:‌ ‌$25 |‌ ‌£23 |‌ ‌AU$35.95

King of Retail has been in Early Access for a while, but last week it was upgraded to 1.0. As the name suggests, this is a tycoon game about running an outlet. First, you’ll decide what type of store you want it to be (a tech store? A sneaker store? A convenience store?), then you’ll plan it, and then you will undertake the relatively arduous task of making it work. While there’s the usual math and micro-management to take care of, you’ll also need to pay close attention to employee-customer relationships and do things that will “humanize your brand.” If your store becomes a hit, you can even turn it into a chain. It all sounds like a waking nightmare to me, but I know people love these business simulations and all the power they have.

Technicality

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Released:‌ September 15
Developer:‌Osaris Games
Introductory Price:‌ ‌$14.39 |‌ ‌£11.59 |‌ ‌AU$20.76

On paper, Technicity sounds like a dream come true: it’s a city-builder like Cities Skylines, except in first-person. Not so fast, however, as Technicity eschews many of the management aspects of a regular city builder, adding a bunch of automation features in its absence and focusing on plotting out the city of your dreams. But it’s basically Minecraft in creative mode, I hear you say, and you’re partly right, except that Technicity is really focused on urban design and deep customization: you can build your own furniture and objects, then trade the schematics on Steam Workshop. Online play also lets you connect your city to your friends’ cities on huge open-world maps (or collaborate on a single city, if you like).

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