Five New Steam Games You Probably Missed (June 20, 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.

Redoubt 2

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Released:‌ June 17
Developer:‌ 34BigThings srl
Introductory price:‌ ‌$30 |‌ ‌£26 ‌|‌ ‌AU$44.95

Widely dubbed “Wipeout for PC”, the original Redout (opens in a new tab) actually improved its source material for my money. This sequel seeks to expand on the strengths of its predecessor: futuristic neon-lit racing with vehicles that go so fast you might find yourself moaning and drooling on your keyboard. Spectacle is at least half the appeal of older Wipeout and F Zero games, and Redout 2 has it in spades, but don’t expect much aesthetic deviation from its main source material: it’s very clearly marked as a “homage to classic arcade racing”. games” after all. It’s all about the thrill of sparkling, dizzying fluorescent particle effects, as you race through 36 tracks in your highly customizable future car. It’s a formula that, if you like it, will never get boring. .

80s American Flight

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Released:‌ June 15
Developer:‌ Noble Muffins
Introductory price:‌ ‌$18 |‌ ‌£13.94 ‌|‌ ‌AU$26.05

With a title like American Theft 80s, you could easily mistake this game for one of those weird Unity asset flips that always hit Steam in droves. But it’s actually a real game, and it’s made by the studio responsible for Thief Simulator, which Chris really enjoyed (opens in a new tab). American Theft 80s is a lot like that old stealth game, except, as the name suggests, it has a very overt 1980s theme (you know, CRT TVs, video libraries, weird wallpapers). You’ll roam an open world, robbing everyone, or if you’d rather work for someone else, you can “complete shady jobs for money and reputation.” GTA, except with immersive sim elements? Sounds good to me.

Nightmarish frames

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Released:‌ June 17
Developer:‌ Postmodern Adventures
Introductory Price:‌ ‌$11.69 |‌ ‌£9.89 ‌|‌ ‌AU$16.65

Nightmare Frames is a point-and-click adventure about finding the “scariest horror movie of all time,” and no, this movie isn’t. Troll 2 (opens in a new tab). This is another game set in the 1980s, this time in Hollywood, and as screenwriter Alan Goldberg, you’ll roam these pixelated streets in search of a “genius horror director” who, if discovered, could turn Goldberg from a has-been into an, ah, currently is. It’s a really fun premise for an adventure game, and the Steam page isn’t shy about revealing that the game might not be entirely located in Hollywood. Expect dark surprises.

Final Vendetta

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Released:‌ ‌June 17
Developer:‌ Bitmap Desktop
Introductory price:‌ ‌$21.24 |‌ ‌£19.11 |‌ ‌AU$30.55

With the launch of TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge (opens in a new tab) last week is probably a tough time to be another beat ’em up. But if you’re a fan of the genre – wandering through beautiful pixel art landscapes beating eternal punk shit – Final Vendetta looks great. Through the usual array of decrepit 1980s urban blights, you’ll aim to take down the Syndi8 gang, who have kidnapped protagonist Claire Sparks’ sister. Sparks isn’t the only playable character, though: she’s got two friends for the ride, and you can play both as well. Expect a cocktail of combos across four game modes, and best of all, Final Vendetta supports two-player local co-op.

Tile Tale

Tile Tale

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Release:‌ June 18
Developer:‌ Sokpop Collective
Introductory Price:‌ ‌$5 |‌ ‌£4 |‌ ‌AU$7.50

The latest little game from the Sokpop collective is to collect matching tiles on a grid. If the tiles match thematically, for example, four forest tiles or four volcanic tiles, you will unlock other tiles with their own rules. It’s a bit more complicated than that, because combining certain tiles with certain features will alter the surrounding tiles. An example: if you place a windmill next to a meadow tile, you will end up with fields of wheat. It feels like a fun coffee break game from a studio with a stellar reputation for making these, and as always, the music is gorgeous and the art style clean and cheerful.