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.
Released: March 11
Introductory price: $22.49 | £20.24 | AU$32.35
Young Souls is a side-scrolling brawler about orphans Jenn and Tristan, who are on a mission to rescue a “mysterious scientist” who served as their father figure. This mission, of course, is all about beating the eternal bejesus of anything in their path, and that can be done solo or through local co-op play (there’s also Remote Play Together support). It looks arcade-like, and it kinda is, but there are meaty RPG systems under the hood, with detailed upgrade paths for everything from weapons to attachments. It looks perfect for a couch-coop session, but there’s enough detail to satisfy a solo game as well.
Distant Worlds 2
Released: March 11
Introductory price: $50 | £33 | AU$69.95
The original Distant Worlds came out eight years ago, and this sequel has been in development ever since. If you’re a fan of the original, a quick look at this new paused 4X strategy sim will be enough to convince you. many better. But fans will also know that looks don’t particularly matter when it comes to a space strategy game with so much customization and depth, and Distant Worlds 2 ups the ante with “2,000 star systems and tens of thousands of planets, moons, and asteroids” “explore and exploit” as you engage in regular space colonization activities like resource acquisition, diplomacy, and (failing that) total war.
Released: March 9
Developer: Magic Design Studios
Introductory price: $15 | £11 | AU$20
Launched in Early Access last week, Have a Nice Death is a platforming action roguelike where you play as death itself. In a twist vaguely reminiscent of Death’s Door, you’re employed by Death Incorporated, a death-inflicting company “whose employees have raged, completely upsetting the balance of souls.” That won’t be enough, so it’s your job to explore the procedurally generated headquarters that deals death, as is your custom. Developed by the team responsible for Unruly Heroes, Have a Nice Death will remain in Early Access for about a year, during which time the story will get a conclusion and new “gameplay elements” will be added.
Aztech Forgotten Gods
Released: March 10
Introductory price: $30 | £25 | AU$37.45
Aztech Forgotten Gods is described as a “cyber-stone” action adventure game, which explains its application of sci-fi elements to a vaguely Mesoamerican setting. It’s basically a third-person 3D platformer, but focused on fast-paced hack and slash combat. Protagonist Actii likes to ignite rapid mobility as she explores “a modern Aztec city” doing justice to forgotten gods. Expect a story-driven affair with its fair share of screen-filling boss battles.
Flaming Steel: Mechanical Tactics
Released: March 10
Introductory Price: $12.74 | £9.68 | AU$18.27
Another roguelike, this time in the form of a turn-based tactical game with mechs. The story is familiar: an AI charged with important tasks has gone rogue, and only hot mechs can put a stop to it. These robots, although large and dangerous, also require careful management because while they use energy to operate, too much energy can destroy them. This dynamic plays a key role in how these turn-based battles play out, but you’ll also need to be careful which of the three robot classes you choose to charge into and who you choose to pilot them with.