On average, about a dozen new games are released on Steam every day. And while we think that’s a good thing, it’s understandably hard to keep up with it. Potentially exciting gems are sure to get lost in the flood of new things to play if you don’t break down every single game released on Steam. That is exactly what we did. If you don’t like anything this week, we’ve rounded up the best PC games you can play right now and the current list of 2022 games coming out this year.
Release: March 11
Starting price: $22.49 | £20.24 | AU$32.35
Young Soul is a side-scroller about orphans Jenn and Tristan who must save the “mysterious scientist” who was their father. This mission, of course, involves beating up the ever-loving Bejesus with everything in its path, and this can be done either solo or in local co-op (there’s also Remote Play Together support). It looks arcade-ish, and it sort of is, but there are some beefy RPG systems under the hood with detailed upgrade paths for everything from weapons to accessories. It looks perfect for co-op, but there’s enough detail to satisfy solo playthroughs as well.
Distant Worlds 2
Release: March 11
Starting price: $50 | £33 | AU$69.95
The original Distant Worlds came out eight years ago and a 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 – it looks many better. But fans also know that looks don’t really matter when it comes to space strategy 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.” to “explore and use” when you’re doing the usual space colonizer activities like acquiring resources, diplomacy, and (if that fails) all-out war.
Have a nice death
Release date: March 9
Developer: Magic Design Studios
Starting Price: $15 | £11 | AU$20
Launched in Early Access last week, Have a Nice Death is a roguelike platform game where you play as Death himself. In a twist vaguely reminiscent of Death’s Door, you work for Death Incorporated, a company in charge of death, “whose employees run rampant, completely upsetting the balance of souls.” It won’t work, so it’s your job to investigate the procedurally generated HQ that dispenses death as you’re used to. Developed by the Unruly Heroes team, Have a Nice Death will remain in Early Access for about a year, during which time the narrative will be completed and new “gameplay elements” will be added.
Forgotten gods of the Aztecs
Release date: March 10
Starting price: $30 | £25 | AU$37.45
Aztech Forgotten Gods are described as a “cyber stone” adventure game, which explains the use of sci-fi elements in a vaguely Mesoamerican setting. It’s essentially a third-person 3D platformer, but with a focus on fast-paced hack and slash combat. Action’s protagonist enjoys rapid mobility as he explores a “modern Aztec city” while administering justice to forgotten gods. Expect a story-driven romance with its fair share of screen-filling boss battles.
Ignited Steel: Mecha Tactics
Release: March 10
Starting 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 tasked with important duties is out of control, and only hot as hell mechs can put an end to it. These mechs, although large and dangerous, also need to be carefully managed because although 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 also need to be careful which of the three mech classes you choose to load into and who you choose to pilot them with.