Getting over the Steam Summer Sale drought of new games has taken a week longer than I had anticipated, but we have finally gotten all the games which were apparently held back during the sale. There seem to be some very promising titles, so let’s get right into it.
With obvious inspiration taken from Link to the Past, this multiplayer RPG looks very promising. We’ve got a review forthcoming, so stay locked.
Wanderlust: Rebirth is an online four player co-op arcade-action RPG set in the uniquely crafted fantasy world, Valandria. The heroes are summoned to Westhaven Arena to prove their worth as heroes of old legend. However, things are not as transparent as they first appear, when our heroes are unknowingly set upon a trek to save mankind from an ominous end. Band together with your fellow brethren to conquer and change the course of destiny.
Orcs Must Die 2
A great action/tower defence game deserves an even greater sequel. This title takes us where I wished the first one had gone, to co-op multiplayer territory.
Leap back into the fray as a powerful War Mage or crafty Sorceress. Defend new fortresses and dwarven mines, laying waste to thousands of orcs and other monsters with a dizzying array of weapons, spells, guardians, traps, and trinkets. Play co-op with a friend and continue the battle in a brand new campaign mode, or fight to stay alive in the challenging new Endless Mode!
MDK 2 HD
Short for Murder, Death, Kill, this third-person shooter is old as sin. The new HD rerelease looks like it’s breathing some life back into this dusty title, which has you blasting hordes of enemies in the vein of Serious Sam.
Kurt Hectic in his snazzy suit with ribbon chute is back to save the universe. This time he is teamed with the genius Dr. Hawkins and the 6-legged gun-toting robotic dog, Max. Together they must out-sneak, out-blast and out-think their enemies as they attempt to reclaim the Earth from a vile alien menace.
And this time they’re in HD.
The Political Machine 2012
A parody Presidential campaign.. simulator? Is this right? Apparently, this is a standing series which went right under my radar in the years before. Not being an American, you can probably understand why.
Players take to the campaign trail against a computer controlled opponent or a human challenger over the Internet. The goal: win the hearts and minds of America’s voters to achieve victory in the 2012 presidential election.
As free-to-play first-person shooters go, this one looks quite interesting. I’ve got some information on the game here, if you’d like to watch the trailer and take a look at some of the screenshots.
Set in the near future, the game features the hottest new reality TV game show, Bullet Run, where performance is everything – simply gaining the kill does not win your character fame. Style and attitude, combined with a hair trigger and cat-like reflexes, will bring contestants the fame they crave.
The Book of Unwritten Tales
A great little adventure title set in a fantasy universe. This European game looks like a beautiful gem, fitting that we have a gem of an author drawing up a review for this game as I write this. Keep your eye on our feed for that.
In a world torn by war, the aged gremlin archaeologist Mortimer MacGuffin harbors the dark secret of a powerful artifact. Whoever calls this artifact his own, will determine the fate of the world.
A Virus Named TOM
An action-puzzler with some tearing music, you play a virus set to infect the world. We have a review of this game here, if you’re interested in good games.
A perfect place. A city without traffic. A dog that doesn’t poop. All products of the brilliant mind of Dr. X, but hell hath no fury like a mad scientist fired by a giant corporation. In this unique action-puzzler you take control of TOM, a virus created for one purpose: revenge.
Billed as an Action Strategy Indie Platformer, all this game needs to encompass everything possible is racing and RPG elements. Our own James Pope has reviewed the console version here.
Awesomenauts is a MOBA fitted into the form of an accessible 3-on-3 action platformer. Head out to the online battlefields together with your friends as an online party or in local splitscreen, and never worry about having to wait for an online match because of drop-in matchmaking!
eXceed – Gun Bullet Children, eXceed 2nd – Vampire REX, and eXceed 3rd – Jade Penetrate Black Package
Yes, I’m cramming all three of these recently-released-on-Steam vertical shooters into one entry. This Danmaku, Bullet Hell series looks awesome: Like Touhou meets Fate/Stay Night, if you catch the references.
Humanity is at war against vampires and deviants. Mankind’s last line of defense is a group of children trained to wield powerful magic that can rival the demonic hordes, but at the cost of most of their lifespan. Likened to bullets of a gun, they are known as the ‘Gun Bullet Children’.
American Mensa Academy
PUZZLES! Is there anything left to say?
Get ready to stretch your grey matter as you put yourself through more than 100, interesting and challenging puzzles designed to stretch and train your brain in key areas including logic, language, visual and more.
A new vehicular combat IP. This title hearkens back to the glory days of isometric racing. Off-Road Racing, Rock N’ Roll Racing, and R.C. Pro-AM would not be bad comparisons, though this one shows it’s own unique style.
The gameplay is addictive, intense, explosive fun! Win races, upgrade your cars and weapons to defeat incredible boss drivers to beat the story mode. Join the multiplayer! lock and load and enter the Death Rally, humiliate and destroy your opponents or sabotage their race. You choose how you win, NO TRICK IS TOO DIRTY!
Battle Vs. Chess
Clearly an updated version of the old PC classic, Battle Chess, this title looks to be everything that anachronistic predecessor was and more. I look forward to playing this game with friends.
Commanders, assemble your armies! BATTLE VS. CHESS calls for an interactive feather duster, chartering the successful chess game principle into the present day multi-media world.
Animated fantasy figurines assemble in magical worlds and await your command! As a Commander, execute skillful maneuvers on the game board and catapult yourself directly into the battle with devastating attacks, chessman vs. chessman.
And that’s finally it. Whew! Let’s hope the folks at Steam keep pumping this kind of quality out, because now I have to pump all my earnings down the Valve… And I’m so happy about that.