Reviews

Age of Empires Definitive Edition

The original Age of Empires released back in 1997, and since then, it has left a decades-spanning legacy of expansion media, sequels, spin-offs, and even a board game adaptation - much of which is still held in high regard by both long-time die-hard fans of the series, and many PC game players in general. Now, the progenitor of that impressive legacy has returned in better form that even our wildest nostalgia-driven dreams would have conceived possible; the vintage program now able to fully take advantage of the latest hardware to recreate the isometric ancient world at the highest standards of audio-visual fidelity.  Age of Empires has always been the baseline for concisely simple and streamlined real-time strategy gameplay in a bird’s’ eye view set...
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Paganitzu (Apogee, 1991)

Paganitzu, while a more obscure title these days than many others of the DOS-era, is nonetheless among the great games from this period. It sees protagonist adventurer-hero Alabama Smith journey deep into the halls of the titular ancient Aztec pyramid Paganitzu in search of treasure and knowledge. But he is unexpectedly faced with an array of cryptic messages, devilish traps, and dark magical entites.  Each of the twenty-or-so levels in each of this bundled trilogy’s three episodes presents the player with a grid-layout scene filled with a devious arrangement of hostile enemies, puzzle-trigge...
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A Date in the Park

Free, art project of a click-and-point adventure game, recommendable for how it manages to derive an intriguing story from a mundane premise.    A Date in the Park is a game that doesn’t need much recommendation, given that you could just play it for free in your lunch break for yourself. If you still aren’t convinced, perhaps you should just take it on faith that it will be a decent experience, or at the very least it will be a unique and intriguing short story assuredly unlike anything you’ve played before. Or just follow a guide for another easy +1 on your 100% completion stats if you really can’t be bothered to play it for the game’s own sake. Either way, recommended.     ...
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Age of Empires II HD

An excellent updated re-release of the classic historical real-time-strategy game.   This re-release of the beloved 1999 classic is the epitome of what I look for from Steam. Age of Empires II is the title which codified much of what top-down strategy became as it stepped into the early Twenty-First Century. Improving on the already masterful seminal instalment in the series with the introduction of a slew of anti-frustration feature gameplay mechanics, re-designed user interface, and an extensive repository of background historical information to show that the developers really did their homework; “AoE2” worked hard to earn its critically-lauded place among not just PC-playing armchair commanders, but in the annals of mainstream gaming history. Age...
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Age of Empires III: Complete Collection

One of PC strategy gaming’s most venerable franchises, now bringing the series up to the Industrial Revolution with rapid gameplay innovation to match.   Age of Empires III, and its two expansion packs, The Warchiefs and The Asian Dynasties, (both of which are included in this Complete Collection) have been the subject of much controversy among self-proclaimed hardcore and “old school” fans of the series and the genre itself. But I have little-but-praise for this instalment in the decades-old series and the new game mechanics being implemented within.    The concept remains the same as prior games in the series; an overhead camera based real-time strategy with simple resource and population management. AoE3 continues the polygonal models an...
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Age of Mythology Extended Edition

The re-release of a beloved classic real-time strategy title, unfortunately marred by newfound technical issues and an entirely disappointing new expansion. Age of Mythology is the game that brought the esteemed Ensemble Studios real-time strategy franchise to the Twenty-First Century and three-dimensions - and, in doing so, brought more to the genre than just polygonal models and a dynamic camera, but re-vitalised the format and paved the way for a new generation of RTS gaming. Twelve years after the original PC release, Age of Mythology and its sequel-expansion The Titans have returned to a mainstream point of sale with complete with remastered textures and lighting effects, in a move that - theoretically - should have been another glorious triumph for fans of the series old...
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Arma 3 Community Guide Series

The Arma 3 Community Guide Series is, as one might expect, a series of guides – specifically, fourteen videos, roughly two-and-a-half hours of content – all about the Bohemia Interactive sandbox military sim Arma 3. These videos all appear to have been written, recorded, produced, and possibly even conceptualised by a single community figure (presumably with at least some minimal amount of official oversight) that one must presume might be familiar to veteran Arma players, but who added nothing to the experience for me.  In each one of these videos, after having introduced himself, this narrator walks the audience through a minute aspect of the new Arma game in excruciating detail. My takeaway from all this is that he’s treating these videos as...
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Autobahn Police Simulator

Autobahn Police Simulator is essentially a very simple premise – play as a motorway cop along a full-sized, open, sandbox road, and use realistic procedure to inspect NPC motorists, respond to accidents, and cycle through a dozen radio channels for the sake of the immersion-seeking hobbyist.  This exact formula has a lot of potential, and would be a great mod on say – a Grand Theft Auto or Saints’ Row title – but as a standalone game has absolutely failed to deliver here. The myriad technical issues are the first impossible hurdle – this allegedly lightweight 2015 sim absolutely chugs even fairly beefy machines with its unoptimized use of resources, so don’t even think about trying it on a more modest PC.  Loading times f...
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Bejeweled 3

The match-three-corresponding-symbols-on-a-grid concept has been done many times, and is such a widely understood idea I won’t even describe the core premise of the gameplay here so as to not waste your time.  What I will say is that Bejeweled 3 has the provenance of coming from the dev studio who, in their prime, made some of the best ‘casual’ puzzle games in the industry, PopCap.  Bejeweled 3 takes all their prior work on the series, polishes it up above and beyond what you might expect from such a modestly priced game by adding half a dozen fully-fledged new gamemodes, each with built-in Steam Friend leaderboard support so you can compare scores with all your Steam Friends in-game. Bejeweled 3 also has a complete roster of Steam Achieve...
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Blood - Fresh Supply

Blood - much like its contemporaries, Shadow Warrior and Duke Nukem 3D - is a great first-person shooter from a time when such things were much more common than they have been in recent years. And much like those two other aforementioned Build Engine greats, Blood now has an official re-release, optimised and improved for modern hardware. Blood sets itself apart from most other 90’s shooters by attempting to give its main character an actual serious backstory and consistent tone. As revealed in an opening cinematic (which admittedly, might be the worst animation ever made), the protagonist, Caleb, is a late-Nineteenth Century mercenary outlaw type who fell in with cultists serving an ancient demonic entity, who was subsequently betrayed, killed, and only brought back to ...
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Bloons TD5

This is the fifth main instalment in a series many may know as a longstanding champion for simple tower defence games from about ten or so years back now, and I for one was almost taken a bit back to see if being sold on Steam initially.  Turns out, the franchise has still been running all this time – long after my memories of playing the originals in the school computer lab during rainy lunch breaks had faded. I gave it a shot, not necessarily expecting too much from it other than a nice new casual distraction for when I want to do slightly more than just listen to a podcast, but not anything actually productive.  As it happens, the scope of the series has ballooned in size (heh). And now, this very conservatively-priced (which is even more discounte...
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Boson X

Boson X presents the same gameplay concept we’ve seen in scores of cheap old flashgames; simply use the arrow keys to dodge obstacles and stay on a particular path in series of increasingly fast and incrementally difficult levels. Boson X’s contrived scenario which necessitates a lot of very quick running and impromptu dodging is that you, the player character, are a unfortunate scientist trapped inside a subatomic particle smasher who must stay alive inside long enough to successfully complete his experiment, whatever that exactly might be. The artstyle is clean and pleasingly simplistic, I can’t find any performance issues on even the fastest stages, and worthy of special mention is the digital chiptune soundtrack - while being little more that a ...
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Ninja Kiwi Archive

With the imminent demise of the original Flash program and the native support for it across the internet, it’s good to know that at least one team of developers isn’t going to let their work become irreparably lost to the march of digital progress.  Any of my fellow older zoomers whose school had a computer lab open during rainy lunches probably remembers at least a few of these. Well, now, completely free of charge, without any microtransactions or need to register to a third party site, or any other such nonsense, is this collected pack of ALL their original games.  Bloons TD, Meeblings, all those things you kinda remember – they’re all here and you can play them all again, and they still hold up very well for what they are. ...
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Destructivator 2

Destructivator 2 is quite a bit unlike most everything else you see released on Steam these days. It harkens back in style to an era left mostly behind us in gaming’s storied past, but I for one, loved seeing this new passion project come to light and my attention.  Gameplay itself is exceedingly simple: there’s several dozen platforming levels, in which your small green-clad man (presumably the titular Destructivator) must run around the level destroying all of the various baddies. Controls are very rudimentary – directional keys, a jump key and a fire button – but they’re clearly all of need to create an engaging and fun little title such as this.  Enemy design is pleasantly varied enough, and the difficulty curves nicely, if maybe...
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Fallout Shelter

A barebones free-to-play mobile game shamelessly ported to Steam. While retaining the iconic look of the Fallout series it lacks all depth and is solely a grindstone to rake in the micropayments. Not worth the time of even the most diehard Fallout fan. Frankly, Fallout Shelter stains Bethesda’s reputation for ever having produced it. Not recommended. ...
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Doki Doki Literature Club

Doki Doki Literature Club is an absolutely terrific medium-subverting, genre-defying, interactive visual novel, which despite minimal actual gameplay, can still easily be described as one of the best emotive story-driven experiences in gaming’s recent years.  After opening with a fairly blunt mature content advisory / trigger warning - which is, honestly, very neccessary - the story begins with your otherwise-nameless, faceless, backstory-less self-insert player character going about their day life in a vaguely-Japanese style high school.  All witnessed through some lovingly drawn background and character art, to the sound of an original, plinky-plonky upbeat piano soundtrack that comes together to really create a touchingly way-better-than-real-high ...
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Final Doom

Coming to Steam alongside the official DOSBox-running releases of the 1993 classic Doom itself is this compilation of sixty-four levels from the cult classic Plutonia Experiment and TNT Evilution campaigns. If you’ve played through the original maps, you’ll already know how these ones work. They’re good, they’re very pleasingly difficult enough for the Doom veteran, and now they have an official presence on Steam. Go try ‘em.    ...
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Frog Fractions

It’s free and takes less than an hour to complete – you might as well try it completely sight-unseen. It is a cult classic for a reason, after all. When I was only about two or three years old I loved playing the, now sadly obscure, 1994 educational PC game Dino Numbers for Windows 3.1. I feel like it really taught me a lot about numeracy and logical thinking from a young age, and helped me get a good start at school. Give Frog Fractions to your kid and tell me if anything comparable happens.    ...
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Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition

Immersive post-apocalyptic action RPG shooter, and the Fallout franchise’s first foray into 3D.  This GOTY package deal is the definitive way to play one of Bethesda’s most controversial releases to date, but, in my eyes, atones for its sins. Bethesda’s Fallout 3 (not to be confused for the Interplay game that never was) brought the cult classic series to the mainstream console market as what some considered to be a watered-down imitation. But in my opinion as reasonable fan of the older games (and not a rabid and petulant fanboy), Fallout 3 provides a highly enjoyable experience and a welcome continuation of the Fallout canon.   This new breed of Fallout game is a first-person (or optionally, third-person) romp around a large, pre-built,...
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FTL: Faster Than Light

A nifty little 2D spaceship-based, decision-making, roguelike with a great deal of replayability.  The somewhat redundantly-titled ‘FTL:  Faster Than Light’ is a fantastic application of a very simple gameplay mechanic: you are the valiant commander of a “Federation”-aligned space shuttle with the vital mission to supply important intelligence to the good Federation leaders at the opposite side of the galaxy then where you started from, and in doing so, help them ward off a dastardly rebellion from a menacing fleet of enemy spaceships which grows ever-closer. Each individual game will typically last between forty-five minutes and an hour, but your experience might differ drastically depending on how quickly you deal with the story’s ...
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Half-Life 2 - Lost Coast

Technically an entry into gaming’s most celebrated series, but this brief title serves as more of a developer commentary and benchmarking tool than actual game, but is certainly still worth a look. While officially included as part of the Half-Life 2 Collection Bundle, remove from your mind any thought of this small single map from being any fabled long-lost next chapter in the venerated-yet-perpetually-cliffhung Half-Life saga. Instead, prepare for a roughly thirty-minute-long guided tour along a more-or-less linear path through a bite-sized chunk of Half-Life lore (of dubious canonicity) in a beautifully designed Mediterranean monastery under the unfortunate control of the occupying Combine.  Each and every facet of this short experience has been masterf...
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Half-Life 2 - Deathmatch

Based on Valve’s flagship Half-Life franchise, this little hidden gem of an add-on won’t actually require any pre-existing understanding of the series’ lore, although there is admittedly little chance of you coming across this in your Steam library without any prior experience with the exhilarating sci-fi adventures of Gordon Freeman and co. In this purely multiplayer-focused experience, the player assumes control of either an unassuming Human Rebel or anonymous Combine Peacekeeper for a surprisingly fun time racing around ruined-industrial themed arenas taking potshots at your fellow player or AI bots with all the usual weaponry found in the base-game Half-Life 2. And forget the underwhelming gunplay in the main series’ two main instalments (there, I s...
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Fingerbones

A short, free, ‘walking simulator’ with a darkly atmospheric narrative focus, but ultimately, very little of substance. Certainly not for all audiences, but worth a look nonetheless. Fingerbones is a roughly thirty-minute journey around the inside of a rural cabin finding and reading an assortment of order-less papers in the mould of the typical walking simulator. It rightly styles itself a “psychological thriller” amidst a series of trigger-warnings on its store page and does thankfully assures us that there are no jumpscares or other cheap horror gimmicks. Instead, this game uses it’s curious name, deliberately slow pace, dynamic ambient sounds, and combination of realistically well-lit but surreally pixel-textured environments to create a tone of ...
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Fate

Isometric procedural dungeon-crawler, which, despite being a slightly obscure series these days, is a surprisingly high-quality entry into the genre.    Fate is a charming little example of isometric hack-and-slash gameplay condensed into its purest form and framed in a neat little setting. Despite appearances of being a more kiddie-oriented example of the format without the gritty grimdark Diablo / Grim Dawn / Dark Souls edge of modern fantasy settings, it actually offers a hardcore gameplay experience boiled right down to the dungeon-crawling mechanics that will really appeal to those who particularly appreciate planning an combat build and carefully managing stats and figures to create an effective combat character. To this end, Fate offers a game so dev...
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Hedon

Once a fan-modification of the IdTech (Doom) Engine, turned standalone game - a delightful demonic indie FPS with a charming punk sensibility.    Hedon - a new retro-styled first-person shooter which started out as a one-person passion project mod running on the GZDoom Engine and is still being actively worked on by its developer - could be positioned to become a great new mainstream FPS franchise thanks to how innovative and enjoyable it is. The breakout star of Hedon is Zan, the creator’s blue-skinned, Half-Orc/Half-Demon warrior OC, who in true retro-shooter protagonist style is perfectly capable of running around massive levels while toting a full arsenal of weapons and gear all while comfortably dispatching hordes of deadly enemies.&nbs...
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Half-Life

Valve’s seminal first-person shooter may be good, but it’s far from the “best game ever” it so regularly gets touted as. It’s not even unambiguously the best 90’s shooter.  Straight away I’ll get the praise for Half-Life out of the way: it’s a good story, made by a good dev team, on solid engine architecture, and it’s generally – and most importantly – fun to play. However, Half-Life, as well as it’s belated sequel, are so often held up as the absolute peak of digital gaming, and it really boggles me why. Even within the category of 1990’s FPSs, there’s better shooters both generally, and in each individual aspect for which Half-Life is typically lauded. The natural fir...
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Evil Genius

The basebuilder game is, unfortunately, something of a bygone genre. They were once among the great titles of PC gaming, but, for once reason or another, didn’t keep up the mainstream popularity to the present day. Therefore, when discussion about the best titles in the basebuilder genre comes up among PC gamers, the most highly praised are usually, to this day, still older classics. Some exemptions to this rule of thumb do exist (usually among the indie scene, if anywhere) but it’s largely nineties to roughly ’05 cult classics or bust. Of those cult classics, of particular note is the 2004 Elixir Studios release Evil Genius      Cult classic Ken Adam-esque staregy basebuilder in which you plot world domination from your underg...
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Knights and Merchants

A medieval city-building RTS where you don’t order your serfs around directly so much as make general instructions as to what buildings should go where and hope they then get built promptly. Growing up, I always preferred the likes of Age of Empires II and its direct order-giving system, and I can see why that franchise made it big while this one remained relatively obscure.  It’s been remastered in HD, and comes with Steam Trading Cards and all the associated little trimmings that entails. It’s got a very active community from what I’ve seen, and I’ve got to say, the look of all the folksy little buildings and different types of worker all look highly detailed and are very charmingly designed.  Still, I know a lot of people are goin...
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Lego Batman

A solid 3D puzzle-platformer and collect-a-thon for fans of the DC Comics icon of all ages.   Lego Batman works hard to bring fun gameplay in the combined worlds of the iconic Lego building blocks and DC Comics’ world-famous vigilante of the night. Gameplay itself draws from the established Traveller’s Tales formula, and sees the player comb through thirty story levels as Batman, his allies, and the supervillian members of his ‘Rogues Gallery’.  Each level itself consists of an extensive series of rooms and areas filled with puzzles and props constructed from the eponymous bricks, which typically require a bit of trial-and-error tinkering with different characters’ abilities and some simple deductive observations to sol...
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Lego Indiana Jones The Original Adventures

As is always the case with these Lego games from Traveller’s Tales, the first three Indiana Jones films have become 3D puzzle-platformer through a number of distinct levels each based on scenes from the movies, and filled to the brim with collectables, secrets, and small plastic representations of the scores of characters you never knew the names of. It’s a very solid formula that remains fun to kids and adult fans of the franchise alike, and clearly the amount of Lego games to have come out spoofing intellectual properties since shows that people are evidently enjoying them enough to warrant making more. However, it’s worth noting, that if your only prior experience with this series is the newer games with all their bells, whistles, and new feature bloat eve...
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Half-Life 2

Valve’s flagship IP has returned for a second major instalment to continue the saga of Gordon Freeman and showcase a cutting-edge physics engine – but is it more sizzle than steak?  Half-Life 2 continues the formula that has won its fellow Valve titles such critical acclaim by following a silent protagonist through a seemingly-seamless gameworld as they, and our first-person-perspective selves, venture through a world of spectacular setpiece action sequences that push the boundaries of the Source Engine as we follow along with a plot that remains remarkable subtle considering how frequently it deals with cosmic aberrations, grotesque body horror, and the technocratic enslavement of the human race. The silent protagonist presented for our gaming ple...
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Doom 64

The unique Nintendo 64 Doom game has finally, surprisingly, made its way onto PC with an official Steam release – and it was worth the wait.    All artistic media is a product of its time and place. Books, films, songs, paintings, comics, sculpture, theatrical plays and everything else all begin as a creator’s vision and can only ever become a reality through the many contextual restraints of budget, technological capacity, the creators’ own skillset, and if the ‘art’ is intended to be sold as entertainment to an audience – then also the audiences’ own preferences and tastes.  We still get all of our media through this effect today, and in fact, many people (quite rightly) point out that while society...
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Hexen

Sequel to the cult classic IdTech Engine dark fantasy FPS Heretic, which despite continuing - and improving upon - a great concept, remains woefully obscure in modernity.    One can easily take a look at any of the official artwork or promotional material for any of the games in the Hexen/Heretic series and put together an image in your mind of the archtypical target audience for these sorts of games back in the day. I like to imagine it was the slightly portly, bushy-bearded, single early-thirtysomething men who gather in the backrooms of headshops the world over to discuss Windows 3.1 distros, thrashmetal bands, and neo-Celtic druidism.  As exceedingly comfy as such an existence might seem to you or I, this somewhat niche appeal mig...
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Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga

An adventure through all six of the good Star Wars films which represents the Lego games’ 3D puzzle-platformer formula at its peak. As with all the Trallver’s Tales-developed Lego games, Lego Star Wars is a 3D platformer adventure game in which puzzles appropriate for “all the family” (which is to say, balanced for small children) act as the vehicle for thirty-six primary levels (and a few hidden bonus stages) through all six of the Lucas-led era of the films.  Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga is the combination of the two prior Lego Star Wars games into a single unified title and with this coupling of a pair of full-sized and already rather expansive games in their own right into one comes this behemoth completionist’s nightmare....
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Doom 2

The quintessential Steam release of Doom 2. A great port of an all-time classic.   This game is literally just Doom 2 playing on an instance of DOSBox, but it’s a classic for a reason.  You already know the story: demonic invasion, loads of bad guys to shoot, and one doomed space marine – a second time. There may be almost twelve different colours in the palette and four notes in the soundtrack, but it holds up in every area where it matters gameplay-wise. Don’t expect out of the box mouselook support or handholding.  Just get it, install it in three seconds flat, and jump in already.   ...
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Coloring Pixels

An intriguing free little art project game with a most incredibly simple premise, but is a great little relaxation tool with a lot of possibilities.  Some people might not call Coloring Pixels a game, due to its lack of failstate or challenge, regardless of how you personally care to define this humble little offering from the indie fellows at Toastie Labs, we can all agree that this free little artistic piece is the perfect, free, way to wind down after spending some time with your personal choice of loud, brash, action game all weekend. Gameplay is simple, using a number of colours provided to you on a numbered palette, fill in the blank pixel mosaic before you – whether it be a few dozen pixels, or several thousand – and take in the relaxing pia...
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DOTA 2 Player Profiles

This free-to-watch Valve-produced documentary miniseries into the lives and backgrounds of the world’s top DOTA 2 players is worth a viewing. Many Steam users are entirely unaware that this platform even has a video library and supports streaming at all. This mini documentary series might be a good introduction for those people into how the Steam video player works, if nothing else. Otherwise, for fans of Valve’s massively popular title DOTA 2, these videos will provide an interesting little insight into many of the game’s highest level competitive players’ backgrounds and lives away from the professional DOTA 2 circuit. It’s an interesting watch, and anyway, it’s completely free, so you might as well give it a watch. &nb...
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Devil Daggers

Devil Daggers is a relatively unsung little indie darling of enjoyable game design, and well worth taking a look at. The gameplay loop is simple - players simply spawn in the middle of a deceptively small floating arena (with no guard rail) armed with only a magic dagger which can inexplicably fire projectiles in either a rapid-fire stream or in a close-ranged shotgun-like spread.  The need for the weaponry is the thread posed by the hordes of angry, floating skulls, giant spiders, and other ghoulish monstrosities which will quickly begin spawning in by the dozens every second unless the player is able to in any way stem the ever-growing tide of one-touch-and-they-kill-you enemies which all enjoy rapidly zooming directly at you with little regard as to your desires on the...
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Counter-Strike

The absolute most barebones of a functional team shooter – but an important milestone of gaming history and technological innovation, a welcome addition to any Steam Library. What originally started as a loose collection of sprites and models forged from the multiplayer component of Valve’s GoldSrc Engine by doting fans has gone to become one of gaming’s most famous success stories. The final build update of the original Counter-Strike mod, or “1.6” as it is known by fans, is now preserved for posterity and our enjoyment alongside more recent instalments in the series, available separately, or bundled alongside the Condition Zero bundle, with that game and it’s official expansion-campaign.  Gameplay is very simple, bu...
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Into The Breach

Into the Breach comes to us courtesy of Subset Games – makers of the indie darling FTL: Faster Than Light – and it’s fair to say that they might just now be two-for-two in terms of games in the high-stakes sci-fi decision making genre.  The new concept is simple: the player controls a handful of giant mecha suits on an isometic chess-like board which represents a cityscape under attack by equally giant and dangerous monsters. Each level has a new board, complete with a new layout of obstacles, objectives, and threats and players choose which and how many of these individual levels to take on to earn resources which can be used to upgrade your mech suits before a big do-or-die final confrontation.  Each of the dozens of useable mech...
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Counter-Strike - Condition Zero

This most-renown franchise of team shooters has peaked in this near-perfect instalment which perfectly balances engaging depth with easy-to-pickup mechanics and new quality-of-life improvements.      The tactical squad-based shooter franchise Counter-Strike has had a long and storied history from humble beginnings as a GoldSrc deathmatching mod, to years of loyal followers as a title officially picked-up and supported by Valve, to the massive gaming icon and economic powerhouse that the most recent instalment - Global Offensive, has become. While having been surpassed technologically by more recent instalments, in this lowly reviewer’s opinion, Condition Zero remains the best in the series. Controls and gameplay ought to seem familiar to most-any...
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Heretic - Shadow of the Serpent Riders

While not as familiar to modern audiences as the likes of the original Doom or Wolfenstein, upon its original release in 1994, Heretic stood out among contemporary shooters by building upon the mechanics and environment design already seen in IdTech/Doom Engine shooters and wrapping up this work of technological craftsmanship  in a story-rich and lore-filled world where the motive provided for main character to kill legions of enemy demons, dark wizards and eldritch abominations goes slightly beyond “monsters bad”. The story sees the player take control of Corvus, an Elf mage - and one of the last of his kind - who seeks to defeat the dark and mystical forces responsible for the destruction of most of the mortal realm, the wizard D’Sparil and his Serpent...
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CSGO Player Profiles

This free-to-watch Valve-produced documentary miniseries into the lives and backgrounds of the world’s top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players is worth a viewing. Many Steam users are entirely unaware that this platform even has a video library and supports streaming at all. This mini documentary series might be a good introduction for those people into how the Steam video player works, if nothing else. Otherwise, for fans of Valve’s massively popular team-based shooter, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, these videos will provide an interesting little insight into many of the game’s highest level competitive players’ backgrounds and lives away from the professional CS:GO circuit. It’s an interesting watch, and anyway, it&r...
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Combat Wings - Battle of Britain

Combat Wings: Battle of Britain is a far cry from the usual heavily-technical and highly-complex titles arising from the overlap of the flying simulator enthusiast and the Second World War reinactment-gamer. Surprisingly, CW:BoB takes an almost arcade-like approach to the concept, simplifying much of the controls and mechanics down to just the right amount to become easily approachable to those without prior experience with ‘typical’ serious flying simulations without the gameplay becoming a glorified railshooter.  The gameplay itself follows the admittedly repetitive, albeit not boring, loop of sending your little squad of 40’s RAF stereotypes out to defend against an incoming swarms of enemy aircraft of increasing difficulty and intensity in fairly str...
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Loading Screen Simulator

Another idle/clicker game with no value apart from being a 100% Achievements +1. LSS presents itself in the most minimalist style of having very little apart from a single button marked “Earn Money”, from this point, one simply waits for the hour-or-so required to finish this so-called game. The handful of Steam Achievements amount to a +1 to your own personal Profile Page award count if you care for such things, and the handful of at-least-well-designed Achievement icons will be useful to anyone who wants to decorate a Showcase with numerous percentage signs, a Guy Fawkes mask covered in green-scrolling Matrix/hacker text, or a pixelart Donald Trump. Not recommended.       ...
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Mashed

A fantastic, high-octane, blast from the past, combination demolition-derby/racing game that will sate your need for fast-paced action racers and local multiplayer.  The fantastic Mashed lacks much in the way of plot, set-up or subtlety at all, but it proves that such things are wholly unnecessarily for a racing game that is this much fun and whimsically cathartic – the premise is simple; as any one of six colour-coded vehicles, outlast a number of opponents while navigating richly detailed maps at top speed and armed with a wide array of utilisable ordnance.     That premise is only the beginning of a highly-replayable core concept, first thing you’ll want to try is the “Challenge Cup” campaign mode, which incorporates every ...
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Master Levels for Doom 2

Officially supported Steam release of a whole heap of great Doom 2 mappacks Coming to Steam alongside the official DOSBox-running release of the classic Doom 2 itself is this compilation of new standalone levels. If you’ve played through the original Doom 2 maps, you’ll already know how these ones work. They’re good, they’re very pleasingly difficult enough for the Doom 2 veteran, and now they have an official presence on Steam. Go try ‘em.    ...
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Mountain

An interesting art project that seems more an interactive-screensaver than an actual game, and feels severely lacking in substance or real entertainment value. In David O'Reilly’s debut gaming project, Mountain, one watches over the titular landform as it floats through the infinite void, apropos of nothing. There is little interaction to be had apart from using one’s keyboard keys to plink out a handful of musical notes, observing roughly two dozen random objects collide with, and become partially embedded inside, your mountain at irregular intervals, and reading from a selection of generically upbeat fortune cookie-style messages which fade on-and-off the screen more frequently the longer you “play”.  Mountain would have worked much bette...
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Zuma's Revenge

Creative G-rated, frog-themed, colour-matching reflex-testing puzzle game. Essential ‘mom-core’ from the masters of such things: pre-EA PopCap Games.      Zuma’s Revenge is a simple, yet curious little title from the classic PopCap Games backcatalogue - unique and well made enough to be among their best, but nonetheless overlooked.  In this game, the player takes control of an innocent little frog which has inexplicably washed up on the shores on a jungle land populated by evil ancient Polynesian spirits. Even more unexplainedly so, the only way to defeat the dreaded demon lord ‘Zhaka Mu’ and his army of demonic lieutenants is to spit coloured orbs into chains of three-or-more until you reach a certain, seem...
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OCD - On Completeness and Dissonance

This brilliant entry into the sliding-tile puzzle format brings a certain charm and hearty challenge to a typically more casual style of gameplay, and to good effect. OCD presents itself very cleanly as a well-made interpretation of the classic sliding-tiles puzzle, the likes of which have remained popular with casual audiences and more hardcore fans alike since the earliest days of Flash animation games. The name becomes ever-more fitting as the levels advance, the challenge rapidly becoming something which requires genuine forethought to successfully overcome; the basic control scheme of using each arrow key to rotate the board ninety degrees left or right at a time masks the many dynamic aspects the game which will be introduced very quickly.  At time of release, O...
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Simply Chess

If you, like many, are looking for a decent Chess program on Steam - this is not it. This is actually a poorly-made mess bordering on the parodically bad.   The actual rules and mechanics of chess itself will surely be familiar to anyone likely to read this review, but they aren’t particularly necessary in explaining why this is such a bad product.  Simply Chess comes across as the epitome of a developer foregoing an enjoyable user experience in favour of attempting to monetise a playerbase however they can.  The gameplay itself is a basic chess engine, which, to the devs’ credit does not fatally crash, on average, four times out of five. And assuming the game holds out long enough, will provide a decently challenging-en...
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SimpleRockets

A fantastic little 2D rocketry and engineering sandbox that will provide countless hours of entertainment – clearly made by a passionate and talented developer, and perfect for lower-end PCs.   The very aptly named SimpleRockets has a very fun and creative premise: assemble more than two-dozen different types of mechanical modules into just about any shape you want, and taking into account an accurate simulation of fuel usage, weight distribution and air resistance, test it out from a take-off point on any planet in a to-scale representation of our solar system. You have the tools to create multi-stage space shuttles, hardy ground rovers, solar-powered gliders, and just about anything you can think of with the wide array of components. The longevity of this game...
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Super Bernie World

First and foremost: regardless of how much I might sympathise with the developers’ political leanings, I’m not going to pretend this game is good by any metric.  You notice right off the bat, SBW is fairly clearly ‘inspired’ by Nintendo’s critically-acclaimed 1991 Super Mario Bros 3, right down to the level design, movement mechanics, and choice of title screen font.  At least it’s free. (which starting to make me think this game might have some sort of socialist subtext.)       For all this aping of a bonafide classic’s style, don’t expect anything remotely good or fun to come out of playing this game. There are superficial reproductions of many Mario franchise stage hazards - bottoml...
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Star Wars - Battlefront (2004)

The original 2004 official Star Wars role-based massive team shooter. Noticeably more primitive than the 2005 sequel, but in terms of Steam version-specific reliability, by far the better game.     My Review of the 2005 Star Wars Battlefront 2 is an older review, but I think it still checks out. Apart from outlining the basics of the game, its main point is that the Steam version specifically was, and still is, awfully bad in terms of optimisation and performance. So much so that on many decent systems, it’s just going to be unplayable. The quest to find a replacement for it in my Steam Library naturally lead be to its predecessor, which I gave a try without any great expectations in mind. Low and behold, not only does it run as perfectly great as you...
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Star Wars – Battlefront II (2005)

One of the best licenced Star Wars games ever and one of the most replayable team-based shooters of all time, but this Steam port is blighted by a number of serious bugs.  Not to be confused with 2004 game this was a sequel to or either of the critical failures that came out a decade after it, Star Wars: Battlefront II is a fantastic use of one of, if not the, single hottest IP still in production and a marvel of stimulating game design that remains as satisfying today as the day it came out. The player becomes a single solider in one regiment of any of the 1977 – 2005 Star Wars films’ armies, Republic clone, Confederacy battledroid, or Empire or Rebel Alliance infantry, or one of a handful of specialist roles, to fight one’s counterpart enemies in a...
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Super 3-D Noah's Ark

Obscure Bible-themed FPS - which just so happens to be the best official port of Wolfenstein 3D you’ll find available anywhere.    Super 3-D Noah's Ark might seem like a complete joke to anyone briefly glancing at the Store Page, but there’s actually a lot more to it. S3DNA is actually a texture swapped Wolf3D, where your guns are now slingshots, the Nazis are now animals that need to be put to sleep, and the entire game runs perfectly smoothly in a native high resolution. For all the corniness in its inherent concept, Noah’s Ark is actually the most technically stable well-running completely official and supported port of the original Wolfenstein you could find.  Even more surprisingly, S3DNA not only has a th...
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Super Hexagon

Ultra fast-paced reflex tester that was an absolute indie darling of yesteryear, but I’m afraid I just can’t see the appeal.   A number of years ago now – I’d say maybe eight or nine - when I first became properly aware of YouTube as a website of regular content creators, like many in my generation, I had a phase of watching a fair amount of videos made by channels which revolved exclusively around an online personality playing games while offering their live thoughts.  Perhaps it’s just that kids are stupid, or easily entertained, or often don’t have the money or skills to play as many games as they’d like, but they did fuel the demand for these ‘Let’s Play’ YouTubers, and as someone who...
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Oddworld - Abe's Oddysee

The Oddworld series is a rare example of a creative team finding the exact perfect tonal point for a game satirising conspicuous consumerism by blending just the right amounts of gritty grimdark corporate industrialism with quirky, wacky, off-the-walls humour in such a way that it perfectly creates this horrific mercantile dystopian setting that still remains fun and engaging to explore the world and lore of. This aforementioned sci-fi alien world is the vehicle for the titular Abe to engage in a quest to emancipate his downtrodden slave-caste species from their oppressors from their brutal reality.  Gameplay itself sees the player control Abe as he navigates through a number of platform-puzzle screens each filled with an array of vicious trigger-happy enemies, ...
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Star Wars - Dark Forces

Dark Forces is the officially licensed Star Wars game in the proud tradition of 1990’s FPSs. Just like most of those, you play as an unstoppable arsenal on two legs determined to shoot, detonate, and press wall-mounted buttons on his way to victory. Unlike the likes of Doom and Heretic however, the game is actually willing to let you in on a fairly large and well-developed story – you play as the Rebel Kyle Katarn, who, in his quest to foil the plans of the insidious Empire mainly travels from planet to planet sabotaging various imperial installations in each level Along the way, Katarn is able to make use of an extensive selection of weapons and equipment – including blaster rifles, explosive mines, infrared goggles, and more. All of these pick-ups will aid you...
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The Spy Who Shot Me

Judging solely from what you can see on the Steam Store Page, you might think TSWSM is little more than a basic low-budget indie FPS with little to offer, but it is actually a surprisingly elaborate and mechanically-diverse passion project filled with a load of genuine humour and charm. The few-dozen levels themselves are typically modestly-sized vignettes of scenario-driven gameplay strung along with a spy-spoof plot told mostly between levels in the hub-world building. There’s action levels involving FPS gameplay in which you must use a variety of different firearms, grenades, and throwing knives against waves of deadly enemy combatants while you search the non-linear levels for a multitude of different objectives. Throughout the shooter campaign are smaller levels in ...
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Super Crate Box

Super Crate Box can’t honestly offer much in the way of core story elements, art sprites with a pixel count higher than the framerate, or even a coherent line of thought behind its title - but what it can provide is a snappy little 2D shooter so fast you could have played two or three games in the time in took you to read this far into the review. The concept is simple: control a small pixel-person as they wield an extensive array of diverse weapons against hordes of minimal-health enemies who unabatedly stream in from the top of the level - and while preventing any of these little rascally imps touching you for a one-hit kill, navigate your avatar around the small room you’re in to collect as many boxes as you can. Each box contains a new, different weapon with a ...
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Sinking Simulator

Sinking Simulator is not a game per se, rather it comes from that genre of aimless 2D simulator physics engine that with only minimal experimentation can provide enormous amounts of fun.  As the name suggests, the program opens up a cutaway view of an open ocean for the player to define the depth, roughness, bouncy, and so forth of, before dropping a realistic and accurately reproduced model of a to-scale sailing vessel into it. Right out of the box, as it were, the game already contains a slew of famous ships – the Titanic, Britanic, QM2, just to name a few – and more than a dozen basic templates which you can further edit and share with the world via the Steam Workshop. This has a lot of potential in its current state, and looks to be still receiving updates...
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The Mammoth: A Cave Painting

A short, free, interactive scroller in a phenomenal artstyle, well worth a look. The Mammoth is a great little piece of storytelling in the confines of a simple 2D control scheme and an amazing cave-art aesthetic which is served beautifully. What could easily have been made as a four-minute YouTube video, and without wishing to spoil the story’s content, instead gains a certain degree of emotional investment in having the play guide the titular mammoth. This game does include one Steam Achievement which is awarded at the end of the piece, which had become something of a joke as an easy +1 to one’s Achievement Counter, but at least that has attracted more people in to experience this journey firsthand. Recommended.   ...
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Team Fortress 2

By now, Valve’s Team Fortress 2 scarcely needs an introduction, it’s the team-centric MP FPS with nine classes of playable mercenaries, hundreds of thousands of active fans, and countless cosmetic hats added since its launch in 2007. By now, if you’re reading this review, you almost certainly have heard of TF2 and have almost assuredly played it, or at least know a fair deal about it in some capacity. You most likely know if you like it or not, but for the scant few who might be out there that have never picked up Team Fortress 2, I’d like to recommend you do so and try it out. Gameplay is, at its core, simple – you play as any of the nine distinct available classes, in teams, usually between six and twelve per side, and use your array o...
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Titan Quest Anniversary Edition

A fun and colourful isometric ARPG romp through the classic legends of Greece, Egypt, Asia and Scandinavia as our stalwart hero personally ends every mythological threat to the ancient world. This re-release of the last decade’s most cutting-edge Action Roleplaying Game remains a highly commendable example of graphical fidelity and gameplay which remains so recognisable due largely in part to how many ease-of-use features of the game would become ubiquitous standards in the genre. This “Anniversary Edition” packs all of the original 2006 release and its subsequent Immortal Throne expansion into the single overarching linear narrative which spans three continents and literally goes to Hell and back in the name of depicting the myths and folklore of yore. A...
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The Ultimate Doom

This game is literally just Doom 1 playing on an instance of DOSBox, but it’s a classic for a reason.  You already know the story: demonic invasion, loads of bad guys to shoot, and one doomed space marine. There may be almost twelve different colours in the palette and four notes in the soundtrack, but it holds up in every area where it matters gameplay-wise. Don’t expect out of the box mouselook support or handholding.  Just get it, install it in three seconds flat, and jump in already.   ...
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Postal

Postal is a series with a long history of controversy , having always been a franchise unafraid of embracing shock value and riding the wave of free marketing garered by the outrage. The original Postal is the beginning point of the indie Running With Scissors development studio’s experience with the cycle of baiting public outcry for attention. But as much as I respect the method, and am not personally averse to “maturely” immature themes like hysterical over-the-top violence, I can say fairly certainly that the original Postal just isn’t that fun.  As much as the top-down horror might have been shocking back in 1997, it’s a little bit passé and wouldn’t neccessarily stun our most recent generation of disaffected youth...
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The Apogee Throwback Pack

In creating Wolfenstein 3D, the fine folks over at Id didn’t necessarily create the first FPS game engine, but they did create one of the first commercially successful and developmentally viable basis for what we now call a first-person shooter. This earliest version of IdTech1 could effectively simulate a 2D plain in a pseudo-3D manner – with simple, maze-like floorplans, perfect ninety degree walls only, and exactly one height of ceiling. IdTech1’s first foray into the public eye with Wolf3D would prove however that if you threw in a handful of digital machine guns, the fun of pressing every segment of wall in a castle, and the promise of killing an army of 2D Nazi sprites, you’d have a successful game. Following Wolf3D’s commercial reception, I...
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Shovel Knight - Shovel of Hope

Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope is very clearly, first and foremost, a project that has been worked on by a variety of very talented people with a wide array of different game-development skills all united by a genuine passion to create a product in the vein of the best 8-bit platformers of yesteryear.  You play as the titular hero, who, presumably as a result of having such a strange and specific name, began wielding a gardening tool and took up a code of righteous justice at some point prior to the start of the game’s story. During the course of this adventure however, our hero is searching the realms for his missing love interest / partner-in-chivalry, and he is well prepared to commit multiple felony assaults against any man, beast, or magical creature in his way ...
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Shovel Knight - King of Cards

King of Cards is more than just an expansion pack to Shovel of Hope - and while much of the level-to-level details such as the platforming, treasure collecting, and map screen movement remain functionally the same from this franchise’s first instalment, and will therefore be familiar to anyone who isn’t a complete newcomer to this series, this games does do enough different that it isn’t just a bland rehash. King of Cards features a new hero - King Knight - first seen as an antagonist and boss battle in the first game, but back in action as this game’s hero. He has a completely different moveset, one that involves far less jumping and digging in favour of performing a short charge through any obstacle and drawing on a much wider variety of collectable i...
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Shadow Warrior Classic (1997)

Shadow Warrior is from the very same stable as the other great 90’s shooters – Duke Nukem 3D and Blood, and much like those two others, it is an absolute great of the genre that I will wholeheartedly recommend. The protagonist of SW is the martial arts master Lo Wang, a unique shooter character with a great deal of personality and quippy charm in the usual 3D Realms manner. He – and thereby, you – must travel through a roster of levels set in a fabulous Asian-fusion “contemporary Japan meets feudal China” sort of locale.  You have access to samurai swords, throwing stars, duel-wielded Uzis, stickybombs, and more and you fight your way through the demon-ninja hordes of the sinister Zilla Corporation.       ...
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Shadow Warrior Classic Redux

Shadow Warrior is a game which can be found in many forms on Steam – you might have mistaken this remaster of 1997 original with either the 2013 reboot of the same name, or the original free version which also happens to be on Steam as a shareware demo of sorts.  This ‘Redux’ version is the original Build Engine game, and all of its expansion content, remastered in high-definition, optimised for modern hardware, and given full Steam Community support. Seeing one of the “Big Three” Build games get this treatment is great – and it means this excellent title now has official rebuild representation on Steam alongside its peers Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition and Blood: Fresh Supply.  For anyone not yet aware of the Shado...
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Postal 2

Postal 2 is a very unique little experiment of a gameplay idea. In it is a full-scale simulation of an ordinary southwestern US city filled with a variety of aptly designed businesses, residences, and assorted civilians. Gameplay revolves entirely around this dynamic world map and its inhabitants - with different objectives meted out by the handful which all invariably involve the player walking from one side of the map to the other in search of some eclectic object or another.  This simple and repetitive goal serves as the vechicle for the game’s own brand of personality, which sees the player-character - the crassly-pragmatic, trenchcoat-wearing, ‘Postal Dude’ - either avoid or defend himself from hordes of samey gun-wielding protester types with a bar...
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Orwell

Right off the bat, anyone who actually made it through their reading list in highshool English class would most likely predict any new game titled ‘Orwell’ might be about to try and thematically explore both technological authoritarianism and very grey morality. In this case, you’d be right, and this new Orwell sees to ape the mechanisms of power in its namesake’s classic ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’, but now with a slick Twenty-First Century look, a whole new lexicon of doubleplusgood compound word gibberish, and by placing you – the player – behind the controls of the surveillance state’s nightmare machine.  The premise of Orwell is that you are the most recent new recruit at the security department of a ruthless, modern, ...
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Osmos

Osmos is the sort of little artistic experiment I always love to see pop up on Steam. The core mechanic behind the sleek veneer of colourful minimalistic starry cells is ejecting matter (ie. size) from your central circular self to move around a 2D plane with the aim of most levels being to absorb all objects smaller than yourself by moving over them, avoiding those larger than you, and efficiently using your size and momentum to engulf a majority of the matter on screen at any given time.   It’s a great little idea for a mechanic I’ve never seen implemented in a puzzle game before, looks and sounds beautifully atmospheric and is simultaneously casual enough for pick-up-put-down games on a whim, but retains the right amount of challenge to remain engaging. &nb...
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Wolfenstein 3D

Wolfenstein 3D is the ur-FPS. Undoubtedly a landmark technological development in the history of digital game design, but, to be honest, will not necessarily hold the same appeal twenty-eight years after release, especially not among those without at least some degree of nostalgia for the franchise.  If you do want to play it, for the first time or otherwise, and want an official copy, Steam does have it. Although, the program available from the store page is literally just the original sixty level non-shareware package running in an instance of the DOSBox emulator. Very little is available in terms of resolution fixes, sound card support, and so forth that you wouldn’t get better assistance with from a copy from any retro game roms website and a fan-patch.   &...
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Outlaws

Outlaws remained in my retro FPS backlog for quite a long time, afraid to say it took me a long time to get around to it because I had no real idea what it would be going in. The Store page just makes it seem like a generic cowboy/gunslinger take on the usual IdTech FPS fare, and since I had no knowledge of it as part of a series or from any nostalgia, unfortunately it went overlooked for far too long. Turns out, it’s actually one of the most well-optimised Steam releases of a 90s shooter, with some of the most fun and engaging FPS gameplay to be had in the genre.  As soon as you start playing, the controls and mechanics will be obvious – it’s the usual early IdTech and Build Engine control scheme and mechanics. Outlaws was developed and produced by Luca...
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Polygoneer

  Unoriginal colour/shape-matching puzzle - feels like a weak compsci major’s first semester project. Really not worth the time.Polygoneer is little more than a glorified lower-tier flashgame. The player controls a central turrets which revolves to shoot coloured bullets at incoming corresponding-coloured shapes lest they reach the centre.  There’s a set of Steam Achievements for clearing each of the handful of stages, and for doing so while making minimal errors. Neither the gameplay, art direction, and music are all nothing to write home about.  Not worth the spare change the dev is asking for.   ...
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Plants VS Zombies

A highly-polished, uniquely stylised, 2D tower defence that can offer a startlingly large amount of replayability.   Plants VS Zombies is - safe to say now a decade out from release - a true darling classic of the gaming scene. It remains to this day a leader of the genre, and something of an icon for inspired game design, and for very good reason.  The premise is simple: hordes of the shambling undead slowly march in from the righthand side of the screen towards your abode on the left, in order to stop them from reaching your precious, delicious, brain, you must strategically plant an array of defensive plans along your grid-tile lawn.  Completion of each of the progressively-harder fifty-or-so levels in the story mode introduces a new, different type...
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World of Goo

Greatest-of-its-generation 2D physics-builder puzzle - refined concept, masterful soundtrack, Seussian artstyle, and a undercurrent of social satire, all in a 70mb game about nondescript grey blobs.  World of Goo wastes no time in establishing what might as well be it’s only mechanic, making a finite number of connective links between nodes of the titular ‘goo’ to reach an arbitrary goal while building around a number of  contrived obstacles and hazards - gameplay that the vast amount of players will have seen somewhere before from any number of rudimentary ’2D builder’ games before this one.  What sets apart World of Goo from all others trying to ape this genre is how a handful of independent industry veterans hav...
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WWII GI

As a Build Engine fan and a history nerd, I was pleasantly surprised when I initially found out about this game. The premise is simple, yet fairly unique, and certainly held a lot of potential – using a great piece of FPS tech like Ken Silverman’s Build Engine (of Duke Nukem 3D and Blood fame) to simulate massive historical battles like those of the Second World War’s D-Day Landings. This had a lot of potential in my mind, and I enjoyed what I saw (conceptually) of how your player character is but one man among armies of dozens of on-screen combatants in the traditionally solo affair that is a Build Engine shooter, or most retro shooters period. The whole American perspective on the Allied Normandy landings is absolutely nothing new when in comes to storytell...
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Torchlight

Torchlight is a fantasy point-and-click isometric dungeon crawler in exactly the same format that fans of this genre will undoubtedly have seen countless times before. But, despite being generically milquetoast at release and a bit dated in 2020, it’s still recommendable for a number of reasons, to both longtime IDC fans and those just looking for a simple introduction to the format. Torchlight’s own take on the dungeon crawler formula is to avoid the dark and “mature” tone of the cult-classic Diablo and the pseudo-realistic take on mythology à la Titan Quest and instead opts for a young adult fantasy novel-esqe aesthetic as if Torchlight is simultaneously trying to be almost edgy yet remain grounded in a distinct cartoony artstyle.   ...
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Torchlight 2

The Steam Marketplace is home to many, many, top-down hack-and-slashers, each often bearing different and unique interpretations to a concept which often closely follows a particular formula - and not all these isometric dungeon crawlers are made equal. The core loop of fighting through ‘arenas’ of enemies, leveling up with enough experience, and building a set of skills to continue fighting more enemy hordes and the occasional boss is this genre’s bread and butter. Surely, most people considering purchasing Torchlight 2 will already be familiar with either other games in this vein, maybe even this series’ own first instalment, so the basics should come easily who starts playing. Character inventory windows, stats screens, spreadsheet-like attribute man...
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Torchlight 3

TL;DR: Yes, it is intentionally different. Stay calm. I’ll make one thing clear: Yes, it is different to the other Torchlight titles. No, it isn’t actually inherently horrible because of this like so many hysterical Steam Users are so quick to claim. There have been many different isometric dungeon crawlers to come and go through the history of video games, and many of them have been very samey. I, for one, am actually very glad to see Torchlight III get away from so many of the codified tropes of the genre. If you want nine-thousand hours worth of postgame and a spreadsheet of skills extensive enough to put Gary Gygax to shame, play Grim Dawn. If you want a solid singleplayer Diablo-like for Steam that’s still receiving ...
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Call of Russia: Furry Warfare (Putin vs Furries)

Call of Russia: Furry Warfare (Putin vs Furries) It's certainly a unique concept. And it's got the the highest-defintiion model of Putin in a game I've ever seen. Runs better than Fallout 76, and it certainly delivers what it promises. Recommended. ...
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