We all need a break from competitive multiplayer games now and then, sit back and enjoy something different. Here’s a fresh list of recently dropped games that you can buy on Steam, picked among various genres.
A unique turn-based global strategy game in which you create a nation, build it, rule it, and, eventually, go to war with other countries. There are 160 distinct laws to implement on your fellow countryman. Over 100 technologies to research, if you are a big Stellaris buff it won’t cut it though. The game covers history from the Middle Ages to the contemporary day.
You'll also be forging alliances and advancing diplomatically, in addition to the typical resource extraction, city construction, and of course warfare on massive scale and destruction of other civilizations that we all love and enjoy as a game mechanic.
Its pixel graphic style is basic but appealing. If you're tired of playing CK3 or HoI4 in a never-ending cycle, give this a go.
Release: March 1
Developer: Strudio Company
Launch price: $7
Battle Cry of Freedom
The team behind Mount & Blade: Warband's acclaimed Napoleonic Wars expansion has been working on this massively ambitious real-time battle simulator for the last ten years.
Flying Squirrel Entertainment returns to the nineteenth century in Battle Cry of Freedom, this time focusing on the American Civil War.
You may play as either the Union or the Confederacy in online conflicts with up to 500 players and there are also 'Commander Battles' with up to 800 bots per server. The numbers are simply, insane and unprecedented. The primary army branches are infantry, artillery, and specialists, with over 120 weapons to pick and kill with. Fans of historical war simulators will be drooling over this.
Release: March 2
Developer: Flying Squirrel Entertainment
Launch price: $16
Aperture Desk Job
Valve throws us back into the world of Half-Life and Portal in this unique take, oh and don’t forget this game is meant to played with a controller only:
Aperture Desk Job reimagines the been-there-done-that genre of walking simulators and puts them in the lightning-spanked, endorphin-gorged world of sitting still behind things.
You play as an entry-level nobody on their first day at work — your heart full of hope and your legs full of dreams, eager to climb that corporate ladder. But life’s got other plans, and they all involve chairs.
Designed as a free playable short for Valve’s new Steam Deck, Desk Job walks you through the handheld’s controls and features, while not being nearly as boring as that sounds.
Release: March 1
Launch price: Free
Fan of the Gothic series, or want to see Fallout and space combined before the release of Starfield? then this one’s for you
In this sequel to the vintage Open World RPG ELEX, Jax must once again unite the free people of the Science-Fantasy world of Magalan against a new threat - the Skyands, who want to change the face of the planet forever.
Release: March 1
Developer: Piranha Bytes
Launch price: $59.99
Ahoy! Jump back to the world of piracy, a game I can only humbly describe as a spiritual successor to Sid Meier’s Pirates. Bored of Sea of Thieves, give this one a try. If you own a VR even better because this game’s meant to be played on it.
In this classic pirate RPG, witness the origins of piracy. Command and customise a strong warship, then engage in heated naval and ground combat to put your swashbuckling abilities to the test. Explore the birth of a new pirate faction that threatens to upend the Caribbean's power balance.
As the captain of a massive sailing warship, you'll get a first-hand look at naval combat.
Customise your ship to your playstyle, add various paint schemes, guns, and upgrades. You may equip your ship anyway you like, whether you prefer to bombard your adversaries from afar, close in to board, or everything in between.
Release: March 8
Developer: Skyward Digital
Launch price: $14.39