Games on Steam is a weekly installment that tackles the latest and greatest Indie games from this popular platform. Today, we will jump into magical lost worlds, solve thrilling detective cases, bring the old Gods to their knees, and much more.
Samurai Warriors 5
To kick things off, we have a long-awaited sequel to a popular hack and slash series. Samurai Warriors 5 is set in the same time period as the original and covers Ōnin War and the Honnōji incident. The game mainly follows the journey of officers Nobunaga Oda and Yoshimoto Imagawa, but you will be able to play 27 characters. Combat-wise, Samurai Warriors 5 is similar to previous installments, meaning it’s pretty addictive and offers tons of customizations to suit your playstyle. The game also looks great visually, with a unique style that sets it apart from the rest of the series. In short, if you like mowing down huge waves of enemies and setting up epic combos, this will probably be right up your alley.
Next, we have an exploration adventure in the vein of Journey and Abzû. Omno is set in an ancient world full of wonders that charms on every turn. The game looks beautiful and is very relaxing, while the puzzles are well-constructed. Omno also has an evocative soundtrack that can easily get you emotional. All in all, it is an impressive feat, considering it’s made by a single dev.
The Forgotten City
The Forgotten City is an intriguing mystery game where we’ll jump 2000 years into the past to experience the fall of a Roman city. Here, if only one person sins, everyone will die. On your journey, you will have to question an interesting cast of characters and make complex moral choices that will affect the outcome of the story. The Forgotten City is set in an open world that feels true to the times and is rich with details.
And now, it’s time for a badass top-down shooter. Intravenous can be experienced as both stealth and fast-paced adrenaline-filled action game. Just make sure that you have a good aim, as the AI is pretty unforgiving and the enemies will quickly surround you. There are tons of weapons to choose from, and each of them has different handling that takes a while to master. Besides combat, the game has great atmosphere and a story with lots of twists and turns. In short, Intravenous is one of the best new indie games on Steam, which is not an easy feat to achieve.
Unbound: Worlds Apart
Unbound is an adorable and challenging adventure/platformer with a unique gameplay mechanic. In it, you control Soli, a young mage who has the power of opening portals and moving between the worlds. Each of them has different properties, like inverse gravity and time dilation, which will let you pass through numerous obstacles. This makes Unbound really fun to play, while the great story and impressive hand-drawn graphic are just a cherry on top. If you love games on Steam like Ori and the Blind Forest, you shouldn’t miss this one.
If the Legend of Zelda series was transported into VR, it would probably look something like Vengeful Rites. The game puts you in the role of the last member of the Serafin Brotherhood, and it’s your duty to protect mankind from goblins and monsters led by the evil Dragore. To kick their ass, you will use bows, swords, and magic trifecta, which are well balanced. To sum it up, Vengeful Rites is a rare example of a great VR RPG, with polished and intuitive combat mechanics that just keeps on giving.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
Ace Attorney is a popular anime detective series with a lot to love. In this sequel, we will take the role of a newbie lawyer named Ryunosuke. The story takes place in England and Japan, at the turn of the 19th century, and is guided by a series of intriguing murder mysteries that are somehow all related. Attorney Chronicles is filled with great twists and witty one-liners that became the staple of this series. It may even be the best entry to this date.
Here we have another solid frantic Souls-like action RPG. Eldest Souls will task you with rebelling against the Old Gods in order to free humanity from its chains. The game focuses exclusively on the boss fights, which are as challenging as they come. Each victory grants you the power to learn new abilities and talents that can be customized to fit your play style. Most importantly, Eldest Souls nails the combat aspect, as it’s very fluid and rewarding. Couple this with mesmerizing 16-bit visuals, and the result is one of the best Souls-like titles of 2021.
HORROR TALES: The Wine
Lastly, we have a gripping survival story that takes place in the post-pandemic world. Horror Tales places us on a creepy Mediterranean island where we will be searching for a magical red wine that can cure the sick. While at first the local town seems abandoned, it quickly becomes clear that something is chasing you. As you fight to survive, you will also solve puzzles and learn captivating lore, that is deeper than you’d expect. Overall, The Wine is a surprisingly well-made start of a series that should appeal to the fans of slow, atmospheric horror.
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