Steam Next Fest – FICTiVETRUiSM’s Top Five Picks

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With this year’s Steam Next Fest featuring over 700 game demos, I knew I was in for a treat. There were so many demos of upcoming indie games to check out. It’s quite impressive but a bit overwhelming, given that this event only lasts a week. But after getting a chance to play a number of demos, I’ve compiled a list of my top five favorites:

Death Trash
by Crafting Legends

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This isometric action RPG is a fun atmospheric romp in a weird setting: piles of raw unidentifiable meat laying around. quirky NPCs in disheveled towns, and plenty of glorious post-apocalyptic loot to be found. This game quickly shot up the list of my most anticipated games.

The Legend of Tianding

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A 2D brawler that takes place in early 20th century Taiwan and features plenty of Kung Fu, The Legend of Tianding reminds me a lot of Guacamelee-style combat and platforming. It’s got tons of cool moves to chain together for some wickedly satisfying combat. It also has a narrative delivered in a cool comic book style. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.


by Something We Made
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A cute puzzle game about taking pictures for people. NPCs give clues as to what they want a photo of. Clues for pictures can be vague or straightforward. Help enough people, and you can go to the next area of the game. It’s a simple concept, but it’s executed so charmingly well. I had a blast with this relaxing, whimsical demo.


by Studio Pixel Punk
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This is an isometric action game in the vein of Hyper Light Drifter. It has fun combat, an intriguing sci-fi world, and plenty of RPG elements. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic game, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one when it comes out.

by Shedworks

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This is a visually stunning open-world exploration journey involving a rite of passage. I’m a big fan of open exploration games, and there was plenty to see in this demo. Its mysterious world kept me hooked and excited to visit every new landmark I spotted. This game is so impressive across the board, it’s an easy recommendation.

What were your favorite demos during this year’s Next Fest? Let us know in the comments!

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