First person shooter Tribes 3: Rivals looks pretty good (Picture: Steam)
Hundreds of free demos are now available for PC gamers, as Steam Next Fest kicks off its first showcase for games big and small.
PC retailer Steam has a lot going for it at the moment with Steam Deck, it’s popular handheld device; its always popular seasonal sales; and a general stranglehold on the PC games market.
Right now, it’s about to give smaller developers a stage to showcase their upcoming games during the tri-annual Steam Next Fest, with hundreds of free demos for PC gamers to check out.
The event is now live with video streams of developers playing their games, from skateboarding monster killer games to a new real-time strategy game by ex-Blizzard developers.
What is Steam Next Fest?
Steam Next Fest is an online event which is usually held three times a year, where developers can show and tell their upcoming games. This month’s one lasts from February 5 to February 12.
It’s a marketing ploy by Steam, because it profits from more interest in the games, but the hundreds of demos are free to play – so there isn’t much to complain about.
It’s also unlike the Xbox Direct, Nintendo Direct, and PlayStation’s State of Play events, which tends to focus on bigger projects and rarely have playable demos.
Steam Next Fest also often has the game’s developers play the games on a live stream on the Steam website.
Which demos can you play during Steam Next Fest?
There are several hundred games on display, but some of the most notable free-to-play demos are:
Lightyear Frontier, a co-op farming simulator that takes place on another planet.
Winter Survival, it’s all in the titled really, but you’re supposed to survive the wilderness and hungry bears until help arrives.
Tribes 3: Rivals, a sci-fi first person shooter where players fly around at dizzying speeds.
Lightyear Frontier has got you covered if you’re into farming (Picture: Steam)
There’s also a helpful post on Reddit, where fans have found some promising – and strange – games included in the event.
Helskate, for example, described as ‘skateboarding action roguelite. Grind, perform tricks, and chain combos to power up your attacks to slay the monsters of Vertheim.’
Or Stormgate, a real-time strategy game made by ex-Blizzard developers, where you either defend or attack Earth.
Belatro, a poker roguelike with additional combos and game-changing jokers, where you need a set amount of chips in a set amount of hands to win.
It’s important to mention that these are demos of upcoming games, and not fully developed yet. That being said, a lot of them look very interesting.
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