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Greenlight Lives: Anodyne, Receiver, More Make The Cut

The moral of Receiver? Guns are hard.

Gabe Newell hasn’t been particularly sweet on Steam Greenlight as of late, but the fully open Steam of tomorrow hasn’t supplanted its “dictatorial” ways just yet. Instead, the mighty user-driven machine trundles on, streamlining the process where it can and rhythmically opening its jaw each month to crunch down whatever creative morsels we offer up. So then, what’s on the menu this time around? Well, semi-big-names certainly top the list, but it’s not without a couple enticing curiosities.

A total of ten games made it onto Steam’s hallowed virtual shelves this time around. But how will you ever figure out which ones? It’s probably impossible, but I recommend glancing down a couple millimeters.

  • Anodyne
  • Distance
  • Evoland
  • Huntsman: The Orphanage
  • Kingdom Rush
  • Legends of Dawn
  • Organ Trail: Director’s Cut
  • Receiver
  • Surgeon Simulator 2013
  • War Thunder

You will, of course, recognize Anodyne, Distance, Evoland, Kingdom Rush, Legends of Dawn, Organ Trail, Receiver, Surgeon Simulator, and even War Thunder from the folder in your photographic memory labeled “RPS” – which sits suffocatingly atop the one called “Precious Childhood Memories.” Huntsman, meanwhile, is apparently survival horror sans bloody violence. Instead, it focuses on “pro-actively” appeasing the wishes of evil orphans, which I think was the plot of Vin Diesel’s The Pacifier.

Speaking personally, I’m pretty thrilled to see Receiver – the almost comically realistic gun game – and Evoland get the Greenlight spotlight, but Huntsman definitely has my eye. Any new horror game that’s not a Slender clone or whatever Dead Space 3 was is well worth some cursory attention, if nothing else.

What’s your take, though? Are any of these standouts particularly strong? And of course, plenty of games continue to vie for Greenlight voters’ mental bandwidth, but which ones do you think deserve more attention?

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