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Posts tagged “Steam Game Festival”

The Steam Game Festival is returning in October with more demos

Valve plan to hold another Steam Game Festival this autumn, running from October 7th to the 13th, and I'm a bit afraid of it. A Steam Game Festival, you see, is a short period of time where Steam releases a whole bunch of demos for upcoming games. But during the summer festival Steam released an unholy number, giving us 900 to try and get through.

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The best steam festival demos: ACTION

I can't keep up, readers. A constant hoseworth of new games is one thing, but between mega bundles and a dozen streaming events, this month has become an avalanche of games. The Steam Game Festival has flung heaps of promising games in our direction. Frankly, far too many of them look good. My brain cannot parse this kind of volume.So. Let's stick with the action…

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Feature: In which we discuss pirates, space missions, and lying about wine.

The best Steam Festival demos: management games

You know what takes a lot of managing? All the demos in the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition. There are blimmin' 900 of them. And coincidentally, I have gone through and collected some of the best demos on that theme. Rockets, monsters, pirates, wine and fish: what do all these things have in common? You're in charge of their efficiency, that's what. If someone wants…

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Feature: Two thirds of these games are about dwarves or pharaohs.

The best Steam Festival demos: RTS and city builders

Since the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition has so many demos in it, we've all run off to harvest our own little crop to recommend, picking different genres as our guiding principle. As ever, though, the concept of "genre" has tripped me up like a rake in the dark, and left me flailing to define what connects the six games below. I guess, if there's…

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The best demos from the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition

Look, we thought there were only going to be a few dozen demos in the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition, and then they only did about a thousand of them. This seems unfair. No one can play all of those in a weekend! So we've taken the divide and conquer approach at RPS. In order to bring you, our valued readers, the best possible bang…

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Feature: Dirty roles, played dirt cheap

The best Steam Festival demos: RPGs

Readers, I have put on my waders and made my way into the deep mill pool of the Steam Game Festival: Summer edition free demos. There are a lot, so I confined myself to RPGs. This isn't an exhaustive list, of course, even though I got overexcited and did far too many, but it's hopefully going to give you a place to start. If you…

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The best Steam Festival demos: strategy games

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “strategy” as “any game that centres puzzle-solving or cerebral thought”. I’ve taken that surprisingly liberal definition, ran off to the Steam Summer Games Festival, and come back with an armful of videogames that vaguely fall under that umbrella. Some of them are definitely skirting the edges and getting their feet wet, but you should play them anyway.Below you’ll find a…

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Watch our Vidbuds try and play every demo in the Steam Game Festival

The RPS Vidbuds are getting involved in all the not-E3 fun this year. After their livestream of pre- and post-PC Gaming Show analysis, they're upping the ante by playing as many of the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition demos as possible. See both slices of lovely upcoming games, and Matthew Castle shouting about Toblerones probably. The stream starts at 7pm BST, and you can find…

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Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition starts today with demos and dev talks

Valve today will launch their Steam Game Festival, Summer Edition, a week-long virtual event helping helping fill the gap left by cancelled public games shows like EGX and PAX. The Stegafesumed will bring playable demos of upcoming games, including tastes of Inkle's Pendragon and the weird adventure Genesis Noir. The Steam Game Festival will start at 6pm today (10am Pacific) and run until 6pm on…

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Steam will host more virtual game festivals during lockdown

With calendars wiped clean by the ongoing lockdown, another two virtual games events have announced plans to fill in the gap with showcases on Steam for the public to play demos and hear developers. Valve and Geoff Keighley's official Steam Game Festival will return in June, and it's probably no coincidence they're claiming dates previously held by E3. And the Polish games conference, Digital Dragons…

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Steam Game Festival is live with oodles of excellent game demos

Steam kicks off a nearly week-long spree of free game demos today with its Steam Game Festival. It is certifiably a celebration of great indie games, with demos available for some that are already released and others yet to come. There appears to be a bit of everything: puzzles, action, management, platforming, and more. Everything from Thunder Lotus' upcoming cozy management game Spiritfarer to the…

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A virtual Steam Game Festival will let you play a load of demos today

With basically every games event cancelled or postponed by coronavirus concerns, Valve are launching a virtual showcase of games that would have been on show. The Steam Game Festival: Spring Edition will start tonight with over forty games on show and free demos for folks at home to play until Monday. That's nice, that. I'd be nice if this sort of thing became a permanent…

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