Audiosurf screenshot of a tunnel full of pellets to collect

Audiosurf released all the way back in 2008, and to my knowledge, was one of the first highly popular rhythm-racing games. It was a fairly simple concept, just racing along tracks created from your own music, but sometimes simplicity is all you really need to have a thoroughly engaging experience.

However, the reason I'm bringing up Audisurf in 2020 isn't to simply reminisce about how fun it is, but rather because it has suddenly received a brand new update! First and foremost, widescreen scaling has been greatly improved across the board. This will be the most noticeable on ultrawide monitors, though even 16:9 screens will see some minor positive changes. And if you're in the mood for something completely different, you can now also play in 'narrowscreen' as well.

30XX screenshot of two Mega Man inspired characters

After the surprisingly good 20XX, Batterystaple Games have now announced that they're giving the concept another try. Much like its predecessor, 30XX will be a roguelite action-platformer primarily inspired by the look and feel of games like Mega Man X.

If you're wondering just what exactly I mean by that, you should check out the recently posted announcement trailer as it'll give you a pretty good idea of just what 30XX is trying to be. Have a little peek:

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem official artwork and logo

After spending around four years in Steam Early Access, the Diablo inspired Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem has now been released in full. As you would imagine from its inspiration, Wolcen brings with it a whole boatload of monsters to hack and slash your way through, a variety of abilities and builds to experiment with, and naturally, more loot than one could ever hope to carry back to town.

You can get a pretty good idea of what to expect from Wolcen in terms of gameplay, as well as what the story is about, through the recently posted launch trailer. Have a gander:

DUSK artwork of the demonic enemies

DUSK is a truly awesome retro shooter, and one of the main reasons why the genre is having such a resurgence these days. But if that alone simply isn't enough, DUSK has just become even better through the addition of official modding support!

The whole system is still in alpha so it's not fully fleshed out just yet, but there are already quite a few mods available to toy around with. As you might expect, most are currently just texture or audio replacements, though there are a surprising number of community-made levels as well. You can check them out over at the DUSK modding website.

Official artwork and logo for Door Kickers 2: Task Force North

Door Kickers 2 was originally supposed to release in 2016, a mere two years after the original, though KillHouse Games ended up delaying its launch to 2017 in order to get everything nice and polished up. As you might imagine, the new release date didn't end up working out either. And as 2017 rolled over to 2018, new information about Door Kickers 2 became incredibly sparse, to the point that I simply wasn't even sure if it's actually in development anymore.

Thankfully, it would appear that my concerns were unfounded as KillHouse Games have just announced that not only is Door Kickers 2 still alive and kicking, but that it will be released onto Steam Early Access this year! The exact release date hasn't been revealed just yet, but you can expect to see it at some point in the second quarter of 2020.

Darksburg official artwork and logo

After successfully getting Northgard through Steam Early Access, Shiro Games are now attempting to do the same with Darksburg. However, while Northgard is a strategy game through and through, Darksburg is a co-op focused hack & slash with both a classic PvE mode and a Left 4 Dead inspired PvP mode.

You can get a bit of an idea of what Darksburg looks like, as well as what the actual combat is about, through the recently posted launch trailer. Have a gander, it's a fairly short one:

Besiege screenshot of a catapult firing

[Update]: Besiege has now been released in full, and you'll be happy to hear that the developers are already looking towards adding some nifty post-launch content.

Besiege has spent around five years in Steam Early Access, during which it has received an absolute ton of content updates and improvements. Things will soon be getting even more interesting, however, as the developers have now announced that Besiege will finally be getting released on February 18th alongside yet another major new update.

The aptly named Patch 1.0 will add the final island for Besiege's singleplayer campaign, bringing with it a variety of lovely environments and highly challenging levels. There will be new enemies to slaughter, fortresses to endlessly smash your patchwork devices against, as well as "secret magics to unravel" as you slowly work your way across the island.

Dead Cells The Bad Seed DLC official artwork and logo

If you're in the mood for even more Dead Cells to mess around with, you'll be glad to hear that its very first paid DLC, The Bad Seed, has now arrived. It brings with it two new areas to spice up the early game, a variety of new enemies and items to toy around with, and most importantly, an absolutely massive new boss to help bring your runs to a sudden and unexpected end!

You can get a pretty good idea of what all of this looks like in gameplay terms, as well as what the two new areas are really like, through the recently posted trailer. Have a peek:

VVVVVV game screenshot of the room with the moving 'yes' signs

The classic indie platformer VVVVVV is having its 10th anniversary this year, and in order to celebrate this momentous occasion, its creator Terry Cavanagh has done something a bit out of the ordinary. As you might guess from the title alone, he has released the full source code for VVVVVV!

Best of all, he released the source code for both the original desktop version and the newer mobile version! So if you ever wanted to peek behind the curtains of game development, or simply see what a fully finished project might look like, you should head on over to Github.

The Lords of Midnight screenshot of knights and a dragon

If you're up for a deep dive into gaming history, you might want to check out GOG's latest announcement. From this day forward, two classic strategy-focused RPGs The Lords of Midnight and Doomdark's Revenge are entirely free to grab.

Despite being written for extremely limited hardware, both games are surprisingly deep and expansive. In a way, you can even consider them a distant predecessor to the Heroes of Might and Magic series. So expect to see a whole bunch of challenging turn-based combat, exploration, resource management, and even storytelling.