The Iron Oath official artwork with the logo

[Update]: My review for The Iron Oath is now out, and in short it's a promising turn-based strategy, though still quite rough around the edges.

As is tradition for the genre, the upcoming The Iron Oath is all about building up your team, exploring the world in search of treasure and secrets, and naturally, resolving most of your disagreements through good ol' fashioned turn-based combat. However, instead of having just one team you need to take care of, The Iron Oath will task you with managing and financing an entire mercenary guild through the ages!

As time goes by your mercenaries will age, retire or simply become incapacitated, so sticking to just one winning strategy won't get you very far. Instead you'll need to cultivate a diverse roster of mercenaries, foster political relationships with the factions you believe most likely to stand the test of time, and ideally pick and choose contracts that won't make you the least popular person around.

Turbo Overkill screenshot of the chainsaw leg in action

[Update]: Turbo Overkill has now arrived, and as I've detailed in my review, the chainsaw leg isn't even the best bit!

I hope you're not tired of the recent resurgence of retro FPS games, because there is a brand new one coming in the near future - Turbo Overkill. As befitting its name, Turbo Overkill is a fast-paced and cyberpunk themed FPS where your character is apparently so unhinged he has straight up replaced one of his legs with a chainsaw!

What this nonsense looks like in actual gameplay, as well as what sort of 'boomer shooter' Turbo Overkill even is, that you can find out through the freshly posted trailer. Have a peek:

Salt and Sacrifice official artwork and logo

[Update]: Salt and Sacrifice has now landed onto PC and PlayStation, and unsurprisingly, it's a fun yet flawed experience.

Salt and Sacrifice is the upcoming sequel to the excellent 2D Souls-like RPG Salt and Sacrifice. While the details are still few and far between, Salt and Sacrifice will bring with it a greater focus on mobility through the usage of tools like the grappling hook, an improved inventory that will make it easier to utilize different items in combat, as well as more elaborate PvP and co-op options to help make everything just a bit more exciting.

What this looks like in actual gameplay, and especially all of that about the PvP side of things, that you can check out through the recently posted trailer. Have a peek:

Core Keeper official artwork with the logo

Freshly released into Steam Early Access, Core Keeper is a mining, crafting and exploration based sandbox game. As you might imagine from that description alone, most of your time in Core Keeper will be spend mining for resources and treasure, fighting monsters and exploring a procedurally generated underground world, as well as crafting new equipment and building up your base to help make yourself feel at home in the depths.

All of this can be done in either singleplayer or multiplayer with up to 7 other people, with the latter definitely being the more entertaining option. What Core Keeper looks like in action, however, that you can get a pretty good idea of through the recently posted trailer. Have a gander:

Axiom Verge 2 official artwork with logo

2D Metroidvania Axiom Verge 2 arrived onto PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation and Switch back in late 2021. However, if you're not a fan of either of those platforms and are patiently waiting for some other options, you might be happy to hear that it will also be coming to Steam this year.

The one downside is that you'll have to wait a fair few months in order for the Steam version to actually arrive as the exclusivity agreement with Epic was signed for a full year. As such, Axiom Verge will only be landing onto Steam this August 11th, 2022.

Young Souls official artwork and logo

The freshly released Young Souls is a rather charming hybrid between an action-RPG and a beat'em up. What this means in gameplay terms is that you will spend a fair bit of time crunching through hordes upon hordes of goblins in side-scrolling levels, picking up or buying all sorts of items and accessories to help customize your playstyle, as well as beefing up your stats or simply having a chat in between levels.

What this looks like in actual gameplay, however, that you can check out through one of the recent trailers. Have a gander, it's a rather informative one:

Have a Nice Death official artwork and logo

Staying true to its name, the freshly released Have a Nice Death is an action-roguelike that's all about hacking and slashing your way through hordes of enemies as a very disgruntled Grim Reaper. Along the way you'll also get a chance to smack down an assortment of bosses that also happen to be previous employees, unlock new items and spells to make the reaping go by easier, and if you are so inclined, adopt a couple of curses to brighten up the day for your scores of subordinates back in the Death Incorporated offices.

What all of this madness looks like in action, that you can get a pretty good idea through the recently posted and rather charming trailer. Have a gander, it's well worth checking out:

Have a Nice Death official artwork with the logo

[Update]: Have a Nice Death has now landed into Early Access, and so far it's looking quite solid.

In stark contrast to his usual portrayal, the Grim Reaper in the upcoming action-roguelike Have a Nice Death is a chronically disgruntled grandpa that just wants to take a break for once in eternity. Unfortunately for him, the world's full of previous employees that have forgotten who's at the top of the food chain, thus forcing poor ol' Death to venture out into the unknown to teach them all a lesson with the business end of his scythe.

What all of this nonsense means in actual gameplay, however, is that you'll get to hack and slash your way through legions of enemies across multiple worlds, all culminating in an assortment of big bad boss fights. Should you die somewhere along the way, there's no cause for concern as you have plenty of connections in the underworld! So instead of simply fading away, you'll pop right back in your office alongside new abilities and upgrades to help spice up your next playthrough.

Young Souls game official artwork and logo

[Update]: Young Souls has now arrived, and outside of some technical troubles it's looking pretty solid.

If you're in the mood for kicking back and then kicking your way through scores upon scores of goblins beat'em up style, you might want to check out the upcoming Young Souls. It's essentially a side-scrolling brawler mixed with an action RPG, with all of the features you might expect from a hybrid of the two genres.

In other words there's plenty of 2.5D levels to explore, enemies and bosses to clobber over the head with combo moves, as well as weapons, armor and accessories to equip in order to customize your playstyle. And just to help spice things up, Young Souls is fully playable in either singleplayer or shared-screen co-op, so definitely bring a friend along if you're planning to dive in.

Haven artwork showing all four of the potential characters

[Update]: In another pleasant surprise, The Game Bakers' boss-battling action game Furi is getting a brand new character, six years after its launch!

Unlike The Game Bakers' previous game Furi which was all about non-stop action, Haven is more of an exploration focused RPG about a couple stuck on a mysterious planet. There's still plenty of battles to be had, naturally, but also a variety of tricky decisions to make, arguments to work through, and conversations to enjoy.

Given how the relationship between the two main characters is what the entire story revolves around, the Haven team has now released a chunky free update to help expand your options! So depending on your preference, you can now chose between three different configurations: either a woman and a man, two women, or two men.