Steam Next Fest is back, once again packing a ridiculous amount of free game demos into a single week, which isn’t nearly long enough to play them all, or even most of them. Many demos are for games you may have seen during non-E3so you are no doubt eager to download and dive in.
But where to start ? To help you not to be completely buried, we have selected a few Next Fest Steam Demos to start. Don’t forget there are hundreds more – yes, hundreds – so don’t feel you have to stop at our recommendations. We’re just giving you a little push.
Turbo golf course
If you’re lamenting that Rocket League is no longer in the Steam store, this might be the next best thing. Rocket cars and giant soccer balls certainly ring a bell, but Turbo golf course does not take place in a cozy little arena. With up to 8 players, you race with turbo cars on a long winding course and try to score your ball in the hole waiting at the end. Along the way, you grab weapons and powerups while trying to do golf things like dodging sand traps and curving your shots around trees. Golf, but in a rocket, and that’s racing. The title just makes sense.
If you like heavy metal and explosive demons with shotguns, combine the two. Metal: Hellsinger is a rhythmic first-person shooter, so it’s like Doom but you time your shots to the fast pace of the soundtrack. The more successful you are and the more monsters you kill, the faster the beat and the more complex the music becomes. “At first I didn’t even notice the music rising crescendo under my felling, until some guy started yelling in my ear, then the guitars were squealing and the double thump had my eardrums racing and man, I was killing, and I was sway“, Andy said when he played a build back in 2020. We can only imagine that the new demo has even more beats and more blood.
The easiest way to describe it is Stardew Valley, but set in the Stone Age. Forget buying seeds from a store: stores weren’t invented yet. You’ll have to forage for food to find new plants to grow, fish for food, and manage your small prehistoric community. Develop tools, discover ways to preserve meat, domesticate animals, and gradually bring new technologies to the Stone Age while learning skills such as pottery and metalworking. The lovely art and romance setting makes this a must-watch when it releases later in 2022. Katie was charmed by an alpha release earlier in the year, and if you’re a fan of farming and city life simulation gamesyou should really find the time this week to try the new demo.
Midnight Fight Express
It’s a top-down beat-em-up, but so much more. Smash your way through an entire city in a single night, engage in hand-to-hand brawls with mobs of gangsters, pilot boats and ride high-speed trucks and trains, blast with guns fire or keep it personal with your fists. Level up as you fight, unlock new moves and skills, and turn everyday objects like furniture and toilet plungers into weapons. Midnight Fight Express is like an action movie if the parts between the action were also action packed.
Worship of the Lamb
Take a bit of RimWorld, mix it up with The Binding of Isaac, and feed it some lovable yet violent woodland creatures. In Cult of the Lamb, you don’t just lead a cult, you try to lead the best and most powerful cult. Recruit followers, perform rituals, deliver sermons, and battle mobs of unbelievers as you expand your influence and grow in power. Why be a lamb when you can be a lamb god? It’s adorable yet disturbing, and definitely worth checking out this week before its full launch in August.