Noble Fates on the surface is a medieval kingdom builder, and it checks all those boxes nicely. But it also has a deeper level as residents of your kingdom compete for leadership and fight for survival as god-like players try to conquer the mortal realm.
The first game reviewed in the New Year is Aquarium Designer from Sigur Studio. This serene aquarium designer game offers a surprising amount of depth and even has a single player campaign. It’s a perfectly peaceful way to ring in the New Year.
With titles like Moto GP, Isle of Man, and Ride 4, it’s hard for any motorcycle racing to get traction. But RiMS Racing does just that with extreme realism and lots of really amazing bikes to try and tame.
If you fell in love with city builders back in the 1990s when games like SimCity were first hitting their stride, then Silicon City is a first-class trip back to that nostalgia. It might struggle to capture a huge number of modern players, but the developers are highly active and supportive of their community.
You probably would not think of a farm simulation as being among the most successful video game titles of all time, but the Farming Simulator series is beloved by millions. Farming Simulator 22 kicks everything into high gear with upgraded graphics, seasonal crops, more machines and a streamlined interface.
This week our intrepid Modern Gamer starts her own company in Bus Simulator 21. She will have to do nearly everything to make it work, from planning the routes to driving the buses. So come onboard as we travel around the virtual city in style.
The Legend of the Kestrel Lancers DLC for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries really improves the core game with new features, new biomes to fight in, new combat mechs and a handcrafted new military campaign that puts your lance on the frontlines of the deadly Fourth Succession War.
Gas Station Simulator tasks you with rebuilding and refurbishing an abandoned gas station somewhere along the storied Route 66 in the American Southwest. You will also be dodging your uncle’s goons and generally trying to keep the aptly named Dust Bowl above water.
Patron is a brand new city builder that prides itself on realistic difficulty. There is also a strong political underpinning so that budding rulers can make enemies. Unfortunately for our Modern Gamer, the ultimate enemy was starvation, which her colonists experienced a lot.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is an exciting first and third person mech combat shooter where you and up to three friends control a lance of stompy mechs doing whatever dirty work the great houses want, and earning reputation and piles of C-bills in the process.