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.
As Monster Truck Championship rumbles onto next generation consoles, we check out this racing series again to find improved graphics, better vehicle physics and a whole lot of car-crushing, nitro-fueled fun.
In most mech-based games, you play a hotshot pilot or military commander. But in Mech Mechanic Simulator, your job is to patch the robots up after a combat, replace busted parts and get them back out there. Surprisingly, it’s just as fun as being a pilot.
Monster Truck Championship is a wild race game where you take control of one of those amazing monster trucks as you crush, crumble and piledrive anything that stands in your way. Race fans looking for something a bit different will have fun in the mud here.