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The Steam Game Festival Summer Edition is over, here's our round-up

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Now that the Steam Game Festival - Summer Edition is over, here's a round-up of of our coverage and some more thoughts. In true Valve style, it went off with a few problems including some developers not getting a demo button until the second day of the event.

We started off by highlighting a list of ~30 demos for games that looked interesting, ensuring that each of them was verified working and then going from there. After that? Plenty caught my eye personally and some were genuinely great.

There were far too many to cover all of them across only a few days and a weekend, apologies if we didn't get to the one you were interested in. In case you missed the individual games we've already gone over, with each of them having a video too, here's a quick list of what we played and enjoyed:

Might have 1 or 2 other articles and videos to come in the next few days on others…

We should also give CARRION a very honourable mention. While we didn't do a fresh look at it directly this time and it had the demo up again during the festival, we did cover their demo before with a video and it's absolutely fantastic.

What's most surprising though, is that the quality of some demos were really quite high. Two months or so from Valve's announcement is not a lot of time to scrape together a demo from unfinished code, so congratulations to all developers involved for such a fun event.

Hopefully we've managed to highlight something you like along the way, there was certainly some seriously good games on offer for testing and a huge amount to look forwards to across this year and next for Linux gaming. Picking a personal favourite has been a very difficult decision because they're all so damn good. I'm completely torn between CARRION, Patrick's Parabox and Tallowmere 2 personally. Three completely different games but so good!

I can only hope Valve do this every year, as it's a great boost for developers and gamers.

What was your favourite from the 2020 Steam Game Festival?

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Ehvis 22 Jun
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I only tried the non-story demos.

DRAG was pretty good, but found it hard to control. It doesn't help that I suck with controllers. Need my wheel! On the other hand, I still did better than with art of rally.

Some interesting puzzle games, but didn't really play them all since a lot of demos failed to include key rebinding.

Also tried Everspace 2 in proton. That's looking really good!
Zelox 23 Jun
Why once a year. Demos should be something you always should have available. I preferred summer sale :P. Or atleast let me try the game for free for 20-45 min
Interknet 23 Jun
Quoting: ZeloxWhy once a year. Demos should be something you always should have available. I preferred summer sale :P. Or atleast let me try the game for free for 20-45 min

Developers loss.
I'm more inclined to buy a game if I can play the demo of it first.
Otherwise I'm more reluctant to go through the process of Steam Refunds, which if you do too many times can get you a ban from refunding games in future.

Got quite a few games I plan on buying when they come out, had they no demo available, probably wouldn't have had any more than I did prior to the event.
Kimyrielle 23 Jun
To add the "other opinion"...I really don't bother with demos. Now, that's coming from somebody who almost never buys game at full-price, either. But for the price point I am willing to invest for most games, I am confident enough to just buy them based on what I know about them.
slaapliedje 23 Jun
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There used to be a point in time when most gMes coming out had demos. Remember the days of magazines with cover disks full of the latest demos? How hard is it for developers to build a demo version that just ends with a nice "if you liked this... buy the full game!" Especially with a digital store front where when you buy the game it just unlocks the rest of the data.
Hell it could be a built in feature of Steam!

I always thought this nuts. Remember, Doom and Quake took off so fast because you could pick up the demo disks at grocery stores!
NoSt 23 Jun
I really enjoyed the Steam Game Festival. I think I've tried about 20 different demos.
The highlights for me personally were Carrion, Starmancer and Tallowmere 2, but there were plenty of others I liked.
Hadean Tactics is a very interesting game that is clearly inspired by Slay the Spire, but with quite a few differences.
Another great tactical game is Tenderfoot Tactics. It's still rough and the graphics remind me of the early 90's, but it definitely has a lot of potential.
The Zone: Stalker Stories is an interesting game too, given that it's a cross-breed between the visual novel, RPG and deck building game.
And finally, as a person who enjoyed playing point and click adventure games since I was a child, I'm really happy that there were many demos of such games: Backbone, Mutropolis, Slender Threads, Port Valley...


Last edited by NoSt on 23 June 2020 at 7:23 am UTC
Some demos i tried and enjoyed :
- Lore Finder (metroidvania)
- Windjammers 2 (sport)
- Drag (racing)
- Everspace 2 (space shooter)
- Hypercore (shmup without the shooting part)
- Fae Tactics (tactical rpg)
- Art of Rally (racing)
Patola 23 Jun
Quoting: slaapliedjeThere used to be a point in time when most gMes coming out had demos. Remember the days of magazines with cover disks full of the latest demos? How hard is it for developers to build a demo version that just ends with a nice "if you liked this... buy the full game!" Especially with a digital store front where when you buy the game it just unlocks the rest of the data.
Hell it could be a built in feature of Steam!
It is a builtin feature of Steam, however not many games have demos. I am one of the crowd who doesn't care about them. They take precious developer time off the main game, they have to be updated in sync with the game, and they do not give a good idea of long, deep games which are the ones I love. For some categories of games, it would be stupid, almost unfeasible -- imagine a Demo of the Witcher 3, which is open world? Also, we have good quality youtube videos which show off what a game can do much better than a demo.
Nanobang 23 Jun
I don't really need or want demos. I have 640 titles on my Wishlist that I've already decided I want to buy; I'm just waiting for the right price point or for a game to leave Early Access. The Steam Game Festival "Summer Edition" (Have there really been any other "editions?") was simply a non-event for me.


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logge 23 Jun
It really should be up "everyday" just like Doom the old days had a demo.

I tried Soldat 2 and was unable to start the game as the menu was borked massively. A pity, I hope for another demo else I will not buy it.


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