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The minimal entertainment value achieved by the gameplay simulation part of eSports Manager is ruined by a level of ease that quickly comes once you’ve unlocked a few perks, and, unfortunately, everything else feels like a chore.

MXGP PRO is a dirt-and-mud motocross racer, which, despite being visually appealing for the most part, misses the mark on the fundamentals.

Outpost Zero is a survival adventure title that features base-building and crafting. The market has seen a noticeable influx of similar games, so creating one that stands out isn’t the easiest task to accomplish. Despite the apparent lifelessness of some areas and certain needed quality-of-life improvements, based on the title’s current state and projected trajectory, it has potential. I know I can see myself sinking time into this, especially the base-building aspect.

For the first time in the history of the franchise, this year's upcoming iteration of The Golf Club will include commentary from a professional, world renowned broadcaster.

A display crowded with as much information as possible may keep some from giving Out of the Park Baseball 19 the chance it so rightfully deserves, but try it out and you’ll find the title has plenty to offer the baseball rookie and veteran alike.

Wreckfest is a demolition derby-style racer with stunning physics and a hint of absurdity. Whether your vehicle of choice is a Pontiac Firebird or a lawn mower, the title is less about racing and more about the spectacular collisions.

Jurassic World Evolution is a challenging park simulator that emphasizes micromanagement and requires players to carefully and strategically balance resources. For those who enjoy the genre, it’s worth considering.

Cefore is an early access, physics-based puzzler with great potential and a comprehensive level editor to round out the experience after the completion of the main campaign. Fans of the genre should give this title at least a passing glance.

A true motorbike simulation, MotoGP18 provides a gritty, realistic experience for the most part, apart from flaws in braking, a wheelie ban, and some twitchy animations for the crowd.

Cultist Simulator is the kind of game where “Just one more turn,” easily becomes “Four hours later…” It’s addicting even when it’s difficult and frustrating, and extremely satisfying when things finally start going right for you.  

Wild West Saga: Idle Tycoon is another shameless AdVenture Capitalist clone that seeks to rob the 3:10 train to your wallet. With its The Jetsons meets The Incredibles art style and addictive clicker charm, you just might let it.

The PGA TOUR returns to the video game space this summer when a comprehensive PGA TOUR Career Mode is integrated into The Golf Club franchise.

This house-renovating simulator provides a satisfying sense of progression and realism. Its focus veers away from architectural and interior design, letting handiwork steal the spotlight.

ValeGuard is a great RTS game already, despite it being Early Access. With input from players and the already-planned changes from the studio it will only get better. This is a great play for anyone who enjoys the RTS genre.

Managing a farm is its own reward in Farm Manager 2018, so don’t expect anything beyond that. If that’s what you’re looking for, then this title won’t disappoint.

Headup Games and Big Moustache Games announce their cooperation on Grimmwood, a challenging social multiplayer RPG experience, blending elements of survival, roguelike and exploration.

Monster Prom is a dating sim that’s ready to scare away the competition with drop-dead gorgeous art, killer writing, and music that’s to die for.

Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Coronado Games announced that their spaceship-building game Starship Corporation is releasing out of Steam’s Early Access Program on May 3, 2018.

Make Sail is a beautiful game that initially is calming, but the primary features of the game, which are building and sailing, don’t hold up and swiftly lead to frustration. This may be a title to keep an eye on, but there’s not enough there at present to satisfy for very long.

This Early Access train simulator serves as a great addition for fans of micromanagement titles that are easy to relax with. It’s fun, well-crafted, requires thought, and has a wonderfully casual feel. It has some minor flaws, but it’s still worth picking up.

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