Independent gaming has always held the key to creativity in games. When we all though Survival Horror was dead and buried with Resident Evil 5, Amnesia: The Dark Descent comes out and makes us poop our pants. When someone told us a game about just a normal everyday guy couldn’t be a hit, OCTODAD sells like hotcakes. We live in new times, friend. No longer are we bound only to quality games from massive third and first party publishers like EA and UBISOFT. The age of self-publishing has slowly but surely became the new way for game developers to get their games in the hands of gamers. Now in 2015, it is a renaissance for the independent developer with ways to self-fund projects and then self-publish their indie darlings. Here is a list of five of those that has taken my fancy in 2015…
5. Darkest Dungeon
Announced in December to be coming to the PS4, Darkest Dungeon is a Lovecraftian-inspired RPG. What makes this game stand out is it’s dark animated style and how facing down with such horrors change your party members for better or worst. The game is currently in early access on Steam and it already looks incredible. If you play tabletop RPGs and know the joy of picking merits and flaws, this game will change you for the better.
Announced alongside the Xbox One, Below is a classic Zelda-inspired game from Capy Games, makers of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP and the more recent Super Time Force. The game is in Capy’s pixel art style. While this style has been done to death by indie games, Capy’s style has a uniqueness to it that makes it stand out and be quite beautiful.
The game that grabbed everyone’s attention during Xbox’s E3 2014 press conference, Cuphead is a visual banquet. We haven’t seen much gameplay of the game but the style of early 20th century animation that Cuphead uses is a breath of fresh air from all the pixel art wannabe indie titles coming out recently.
2. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
It’s a sequel to the Drive-inspired fan favorite, Hotline Miami. The game promies more smashing dudes with doors, more weapons, and more awesome retro new wave music. If you even remotely enjoyed the first game, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is a no brainer.
1. No Man’s Sky
Hello Games, Makers of Joe Danger and Joe Danger: The Movie, is working on No Man’s Sky. Maybe you’ve heard of this massive undertaking in gaming. It’s a first-person space exploration game that brought the internet to a frenzy after the initial trailer debuted at the 2013 VGX awards. One part is Minecraft and the other part the version of Spore we were promised; No Man’s Sky can either be one of the most beautiful life-changing gaming experiences we will ever play or the second biggest disappointment in gaming history…next to Destiny.