There are some fantastic games on the next-gen consoles at the moment, and a few of those are indie games. The Xbox One has seen some brilliant indie games of late, like The Escapist, for instance and the PS4 has had its fair share too. 2014 was a pretty decent year for indie games, but 2015 is definitely going to take the biscuit. It’s pretty much the first year that a new indie game is one of the most anticipated games of the year, in the form of No Man’s Sky – and there are plenty more wonderful indie games coming out alongside it. Below I’ve written a very brief description of a few of those games and then left a link to each game’s website at the top. Which indie games are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments below!
I’ve only heard a little bit about this one, but what I’ve heard so far is definitely intriguing. Runbow is a 9 player race game, in which the player has to get from one point to the other the fastest (the definition of a race). It looks like manic multiplayer fun, and that’s something that I’ve really missed this generation. I love playing silly games, especially if eight other people can play it with me. The game looks super intense, with shifting worlds and power-ups dotted around the place. It’s a colourful, exhilarating, fun packed title, and it’s definitely one to look out for this year.
The PlayStation playing IM PLAYIN guys absolutely loved the first Hotline Miami. It was quirky, gory, rude, kind of funny and pretty intense. Imagine classic GTA; top down, gore filled fun. Hotline Miami 2 is going to be much of the same, but slightly bigger and, hopefully, just as good.
I really enjoyed BroForce at EGX last year. It was the name that first drew me in, and the fact that the characters are interpretations of some of our favourite action actors, from Stallone to B. A. Baracus. In its essence, the game really reminds me of the classic Metal Slug arcade game. The game is in a similar style, and it plays quite similarly too. I used to love the old Metal Slug games, so I’m super excited to properly get my hands on BroForce.
This is the next game from Tequila Works, the brilliant minds behind Deadlight – a sidescrolling zombie platformer which I fell in love with on the 360. Rime is a distance away from Deadlight, however, as rather than focusing on the undead, the game sees you solving puzzles in an open-world which looks quite similar to games like Journey. Other than that, I know very little about Rime. Tequila Works did a fantastic job with Deadlight, and if Rime is at least half as good, we’ll be in for a real treat. They like to try something different, and I really appreciate that – especially from indie developers.
For a while, this was one of my most hotly anticipated games. The game design is stunning, reminding me of a gritty Fez, in a way. It also has a real Legend of Zelda vibe to it, which I love. The gameplay looks solid, and the open-world elements make it look like a game I’ll really be absorbed in. You’ll be exploring some beautiful settings as the Drifter, and you’ll have the opportunity to use some cool looking weapons at the same time. It looks like a hostile world, but one which will be a hell of a lot of fun to explore.
SuperHot was one of the surprise hits for me at EGX last year. Granted, I did play it on the Oculus Rift, which was an amazing experience in itself. Still, the overall concept for the game is sound. It is a strategic shooter, where you can control the speed of time by moving. The slower you move, the slower time goes, meaning that you have to work out the best route to dodge bullets and kill your enemies. It’s like Mirror’s Edge meets the Matrix, but on a smaller scale with far less free-running… or a moody Keanu Reeves.
Personally, I’ve been waiting for this game for a while now. Wulverblade combines two of my loves – British history and beat em’ up style games. The game looks visually impressive, and it’s one of those titles that oozes in passion from the creators. That sounded kind of wrong… but I hope that you catch my drift. I had an interview with Michael Heald, creator and owner of Fully Illustrated, a good few months back now, so if you want to know a little more about the game, you can check that out here.
1) No Man’s Sky
Of course, No Man’s Sky was always going to be my number one indie game to look out for this year. The hype train was really chugging along for this one at last year’s E3. From what I’ve seen, and heard, about the game, I’d imagine that the hype is justified. Still, it’s often difficult for the big game companies to reach the levels of expectation that sometimes latch themselves on to their projects – so could a small indie developer deliver? I wouldn’t like to say, either way. I definitely think that this space / galaxy / planet exploration game is going to be a good’un. Whether or not it can be one of the best games of the year is yet to be seen. Still, I’m sure it’s going to turn a few more heads, upon its release – and I’m very much looking forward to giving it a go… albeit on my brother’s PS4 because I’m yet to get myself one.