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Feature: Eight New PS4 Indie Games That Should Be On Your Radar

Posted by Sammy Barker

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The big moments at E3 may be reserved for hardware reveals and blockbuster exclusives, but the indie sector is undeniably becoming increasingly important for platform holder Sony. The Japanese giant has made a huge push in this area over the past few years, and as its press conference evidenced earlier in the week, it’s not planning to stop with the PlayStation 4. As part of the manufacturer’s big showcase in Los Angeles, the company revealed eight new indie games that will make their console debut on the next generation system. But what are the titles in question, and why should you care?

Don’t Starve

Pitched as a survival game set in the wilderness, Klei Entertainment’s forthcoming outdoor opus sees you assume the role of a German scientist who has been transported to a bleak outland. Using little more than your wits and the environment around you, you must use the resources and tools at your disposal to brave your way through the rough rural world, carefully attempting to avoid the hand drawn creatures and traps that aim to obscure your way home.

Galak-Z

The thinking man’s shooter, Galak-Z aims to take the complex combat encounters from modern action games and transpose them into a retro two-dimensional world. Set in a massive Metroidvania-inspired environment – and boasting a comprehensive physics system that promises to take full advantage of the PS4’s horsepower – the throwback hopes to replace the mindless bullet hell of most modern spaceship shooters with something a little more tactical and mentally taxing.

Mercenary Kings

The real benefit of indie games is that it allows creative developers to explore extremely unique ideas, and that often culminates in some fresh storylines and gameplay mechanics. But that doesn’t necessarily need to be the case, and titles such as Mercenary Kings are eager to prove that point. The co-operative run ‘n’ gun shooter from Tribute Games sees you completing missions in colourful two-dimensional environments, using a unique arsenal of weapons to guide your way. The big twist is that the title allows you to mix and match multiple firearm parts, enabling you to concoct some brutal combinations.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

By far the most baffling game featured as part of PS4’s indie push, Octodad: Dadliest Catch sees you assume the role of an octopus everyman. However, there’s a catch – your wife and kids are oblivious to the fact that you’re a cephalopod in disguise. As such, the so-called “slapstick fatherhood simulator” has you attempting to deceive your suspicious relatives, a task that isn’t as easy as it initially seems due to your gelatinous nature. It’s essentially Noby Noby Boy on opium – and that’s by no means a bad thing.

Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New ‘n’ Tasty

A remake of the PSone classic, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New ‘n’ Tasty is set to further the franchise’s return to the spotlight. Produced on the Unity 3D engine, the remake removes the flip-screen presentation from the original PlayStation release, introducing a scrolling system with adapted artificial intelligence and redesigned puzzles to make the most of this liberating tweak.

Outlast

In an industry dominated by supposed horror games that amount to little more than shooters set in dark environments, Outlast hopes to represent the last crack of light in the deserted genre. A stealth survival experience set in an abandoned asylum, the game sees you assume the role of a journalist with zero weapons and combat prowess. Your only means of escape is to hide from the copious threats that you encounter, and hope that you aren’t spotted.

Secret Ponchos

A stylised Spaghetti Western from Switchblade Monkeys, Secret Ponchos adopts an isometric perspective to offer an arena combat experience inspired by fighting games. The release’s big hook – in addition to its frantic deathmatches – is its bounty system, which sees your notoriety rise as you win matches. Success makes your scalp ripe for the taking, leading to a headhunting dynamic that means that even the best bandits won’t have time to relax at the local saloon.

Transistor

After the phenomenal success of Bastion on various other platforms, Supergiant Games has earned its status as part of the elite of the indie development community. As such, the addition of Transistor to the PS4’s library is a real coup for Sony, and it looks like it’s going to build on the pedigree of its predecessor. Set in a colourful art deco landscape, you play as Red, a young singer who has happened upon the mysterious Transistor, a giant talking sword. As the youthful vocalist, you must use a combination of free-roaming action and turn-based strategy to fight your way through the vibrant isometric world.


Are you excited by Sony’s ongoing indie push? Which of these titles has got you most excited? Let us know in the comments section below.

Which of the following indie hits are you most looking forward to? (48 votes)

Don’t Starve

10%

Galack-Z

6%

Mercenary Kings

  4%

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

15%

Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New ‘n’ Tasty

17%

Outlast

21%

Secret Ponchos

  4%

Transistor

23%

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User Comments (30)

LDXD

#1

LDXD said:

Mercenary Kings, outlast, transistor and don't starve look interesting and I would like to see more
I voted for transistor because bastion was pretty cool

Superconsole

#2

Superconsole said:

Transistor, Octodad and Oddworld are all currently on my radar - all for very different reasons! :)

get2sammybAdmin

#3

get2sammyb said:

I love the art style and audio in Transistor, but I'm still not convinced that the gameplay is for me. I think I'm most excited for Octodad and Outlast - but, honestly, they all sound intriguing, and I will try them all.

Sanquine

#4

Sanquine said:

Outlast because i haven't had any survival horror for a long time
. I bought resident evil for that but that was an call of duty with zombies + uncharted like action scenes

shingi_70

#11

shingi_70 said:

Galak-Z is probably my most anticipated of the indie titles shown. 17bit made me a huge fan with Skulls of the Shogun earlier this year.

Slapshot

#13

Slapshot said:

Transistor is one of my most anticipated titles... Ever!

Sammy, you totally forgot to add Ray's the Dead to this list too. I've played it - it's going to be an amazing title, that I'm stoked to see that it is now a PS4 exclusive.

neumaus

#14

neumaus said:

So 'Octodad' deceived his wife long enough to have kids with her? What does the player need to do then?* I think he's competent enough on his own.

*not an actual question

ShogunRokAdmin

#17

ShogunRok said:

Galak-Z sounds like everyone's favourite space shooter slapped into an open world. Really excited to see how it turns out on PS4.

Gamer83

#18

Gamer83 said:

Oddworld tops my list. Outlast is a close second, the concept is interesting but in practice could be totally boring crap, looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

CanisWolfred

#19

CanisWolfred said:

@ShogunRok

That's already been done a billion times already, though. Really, I have no interest in it. It looks like an average shooter I could already get on XNA or the Dreamcast.

ShogunRokAdmin

#20

ShogunRok said:

@CanisWolfred I'm not a fan of 2D bullet hell type space shooters, though - that's the thing. As soon as they said 'open world' they had my attention.

bauckster

#22

bauckster said:

So many awesome-looking games coming down the pike! These types of indie games are the kinda thing I get most excited of all about, honestly. So much creativity and potential in some of these titles...

Slapshot

#23

Slapshot said:

@get2sammyb I've got a preview published already too, if you're interested. You know where to find it. ;)

I just wish I knew how few minutes it was between the conference ending and my preorder secured. It wasn't many, that was for sure. Haha

doctor_doak

#25

doctor_doak said:

Don't Starve, Oddworld, and Transistor would be good..

I would also like to see the upcoming Spelunky, Binding of Isaac and Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole make their way from vita/ps3 to PS4..

fchinaski

#28

fchinaski said:

At first glance Transistor, but most of the others seem very appealing to me. I guess I'll spend a lot of time playing indie titles when the PS4 finally arrives! :-)

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