From the embers of the Push Square Podcast rises Indie Bin – a feature that draws attention to some of the smaller games in PlayStation's busy release schedule. Once the Indie Bin is full, we'll put it out for collection in these consolidated articles featuring several pint-sized reviews. The metric here is simple: games we don't like stay Indie Bin and games we do like come Outdie Bin. Without further ado, let's crack on.
VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action (PS Vita)
A sharp visual novel with a curious obsession with vaginas, VA-11 HALL-A casts you as a sassy barmaid in a rundown neo-future pub. The writing does its best to ape the young adult fiction genre, with cocky characters paving way to some smart lines – but it’s the way that it explores contemporary social issues through its sci-fi lens that makes it a true success. The gameplay – which sees you mostly tabbing through dialogue and pouring drinks – leaves a lot to be desired, but the vibrant Snatcher-esque aesthetic and engaging cast of characters more than make up for its mechanical simplicity. SB
Verdict: Outdie Bin
Burly Men at Sea (PS4, PS Vita)
Not to be confused with the DVD of the same name in your local erotic store, Burly Men at Sea features seamen of a different kind. This strange point-and-click sees you replaying the same scene over and over, with forks in the story allowing you to alter the outcome by making different decisions. While it does cut back on repetition by speeding up parts that you’ll have seen before, this is a strange pastel-coloured proposition, which looks pretty but is ultimately pointless – unless you want a practically free Platinum Trophy, of course. SB
Verdict: Indie Bin
Horizon Chase Turbo (PS4)
Horizon Chase Turbo, with its flat shading and scorching synths, will catch the eye of old-school OutRun fans. But while it shares many similarities with Yu Suzuki’s legendary racer, it’s very much its own thing; events are segregated into circuits, where you’ll need to weave in and out of traffic in order to reach the front of the pack. It plays more like PixelJunk Racers than Coast 2 Coast, but its shifting backdrops and primary colours give it a great 90s flair. Rock solid performance and an enormous campaign mean that you’ll be behind the wheel for a while, but the initial novelty may fade before you see everything that the title’s got to offer. SB
Verdict: Outdie Bin
Raging Justice (PS4)
Inspired by the digitized sprites of early Mortal Kombat, Raging Justice is a striking albeit ugly Streets of Rage clone that sees you upholding the law with your fists. An arrest mechanic allows you to play good cop or bad cop, while local co-op is available for those who want to collect roast chicken from trash cans with friends. It’s fun enough, but the artstyle will prove an acquired taste, and as with all beat-‘em-ups in 2018, your interest is likely to be shortlived. SB
Verdict: Indie Bin
InkSplosion (PS4, PS Vita)
A game which seems to exist solely to dole out Trophies, InkSplosion is a routine top-down shooter that cycles between weapons and enemy types on each stage. While the gameplay is perfectly competent, it feels like a really good final year university project, bringing nothing to the table other than an epilepsy-inducing splatter effect that the developer’s since allowed you to toggle off in order to make the Platinum easier to collect. SB
Verdict: Indie Bin
Words: Sammy Barker
Know what's sad? Half of these are the notable releases on Switch this past month, and you dont even get trophies there XD
intresting new idea!
agree on the last game. looking at the screenshot alone can make my eyes feel weird.
VA-11 HALL-A is probably the only one that interests me but I'm loving this feature, it's a good way of getting some impressions out even if the writer doesn't have time to do a full revie. One game that might be worth looking at is F2P game Starlit Adventures, been playing a fair bit of that of late.
@Savino I've never played Top Gear but I just looked it up and you're right, it's much closer to that than OutRun.
Agree with you on burly men at sea. I heard great things so picked it up in a recent sale. Other than the platinum that i earnt in around an hour, it was a waste of £4
I miss @Confused_Dude.
I love Va-11 Hall-A so much! Favorite visual novel I've ever played by a mile! Limited Run's had a physical Vita copy brewing for what feels like an eternity on that one. Hopefully soon!
I grabbed Burly Men at Sea when it was on sale for like $2 (Christmas sale I think?), it was neat-ish. The most interesting component of the game was the weird out-of-game "we'll print your story as a book" thing!
Interested in VA-11 HALL-A.
aah, the poor man's splatoon.
VA-11 Hall-A is a top-shelf indie, for sure. Incredibly funny, memorable, and unique game.
@Knuckles-Fajita Wait people still care about trophies? Now that's sad.
@Joyfultoad Why is it sad?
I have to say was hoping Raging Justice would be better. Was kinda hoping if an improved streets of rage. May just have to try it in a sale or get the original through the mega drive collection
Extremely immature Switch owner sets up a troll account on PlayStation fan site. What a muppet.
@Ps4_all_the_way I wouldn't presume he's a troll to be fair. I am a PS4 player and have absolutey zero interest in trophies and can't see the point of them either. Each to their own though.
Horizon Chase Turbo and Raging Justice look like they could be worth a £3.99 purchase in a sale one day, or wait until they are on Plus perhaps.
He's a troll 🙂. Look at the 6 comments he's made since joining the site.
@Ps4_all_the_way Fair do's, he a troll!
Nice feature. Some pretty fugly looking games tho.
Ill second that i really love this new indie bin idea. Now how about a new horror feature to keep track of all of those spooky games that slip through the cracks 😉
Raging justice is lots of fun, although you can burn through it in a little over an hour.
Loving the new feature, nice roundup of the new stuff. Really intrigued about VA-11 HALL-A but think I'll be getting Horizon Chase next - just need to decide whether to get it on PS4 or Switch.
InkSplosion came out over a year ago and Burly Men at Sea nearly 2 years ago. Yet every week lots of new games don’t get reviewed.
A slate short of a council house @Vorlon the article is from last Year.
@Vorlon This is a republishing of the article because of Horizon Chase Turbo’s inclusion in next month’s PS Plus games. It’s the closest thing to a review of the game that they have, and they traditionally republish the original review of the new PS Plus giveaways. That’s why you also see the PES review up on the site now.
I rather appreciate that Push Square does this each month.
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