2017 was indeed a great year for video games with the year witnessing the launch of impressive games like Nier: Automata (read our review here), Divinity: Original Sin 2 (read our review here) and Evil Within 2 (read our review here), to name a few. 2017 also assured one more thing, a more promising 2018. The year has just started, and with a plethora of games releasing this year, including some highly anticipated PS4 exclusives and an array of PC titles, we decided to highlight the major indie titles which have released, or, will be releasing in 2018. Every weekend , we will make a small list containing five indie games one should definitely try out. This series is a continuation of our Indie Sundays a similar article series which we did in 2017. The list doesn’t adhere to a specific genre and contains a list of impressive indie titles across all genres. So here are a few games to look out for this year:
What happens when Nier Automata joins hands with Vanquish? You get Nelo. Developed by Magic and Mirrors, Nelo is a lightning fast action game boasting swift paced hack and slash gameplay along with bullet hell and gravity defying run and gun mechanics. You play as Nelo Aukal, an advanced Zenith class alien cyborg of the Tono Gian people, and wield a multifarious weaponry along with the credible telekinetic Hands of Aphelion. Fight your way off the desolate planet Plemniba from the hostile threat of the Nightsithe, a swarm of parasitic machines created by your people. The game is currently in Early Alpha stages and consequently has a decent amount of issues, but, the game’s massive potential overshadows it. If you are looking for a hack and slash game along with a plethora of agile mechanics, then Nelo meets your requirements.
2) My Time At Portia
Of all the genres, I have a particular fascination for RPGs, and I am in always in a sharp lookout for a decent one. My Time At Portia, was indeed one of the better Early Access RPGs I have ever tried. Boasting an amalgamation of farming, crafting, and relationship building elements, My Time At Portia is a post-apocalyptic RPG developed by Pathea Games. The players start a new life in a town on the edge of civilization called Portia and build things with relics from the past in their workshop, for the betterment of society. The goal of the game is to make the workshop as big as possible. The game is currently in Closed Alpha stages and the Early Access release will follow on the 24th of January, 2018.
3) Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy
“I made this game for a certain type of people. To hurt them.”
There is still a fair amount of time until Dark Souls Remastered releases, but if you are looking to forward to Getting Over the time until the game releases, you can try Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy (sorry for the bad pun and using the most overused analogy). Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is a punishing climbing game, a homage to Jazzuo’s 2002 B-Game classic ‘Sexy Hiking’. You move the hammer with the mouse, and that’s all there is. With practice, you’ll be able to jump, swing, climb and fly. The game is extremely difficult and infuriating, but, avidly follows the mantra “Practice Makes You Perfect”, and tests your patience, determination and the ability to get over failures. For beginners the game will turn out to be extremely difficult and might take a few deca-hours to complete, but with subsequent playthroughs, the time will narrow down to a few minutes. The game was released in the extreme latter half of 2017, but its potential made sure that we just dont get over with our list without mentioning its name.
Ori and the Blind Forest has a special place in my memory, and no other game was able to replicate the experience the game provided. Fe’s trailer gave me similar vibes, if not completely replicate it. The game’s atmosphere draws experience from Ori and the Blind Forest and Journey, while the exploration is inspired by Metroid and Zelda. In Fe, you play as the titular fox spirit whose motive is to defeat the silence in the forest. As Fe, players run and glide through a dark Nordic forest to explore its living, breathing world filled with mystrical creatures. The game demands players to be acclimatized to the environment, since the ability to manipulate the environment to its will is what Fe’s abilities boast of, and, the game doesn’t even tell players how to do it. The game is published by EA, but it is developed by an indie developer, Zoink Games, and is all set to release on the 16th of February across all platforms.
5) Last Night
Last Night defines itself as a cinematic platformer. Set in the post-cyberpunk world, the games takes users to the era where the ruling class is dependent on machines for everything while the low class suffers. The game promises that each encounter will be unique with players being armed with the ability to fight or to stealthily take a flight. Boasting a stellar pixel art style synthesized with realistic looking backgrounds and placed in the median between 2d and 3d, the game gives players the freedom to play it as they want, with each choice the players make affecting the game. The game is developed by Odd Tales, and is all set to release sometime in 2018.
That’s our list for this episode for Indie Weekend. We will be back again next week, with another list. Until then, #FollowtheNoob.