Reflecting nostalgically on the ‘good old days’ of gaming, there was a time when we weren’t bombarded with a plethora of titles and we could sit back and really savour our favourite releases. Nowadays though it seems we are in a rush to buy the next big Triple-A release but some of us still long for those smaller classics; little in size but big on innovation.
It isn’t really surprising when you consider the rapid proliferation of the internet and modern technology; gamers are spoilt for choice everywhere now, from COD on the Playstation, Candy Crush on our smartphones, and now even movie and TV-themed instalments hosted by the likes of Grizzly iGaming slots.
For now though, with services like Steam’s Early Access enticing more players to the indie gamer world, let’s turn our attentions away from the mainstream and focus on some of the seriously impressive independent games that are heading our way in 2017 and beyond.
Many have already tried the demo for this sequel to the “found footage” style horror game, and are looking forward to getting their hands on it. Full of scares, running through corn fields, and trying to preserve battery life, this could be the perfect game for Halloween 2017. That’s if you can handle the suspense.
Cuphead is one of those games that grab your attention straight away from its amazing idiosyncratic style. With 1930s cartoon- art- inspired design work, when it was first revealed it looked like a series of boss fights. It seems when it is finally released that things may have been tweaked slightly, but don’t expect things to deviate too much from what we’ve already seen. Cuphead is going to be a favourite in 2017, so keep an eye on this one.
It seems that survival games are often popular in the indie gaming world, and the next big one to make an appearance is Conan Exiles. Centring on navigating wastelands and fighting for survival, there will be chances to build, survive and most of all enter combat with other players; only If you you’re tough enough.
Hellblade: Sanua’s Sacrifice
From the makers of Heavenly Sword and DmC: Devil May Cry, Ninja Theory have impressed with the visual style of Hellblade. Action of course takes centre stage but a lot of thought has been given to the physcologic traits associated with the characters which could make this a very special release.
Hellblade is a good example of what makes independent titles so good. They have the space to experiment with gameplay and bring in new ideas. Whatever your taste, the independent gaming scene will be providing you with plenty of choice in 2017 and beyond.