All of these are great games in their own right, but the one thing they all have in common?
None of them are indie games
Here are some examples of incredible indie games
All hallmarks of the innovation and risk-taking that can be made on smaller-budget independent projects, indie games are regularly the most thought-provoking and memorable releases of the year
And there's no slowing this train down
Here are some upcoming indie games that are sure to be just as excellentCRAWLhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY0N12w3csI"Crawl is the local multiplayer dungeon crawler where your friends control the monsters! It’s bullet-hell beat-em-up meets old-school RPG, in an arcadey party-game for up to 4 players.
One player is the hero, exploring a randomly generated dungeon full of traps and monsters - all controlled by the other players. If you slay the hero you take their place and it’s your turn to crawl! Then it's a race to gain enough XP and loot to reach the final battle, where it's all on one as the other players collectively control the hulking final boss!"FIREWATCHhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d02lhvvVSy8"In Firewatch you play as a man named Henry who has retreated from his messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot and dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor, a woman named Delilah, is available to you at all times over a small, handheld radio — and is your only contact with the world you've left behind.
But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the world, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making interpersonal choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have."GANG BEASTShttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRMNsPwT2jk"Gang Beasts is a silly local multiplayer party game with doughy ragdoll physics and horrific environmental hazards. In the current pre-alpha players can grab, push, pull, punch, and throw their friends from wrestling rings, speeding trucks, and suspended platforms."HYPER LIGHT DRIFTERhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqjsZeuf8sc"Hyper Light Drifter is a 2D Action RPG in the vein of the best 8-bit and 16-bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale.
Visions for this game have been fluttering in my skull for ages; something dark and fantastic, with giant forests to navigate, huge floating structures to explore, deep crumbling ruins to loot, massive throngs of enemies to rend, and behemoths both flesh and mechanical to overcome. I want it all to be as beautiful as possible, forging color with the dark and eerie wastes and intimidating landscapes. It plays like the best parts of A Link to the Past and Diablo, evolved: lightning fast combat, more mobility, an array of tactical options, more numerous and intelligent enemies, and a larger world with a twisted past to do it all in."MASSIVE CHALICEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTVuVtahMBs"A tactical strategy game set on an epic timeline. As the immortal ruler of the nation, you'll take command of its heroes, forge marriages to to strengthen your bloodlines, and battle a mysterious enemy known as the cadence in a war lasting hundreds of years."
This thread is to discuss the great indie games of past years, as well as discover new and upcoming games, maybe some that are in need of Kickstarting (no linking to actual Kickstarters), or you just wanna talk about how awesome it's gonna be
Please don't spend dozens of pages debating if a thing is indie or not, that's just a bummer