Hiya everybody, how was your 2021? For me, 2021 has given me alternatives to play extra video games than in earlier years, as gaining access to PlayStation 5 has not solely eliminated many of the wait time to get into the video games I need to play, but in addition their loading instances due to the console’s blazingly quick SSD.
All year long, we now have seen numerous superb, charming, stunning and completely partaking indie video games on PS4, PS VR and PS5. Listed here are 12 of my private favourites.
Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights
This stunning but oppressive Japanese explorative platformer has an attention-grabbing strategy to fight: uncover downed knights and cleanse their souls to have them battle for you, whereas defeating sure enemies permits you to undertake their skills to your personal use.
Chicory: A Colourful Story
At first look Chicory might look like an interactive coloring e book, but at its coronary heart lies a fascinating journey. The story’s themes – self-doubt, redemption – are universally relatable.
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Of all of the video games I’ve performed this yr, this one left the largest mark. It’s additionally the one recreation I can’t reveal a lot about with out spoiling a few of the enormous twists and turns that await you. I’ll say this solely: don’t be deceived by its courting sim-like look.
This photogrammetry-powered puzzler challenges you to recreate numerous real-world locations by choosing up – and placing collectively – their fragmented components like a jigsaw puzzle in VR.
F.I.S.T.: Cast In Shadow Torch
A recreation that includes a heroic rabbit with an enormous mechanical fist connected on his again wants to supply satisfying melee fight, and this delivers. (And the dieselpunk Shanghai-inspired aesthetic is gorgeous.)
Every thing about Supergiant Video games’s roguelike is classy: razor-sharp fight, excellent gameplay mechanics, charming characters, superb voice-acting… you can’t cease enjoying. It’s an ideal recreation.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
A 3rd individual action-adventure recreation with stunning character animation and fascinating fight. You gather “Rot” – cute little creatures – to help you in fight and puzzle fixing.
Tune within the Smoke
A PS VR recreation set in a prehistoric period wherein staying alive hinges in your capacity to craft, hunt, and battle. Encounter fearsome creatures and soak within the sights of this atmospheric survival sim.
Jett: The Far Shore
The primary half-hour of this recreation is probably the most cinematic opening of any recreation launched this yr and completely units up your position as your civilisation’s chosen one who’s tasked to outlive in a brand new colony.
This isometric motion journey mixes various fight situations with mild puzzles for a fascinating story set within the afterlife.
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Glide throughout clouds and grind on rails in a fantastical sc-fi world. Between combating foes and defeating leviathan-sized bosses, exploration will yield collectables and deepen the story of this world’s previous.
One of the crucial enjoyable multiplayer experiences I’ve had this yr. Attempt to work out who in your spaceship crew helps prep for launch, and who’re imposters intent on killing you all.